Life on Board Rovos Rail

Like all Rovos Rail carriages, the rebuilt sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world and are the epitome of luxury.


Rovos Rail celebrates the spirit of a bygone era and therefore does not have televisions. Mobile phones and devices are recommended to be used in the privacy of your suite, so as not to disturb other guests.


A perfect blend of period ambience and modern features: Like all Rovos Rail carriages, the sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world and are the epitome of luxury.

With exquisite wood panelling and period Edwardian features as well as every modern convenience and comfort, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people and offer the option of twin or spacious double beds.

The Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, are named after colourful characters of the Victorian era in South Africa, including Cecil John Rhodes, Barney Barnato and Alfred Beit. Spacious and elegant, the Royal Suites measure 16 sq metres in size (172 sq ft). Each one has its own private lounge area and features a full en-suite bathroom with shower and Victorian bath.

The Deluxe Suites measure 11 sq metres (118sq ft) and each have a lounge area and private bath with shower.

The suites offer guests the space to relax in privacy and the opportunity to travel in comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing desk and, for valuables, a personal safe. There's also a bar fridge filled with the drinks of the passengers' choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings are combined with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers, heaters and shaver plugs. The train has an onboard water and sewerage system, so showers and toilets may be used at any time.

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Cuisine & Service

The superb cuisine served aboard the Pride of Africa is simple & elegant

When you are catering for a full complement of 72 guests within the limited space of a Rovos Rail kitchen car, achieving a standard that rivals that of a top-class restaurant is a serious challenge. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring that guests indulge and that all their favourite drinks are on board.

Considerable thought and meticulous planning goes into making up the menus. Unlike many of the great trains of the world, travellers are on board the trains for several days at a time, requiring a much wider selection of meals.

There is an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. A full breakfast is served in the morning, with a selection of cold meats, croissants and preserves as well as dishes cooked to order.

For lunch and dinner, there is a starter and a choice of fish, meat or vegetarian dish followed by a tempting dessert. A selection of fine wines from some of South Africa's most renowned cellars and estates complement the menus. Meals can be adapted to suit special requirements by prior arrangement.

Many of the passengers aboard the Pride of Africa enjoy the formality of fine china, crisp linen and silver service and dress accordingly. During the day, we like our guests to feel at home and dress is casual. Cool, comfortable clothes and hats are recommended for excursions, especially in the game reserves where it can be very hot.

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