Rovos Rail

Step on board of Rovos Rail and be pampered in 5-star luxury while you slowly move through the beautiful landscape. There is everything from shorter journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town to longer trips that depart once a year. Why not take the train from Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam?

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Since 1989, Rovos Rail has become known as the world’s most luxurious train. The adventure often begins at Capital Park just north of Pretoria, where Rovos Rail’s private station is built in colonial style. This is the point of most of the departures and arrivals.

Rovos Rail has the most spacious compartments in the world, with all the luxury and comfort you can imagine. With beautiful wood panelling and furniture in Edwardian style, the compartments accommodate two people and you can choose between two single beds or a spacious double bed. There is a safe, room service around the clock and a mini bar stocked with the beverages you want, all included in the price.

Rovos Rail offers three types of accommodation:

pullmandaycutawayThe Pullman Suite has a size of 7 square metres with private bathroom with a shower. You can choose between an upper and a lower bed or a double bed which during the day is converted into a sofa. This is the smallest compartment on offer.

deluxecutawayThe Deluxe Suite is a slightly larger option at 11 square meters. You get a small lounge and a private bathroom with a shower and you can choose if you want two single beds or one double bed.

royalcutawayThe Royal Suite is a full 16 square metres big and is very spacious and elegant. The compartment personifies opulence. It takes up half a carriage, with its own lounge and bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower.

All meals are served in one sitting in the charming Victorian design restaurant carriages. Every morning a breakfast buffet with a wide selection of croissants, cold meats, jams, pastries, yoghurt, cereal and fresh fruit is served.

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Lunch and dinner begins with a starter and then your choice of fish, meat or a vegetarian dish, followed by a tempting dessert. And of course you will have excellent South African wines to choose from.

During the day the dress code is casual, while more formal attire is worn in the evening. A jacket and tie is a minimum requirement.

Doesn’t this sound lovely…?

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Meet crazy Tong from China

On a bench at Africa’s most southerly point, Cape Agulhas, we met Tong. Three years ago Tong quit his job as a computer engineer in China, hopped on his bike and left. We’re not qute sure which route he took to get there, but during the last year he has cycled through Africa, from Egypt to South Africa. So there he sat preparing some food.

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And now that he’s come as far south as he can, he’ll cycle along the Garden Route and then …well, Europe maybe … 🙂

It’s very cool to just leave like that and live your dreams, but surely one has to be a little crazy. Right?

Have anyone else met or seen Tong along his travels? Please leave a comment and keep us posted!

Cape Aghulas is by the way a very nice destination for a day trip and one of the places in South Africa you need to go to get that classic photo. And it’s kind of fun to say that you have been to Africa’s southernmost point. If you want you can pay R24 to get up into the lighthouse, it’s probably a beautiful view from there, but we chose to stay on the ground since we were in a bit of a hurry.

L’Agulhas is the small fishing village with beautiful fishing boats in the harbour, just north of the cape, and this is Africa’s southernmost village.

En route to Cape Town!

We have just arrived back home after nearly two glorious weeks in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. On February 21st, Lina, Freddy and I packed us and a whole lot of stuff into the car and headed south. Its about a 1 400 km drive, so we chose to stay one night along the way. There is not a whole lot of places to choose from, and as we’ve done previous times we have driven this route, we stopped in Beaufort West. In Beaufort West you sleep, fill up with fuel and eat, that’s all this tired little town has to offer.

We had booked a very neat self-catering accommodation on the outskirts of town, Haus Holzapfel, and the next day we continued our journey. We stopped in Matjiesfontein, just under 250 km from Cape Town. This is a well-preserved Victorian railway village, and here you’ll find ,for example, a museum with a collection of historic cars and trains. Rovos Rail stops here during the journey between Pretoria and Cape Town.

We arrived in Cape Town just in time for rush hour traffic which, if you live in Johannesburg, was not so bad and we found our way to the townhouse in Rondebosch that good friends let us use.

We had two exciting weeks, so stay tuned for more!

Tanzania

Hi everyone🙂

If you’re dreaming of travelling to Tanzania you should definitely keep reading.

Wildebeest in the Serengeti

Wildebeest in the Serengeti

Serengeti is perhaps the world’s best game viewing area and here you can really experience one of nature’s most spectacular shows. It’s best known for the great migration that takes place every year in May and June, when around a million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, migrates to better pastures. In long lines they throw themselves into the crocodile dense rivers and throughout the journey they are followed by predators such as lion and leopard.

What an experience! And what is so amazing is that we at Destination South Africa offers you a 10% discount on all our trips to Tanzania from 1 May and 31 August exactly during that period!

Beach in Zanzibar

Beach in Zanzibar

So do yourself a favour and contact us to get an itinerary and a quote, no costs involved. Maybe you want to combine Serengeti with a week in Zanzibar (to be sure that you at least get some sun this summer😉 )

And don’t forget that we will help you book your flights too!