Luxury Africa Train Holidays & Train Tours in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania & Namibia

Explore Southern Africa by Luxury Train

We think there are few more romantic or exotic luxury rail experiences that cruising through the vast scenery of Africa from the comfort of a luxurious cabin. Our African rail tours combine this experience with stops at some of the continents most famous safari parks making these journeys unique.

Do something wonderfully unique and nourish your soul in the sheer opulence afforded you on a South Africa train holiday in 2024. These magnificent South Africa rail holidays take in South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, allowing for lifelong memories to be created on the best luxury trains South Africa has. From deluxe suites and excellent service to excursions and overnight stays, African train trips offer a fantastic experience for everyone!

Southern Africa Rail Tours

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Be Amazed by the Sheer Decadence of our Luxury South Africa Train Tours for 2024 & 2025

All of these luxury train trips in South Africa provide guests with the peak of extravagance and comfort while on board. Savour South African train trips from your deluxe air-conditioned suite with an en suite bathroom with a separate shower. Rejuvenate from double or twin beds, order room service, and take in the rolling hills and spectacular scenery as you meander across the continent, reminiscent of a bygone era on these South Africa luxury train journeys.

Immerse yourself in the journey of a lifetime on one of our meticulously curated train vacations in South Africa. With hand-picked itineraries and sumptuously appointed trains, including the Rovos Rail, the Shongololo Express, and the African Explorer, a train holiday in South Africa will take you through incredible parts of this continent. You can absorb the atmosphere and beauty from the observation car while sipping a glass of champagne and relax in luxury with Rovos rail holidays.

Africa Regional Highlights

The following highlights of the Southern Africa region can be visited on our luxury rail tours and offer world class experiences.

south africa cape town

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

One of the world’s most stunningly located cities and the start or finish of many of our African luxury train adventures.

nambia etosha pan

namibia

Etosha Pan

Prolific wildlife can be seen at this world renown National park in Namibia famous for its watering holes that abound with game.

nambia fish river canyon

namibia

Fish River Canyon

Namibia’s answer to America’s Grand Canyon – epic landscape makes Fish River Canyon one of the spectacles of the world.

nambia namib desert

NAMIBia

Namib Desert

Stark beauty abounds in the vast Namib desert. Vast landscapes and a surprising amount of wildlife can be seen from your train.

nambia sossusvlei

namibia

Sossusvlei

A surreal landscape in the desert where the star is a forest of long dead trees that provide endless photographic opportunities.

nambia windhoek

namibia

Windhoek

Namibia’s Capital city has some interesting architecture and museums and is compact enough to walk around in the centre.

Dar es Salaam Tanzania

TANZANIA

Dar Es Salaam

Tanzania’s main city and most important train terminus. Also the start point for a trip to the island of Zanzibar as an add-on.

Selous Reserve Tanzania

TANZANIA

Selous Reserve

Vast Reserve in Tanzania and one of the world’s last great wildernesses for game. Bisected by the Tzara Railway.

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Zambia

ZIMBABWE / ZAMBIA

Victoria Falls

The greatest waterfall sight in the world straddling the Zambezi river with Zimbabwe to the south and Zambia to the North.

Pretoria South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria

One of South Africa’s 3 capitals (others are Cape Town and Bloemfontein) and the base for many Rovos Rail tours.

Kruger Park South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

Kruger Park

Kruger is South Africa’s most famous National Park and the best place to see the big five up close on your safari.

Hwange Park Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE

Hwange Park

Zimbabwe’s most famous National Park and a great place to see elephants in large numbers as part of a safari stopover.

Durban South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

Durban

Large and cosmopolitan city on the coast of South Africa and a popular place for tourists to visit. Included in some Rovos Rail tours.

South Luangwa Park Zambia

Zambia

South Luangwa

Remote National Park in Zambia with a selection of high end lodges and a vast amount of game to be seen.

Lobito Angola

ANGOLA

Lobito

Rarely touristed port city used as the start and finish point of our Rovos Rail trips as it is the terminus of the Benguela Railway.


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A Wide Selection of Luxury Train Holidays in South Africa, Each Offering a Unique Experience!

We offer a wide selection of train journeys in South Africa that give the intrepid adventurer plenty to choose from when weighing up which South African luxury train to book. North to south, South to the north, east to west, or west to east. Luxury train travel in South Africa with Rovos Rail offers so many permutations that it can be challenging to select one above the other confident that you’ve made the correct decision.

Is it your first South Africa train tour, or have you done it before? Do you want to coast and see the Atlantic and Indian Oceans? Whichever train journey in South Africa you set out on, one thing is assured, absolute luxury. Train journeys in South Africa with Rovos get curated to the highest standards. Everything about these luxury South African train journeys is of the highest order, from itineraries and the train carriages to the Rovos staff, dining car, scenery and excursions.

Each of Our Luxury African Train Tours is Packed with Colourful and Unique Off Train Excursions

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean South Africa rail holidays. Or from Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam heading south towards Cape Town. Luxury train trips in South Africa offer guests an abundance of off-train activities to keep them entertained, amazed, and enthralled by this beautiful continent. A train holiday in South Africa will provide something to suit all tastes, from stunning fine dining meals to breathtaking excursions.

Determined by which train tour in South Africa you were to choose, you can enjoy bush walking at Chisimba Falls or touring the diamond town of Kimberly. Game drives or safaris can be a part of African train holidays. Guests can spend the night at the Victoria Falls Hotel on arrival in Zimbabwe and indulge in world-class meals. A train safari in South Africa itinerary is brimming with off-train excursions that permit patrons to take in new experiences with Rovos Rail tours.

Looking for the Best Luxury Train Travel South Africa Offers? Look No Further than our Curated Rovos Rail Tours!

Rovos Rail is a privately owned rail company that operates out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria. Rovos Rail holidays and South African train trips have been running since 1989 and are widely recognised worldwide as being the height of luxury and comfort. The Luxury Train Travel Company is proud to offer these wonderfully curated train journeys in South Africa, allowing guests to step back into a bygone era and experience true luxury and style.

Passengers aboard one of these luxury trains in South Africa will receive first-class service and customer care while travelling on these train tours. South Africa has so much to offer as a continent and the individual countries you can visit, such as Namibia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa. The Luxury Train Travel Company has the perfect itinerary for your dream train tour in South Africa to create lifelong memories.

Unmatched in Quality and Price, Our 2024 Luxury Train Holiday Packages in South Africa Can’t Be Beaten!

Many people worldwide spend years dreaming of meandering through the mountains and plains of African nations on luxury trains. South Africa and the other countries that make up the wonderful continent provide spectacular sights and sound you can’t capture elsewhere. For many, train vacations in South Africa are a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and ensuring that all the boxes get ticked concerning the quality of the experience is what we do best at The Luxury Train Travel Company.

The attention and detail applied to our 2024 curated itineraries are unparalleled to ensure every guest on a South African train holiday has the most incredible experience from the first point of contact to returning home at the end of the South Africa train holiday. We want our customers who dream of Africa train holidays to prosper from these outstanding curated itineraries while benefiting from unmatched prices and the best value South African train trips.

See Africa Like Never Before with a Multi-Country Luxury South Africa Train Tour!

South Africa’s Port Elizabeth, Table Mountain, Drakensberg Mountains, or Leopard Creek. The Victoria Falls and Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, or the largest game reserve on the African continent, Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. The Luxury Train Travel Company has curated train vacations in South Africa and the surrounding countries to ensure guests get the best possible experience from African train tours. These multi-country Rovos Rail tours promise new adventures to add to your life story.

A city tour of Lubumbashi in The Democratic Republic of Congo, see the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia or travel along the Cassai River in Angola on a South Africa train holiday. There are many options for train holidays in South Africa, and you’ll be able to experience these beautiful countries on this magical continent when you indulge yourself on luxury train holidays in South Africa. Train vacations in South Africa should be on every bucket list, and we can ensure those dreams become a reality.

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Luxury Train Tours South Africa FAQs

Rovos Rail has been operating African train tours since the company was founded in 1989. It is a family-owned business that employs some 210 staff in total. The trains are the Rovos Rail, Shongololo Express, and the African Explorer.

We firmly believe that Rovos Rail trains offer you the most luxurious rail journey. You can relax in a deluxe suite with an en suite bathroom, including a Victorian bath, or enjoy the minibar. Mingle with other passengers in the lounge and observation cars to enjoy game viewing and each country’s magnificent views. Southern Africa is an incredibly majestic part of the world. You can enjoy the rolling hills and vast plains from a comfortable sofa seat without the modern-day distractions of TV or radio. These South Africa luxury train journeys are like a step back in time, and the opulence and charm of Rovos Rail tours will consume you.

We curate luxury train holidays in South Africa that take in many of the continent’s gems. Angola, DRC, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa can all be experienced on a South Africa train holiday. You can sleep soundly at night in the Pullman suite, Deluxe suites, or Royal suites. You can enjoy incredible meals in the dining cars or using room service. These trains are like a high-end hotel on rails, and you’ll experience many fascinating and spectacular countries during South Africa luxury train journeys.

The demand for luxury train holidays in South Africa is very high, so we suggest you plan as far ahead as possible to avoid disappointment. Many people save for years or have this intended as a retirement trip, so getting an itinerary and travel plans nailed down well in advance of any South Africa rail holidays is always going to serve you well.

Take one of the Copper Trail train holidays in South Africa, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit South Luangwa National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where you’ll get the chance to do a game drive and a walking safari. We also offer a South Africa train tour with an incredibly incredible itinerary for passengers looking for a train safari in South Africa. The journey starts in Cape Town and takes you to Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Matopos National Park, Kruger National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, and Pretoria.


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