General make-up of the train Locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail.
Cuisine Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00, tea at 16h30 and a formal dinner at 19h30. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.
Dress For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. Mobile Devices and Internet In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites. Smoking is only allowed in the privacy of your suite and in the Club Lounge.
Established in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experience. Step aboard the wood panelled coaches – classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Each train can accommodate up to 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. In a series of train journeys lasting 48 hours to a month, Rovos Rail links some of Africa’s greatest destinations.
• Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania (5 in 2011)
• Cape Town to Pretoria or Vice Versa
• Pretoria to Victoria Falls or Vice Versa
• Pretoria to Durban or Vice Versa
With the most spacious train suites in the world, the epitome of luxury includes air-conditioning, a writing surface, a safe, a full bar fridge and 24 hours a day room service.
The Deluxe Suites, (11 sq.m/118 sq.ft) also accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.
The Royal Suites, (16 sq.m/172 sq.ft) take up half a carriage, with own private lounge area & full bathroom with Victorian bath & separate shower.
The Pullman Suite, (7 sq.m/75 sq.ft) an identical bathroom to that of the deluxe suites, with a fold-away bed, which converts into a comfortable seat during the day.
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