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Rail safaris and luxury train travel, tours & holidays

Experience the romance of luxury train travel, sip cocktails dine in style, watch the countryside roll by and let the train rock you to sleep

Rail safaris and luxury train travel, tours & holidays available in South Africa

Experience the romance of luxury train travel, sip cocktails dine in style, watch the countryside roll by and let the train rock you to sleep

Rovos Rail and the Blue Train are perfect if you want to be pampered in luxury accommodation with world-class service, African-inspired culinary delights and a relaxed atmosphere. 

The most popular route for both trains is Cape Town to Pretoria (or vice versa). Rovos Rail does the journey over three days and the Blue Train manages it in two. Both offer luxurious cabins with a 24-hour butler service. There are also observation lounges where you can get to know the other passengers, read a book or play a board game. The rates include all meals and drinks while on board, as well as off-board excursions to the Victorian village of Matjiesfontein and the diamond museum and Big Hole in Kimberley.

Popular Rail safaris and luxury train travel in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Stunning view from the Rovos Rail

Luxury South Africa

Combine Cape Town chic with Africa's most luxurious train and an elegant Big Five safari for a stylish South African holiday

$ 5,049

£ 4,045

R 63,401

4,682

per person

11 days

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari

This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent

$ 14,082

£ 11,281

R 176,812

13,057

per person

20 days

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

$ 5,914

£ 4,738

R 74,260

5,484

per person

14 days

Family

Passage Through Southern Africa in a Luxury Train, Houseboat and Okavango Delta

Weave your way through a safari medley that introduces you to the mighty Victoria Falls, a remote slice of the Okavango Delta and the African gems in between.

$ 7,135

£ 5,716

R 89,586

6,615

per person

10 days

Harbour View

Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari

$ 4,601

£ 3,685

R 57,765

4,266

per person

11 days

More on Rail safaris and luxury train travel in Africa

Rovos Rail offers other journeys too, the most spectacular being the Cape to Cairo, which runs every second year. Other options are golf-focused getaways for golfing enthusiasts, a Namibia trip, a Victoria Falls journey that runs twice a month and a Cape to Dar es Salaam safari, which has seven departures a year.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rail safaris and luxury train travel in Africa

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

When is the best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park ?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park?

The best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern Rwanda is during the drier months of June to August or December to January. Even though June to August or December to January are categorically referred to as drier months… go there.

Table Mountain, South Africa while on Blue Train African safari

Reviews on our Rail safaris and luxury train travel in Africa

Discover Africa was the only tour operator I reached out to who wanted to have a Skype conversation to get to know more and my husband & my tastes and preferences. Megan Warrington was wonderful to work with - she crafted our activities and…

Stephanie

from United States of America

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

After shopping around for a couple of months, Discover Africa was the one who had the most diverse options for the price. Megan Warrington always responded quickly and was professional and patient with my endless questions. Discover Africa…

Kelly

from United States of America

They organized everything for our first visit to Africa, from the airport meet & greet through to the tours, great hotels and locations.

Michael

from United States of America

From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa, has been excellent . The hotels, the service and every think has been well above our expectation. The perfect choice ! Thanks to all and specially to Megan.

Enrico Liberati

from Italy

My trip last August to Botswana was arranged by Discover Africa and I couldn't have chosen better. Everything was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything. The safari tour was far beyond expectations; the accommodation was…

Debby

from Spain

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