Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa offers an old-world elegance and luxury to a degree that was never equaled in the 1920s. Many seasoned IRT Society travelers consider it their favorite rail experience. Celebrated not only for its fabulous equipment, the train is rightfully proud of its stellar dining and on-board service. In short, the entire experience is an exciting luxury rail adventure.
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The Blue Train is one of the world’s great luxury trains, running between Pretoria and Cape Town. And now it’s even better: The train just announced a new schedule offering a three-day package. It departs either station at 6:30 p.m., allowing for two nights on board. The route — 994 miles — now includes a guaranteed, longer sightseeing stop in either direction. The train, operated by the state-run Spoornet, is gorgeous in every detail, from the golden brown of the walls, to the upholstered closets to the “B” logo just about everywhere. Butlers can be called any time from your in-room phone.
The unfolding journey is shown on a TV screen in the club car and on one of the TV channels in guest suites. Service is professional and experienced.