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Rovos Rail - The Pride of Africa

The most luxurious train in the world
Information & Reservations
Travel Packages & Tours
Cape Town Journey
The Old Karoo Pioneering Trail
Trip highlights & Features
World Class Comfort and Style
Simple Elegance of cuisine and services
Exquisite pillared dining cars & most meals
Tour of Kimberley, Big Hole, and Mine Museum; visit quaint village of Matjiesfontein
Breathtaking African scenery throughout the journey

Personal room service and air conditioning available onboard in every suite

For many visitors to South Africa, there is no finer way to see the country than on the popular 48-hour weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town. This 1600-kilometre journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.


Travel the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lions Head.


Highlights of the North and Southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. A stop is also made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

Departure Dates
Pretoria to Cape Town
Cape Town to Pretoria

Departs on

Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday

Departs on

Monday / Saturday / Tuesday



Pretoria to Cape Town

Cape Town to Pretoria

1 Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
Depart Rovos Rail's private Capital Park Station aboard the Pride of Africa at 3 pm.

2 Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Arrive in Kimberley at 10 am. Passengers visit the Big Hole, the Diamond Museum and take a tram ride.

Depart from Kimberley at 12:30 pm and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.

2 Thursday/Friday/Sunday
At 8:15 am we visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein.


Then at 10:30 am We depart Matjiesfontein & proceed via Touws River, De Doorns & Worcester to Cape Town, for a 6 pm arrival at platform 24.

Depart Cape town at 11 am and proceed inland to Worcester.


Where at 6 pm we arrive Matjiesfontein, where you can spend a little time off the train to explore this quaint and historical village. We depart Matjiesfontein an hour later.

Upon arriving Kimberley at around 2:30 pm, you can take the electric tram from the City centre for a tour of the Big Hole and museum.

We Arrive at Rovos Rail's Capital Park Station in Pretoria at 12:01 pm.


Valid through September, 2018


Pullman Suite
Deluxe Suite
Royal Suite
Double Occupancy
R 18,950
R 28,650
R 38,150
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Prices are per person in South African Rand and include all taxes and fees. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Visas to be purchased and paid for prior to departure for Africa. Please check with the relevant embassies for visa requirements. Passengers are advised to take anti-malarial precautions as might be prescribed. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised.

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Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world.


Rovos Rail's unique train tours combine magnificent African scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. 


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