I will not be able to attest to it being ‘the most most luxurious train in the world’, as I’m not really a luxury-traveler in every sense of the word, but what I can most certainly attest to, is that Rovos Rail will be one of the rides of your life.
I wanted more than anything to recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era and travel by rail, aboard this fabled train, through the sometimes hauntingly beautiful landscapes of my country, South Africa.
I thought long and hard about the reasons for not adding this journey to your list of things to do before you kick the bucket and I’ll list them below (in no particular order):
Here are some of my highlights in Instagram pictures as part of the #366DaysOfMakingSpace project.
#366DaysOfMakingSpace, day 43/366. I love many things about @RovosRail, but the Observation Cars at the back stole my heart. These cars were originally A-28 dining cars built to drawings by Mr W Day. Permission was granted by the South African Railway to run Rovos Rail’s observation cars at the back of the trains, enabling the enlargement of the windows and the construction of unique open-air balconies. I could stand here all day, watching the beautiful South African landscape roll by.
#366DaysOfMakingSpace day 45/366 Learning about the history of @rovosrail in the lounge car before dinner. Incredible to think that it was way back in 1986 that Rohan Vos received the first letter of permission to run a train on the national rail network. Then, in 1987, the first loco 2702 BIANCA was rebuilt along with the first seven carriages… This train is truly a piece of living heritage.