Unique Steam Safari

 

Rovos Rail, is offering a unique opportunity to Luxury Steam Train enthusiasts worldwide to travel on board The Pride of Africa under steam haulage for almost the entire journey. This nostalgic, luxury journey will be available for either groups or individual ticket sales and should be of special interest to preservation societies and steam heritage groups.  The locomotives used at various stages will include 19D and 25NC.

This 9-night / 10-day journey is not a regular scheduled routing operated by Rovos Rail and being hauled entirely under steam makes it unique and exciting.  En route we will stop at Hwange, Matobo Game Reserves and Antelope Park for game drives and visit the Bulawayo Rail Museum before entering Botswana en route to South Africa.  The train will comprise 29 Pullman Suites & 5 Deluxe Suites (68 passengers maximum), a lounge car, dining car and observation car.

 

Victoria Falls to Pretoria Date:27 April 2008 to 6 May 2008
As soon as passengers arrive at the Rovos Rail station in Pretoria, South Africa, it’s clear this won’t be a typical train journey.
No crowds, just fellow guests — and only a few dozen of them — heading on a three-day trip to Cape Town.
Inside the meticulously restored building, champagne flows freely and ceiling fans turn leisurely.
Occasionally the resident peacocks squawk as they preen around the platform, until they scatter with the arrival of the steaming locomotive.
Yes, steaming, as if it was headed to Hogwarts, because that’s what this pretty much is: a storybook rail safari through Africa.
 
 
Itineraries include trips between the South African cities of Pretoria and Durban that take in the Nambiti Conservancy (a Big Five retreat in KwaZulu-Natal) or to Victoria Falls via Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Hwange National Park wildlife sanctuary.
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