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I’d like to take a luxury rail journey through Africa.

There can be few methods of travel more nostalgic, more romantic or more elegant than a classic train journey. This is rail travel in the grand old tradition. Just hand the porter your luggage, step on board an opulent train and watch the majestic landscape roll past your window as you enjoy fine food and wines. The romance starts with a welcome reception in a private lounge at your departure station.

You are then shown to your “hotel room” on wheels by a steward. On board the train, you will enjoy the personalised service of a by-gone era. During the journey, you can relax in the privacy of your room, socialise with other guests in the lounge car or indulge in a treatment in the on-board spa car. In the dining car, you can enjoy freshly prepared meals, complemented by some of the finest wines. Bedding, gowns and toiletries are provided in the opulent rooms for use on the train.

South Africa has several options that recapture the lost elegance and romance of luxury rail travel:

South Africa’s iconic Blue Train offers 5-star luxury train journeys in both directions between Pretoria and Cape Town. Interiors are modern and sophisticated and the trains are pulled by a combination of diesel and electric locomotives.

Rovos Rail offers vintage steam journeys in both directions between Cape Town and Pretoria, between Pretoria and Durban and between Pretoria and Victoria Falls. Vintage wood-panelled coaches have been lovingly restored to provide 5-star accommodation.

Premier Classe provides a deluxe 4-star option in both directions between Johannesburg and Cape Town and between Johannesburg and Durban. Interiors are modern and elegant.

A great add-on to any Southern Africa itinerary!

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