Monday, December 3, 2012

See Africa by train

Road and air travel can be tiresome and time consuming and, often, after you have returned from a great vacation, you get off the plane or out of the car feeling like you could do with another holiday. Train travel is becoming an increasingly popular way to travel throughout Africa, from Johannesburg to the Victoria Falls. A luxury train offers you the opportunity to relax and be pampered right from the get go.

The ultimate in exclusivity, the Rovos Rail, offers five-star luxury in an old-world setting. The train’s coaches are wood paneled and opulent while a Victorian dining car, a lounge area and an open-air observation deck can also be found onboard. By travelling on Rovos Rail, guests can really enjoy the luxury of a bygone era while taking in the scenery of each African town the train passes through. The train travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, Pretoria and Victoria Falls, Pretoria and Durban, Pretoria and Namibia as well on a variety of other exciting routes. 

The Blue Train which operates between Pretoria and Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most iconic trains. The train offers guests the opportunity to visit Kimberley’s famous “big hole” as well as to see many other attractions along the way. The train offers guests gourmet dining, luxury living spaces and a butler service.

The Victoria Falls Steam Train allows visitors a unique way in which to explore this majestic wonder. This stunning first-class steam train offers guests a chance to take in the history of the falls and the surrounding region, all while enjoying spectacular cuisine and a glass of bubbly.

 The Royal Livingstone Express Train operates in Zambia and is a great way to spend a relaxing evening while enjoying the country side. This unique dinner venue can be the highlight of your stay in Africa. The train exudes the charm and romance of centuries old rail travel.

Often when people recall train trips in Africa, they tend to think of overcrowded cabins and harrowing experiences but not anymore! These luxurious trains scream of a forgotten era and are bound to awaken a sense of nostalgia in even the most hardened of travelers.

This guest article was contributed by Janine Mare of South African Hotels.


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