Pride of place in the Rovos stable goes to the historic and newly rebuilt station and locomotive yard in Pretoria, which is the heart and headquarters of this private hire railway company. From here, successful charters from one to 10 days have been undertaken with incentive groups, historical tours, private gatherings and bird shoots.
Private hire with discreet and friendly service, five-star cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration. The beautifully rebuilt Private Hire trains – which may be hauled by diesel or electric locomotives – carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites.
Rovos Rail has proudly launched an Events Train, which can accommodate up to 250 guests but does not have sleeping facilities on board and is thus only suitable for daytime journeys. Limited only by time and distance, there are many alternative uses for the train, which include a three-hour circular trip around Pretoria or a one-way journey to any destination within eight hours’ rail travel time from Pretoria.
Within reason, and subject to availability, the chartered train can go wherever there is a railway line in Southern Africa.