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The Timeless romance of Rail Travel

There’s a certain magic to rail travel that can’t be found on a plane or on a vehicle. A voyage on a luxury train manages to combine adventure with total relaxation. The soothing rhythm of a steam engine, the timeless elegance of parquet flooring, plush upholstery, exquisite service and all the while an ever-changing view to toast outside the windows.

The cuisine and wine pairings can only be described as sublime and without television or Wi-fi in the public areas, time melts away. Some journeys are meant to be savoured.

A common misconception is that luxury rail journeys are expensive. However, this isn’t the case with most rail journeys coming in at cheaper than similarly luxurious hotels whilst including more. An example is that the Rovos Rail three-night adventure from Johannesburg to Pretoria comes in at USD$2050 per person sharing in a standard suite. This price includes accommodation, meals, excursions, all beverages including alcohol, 24-hour full room service and laundry. By using the train as your method of transportation you also save the cost of your airfare (on average USD$200 one way on this route). That leaves you paying USD$616 per night all-inclusive for a truly special experience. This is comparable to many mid-range safari lodges.

Another misconception is that you can’t see the country you are travelling through when travelling by train. However, this is also untrue, there are many options that combine rail travel with touring such as the ‘Shongololo Express’. The ultimate in touring, this train offers a true safari experience, by rail. The train traverses South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. A variety of off-train excursions are undertaken in a fleet of air-conditioned vehicles that maximise comfort while travelling comfortably during the night, the Shongololo Express saves you precious time, arriving each dawn at a new destination and allowing you to truly see a great variety of sights.

If you would like to experience the romance of a golden age of travel, of crisp white tablecloths, crystal glassware, epic views and epicurean delights contact us today.

 

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