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Rovos Rail evokes the style and old age glamour of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express – minus the murder – with subtle modern touches bringing the train into the 21st Century.
Comprised of restored coaches, the train is made up of two restaurant cars, two sitting areas and private sleeping compartments, all of which are en suite. As well as the Pullman Suites and Deluxe Suites, there are Royal Suites which are not only larger, but have full size Victorian baths. Wood panelling and Edwardian features throughout exude a feeling of grandeur.
The journey from Pretoria to Victoria Falls (or vice versa) is almost 1000 miles, and lasts for two nights, with stop offs en-route. Heading north for Victoria Falls, the train passes through Botswana and Zimbabwe before reaching its final destination. Go through Mafikeng to enter Botswana before veering north for Mahalapye and through the Tropic of Capricorn. After breezing through the Zimbabwean border, travel up past Bulawayo and to Hwange Game Reserve - look out for wildlife while here.
The Victoria Falls is a fantastic way to end the journey. David Livingstone 'discovered' the falls in 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria - a nice British touch - and today they are home to adrenaline activities a plenty, from white water rafting to micro lighting. For those who like to live on the gentler side of life, there are gentle river cruises, game viewing, cultural visits, and horse and elephant trails in the surrounding area.
This journey is the best way to see three countries in almost as many days, while sampling all of the best bits.
Tom, Original Traveller