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Few places in the world evoke such a sense of awe, magic, history and romance than that of Africa. A land of unending contrasts, peppered with incredible natural wonders, deep rooted cultures and an impressive array of wildlife, whether you visit for a safari or a cultural tour you’ll discover that there really is nowhere in the world quite like Africa. An Imagine Rail Journeys holiday in Africa presents the ultimate way to experience this awe-inspiring continent, as you trundle through mountain ranges and untamed grasslands teeming with wildlife.

Whether you’re on board the luxury carriages of The Blue Train or settling into the Edwardian elegance of Rovos Rail, you’ll be spoilt for choice with off-train excursions and on board entertainment. Combined with stays in cities like Cape Town, safari lodge experiences, Victoria Falls discoveries and more, there’s no better way to experience all that Africa has to offer.

Train journeys through Africa

Blue Train

Linking the coastal beauty of Cape Town with the jacaranda trees of Pretoria, The Blue Train is the most lavish way to cross South Africa. En route the 27-hour service takes in the barren majesty of the Great Karoo wilderness, historic mining towns and endless savannahs, with an almost film-like reel of landscapes passing by the panoramic windows.
Of course, the on board service is as much an attraction as the destinations, so you can expect white linen-attired tables dressed in crystal glassware, polished wood cabins and the finest selection of cigars and drinks to enjoy.

Itinerary highlights

Looking out over the crashing water of Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’

Ticking off the Big Five – elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and Cape buffalo – on a stop in the Kruger National Park

Exploring the Kimberley mining town and peering over the edge of the Big Hole, the world’s deepest hand-excavated hole

Enjoying game drives, bush walking safaris and bird watching during a stop in Hoedspruit

Rovos Rail

When dinner starts with a gong, you know it’s going to be something special. That’s exactly what it’s like to travel on board Rovos Rail, whose fleet of trains are beautifully decked out in the finest fabrics and all mealtimes promise something unique and delicious, served with hand-picked South African wines. The trains are known as the ‘Pride of Africa’, taking you from the sophistication of Cape Town to the wide burnished deserts of Namibia, the breathtaking power of Victoria Falls to the storied battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. With expert guides to illuminate the destinations en route, a journey on Rovos Rail is more than just a way of getting from A to B, it’s a holiday in itself.

Itinerary Highlights

Savouring a luxurious hotel stay in Sun City Resort, surrounded by jungles, streams and waterfalls.

Spotting lions, zebra and the Big Five on the Nambiti Conservancy, a private retreat in KwaZulu-Natal

Travelling through Namibia’s vast, untamed deserts and curious German-styled coastal towns

Taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for magnificent views over Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean

Our latest African offers

All of our holidays include flights and transfers

Ultimate African Discovery & Blue Train Traveller

Ultimate African Discovery & Blue Train Traveller

The Wonders of South Africa & Rovos Rail Journey

The Wonders of South Africa & Rovos Rail Journey

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