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Top Billing experiences the Rovos Rail, a five-star time machine

Top Billing experiences the Rovos Rail, a five-star time machine

The best journeys are ones worth taking slowly, saying – we get there when we get there – and staring at the magic outside your window as you go. 

 
Rovos Rail, a five-star time machine

Rovos Rail is a five-star time machine that ambles at leisurely pace, transporting guests from across the world through the most evocative scenes Africa has to offer, to amongst its most renowned destinations.
These trains visit the Namib, take guests on golfing or birding safaris, host private events and it’s thanks to a moment of inspiration which struck in the mid eighties. When Rohan and his wife Anthea Vos took up a last-minute invitation on a Magaliesberg train trip for business suppliers, he was entranced and this world famous private train is the result.

Rovos Rail, a five-star time machine

Particularly for rail and steam enthusiasts, the private station at Capital Park, Pretoria is a treasure trove. Here each of the locomotives is named after the Vos children – Bianca, Tiffany, Shaun and Brenda Vos. The dream ‘was’ tested. In ’94 these magnificent trains were close to breaking even but the banks were jittery. So Roland came up with a trip from Cape Town to Vic Falls, advertised it in the U.K. – it was a hit and he never looked back. 

Rovos Rail, a five-star time machine

Amongst the dining cars on the various trains, some have been resurrected from scrap yards, extracted from shopping centres and restored or built from sleeper cars. The final, great revelation of the trip is that when you can’t check your mails or whatsapp messages every five seconds, you can survive and actually rather enjoy life. 

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Contacts:

Rovos Rail

w: https://www.rovos.com
f: https://www.facebook.com/rovosrail/
t: https://twitter.com/RovosRailTours

Zodwa Sithole
zodwa@rovos.co.za

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