On board Rovos Rail

Yesterday we took our first trip on the world class Gautrain.  We left from Sandton, the main economic hub of Johannesburg.   After 30 minutes of gliding above the busy traffic and watching the heart of the economic machine that drives our country, we arrived at Pretoria Station.

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From there we took an Uber taxi to the private railway station of Rovos Rail.

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Outside the Rovos Station.

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Inside the lounge.

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The Rovos Rail is a private company run Rohan Vos. He has named each engine after one of his children.  This one is Brenda.

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A visit to the Rovos Museum is a must.

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We appreciated seeing the animals that Rohan cares for at Rovos. Too old to work, he has given them a home.

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An old steam train was brought for the guests to explore and enjoy. This one is called Shaun, named after the eldest Vos son.

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After a lovely tea and welcome by Rohan, we started to board.

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All aboard for Cape Town!  Next stop Kimberley to visit the Big Hole and Diamond Museum.

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This coach is a restored one from 1939.

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The viewing deck at the end of the train is open.

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It is wonderful to relax in a lounge, watching the lovely Highveld vista’s move slowly by. One reason we chose the Rovos is because it travels slowly and one can enjoy the countryside.

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Guests can enjoy a drink before dinner. All drinks are included in the price.

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There are two dining cars. This one is a replica of one from 1928. The attention to detail and comfort is amazing.

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The delicious four course meal was produced in a small kitchen attached to the dining car. A wonderful first day….

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Author: valvs

I live in Umhlanga, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Much of my schooling was done in the Eastern and Western Cape. After I matriculated from Rhenish Girls' High in Stellenbosch, I went to Grahamstown Teachers' Training College. Most of my teaching was done in Margate and Durban. My hobbies are reading, traveling and photography.

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