How much does a trip cost on Rovos Rail? How long does a journey take? Rovos Rail offers a variety of journeys from 48 hours to 28 days. Please go to Journeys on the website for full details. Where do the journeys go? Rovos Rail covers the sub-continent of Africa with a variety of journeys. Do I have to do the full journey? Yes we prefer our guests enjoy the full journey experience. Can I combine some of the Rovos Rail journeys? Yes, the following journeys can be combined: Does Rovos Rail run year round?
Yes we do although some of our short journeys do not run during our winter months. Is the train pulled by steam locomotives? Use of steam has become increasingly difficult over the years as more and more water and coaling facilities have been scrapped. Diesel or electric locomotives are used while steam is used in and around the area of Rovos Rail Station.
Is it safe to travel through Zimbabwe? Are there different levels of accommodation on board? Yes there are three levels of accommodation available: Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. During the day this can be converted into a comfortable couch.
Please go to The Train for full details. What size are the beds? Do you have sittings for meals? Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00 and a formal dinner at 19h All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable.
A gong heralds lunch and dinner. Tea is usually served at 16h30 in the midway Lounge Car or Observation Car at the rear of the train.
Can you cater for special dietary requirements? We will do our best to cater for dietary requirements vegetarians, vegans, diabetics etc. If a special request has not been made, the chefs will endeavour to prepare suitable meals with the ingredients available on board.
We regret that we are unable to provide meals requiring strict religious observance in the preparation. Are all meals, drinks and excursions included in the price? When scheduled and in most cases, yes. Only off-train beverages are excluded on selected journeys.
What is the dress code on board Rovos Rail? For days on the train dress is smart casual. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. With regard to off-train excursions, we strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes, suntan lotion and hats as well as warm clothing for the game drives, which are on open vehicles and can get very cold. What service can I expect on board? The Train Manager and Deputy Train Manager are on hand throughout the journey to help with any queries.
What languages do the staff speak on board the train? Do I need to leave a gratuity for the Rovos Rail Staff?
Gratuities for the staff are at your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro-rata basis amongst the staff on board. What currency do I need? We accept all major credit cards on the train. Hotels and major dealers accept credit cards except in the Sudan. Larger denominations recommended for exchanging money to local currency especially in Tanzania as you get a better rate.
The Gift Shop on board might exchange money if currency is available — it is not normally catered for. Does Rovos Rail take children? Rovos Rail does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated and adult atmosphere we endeavour to maintain on board. This is particularly pertinent to our long journeys. There are no child-minding facilities on the train and no on-board activities for children.
Can disabled people travel on Rovos Rail? We regret that the dimensions of the passages and layout of the train are not suitable for wheelchair-bound passengers. Can I smoke on board Rovos Rail?
You may smoke in the Club Lounge situated towards the rear of the train. Smoking is strictly forbidden in all other parts of the train.
Can I buy memorabilia on the train? Due to fluctuating exchange rates we prefer Rands or credit cards for any purchases. Are there games on the train?
There are board games, playing cards and a card table most journeys. Is there room in my suite for my luggage? Yes there is enough space for six large suitcases. These can be stored on the overhead luggage rack or under the bed. Are there showers on board Rovos Rail? All the suites have an en-suite shower and Royal Suites have a shower and separate Victorian bath. Are there amenities on board Rovos Rail? Yes, Rovos Rail provides the following amenities: Is there an on-board safe?
An electronic safe is provided in the cupboard in each suite. Is there a laundry service on the train? There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons.
Please note that while we are providing a complimentary service we cannot be held responsible for items that may be damaged or lost in the process. There are no dry-cleaning facilities en route or on board the train. Do you provide dressing gowns on board? We provide a comfortable waffle weave one-size-fits-all gown plus slippers for each guest. How is the temperature controlled on the train? All public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems.
Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with individual temperature controls that can also be set to heat mode. Fresh-air intake is solved by opening a window. Windows should be closed while operating the air-conditioning unit. Electric under-blankets are fitted on the bed. What is the electricity voltage on the train? International adaptors are also available on board. Are there shaving plugs?
Is there a TV on the train? In keeping with the bygone era of the train there are no televisions, radios or Internet access. Is there mobile reception? In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites only.
The reception is poor while the train is moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated.
And although there are various reasons why a child might have to fly unaccompanied, there is no reason to worry about it. The child will need two copies of the form for each sector. One or two handed drop is available.
Does the train have security? When on board we encourage guests to close shutters or preferably shutters and windows in the suites. If left open the temptation provided for anyone standing on the platform might be too great. Safes are provided in your suite for valuables. The train doors in the passages are all locked from the inside.
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