Feel like an adventure but seeking something different from the regular, mundane, long drive or flight? If you’re curious about what the good old South African railway network has to offer, keep reading! South Africa has many stunning scenic train trips to offer that will tickle any travel adventurer’s tastebuds!
Let’s take a look at the top 5 train trips you can experience in South Africa today.
1. Rovos Rail
Also known as “The Pride of Africa”, the Rovos Rail is one of South Africa’s more luxurious train rides. Travel from Cape Town to Pretoria and take in some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, or bask in the luxury of a 15-day adventure from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam! Traveling through the heart of South Africa, stopping at historical towns along the way, crossing the border, and passing through Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. What more could you want from an African railway adventure?
2. Blue Train
“A window to the soul of Africa” - need we say more? There are several different adventures to choose from, but most travellers opt for the elegant 27-hour journey on this iconic train from Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa. Take in some of the most diverse and beautiful sights South Africa has to offer from the comfort of a luxury suite, or while you dine in the train’s dining car, which is the
epitome of sophistication.
3. Atlantic Rail
If you’re a wine lover, a steam train adventure to wine country is a must! This
vintage locomotive was built in 1929 and is a favourite among tourists and
locals! Get your vellies on and get ready to journey from Cape Town station to Spier Wine Farm in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch for an unforgettable wine and dine experience!
4. Umgeni Steam Railway
Photo: Graham Gillett
This railway is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who are passionate
about South Africa’s railway heritage. At least once a month you can embark
on a morning or afternoon railway journey of history and nostalgia, stopping at
Inchanga where the Inchanga Conservancy volunteers set up food stalls and a
craft market. There is also a fascinating railway museum to visit next to the
Inchanga train station!
5. Ceres Rail Company
Photo: Barbara Friedman
Choose from a variety of popular train trips along the Ceres railway track,
which dates back to the 1900s. From seasonal trips to view the spectacular
sight of thousands of wildflowers blossoming in the spring, or a return journey
from Cape Town to Ceres; a beautiful and scenic town often covered in snow
in the winter! A true South African gem, the Ceres Rail Company will take you
on a journey back into history.
For more ways to experience the best of South Africa by train, or otherwise, visit Veldskoen Travel.