South Africa Steam Trains

Travel by Steam Train and view South Africa from a unique perspective

South Africa Outdoor ActivitiesSteam Trains in South Africa

South Africa has astounding escarpments and terrains so take the opportunity to view it from a unique perspective: steam train trips.

Encounter a range of scenic splendours such as the stark beauty of the Karoo region, the flourishing cane fields of KwaZulu Natal and the lush South African Garden Route. There are numerous places in South Africa where one can go on a steam train trip and observe picturesque scenery whilst sipping on refreshing cocktails. Travel through the Drakensberg range, view the shimmering Magaliesberg waterfalls, the dazzling Johannesburg lights and the lush Cape Winelands.

KwaZulu Natal is home to several special trains where one can re-live the sights, sounds and smells of the old steam train times. For example, the Umgeni Steam Railway runs trips from Kloof up to Inchanga on the first and last Sunday of every month. The stations are set up to offer food to the hungry travellers or you can take your own picnic baskets.

In Port Elizabeth, be sure to ride on the Apple Express which will take you through the attractive city to Van Staadens where one can enjoy a lovely picnic and dazzling scenery. A steam train trip through the Garden Route in South Africa is an awesome experience, with its varying natural beauty, indigenous forests and glistening lakes.

South African Tour Companies will tailor-make your personal South African steam train trip to suit your interests. Whether you are looking for a tasty tour of the winelands, the thrill of the big 5 safari or an expedition through the lush Garden Route, these tours promise an unforgettable steam train experience.

If you wish to see the best of South Africa in style, then JB Train Tours in association with Friends of the Rail is definitely for you. Join Friends of the Rail on an incredible 15-day train adventure that will take you for a unique and interesting ride through South Africa. Also on the menu are visits to steam-train locomotive yards and the delight of travelling on steam trains. Many of the popular tourist destinations in our beautiful country will be visited namely Table Mountain, Robben Island and Spier Wine Estate in Cape Town, Durban and the uShaka Marine World, the friendly city of Port Elizabeth and the mystifying and famous Cango Caves at Outdshoorn.

If you wish for more luxury and to ride in style throughout South Africa then take a luxurious train safari on the magnificent Rovos Rail, the Shongololo Express and for true lavishness, take a trip with the luxurious Blue Train. The Rovos Rail is one of South Africa's finest luxury trains and offers you a supreme luxury train safari. Rovos Rail operates 2 classic trains of 20 superbly restored coaches, half of which date back to the 1920s. it has over 36 luxurious suites in which to relax in.

No matter what your preference, be sure to ride on a steam train in South Africa. This gorgeous country promises picturesque views and an unforgettable time! Just relax, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the scenery.

Popular Stream Train Excursions

Do it in Style on the Blue Train

Where? Depart from Pretoria
The elegance and opulence of bygone-days start even before you set foot onto the Blue Train. Europe may have had the Orient Express but Africa has the Blue Train. An hour before departure you will be ushered into the pre-departure lounge where...

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Umgeni Steam Train Trip

Where? Durban
If you're running out of steam on your holiday, take it easy at a train window while still taking in the country, it's countryside and it's history on one of South Africa's oldest steam trains. Steam puffs as a journey runs on railway lines build in...

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Train Trip with Friends of The Rail

Where? Pretoria North
Friends of the Rail offers fun vintage steam train outings for the entire family. Friends of The Rail brings the old SA railway history and technology alive in a living museum that is located in a real working railway environment. Ride our train...

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Rovos Rail is a luxurious private railway company that is based in Pretoria. The actual train is called The Pride of Africa and has been recognised as one of the world’s top 25 trains.

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