Train Rides in South Africa

South Africa has astounding escarpments and terrains so take the opportunity to view it from a unique perspective: 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 train trip and observe picturesque scenery whilst sipping on refreshing cocktails.

Did you know? 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.

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 train times. For example, the Umgeni 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.

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.

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.

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

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