Travelling is not about the destination. It is about the journey. There are much quicker ways to get from one point to the next, yet train travels at a slow pace phases out the daily life hustle and bustle rush hour chaotic streams.
It is the ideal escape getaway, savouring moments on the pathway reaching the desired destination.
Trains are a differing dimension, gradual travel embracing experience realms of the beyond.
Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam with Rovos Rail
The epic journey takes a full fourteen days. The pride of Africa trip passes through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe before reaching Tanzania.
A chance to experience diamond towns, historic villages, game reserves as well as Victoria Falls.
The high point is Great Rift Valley where there are dramatic viaducts, switchbacks and tunnels. There is also a twenty-eight day Cape to Cairo journey every two years.
South Africa – Blue Train Journey
The Blue train in South Africa is the most famous and has been dubbed as a 5-star hotel on wheels.
The meals, wine, accommodation with scenery along the 994-mile journey leaves from Pretoria taking off to the motherland of Cape Town takes about twenty-seven hours. This comes with stopovers.
There is also a trip from Pretoria to Durban at certain times during the year. This train journey with exclusive silk lines and bathroom gold fittings, cuisines by top chefs and nature scenes from the window is the ultimate experience in Africa
Namibia’s Desert Express
The Desert Express is a train for tourists between Windhoek and Swakopmund as well as Walvis Bay. There are excursions to the Etosha National Park. The elegant dining room is well equipped and conference facilities are on offer as well.The Desert Express in convenient modern and beats the desert heat.
Nairobi’s Jambo Kenya Deluxe
The Jambo Kenya Deluxe is a route between Nairobi and Mombasa. The overnight leisure trip from city to coast, savannah giraffes, zebras and ostriches are spotted while savouring gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Comfortable sleeping berths epitomizes the deluxe of the journey
Tanzania to Zambia with TAZARA
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA): Kilimanjaro and Mukuba express are passenger trains operating on TAZARA. It runs for 1860km between Dar Es Salaam and Zambia
Running a few times each week, the journey takes approximately two days and nights. This is for intrepid travellers with little concern for luxury or punctuality. The spectacular scenery makes up for delays and service
Tunisia’s ‘Lezade Rouge’
This antique ‘Lezade Rouge’ tourist train, runs daily into Atlas mountains foothills in the south of Tunisia.It passes through mining countries on the route from Metlaoui to Redeyef with periodic views. The journey is an hour long in each direction
South Africa’s Shosholoza Meyl
An alternative for budget travellers Shosoloza offers intercity journeys between Johannesburg and each major city. The pleasant journey takes the exact same route as luxury trains and costs less than $100. The trains are not elegant but comfortable and save flight hassles between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Travel overnight between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Rail features the classic 1950s-era British coaches with interiors of wooden panels. Elephants and baboons wander around in great sightings
Mauritania’s Train du Desert
Mysterious Mauritiana unravels in a 2 story passenger carriage, Train du Desert. Guest spend time at excursion spots like Chinguetti , the holy city the Azougui oasis, Ben Amira rock monolith.