Whether you’re into the golden age of rail travel, a classic African train safari or a gentle day’s chuffing on a steam train, South Africa has some remarkable train adventures on offer.
Here are four to consider if you're keen to try a more languid means of getting from point A to B.
Dubbing themselves the world’s most luxurious train, Rovos Rail is all wood-panelled Victorian nostalgia and elegant silver service.
Aboard Rovos, the bubbly flows, the high teas are splendid and the wining and dining is formal and fabulous. The suites are named after famous money-men of British colonial times – and have huge windows, generous lounging space and paddock-size beds for maximum viewing pleasure.
Gentle journeys into Africa begin with a shrill whistle, great clouds of steam and the popping of champagne corks.
Linking famous African attractions like the red dunes of Namibia, South Africa’s glorious Garden Route and the game reserves of East Africa, Rovos journeys vary from 48-hours to a month. A classic is the six-day Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip.