• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

Find Accommodation in South Africa
Subscribe to our Feed
Posted on: Thursday, 4 April 2013

Gautengs Trains – Gautrain Meets Rovos Rail

Send to Kindle
The Gautrain

The Gautrain

In truth, there is no use comparing the luxurious Rovos Rail with the progressive, convenient Gautrain, as they offer completely different service to very different sectors and target markets. Still, both are significant, and fulfil very important roles in their own rights.

The Gautrain

This is a mass rapid transit railway system, designed to provide modern, fast transport between Johannesburg, the OR Tambo International Airport, and Pretoria Accommodation. This was developed in response to a major issue with traffic in these areas, which form South Africa’s commercial, entertainment and tourism hub.

The Gautrain has a total line length of 80 kilometres, or 50 miles, and travels at 160 kilometres (equivalent to 99 miles) per hour. There is an underground portion that extends for some 15 kilometres (or just over nine miles). Its main station is Johannesburg Park Station. Other significant stations are at Hatfield, Sandton, Rosebank, Centurion, Rhodesfield, and Marlboro. It comprises 24 train sets, but includes 125 buses as part of the fleet too. These work together to facilitate the transport of about 100 000 passengers every day.

As the Gautrain continues to be used more and more, additional bus stops are added, and their frequency revised. March 2013 saw an additional eight bus routes revised.

The Gautrain is not just a train. It integrates the train, busses and even parking so that transferring from one to the next is easy and convenient. Everything works by means of a smart card, which can be purchased from all ticket offices and ticket vending machines.

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail – The Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail is a luxurious private railway company that is based in Pretoria, Gauteng. The actual train is called The Pride of Africa and has been recognised as one of the world’s top 25 trains. In fact, this is much more than a train; it is a mobile hotel that offers its passengers nothing but the best.

The routes travelled can be undertaken in either direction and are between:

  • Pretoria and Cape Town
  • Pretoria and Durban
  • Pretoria and Victoria Falls (on the Zambia / Zimbabwe border)
  • Cape Town and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
  • Cape Town and Cairo (Egypt) – this is only undertaken once every two years and includes portions on a private chartered aircraft and lake cruiser.

The Pride of Africa comprises a number of different accommodation coaches (each complete with world-class furnishings and en-suite bathrooms). The smallest rooms measure 76 square feet (or 23 square metres), and the largest 172 square feet (or 52.4 square metres). The décor is elegant and opulent, making visitors feel every bit as special and pampered as they deserve.

In addition to the accommodation, there is also a non-smoking lounge, a smoking lounge, two non-smoking restaurants and an exquisitely appointed observation car, situated at the rear of the train for the best views imaginable.

The food is of a world class, and is served with delightful South African wines, acclaimed around the world for their quality and flavour. The team of qualified, dedicated chefs are passionate about using the freshest local ingredients and on showcasing South African cuisine.

During the day, passengers are encouraged to maintain a smart-casual appearance. The evenings, however, are a time to splash out and flaunt one’s finest formal wear.

Book your Rovos Rails Package Tours today.

Destination Info:

 

The Magnificent Rovos Rail

 

Amelia Meyer

About 

Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

Related Posts: