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A look inside the revamped Shongololo Express luxury rail line

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Luxury train group Rovos Rail has completed its purchase and refurbishment of 16 Shongololo Express coaches, which now forms part of the rail line’s offering.


Rovos purchased Shongololo Express in January 2016 for an undisclosed sum, and work began on renovating and refurbishing the coaches to be in line with Rovos’ standards.


The brief was to gut all existing bathrooms for a complete revamp, while the layout of the Shongololo’s Gold and Emerald cabins were overhauled to allow for more space.


All the rooms have now been fitted with wood-panelling, linen, day covers, curtains, paintings, carpets, towels and the Shongololo Express now comes with full amenities kits too.

The refurbished coaches are used on three new routes guests can take on the Rovos Rail, ranging between R52,000 and R95,000 for a 12-15 day trip.


Golf has been introduced to the Good-Hope trip, renamed Good-Hope Golf, with courses such as the Arabella Golf Estate, Ernie Els Oubaai, Fancourt, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club, Zimbali, Royal Swazi and Leopard Creek being available to guests.


All journeys are available in reverse and guests can purchase optional extras that include visits to cultural, historical or heritage sites and overnight stays at safari lodges. The rates do not include most lunches, beverages and laundry, the rail said.


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These are the top luxury trains in the world

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New World Wealth has released its Global Wealth Migration Review for 2018, which features a host of information about the world’s super-rich – where they’re moving to, what they invest in, and what they spend their money on.


South Africa does not feature prominently in the report, but does stand out as having two of the five most popular luxury train services in the world, frequented by the super-wealthy.


The famous Blue Train ranks as the third most popular luxury train service, just above the pan-African Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa journey, ranked as the fourth most popular.


Other luxury trains on the small ranking include the Orient Express in Europe, which ranked as the most popular of the lot, followed by the Eastern and Orient Express in Singapore as the second most popular, and the Royal Scotsman in Scotland as the fifth most popular.


The ranking was determined by sourcing information among top-end travel agents, as well as tracking the movement of wealthy individuals through the media.

 

Here’s a closer look at the five most popular luxury train services in the world:


1. The Orient Express (Europe)

  • Price: £700 – £8,000 per person (R11,800 – R135,000)
  • Trip: 1 to 2 days

2. Eastern and Oriental Express (Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand)

  • Price: $2,544 – $4,925 per person (R30,800 – R60,000)
  • Trip: 2 to 3 days

3. The Blue Train (South Africa)

  • Price: R20,850 – R30,415 per person
  • Trip: Overnight

4. Rovos Rail (Africa)

  • Price: R18,950 – R260,000 per person
  • Trip: 1 – 20 days

5. Royal Scotsman (Scotland)

  • Price: £2,829 – £10,909 per person (R47,700 – R184,000)
  • Trip: 2 – 7 days

Originally published on https://businesstech.co.za/news/wealth/220363/these-are-the-top-luxury-trains-in-the-world/ 

 

Rovos Rail to launch new route

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In July 2019 Rovos Rail will set off on a new 15-day trip across Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola.

 

"To be able to introduce a new adventure after 29 years in operation is exciting and presents me with a refreshing operational challenge," says Rohan Vos, owner and CEO. "It's taken over two years to acquire permission and have our proposed itinerary approved by the respective authorities. My team and I have flown across our borders on a few occasions to meet the relevant officials, drive the route and conduct site visits in an effort to smooth the way as best we can for our band of intrepid travellers who will hopefully join us on this expedition."

 

This inaugural trip sets off on July 16, 2019 from Dar es Salaam (a city familiar to Rovos Rail as it has been running its 15-day Cape to Dar trip since 1993), and includes a game visit in the Selous Reserve, a fly-in two-night safari in the South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) and a city tour of Lubumbashi (DRC). Thereafter, it joins the Benguela line for short walking tours detailing Angola's recent history with journey's end in Lobito. The voyage is available in reverse departing from Lobito (Angola) on August 2, 2019.

 

Rates, which start at US$12 820 per person sharing, vary according to suite type and are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, room service, laundry, an on-board historian and doctor as well as excursions and the fly-in two-night safari (accommodation, meals, bottled water and a limited wine selection). Not included are pre- or post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers.

 

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