My Rovos Rail Review & the Giveaway of a Lifetime Valued at R57 000

I’ve long had a love for travel by train, probably owing to a trip to Cape Town my mom took with my brother and me when we were still little, just 4 and 6 I think. I lucked out in my professional capacity when I moved to London in 2008; my role as a brand manager for both SSP and Paramount Restaurants (now Brasserie Blanc) meant visiting my units and restaurants around the country, mostly by rail. As a visual creature, being able to look out of a window and actually see the landscape change is just magic. While flying is fast and convenient, you don’t really feel a part of the experience; travel by train is visceral.

I recently ticked off one of my wanderlist to-do’s: travel on Rovos Rail. One of the things I love about [finally] being my own boss is the freedom to design my life and workweek, sans guilt and that dreaded ‘can I please take leave’ conversation with the boss. So for my birthday this year, I decided to schedule some time-off and journey from Cape Town back to Pretoria with J on the world-renowned Rovos Rail. This two-night adventure across the Karoo, stopping along the way at Matjesfontein and either Kimberly or Bloemfontein (depending on which line you’re on) is a real treat and something you need to experience in your lifetime.

The journey started at 8:30AM on Monday morning in Cape Town at the Rovos Rail HQ on Adderley Street. Kagiso came bounding towards us with a spring in his step and a smile that didn’t leave him throughout the journey. Our luggage was whisked away and we were offered some bubbly and a seat in the lounge, accompanied by music from The Palm Strings (I see what they did there) on violin and guitar. When all passengers had arrived we were introduced to the team, briefed and then led to our cabins on the train by our host/hostess for the duration of the journey.

The cabins are fully contained with everything you need for the trip, no detail spared. The walls are paneled with dark mahogany, there’s art on the walls and the loo has the best ever-changing view. We stayed in a Deluxe Suite which has a double bed, mini bar, tea/coffee station, a fold-away table and two chairs which serve as a small lounge area. The bathroom has a shower, basin, loo and heater, ideal for those nippy winter mornings.

By 11 AM we were on our way, that gentle rock and lull everything I’d hoped it’d be. The views leaving the Cape through the winelands were breathtaking; green vineyards bordered by hazy purple mountains. We sat in the formal lounge in the front for a while, drinking tea, nibbling on snacks and taking it all in.

If you hate food (do such people even exist?) then traveling on Rovos Rail is certainly not for you; the trip is essentially a 48-hour feast punctuated with sleep. The dining cart is truly otherworldly and I love that guests are required to dress up at meals times, it creates atmosphere and sets the scene for the experience which is nothing short of regal. The food, drink and service is excellent and it’s hard to believe a small train kitchen is capable of fare like that which we enjoyed. I mean: lobster. Are you kidding me? I knew we were in for a treat, but I really didn’t anticipate lobster.

And if six three-course meals aren’t enough, there’s high tea served in the observation car at the tail of the train in the afternoons too. We loved the observation car and ended up spending most of our time there playing games, reading, writing and enjoying the bar and company of other travellers. Food and drink is all-inclusive so the only cash one needs to carry is to leave a tip for the amazing staff at the end of the journey (at your discretion of course). And maybe a little for a quick drink at the bar in Matjesfontein, the first stop. I’ve always wanted to visit this one-horse town, home to the shortest guided bus tour in Africa: 5 minutes, and a real hoot. We had an hour to stretch our legs at sunset in this sweet little Karoo town.

If you’re a light sleeper then I’d recommend packing the Melatonin or Somnil; sleeping on a moving train is unusual and can be a little disruptive. The trains generally do stop for a good few hours during the night to ensure some peaceful, stationary sleep. I slept much better on the second night, perhaps the excitement of the first got to me. I loved sleeping with the blinds open to let sunrise over the Karoo in and to wake up with the light. Heaven.

The final day of our journey, the Wednesday, was really special for me. I woke up on my birthday to a cabin full of balloons, bunting hanging across the cabin, the whole nine yards. We had a lazy morning and enjoyed our last breakfast aboard the train before pulling in to the station just outside of Pretoria. I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable way to spend my birthday, the last one before I become a mom. Eep!

The Rovos Rail 2-for-1 Winter Promotion

If this is a trip you’d like to add to your wanderlist, the folks at Rovos Rail are offering residents of South Africa and its neighbouring countries a 50% reduced rate on board a two-night Cape Town journey between April and September each year. The 2-for-1 rate is R14 325 per person (as opposed to R28 650 per person) and includes accommodation in a Deluxe suite, all meals on board, all alcoholic and other beverages, all off-train excursions (if the train is running to schedule), room service and a limited laundry service. The offer does not include flights, transfers or gratuities for the train staff.

SA Airlink now offer flights to and from Wonderboom Airport which is 11.4km from the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria where all train journeys begin or end.

Pretoria to Cape Town – the train departs at 15h00 on a Wednesday or Friday afternoon and gets into Cape Town on a Friday or Sunday evening at about 18h00.

Cape Town to Pretoria – the train departs on a Saturday or Monday morning at 11h00 and gets into Pretoria at about 12h00 on a Monday or Wednesday.

To book this winter 2018 special, e-mail Regardo on regardo@rovos.co.za

Giveaway

Right, so let me get straight to the sexy bit you’re dying to know more about. The kind folks at Rovos Rail have given me the trip of a lifetime to gift to one lucky reader for two people aboard one of their luxurious trains, valued at R57 000. The winner and his/her plus one will get to enjoy two nights in a Deluxe Suite on a Cape Town to Johannesburg or Johannesburg to Cape Town journey between April and September 2018, all food and drink included.

Please note these T’s & C’s before you enter:

  • Prize valid only from April – September 2018
  • Prize does not include flights or transfers, the cost of these will need to be covered by the winner and his/her plus one
  • Prize does not include staff gratuities
  • Prize valid only for the Cape Town to Johannesburg or Johannesburg to Cape Town routes
  • Prize winner and his/her partner must be over the age of 18

This is how you can enter, there are five ways and you can enter once via each method to up your chances of winning this phenomenal prize:

  1. Comment on this blog post (please include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you’ve won, don’t worry it will not be visible to anyone but me) and tell me who you’ll be taking on this once-in-a-lifetime journey with you. I’d love a sentence or two explaining why you’ve chosen said partner in crime, but it’s totally okay if you’d prefer to keep your reason to yourself. Make sure to tell your friend/loved one to reciprocate to up your chances of winning.
  2. Share this Facebook post with your friends
  3. Tweet and tell me why you deserve to win this epic prize, be sure to include the hashtag #BrandslutXRovosRail so I can track your entry
  4. Take a screen-grab of this Instagram post and re-share it with your Instagram audience, be sure to caption it with a little blurb about who you want to spoil on this trip (tag them if they’re on Instagram) and be sure to include the hashtag #BrandslutXRovosRail so I can track your entry. You’ll need to be following me (@Brandslut) and @RovosRail on Instagram to qualify. If reposting is not your thang, then leave a comment on my original Instagram post, just be sure to follow me and @RovosRail to qualify.
  5. Get creative with an Instastory, just be sure to tag me (@brandslut) so I can track your entry.

Competition closes midnight on October 31st, winner will be selected using an online random integer generator. The winner will be announced by 6 November 2017.

Fingers crossed!

Brandslut xoxo

277 Comments

    1. I will take my husband, Trevor, on this awesome trip! September 2018 marks our 5 year wedding anniversary and this will be the perfect way to celebrate it.

    1. I adore trains! I would take my son for his 21st birthday next year as he’s my favourite guy.

    1. I recently got engaged to the love of my life after 6 years of being together. She has been dying to show me the rest of South Africa and top of our list is do a trip through Karoo as we have never been west of the country and this would be a dream trip for us before we start planning our wedding to spend the rest of our lives together <3

    1. I would take my partner who has been obsessed with trains since he was a little boy. At school we would take the train on an overnight trip from Pretoria to Pietermaritzburg for a Derby day against one of the schools there. I have amazing memories of sharing a six sleeper cabin with my friends and the three level bunk beds. Travelling with Rovos Rail would be a dream come true!

    1. Omg…great giveaway!

      I would take my fiance…who would then be my husband (ysy!!)…as we getting married first week of April :) …so this would be an amazing wedding gift to use after the big day :)

    1. My fiance and I are getting married in November, and this trip next year would just be the icing on the cake! We love the South African country side, and he adores train travel – we dream of taking this trip together.

    1. Oh. My. Word. I feel like this competition was created purely for ME to enter!!!!!!!! I would do anything to win this! I would take my husband, Bruce!!!! We have not been on holiday together alone since our honeymoon almost 6 years ago- not even for a night! We would be SO happy to win this and finally get our holiday for two!!! 😬👫 holding thumbs for this increadible giveaway! 👏🏼

    1. Sorry – correct email!

      Me me me ! What a once-in-a-life-time opportunity! Bucket list competition for me and my husband!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. I would love to spoil my best friend, who has been my pillar of strength whilst I’ve been going through my divorce. We’re both totally food obsessed so believe me, no dining opportunity offered on board would go unappreciated! It would be an absolute dream to escape for a few days and go all out indulging in what Rovos rail has to offer.

      Ps I absolutely love my brows and have sent over your details to a couple friends now suffering from brow envy 😉

    1. Very cool article. My wife & I did the shosholoza last year. While it most definitely doesn’t hold up to the Rovos Rail. It was a fun experience traveling by train. I’d take my lovely wife & my camera. 😜 Cause I couldn’t imagine this experience without Emma. My camera cause you gotta take pictures. 😉🚂

    1. I’d deeefs take my boyfriend, Corne On this trip. He’s not only my boyfriend but my best friend as well! January he will be leaving on a 4 month adventure abroad so this trip will be a great suprise for when he returns so he can experience our beautiful country with me obviouslyy 😉

    1. Oh wouldn’t this be just the best little getaway for my fiancé and I. Our brand new baby girl will be just a year old in September next year (old enough to leave with her grand parents for two nights) and this would be a journey of a lifetime for us…
      please random winner generator pick us xoxoxo

    1. I would take my husband as a belated babymoon (baby due March 2018). We are expecting our second baby and there has just never been money for a babymoon. As this will be my last pregnancy :( its now or never.

    1. Hello!

      I’m getting married in November and as much as I’d love to take my amazing husband with this trip would be the ultimate gift for my grandpa! He’s 91years old and still an absolute legend- he would literally cry at the idea of a trip in this epic train. It really would be the most special 2 day trip for us together. I really hope you choose me as this is definitely something that will never be forgotten by my grandpa & i.

      Love
      Alex Ferguson

    1. I would love to go on this adventure with my boyfriend, Carel.

      “Let’s meet for coffee and then go on lots of adventures together. And then let’s meet for coffee again right afterwards.

    1. I would love to win this train trip – it’s been on my bucket list forever! I would take my aunt with me. We are very close – she has been through so much in her life – and I would love to spoil her with thisonce-in-a-lifetime experience.
      K

    1. After living in Cape Town for 5 years, I moved back to Joburg a year ago now and the hardest part of my move was leaving my best friend (more like my sister) behind – we’d moved to Cape Town within a month of each other in 2012. She’s emigrating next year and this incredible trip would be the most amazing way for us to having one last epic girly adventure before she embarks on her new journey overseas!! :)

    1. AH – MAZING! This is seriously an incredible giveaway… wowzers! Rovos is on mine and Hubby’s bucket list so we would LOVE to ticket it off! Fingers, toes and all good things crossed!

    1. This is totally on my bucket list! And you had me at “48 hour feast punctuated by sleep” . I will definitely take my favourite husband Jonathan !

    1. Next year marks a decade of marriage to my husband/bestie. We love exploring this beautiful country of ours and love going off the beaten path to find hidden gems. A rail adventure sounds just up our alley!

    1. It was my dream to take my Gran on this Rovos rail trip through her birthplace but as she is no longer with us I would love to take my mom or my husband. I feel like I was born in the wrong era so this trip would be a dream come true! What an amazing giveaway!

    1. I’d take my husband, because I can guarantee that a night on a rocking train would result in more sleep than our three kids are currently blessing us with ;)

    1. I would love take my husband. We recently got married and in the beginning when we first started dating we were students and back then my husband never had a car but he would always make a way to visit me. He lived in Stellenbosch and I lived in the northern suburbs. And most of the time he would take the train. He kept all his train tickets of each his visits to me – it would be the sweetest prize to win and would add a lovely memory as husband and wife.

    1. This sounds absolutely delightful and so luxurious and relaxing. I would definitely take my husband Chris, a hard worker who seldom takes time off for himself. What an amazing prize!

    1. I would take my husband John. He has always told me that he would love to go on the Rovos Rail to CT. would be such a lovely spoil!

    1. I’d take my husband of course! Our second baby is due early next year and, even though I love being a mom, it will be amazing to have a romatic weekend alone with my husband!

    1. So if I won this prize I would gift it to my lovely Granny and Mom. My Gran grew up with train trips in her life and it would be a dream for her to experience this again. It looks lovely 💜

    1. I’d take my husband to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary in August next year. Our kids will be 3 and 1.5 then which seems like the perfect time for a little breather and to reconnect. This will be pure bliss!

    1. I would definitely take my husband. This trip would be perfect for celebrating our 14th/15th wedding anniversary. We have both often fantasized of going on a luxury train journey.

    1. Oh my goodness!! The trip of a lifetime!
      Hubby and I have travelled extensively in South East Asia but are still dying to see more of our own beautiful country!! This would be the perfect way to start.
      We also celebrated our 5th year wedding aniversary it was a few days after the birth of our little girl, and so a little overshadowed 🙈😂
      I would love to wine and dine with him aboard the Rovos Rail in celebration of our anniversary ❤️

    1. I’d take my mum on this trip. Living overseas I seldom get to spend quality time with her so I’d leave the kid with the husband and fly out from Dubai to enjoy a much needed break with my pillar of strength, my mum.

    1. I would take my husband Tobie – it is on our bucket lists of things to do in SA and spoke about it again over the weekend. We both LOVE traveling by train

    1. Would love to win this trip of a lifetime. I would take my precious hubby along and as we will be celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary in May 2018 it would be a perfect time away for us celebrating our life together despite so many health challenges.

    1. Wow. I would take my partner; we have been together a long time, recently got married, but haven’t yet had our honeymoon.

    1. This would be a dream! Next year I celebrate my 50th birthday and want a year of travel and fun adventures to mark it. I would take my husband of 28 years who is obsessed with trains nearly on the same level as Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang!

    1. I would take my amazing husband SJ. We had our first baby end of August and he took off a whole month and literally did everything around the house, from cleaning, cooking, dishes, washing, shopping you name it! Giving me time to only focus on our little baba! So think this will be a lovely and well deserved spoil!

    1. I will be taking my husband on this once-in-a-lifetime journey because he has been there for me through so much, he works so hard and works weekends so he really needs a break plus we are celebrating our wedding anniversary and what better way than to celebrate doing something neither of us have ever done in our lifetimes. This would be a dream come true as this is something that is on my bucket list.

    1. Looks like pure magic!
      In the interests of self preservation I would have to take my beautiful wife on this trip of a lifetime!

    1. I would feel like a million dollars. It will take me back to the movie Out of Africa. This trip has always been on my bucket list. Let’s make it happen

    1. We would absolutely love to do this. I would go with my wonderful husband who would be in his element!!

    1. I would love to spoil my boyfriend. He asked me out two years ago (after being friends for 7 years) and I said no because I was afraid. Now we’ve taken the leap two years later and i need to make it up to him for having said no back in the day. He spoiled me, I’d love to spoil him now.

    1. Oooh i need a break, like for real. and what better way than relaxing on a train while suffering from a food coma with my man crush and playing board games, aaannnnd getting to tick off my bucket list, aah, heaven!

    1. I would love to gift this to my folks… They do so much for me!

    1. For this once-in-a-lifetime experience I would take my friend Emma. She was an outstanding travelling companion in Morocco and I think this trip would prove to be even more fun – with much less hassle. Plus she is the ultimate instagram husband, Karoo-lover and champagne-toasing buddy!

    1. What an incredible experience! And one so beautifully captured by your words! I would like to take my fiance on this bucket list trip to relax and lap up lavish luxuary before our wedding.

    1. I would spoil my loving fiance’ with this surprise. We have been together for 4 years and have 2 boys. We don’t have the money for a wedding or a honeymoon, but this would be a dream come true vacation trip for us. Holding thumbs!

    1. What an awesome prize!! 31 May 2018 will be our 10 year anniversary; 2 kids later and I’ve forgotten what it’s like being alone with each other for more than a few hours….gosh how big miss it.
      This would truly be a dream come true for us.

    1. What a glorious experience for you and it would be unbelievable if I won this once in a lifetime trip! I would love to take my amazing hubby but I think my mom and I need this trip together and it will be so special and well deserved. My loving man will happily babysit while my mom and I enjoy the delights of such a gorgeous adventure. She is such a huge support to us, always encouraging us to focus on one another, take time together and helping where she can with our angel child. So this would be a fabulous surprise for her. Pick me, please!

    1. OMG, what a dream prize! I would take my partner – it is our 10 year anniversary next year and it would be amazing to spoil him with this once-in-a-lifetime trip

    1. I would take my lovely wife who has given me everything I need in my life. The best gift of my beautiful baby girl. Nothing I do could ever return the favour but this trip comes close.

    1. I would love to take my daughter Illona on this once-in-a-lifetime journey because she had 3 brain tumours and only one could be removed, resulting in blindness in one eye, so she has had a long struggle with this and I know that she has always wanted to go on the Rovos Rail as it is something we have never done and to be able to spend time with her would be so wonderful.

    1. wow this would be the best trip ever and I would without a doubt take my wife because we are celebrating 27 years of blissful marriage, our daughter is getting married next year so we are going to need this wonderful distraction to take away the empty nest syndrome.

    1. This is something my hubby and I have often spoken about and I have dreamed of doing, so I would most definitely take him with!! It sounds like the most precious trip to share with your favourite person in the world. The sights and sounds as our gorgeous South African landscape rolls past, the faces of happy people who greet you as you steam past, the excited hum of chatter on-board the train and of course, the decadence of top-class food and a regter egter “high tea”, sjoe!! What more could a girl ask for other than that she share it with her one true love. If I won, I would love to time it to coincide with my birthday too next year! What a fantastic way to celebrate life in true South African luxury and style!! Yay for Rovos Rail and good luck to everybody…. someone’s dream is going to come true!!!

    1. I would love to take my husband Andrew Owen-Jones on this trip. I used to travel from CT to Durbs to visit my granny when i was very little and Ive always said it is my favorite way to travel-i getting horribly motion sick so the train is to me the ultimate travelling system as it has no motion that can really make you nauseous. And what fun to be in the ultimate height of luxury on Rovos rail.

      Their once was a young girl called Camilla
      Husband Andrew, who she adored, he loved his boat and his tiller
      She wanted to broaden his horizon trail
      And won a trip on board Rovos Rail
      They had a blast, and saw the past and now their lives are so much fuller

    1. I would take my wife Laurette. We used to drivr between Kimberley and Potchefstroom regularly as we were dating long distance at the time. Many times I would see the Rovos Rail train as it went past the flamingoes just outside Kimberley! Always wished I could take her on Rovos Rail one day!

    1. I’ve never been on a train before so would absolutely LOVE to win this experience!!! I’d be taking my boyfriend along with me if I was the lucky winner as this is such a romantic trip to experience with your lover. Living a busy life in JHB, this would be such a great way for the 2 of us to just unwind and have fun… in amazing luxury of course!

    1. Sounds like the experience of a lifetime.
      I would take my Prince of a husband who has been phenomenal since the birth of our new baby girl in May. Washing, cooking, dishes, nappies …..you name it he does it so we can have some bonding time and I can get those extra zzzzzzz. He is absolutely amazing and this trip would be an awesome THANK YOU present to him.

    1. I would take my amazing husband. He’s a very talented photographer, so you can be sure of some awesome photos! We did a trip to Cape Town on Shosholoza Meyl last year and absolutely loved it! This would be the experience of a lifetime 😊

    1. I would love to win this.
      I will take my husband, he took us on an amazing honeymoon 12 years ago, this would be an awesome surprise to him!

    1. Wow ! What an offer ! I would die of an heart attack if I could go…

    1. An exciting classy train trip would be a very romantic and meaningful experienc3 for my guy and myself. We have found each other in our Autumn years after both being alone for decades… .
      We both love trains as my Father was a steam train engine driver and my new love travelled by train as I did in our youth …that was the means of travel to collage sporting activities visits to holiday or family destinations…
      It would be a thrilling dream come true for us .!!

    1. I know I should say I would take my husband but to be honest my friend, Chantal, deserves it more. I would love to spoil her with this trip, as she has had a very rough year with her dad passing away, her fiancé up and leaving her to go to the UK without her as well as all the other hardships that go with running a full time photography business. With all this happening, I don’t think she has been on a holiday in 18 months and really could use a little break and a spoil.

    1. Definitely would take my husband as we haven’t had a honeymoon (baby made it a bit difficult) and our second one is on the way. So we totally deserve this hahaha

    1. I have always wanted to do a long distance journey by train. And I would take my gorgeous husband on this adventure.

    1. My sister and I have never travelled together, but share such a love of adventure, food and wine :) This would be such a wonderful opportunity to fulfil that dream together!

    1. I am not sure if Rovos Rail in wheelchair friendly? I would give anything to experience the Trip of a lifetime it’s one of my bucket list wishes. Last night I watched a Rivos Rail wedding on TV and it was fairy tale perfect.

    1. This would be an amazing trip to celebrate our five year anniversary. My partner in crime for this amazing ride would be my vest person… My husband.

    1. Pick me, pick me: I’m ALL for 48-hours of feasts and naps :)

      What an incredible prize! I’ve been obsessed with Rovos Rail lately: the on-board etiquette, style and the memories of bygone days. I would love to take this trip of a life-time with my boyfriend.

    1. This is so awesome, I just see this train pass Upington to Namibia and I do Inspections since we are the The port of entry. I have been dreaming of taking a tour in one and I still believe that one day my day will come, when I win I will take my sister with me because she looks up to me and I would love to have this experience with me. I Love Rovos ,such Class and Luxury im a go getter and this dream shall come true

    1. Oh gosh I need this in my life BADLY. Our twins arrived 7 weeks early and that meant that not only did we miss our baby moon, but also landed up having to move up our wedding to a few hours after they were born (in my hospital wedding gown 4 hours after labour and a C-section). Sigh…….

      This trip looked incredible and a great way to reconnect and remind me about life after babies :)

    1. This trip is truly a once in a lifetime experience, to be shared with a very special someone!

    1. I would definitely take my hubby, Chris. He has a huge love for trains and there is not a lot of options when it comes to travelling by train here (although the trip to the airport does get him excited- hahaha.)

    1. It’s been a dream of mine to gift my grandmother a trip on the Rovos rail. She loves traveling by train and experiencing the South African landscape in this way. She would love every second!

    1. Lovely article, and great photos. A trip like this has been on my bucket list since forever, would love to take my wife on this trip.

    1. I would love to take my husband, my person, Gareth with me. August 2018 will be our 10 year wedding anniversary. I lost my dad recently, and his death has taught me to enjoy your partner and life to the fullest while you have the time. This trip would allow us to do just that.

    1. I would take my boyfriend with,I believe the Universe brought our two souls together because we weren’t in contact for years and out of the blue we started talking again,and it felt like home.Ive always known in my heart that he is The One and hopefully on winning this mind blowing giveaway it can bring us even more closer together.My mom grew up in Matjiesfontein and I would love for him to explore it with me along with some fine dining and hospitality on that magical train. Can’t wait to be wrapped up in class,royalty,elegance and enjoying our beautiful landscape with my sweetheart.

    1. I will take my partner in crime, My husband Peter, because we have been together for so many years, but we have never really had the opportunity to do an adventure together, and the Rovos Rail is one of our bucket list adventures, it would be simply fantastic to board that train and enjoy all the delicious decadent delightful food and sights, getting no sleep, but enjoying every moment of the once in a lifetime adventure.

    1. Wow! My Mom turns 70 next year and this would be the perfect surprise for her. She has always wanted to do a train trip. Holding thumbs for a mother daughter train trip across SA!

    1. Talk about once in a life time trips, this sounds like it could take the cake! I would love to sit on the observation car with my boyfriend Alex! He is a true gem and I would love to spoil him for just being as amazing as he is!

    1. I’d defnitley take my mom! As soon as I read this, I instantly thought of her. My love for travel stems from her and her adventourous spirit. She’s afforded me so many opportunities, so I would love to win this for her!

    1. Wow, what an incredible prize!
      I’d love to take my mom. When we were kids my dad used to work for a company linked with the Shosholoza Meyl (the over night train in South Africa) so we would take the train from JHB to Cape Town all the time. My dad has since passed away but my mom and I still associate trains with my dad. It would be such a nice way to remember our childhood travels.

    1. Hi Misha! This trip looks truly divine! I would love to take my Mom, she has been in remission from breast cancer for 10 years to date and in the last year has so bravely helped my father to fight his colon cancer, not to mention the incredible support she has given me with a very big move from Bloemfontein to Cape Town in the last year. She deserves a break and this would be an absolute treat for her.

    1. I would love to take a “mom and daughter” trip like this. I’ve always wanted to share my love for travel with my mom and what better way than by train seeing our beautiful country!

    1. I would take my co-everything-husband-human-Ross. We absolutely love train travel and try to sample it in every corner of the planet we visit, but its usually a little rough around the edges (which has its own charm). We have however never had the operativity to travel on something as majestic and graceful as the Rovos, what a spoil!

    1. As I drive past the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria on a daily basis, I long to be one of those luxurious train cabins!
      I would definitely want to take my handsome boyfriend with as I feel that we both are always ready for new adventures, especially when it comes to travelling. #travellingpartners #adventure #RovosRail #win #brandslut #luxury

    1. Wow – what a beautiful journey. Thank you for the detailed blog and stunning photos. This is indeed a dream come true trip for anyone! I would love to win this prize and give it to my elderly parents. My father just celebrated his 74th birthday and he would love to go on this trip as he struggles to drive very far after two hip replacements. Fingers crossed that I win!

    1. This sounds amazing! My husband and I are turning 30 and this would be the PERFECT celebration.

    1. This item has been in my busket list for such a long time! Would really be a once in a life time experience that I’d love to share with my guy! Your amazing post and stunning photos have made me want to do this trip even more!

    1. I would take my mom, it is a lifetime dream of hers to go on the Rovos and it would be such a special memory to be able to share this adventure with her. She has worked so hard to provide for me all her life and it would mean so much to be able to give her a little something special back.

    1. I would love to take my hubby, Struan, for a trip on the Rovos rail- a trip my folks did and raved about! Baby number two arrives in the next week or two and life will be hectic for a few months- would so love some time out together in such luxury xx

    1. This would be such a perfect trip to share with my husband, who is generally the most supportive, generous and fun-loving person I’ve ever met . I can already see us taking this in April next year:
      1. April is our anniversary month – 4 wonderful years 5 April 2018
      2. We were planning to travel to Gauteng in April next year for my father in law’s 60th, so why not arrive in style?
      Amazing giveaway.

    1. Would LOVE some quality one-on-one time with my husband, Geoff. We don’t get a lot of it. We have 3 daughters (10, 3 and 1), work full-time and both studying part-time next year. This would be epic, a great opportunity to tick it off the bucketlist and a MUCH nicer experience when compared to our last train trip together – an overnight train in Vietnam sharing with 3 strangers.

    1. I was still very little, probably not even in school yet; when my aunt and uncle came to visit us from The Netherlands. Part of their trip to SA was to go on the Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Cape Town and I was lucky enough to go with my parents to drop them off at the station. We were allowed to go onto the train to have a brief look prior to departure; I was too young to truly understand what the adults were “ooh-ing and aah-ing” about but the sheer magic of being on such a beautiful train stuck in my mind. Fast forward quite a few years and my game ranger husband and I worked at a lodge adjacent to the Kruger Park, where we would host Rovos Rail guests spending the night on one of their trips going up North in Africa, yet again so close to the magic that is Rovos Rail. For this reason, should I win this prize I will take my husband with me; to fulfil a childhood dream of going on a train trip, but not just any train trip – a trip on the Rovos Rail with my best friend and soulmate!

    1. Definite bucket list trip! Mom – pack your bags.
      Been living in London for the past 18 months – would love to come home and spend some quality time with her!

    1. I’d definitely take my sister on this trip. I left SA shortly before she turned 21 and it was a big knock for us both, almost like I’d left her hanging on the brink of adulthood to figure it all out by herself. And she did. Next January she turns 25 and just as I’ve returned home she’s setting off to work in USA which means this would be the first-cum-last birthday of hers that we’d celebrate together for a long while, if ever. Making this a milestone in both our lives would be the greatest gift I could ever give her and one that would make up for all special occasions that I’m always missing out on.

    1. This would be the ultimate #baecation! My Dutch boyfriend and I were planning to take the scenic route back from CPT this past winter but with our student budgets we could only afford the normal train tickets so opted to sadly fly back! Winning this would make me the best long distance girlfriend on his trip to SA, not forgetting how Instagram worthy and bloggable the trip will be:)

    1. I’m freshly divorced so still on the waiting list for my perfect partner to accompany me on this once of a lifetime trip. My parents enjoyed the same experience for my Father’s 70th birthday last year and having spent 40 years together, I could only want to do the same with my perfect partner, the one I haven’t met yet but I envision doing so before April 2018 in time to whisk him away on this idilic journey.

    1. Wow, this is incredible!!! This has always been on my bucket list, but I think I’d have to send my Mom and my Dad in my place – it’s my Dad’s 60th Birthday in December and they have ALWAYS dreamed of going on the Rovos Rail. What an incredible spoil this would be for the old ducks!! :)
      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make me the best daughter in the world!

    1. I would love to do a train trip with my husband. Clear the mind and view parts of our beautiful country!
      What a complete spoil! Never experienced such luxury and all inclusive!

    1. A trip on Rovos Rail with my husband of too many years to mention would be soooo special.A real trip down memory lane!

    1. What an amazing prize! Would be an incredible experience. I remember my friend’s dad told me once that he would love to travel on the RovosRail one day. He made it soumd incredible. I didn’t know much about it. After googling it, I added it to my bucket list! I followed your insta posts and made me want to move it up on my bucketlist. Just last night on Wedding Bashers, the couple got married on the platform and had the reception on the Rovos Rail. Looked stunning!
      Great photos and blogpost by the way!
      Would really love to experience this adventure with my friend Ricardo, who also has an adventurous spirit. Haven’t seen him in so long. This would be a great catch up session.

    1. I’d love to take my husband for our two year wedding anniversary in May 2018! This trip is a must-do item on our bucket list ☺️

    1. I’m a train fanatic. My American wife is a South African fenatic. And this would be the most perfect gift to her as a ‘push present’ for just giving birth to our little girl. Proudly South African, and proud to show off our country to my wife.

    1. Ah this is undoubtedly the giveaway of a life time! I would share the journey with my partner, a man of seemingly endless kindness and grace, who has always dreamed of going on the Rovos rail :)

    1. Eeeek! What a fantastic giveaway! And you posted this review on my birthday :) Feels like good luck. I will take someone special with me. Can’t say who just yet.

    1. What a very generous give-away. Holding thumbs for this one.
      Hmmmm …. I’d like to say that I would take my husband in a heartbeat. He woukd love it.

    1. Wow! What a cool giveaway. I would take my husband. We both turned 40 this year. Met at 19. This would make an excellent happy 21 years together gift.

      I really really hope you pick me :)

      I’ve commented, shared on FB and re-instagrammed this. Holding thumbs and toes x

    1. What a magic giveaway! Train travel is my absolute favourite for the same reasons you describe in your post and in fact is always one of my highlights when traveling in Europe. It would be a dream to use this prize to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday next year as he much prefers an intimate celebration vs a big party and this would hit all the right notes. Here’s hoping 🤞🏽 x

    1. Misha, as this is a once-in-a-life-time gift I would with out a doubt wish to enter but if I am the lucky one to won! This price will go to my dear parents Marie and Steve Procter!! This won’t be enough in value to say “thank you” to two of the best buddies, we have but surely give them both an indication how dear and loved they are!!

    1. I would take my husband. It would be a much needed and special break to celebrate 10 years of marriage! This is a lifetime dream trip!

    1. Umm….yes please! Bucket list stuff, I’ve loved trains since the day I landed on planet Earth and this little trip would certainly mark a high point in my lifelong quest to ride as many as possible in as many randomly exotic locations as possible. No question my partner in crime would be my superstar wife and mom of our little 1 year old chaos maker, she would absolutely love this, and totally deserves it…though, having read the other comments, so do so many of your readers…

    1. I would love to win this trip. My husband and I are seperated and if I could get the chance to take him on a romantic getaway to show him why we fell inlove in the 1st place, I would be truly blessed. He is the biggest adventurer and he would totally freak out.

    1. My husband is the most hard working man on this planet. As he works 7 days a week, where most people his age are retired, we did’nt even get to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Winning this prize would be such an amazing treat to surprise him with!

    1. Wow, I would love to take my deserving husband on a trip that we have spoken about many times but could only dream of. Imagine…..

    1. Ah what a prize!!! My hubby and the father of our triplet little girls! What a relaxing treat this would be xxx

    1. If I win, and I cross my fingers and toes I do, I would take my wife Susan. We both share a passion for food and stunning scenery and new experiences. And my guess is this would be a once in a lifetime experience!!!

    1. What a dream come true! It is definitely one of the bucket list when traveling in South Africa. I would really love to take my mom with to this trip. Finally she is finally retired and she deserved to be spoilt. And travel with her heart content! She hardly travel much when I was younger because she works so hard to raising us up. Really want to give a special gift and treat her like a queen!

    1. I would absolutely die to win this trip! I would go with my partner in crime, Greg, and I would make sure we went over our 2 year anniversary next year (how amazing would that be?!) I couldn’t think of a more picturesque way to spend time with someone I love!

    1. My husband and I saw a Rovos rail train stopped at Lions River in KZN and asked if we could take a sneak peak onboard which we were granted… OH MY GOLLY…I just want to go choo chooing along in a Rovos train with hubby… Mark Werschlein xxx

    1. Winning this would be a bucket-list dream come true! I would take my partner-in-crime/living, breathing teddy bear/love of my life Richard with me. We love to live a life of adventure and this would certainly be an epic adventure of a lifetime!

    1. I would take Pierre my husband, in the last year we have been creating memories with different experiences we will never forget. I would love to include @Rovosrail

    1. I met my boyfriend in a bar in Mozambique directly after he had stabbed someone for trying to steal his wallet…..

      Ok that’s a lie but I’m sure it got your attention?

      My birthday was on the 23rd September and my boyfriend gave me best birthday surprise of my life and proposed to me! I had no idea! He pulled it off and it was honestly the best day as I had all my closest friends with me for the weekend to celebrate my birthday, and now also our engagement! Eeeeeek.

      In the week to follow we each briefly touched on where/when we would like to get married and he mentioned he would love to get married on the Rovos Rail with all of our friends and family with us. It is obviously not possible as that would be a rather pricey excursion and we would probably be left eating beans on toast for the rest of our days, but it was a novel and thrilling thought while it lasted! So basically, it would be the GREATEST surprise to be able to take him on the Rovos rail, just us, and have an incredible time together!

    1. Looks like moving magic!! Definitely use this to celebrate my upcoming 2 yr anniversary with my magic Mike haha. Looks romantic and fun

    1. Hi Brandslut & Rovos, I would like this opportunity to bless my Gran who is turning 80 next year Jan ( you wont say that though she looks fab) & my Aunt they are the most selfless people I know. If i had to win i would love to forfeit my place so that they can go on perhaps the last epic adventure together on one of their most desired trips on the Rovos Rail 💗

    1. This has been on my bucket list, I would love to take my husband on this trip and experience the amazing views, the feel of the train and the outstanding meals.

    1. Oooooh this is the most exciting prize ever. My partner in crime would be hubby, Dean. Aaaah we would love the little snippet of the really really good life and to wallow in the luxury of Rovos Rail. And we do love food so we’ve got that covered too, I’ll pack the smart skirt with a little stretch :) This trip is something we have dreamt about for a long time, so holding thumbs and all the other fingers too.

    1. When I was 19 I visited India and travelled so much of that incredible country by train, every morning the train was awoken by the chai wallah calling chai garam chai down the passage. This remains one my favourite travel memories. As we get married next year I would love to experience a train trip with my love, especially through his beloved Karoo. It would make a magical honeymoon.

    1. I would love to win and take my hubby with me. It’s our 10 year anniversary next year and this would be a great way to celebrate. Our lb is mad about trains!

    1. I will obviously be taking my better half/partner in crime/ looney boyfriend with 😆 he used to take the train from JHB to midlands when he was a youngster to school. I’d love to show him what an actual real deal train trip is like! I went on the RR once for a function but just a dinner trip. Out of this world. Would kill to be able to do the CT leg! Must be an incredible experience! #bucketlist

    1. Oh this competition!!! I am super excited. I have ALWAYS wanted to take a trip on Rovos Rail and have been following them for a while. I will be taking my partner in crime, best friend and the most amazing person on the planet, my partner Conrad. This guy has changed my life over the last 10 years, and we love doing life and all it’s adventures together. I love that we are proudly South African and that Rovos Rail is the best that our beautiful country has to offer.

    1. I grew up taking the train from Southern California to Oregon every summer to visit family. I always loved making new friends, looking out the windows and just traveling a different way. My love for trains has not diminished over the years as I continue to wander on them. If I won this trip I would take my boyfriend. We met last year when we became Peace Corps Volunteer teachers in Namibia. We have looked at traveling by train before in Namibia and haven’t gotten the chance. This would be the perfect train trip to do on a school holiday or before we finish our two years of service next year!

    1. This looks exquisite! I’d take my sister, as we don’t spend as much time as we’d want together and we’re both in love with exploring new parts of our beautiful country!

    1. As much as I would absolutely LOVE and I mean LOVE to win this trip with my husband, I know two people would love it even more. For as long as I can remember Rovos Rail has been my dad’s bucket list holiday and both him and my mom are turning 60 next year, this would be the most incredible birthday present ever! Keeping fingers crossed!

    1. I would definitely be taking my hubby, as next year 02 September will be our 1st year wedding anniversary – this is pretty much meant to be! It would be the perfect intimate, and romantic reflection time on our 1st year together.

    1. Oh wow! What an amazing prize! I too have childhood memories of train rides, my family would travel by train from pietermaritzburg to Cape Town to visit family for Christmas. Two days and two nights on the train and a million wonderful family memories!! I would love to win this prize and make some new train memories 😊 I would take along my boyfriend Hank ❤️

    1. My hubby and I deserve this awesome trip. 12 years running a high volume restaurant followed by nonstop 2 years setting up a new business – we need a top class break!

    1. If you don’t enter you don’t win. Fingers crossed. Id take my husband (shhhhhweee) that’s still weird to say…. he’s everything.

    1. I would take my fiancé Suhail on this once in a lifetime adventure. We’re planning our big day for spring next year so this getaway would be oh so perfect as a local honeymoon. All fingers (and toes) are crossed :)!

    1. Never have I wanted to win a competition so bad! I dream about inviting my loved one, Martin, on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, so we could meet on the dream train in Africa. We will soon see ourselves live 1000’s km’s from each other because of my expatriation with my employer. This would without a doubt be the most romantic experience we have ever shared. And if we win, who would know what could happen next? 💑💍 Thanks to Rovos Rail and you, Brandslut, for this amazing opportunity!

    1. Wow! What an incredible trip. I would take my husband for sure. We had our first baby this year and 2018 is our 3rd wedding anniversary – so am feeling like a special trip would be incredible.

    1. My fiance and I are getting married in December. He moved to SA from Zimbabwe so that we could start our life together. It would be a great way to start our married journey and to show him more of SA.

    1. What an amazing experience! I’d take my number 1 partner in crime for our 6th anniversary. We’ve never seen Cape Town together so this would be such a brilliant adventure.. ❤️

    1. ohhhhhhh what lovely images! i would definitely take my fiancé (who by that time will be my husband – eek!) to enjoy some relaxing down time in the beautiful scenery this country has to offer*

    1. I would take my Dad.
      We lost my Mom a month ago. My Dad turns 82 in October. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity- being on the amazing train on this awesome route, seeing the beautiful country, travelling in style and spending quality time with my special Dad. ❤️

    1. I love trains brings back fond memories of my mom and my sister going to visit my aunt in Pretoria by train the gentle rocking is so relaxing. …

    1. How my hubby & I would enjoy a romantic getaway, just the two of us, no kids, no responsibilities, no mad rush !!! This sounds amazing!! Holding thumbs!!

    1. My hubcap is started a business & it’s been pretty consuming, so we didn’t manage to get away for our 10th Anniversary this year. A Rovos Adventure for 2 (with a bit of grandparent time for our spawn) would be an amazing time for us to take a breath & reconnect!
      K

    1. I would live to take my husband on this trip! It has always been his dream to go on a luxury train journey, and I would love to see beautiful SA from this vantage point!

    1. I would love to go on this for my 30th next year!!!! I would take my best friend whose birthday is close to mine so we could have a double celebration!

    1. I would love to take my partner of 8 years (boyfriend sounds way too silly after so much time together!) on this once in a lifetime trip.
      I am in love with trainrides, having also travelled by train from Jhb to PE as a young girl, and we have never had the opportunity or means to be able to share such an experience together.
      With all that we have been going through recently, winning this trip would do wonders for us. Fingers and toes crossed!

    1. My boyfriend and I visited Matjiesfontein in April and loved it, it would be amazing to go back arriving in style!

    1. This is actually a trip I’ve always wanted to take! ever since seeing this train on a school outing my heart breaks a little every time I see someone I know taking this trip! I’m getting married next year and planning a western Cape honeymoon so this would be a perfect way to end the most romantic holiday EVER!!!

    1. I’ve been dreaming (drooling) about a trip on the Rovos Rail for a very long time now. It would be a perfect birthday gift as I enter a new decade in 2018.

    1. This is an awesome competition. I’d love to take my husband on this trip. He travels a lot for work so it would be great to spend quality 1 on 1 time together.

    1. My mom and her sister live on opposite sides of the country. Though they are very close, they don’t get to spend much time together because of financial and health difficulties. It would make me so happy to be able to send them on this trip, for them to connect and enjoy some peaceful time together. They are two of the most generous people I know, and deserve to be totally spoilt!

    1. I actually once applied for a job with Rovos Rail because I was so desperate to go on it. I ended up moving to London but it’s been in my heart all these years. I’ve been following Rovos on twitter & Instagram for ages from my twitter 9th Avenue Bistro acc & Insta Boiler Room acc as I just love the opulence & romance of the Trains.
      I’d obvs love to take my hubby as In April it’s our 9 year anniversary & he deserves a medal for putting up with me 😜

    1. I would like to treat my soulmate, we love travelling and with a train trip, which is something else and it is always special to do it toegether. We love people, and to gather together with them, by enjoying all the scenery and lovely landscapes in South Africa.

    1. I always wanted to experience traveling long distance by train it always seems so peaceful and relaxing. I would like love to experience this with my boyfriend Romeo this would be the best 3year anniversary gift. Thank you for giving us such a amazing opportunity to win such a great prize

    1. I am getting married to my best friend in a couple months and I think it would be very symbolic going on an adventure like this to start off a lifelong partnership with her. Both of us work very hectic hours and finding quality time nowadays is difficult. This would just start us off on the perfect footing.

    1. I have been dreaming of the rovos rail since i first heard of it and then referred to it as the rooibos train for a number of years. incredible!

    1. I would take the person who rocked my world this year and I have found love with. It’s been a roller coaster year and he’s been traveling for work a lot. Would be nice to have just the two of us on a weekend of no diy, running, functions etc.

    1. It is my mom’s 60th birthday in November and she is one of the most wonderful most important people in my life. She has always been the my rock, total support and unconditional love in my life and so its incredibly important for me to find an incredible gift for to show her how much she is loved too. Her dream has always been to go on the beautiful Rovos Rail and is why we would love to enter this comp x

    1. This would be a dream come true and the perfect way to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary and 30th birthday getaway! What an awesome adventure it would be! Wouldn’t want to go on such an amazing trip without my darling husband!

    1. Wow ! This is so generous of u …U are such a kind soul….. If I won I wud definate;y take my spouse of 13 years…. He has recently being diagnosed with a medical condition , so this would be so ideal to just get away and destress :)

    1. This sounds like a dreamy trip! I’d love to take my boyfriend along and spend some time exploring our beautiful country together, from a totally different kind of vantage point!

    1. This trip looks uh-maze-ing!

      I’d love to have the ‘getting all dressed up for dinner in the middle of nowhere’ experience! Sounds devine and has been added to my South African to-do list.

      Also – that dress – so much prettiness!
      💜

    1. Like you, I too can’t resist the rock and lull of a train ride. This particular train trip is on my partner and I’s wishlist. We recently moved from the hub of Gauteng to the coast, and vowed to explore and discover all of the places and activities we haven’t always felt we had the time to experience. I just know he’d absolutely LOVE it and can only imagine how amazing the memories we’d make there would be.

    1. A phenomenal way to see South Africa,sitting in absolute luxury gazing out of the train window.A trip like this has always been on my bucket list,together with my husband.It would be a 40th wedding anniversary gift of our dreams.

    1. I would love to do this with my partner in crime/love of my life/husband. We’ve had a crazy last 3 years including difficult pregnancy, sleepless baby/renovating a new house/starting a new business/sleepless toddler and a fair amount of illness thrown in. A treat like this would really give us time to reconnect and unwind a tad (and leave said sleepless toddler with granny overnight for the first time ever)

    1. Railway adventures are the ultimate way to travel. From India, to Vietnam and Japan, our train trips have been the highlight of so many holidays. Would love to add the RovosRail to this list!

    1. I would take Benjamin, my fabulous and hilarious husband of exactly one month on this adventure.

      Today is actually our one month wedding anniversary! We haven’t been on honeymoon bar a one night stay in a hotel where we got stuck in the lift in our bath robes and had to get crow-barred out!

      This trip would be an awesome “take two” mini-moon for us. In addition, I haven’t yet said my wedding speech because I was too nervous on the day. The train would be the perfect opportunity to indulge in too much bubbly and tell Ben exactly what I wanted to tell him a month ago. We would laugh the entire trip and I honestly couldn’t think of anything better in life right now than that!

    1. Would love to do this! I owe hubby for always looking after the toddlers when I am away for work! But I will take @Brandslut too if it means I get to do the trip! Ultimately, I really want to experience it first hand as I sell it to US market.
      ps, agree with Jodi on the dress! Wow! Can we win that too (-;

    1. I owe hubby for always looking after the toddlers when I am away for work! But I will take @Brandslut too if it means I get to do the trip! Ultimately, I really want to experience it first hand as I sell it to US market.
      ps, agree with Jodi on the dress! Wow! Can we win that too (-;

    1. I’d take my partner with me. He’s been dying to drive down to Cpt with me but I’m the lazy co-driver. This would be a perfect alternative that keeps us both happy (and him sane) lol.

    1. Today, 3 Oct is my Dearest’s 60th birthday so it’s serendipitous that I enter the competition. He makes me shine and I’d like to do something special for him in return. What a wonderful way to repay his kindness, live and generosity.

    1. Today, 3 Oct is my Dearest’s 60th birthday so it’s serendipitous that I enter the competition. He makes me shine and I’d like to do something special for him in return. What a wonderful way to repay his kindness, love and generosity.

    1. I would take my wonderful husband. I mean… how romantic does this trip sound! Our lives are pretty crazy with three kids and our own businesses. So yes, a trip on a romantic train sounds like the ultimate escape.

    1. What an amazing prize, my husband and I would love to take this trip!!

    1. I would definitely have to take my husband, he’s a little boy when it comes to trains and planes. For myself I think a train trip on Rovos rail is the closest I’ll get to time travel!

    1. I would take my daughter Lindy ….simply because I love her so, so much.

    1. Ahhh… my better half – slash – partner in crime would never forgive me if i hijacked the rail without him. Yup, Garth will, without a shaddow of a doubt, be my red wine clinking, paparazzi ‘snapping the scenery as we sail past’ partner! What an incredible treat a trip like this would be. Road tripping is what we do, and how wonderful it will be not to have to drive, on the lookout for potholes and cows for a change. To both relax and really enjoy a chillout at the same time – that would be a first! 💛🚂 💛

    1. I would take my Husband Wouter. A trip like this would be a dream come true for both of us and I would love to treat him to a special holiday, I will begrudgingly tag along of course haha

    1. This sounds fantastic. I would take my dearest husband for some much needed time to reconnect. Having two busy little toddlers doesn’t leave much time for Us.

    1. I’d take my hubby. He’s incredible and kind and deserves a holiday of a lifetime…. With his kickass wife of course.

    1. Hi! It seems crazy to read this blog now as we were just discussing over dinner, with our three little girls, how we long to travel by train one day and share the experience with them. My husband has dreamt of a train trip like this for years and it would be the most amazing gift to win! Thank you for your beautiful blog!

    1. How amazing does this trip sound. So romantic and special. If I win this fantastic treat of a prize I would send my mom and dad. They have taken my sister and I on adventures our whole lives, they definitely deserve something special.

    1. I would love to take my hubby on this once in a lifetime trip… looks amazing

    1. I’d love to take my wonderful husband with me, I’ve never been on a train before and would love a romantic getaway with him 🚂

    1. I would definitely take Mr Bird, after year 1 of parenting we literally have not had a single moment to ourselves ( my child literally climbed into the shower with us this morning!) . It has been a dream of mine to go on the train since I was a child, we visited the Rovos rail station when we were at school and i always said I wanted to go on honeymoon in the fancy train!

    1. I’d take my flatmate Lee because she’s the best person to live with and I’m so grateful for her every day and I’d love to treat her to this amazing getaway ❤

    1. I would take my Husband!
      We are getting married on the 7th April 2018. What a wonderful start to our marriage!

    1. Thanks for the wonderful competition! We would love to enter and experience th journet through our country. The first thought I got was the famous Wes Anderson movie, The Darjeeling Limited. The romance, adventure and the characters made it for me…obviously the train too! We spent 2 weeks in Sri Lanka last year and traveled by train to our destinations. It was a beautiful journey and one I would love to have in South Africa. I would take my wife, Lesley-Anne as she is my travelling buddy, partner in crime and can take incredible photos.

    1. I would definitely take my best friend and husband with. I remember my mom, gran, sister and myself travelling to East London when I was very little. The sound of the train while we were sleeping (I absolutely adore it) turning the bunks into beds, seeing the landscape fly by. What a beautiful memory. I have always been hoping to travel by train again, never though even daring to think by Rovos Rail! I would absolutely love to share a decadent, opulent, trip of a lifetime version of that memory with my husband.

    1. Thanks for the wonderful competition! We would love to enter and experience th journet through our country. The first thought I got was the famous Wes Anderson movie, The Darjeeling Limited. The romance, adventure and the characters made it for me…obviously the train too! We spent 2 weeks in Sri Lanka last year and traveled by train to our destinations. It was a beautiful journey and one I would love to have in South Africa. I would take my wife, Lesley-Anne as she is my travelling buddy, partner in crime and can take incredible photos.

    1. I used to work on Rovos Rail in 1994 – just after I finished varsity – back when it was a fairly new and unchartered adventure. I voted for the first time in our first democratic elections whilst working for Rovos – we stopped the train in Kimberley so all the staff could go off and vote on that beautiful day! I would love to revisit it as a guest and reminisce on those days! I would take my mom, Wendy, who heard so much about my utterly crazy hardworking Southern African adventures but I don’t think ever set foot in one of the beautiful carriages.
      Here’s hoping!!!
      Suzanne

    1. I would love to take my husband on this trip, because we always dreamed about going on a train trip.
      It was our 20th wedding anniversary on 13 September and we wanted to do something nice, but things did not worked out like we planned.
      So this will be a belated 20th second honeymoon.

    1. I’ve always loved travelling by train. What an amazing way to see the country. This will be an indulging “us” time for me and my boyfriend.

    1. I would love to surprise my husband with this prize! We wanted to do one of the Rovos trips for our 10th anniversary. Unfortunately hubby was retrenched and we could not afford to go. 15 years later and we still have not been!

    1. I would love to take my husband with me to share this magical experience. I also grew up going on annual holidays by train and can still remember falling asleep to the “clickety clack” of the train wheels on the track. I would truly love to experience this again.

    1. In my African Dream!

      I’d take my Mom. Her last overnight train trip through Africa was with my Dad who sadly is longer with us It would be wonderful to be able to treat her to new travel memories (although she did commute by train to school in Bulawayo many eons ago)!

    1. This has always been the dream trip for my best fried and me! We’ve been speaking about it for year and would be the best holiday experience ever!

    1. I’d take my gorgeous wife, Tali. We’ve got a 3 month old baby and she’s been a super trooper and a Rovos Rail experience may just be the perfect R&R she needs.

    1. I would take my husband – during a recent family illness he was my absolute rock and it would be an awesome way to thank him!

    1. This would be the most amazing birthday gift for my hubby!
      We’ve been looking into a train trip for ever now and winning this could finally realize that dream!

    1. What an amazing picture that you painted for us!! I will celebrate my 40th birthday in April 2018, and if I am the lucky one to win this awesome prize, I will take my daughter with me as she will also be celebrating her 19th birthday in April 2018. This would be an amazing birthday gift to both of us.

    1. Traveling on Rovos Rail is on the top of my bucket list (one day!) after getting all the kids through varsity etc. Will take my wife – will be magical!

    1. Hubby loves everything about trains. He has treasured his very first train set for 55 years and I can just imagine what his reaction would be if I can surprise him with an “All Aboard!” for his 56th birthday next year! What a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime treat this will be!

    1. For once in my life I would love to take my husband of 17 years and whisk him away on a magical adventure, he always does special things for me so it’s time to give back, in all of our marriage he has stood by my side in all my sickeness and ill health, having gone through multiple fertility treatments and living with a double slipped disc is no easy walk for me, I would love to experience this holiday on train, hubby and I have always dreamed of it, we put life on hold for something that was never meant to be and now is the time for us to live again.

    1. Oh my what a opportunity!!!! My husband and I just love traveling, have been married 23 years and really would love this opportunity to rekindle our relationship and spend some quality time together. It will also be his 50 th birthday in 2018 so I would love to treat him to this trip.

    1. I would really like to be the proud winner of this prize.

      The love of my life has never been to Cape Town, and this trip on the world renowned Rovos Rail would be the ultimate surprise. We are separated by distance but madly in love with each other, and am looking forward to start a life together as soon as circumstances allow it to happen.

      I have always loved trains, growing up in a small Eastern Cape town I used to watch the trains pass by our house transporting goods and passengers.

      This trip would be an awesome contribution towards creating memories with my Love.

    1. I would love the opportunity to give my wife the gift I could never afford to give her myself. She deserves this !

    1. Omigosh, I never knew this train existed! This sounds like an amzing trip and I would share it with husband. We met when we were 19 – in a pub in Observatory….many (MANY!) years later and he is my best friend and everything and I would love to share this advencture with him!

    1. After a hectic year of me quitting my job and moving to be closer to my fiance, and him taking care of me the past few months, I finally found a job I love! Therefore I would like to be the one to spoil him for once and to thank him for all he’s done to make me feel super special in a hectic time!

    1. My boyfriend and I started our love journey doing lots of travel between Gauteng and CT… the Rovos route… as we did long distance for a year and a half!

      It’s now been 3 years, we’re in the same city, living together and building a life as a team who have overcome distance and long waiting periods to be together!

      A certain question to be popped is on our minds now and what better place to do it than on the Rovos Rail… over the kilometres that we first journeyed over many moons ago!

    1. Oh please please can I take my husband on this bucket list adventure! I cant imagine many things more romantic than 2 days on a train through our beautiful countryside, amazing food and wine, taking a million photographs from the windows and falling asleep to movements of the train.

    1. I’m about to marry my best friend and partner in crime. Together we have five children between the ages of 10 and 12! This would be the most amazing romantic getaway / honeymoon!

    1. Celebrating 10 years of clean biopsies!
      Can’t think of a better place than on the Rovos Rail with my beautiful life partner of 5 years.

    1. I would take my fiancé, who is my partner in life and love – this would be an extra special gift as we love food and travel in no particular order, and it’s significant because we are getting married next year and this would be an epic journey to start our married life on.

    1. My first train ride experience was my mom insisting on a Jozi – Durban metrorail ‘first class’ trip. Coming from Zim, what did we know! It wasn’t quite the first class we’d hoped for but there was still something magical about the starched white linen, polished wooden cabins and the lull & rythemic rock of the train. I would love to take Mom on truly first class train experience. Here’s hoping!

    1. Wow what a treat this would be. Being divorced I have a divorced friend and us girls do holidays together. We would both love this

    1. I like trains. I like holidays. I like this competition. To be shared with the lovely Debbie Wright! 👌🏽

    1. Def take my travel buddy aka my husband.
      We are big travel enthusiasts ( we work soley to travel 😁) and I think back of fond memories/disasters weve had on trains overseas. Numerous card games were played, luggage hauled in at the last second, catching the train by the skin of our teeth and feeling relaxed as we marvel at the scenery.

      Never explored SA by train so this would be the best trip to start at and a very relaxing one!

    1. Oh wow, my dream come true. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Hmm. . . do I have to choose my partner in crime right away? Be sure; one lucky fish will get to join me on this epic adventure should the stars line up…

    1. Every part of this sounds incredible. As super newly-weds, this would be an exceptional treat for our 1st anniversary next year. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter! :)

    1. My mom is on her way here next year,first time in fourteen years,I’m beyond excited,this will be a fabulous way to spend some time together as well as see some beautiful sites,I’m an avid train adventurer too,so right up my alley,a great mom and daughter bonding experience,because making memories with your parents,never gets old…

    1. I love trains but have never been on a cross country train ride. I would take my husband along cos we have been wanting to do this but it’s out of our budget.

    1. September 2018 will be the month of our two year wedding anniversary and what a wonderful, indulgent 2 night stay that would be! In it to win it with Thierry Lagesse!💖🎉😍

    1. I’ll take my partner-in-crime, husband, fellow adventurer, Joos. We’ve been married for almost a year and half. I would love to spoil him with a trip such as this for our second anniversary in May next year.

    1. My partner in crime is my wife! We have been married 4 years now and have been in each other lives longer then we have not been! =D Meaning we have been in each others lives for more than 15 years now. We have an amazing little 2 year old… but I am sure as most parents know, getting away does not happen often, and when it does it needs to be a trip of a life time!!!! Crossing my fingers!

    1. I would take my husband, we celebrate 34 years of marriage next month. Unexpected health crisis, emptynest and family bereavement have forced me to want to spend more time with him. AND he has always wanted to travel on Rovos rail, he has the photography equipment and travel bags ready, just need the tickets! Rovos epitomises the romance and elegance of travel of a bygone era!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Wow what an experience! I would love to experience it too with my husband. Its always been a dream of mine to travel on Rovos Rail & the only way that dream will come true is if I win a trip :)

    1. I would love to give this trip to my parents – my dad turns 75 in March next year and has had a rough year health wise. This would be a dream come true for them!

    1. What an AMAZING giveaway. This is an absolute bucket list trip for hubby and I. Our little guy is almost 5 so would be most envious if (when!) we win this ;-) but it would be a very special break for the 2 of us.
      I also LOVE your dress. Please share the find! Fingers crossed and thanks for always sharing the most inspiring travel adventures.

    1. My darling parents would be my recipients – they have funded me through thick and thin and at the ripe old age of 27 they provide me with all the emotional support a girl could need. It would be such a honour to gift them an adventure like this.

    1. i would Absolutely take my hubby he has NEVER been on a train before and the experience will be amazing for him !

    1. Oh my word I have always wanted to travel on the rovos rail and next year my husband and I celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary so this would be amazing!!!!

    1. Wow. How awesome. Been on my mom’s bucket list for some time now. Would love to tkae her with me. The high tea served in the observation car would be right up her alley

    1. My husband… with a toddler and an infant we could use some peace and quiet….

    1. Oh I would take my darling wife of almost 32 years on this trip because there is no one else in the whole wide world that I would like to share such an awesome prize with !

    1. I would take my husband James, we’re having our first baby in January so this would provide a much needed break from what I presume will be a chaotic time!! Can’t think of a better way to reconnect than on the Rovos Rail.

    1. We would love to go – the Karoo is such a special place to us – Dave spend his childhood holidays there and traveling on this train would be the ultimate

    1. What an incredible prize! I’d take my husband and my partner in crime. We are obsessed with trains and this trip is on our bucket list of things we want to experience! Holding Thumbs xx

    1. I would love to take my wife Edie on this epic train trip. We have celebrated our 25 years together but were simply not in a financial position to even leave home for our anniversary.

    1. I would really like to take my beautiful wife on this trip. We just celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary and were not in a financial position to do anything special.
      ☺️

    1. I will definetely take my mom! No question about it! Since I was a child one of her dreams has always been to travel on a luxury train ride. She would go crazy for this😁

    1. I would love to take Philip and get out of Grahamstown. I have had pulmonary embolism clots in my lungs and mumps. Give me this fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate life and turning 30. You only live once. #BrandslutXRovosRail

    1. Ooh. I would love to take my Husband with as next year will be out 20th Anniversary and with 4 kids, I think we deserve some time alone. Thanks for this awesome opportunity 😊❤️

    1. I am filled with a sense of nostalgic old world meets new world that hint of romance and a chance encounter of a time once forgotten and rediscovered on the journey that Rovos Rail takes you on to see South Africa through a different view while being in a luxurious setting. Enjoying the Wanderlust of muchness. #BrandslutXRovosRail

    1. This has been on our to do list for years! I would love to take my partner so he could capture the changing light over the passing landscape – he’s a photographer. Next year will mark 17 years together and this would be a wonderful way to celebrate.

    1. After 35 years of marriage to a truly wonderful man, I’d so love to bless him with this trip of a lifetime.
      The photography on this blog post are incredibly beautiful … genuine talent!!!

    1. I would choo-choo..se my hubby as it would be an amazing way to celebrate our 13th anniversary in September and a great opportunity to tick off on the bucket list!

    1. CHOO CHOO 🚂I WOULD love to spoil my wife with this , we deserve a break BIG TIME! we Rarely get away because we don’t have a babysitter so this would be great!!

    1. #BrandslutXRovosRail I would take my son. He deserves to be rewarded for his Selflessness, ongoing Love and dedication to his family & sacrifices he has made for us over the years

    1. This trip would be perfect for my husband DK and I. I love travel and food, and he loves trains and travel (but not flying!). He has, in fact, had a love of trains since he was a young boy and listened to his cousins lps of different train sounds. And that cousins brother was a train conductor, so it seems to be in his blood and he would love it. I would mostly be there for him, the food, and the dress-up ;)

    1. My main man, who’s changed my life is who would jump on the train with me!

    1. My maternal grandfather worked on the Blue Train as a railway carriage fitter since he was a teenager and in 1946 until 1966 on the train itself. He left to be closer to the family as the Blue Train was running to far off places like Victoria Falls and was away most of the year.

      In that time he could not possibly afford to take the family on trip on the Blue Train and also the legislation of the day would not allow a coloured family to travel on the train. I would love to take my mother on a luxury train journey so she can experience first-hand what her father described to them whenever he would return home.

      While my grandfather was working on the Blue Train and my grandmother was working in a textile factory, my mother basically raised her five other siblings, today only her and my youngest Uncle survive. If I could transfer the prize and send the two of them I would do it in a heartbeat. I am in a similar position to my grandfather in that I can’t afford to send them on luxury train ride. So I have to grab this opportunity, cross all my fingers and toes and hope granddad can grant me some luck.

    1. This would be such a spoil for my husband and I to celebrate making it through our first year as parents while the grandparents enjoy some time with their granddaughter. The length of the trip would be perfect because I don’t think we could bear to be away from our little girl any longer than that. :)

    1. I feel like the universe just sent me this blog post :)

      In 2009, the year I met my husband Travis, he wrote a bucket list, tucked it away safely in a drawer and forgot about it. Fast forward 2017 and we found the list. Unbeknown to him he has already achieved a great deal – Comrades marathon (3 times), Cape Epic, Iron Man (7 times) . London marathon, NY marathon, Toyko marathon and Berlin marathon…as we speak he is on a plane to Chicago for the Chicago marathon. Everest and Kilimanjaro are on the list too! I am so proud of his achievements thus far.

      My list (in my head) is a little more girlie…get married, have babies (we were blessed with twins)… travel more of our beautiful country.

      Travis has taught me to be more spontaneous and the love to travel.

      Top of both our travel lists is a train trip! Neither of us have done one and I would love to experience this with my adventure partner. Bucket list tick for sure !!!!

    1. I would go with my husband Neil as we rarely get to holiday alone together

    1. Always been a bucket list item to go on one of these train journeys ❤️

    1. HI! I just love your journies! This train journey would be amazing for me and my husband, always feel a bit sorry for myself as never really had a proper honeymoon, and next year we will be married 10yrs! This would be AWESOME!

    1. I would love to win this amazing giveaway.
      Being a single parent I have had to sacrifice a lot for my son and daughter.
      My baby is finally in Matric this year.
      I would love to spoil her with this.
      Thank you for the opportunity

    1. Wow, the images are just stunning, but I know the real deal is 1000x better. I’d love to spoil my boyfriend (and myself) with this incredible break away for our anniversary. We’ve both never been to Cape Town, and this would be such a unique, and special first trip to the Mother City, not to mention the special memories we’ll make. Followed all steps and hoping for the best! xoxo

    1. 15th wedding anniversary is coming up soon. While we usually treat these days with humor and fun (silly presents, funny cards) I would love to share this experience as a complete change of pace.

      When I was a child I was watching a show about luxury travel, and was so exited that one of the best was in SA. I promised myself I would go when I was an adult and could do anything. That was decades ago, before I understood the fact that adults have too many responsibilities, too many bills, and even if I could save enough, there would always be a sick child, a broken car, and all the other big or little things that make savings disappear.

      Even if I don’t win, this is still on my bucket list.

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