In Madagascar you can embark on a unique rail journey from Antananarivo to Andasibe by Michelin train. The ride only takes four hours, but is on one of the oldest French designed locomotives still in operation. Dating from the colonial period the carriage resembles an old fashioned bus that travels on narrow-gauge tracks.
A number of people believe the Blue Train to be the ultimate African rail experience. Travelling from South Africa’s capital Pretoria to Cape Town is a 27 hour journey that covers 1600 kilometres. On-board the train you’ll experience luxury in motion, with rich fabrics, silver service, air conditioned suites and mouth-watering fine dining.
Rovos Rail is another notable luxury African rail operator which offers a range of journeys including the iconic trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. The train itself is decorated in exquisite Victorian style, with a lounge, dining and observation car as well as the comfortable sleeping cars.
Whether you are simply looking for a different way of getting from A to B or want to experience life like a local or your looking for a luxury rail holiday like no other – Africa will have something to offer you.