The original trains along this route, the Union Limited and Union Express, brought thousands flocking to South Africa’s Witwatersrand – Ridge of White Waters – with a dream of digging their way to untold riches. But the area’s mineral wealth soon funded a burgeoning upper-class, one that came to expect a more opulent mode of transport. And the Union carriages became standard-bearers of the easy-living heyday of the 1920s, boasting everything from card tables to ceiling fans, to hot and cold water on tap.
Nowadays, you can expect modern luxury, matched by the ever-changing landscapes rolling past your windows. Elegant suites function as relaxing lounges during the day and then transform at night to subtly-lit, indulgent bedrooms, while the dining car and lounges provide the perfect environment to meet fellow guests.
Impeccable levels of service from on-board stewards is one of the hallmarks of this lavish experience. Nothing is too much trouble as they bring you attentive and welcoming service, while remaining discreet. All team members, from chefs and waiters to stewards and bar staff, are passionate about the train and its history, which comes across in their effervescence and good humour.