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Part Two

All Aboard for 2004: Our New Year's Experience
on Rovos Rail, The Pride of Africa
by Muguette Goufrani and Jerry W. Bird

One of the first lessons one learns when they enter the wonderful world of Rovos Rail, is that this travel opportunity of a lifetime is not just a South African experience; the routes extend to several countries on a network of rail lines (see map). For example there's the annual excursion to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which we hope to join later this year or in 2005 following Indaba in Durban. This time, however, the final destination was Pretoria, South Africa's capital city, a short distance north of Johannesburg. This leisurely trip through the heart of the country, would include two nights on board with plenty of time to relax. Our good friend and ATA stalwart Daniel Dunn, one of the Western Cape's top tour guides took us from our hotel at Century City to the Cape Town station. Here we were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Vos, among others, before heading for the landing. As the passengers assembled on the platform, they were offered a traditional South African toast of champagne and orange juice, as a trio of violinists provided the sound track for what was to be an elegant send off. Mr. Vos took the microphone and gave us a hearty and humorous "bon voyage message,” announcing the name of each guest as they boarded the train.

There is so much to tell about this fascinating trip, it will take several weeks to recall and relate in detail, however please return soon, as we plan to add to the article as we review our notes and download additional photos.

Full story and photos to appear soon on this and other pages.

Muguette Goufrani, Africa Travel Magazine's Associate Editor covers destinations and events in Francophone Africa. She has lived in five West African countries, working for Air Afrique, Royal Air Maroc and Citroen. As a Travel Agent, she worked in North Africa, where her family operates an inbound tour company, and later in Tahiti and Cambodia.