Are You Ready for South Africa's Rovos Rail Hunting Safari?


Published: May - 2013

South Africa's Rovos Rail has introduced a new safari hunting tour for plains game. If you are one of those Africa aficionados who pine for the romance of bygone days, you will enjoy using this elegant Edwardian-era style train as your base and mode of transportation. Think of it as hunting from a traveling five-star hotel from the early 1900s. You may have heard of South Africa's Rovos Rail, which became well-known among wing shooters for a marvelous bird shooting safari the company offered as one its rail tours. Long-time Hunting Report correspondent Gary Kramer, who focuses his efforts on wingshooting these days, brought me word that the Rovos Rail is now offering a plains game shooting safari that harkens back to a classic era. It's not the right trip for everyone, but for the hunter who wants a different experience, or the hunter who would like to travel back in time for a classy historical experience, this new Rovos Rail safari could be what you crave. Here's what Kramer reports about the opportunity:

"Introduced in 1990, the African train-shoot safari concept brought remote regions of the African wilderness within reach of the international sporting traveler. Peter Johnson, a well known South African photographer and conservationist, created the shooting trips in cooperation with the Rovos Rail. The combination offered some of the finest wild bird shooting in the world coupled with the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world. Clients traveled aboard the Rovos Rail's "Pride of Africa," a completely restored l920s train. It features air-conditioned suites, a historic dining salon, panoramic observation car along with superb cuisine and a world-class wine cellar. All together, it made for a luxury trip.

"For more than two decades, the African train-based shoots met with rave reviews for both the quantity and quality of bird shooting as well as the pure luxury this brand of travel offers. All this came to an end with the death of Peter Johnson in October 2011. As a result, the 2012 trips were canceled. "Rohan Vos,........(continued)

 
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