It was not an easy climb, but luckily the owner and CEO of Rovos Rail Tours, Rohan Vos is not someone who likes to be told that he cannot do something.
Like many in the hospitality industry, Rovos Rail also had its fair share of turbulence and even though the company has grown substantially, the determined and family-orientated spirit that started the business 30 years ago is still intact.
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Their new route, Trail of Two Oceans coincides well with their 30th birthday and departs for its maiden voyage in July this year. Who would have thought that the first overnight journey to the Eastern Transvaal 30 years ago would expand to eight trips across Southern Africa and more trains that can accommodate 72 passengers. The Trail of Two Oceans route departs from Dar es Salaam to Lobito in Angola – the first time ever for a passenger train to travel the East-to-West copper trail.
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Vos admits that he never thought that Rovos Rail would come this far. In fact, he says: “We lost so much money in the early days and we knew nothing about hospitality. In my naivety I believed what we were offering was so unique that tickets would sell easily. Boy, was I mistaken.” Thank goodness he is a good crisis manager when he is under pressure, as Rovos Rail celebrates its 30th birthday this year and today it is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s best experiences and a must for your bucket list.
Happy birthday, Rovos Rail!
You can book your train trip on rovos.com.
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