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Rovos Rail hunting Safaris
Gauteng, South Africa

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As so often happens, it was a combination of influences and events that led to the purchase of the first coach, the start of what would become Rovos Rail. A Wilbur Smith heroine with her own private railway coach, a man called Phil Acutt with a passion for trains and the presence of the Witbank Steam Railway in the coal-mining town where Rohan Vos ran his successful auto spares business, all played a part.

“Rohan has always been obsessed with things mechanical,” remembers Anthea Vos, who has been at his side throughout and has raised a family in and around developing the railway business. “In fact, he started his first business with the capital derived from the sale of a 1940 Packard and a 1928 Austin that he had rebuilt. Rohan was involved in so many ventures, but I didn’t see this one coming.”

In 1985, Rohan and Anthea took up a last-minute invitation on a Magaliesberg train trip for business suppliers. “I became a train widow on that day,” says Anthea. “I sat all dressed up by myself; Rohan spent most of the time in the engine with the driver. The irony was that we should have seen then how difficult it would be – the train broke down and we were bussed back to town.”

The same year, influenced by his friend Phil Acutt’s love of trains and the work done by the Railway Preservation Society in Witbank, Rohan attended an auction to buy a coach or two – the intention was to restore four carriages and hitch them to a South African Railways train as a family caravan. Steam-train enthusiast, Geoff Pethick, was present at the auction and assisted him. “It was the 26th of September – a cold day with rain in the air – and I’d hoped Rohan wasn’t another penniless lunatic with grand ideas,” he recalls. “As we chatted, I quickly realised that here was a man of vision.”


Species
Ostrich
Ostrich
Guinea fowl
Guinea fowl
Partridge
Partridge
Pigeon
Pigeon
Dove
Dove
Duck
Duck
Eland
Eland
Teal
Teal
Sable
Sable
Warthog
Warthog
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Springbok
Springbok
Zebra
Zebra
Tsessebe
Tsessebe
Biesbok
Biesbok
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Cape buffalo
Cape buffalo
Lechwi
Lechwi
Duiker
Duiker
Roan antelope
Roan antelope
Impala
Impala
Kudu
Kudu
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Gemsbok
Gemsbok
Reed buck
Reed buck
Giraffe
Giraffe
Nyala
Nyala

Methods
Game-simulated
Game-simulated
Stalking
Stalking
Bow hunting
Bow hunting
Highseat
Highseat
Walk-up
Walk-up
Driven birds
Driven birds
High volume shooting
High volume shooting
Driven big game
Driven big game
Safari
Safari
Hunting from a blind
Hunting from a blind
Wildfowling
Wildfowling
Wingshooting
Wingshooting

Seasons
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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price per person per day
$2,098.71
Languages
English
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