The trend to tour the world’s most unusual places by train has railed its way into the travel industry. In South Africa, the world-famous celebrity Blue Train, in recent years has been in competition with two private rail services designed solely for tourists. The routes span all across South Africa and there are several routes through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. Each stopover presents an opportunity for a tour, safari and even a game of golf. The gourmet cuisine and 5-star service complete the luxurious travel experience. Luxury train travel is in high demand and reservations must be done almost a year in advance.