The long red bus with a trailer might be unfamiliar to some, but the German company Das Rollende Hotel has been touring South Africa for 50 years. This week, a visitor to Kruger National Park spotted one in Skukuza.

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Das Rollende Hotel in Kruger Park last week. Photo: Facebook.

Started after World War 2, Rotel now offers tours in numerous countries, from Mongolia to Canada, Australia to Morocco. Tours range in size from 20 to 36 people, and small ‘cabins’ for sleeping in are quickly popped out of the main bus or the trailer on arrival at each destination.

There are three tours, including one from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Namaqualand and the Kgalakgadi Transfrontier National Park; a 32-day trip from Cape Town through Port Elizabeth, Namibia and Zimbabwe to Johannesburg. The long trip costs about R67,000, breakfast and dinner included.

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Photo: Rotel Tours.

While the trip might not be everyone’s idea of a holiday, five decades in business prove that lots of people like the option. Five more trips in South Africa are scheduled for 2020. See Rotel Tours for more information.

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In Kyrgyzstan. Photo: Rotel Tours.