{South Africa}

Rovos Rail – Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

15 Days
LENGTH
Limited departure dates
BEST TIME TO VISIT
from £9,000 up to £16,000
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Travel through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania

This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous in the world. Beginning in Cape Town highlights include visits to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria; safari experience in a South African game reserve and an overnight stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

 

Day 1

11h00 Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

18h00 Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 2

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

14h00 Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23,000). Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 3

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 14h15.

18h00 Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 4

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

11h00 Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge (*or Or Kwa Maritane in Pilanesberg Game Reserve). Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 5

Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities.

All meals and overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 6

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast until 09h30.

10h30 Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

13h30 Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 7

Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 8

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

12h00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.

16h00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction.

Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

 

Day 9

Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc).

16h00 Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 10

Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 11

Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 12

07h00 Breakfast is served.

08h00 Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls.

11h00 Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 13

07h00 Breakfast is served.

09h00 Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.

10h30 Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.

Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 14

Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting). Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop.

07h00 Breakfast is served.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 15

06h30 Depart Gwata and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast.

07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h30.

10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Please note that depending upon the railway’s capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.

 

Rates and Departure dates:

2018

24th February, 30th June, 29th September

  • Pullman Suite £9000
  • Deluxe Suite £12,000
  • Royal Suite £15,600

2019

29th June and 28th September

  • Pullman Suite £9,300
  • Deluxe Suite £12,300
  • Royal Suite £16,000

Rates based on one-way trip per person sharing, single supplement available on request

Includes

Accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and soft drinks on board, 24-hour full room service, limited laundry on board the train, guided excursions where mentioned and government tax.

Bottled water and a limited wine selection during lodge meals.

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