{South Africa}{Tanzania}

Dar es Salaam to Cape Town with Rovos Rail

15 Days
LENGTH
Limited departure dates
BEST TIME TO VISIT
from £9,000 up to £16,000
PRICE

Travel through Tanzania, Zamiba, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa

This epic 15-day train journey travels through five countries and is one of the most famous in the world. Beginning in the bustling city of Dar es Salaam the tour highlights include safari experiences in the Selous Game Reserve, visits to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria; as well as an overnight stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

 

Day 1

12h00 Depart Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam on the Pride of Africa. During the late afternoon the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve where a number of animals can be seen from the train.

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 at Mlimba.

 

Day 2

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00. Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting). Journey descends into the Udzungwa Mountains and Rift Valley.

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 3

07h00 Breakfast is served.

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

Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian as the train travels via Mbeya to Tunduma for the overnight stop.

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 at Tunduma.

 

Day 4

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

Tanzanian and Zambian border formalities take place.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

14h30 Disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls

18h00 Return to train and depart Kasama.

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board at Mununga.

 

Day 5

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

Enjoy a day at leisure. Lectures will be given 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 at Ngwerere.

 

Day 6

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

The train travels through Lusaka, capital of Zambia and crosses the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian as the train makes its way to Zimbabwe.

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 at Makoli.

 

Day 7

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

10h00 Arrive at Livingstone then cross the bridge and arrive at Zimbabwean border for passport formalities.

11h00 Arrive at Victoria Falls. Disembark and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.

16h00 Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Followed by buffet dinner at Jungle Junction.

Overnight at Victoria Falls Hotel.

 

Day 8

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. Travel south-east along the edge of Hwange Park towards Bulawayo.

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

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 9

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian. The train heads southwards through Francistown and Serule, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye to Gaborone.

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 10

07h00 Breakfast is served.

10h00 Disembark at Gaborone and transfer by coach to Madikwe Game Reserve for a two-night stay at Tau Lodge* (*Or Kwa Maritane in Pilanesberg Game Reserve).

Border formalities take place en-route and guests are required to present themselves to the officials.

Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Followed by an afternoon game drive (approx 3 hours).

Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 11

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

All meals and overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 12

Enjoy an early morning game drive (approx 2 hours) followed by breakfast until 09h30.

11h00 Depart the lodge and transfer to the train at Zeerust. The train traverses the Magaliesberg Mountains – a range of low hills stretching 120 kilometres due east-west from Pretoria to Rustenberg.

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 until 10h00.

10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail’s private station in Pretoria. Disembark for city tour.

13h00 Lunch is served on the platform followed by a walking tour of the station and the locomotive workshops (weather permitting).

15h00 Depart Pretoria and travel south towards Kimberley.

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

19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Overnight on board.

 

Day 14

07h00 Breakfast is served until 10h00.

10h00 Arrive at Kimberley. Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum.

12h30 Depart Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.

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

07h00 Breakfast is served.

08h30 Enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein.

10h30 Depart for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester.

13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

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

18h00 Arrive at Cape Town Station, Platform 24.

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

 

Rates and Departure dates:

2018

17th July, 4th September, 16th October

  • Pullman Suite £9,000
  • Deluxe Suite £12,000
  • Royal Suite £15,600

2019

24th January and 15th October

  • 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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