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Experience a luxury rail journey of discovery through some of the most scenic areas of South Africa and Namibia, including Etosha National Park, on this 9-day train safari.

Board the luxury Rovos Rail train and embark on a memorable and elegant journey across South Africa, through Namibia, and ending in Swakopmund. Stop along the way at Kimberley and the Big Hole, as well as the Fish River Canyon, before taking in the stark beauty of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei.

Stay overnight at a game lodge near the Etosha National Park before arriving in Swakopmund.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Enjoy the timeless elegance on Rovos Rail
  • Watch the changing Southern African landscape
  • Visit the Kimberley Big Hole & Fish River Canyon
  • Go game viewing in the renowned Etosha National Park

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Set off in your luxury Rovos train

Depart from Pretoria’s Capital Park Station in the late afternoon. Experience the excitement and atmosphere of luxury rail travel as this historic steam locomotive hauls the train through some of the most historic and scenic areas of Southern Africa.

Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner in the oak-panelled dining car. Dress for dinner is formal as the evening recreates the romance of a bygone era.

Day 2

Explore Kimberley & the Big Hole

This morning, you’ll arrive in the famous diamond town of Kimberley for a brief morning excursion to the Big Hole Diamond Mine. Head back to the train before lunch to continue your journey towards Namibia.

Day 3

Crossing into Namibia

This morning stretch your legs with a tour of the South African town of Upington - a former mission station on the Orange River. Board the train again in the late morning and head towards the Namibian border.

After some border formalities in Nakop your journey continues to Holoog Siding near the famous Fish River Canyon. Enjoy an evening on the train before leaving the next morning for Fish River Canyon.

Day 4

Discover the Fish River Canyon

This morning you’ll enjoy an excursion to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, where you’ll have the opportunity to stand on the edge and marvel at the sheer size of this dramatic geological feature.

This is followed by lunch at Canyon Lodge before you make your way back to the train to continue your journey to Windhoek via Keetmanshoop. Enjoy a walking tour of this small colonial town.

Day 5

Fly to the Sossusvlei

Arrive in Windhoek where you’ll enjoy a visit to the Station Museum before heading out for a city tour of this lively and cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour.

Following the short tour of Namibia's capital, you'll board a light aircraft for a flight to the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes. Enjoy a scenic drive in the afternoon to marvel at the rugged terrain and large mountains.

Day 6

Experience the massive sand dunes

Wake up early to set out on excursion to view some of the world's highest sand dunes in the Sossusvlei region. Take a walk to the stunning Deadvlei - a clay pan dotted with dead camelthorn trees.

Enjoy seeing the region by air as you fly back to Windhoek around the lunch hour to board your train and continue the journey north to Etosha National Park.

Day 7

Arrive at the Mokuti Game Lodge

On arrival at Tsumeb in the late morning you will be transferred to Mokuti Game Lodge in time for lunch. Mokuti Lodge is situated on the eastern edge of the game-rich Etosha National Park. You will then have some time to relax at the lodge and settle into your thatched chalet before being taken out on a game drive.

Day 8

Explore the Etosha National Park

You’ll start your day early with a game drive in the Etosha National Park before heading back to Mokuti Lodge for breakfast. Departure from Tsumeb by Rovos train will be at 13h00.

Day 9

Conclude your rail trip in Swakopmund

Arrive in Swakopmund - a perfectly preserved 19th-Century German town set between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean – where your elegant rail journey comes to an end.

Inclusions

  • Tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
  • Two-hour walking tour of Upington
  • Tour of Keetmanshoop
  • Sossusvlei to Windhoek return
  • Transfer to Mokuti Lodge and the Etosha National Park
  • Morning and evening game drives
  • 7 nights on the Rovos rail on a fully inclusive basis
  • 1 night at Mokuti Lodge on a fully inclusive basis

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $6990
  • 01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015 $7440

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

2015 Departure

  • April
Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"An epic, utterly luxurious trip through South Africa & Namibia. One of the highlights - travel through the vast deserts - hautingly beautiful."

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