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Luxury South African & Namibia Rail Journey

tour iconTours & Safaris|9 days

Luxury South African & Namibia Rail Journey

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
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Overview

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 Walvis Bay.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

Accommodations Visited

Rovos Rail

4 Nights

Rovos Rail

1 Night
Etosha, Namibia

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

1 Night

Rovos Rail

1 Night
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Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Set off in your luxury Rovos train | 4 Nights

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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-paneled dining car. Dress for dinner is formal as the evening recreates the romance of a bygone era.

You will be travelling south towards the world-famous gold fields of the Witwatersrand.

Day 2: Explore Kimberley & the Big Hole

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This morning, you will arrive in the famous diamond-mining 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 through the Karoo semi-desert to Upington.

Day 3: Crossing into Namibia

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This morning stretch your legs with an optional walking 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 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 the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon.

Day 4: Discover the Fish River Canyon

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

This is followed by lunch before you make your way back to the train to continue your journey to Windhoek via Keetmanshoop. Traversing the Kalahari Desert, you will visit Garas Park, which has two very notable points: the Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground.

Day 5: Fly to the Sossusvlei | 1 Night

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Sossusvlei, Namibia

Arrive in Windhoek where you head 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 will board a light aircraft for a short flight to the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes. Enjoy a scenic drive in the afternoon to marvel at the rugged terrain and large mountains before savouring a bush dinner.

Day 6: Experience the massive sand dunes | 1 Night

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Wake up early to set out on excursion to view some of the world's highest sand dunes in the Sossusvlei region and to enjoy breakfast.

Relish seeing this scenic region by air as you fly back to Windhoek to board your train and continue the journey north to Etosha National Park.

Day 7: Arrive at Etosha | 1 Night

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Etosha, Namibia

On arrival in the late morning you will be transferred to your lodge in time for lunch in the game-rich Etosha National Park. You will then have some time to relax at the lodge and settle into your suite before being taken out on a game drive.

Day 8: Explore the Etosha National Park | 1 Night

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You will start your day early with a game drive in Etosha before heading back to the train for lunch as you race your way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 9: Conclude your rail trip in Walvis Bay

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Arrive in Walvis Bay - set between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic – where your elegant rail journey comes to an end.

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Inclusions

  • 24-hour Full room service and bar facilities
  • Entrance fees to places of interest
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Government tax
  • Limited laundry service
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Exclusions

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

Departure Dates

  • 2018 Departures
    April
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-04-052018-04-13
    2018-04-102018-04-18
    2018-04-172018-04-25
    2018-04-242018-05-02
    2018-04-262018-05-04
    May
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-05-012018-05-09
    2018-05-082018-05-16
    2018-05-152018-05-23
    2018-05-172018-05-25
    2018-05-222018-05-30
    2018-05-292018-06-06
    June
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-06-052018-06-13
    2018-06-122018-06-20
    2018-06-192018-06-27
    2018-06-262018-07-04
    July
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-07-032018-07-11
    2018-07-102018-07-18
    2018-07-172018-07-25
    2018-07-242018-08-01
    2018-07-312018-08-08
    August
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-08-072018-08-15
    2018-08-142018-08-22
    2018-08-212018-08-29
    2018-08-282018-09-05
    September
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-09-042018-09-12
    2018-09-112018-09-19
    2018-09-182018-09-26
    2018-09-252018-10-03
    October
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-10-092018-10-17
    2018-10-162018-10-24
    2018-10-232018-10-31
    2018-10-302018-11-07
    November
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-11-062018-11-14
    2018-11-132018-11-21
    2018-11-202018-11-28
    2018-11-272018-12-05
    December
    Start dateEnd date
    2018-12-042018-12-12
    2018-12-112018-12-19
    2018-12-182018-12-26
    2018-12-252019-01-02
  • 2019 Departures
    January
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-01-012019-01-09
    2019-01-082019-01-16
    2019-01-152019-01-23
    2019-01-222019-01-30
    2019-01-292019-02-06
    February
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-02-052019-02-13
    2019-02-122019-02-20
    2019-02-192019-02-27
    2019-02-262019-03-06
    March
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-03-052019-03-13
    2019-03-122019-03-20
    2019-03-192019-03-27
    2019-03-262019-04-03
    April
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-04-022019-04-10
    2019-04-042019-04-12
    2019-04-092019-04-17
    2019-04-162019-04-24
    2019-04-232019-05-01
    2019-04-252019-05-03
    2019-04-302019-05-08
    May
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-05-072019-05-15
    2019-05-092019-05-17
    2019-05-142019-05-22
    2019-05-212019-05-29
    2019-05-282019-06-05
    June
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-06-042019-06-12
    2019-06-112019-06-19
    2019-06-182019-06-26
    2019-06-252019-07-03
    July
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-07-022019-07-10
    2019-07-092019-07-17
    2019-07-162019-07-24
    2019-07-232019-07-31
    2019-07-302019-08-07
    August
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-08-062019-08-14
    2019-08-132019-08-21
    2019-08-202019-08-28
    2019-08-272019-09-04
    September
    Start dateEnd date
    2019-09-032019-09-11
    2019-09-102019-09-18
    2019-09-172019-09-25
    2019-09-242019-10-02
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Traveller Reviews

Luxury South African & Namibia Rail Journey
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Carlien Parsons

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