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Overview

This 15-day railway journey turns back time to help you discover contemporary Africa, all in perfect comfort and plenty of luxury. You will start in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s most storied city on the Indian Ocean shore. From there, the train chugs you to the outstanding Nyerere National Park (Selous), one of the biggest wildlife areas in the world.

After time on safari, you reboard and head for another safari hotspot; this time, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

The final stretch sees you and your fellow passengers pass through southern-most Democratic Republic of Congo and onto Angola, a scenic country still very much off the beaten track that has plenty to offer adventurous travellers. For two weeks, you will enjoy village visits and walking tours, see waterfalls and copper mines, and pass magnificent baobab forests and thriving rivers. Coupled with gourmet meals and fine wines served in a gracious dining car, as well as lectures by experts and time wiled away in an open-air observation car over an iced drink, and you have all the ingredients for an unbelievable 2-week traverse of Africa.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Safaris in Nyerere (Selous) and South Luangwa
  • Guest lectures from experts aboard the train
  • Visits to the Chishimba Falls, Lubumbashi and the Tenke copper mine
  • Walking tours of Luau, Kuito and Huambo
  • Be among the first to explore Angola
  • Travel across Tanzania and Zambia
  • Complete digital detox as there is no Wi-Fi or cellular signal on board
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Summary

Tour Duration: 16 Days
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Accommodations visited

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Rovos Rail
5 Nights
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mfuwe Lodge
2 Nights
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Rovos Rail
8 Nights

Itinerary

Day to day

You and your fellow passengers gather at the Tazara Railway Station in Dar es Salaam, a sprawling building that is a classic example of 1970’s African architecture. Boarding Rovos Rail, you will be delighted to discover spacious suites, attentive staff, beautiful common areas and welcome small touches like thoughtfully stocked en suite bathrooms and carefully curated passenger lists.
After a midday departure, you will enjoy a multi-course lunch accompanied by excellent South African wines in the dining car, which has crystal, china, silverware and fresh flowers. The train is heading for Nyerere National Park (previously Selous) so you can pass the afternoon napping in your suite, chatting in the lounge or watching the scenery from the open-air observation car. Your butler is always available should you want drinks or snacks.

Afternoon tea is a delightful tradition: nibble on cakes, pastries and savouries while enjoying a reviving cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee. Life aboard the train certainly whets your appetite as you walk up and down long carriages to get to your suite and the common areas.

Another unshakeable tradition is dressing for dinner: ladies must wear cocktail attire and gentlemen must don at least jackets and ties (some even carry tuxedos with them). Children should change out of jeans, T-shirts and trainers into more appropriate clothes. The atmosphere is one of romance and glamour, with candles, champagne and lovely music. Many passengers end the evening with a nightcap in the bar, perhaps venturing out to the observation car if the moon is out…

Rates

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2024-01-01 - 2024-12-31 $13,600
2025-01-01 - 2025-12-31 $14,950

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What's Included?

  • 24-hour full room service and bar facilities aboard Rovos Rail
  • Government Tax
  • On-board historian and doctor
  • Scheduled guided excursions

What's Excluded?

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

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