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Overview

Rail is one of the most indulgent and comfortable ways to travel – with a spacious suite all to yourself, you can pass the days reading or catching up with fellow travellers in the lounge cars while the beauty of Southern Africa’s varied landscapes rushes by, while by night you are lulled into a refreshing sleep by the gentle ‘clickety-clack’ on the wheels on the tracks. This journey invites you to spend 16 days on Rovos Rail, travelling in grand style and luxury on a unique journey from Cape Town in South Africa to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

From the scenic splendour of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain, you make your way through the mysterious Karoo, visiting the historic towns of Matjiesfontein and Kimberley along the way. The tracks then take you to the Highveld, with a stop in Pretoria before you embark on a 2-day Big 5 safari at Tau Game Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve.

Continue through Botswana and Zimbabwe on your way to the iconic Victoria Falls, where you spend two days enjoying a host of exciting adventure activities at this Natural Wonder of the World. Cross the bridge over the Zambezi River and enter Zambia, visiting Chishimba Falls on your way through the country to Tanzania. Descend the spectacular passes into the Great Rift Valley before traversing the enormous expanse of Nyerere National Park (previously Selous Game Reserve), finally arriving at the tropical East African coast at Dar es Salaam – the ‘City of Peace’.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Travel on the world’s most luxurious train
  • Visit historic Matjiesfontein & Kimberley
  • Game drives in Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Experience the wonder of Victoria Falls
  • Visit Chishimba Falls in Zambia
  • Spectacular Great Rift Valley scenery
  • Traverse Nyerere National Park in Tanzania
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Summary

Tour Duration: 16 Days
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Destinations visited

Accommodations visited

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Rovos Rail
4 Nights
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Madikwe, South Africa

Tau Game Lodge
2 Nights
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Rovos Rail
2 Nights
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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls Hotel
1 Nights
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Rovos Rail
6 Nights

Itinerary

Day to day

The train departs from Cape Town Station in the mid-morning and weaves its way northwards through dramatic mountain scenery. Emerging into the mesmerising Karoo, you make a stop at the historic railway station at Matjiesfontein, where you take a fascinating village tour of this relic of Victoriana.

Your next destination is the diamond mining town of Kimberley, where miners in the 1800s excavated the largest man-made hole in the world to extract the precious stones. You pay a visit to the Diamond Museum to learn of the heady days of the diamond rush and the upheavals of the era before returning to the train to continue your journey.

The train leaves the Karoo behind and enters the savannah-like Highveld, where you arrive in the city of Pretoria, which is the executive capital of South Africa and is well-known for its beautiful purple-flowered jacaranda trees. You enjoy a Rovos Station tour with a lunch at the platform dining room before taking in the multi-cultural sights of Pretoria on a city tour.

While on board Rovos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’, enjoy fine dining on board, relax in the viewing car at the back of the train and take a quiet moment in your cabin. Let the staff ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable trip.

Rates

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2024-01-01 - 2024-12-31 A$28,020
2025-01-01 - 2025-12-31 A$30,830

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Expert Opinion

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Bonita Cronje

Bonita Cronje

Africa Safari Expert

This Epic Train Journey takes you through 5 African countries with some amazing stops along the way. It offers a difference way to view the continent while eating gourmet food and sipping on some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

What's Included?

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

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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