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Rovos Rail: Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town (v.v)

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 12,450

This journey is one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania combining the luxury of pre-war travel with modern touches.


Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

 One of the world’s most luxurious and spectacular rail journeys awaits you on this 15 day expedition between exotic Dar es Salaam and beautiful Cape Town.

The capital of Tanzania until 1973, Dar es Salaam is still the country’s largest city and holds many fascinating attractions. Consider a visit Makumbusho Village Museum, a collection of houses built in styles mirroring the various ethnic groups of Tanzania.

All aboard! Pass through Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa where you’ll enjoy 4 hours of luxury travel, viewing wild animals on both sides of the route. Crossing the border into Zambia, stop off in Kasama for an afternoon excursion to Chisimba Falls. Weave your way through the ‘Real Africa’, with informative lectures to help you plan the next part of your adventure.

A highlight of your journey will be Victoria Falls. At 1708 metres in width and 108 metres in height, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Visit during the rainy season to see the spectacular ‘Smoke That Thunders’, or during the dry season for a more detailed – and less damp – view. Enjoy a sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. A full day at leisure also allows you time to enjoy one of a host of activities such as white water rafting, abseiling and bungee-jumping. For a more relaxed day, opt for an elegant high tea at your hotel or enjoy a breathtaking helicopter ride over the falls.

Disembark in Gaborone, Botswana for your transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve. Enjoy two nights here, where morning and afternoon game drives give you plenty of chances to spot the Big 5, all of which inhabit the Reserve. Rejoin the train in Zeerust for your journey to Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa. Enjoy a walking tour and a visit to historic Capital Park Station.

Kimberley is famed for its diamond mining history. Your tour includes a visit to the Mine Museum and the famous ‘Big Hole’. Hand-dug by up to 50,000 miners, this excavation yielded 6,000 lb of diamonds between 1871 and 1914, when the mine was closed. Arrive in historic Matjiesfontein, where the museum on the platform offers you a fascinating insight into the legacy of rail travel in this region.

Your rail journey ends in Cape Town, though of course, you may want to stay on to explore South Africa’s most beautiful and iconic city.


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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 12,450

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Day 1

Depart Dar es Salaam

Transfer at 10:00AM from your hotel to Tazara Station, Dar es Salaam, for your departure aboard the Rovos Rail. The train departs Dar es Salaam 12:00PM. Guests may unpack and freshen up in their suites before meeting fellow guests in the Lounge or Observation Cars. Lunch will be served in the Dining Cars at 1:00PM. A gong is sounded along the length of the train before lunch and dinner. About three hours after leaving Dar es Salaam, the train will traverse through the Selous Game Reserve, to Kisaki. The train is now traversing the Tanzanian-Zambian Railway, better known as the Tazara line. High tea will be served at 4:00PM in the midway car or in the observation car. Dinner will be served in the dining car at 7:30PM. In keeping with the dignified atmosphere of the train, attire that is more formal is worn in the evening. A collar and tie is a minimum requirement please, throughout the journey, while dining on the train.

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Rovos Rail Suite Class

Duration14 Nights
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Rovos Rail

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    Rovos Rail



    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The ...

    The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa.

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Day 2

Selous Game Reserve

Today breakfast, lunch and high tea will be taken onboard the train. Time permitting there will be a game drive in the Selous Game Reserve. Selous is the largest game park in Africa. As the train rises from the coastal flatland to the first terrace it passes through typical African savannah. Great forests of Baobabs alternate with clumps of flat-topped thorn trees. In between, low bushes abound of many different varieties. As the train gains height, it becomes cooler and drier. Some southern Masai may be seen with their characteristic clothes. The train travels the Rift Valley passing the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. Dinner will be served at 7:30PM.

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Day 3

Makambako to Mbeya

Breakfast will be served this morning from 7:00-10:00AM in the dining cars. During the course of the morning and/or afternoon lectures will be given in the midway lounge car. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for times and venue. Lunch will be served in the dining cars at 1:00PM. You will arrive in Makambako at 2:00PM and may enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting). The train now slowly rises between the volcanic outcrops of the Mbeya range of mountains dominated by Mount Mbeya. Mbeya is heavily mineralized and gold is mined here. The gash of the Great Rift Valley zigzags 6000km southwards from Jordan, through the Red Sea cutting through Ethiopia and the Danikil Depression. The valley then splits into western and eastern branches. The dry, volcanic eastern branch cuts through Kenya and Tanzania, disappearing into the southern Tanzanian plains. The western branch continues down to form the natural boundary for nine nations from the Sudan to Mozambique. This is where Africa's Great Lakes are situated of which lakes Tanganyika and Malawi are the two largest. You will arrive in Mbeya at 10:00PM. Adjust your watch an hour behind the current time.

NOTE: Please ensure that the train manager is in possession of your passports and completed forms. Remember to have a look at the Victoria Falls activity list and book any of these through the on board lecturer in time for your arrival in the Falls.

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Day 4

Tunduma to Kasama

The Tanzanian/Zambian border will be crossed during the early hours of the morning. Arrive in Tunduma at 7:00AM, and go thorough Tanzanian border formalities. Please ensure that the train manager is in possession of your passports and completed forms. Please ensure your watch is adjusted an hour behind. Breakfast will be served from 7:00-10:00AM in the dining car. Arrive in Nakonde for Zambian border formalities at 8:00AM. A lecture will be given in the morning and another will be given in the afternoon. Please consult Lecture Sheet for times and venue. At 1:00PM, lunch will be served in the dining car. As the train carries you westwards the countryside, although high, is thick with Miomba woodland and Raffia palms. It is bushveld, not unlike the Kruger National Park and Botswana, but only more so. A constant interplay between open plain and closed bush takes place. Along the Chozi River the dark green and red fronds of the Raffia palms shimmer in the light. At 2:30PM you will disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls. You will depart from Kasama at 6:00PM and dinner will be served at 7:30PM.

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Day 5

Kanona to Kpiri Mposhi

Breakfast will be served between 07:00-10:00AM in the dining car. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon. The train spends the entire day traversing the vast under populated hinterland of Zambia, first travelling westwards and then southwards from Kapiri Mposhi. Finally, the train reaches the important station of Kapiri Mposhi and while the train is turned here, around 4:00PM, tea and cake will be served in the Observation and Lounge cars. Now the line passes from the control of the transnational Tazara railway to that of the Zambian Railways. Seventy-six miles (122kms) southwards is the mining centre of Kabwe, previously known as Broken Hill. It was named after a mine in Australia to which its geology bears a resemblance. Lead, zinc and vanadium are present in abundance. This is where "Rhodesian Man" a primeval ancestor of modern man was discovered in the thirties. Estimated at 250,000 years old, the skull forms a critical link between the Australopithecus and modern Homo sapiens. Dinner will be served at 7:30PM in the dining car. The train will spend the night in Ngwerere.

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Day 6

Lusaka to Chome

Enjoy breakfast between 07:00-08:00AM. At 08:00AM, the train will pass through Lusaka station, the capital of Zambia. After breakfast, the train crosses the Kafue railway bridge, a 477 metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported by concrete piers. A lecture will be given during the course of the morning and another lecture will be given in the afternoon. Lunch will be served in the dining car as the train makes its way to Zimbabwe. High tea at 4:00PM and then enjoy dinner at 7:30PM in the dining car. Tonight please pack a small overnight back for your stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel tomorrow night. Currency exchange is available at hotel, an ATM is within walking distance and there is a business centre and WIFI.

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Day 7

Victoria Falls

At 9:00AM, arrive in Livingstone for Zambian border formalities. Arrive at the Zimbabwe border at 10:00AM for passport formalities. Arrive in Victoria Falls at 12:00PM. Please ensure that you have obtained your passport from the Train Manager, as you will need them to change money or cross the border into Zambia and Zimbabwe. Disembark from the train at Victoria Falls station with your overnight bag and assemble on the platform before walking down to the Victoria Falls Hotel to register. Your possessions will be safe in your compartments which are under the guard of the staff. You will have a welcome speech on the lawns followed by lunch; your luggage will be delivered to your rooms. Lunch and dinner today plus breakfast and lunch tomorrow are taken in the Jungle Junction (Only meals in Jungle Junction is included. Meals at other venues at own account). These meals are included in the overall journey price. All alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages consumed off the Train are at your own expense. Any meals taken in other venues are also at your own expense. Please be ready in the hotel foyer at 3:45PM for the bus to take you to the Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Please bring along warm clothing. Light snacks and drinks are included in your cruise. Busses will arrive back at the hotel round 6:00PM. Dinner will be available at the hotel buffet at 8:00PM. Seating will be at tables reserved for Rovos Rail guests.

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Duration1 Night
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Victoria Falls Hotel

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    Victoria Falls Hotel



    Established in 1904, the Grande Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the magnificent Batoka Gorge with the Victoria Falls only a 10 minute walk away along the hotel's private path, 22km from Victoria Falls Airport. This gracious 161 room Colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens, and ...

    Established in 1904, the Grande Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the magnificent Batoka Gorge with the Victoria Falls only a 10 minute walk away along the hotel's private path, 22km from Victoria Falls Airport.

    This gracious 161 room Colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens, and includes 3 restaurants, a swimming pool, 2 floodlit tennis courts and a quaint chapel. The hotel epitomizes the romance of grand travel, offering guests total relaxation. The highlight is traditional high tea on the terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Batoka Gorge.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Day of Leisure at Victoria Falls

Breakfast is served at the Jungle Junction restaurant until 10:00AM. Check out is 10:00AM, please ensure you have checked out before heading out for any morning activity. Reception does provide luggage storage. Today is spent at leisure - The following activities are available (at your own expense) and may be arranged beforehand on the train or at the Falls: A tour of the falls, golf at Elephant Hills, a helicopter or fixed-wing flight over the falls, white water rafting down the gorges, tour to Livingstone and the Eastern Cataract, or bungi jumping. Lunch will be served and available to guests at 12:00PM at the hotel. This afternoon, please meet at the station platform at 4:00PM. The train departs Victoria Falls at 5:00PM. Dinner will be served at 7:30PM as you head towards Bulawayo. Please hand your passport to the Train Manager for border formalities with Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Day 9

Bulawayo to Palapye

At 7.00AM, the train will bypass Bulawayo enroute to Botswana while breakfast is served in the dining car until 10.00AM. Border formalities for Botswana are done at Plumtree around 11:00AM. A lecture will be given in the lounge car during the course of the morning. A lecture will be given in the afternoon. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for time and venue. Lunch will be served in the dining car at 1.00PM as the train heads southwards through Francistown and Serule, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye to Gaberone, the Capital of Botswana. High tea will be served at 4:00PM. During dinner at 7.30PM, the Train Manager will inform you about the game lodge visit planned for the following 2 days. Please pack a small overnight bag for your stay at the game lodge for the following two nights. Comfortable clothes and shoes for hot days and cool evenings are essential. Suntan lotion and hats are strongly recommended. It can get very cold during the game drives so please take along warm clothing. Your belongings will be safe inside your compartments under the guard of the train staff.

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Day 10

Madikwe Game Reserve

Breakfast is taken onboard until 09:30AM. Arrive at Gaborone Station at 10:00AM and disembark; you will be transferred by coach to the Madikwe Reserve for a two night stay at Tau Lodge. Border formalities will take place en route and guests are required to present themselves to the officials. On arrival at the lodge, you will be checked in and please make yourself at home. Note that beverages, phone calls and laundry are for your own account. Bottled water and a limited wine selection will be available during lunch and dinner compliments of Rovos Rail. Internet/wifi is available in the main house. There are also spa facilities. Time of the game drives will be confirmed on your arrival. Lunch will be served at the lodge at 1:00PM. Spend the afternoon at leisure until your game drive with sundowners; the drive is approximately 3 hours. Dinner will be enjoyed at your lodge this evening at 7:00PM.

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Duration2 Nights
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Tau Game Lodge

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    Tau Game Lodge



    Tau Game Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country. The main Lodge has two levels and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, ...

    Tau Game Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.
    The main Lodge has two levels and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlooks the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the veranda next to the plunge pool, while dinner is served in one of the cosy boma's under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge
    Tau Game Lodge can accommodate 60 people in 30 luxury thatched chalets. Furnishings and décor of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired. The thirty luxury thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge and offer excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank.

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Day 11

Private Game Lodge

Begin the day with a cup of tea or coffee before your early morning game drive. Breakfast will be served at 9.30AM upon your return to the lodge. Your day is at leisure to enjoy the lodge facilities and lunch will be served at 12:30PM. In the afternoon you will meet up to depart for your afternoon game drive with sundowners. Return to the lodge at 7:00PM for dinner.

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Day 12

Game Lodge to Pretoria

The day starts with an early morning game drive. On arrival back at the lodge, breakfast will be served until 9:30AM. At 11:00AM, you will be transferred form the lodge back to the train at Zeerust. Lunch will be served in the dining car at 1:00PM. The train departs Zeerust for Pretoria at 12:00PM. High tea will be served at 4:00PM as the train transverses the Magaliesberg Mountains, a range of low hills stretching 120km due east-west from Pretoria to Rustenberg. Enjoy dinner at 7:30PM in the dining car and the train overnights in Krugersdorp.

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Day 13

Pretoria

Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 10:00AM as the train travels north through the goldfields. At 10:00AM you arrive in Capital Park which is Rovos Rail's private station. Disembark for city tour of Pretoria. You will return to the train where lunch will be served on the platform (weather permitting) and followed by a walking tour of the station and the locomotive workshops. The train departs at 3:00PM and travels in a southerly direction toward Kimberley. High Tea will be served at 4:00PM and dinner at 7:30PM; the train will overnight in Kingswood.

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Day 14

Kimberley

Breakfast is served at 7:00AM in the dining car until 9:45AM. At 9:30AM, 10 minutes before arriving in Kimberly, there is a large pan (shallow lake) on the right hand side facing forward. On most occasions, a spectacular flock of flamingos can be seen there. Arrive in Kimberley at 9:45AM. Guests disembark and proceed by coach/minivan for a tour of the city, the "Big Hole" - the largest man-made excavation in the world, and the Diamond Museum - an intensely interesting and carefully constructed display of historical memorabilia, with historic tram ride. At 12:30PM, the train departs Kimberley and continues on overnight through the Karoo via Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein. The changing vegetation provides guests with an indication of the increasingly arid nature of the region as the train heads southwards. Dinner is served in the dining car at 7:30PM.

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Day 15

Kimberley to Cape Town

Breakfast will be served in the dining car between 7:00-10:00AM. At 8:00AM, there is an opportunity to disembark the train at Whitehall siding and walk or jog the 5 kms into Matjiesfontein. The Train Manager or a staff member will accompany you. Comfortable walking or running shoes are essential. At 8:30AM, the train will arrive at Matjiesfontein where you will have a chance to stroll through the historic settlement. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the hotel. At 10:30AM, depart Matjiesfontein, passing through Tweedside and Touws River. The train will reach the first of four tunnels that take you through the Hex River Pass at 12:00PM. The first tunnel is 13.5kms long, so please be careful if you are walking through the train. If you are in your suite, you may wish to turn on a light. At 1:00PM lunch will be served as you pass through the Hex River Valley and the town of Worchester. The broad valley hosts hundreds of grape-producing farms. The train arrives at journeys end at 6:00PM at Platform 24 in Cape Town.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam: 01 Jul, 30 Sep
Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town: 31 Jan, 18 Jul, 17 Oct

2018:

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam: 13 Jan; 24 Feb; 30 Jun; 18 Aug; 29 Sep.
Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town: 30 Jan; 13 Mar; 17 Jul; 4 Sep; 16 Oct.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 night accommodation aboard train in choice of cabin category
  • 2 nights at Tau Game Lodge
  • 1 night at Victoria Falls Hotel
  • All meals and all beveragess except for 3 nights while off the train
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Relevant entrance fees
  • 24 hour full room service aboard the train

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages at the lodge and Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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