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Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 13,200

DELUXE | RAIL: 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.


This 15 day tailor-made journey is one of the world’s most luxurious and spectacular rail journeys. Experience some of the most iconic highlights of southern Africa, between Cape Town and exotic Dar es Salaam. Rovos Rail  has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows.  

Cape Town is considered one of the prettiest cities on the planet, sitting in the shadow of iconic Table Mountain. Visit Table Mountain National Park to gain an appreciation for this African landmark before sampling the city’s culinary scene that blends flavours of multiple continents

All aboard! Travel in style towards your first stop in Kimberly. Kimberley is famed for its diamond mining history. Your tour includes a visit to the Mine Museum and the famous ‘Big Hole’. Arrive in historic Matjiesfontein, where the museum on the platform offers you a fascinating insight into the legacy of rail travel in this region. Stop in Pretoria known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the wide city streets, was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, son of one of the original Voortrekkers, Andries Pretorius.

You then head 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 and cross the border into Botswana. Your stay in Botswana will be short as the train makes its way to Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe on your way to spectacular  Victoria Falls

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.

While in 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.  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

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

 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 13,200

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Day 1

Depart Cape Town

The Pride of Africa Train departs from Platform 23 Cape Town Station at 11:00AM. You may freshen up in your suite before joining other guests in the midway Lounge or the Observation Carriage at the rear of the train. Lunch will be served at 1:00PM in the dining cars. Pass through Worcester on the way to the village of Matjiesfontein. At 3:00PM, reach the first of three tunnels that will take you through the Hex River Pass. Be careful while walking through the train as it passes through a third tunnel, 13.5 km long. If you are in your suite you may wish to turn on a light. High tea will be served in the midway lounge car or observation car at the rear of
the train. At 5:45PM you may disembark at Matjiesfontein for a stroll through this quaint and historic little village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Hotel. For refreshments, the pub in the Lord Milner Hotel is recommended. It was in this historical town of Matjiesfontein, a hundred years ago that Laird Logan set up a small refreshment hotel for the hungry and thirsty travellers of the Cape Government Railways (CGR). At 7:00PM, the train departs Matjiesfontein. Overnight through the Karoo via De Aar towards Kimberley. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7:30PM.

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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

Kimberley

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 7:00AM until 10:00AM.
At 12:30PM lunch is served in the dining cars. The train arrives into Kimberley at 2:00PM. Here you will disembark and proceed by coach for a tour of the city, the "Big Hole" and the Mine Museum. Rejoin the train at Kimberley Station at 5:00PM in time for high tea. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley, there is a shallow lake on the left hand side facing forward. On most occasions, there is a spectacular display of flamingos (approximately 23 000). The "Pride of Africa" finally leaves the Northern Cape and Orange Free State as it crosses the Vaal River into Gauteng province, climbing steadily towards the skyscrapers of Johannesburg, the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa. It is on the heights of the Witwatersrand, some 1 800 m (6 000 feet) above sea level, that the greatest goldfields in history were discovered before the turn of the century. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7h30PM as you pass through Bloemhof and Leeudoringstad en-route to Klerksdorp.

Kimberley was among those South African towns besieged by the Boers during the Anglo Boer War (1899). The British Army under Lord Methuen attempted to relieve the town but suffered two serious setbacks at the battle of Modder River (28 November 1899) and Magersfontein (11 December 1899). The famous Black Watch regiment suffered terribly during this campaign, exposed to the intense heat and unable to advance or retreat under withering Boer Mauser fire. Finally, they broke and fled, a humiliating defeat, which lead to the siege being maintained for another two months. Rhodes was among the town's citizens who lived through the siege.

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Day 3

Pretoria

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 07:00AM until 09:45AM.
The train continues its journey towards Pretoria passing through Krugersdorp, Johannesburg and Germiston. Arrive at 10:00AM at Rovos Rails private Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 2:15PM. The train will depart Capital Park Station at 6:00PM for Zeerust, in the Limpopo Province. At 7:30PM, enjoy dinner on the train, where the Train Manager will inform you about the game lodge visit planned for the following two days.

Pretoria, known as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees that line the wide city streets, was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, son of one of the original Voortrekkers, Andries Pretorius. The city and its vicinity provide a solid frieze, marking the progress of the Afrikaner people and their interaction with other cultures. Two structures that dominate the Pretoria skyline are the Union Buildings, designed by Sir Herbert Baker to serve as the Government's administrative headquarters, and the Voortrekker Monument, a massive granite shrine commemorating the Voortrekkers. Pretoria was named capital of the Zuid-
Afrikaansche Republiek in 1860 and became the Administrative Capital of the Union of South Africa in 1920. It maintained this status when South Africa became a Republic in 1961.

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Day 4

Madikwe Game Reserve

Note: Please pack a small overnight bag. Tog bags have been placed in your suite for convenience for your two night stay at the game lodge. Comfortable clothes and shoes for hot days and cool evenings are essential. Sun tan 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 suites under the guard of the train staff.

Breakfast will be served until 10:00AM in the dining car and you arrive in Zeerust at 11:00AM.
Please exit the train carefully, as there is no platform - steps will be provided. Guests are transferred to the Madikwe Game Reserve for a two night stay at Tau Game Lodge. Note that beverages, phone calls and laundry are for your own account while staying at the lodge. Bottled water and a limited wine selection will be available during lunch and dinner compliments of Goway. Internet/WIFI is available in the main house and there are spa facilities. Time of your game drives will be confirmed on arrival. Lunch will be served at the lodge at 1:00PM. This afternoon you will go on an afternoon game drive with sundowners en route. Dinner will be served at your lodge at 7:00PM.

Overnight: Tau Game Lodge

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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 5

Madikwe Game Reserve

Proceed for an early morning game drive before spending the rest of the day at leisure and enjoying the lodge facilities. Tea or coffee can be enjoyed before and during the morning game drive. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the lodge at 9:30AM and at 1:00PM. Late this afternoon, proceed for your afternoon game drive with sundowners en route. Dinner will be served at the lodge at 7:00PM. Please ensure the train manager is in possession of your passport for border formalities that will take place tomorrow.

Overnight: Tau Game Lodge

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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 6

Gaborone to Zimbabwe

Enjoy an early morning game drive, for approximately 2 hours followed by breakfast. At 10:30AM you will be transferred back to the train that is now stationed in Gaberone, Botswana. Kindly note that border formalities will take place en route to Botswana, prior to arrival at the train stationed in Gaborone. Please ensure that the Train Manager is in possession of your passport before retiring to your suite, the previous evening. Depart Gaborone at 11:00AM. Lunch will be served in the dining cars at 1:00PM. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7.30PM as you make your way towards Francistown, near the Zimbabwe border and Plumtree for border formalities.

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Day 7

Plumtree to Hwange Game Reserve

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 7:00 until 10:00AM as the train departs Plumtree. A lecture will be given during the course of the morning. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon lectures. Lunch will be served in the dining car at 1:00PM. A lecture will be given in the course of the afternoon. It would be a good idea if you familiarize yourself with the list of activities available at Victoria Falls. A list of activities will be available in your itinerary pack in your suite. You may book these excursions yourself at the hotel OR beforehand on the train through the on-board lecturer. At 6:15PM, you will pass through Gwaai and Dete along one of the world's longest stretches of straight railway line, 114km and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. Dinner is served in the dining cars at 7:30PM as the train heads for Thompsons junction for the overnight stop.

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Day 8

Victoria Falls

Breakfast is served between 7:00 and 10:00AM as the train heads towards Victoria Falls. Please pack a small overnight bag for your stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel and ensure that you have obtained your passport from the Train Manager. Your possessions will be safe in your suites. You will arrive in Victoria Falls at 12:00PM. 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. During a welcome speech on the lawn, your bags will be delivered to your rooms. Please ensure that your passports are in your possession, as you will need them to change money or cross the border into Zambia. Currency exchange is available at the hotel and there is an ATM within walking distance. The hotel does have a business centre and WIFI is available throughout. Lunch and dinner today, and breakfast and lunch tomorrow will be taken in either the Jungle Junction or the Stanley Room. 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 by 3:45PM in the hotel foyer for a bus to take you to the Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.

Note: Light snacks and drinks are included in your cruise. Dinner will be available at the buffet back at the hotel at 7:30PM. Seating will be at tables reserved for Rovos Rail guests.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel.

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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 9

Day at Leisure in Victoria Falls

Breakfast is served in the Jungle Junction restaurant until 10:00AM and today is spent at leisure in Victoria Falls. If you have booked a morning activity, please ensure that you have checked out prior to departing as check out time is 10:00AM. Reception does have storage for your luggage. The following activities are available (at your own expense) and may be arranged beforehand on the train or at the Victoria Falls Hotel: A tour of the falls, a helicopter or fixed wing flight over the falls, Elephant back safari, or white water rafting and bungi jumping. Lunch will be available at the hotel at 1:00PM and 3:00PM. You will need to meet on the station platform at 3:00PM. Please hand your passport to the Train Manager for border formalities in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The train departs Victoria Falls at 4:00PM for Zambia as high tea is served. After crossing over the Eiffelesque construction of the Victoria Falls Bridge, the train will enter Zambia. Following a slow and winding route for seven miles, the train approaches the town of Livingstone (2977 ft./907 m). Before the age of the aircraft, Livingstone was the principal entry point for Northern Rhodesia. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7:30PM.

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Day 10

Through Zambia to Kapri Mposhi

Breakfast is served in the dining cars from 7:00 until 10:00AM. Spend the day on the train as you travel through Zambia. The train passes through Kafue. A lecture, taking place in the centre of the train, will be given in the lounge car through the course of the morning. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be served at 1:00PM in the dining cars. The train passes through Lusaka. In the afternoon, a lecture will be given. After 62 km, the train will reach the important station of Kapiri Mposhi. Dinner will be served in the dining cars at 7:30PM as you make your way towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the Tazara railway line.

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Day 11

Mpika to Kasama

Breakfast will be served in the dining car from 7:00 until 10:00AM. The train spends the entire day traversing vast, under populated hinterland. The train passes through Serenje. In the morning, a lecture will be given. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be served in the dining cars at 1:00PM. A lecture will be presented in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner at 7:30PM in the dining cars. Overnight at Kasama.

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Day 12

Nakonde to Tunduma to Mbeya

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 06:00 until 08:00AM. At 08:00AM, disembark the train at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes, suntan lotion and hats are strongly recommended. Depart from Kasama at 11:00AM and travel towards the border. Please ensure that the train manager has possession of your passports and completed forms. Lunch in served in the dining cars at 1:00PM. Tea is served in the observation car at 4:30PM, as you pass through Chozi. Arrive in Nakonde at 5:40PM on the Zambian border for passport and customs formalities. Continue to Tunduma on the Tanzanian border. Adjust your watch one hour ahead. Dinner will be served at 7:30PM in the dining cars. Depart Tunduma on route to Mbeya.

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Day 13

Makambako to Mlimba to Kiberege

Breakfast will be served in the dining cars from 7:00 until 10:00AM. Arrive in Makambako at 10:00AM where you may enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting). Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment towards the Selous. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for times and venue for the morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch will be enjoyed in the dining cars at 1:00PM. Dinner is served in the dining cars at 7:30PM as the train travels towards Kisaki.

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Day 14

Selous Game Reserve

Today enjoy a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55 000km² (time permitting). Meals are enjoyed on board as the train departs Kisaki and descends into the Rift Valley from the highlands and traverses the fertile lands of Tanzania towards Dar es Salaam. Tea is served in the midway lounge car and observation car as the train passes Chozi. Dinner is served in the dining car/s at 7:30PM as the train travels towards Gwata.

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Day 15

Arrive in Dar es Salaam

Depart Gwata at 6:30AM. Breakfast is served from 7:00 until 9:30AM in the dining cars. Arrive at 10:00AM in Dar Es Salaam. Your long journey ends here.

Note: Please ensure that you have obtained your passport from the Train Manager.

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DEPARTURES:

2022:
Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam: Jul 2; Sep 24
Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town: Feb 1; Mar 15; Oct 11 *

* Please enquire for details of the reverse itinerary.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights deluxe accommodation aboard Rovos Rail in a Pullman Suite*
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation in Madikwe Game Reserve
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation in Victoria Falls
  • Visit to Matjiesfontein village (self-guided)
  • Guided shared visit of Kimberley Open Mine Museum and Big Hole
  • Shared tour of Pretoria and Capital Park Train Station
  • 2 shared morning game drives in the Madikwe Game Reserve (max 8 guests)**
  • 2 shared afternoon shared game drives in the Madikwe Game Reserve (max 8 guests)**
  • Shared sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Shared visit to Chisimba Falls
  • Shared game drive in the Selous Game Reserve (max 6 guests)**
  • Entrance fees
  • South Africa VAT
  • Limited laundry
  • Room service
  • On-board historian, hairstylist, and doctor
  • Overnight bag for off-train accommodations
  • All beverages (excluding International/French champagne) while aboard Rovos Rail
  • Water, tea, coffee and breakfast juices while off-train; snacks and drinks on sunset cruise.
  • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners

*Upgraded cabins also available. Please enquire. 

** Please note maximum vehicle capacities are subject to change without notice

EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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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