This epic train journey travels through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, and is one of the most famous in the world. The sojourn begins in Dar Es Salaam with a traverse of the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa. Then on into the Great Rift Valley negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. The train continues to Chisimba Falls where guests enjoy a bush walk. It joins the Tazara line in Zambia and on to Victoria Falls where guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Travelling through Zimbabwe into South Africa for two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve. From here it’s on to Pretoria followed by the diamond town of Kimberley and finally taking guests to the historic village of Matjiesfontein.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

930 AM // Check-in reception at the Kivukoni Room, Serena Hotel, Ohio Street, Dar es Salaam. Transfer to Tazara Station.

1200 PM // Depart from Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car and observation car, which will be at the front of the train for the first 72 hours – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Fuga Halt for overnight.

Day 2: Rovos Rail

530 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

700 AM // Enjoy a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55 000km2 (time permitting).

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels towards the jungled Udzungwa Mountains and negotiates the dramatic switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels of the escarpment.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mlimba for overnight.

Day 3: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.

900 AM // Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting).

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars.  The train passes baobab forests and ascends the Rift Valley to the border, almost exactly the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 4: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels the TAZARA railway line, an engineering tour de force and one of Africa’s best-kept secrets as it passes through remote territory.

230 PM // Enjoy a visit to Chisimba Falls where guests can take a pleasant walk down to the rock pools at the base of the falls or admire them from various viewpoints. Chisimba Falls is a series of three waterfalls named Mutumuna, Kaela and Chishimba (Chisimba), which are separated over 300m along the Luombe River. According to Bemba tradition, the nature spirit “Chishimba” lives in a cave behind the falls therefore no bad behaviour (including fights, insults and arrogance) is allowed in this area. Though the Bemba people arrived here in the 17th century, they weren’t the first as the land surrounding the falls is dotted with evidence of Iron Age activities including kilns, smelting pipes and iron ore deposits.

600 PM // Return to the train.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 5: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served until 10:00.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train is turned at Kapiri Mposhi.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 6: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served until 10:00. The train departs Lusaka, 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 on concrete piers.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels to Zimbabwe.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 7: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place. Cross the Victoria Falls Bridge.

1100 AM // Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. Disembark with an overnight bag and walk across to the hotel. Welcome address on the lawn followed by lunch at Jungle Junction. Luggage will be delivered to the rooms. Meet late in the afternoon in the hotel foyer before departure for the sunset cruise on the Zambezi.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. Pass Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park.

730 PM // Dinner at the Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls Hotel.

Day 8: Rovos Rail

630 AM // Breakfast is served at the Jungle Junction Restaurant until 10:00. Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls. Plunging over the lip of the Victoria Falls is the largest body of falling water on earth. The mighty Zambezi, fourth longest river in Africa, is about 2kms wide above the falls and cascades dramatically over a precipice 1.6km in length and 108m at its deepest, compressing the vast volume of water into a chasm 50m wide. The sound can be deafening, the aspect magnificent and the memory indelible. In autumn, the spray is so great it inhibits photography while in spring the seasonal flow considerably reduces leaving large slabs of brown basalt exposed on the lip.

100 PM // Lunch at Jungle Junction.

400 PM // Meet on station platform for departure to Zambia.

500 PM // Depart Victoria Falls.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 9: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and the eastern edge of the Kalahari Basin. Known as ‘Kgalagadi’ in Botswana, the Kalahari (which extends to 900 000km2 and covers much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and South Africa) is not a true desert as it does experience small amounts of rain, with some areas enjoying up to 250mm. The surrounding basin covers over 2 500 000km2 extending farther into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is part desert, part plateau. The only constant river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest forming marshes that are rich in wildlife.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 10: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 9:30.

1000 AM // Transfer to a lodge in Madikwe for a two-night stay. Lunch is served on arrival. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Madikwe is a prime malaria-free Big 5 wildlife reserve bordering Botswana. It lies within a transition zone between the North West Province bushveld and Kalahari thornveld with enormous volcanic intrusions, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River. As a result, the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems with a rich assortment of vegetation and more than 300 resident and migrant bird species.

700 PM // Dinner at the lodge.

Day 11: Rovos Rail

530 AM // Early morning game drive (approximately 3 hours) followed by a brunch.

1230 PM // Lunch at the lodge.

300 PM // Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).

700 PM // Dinner at the lodge.

Day 12: Rovos Rail

530 AM // Early morning game drive (approximately 2 hours) followed by breakfast.

1100 AM // Depart the lodge and transfer to the train at Zeerust.

1200 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 13: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:45. The train travels through the goldfields.

1000 AM // Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in 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.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Day 14: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00 . Enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. Travel through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoo system.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars.

Departure Day

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. During breakfast, there is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the 5km into Matjiesfontein. A member of staff will accompany the group. Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.About an hour after Matjiesfontein, the train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The first tunnel is 13.5km long so guests are to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train climbs ±750m down the escarpment through the Hex River Valley.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

730 PM // The train arrives at journey’s end at Cape Town Station.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
12 Oct 202126 Oct 2021 USD $13200 USD $5865
01 Feb 202215 Feb 2022 USD $13200 USD $5865
15 Mar 202229 Mar 2022 USD $13200 USD $5865
11 Oct 202225 Oct 2022 USD $13200 USD $5865
31 Jan 202314 Feb 2023 USD $13200 USD $5865
03 Oct 202317 Oct 2023 USD $13200 USD $5865

Rates are based on Pullman Cabin, contact us for rates on Deluxe or Emerald Cabins.

Price Includes:

Accommodation, all meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, 24 hour full room service and bar facilities, limited laundry service, guided excursions (where applicable), entrance fees as per itinerary.

Price Excludes:

Transfers, gratuities, French Champagne, souvenirs, insurance & items of a personal nature.

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