This journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes where there is an opportunity to savour the 1870s atmosphere of the mining village. The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon and Garas Park with its quiver-tree forest. Guests continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capitalWindhoek is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour. Then it’s a short flight to Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay. Next up is a visit to  the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild, followed by a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to Walvis Bay.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

1100 AM // Depart from Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel south via the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

100 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 2: Rovos Rail

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

945 AM // 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. The observation car will be leading the train until after tea. 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 in the lounge car and observation car at the front of the train en route to De Aar, an important railway junction.

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

Day 3: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

900 AM // Disembark the train for an optional two-hour walking tour of Upington. Attorney General of the Cape, Sir Thomas Upington was principally responsible for liquidating the business activities of all the Orange River pirates and capturing their leader, Klaas Lucas. When the desperadoes were finally chased away in 1884, the town was founded on the banks of the Orange River and named in his honour.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with Namibia.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Holoog.

Day 4: Rovos Rail

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

800 AM // Board vehicles for the one-hour drive to the Fish River Canyon. Return to the train at 11:00. The Fish River rises in the centre of the country before flowing south into the Orange River on Namibia’s border with South Africa. It has formed the great Fish River Canyon –the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere and probably only second to Arizona’s Grand Canyon in terms of size. The vast rocky landscape breaks up into a series of spectacular cliffs. Its size is impressive: 161km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.

300 PM // Visit Garas Park(Quiver Trees), home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. The prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach up to 5m making for great photographic opportunities.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train travels north through the Kalahari to Mariental.

Day 5: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

1030 AM // Transfer to the airstrip. Depart in a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Sossusvlei. The dunes of the Namib were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast. The sand here is over 5-million years old and is red due to its iron-oxide content. As the light changes during the day so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic colour allowing for interesting photographs at any time. The wind in the Sossusvlei area blows from all directions causing the sand to form a star shape with multiple arms, hence the name “star dunes”.’

1200 PM // After check-in, enjoy lunch at the restaurant.

430 PM // Afternoon desert drive and a bush dinner after sunset. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: Rovos Rail

530 AM // An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a desert drive with breakfast in the vlei.

1100 AM // Return to the lodge to use the facilities, check-out and transfer to the airstrip.

1200 PM // Depart in a light aircraft for the one-hour flight to Windhoek. Enjoy lunch and visit the Transport Museum. Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains.The Trans-Namib Transport Museum outlines Namibian transport history, particularly that of the railway. The Independence Memorial Museum focuses on the anti-colonial resistance and the national liberation struggle of Namibia.

600 PM // Depart Windhoek.

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

Day 7: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

1230 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars.

200 PM // Visit a cheetah conservation project in Otjiwarongo. Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Otavi.

Day 8: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

1030 AM // Transfer (120 min) to Mokuti Lodge in Etosha National Park. Check-in and enjoy lunch.

300 PM // Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours). Etosha National Park (22270km2) offers great game viewing. It gets its name from the Etosha pan (4760km2), a large salt pan forming part of the Kalahari Basin. Etosha means ‘Great White Place’.

700 PM // Dinner at the lodge and overnight.

Day 9: Rovos Rail

530 AM // An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a game drive in the Etosha National Park.

945 AM // Return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out.

1100 AM // Meet in the foyer to check out and transfer (60 min) to the train at Tsumeb Station.

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

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

730 PM // Dinner is served. The train travels southwest towards the Atlantic Ocean.

Departure Day

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Traverse the Namib Desert towards Walvis Bay. The observation car will be at the front of the train for last stretch –a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. The Namib Desert stretches for more than 2000km along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The name is of Khoekhoegowab origin and means “vast place”. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55-80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world. The geology consists of sand seas near the coast while gravel plains and scattered mountain outcrops occur further inland.

1200 PM // Arrive at journey’s end in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
05 Apr 202214 Apr 2022 R116000 R58000
27 Apr 202206 May 2022 R116000 R58000
04 May 202213 May 2022 R116000 R58000

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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