This journey takes the train from Namibia to South Africa. Departing from Walvis Bay, the first stop is a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. Next up is a visit to  the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Guests continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capital for a tour; Windhoek 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. The train continues to the Fish River Canyon – second in size to the Grand Canyon – and Garas Park with its quiver-tree forest. On to 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 final stretch takes us to our journey’s end in Pretoria.

Day 1: Rovos Rail

1100 AM // Depart from Walvis Bay, Namibia. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation carat the rear of the train. The Namib Desert stretches for more than 2000 km 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.

100 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels across the Namib Desert.

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

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

Day 2: 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 3: 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.

130 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 4: Rovos Rail

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

900 AM // 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.

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 5: Rovos Rail

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:00.

900 AM // Disembark at Windhoek Station. Visit the train museum followed by a city tour en route to the airport. 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.

1100 AM // Depart in a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Sossusvlei.

1230 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. 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”.

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 a one-hour flight to Windhoek.

130 PM // Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels south through the Kalahari Desert.

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

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

Day 7: Rovos Rail

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

800 AM // 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.

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

300 PM // Board vehicles for the one-hour drive to the Fish River Canyon. 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.

600 PM // Return to the train. Travel east along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.

730 PM // Dinner is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with South Africa.

Day 8: 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.

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 De Aar, an important railway junction.

Day 9: Rovos Rail

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

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

230 PM // 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.

430 PM // Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train. The train travels across the Free State and continues its climb to Pretoria in the Gauteng province.

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

Departure Day

700 AM // Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Travel through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.

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

1200 PM // Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
16 Apr 202225 Apr 2022 R116000 R58000
08 May 202217 May 2022 R116000 R58000
15 May 202224 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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