Rovos Rail Luxury Pretoria - Dar es Salaam

DAY 1
11h00 - Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa.
18h00 - Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village. Dinner and overnight on the train.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

DAY 2
14h00 - Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000). 
Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 3
10h00 - Arrive at Rovos Rail 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 14h15.
18h00 - Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 4
11h00 - Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 5
Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.


DAY 6
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast until 09h30.
10h30 - Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana.
13h30 - Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.

DAY 7
Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes 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 where occasional sightings of animals can occur. The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.

DAY 8
12h00 - Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.
16h00 - Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 9
Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc).
16h00 - Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.

DAY 10
Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.

DAY 11
Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.

DAY 12
08h00 - Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls.
11h00 - Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border.

DAY 13
09h00 - Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.
10h30 - 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.
Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

DAY 14
06h30 - Depart Gwata in and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast.
07h00 - Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h30.
10h00 - Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Highlights

Cape Town
Matjiesfontein
Klein and Great Karoo
Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
Pretoria – Jacaranda City
Game lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania
Victoria Falls
Zambezi River sunset cruise
Chisimba Falls in Zambia
Great Rift Valley
Selous Game Reserve
Dar es Salaam


Dates

Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Dar es Salaam – Cape Town
JAN 2014 18-31 Jan 
FEB 2014 3-16 Feb
MAR 2014 17-30 Mar
JUN 2014 28 Jun-11 Jul 
JUL 2014 14-27 Jul
SEP 2014 27 Sep-10 Oct 
OCT 2014 13-26 Oct

 

Pullman Suite
The Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

 

 

Deluxe Suite
The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres/±118 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.
In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

 

Royal Suite
The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
The very spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.


Single supplement: On request

Tour price per person sharing includes:
Accommodation 
All meals
Excursions 
All beverages (including alcohol)