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African Explorer – Rovos Rail
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At a glance
Travel through to some of Africa's most beautiful landmarks and enjoy luxurious comfort on board the prestigious Rovos Rail train. Departing from Cape Town, South Africa, you will be able to visit breathtaking sites including the Madikwe Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, and the Great Rift Valley.
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Cape Town, South Africa
End Destination
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 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
What's included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • 1-night pre-journey accommodation in Cape Town
  • 1-night post journey accommodation in Dar es Salaam
  • 14 night Rovos Rail journey including:
    • Accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and other beverages
    • 24-hour full room service and limited laundry while on board the train
    • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide (where applicable)
    • Government tax
    • Bottled water and a limited wine selection during lodge meals.
    • Meals only at Jungle Junction & Victoria Falls Hotel
What's not included

Passengers are advised to take anti-malarial precautions and vaccinations as might be prescribed.

A Yellow Fever or Medical Exemption Certificate is essential if travelling to/from Tanzania.

Day 1
Depart London on your flight to Cape Town
Day 2
Arrive Cape Town and transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay
Day 3
Transfer to the Cape Town Station for your onward journey

Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein at 18h00.

Day 4
Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum

Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld.

Day 5
Enjoy a Rovos Station tour, platform lunch and city tour of Pretoria

Depart at 18h00.

Day 6
Arrive Zeerust for full-board two-night stay at five-star Tau Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
Day 7
Early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and guest activities

Overnight at lodge.

Day 8
Early morning game drive

Transfer to the train in Botswana with border formalities en route. Travel north from Gaborone and cross the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Zimbabwe.

Day 9
Traverse Zimbabwe along edge of Hwange National Park

Day at leisure with lectures by historian.

Day 10
Arrive Victoria Falls

Transfer to Victoria Falls Hotel. Sunset cruise on Zambezi. Dinner at hotel.

Day 11
Day at leisure

Activities include tour of Falls, flight of the angels, whitewater rafting, golf, etc. The train departs Victoria Falls, crossing the bridge en route to Zambia.

Day 12
Travel to Kapiri Mposhi via the Kafue Bridge and Lusaka

Day at leisure with lectures by historian.

Day 13
Traverse Zambia in a ortheasterley direction

Day at leisure with lectures by on-board historian.

Day 14
Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls

The train climbs the escarpment to the Tanzanian border and the highland valley of Mbeya – the ‘Scotland of Africa’.

Day 15
Stroll in Makambako (time permitting).

Descend the spectacular pass into the Rift Valley along the Udzungwa Mountains and enter the Selous Game Reserve. Lectures on board by the historian.

Day 16
Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting)

Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop.

Day 17
Arrive at journey’s end at Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam

Transfer to a hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 18
Transfer to the airport for your flight to London
Day 19
Arrive London
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