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Rovos Rail: 15 Days from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

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Take one of the most famous train journeys in the world: an epic 15-day odyssey through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.

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DURATION
14 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED

    About this holiday

    This magnificent sojourn will take you through South Africa, stopping at Madikwe Game Reserve. From here, the train passes through Botswana, Zimbabwe and past Victoria Falls.

    After crossing the Zambezi River, the train then travels northeast through Zambia before descending into Rift Valley where guests can witness the spectacular scenery in Tanzania and Selous Game Reserve. From there, it's onto Dar es Salaam, the completion point of this 15 day odyssey.

    This journey can also be completed in the reverse direction.

    Inclusions

    • Includes travel and overnight twin share accommodation on-board the train. Twin or double beds

    • Three superb meals daily, all alcoholic and other beverages

    • Sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide

    • Entrance fees to places of interest

    • 24 hour full room service and bar facilities

    • Government Tax

    • Limited laundry service

    Off Train Inclusions

    • Off train beverages

    • Off train laundry

    • Telephone calls

    • Memorabilia purchases at game lodge or hotel

    Accommodation

    Pullman Suites

    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.

    Upgrades available - Please contact us for further details.

    Travel dates

    2019 Departures

    • 24 Jan - 7 Feb

    • 29 Jun - 13 Jul

    • 28 Sep - 09 Aug

    • 15 Oct - 29 Oct

    Itinerary

    DAY 1: Tuesday 16 July 2019

    The Pride of Africa departs Dar es Salaam and travels the TAZARA line. Guests may freshen up in their suites before
    joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous Game Reserve.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Fuga Halt.


    DAY 2: Wednesday 17 July 2019


    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 07h00.
    Game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55 000km² (time permitting).
    Return to the train.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train passes the Udzungwa Mountains.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Mlimba.


    DAY 3: Thursday 18 July 2019


    Please ensure the Manager/Gift Shop is in possession of passports and ALL completed forms.
    Lectures during course of morning and/or afternoon in lounge car. Please consult Lecture Sheet for details.
    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10h00 as the train ascends the escarpment negotiating the dramatic
    switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels.
    Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting).
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train passes Baobab forests.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels via Mbeya to Tunduma for the overnight stop.
    PLEASE REWIND YOUR WATCHES BY ONE HOUR BEFORE RETIRING FOR THE EVENING.


    DAY 4: Friday 19 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10h00. Tanzanian and Zambian border formalities take place.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels in a southwesterly direction across Zambia.
    Disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls.
    Depart Kasama.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Mpika.
    Please pack a small overnight bag for the two-night stay at the game lodge. For your convenience we have
    placed bags in your suite. Please note that beverages, phone calls and laundry are for your own account.
    Bottled water and a limited wine selection will be available during lunch and dinner compliments of Rovos
    Rail. WiFi and spa facilities available (bookings essential). Time of game drives will be confirmed on arrival.


    DAY 5: Saturday 20 July 2019

    Please ensure that you have obtained your passport from the Train Manager/Gift Shop.
    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09h30.
    Disembark and transfer to Mpika Airport for a chartered flight to the South Luangwa National Park.
    Transfer to Mfuwe Game Lodge. Enjoy lunch on arrival followed by check-in.
    Afternoon game drive in the Luangwa Valley.
    Dinner and overnight at the lodge.


    DAY 6: Sunday 21 July 2019

    Wake-up call and continental breakfast.
    Early morning game drive (approximately 3 hours).
    Brunch is served at the lodge. Afternoon at leisure.
    High tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).
    Dinner at the lodge.


    DAY 7: Monday 22 July 2019

    Wake-up call and continental breakfast.
    Early morning game drive (approximately 2 hours).
    Breakfast is served at the lodge. Please ensure that your luggage is ready for collection at 10h00.
    Transfer to Mfuwe Airport for the chartered flight to Ndola, Zambia.
    On arrival, transfer to Ndola Station to rejoin the train.
    Please ensure the Train Manager/Gift Shop has your passport for border formalities.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels towards Misundu.
    Arrive at Sakania for Zambian/DRC border formalities.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels through Kabemba. Overnight Mushoshi.
    Updated 11 December 2017


    DAY 8: Tuesday 23 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10h00.
    Enjoy a city tour of Lubumbashi.
    Lunch served in the dining cars.
    Tea is served in the lounge and observation car as the train passes Luishia, an old open-pit copper and cobalt mine.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels through Mutaka. Overnight Tenke.


    DAY 9: Wednesday 24 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 08h00.
    Enjoy a visit to a copper mine in an area that holds one of the world’s largest known copper and cobalt resources.
    Return to the train and depart for Kolwezi.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars.
    Afternoon lecture in the lounge car. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for details.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Mutshatsha.


    DAY 10: Thursday 25 July 2019

    Lectures during course of morning and/or afternoon in lounge car. Please consult Lecture Sheet for details.
    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10h00.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train passes Kasaji en route to Malonga.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Dilolo on the DRC/Angola Border.
    PLEASE TURN YOUR WATCHES BACK AN HOUR BEFORE RETIRING FOR THE EVENING.


    DAY 11: Friday 26 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10h00. Border formalities take place with Angola.
    Enjoy a walking tour of Luau, the start of the Benguela line.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train departs for Luena.
    Tea is served as the train travels alongside the Kasai River. The catchment of the Kasai River encompasses a vast
    eco-region of 900 000km2 with an incredibly rich fish fauna. As the train passes the villages of Cassai and Cameia
    there is sometimes an opportunity to see the local fisherman at work.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Luena.


    DAY 12: Saturday 27 July 2019


    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10h00.
    Enjoy a walking tour of Luena to learn more about the recent history of Angola.
    Depart for Tchicala Tcholohanga.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars.
    Afternoon lecture in the lounge car. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for details.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars as the train travels towards Kuito for overnight.


    DAY 13: Sunday 28 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09h00.
    Enjoy a stroll through the town of Kuito, built in the historical heart of the Ovimbundu kingdom.
    Depart for Huambo.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars.
    Afternoon lecture in the lounge car. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for details.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Huambo.


    DAY 14: Monday 29 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09h00.
    Enjoy a walking tour of Huambo, the second largest city in Angola and one of the old kingdoms on the central plateau.
    Depart for Lépi.
    Lunch is served in the dining cars.
    Afternoon lecture in the lounge car. Please consult your Lecture Sheet for details.
    Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
    Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight Caimbambo.


    DAY 15: Tuesday 30 July 2019

    Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09h30.
    Arrive at journey’s end, Lobito Station, Benguela Province, Angola.
    Optional Extension: Rates TBA
    Transfer to Hotel Terminus for check-in and lunch. Enjoy a city tour of Benguela. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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