Rovos Rail Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Description

If you want to take one of the world's ultimate luxurious train journeys then this seven day trip from Cape Town to the majestic Victoria Falls takes some beating. After making time to explore South Africa's beautiful coastal city you board your train and begin a memorable journey north stopping to tour Kimberley and Pretoria before travelling through Botswana and Zimbabwe and arriving at the Falls. Meals are served in the train's elegant dining car and you will see memorable sights all along the route.

Day 1
Depart Cape Town

You've explored Cape Town, taken a trip to the top of Table Mountain, shopped at the plush Victoria and Alfred waterfront, and taken a trip out to the Cape of Good Hope . . . now it's time to board your luxurious Rovos Rail train which is waiting at Platform 23 at the city's main station. Settle in and relax as you travel inland through the winelands. Lunch is served in the dining car before you stop and visit the historical village of Matjiesfontein. Then return to the train and look forward to tonight's first dinner on board.

Day 2
Kimberley

Breakfast and lunch are served on board as the train heads north and in the early afternoon you arrive in the famous diamond town of Kimberley. Here you leave the train and are taken on a bus tour of the area stopping at the fascinating Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole. Return to the train in the early evening and another sumptuous dinner is served in the elegant dining car as you travel on towards your next destination, the town of Pretoria.

Day 3
Pretoria

Lots to see from the windows of your carriage after breakfast as the train travels via Krugersdorp and the huge city of Johannesburg and then through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand towards Pretoria, where you arrive around noon at the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park. You will be picked up here and driven to your hotel in the city for a one night stay. There are lots of organised tours of the area that can be arranged during your stop or you can explore on your own.

Day 4
Depart Pretoria

You are collected from your hotel this morning and driven back across the city to your waiting train which leaves Pretoria Station at around 9.30 and travels through the goldfields of Gauteng. Lunch is served en route to Zeerust and before and after your meal you can relax and watch the scenery go by. Dinner is served as the train heads towards Mafikeng where you complete all the border formalities before entering into the neighbouring country of Botswana.

Day 5
Botswana

Enjoy breakfast as your train continues travelling north through Botswana's capital city, Gaborone. Then before and after lunch watch out for wildlife as you glide across Botswana. Tomorrow you will be taken on a game drive to see the wildlife close up, but there is also great viewing to be had from the comfort of your carriage. Dinner is served on the way to Plumtree and it is here that you cross over the border into Zimbabwe making an overnight stop at Mpopoma.

Day 6
Zimbabwe

Today you can enjoy relaxing on the train before being taken of a memorable game drive at The Hide. On this safari experience you may see some or all of the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant - and many other wild animals and birds. Make the most of your final dinner back on board tonight which you can enjoy while the train stops overnight at Thompson's Junction. Tomorrow you reach the 'end of the line' when you arrive at Victoria Falls station.

Day 7
Arrive Victoria Falls

The Rovos Rail train leaves Thompson's Junction early this morning so you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the way to Victoria Falls. On arrival you say farewell to new found friends then have to decide how long to stay and discover all that this beautiful area has to offer. The Victoria Falls is the world's largest curtain of falling water and one of Africa's great natural wonders. You can get close to the picturesque gorge on a number of hiking trails or Zambezi River boat trips and a stay or visit to the colonial style Victoria Falls hotel is a must.

Tour details 7 days

Pullman fr £2497pp
Deluxe fr £3766pp
Royal fr £5011pp
Valid between: 01/10/2017 - 30/09/2018

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Kimberley
  • Pretoria
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

Included:

  • 6 nights ensuite train accommodation
  • All food & drink (local brands) on board
  • Sightseeing as specified

Not included:

  • International flights & visas

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