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Each year this nine-day 3,400-kilometer journey takes travelers from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean in the west by luxury rail.

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20212022
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2021 Tour code: RR-NSPW-21

About the tour

The Pride of Africa departs from Pretoria for Kimberley, center of one of the world's most famous diamond rushes where there is an opportunity to visit the Big Hole and savor the 1870's atmosphere of the mine museum and village. The railway line then traverses the stark vistas of the arid Northern Cape into Namibia at Ariamsvlei. There is an excursion to the Fish River Canyon - second in size to the Grand Canyon and truly a spectacular sight. The train continues across the Kalahari Desert to Namibia's capital, Windhoek - a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavor - for a short city tour. Guests then fly to the world-famous Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert surrounded by enormous red sand dunes. After a night's stay with desert drives and a bush dinner, guests rejoin the train in Windhoek and continue overnight to Tsumeb. A night is spent at the Mokuti Game Lodge on the eastern edge of the game-rich Etosha National Park. The journey then continues on to Walvis Bay, a town set between the dunes of the Namib desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean - an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Pretoria

Depart from the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 3:00 pm. Enjoy your first night aboard the train as it travels south towards the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 - Kimberley

Arrive in Kimberley at 9:45 am and enjoy a tour of the city, Big Hole, and Diamond Mine Museum. The Diamond museum displays the unique diamond history of Kimberley and displays actual diamonds and artifacts from the Victorian ages. At lunch time, depart for Upington. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Upington

Disembark at 9:00 am for a two-hour walking tour of the Northern Cape province of Upington. During lunch the train arrives in Nakop for border formalities. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Fish River Canyon & Garas Park

Disembark the train at 8:00 am for a visit to the spectacular Fish River Canyon. Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and the longest interior river in Namibia. Afterwards, return to the train to head to Garas Park for a short visit. Your train then travels north through the Kalahari to Windhoek. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Windhoek & Sossusvlei

Travel to the largest city of Namibia, Windhoek, for a city tour at 9:00 am. Depart Windhoek at 11:00 am in a light aircraft for a one-hour scenic flight to Sossusvlei located in the Namib desert. Enjoy lunch, a desert drive, and a unique bush dinner. Overnight Sossusvlei Lodge.

Day 6 - Sossusvlei Desert

At 6:00 am, enjoy an excursion with breakfast in the desert of Sossusvlei. Depart Sossusvlei at 12:00 pm for the flight Windhoek to rejoin the train. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Etosha National Park

After breakfast, transfer from Otjiwarongo to Mokuti Lodge and the Etosha National Park. Etosha is known for being home to several endangered and threatened black rhinos. While at the park enjoy lunch and an afternoon game drive. Overnight Etosha National Park.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 - Etosha

Enjoy an early morning game drive in the Etosha National Park before returning to the train for lunch and your departure towards the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight Train.

Includes
  • Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Walvis Bay

Enjoy breakfast as the train crosses the Namib Desert before arriving at your journey's end in Walvis Bay, Nambia.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Pullman Suites
The Pullman Suites 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-paneled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodeled 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 Suites
The Deluxe Suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-paneled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodeled 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 Suites
The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood paneling 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.

Please note

Prenight accommodations are available. A valid passport is required for this vacation. Visa requirements may also apply. Please inquire at the time of booking. Valid passport is required for this trip. Please check with relevant embassies or consulates about visa requirements.

Itinerary also available in reverse.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Etosha National Park

Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Etosha National Park

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Sossusvlei Lodge, Namib Naukluft National Park

Sossusvlei Lodge, Namib Naukluft National Park

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