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.
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.
- Overnight train travel aboard Rovos Rail (6 nights on train)
- All meals on train
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a train host throughout
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
- Kalahari Desert
- Fish River Canyon
- Sossusvlei Desert dinner and bush drive
- Etosha National Park and game lodge
- Etosha Pan
- Namib Desert
- Walvis Bay
Day 1 - PretoriaDepart 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. (L, D)
Day 2 - KimberleyArrive 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. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - UpingtonDisembark 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. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Fish River Canyon & Garas ParkDisembark 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. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Windhoek & SossusvleiTravel 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 Soussusvlei Lodge.
Day 6 - Sossusvlei DesertAt 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. (B, D)
Day 7 - Etosha National ParkAfter 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. (B, L)
Day 8 - EtoshaEnjoy 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. (L, D)
Day 9 - Walvis Bay
Enjoy breakfast as the train crosses the Namib Desert before arriving at your journey's end in Walvis Bay, Nambia.
Itinerary also available in reverse.
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