Rovos Rail / South Africa to Tanzania Safari
Rovos Rail - South Africa to Tanzania Safari

LUXURY TRAIN SAFARIS - SOUTH AFRICA TO TANZANIA SAFARI WITH ROVOS RAIL

In July every year, this epic 14 day rail journey travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous train journeys in the world.

This magnificent sojourn will take you through South Africa with short tours of the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria. Then a two night stay in a private game lodge in the famous Kruger Park Game area, before crossing into Zimbabwe, with another overnight stop at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

After crossing the mighty Zambezi River travel north eastwards through Zambia, joining the Tazara Railway line at Kapiri Mposhe. Enjoy a bush walk and picnic at Kundalilia Falls, and continue the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost the midpoint between Africa's two Great Rift Valley lakes. Descend into the Rift Valley itself and enjoy spectacular scenery as the train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.

Early on the last day the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve, the largest on the Continent - a vision of timeless Africa shortly before the bustle of arrival in Dar es Salaam Station.

NORTHBOUND RAIL JOURNEY (Cape Town to Dar es Salaam)
CAPE TOWN PRE-TOUR (OPTIONAL)
Day 1 Arrive Cape Town and transfer to Cape Grace Hotel in the V & A Waterfront for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Depart for full day tour of Cape Winelands, including a visit to a famous wine estate with lunch en route. Afternoon visits to Franschhoek, Boschendal and Stellenbosch. Dinner and overnight at Cape Grace Hotel.
Day 3 Depart for full day tour of Cape Peninsula (including Groot Constantia, Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point, Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch). Light lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
CAPE TOWN TO DAR ES SALAAM ITINERARY (MAIN TOUR)
Pullman Suite: USD 9 800 per person
Deluxe Suite: USD 12 900 per person
Royal Suite: USD 17 500 per person
Dates: 16 - 29 Jan 2012; 30 Jun - 13 Jul 2012; 29 Sep - 12 Oct 2012
Day 1 Leave for Cape Town Station for an 11h00 departure on the Rovos Rail Edwardian Train Safari. Arrive in Matjiesfontein at 18h00 with time to explore this Victorian village before dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 2 Lunch at 12h30 with a 14h00 arrival in Kimberley. Visit to the Big Hole and Diamond Museum. Depart Kimberley at 16h00. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 3 Arrive in Pretoria at 11h30. Light Lunch followed by a city tour of Pretoria with an 18h00 departure from Pretoria.
Day 4 Arrive in Zeerust at 11h00 for full board two-night stay at 5-star Tau Game Lodge.
Day 5 Early morning game drive, evening game drive or guest activities. Overnight at lodge.
Day 6 Early morning game drive. Transfer to the train for a 12h00 departure from Zeerust.
Day 7 After border formalities travel through Zimbabwe with morning & afternoon lectures provided by the historian.
Day 8 Arrive in Victoria Falls at 11h00. Transfer from Station to the Victoria Falls Hotel. 16h00 sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. 18h30 optional African Spectacular Show. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 9 Day at leisure - tour of the Falls, game of golf, Flight of the Angels, etc. Transfer to the station for a 15h00 departure from the Victoria Falls for Zimbabwe and Zambian border formalities.
Day 10 Pass through Lusaka. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board with lectures in the morning and afternoon.
Day 11 Arrive in Kanona for a 08h00 brunch outing at Kundalila Falls. Depart from Kanona at 13h00.
Day 12 Arrive at Nakonde/Tunduma for Zambian/Tanzanian border controls. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 13 Arrive in Makambako at 10h00. Descend the spectacular pass to Mlimba.
Day 14 Arrive in Kiduna and continue the journey through Mzenga to Dar es Salaam. Breakfast on board. Arrive at Tazara Station, Dar Es Salaam at 10h00.
TANZANIA POST-TRAIN TOUR (OPTIONAL)
Day 1 Meet at Tazara Station. Transfer to the Royal Palm in Dar Es Salaam. Lunch, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Mid-morning pick-up from Royal Palm to airport for flight to Lake Manyara. Transfer to Crater Lodge on the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Breakfast at the Lodge. Half day crater tour with picnic lunch. Dinner & overnight at the Crater Lodge.
Day 4 Breakfast at the Lodge. Transfer to Klein's camp. Lunch, game drive, dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Breakfast in camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. All meals and overnight camp.
Day 6 Breakfast in camp. Transfer to airstrip for flight to Zanzibar for dinner & overnight Zanzibar Serena Inn. Breakfast at the hotel. Stone Town walking tour. Lunch at Mtoni Marine Centre. Spice Tour. Dinner and overnight Zanzibar Serena Inn.
Day 7 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Dar es Salaam. Own arrangements.


SOUTHBOUND RAIL JOURNEY (Dar es Salaam to Cape Town)
TANZANIA PRE-TRAIN TOUR (OPTIONAL)
Day 1 Mid-morning pick-up from Royal Palm to airport for flight to Lake Manyara. Transfer to Crater Lodge on the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Breakfast at the Lodge. Half day crater tour with picnic lunch. Dinner & overnight at the Crater Lodge.
Day 3 Breakfast at the Lodge. Transfer to Klein's camp. Lunch, game drive, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Breakfast in camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. All meals and overnight camp.
Day 5 Breakfast in camp. Transfer to airstrip for flight to Zanzibar via Arusha. Dinner and overnight in the Serena Inn.
Day 6 Breakfast at the hotel. Stone Town walking tour with lunch at Mtoni Marine Centre. Afternoon Spice Tour. Dinner and overnight at the Serena Inn.
Day 7 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Dar es Salaam. Transfer to Royal Palm for full board stay.
DAR ES SALAAM TO CAPE TOWN ITINERARY (MAIN TOUR)
Pullman Suite: USD 9 800 per person
Deluxe Suite: USD 12 900 per person
Royal Suite: USD 17 500 per person
Dates: 12 - 25 Mar 2012; 16 - 29 Jul 2012; 15 - 28 Oct 2012
Day 1 10 h00 transfer from hotel to Tazara Station, Dar Es Salaam for departure on the Edwardian Train Safari. Depart at 12h00 from Dar Es Salaam with dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 2 Arrive in Makambako en route to Tunduma. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 3 Arrive in Tunduma/Nakonde for Tanzanian/Zambian border controls.
Day 4 Arrive in Kanona. Brunch outing at Kundalila Falls. Depart 12h00. Dinner on board.
Day 5 Pass through Lusaka passing through Kafue and Choma at 12h00. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Day 6 Arrive in Livingstone/Victoria Falls at 09h00 for Zambian/Zimbabwean border formalities. Transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. African Spectacular Show. Dinner and overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Day 7 Day at leisure - tour of the Falls, game of golf, Flight of the Angels, river rafting, etc.
Day 8 Transfer to the station and depart Victoria Falls. Dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 9 Bypass Bulawayo en route to Plumtree with breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. Overnight on train.
Day 10 Arrive in Gabarone and transfer to 5-star Tau Game Lodge for full board two-night stay. After breakfast, guest activities i.e. guided walk or game drive. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11 Depart from Zeerust on the Pride of Africa and travel via Magaliesberg to Pretoria.
Day 12 Arrive in Pretoria. Light lunch, city tour of Pretoria. 15h30 depart Pretoria for Cape Town.
Day 13 Kimberley. Visit to the Big Hole and the Diamond museum with historic tram ride.
Day 14 Arrive in Matjiesfontein for tour of the Village. 18h00 arrive in Cape Town Station.
CAPE TOWN POST-TRAIN TOUR (OPTIONAL)
Day 1 Transfer to Cape Grace Hotel in V & A Waterfront for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Depart for full day tour of Cape Winelands, including a visit to a famous wine estate with lunch en route. Afternoon visits to Franschhoek, Boschendal and Stellenbosch. Dinner and overnight at Cape Grace.
Day 3 Depart for full day tour of Cape Peninsula (including Groot Constantia, Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point, Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch). Light lunch en route. Dinner, overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Morning at leisure before transferring to Cape Town International Airport for return flight home.


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