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Rovos Rail Cape town – Dar Es Salaam

4 July 2025 – 8 October 2025
Nights: 15
From: R281 800  / USD 14 850 per person sharing
50% additional for single occupancy

Travel dates
4 July 2025 – 19 July 2025
23 September 2025 – 8 October 2025

ITINERARY- ONEWAY JOURNEY
DAY ONE: CAPE TOWN
16:30 afternoon  ( CAT) Check-in at Rovos Rail Lounge, 1 Adderley Street, Cape Town.
Depart from Cape Town Station.
The train travels towards the Hex River Valley. Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

DAY TWO: MATJIESFONTEIN
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through thehistoric village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.
The train traverses the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoo system.
Lunch is served in the dining cars.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

DAY THREE: KIMBERLEY
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
Lunch is served in the dining cars.
Enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp. Dress: Formal

DAY FOUR: PRETORIA
Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
Transfer (±60 min) to Pretoria for a city tour followed by lunch on the Rovos Rail Station platform. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting). Return (±60 min) to the train.
Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Zeerust. Dress: Formal

DAY FIVE: MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
Transfer (±90 min) to a lodge in Madikwe for a two-night stay. Lunch is served on arrival.
Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).
Dinner at the lodge. Dress: Casual
Madikwe is a prime malaria-free Big 5 wildlife reserve bordering Botswana. It lies within a transition zone between the North West Province bushveld and Kalahari thornveld with enormous volcanic intrusions, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River. As a result, the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems with a rich assortment of vegetation and more than 300 resident and migrant bird species.

DAY SIX: MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Early morning game drive (approximately 3 hours).
Breakfast is served at the lodge until 09:30.
Lunch at the lodge.
Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).
Dinner at the lodge. Dress: Casual

DAY SEVEN: MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
Early morning game drive (approximately 2 hours).
Breakfast is served until 09:30. Please ensure your bags are ready for collection at 10:00 and proceed to check-out.
Depart the lodge. Transfer to the train at Gaborone in Botswana. Border formalities will take place en route and guests are required to present themselves to the border officials (luggage may be searched).
Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and the eastern edge of the Kalahari Basin. Known as ‘Kgalagadi’ in Botswana, the Kalahari (which extends to 900 000km2 and covers much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and South Africa) is not a true desert as it does experience small amounts of rain, with some areas enjoying up to 250mm. The surrounding basin covers over 2 500 000km2 extending farther into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is part desert, part plateau. The only constant river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest forming marshes that are rich in wildlife.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

DAY EIGHT: LEISURE ON BOARD
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place.
Lunch is served in the dining cars.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Pass Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park.
Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

DAY NINE: VICTORIA FALLS
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. Disembark with an overnight bag and walk across to the hotel.
Welcome address on the lawn followed by lunch at Jungle Junction. Luggage will be delivered to the rooms.
15:45 WINTER / 16:15 SUMMER Meet in the hotel foyer before departure for the sunset cruise on the Zambezi.

DAY TEN: VICTORIA FALLS
Check-out time is normally at 10:00 (to be advised). If you have organised morning activities, please ensure you have checked out. Luggage storage at reception is complimentary until afternoon departure. Please call the front desk and they will send a porter to collect your luggage.
Breakfast is served at the Jungle Junction Restaurant until 10:00. Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls.
Lunch at Jungle Junction.
Meet on station platform for departure to Zambia.
Cross the Victoria Falls Bridge. Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Border formalities take place.
Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of passport.

DAY ELEVEN: LEISURE ON BOARD
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. After breakfast, the train travels across the Kafue Railway Bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers.
Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train passes through Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kapiri Mposhi. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual.

DAY TWELF: LEISURE ON BOARD
Breakfast is served until 10:00. The train travels the TAZARA railway line, an engineering tour de force and one of Africa’s best-kept secrets as it passes through remote territory.
Lunch is served in the dining cars.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kasama. Dress: Formal

DAY THIRTEEN: CHISIMBA FALLS
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
Enjoy a visit to Chisimba Falls where guests can take a pleasant walk down to the rock pools at the base of the falls or admire them from various viewpoints.
The train climbs to the border, almost exactly the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes.
Lunch is served in the dining cars.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Border formalities take place.
Dinner is served. The train passes Baobab forests and descends the Rift Valley towards Mbeya. Dress: Formal
Chisimba Falls is a series of three waterfalls named Mutumuna, Kaela and Chishimba (Chisimba), which are separated over 300m along the Luombe River. According to Bemba tradition, the nature spirit “Chishimba” lives in a cave behind the falls therefore no bad behaviour (including fights, insults and arrogance) is allowed in this area.
Though the Bemba people arrived here in the 17th century, they weren’t the first as the land surrounding the falls is dotted with evidence of Iron Age activities including kilns, smelting pipes and iron ore deposits.

DAY FOURTEEN: MAKAMBAKO
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting).
The train travels towards the jungled Udzungwa Mountains and negotiates the dramatic switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels of the escarpment.
Lunch is served in the dining cars.
Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

DAY FIFTEEN: SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Continental breakfast is served in the dining cars until 08:00. The train descends into the highlands and traverses the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous.
Brunch is served in the dining cars until 11:45.
Enjoy a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55 000km2 (time permitting).
Return to the train.
Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Gwata. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual

DAY SIXTEEN: DAR ES SALAAM
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Travel in an easterly direction towards the coast.
Arrive at journey’s end at Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Itinerary for Zanzibar may be provided on request.

Package Includes
One way per person sharing
Pullman Suite accommodation
All meals
All beverages on board
Room service
Limited laundry service
Guided excursions
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Government tax. 

Package Excludes
Off-train beverages
International sparkling wine
Gratuities
Personal expenses
Visas
Travel insurance
Pre- and post-tour accommodation
Flights and transfers

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