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Rovos Rail
THE PRIDE OF AFRICA

CAPE TOWN - PRETORIA - VICTORIA FALLS
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Pride of Africa

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SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Victoria Falls & Zambezi River

scenic winelands of the Cape to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo

Hwange National Park & the historic village of Matjiesfontein

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Holiday Highlights

Planet Rail Pride Of Africa

Rovos Rail – Cape Town – Pretoria – Victoria Falls

Re-live the enchantment of a bygone era of rail travel, on a journey of ultimate luxury through incredible African Scenery. Step aboard the classically remodelled, wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as you embark on the journey of a lifetime through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape to the haunting barren landscapes of the Great Karoo. Your unique odyssey continues northwards past Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before travelling west alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains, across Botswana and the Tropic of Capricorn, through the Kalahari Desert, onto Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and finally the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi. 

The wonderfully appointed carriages can carry a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites.

 

11 night / 12 day holiday, including a 2 night stay in Cape Town, 3 nights on board the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa from Cape Town to Pretoria, an overnight stay in Pretoria, 4 nights on board the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa from Pretoria to Victoria Falls and an overnight stay in Victoria Falls. Hotels offered on a bed and breakfast basis, with all meals, excursions and beverages, incl. alcohol included on your rail journeys, plus transfers between the airports, stations and your accommodation throughout your trip from £3,995 per person, based on 2 people travelling together and staying in a Pullman Suite on the Pride of Africa.

Upgrade to a Deluxe Suite on the Pride of Africa – package price from £5,595 per person

Your Rovos Rail Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Cape Town

Your holiday begins as you arrive into Cape Town International Airport. As you exit the airport your taxi driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for your 2 night stay, the highly rated Taj Cape Town (5 star), ideally situated in the centre of Cape Town. You might like to spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or start by discovering this fascinating city.

Day 2 – Free time in Cape Town

The oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town has a rich heritage spanning over 300 years. It is set between contrasting landscapes, in one direction enjoying views of Table Mountain and in the other enjoying views across Table Bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was famously imprisoned. Cape Town boasts many natural wonders including magnificent beaches, wildlife and unique flora, which is gracefully showcased by the city’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Aside from the natural attractions, Cape Town holds a captivating history which can be discovered in its many museums.

Day 3 – Welcome aboard Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa Cape Town through the Winelands to Worcester

Today heralds the start of your journey aboard Rovos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’.

This morning after breakfast you have some free time for final exploration of Cape Town.

Then in the afternoon you will be met by your taxi transfer to whisk you across to Cape Town station. On arrival at Platform 23 you will be greeted by the Rovos Rail staff and shown to your private suite on board the glistening cream and green carriages of the Pride of Africa train.

Once you have settled in you may like to join the fellow travellers in the lounge or observation car for your grand departure. Tea is then served on-board before the train begins the ascent through the Hex River Valley to Worcester and onwards to Touws River, reaching a height of 959m.

Relax in the comfort of your glass panelled observation car and gaze out across the vast expanse of grape-producing farms, which accounts for 25% of South Africa’s national wine production. Dinner is served in the dining cars this evening.

Pride Of Africa Train Holiday
Pride of Africa Train Holiday

Day 4 – Matjiesfontein and the Karoo

This morning during breakfast the train continues through numerous tunnels along the pass.

Arriving into Matjiesfontein, you disembark and have time to discover the history of this charming village with its station museum and assortment of historic cars and railway carriages. The train then travels through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea.

This evening you enjoy dinner on board before the overnight journey to Kimberley via the Great Karoo.

Day 5 – Kimberley – Coach Tour of Kimberley, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole

Today you awake to the rugged South African landscape as you enjoy breakfast in the elegant dining car. On arrival into Kimberley you leave the train for a guided coach tour of the fascinating city, largely a feature of the diamond rush of the 1870s. Your tour includes visits to two of the city’s most renowned attractions, the Diamond Mine Museum and the monumental ‘Big Hole’ – a huge man-made excavation up to 214 metres deep. Continuing your journey from Kimberley you pass Kamfers Dam, a wetland which is home to approximately 23,000 Lesser Flamingos. Relax in the lounge or observation car with afternoon tea, before dinner this evening as the train whisks you north-west through South Africa to Klerksdorp.

Day 6 – Pretoria

Breakfast is served in the dining car this morning as you journey through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand via Krugersdorp, Germiston and Johannesburg, before arriving into the glorious colonial-style Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Here you are transferred to your overnight hotel in Pretoria (to be advised in due course by Rovos). Pretoria, ideally set in the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains, comprises a mixture of architecture from a colonial, art deco and South African-style. Some of the most notable attractions include the Union Buildings – the official seat of the national government, the Voortrekker Monument – a majestic column of granite to commemorate both the Pioneer history of South Africa and history of the Afrikaner and Mahlamba Ndlopfu – the presidential house. Alternatively, you might like to seek sanctuary in either the city’s National Zoological Gardens or Botanical Gardens.

Day 7 – Re-join the Pride of Africa – Journey north across the Tropic of Capricorn and Limpopo River

After breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred back to Rovos Rail Station to continue your journey north. Lunch is served in the dining car as the train traverses the Magaliesberg Mountains, synonymous with South Africa’s tobacco and cotton growing industry and most famous for the Bushveld Igneous Complex, a large layered igneous intrusion containing the world’s largest reserve of platinum group metals. Your journey takes you past Wambaths (Bela-Bela) – named for its mineral waters and Nylstroom, which the Voortrekkers named as the source of the Nile. Tea is served in the lounge or observation cars this afternoon as the train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy dinner in the dining car, as the train continues its journey north across the Limpopo River to Beitbridge. Savour the unique experience of traversing two countries in the most elegant manner as you cross the border into Zimbabwe and onwards for your overnight journey.
One of the dining cars in the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa all set up to serve lunch.

Day 8 – Journey through Baobab country across Zimbabwe to Bulawayo and onto Mpopoma

After you have enjoyed breakfast, relax at leisure as your journey takes you further into Zimbabwe. Admire the passing scenery as you relax with lunch on board as you head towards Bualwayo, Zimbabwe’s 2nd city and industrial capital. Afternoon tea and dinner will all be served on board before your overnight stay on the train in Mpopoma.

Day 9 – Journey through Zimbabwe towards the Zambezi River – game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park

After breakfast the train continues Northeast to the Zambezi River, known for its abundance of wildlife and the awe inspiring Victoria Falls. After lunch the journey continues along the 114km stretch of straight railway line between Gwaai and Dete. In the afternoon, disembarks from the train at Kennedy Siding where you are treated to a game drive in Hwange National Park, soaking up the sights and sounds of Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Dinner is served this evening in the dining car before settling in for the night on board the train.
Pride of Africa Train Holiday

Day 10 – Victoria Falls

This morning after breakfast, the train travels onwards to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, the incredible Victoria Falls.

The scale of Victoria Falls needs to be seen to be believed and they are guaranteed to create memories you will never forget.

This evening reminisce over some of the highlights of your holiday as you are accompanied to your hotel for your overnight stay the stylish Victoria Falls Hotel (4 star).

Known by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most significant topographical features.

Boasting a width of nearly two kilometres, in excess of 500 million cubic metres of water per minute plunge over its edges. Columns of spray can be witnessed several kilometres away as water falls dramatically into a gorge over one hundred metres below, creating an awe inspiring sight.

Day 11 – Return home

Savour your final morning in Africa and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your transfer takes you to Victoria Falls Airport for the connecting flight back home.
Rovos Rail Train Holiday Capital Park Station

What’s Included

7 nights on board Rovos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’ in a Pullman or Deluxe Suite with all meals from Cape Town to Victoria Falls or vice versa

2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in the Taj Hotel (5 star) or similar in Cape Town

1 night’s accommodation with breakfast in a 4 star hotel in Pretoria

1 night’s accommodation with breakfast in the Victoria Falls Hotel or similar in Victoria Falls

Transfers between the airports, stations and your hotels in Cape Town, Pretoria and Victoria Falls

Excursions throughout (as mentioned in the itinerary)

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