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Discover Africa, the Great Rail way

Magical, mysterious, romantic and exciting, the vast continent of Africa rewards exploration with memories of an adventure that will stay with you forever.

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Escorted Rail Holidays in Africa

Uncover Africa's Treasures by Rail

From the mighty waters of Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or 'the smoke that thunders', to the remarkable panoramic views from the magnificent Table Mountain, Africa is a fascinating continent filled with breathtaking natural beauty and unforgettable experiences.

Travelling across Africa in unparalleled luxury, our hotel-train holidays offer 5-Star facilities and ever-changing views from comfortable surroundings. Admire Namibia's amazing wildlife and vibrant cities from the comfort of a luxury hotel-train, or follow in the footsteps of kings, presidents and dignitaries with a nostalgic journey on South Africa's Blue Train.

Whether you're observing the fabled 'Big Five' game animals on a compelling safari excursion, or sampling some of South Africa's finest wines in the famous producing area of Stellenbosch, Africa truly offers something to delight and amaze every traveller.

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Kenya

Featured Destination - Kenya

Delve a little closer into Kenya's inspiring landscapes and you will discover some of the most remarkable game viewing spots on the globe; stunning, well-protected national reserves that are home to some of the world's most beautiful endangered creatures - the fabled 'big five'.

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Highlights of South Africa

Discover the wonders of South Africa with a journey on the historical Ceres Railway, a fantastic game drive in Kruger National Park, and a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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2020JanFebJunSepNov

15 days from £2,195 pp

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Kenya & Maasai Mara Grand Safari

Immerse yourself in the wildlife and culture of East Africa on this unforgettable safari adventure. Uncover captivating history, explore wild Kenyan landscapes, and spot the majestic 'Big Five' at some of the most celebrated game reserves in the continent.

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2020MarMayJulSepOct

10 days from £2,695 pp

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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and the Garden Route

Marvel at the wonders of southern Africa as you discover dynamic Cape Town, uncover the natural beauty of the lush Garden Route, bask in the majesty of Victoria Falls, and embark on a truly elegant rail journey on the luxurious Pride of Africa.

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2020JanAug

16 days from £4,895 pp

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Magnificent Morocco & Moorish Spain

Embark on a magnificent extravaganza uncovering the path of the ancient Moors, from the shores of seductive Spain to the magic of Morocco in north Africa. Discover the charms of these two nations, and the majesty of their cultures and histories.

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2020AprMayAugSep

13 days from £2,995 pp

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South African Adventure

Fascinating wildlife is waiting to be discovered on this South African rail adventure on the Pride of Africa - one of the world's great luxury trains. Our voyage of discovery takes us through South Africa's most well-known game parks and ends with four nights in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

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2020MayOctNov

17 days from £6,495 pp

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Cape Town, The Blue Train & Kruger National Park

Discover the highlights of South Africa with a rail journey on the luxurious Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. Ascend Table Mountain, sample local wines in Stellenbosch and enjoy fantastic game drives during a wonderful three-night stay at a hotel at the gate of Kruger National Park.

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2019OctNov
2020FebMarOctNov

12 days from £3,795 pp

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Dar Es Salaam, Victoria Falls & The Pride of Africa

Explore the magnificent attractions spanning Africa on this incredible adventure aboard the luxurious, 5-Star Pride of Africa train. Journey across lush wildernesses and dusty desert plains, taking in natural wonders, rare creatures and spending time in cosmopolitan cities.

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2020Jan

22 days from £13,995 pp

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Namibia & the Pride of Africa

Discover the highlights of Namibia and South Africa on this fantastic holiday by rail. Explore Cape Town and Table Mountain, see magnificent wildlife in Etosha National Park, experience the mighty Sossusvlei and enjoy six indulgent nights on the incredible Pride of Africa - the world's most lavish and luxurious hotel train.

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2020May

16 days from £8,990 pp

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Experiencing Africa with Great Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys is committed to providing our customers exceptional value for money whilst ensuring that the quality of our tours is not compromised. The cost of each of our rail holidays in Africa covers all flights and travel throughout, overnight accommodation, an itinerary of exciting and memorable excursions and activities and, where appropriate, meals.

A knowledgeable and experienced Tour Manager accompanies every rail tour of Africa to answer questions, provide assistance and make recommendations in order to ensure that our customers have the most pleasurable and rewarding time. Customers will also benefit from the additional insights and information that local guides bring to some of our African excursions and activities.

We take great care to build itineraries which introduce our guests to the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of Africa's history, culture, wildlife and natural beauty. Whether that's visiting a traditional Berber village in the foothills of Morocco's Atlas Mountains or sipping wine among the vineyards of Franschhoek, South Africa, we aspire to leave every customer with happy and lasting memories of their African rail holiday.

We're equally selective about our overnight accommodation, which must be suitably comfortable, conveniently located, and provide excellent service and guest facilities. In order for our customers to enjoy a higher degree of friendly, personal service and a relaxing environment we often choose family-owned and run hotels.

From the moment our customers join Great Rail Journeys on an escorted rail tour of Africa to the moment they leave us we want them to enjoy a safe and worry-free experience. We have been the UK's foremost provider of rail tours and holidays for over thirty years and for the assurance of our customers' financial protection we are members of ATOL, AITO, and ABTA, and the flights we provide are protected by the CAA.

Our Africa Trains

Africa's railways offer a safe, comfortable and rewarding means of exploring this spectacular continent, and Great Rail Journeys provides the opportunity to ride aboard some of Africa's most celebrated and luxurious trains.

Since its introduction in the 1920s, South Africa's Blue Train has made the sixteen-hundred kilometre journey from the northern city of Pretoria to Cape Town in the south. The Union Limited and Union Express trains, as they were then known, catered for travellers that had grown wealthy as a result of Africa's diamond and gold mining industries. Lavishly decorated and furnished, these trains raised the bar for luxury travel.

 

Fully justifying its name, the Pride of Africa is effectively a five-star luxury hotel in the guise of a train. The Pride of Africa's operator, RoVos Rail, suggests that this is 'the most luxurious train in the world' and travellers observing the stunningly re-furbished Edwardian carriages and sleeping compartments would be hard-pressed to disagree. The train's design offers gorgeous wood-panelled suites that are larger than those aboard the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, each beautifully furnished and equipped with every modern amenity for passengers' enjoyment and convenience.

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