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

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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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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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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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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