A luxury rail tour aboard 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.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the 5-Star Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam. This afternoon we enjoy an excursion to a local craft market, before tasting an aperitif overlooking the ocean. Later we return to the hotel, and enjoy dinner together.
After a relaxed morning, today we board our luxury train, the Pride of Africa. We join in Dar es Salaam for the epic rail journey across Africa, taking in five countries during our time on the train. After settling in, we leave Dar es Salaam and make our way through Tanzania. During the afternoon, our journey takes us across the wild plains of the Selous Game Reserve - Africa's largest park, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park offers a vision of a timeless Africa; there are almost no roads through the area, and as such most visitors are flown in. Our trip is a rare treat as we try and spot elephants, hippos and buffalo.
This morning we enjoy a game drive in the Selous Game Reserve, during which we hope to see the diverse creatures that live here. Later we return to the train and continue through the Udzungwa Mountains to Mlimba, where we overnight. On Day 5 we arrive in Makambako, a traditional Tanzanian town set on a dusty plain overlooked by the country's Southern Highlands. After time to explore, we traverse the Rift Valley to Tunduma for an overnight stop.
Today we descend from the valleys of Mbeya to the Zambian border. We then cross into Zambia and disembark at Kasama for an excursion to the stunning Chishimba Falls. Here the Luombe River tumbles over a succession of rapids cut into the deep valley, offering a beautiful photo opportunity. Later we take the train to Mununga, where we overnight. Enjoy some truly relaxing time on the train as we travel across Zambia on Days 6 and 7. Our on-board historian gives informative lectures about a fascinating range of subjects on both days; otherwise you can simply admire the views as we make our way through the Zambian wilderness and across a region of quaint mining towns known as 'the Copperbelt'. On Day 7 the train travels through Lusaka, Zambia's treelined capital. Afterwards we cross the striking Kafue Railway Bridge, an ambitious girder construction which carries the track high across the Kafue River.
A real highlight of the tour awaits today as we arrive in Livingstone. From here we travel into Zimbabwe, crossing the border bridge that spans a gorge in the incredible Victoria Falls. Known as "the smoke that thunders", the falls are generally seen as one of the world's finest natural wonders. Here we disembark the train and transfer to the 5-Star Victoria Falls Hotel for a night. Later this afternoon we take a cruise on the immense Zambezi River, just upstream from the magnificent falls - and home to an abundance of crocodiles. Day 9 is free for you to explore the area at your own pace. Our hotel is just a ten-minute walk from the falls via its own private pathway, and if you're feeling adventurous, you could admire this stunning sight from a helicopter (payable locally).
Relax on board today as we leave Zimbabwe and continue through Botswana. With a very small population, Botswana is primarily rural, with wide open plains stretching out towards the distant desert landscape, dotted with small traditional villages. During the day the train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn on its route southwards to Gaborone, Botswana's compact capital.
Leaving the train in Gaborone, today we transfer to the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa for two nights at the TAU Lodge. Boasting a diverse landscape of forests, grassland and bushveld, Madikwe is naturally home to a variety of rare creatures including leopards, elephants, antelopes, rhinos and lions. This afternoon we take our first game drive, and on Day 12 we contrast both early morning and afternoon drives, to increase our chances of spotting these fascinating creatures.
After a final early morning game drive, we leave the lodge and return to the train. We travel through the glorious scenery of South Africa, running alongside the dramatic Magaliesberg Mountains, a sharp ridge of peaks that tower above the tracks. We arrive in Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital, on Day 14. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the colourful city, then return to Rovos Rail's private station for lunch and a tour of the locomotive works workshops (weather permitting). This afternoon we continue towards Kimberley.
Today we reach Kimberley, a city with a rich diamond mining history. Here we visit the 'The Big Hole' mine museum - a recreated townscape and museum which houses many artefacts from the diamond rush that led to the huge mine's creation. On Day 16 we reach Matjiesfontein. This historic village is officially a National Monument, and we discover its attractions on a self guided tour. Later we return to the train for the final stretch of our journey across five countries, arriving in Cape Town this evening. We spend four nights at the 5-Star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel.
Today we visit some of Cape Town's best-loved attractions. We ascend Table Mountain by cable car to enjoy panoramic views of the city. We then descend to Kirstenbosch for a guided tour of the botanical gardens, nestled at the base of the mountain. This afternoon we take a guided tour of Robben Island, the UNESCO-listed site where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. On Day 18 we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. We enjoy lunch on a wine estate and sample some of the local wines during a tasting session.
Today we travel to Cape Point on the Cape of Good Hope, at Africa's south-western tip. Here we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point, to admire the superb views. We travel to see the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. On Day 20 make your way to the airport for your flight back home.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Julius Nyerere International Airport, approximately 8 miles from your base in Dar es Salaam. Our recommended departure airport is the Cape Town International Airport, approximately 14 miles from your final base in Cape Town.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
A luxury rail tour aboard the Pride of Africa