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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
4.6 stars(25 reviews)
2024Nov
2025FebMarOctNov
13 days from
£4,995 pp
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South African Adventure
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3.9 stars(12 reviews)
2024Oct
2025MarOctNov
19 days from
£8,495 pp £8,295 pp
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The Splendours of Southern Africa
4.7 stars(10 reviews)
2025MarAprSep
16 days from
£7,295 pp
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Maasai Mara Safari
2025MarMaySepNov
11 days from
£4,995 pp
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Pyramids of Giza
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4.6 stars(14 reviews)
2024OctNovDec
2025JanAprSepOctNovDec
12 days from
£3,995 pp £3,795 pp
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Casablanca
2024SepOct
2025AprMaySepOct
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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Africa Holidays

It's impossible not to be swept off your feet by the majestic displays of Africa, a melting pot of contrasts. Be awed by the endless grasslands of the Maasai Mara where zebras and giraffes graze in peace, interrupted occasionally by the roar of a lion, and where hippopotamuses laze. Take in the dynamic cities that present a seamless fusion of modern and traditional cultures. Glimpse rural Kenyan life amid lofty mountains and unique African fauna as you journey on iconic trains through the heartlands of this epic continent.

No trip to Africa is complete without trying its unique flavours; sample the wines of the Stellenbosch Valley or treat yourself to an authentic Kenyan coffee. You can also experience some 17th-century adventure aboard the Flying Dutchman funicular railway on the tumultuous Cape of Good Hope. A whole new world awaits you in Africa.

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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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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
4.6 stars(25 reviews)
2024Nov
2025FebMarOctNov
13 days from
£4,995 pp
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13 days from
£4,995
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Pyramids of Giza
Save £200
4.6 stars(14 reviews)
2024OctNovDec
2025JanAprSepOctNovDec
12 days from
£3,995 pp £3,795 pp
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12 days from
£3,995
£3,795
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  • DestinationEgypt
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Casablanca
2024SepOct
2025AprMaySepOct
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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10 days from
£2,495
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  • DestinationMorocco
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick, London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Coach
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Marrakech
No Single Supplement
4.4 stars(28 reviews)
2024SepOct
2025MarJunSepOct
13 days from
£3,895 pp
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No Single Supplement
13 days from
£3,895
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  • DestinationSpain, Morocco
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Gatwick, London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Save £200
22 days from
£19,990
£19,790
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail
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The Splendours of Southern Africa
4.7 stars(10 reviews)
2025MarAprSep
16 days from
£7,295 pp
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16 days from
£7,295
per person
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
Map and accommodation
South African Adventure
Save £200
3.9 stars(12 reviews)
2024Oct
2025MarOctNov
19 days from
£8,495 pp £8,295 pp
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19 days from
£8,495
£8,295
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Maasai Mara Safari
2025MarMaySepNov
11 days from
£4,995 pp
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11 days from
£4,995
per person
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  • DestinationKenya
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
Map and accommodation
16 days from
£9,465
per person
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10 days from
£3,185
per person
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22 days from
£14,385
per person
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10 days from
£4,015
per person
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Our customers love our Africa tours
Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana Safari
30/Apr
Christine Lawrence
5 stars
“This was a very enjoyable trip. There were 5 flights, which enabled us to see a wide variety of places, people and animals. Although busy there was always time to chill, have a drink at the bar and a chat to others in the group. The quality...
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Cape Town, The Blue Train and Kruger National Park
4/Apr
David Dodds
5 stars
“Three great holidays in on trip! First of all the trip would not have been as good without our tour manager Angie and the excellent guides and drivers. Angie had all the info needed and kept us up to date with everything. Hotels were excellent. Staff friendly, rooms very well appointed, food...
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Grand Tour of South Africa
05 Dec 2022
Mr Chris Payne
5 stars
“Superb service from day one
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Magnificent Morocco and Moorish Spain
30/May
Customer
4 stars
“It was packed full of very enjoyable experiences, with wonderful train journeys, varied city scapes and landscapes and great company. Our tour manager Mike Neep coped extremely well overcoming all the difficulties that were thrown at him. Our one gripe was that there was no time to contemplate during...
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Treasures of Egypt and Nile Cruise
1/May
Customer hugh
4 stars
“Great holiday spoiled by dirty train journey. Bad service from Sofitel Hotel. Very bad service from British Airways.
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