Rovos Rail - Pretoria to Victoria Falls
Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. There are four beautifully restored 'Pride of Africa' trains, each with wood-panelled coaches carrying a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. At the rear of the train is the Observation Car, while at the centre of the train are one or two dining cars and two lounges. Maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or televisions on board.
All meals and drinks are included. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order, while lunch and dinner are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. During the day dress is elegant yet casual, while dinner attire is more formal with jacket and tie required for gentlemen.
Accommodation is in a Pullman suite which has a comfortable sofa-seat during the day which converts to double or twin beds. Also available are deluxe suites with twin or double beds and a lounge area, while larger Royal suites, which take up half a carriage, have their own lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. All suites have air-conditioning, safe, mini bar (drinks included) and round the clock services of a cabin steward.
A selection of Rovos Rail's journeys are highlighted. Alternative journeys, lasting from 48 hours to a month, are also available and include Cape Town to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania; the game reserves of Mpumalanga; the desert landscapes in Namibia; the stark beauty of the Karoo; fascinating KwaZulu Natal and the magnificent Garden Route.
Duration: 3 nights rail journey tour
Price from: £1549pp
Rovos Rail 3 nights
Day 1 Pretoria/Beitbridge: Morning departure from Pretoria travelling north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Zimbabwe
Day 2 Beitbridge/Bulawayo: After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country.
Day 3 Bulawayo/Thompsons Junction: The train travels along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed.
Day 4 Thompsons Junction/Victoria Falls: The journey ends upon reaching the incomparable Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
Departures: From Pretoria on selected Thursdays; from Victoria Falls on selected Sundays. Please ask for dates.
Accommodation: 3 nights in a pullman suite on the train.
Meals: All inclusive.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 nights accommodation as stated.
Zimbabwe visas: Issued on arrival at approx cost of USD50.