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Cape to Cairo Train Safari

This 28-day luxury rail and fly-in expedition covers Africa from South to North (or North to South) taking in the highlights of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, all the way up to the Sudan and Egypt.
  • Safari Information
  • - Departure; January and February 2015
  • - Duration; 28 Days / 27 Nights
  • - Lodging; Aboard Train Rovos Rail
  • - Group Size; Minimum 1
  • - Note: Travel insurance is compulsory for all safaris
Day 1: Cape Town
- Arrive Cape Town. Transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
- Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Cape Town
- At 08h30, a wine tasting at Groot Constantia and a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting).
- Lunch en route.
- Dinner at the V&A Waterfront.
- Overnight at Cape Grace Hotel.

Day 3: Cape Town
- At 08h30, a full-day tour of Cape Peninsula including Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point, Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch.
- Light lunch en route.
- Dinner at hotel.
- Overnight at Cape Grace Hotel.

Day 4: Karoo
- Transfer to Rovos Rail’s private lounge at Cape Town Station at 09h00.
- Depart at 11h00 for Pretoria.
- Lunch is served in the dining car/s at 13h00.
- Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein at 18h00.
- Dinner is served at 19h30 in the dining cars.
- Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Kimberley
- Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00.
- Arrive in Kimberley at 14h30 for a tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
- Dinner is served at 19h30 in the dining cars.
- Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Pretoria
- Upon arrival at 12h00 at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, enjoy a light lunch on the platform followed by a city tour.
- Transfer to hotel at 18h00 for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Botswana
- Depart Pretoria at 10h00 on Rovos Rail for Botswana.
- Border formalities at Mafikeng and Gaborone.
- Lunch, dinner and overnight on the train.

Day 8: Zimbabwe
- Travel through Botswana.
- Border formalities will take place with Zimbabwe.
- Day at leisure on the train.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 9: Victoria Falls
- Arrive at the Victoria Falls at 17h00.
- Breakfast and lunch on board.
- Walk across from the station to the Victoria Falls Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Victoria Falls
- Day at leisure.
- Optional tour of the Falls, helicopter ride, river rafting, walk with the lions, craft village, etc.
- At 16h00, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
- Dinner and overnight at Victoria Falls Hotel.

Day 11: Zanzibar
- At 08h00, join your dedicated aircraft at Victoria Falls Airport for the flight to Zanzibar.
- Arrive Zanzibar at 12h00 and transfer to Zanzibar Serena Hotel for lunch.
- Enjoy an afternoon tour of Stone Town.
- Dinner and overnight at Zanzibar Serena Hotel.

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater
- Enjoy the Island Spice Tour with lunch en route.
- Transfer to airport for an afternoon flight to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
- Upon arrival, board vehicles for 2 ½ hour drive via Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Lodge.
- Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Lodge.

Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater
- After breakfast, enjoy a game drive excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch on the floor of the crater.
- Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Lodge.

Day 14: Serengeti
- After breakfast, transfer to the Masek Tented Camp in the Ndutu area, Serengeti Plains.
- Arrive at the camp for lunch and an afternoon game drive.
- Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 15: Serengeti
- Breakfast at the camp.
- Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti.
- Lunch, dinner and overnight at Masek Tented Camp.

Day 16: Uganda
- Transfer to airstrip at 07h00 for domestic flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.
- After immigration and customs formalities, depart at 10h00 for one-hour flight to Entebbe, Uganda.
- Upon arrival, passengers will be split into two groups.
- Group 1: Visit the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island.
- Group 2: Enjoy excursion to Jinja, source of the Nile.
- Each group will enjoy lunch en route.
- Dinner and overnight at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort.

Day 17: Uganda
- At 08h00 Group 1: Enjoy excursion to Jinja, source of the Nile.
- Group 2: Visit the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island.
- Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Sudan
- After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe Airport for flight to Khartoum, Sudan.
- Transfer to the Corinthia Hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
- Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Sudan
- 09h00 Option 1: Full-day tour to the sites of Masawwarat es-Sufra and Naqa (packed lunch provided).
- Option 2: Half-day tour of Khartoum with lunch at hotel.
- Dinner and overnight at Corinthia Hotel.

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Day 21: Egypt
- Breakfast is served while cruising to Kasr Ibrim – tour conducted from sundeck (entrance to site not permitted).
- Cruise to Amada and visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the Tomb of Penout.
- Enjoy lunch on board.
- Afternoon cruise to Wadi El Seboua and the temples of Dakka and Maharraqa.
- Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 22: Egypt
- Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board while cruising towards Aswan.
- Cocktails are served mid morning when passing the Tropic of Cancer.
- In the afternoon, visit the Kalabsha Temple, Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi.
- Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 23: Egypt
- At 08h00, transfer by road to Luxor and visit Edfu Temple en route (packed lunch provided).
- Arrive Luxor and visit Karnak Temple.
- Dinner and overnight at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.

Day 24: Egypt
- Enjoy a morning tour to the West Bank of Luxor including the Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and a photo stop at Colossi of Memnon.
- Lunch at hotel.
- Afternoon visit to Luxor Temple.
- Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 25: Egypt
- Enjoy a morning at leisure.
- After lunch, transfer to Luxor airport for the flight to Cairo.
- Transfer to the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel with views of both the Nile and the Great Pyramids.
- Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 26: Egypt
- After breakfast visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities followed by lunch at Al Azhar Park.
- Afternoon at leisure.
- Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 27: Egypt
- Take a morning tour of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx with lunch en route followed by an afternoon tour of Saqqara and Memphis.
- Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 28: Safari Ends
- Transfer to the airport at 10h00 for flight home OR extend your stay with own arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITINERARY ALSO RUN IN REVERSE



  • Rates from: US$ 48 500.00
  • Per person sharing
  • Rates are in US Dollars
  • *Rates may vary according to season
  • Flights (return);
  • UK - RSA; from £ 611
  • USA - RSA; from $ 1390
  • EUR - RSA; from € 495
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  • Safari Includes
  • - Accommodation
  • - Meals
  • - Excursions
  • - Taxes
  • - Off-train gratuities
  • - All on-train beverages including alcohol and all local beverages
  • Safari Excludes
  • - Travel and personal insurance
  • - Visa fees
  • - Additional tours and activities
  • - Train gratuities
  • - Off-train room service, mini-bar charges and laundry

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