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Cape Town to Dar es Salaam Rail Safari

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  • - Departure; Scheduled departure dates
  • - Duration; 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • - Lodging; Aboard Rovos Rail
  • - Group Size; Minimum 1
  • - Note: Travel insurance is compulsory for all safaris
Day 1: Matjiesfontein
- 11h00 Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa.
- 18h00 Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village.
- Dinner and overnight on the train.

Day 2: Karoo
- 14h00 Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum.
- Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000).
- Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld.
- Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3: North West Province
- 10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 14h15.
- 18h00 Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province.
- Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4: Madikwe Game Reserve
- 11h00 Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge.
- Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge.
- Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).
- Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Madikwe Game Reserve
- Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities.
- Overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: Botswana
- Early morning game drive followed by breakfast until 09h30.
- 10h30 Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana.
- 13h30 Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.

Day 7: Zimbabwe
- Day at leisure on board.
- Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian.
- The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur.
- The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.

Day 8: Victoria Falls
- 12h00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel.
- Enjoy lunch.
- 16h00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River.
- Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction
- Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Victoria Falls
- Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc).
- 16h00 Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.

Day 10: Zambia
- Day at leisure on board.
- Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian.
- The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.

Day 11: Zambia
- Enjoy a day at leisure on the train.
- Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian.
- The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.

Day 12: Chisimba Falls
- 08h00 Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls.
- 11h00 Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border.

Day 13: Tanzania
- 09h00 Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.
- 10h30 Depart and travel towards Mlimba.
- The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.
- Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

Day 14: Safari ends Dar es Salaam
- 06h30 Depart Gwata in and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast.
- 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h30.
- 10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


  • Rates from: US$ 12 450.00
  • 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
  • Subject to availability & T&C's

  • Safari Includes
  • - Accommodation
  • - Meals and excursions during the train journey
  • - Alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train
  • Safari Excludes
  • - Visas
  • - Items of a personal nature
  • - Flights (domestic and international)
  • - All guests must be covered by a fully comprehensive travel insurance policy valid from the date that they confirm the itinerary with

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