An epic 9 day 3 400 km journey from Pretoria to Swakopmund covering the Karoo, the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and the Etosha Pan.
Rovos Rail’s Namibia safari is an annual odyssey, traversing some wonderfully diverse landscapes as it takes you on a 9 day, 3 400 kilometre (some 2 112 mile) long journey. You travel from the open lands of South Africa’s Highveld, to the cool Atlantic Ocean in Namibia.
Your luxury Train Safari starts at the Capital Park Station in Pretoria, and travels via the historically interesting town of Kimberley – home to the Big Hole and the site of one of the World’s greatest diamond rushes. The journey continues across the arid yet starkly beautiful Northern Cape and on to the border post of Ariamsvlei, which takes you into Namibia. Enjoy an excursion to the famed Fish River Canyon (second only in size to the Grand Canyon). The train then continues to the north, through the edge of the Kalahari, to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Here you get the chance to go on a short tour of this small, yet charming city, with its German colonial history.
From Windhoek, you take flight as you are transferred by light aircraft to the famed dunes of Sossusvlei, in the world’s oldest Desert – the Namib. Here you get to experience the stunningly large and garnet coloured sand dunes… which go on for miles and miles - truly a unique area. Enjoy a night in the desert, including wilderness drives and a bush dinner. Your light aircraft transfer then returns you to Windhoek, where you re-join the train. There is a leisurely overnight journey through to the town of Tsumeb. Here you will be transferred (some 115 kilometres) to Mokuti Game Lodge on the eastern border of the fabulous Etosha National Park. From here you continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund much of which still shows the 19th Century German influences (including the cuisine!). It is here you fascinating journey ends, and you can continue with the remainder of your Safari arrangements.
Day 1: Pretoria
Your Luxury Train Safari starts with the departure from Pretoria’s Capital Park Station (home of Rovos Rails) at 10h00. You travel in comfort towards the southwest, and you enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you glide onwards to Kimberley. (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • High Tea 16h00 • Dinner 19h30)
Day 2: Kimberly - Big Hole
This morning enjoy a delightful breakfast before going on the 09h45 tour of the Diamond Mine Museum and neighbouring Big Hole. The train departs for Upington at 12h30, and your lunch is served as you leave Bloemfontein. Your stately pace takes you overnight closer to the border.
Day 3: Upington
Your excursion after breakfast this morning is a 2 hour walking tour of Upington, leaving at 08h00. Return to the train in time to relax, and take in the scenery before enjoying lunch. Upon arriving at the border there are the normal customs and immigration arrangements as you cross the border.
Day 4: Fisch River Canyon
Enjoy another delicious breakfast before leaving the train at 08h00 for your visit to the famed Fish River Canyon. Here you enjoy magnificent views from the Canyon rim. After returning to the train, continue northwards to Keetmanshoop, where you have time for a short afternoon tour. You then depart at 17h00 for Windhoek.
Day 5: Windhoek, Scenic Flight to Sossusvlei
This morning you have time for a short tour of historic Windhoek, before being transferred to Eros Airport for your 11h00 departure by light aircraft to Sossusvlei. The flight lasts an hour, and gives you a marvellous view of your surrounds… enjoy the fascinating, and changing scenery as you flight across mountains to the Namib Naukluft Park, and the Namib Desert. Enjoy a delicious lunch, an interpretative desert drive, bush dinner and an overnight in a Lodge.
Day 6: Sossusvlei
An early start today, as you enjoy a 06h00 excursion into the Desert, where you enjoy breakfast. You say farewell to Sossusvlei at 12h00 as you return to Windhoek by light aircraft. You are transferred to the station, where the train departs at 14h00, continuing northwards through hills and plains.
Day 7: Etosha Safari
Your arrival in Tsumeb is at 10h40, from where you are transferred to Mokuti Lodge, which borders Namibia’s most famous reserve - Etosha National Park. Arrival at the Lodge is in time for lunch, before you head out for an afternoon game drive. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 8: Etosha Safari
Another early start today, as you go on an early morning game drive at 06h00, with a light breakfast. You return to the train at Tsumeb Station in time for lunch, which you enjoy as you leave at 13h00, heading towards Swakopmund and the coast. Enjoy some fascinating scenery from the Observation Car or your Suite, before enjoy another sumptuous dinner and overnight on the train.
Day 9: Swakopmund
Your Luxury Train journey finishes today at Swakopmund’s tiny and quaint station where you arrive at 12h00.
Day 1: Swakopmund
Your luxury train journey starts this morning at the quaint, and tiny, Swakopmund station, when you Rovos Rail train leaves at 10h00. Spend some time exploring the train, as it travels eastwards inland and away from the sands of the coast. Enjoy a delightful lunch as you travel at a stately pace. Dinner served at 19h30 – a sumptuous meal. Overnight on the train.
Day 2: Etosha Safari
This morning you arrive at 10h40 at Tsumeb station, to the east of Etosha. Disembark the train for your transfer to Mokuti Lodge, on the border of the famed, and beautiful, Etosha National Park. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon game drive before returning to the Lodge for dinner and an overnight.
Day 3: Etosha Safari
Your early morning game drive starts at 06.00 this morning, and you get the chance to see more of the diverse wildlife for which the Park is justly famous. You are then transferred back to Tsumeb Station for your lunch, and departure to Windhoek at 13h00. Enjoy an overnight on the train as you glide towards the Capital of Namibia.
Day 4: Windhoek, flight to Sossusvlei
After breakfast on the train, you arrive at Windhoek Station by 08h00, when you will be taken on a city tour, before continuing to Eros Airport for your light aircraft charter flight (at 11h00) to the dunes of the Namib Desert and the well-known Sossusvlei. Enjoy a light lunch before going out on a Desert drive, enjoying a bush dinner, and overnight at a Lodge.
Day 5: Sossusvlei
Your morning starts with an early wake-up call, as you leave on an excursion to Sossusvlei at 06h00. Enjoy breakfast at the Vlei itself. Return to the Lodge for a 12h00 departure by light aircraft to Windhoek, where your train departs the station at 14h00. Your journey continues to the south, through the hills and mountains which surround Windhoek.
Day 6: Keetmanshoop, Fish River Canyon
After breakfast this morning depart the train at 08h00 for s short walking tour of the town of Keetmanshoop. Upon returning to the train, enjoy lunch, and by 15h00 you arrive at the Holoog Siding, where you will be collected for your visit to the Fish River Canyon – enjoy spectacular views from the rim of the Canyon (second only in size to the Grand Canyon). Your dinner is at 19h3, as the train heads towards the South African border.
Day 7: Upington
The train arrives at the Ariamsvlei border post a 01h00 for border formalities... you can then enjoy a pleasant rest until breakfast time and at 08h00 you are taken on a 2 hour walking tour of the town of Upington. The rest of your day is spent relaxing on the train, as you head towards Kimberley.
Day 8: Big Hole Kimberley
Your leisurely train journey continues today as you arrive at 14h30 in historic Kimberley. This afternoon you are taken on a tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Museum. Departure is at 16h00 for the last leg of your fascinating Safari, to Pretoria.
Day 9: Pretoria
The journey ends at 12h00 upon arrival at the Capital Park Station, Pretoria – home of Rovos Rail.
Departure Dates 2013
Pretoria to Swakopmund: 25 April - 3 May 2013
Swakopmund to Pretoria: 5 - 13 May 2013
Cost Per Person Sharing for 2013:
Pullman Suites: R 45 000
Deluxe Suites: R 68 000
Royal Suites: R 91 500
Single supplement +50% on all suites
accommodation, meals and excursions as well, as all beverages, incl. alcohol, while on board.