Cairo Journey

Rovos Rail has designed the ultimate African experience for this exclusive five-star journey, which includes the incomparable luxury of the Pride of Africa and a comfortable aircraft.
This 28-day expedition will carry an elite band of intrepid adventurers through the heartlands of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, the Sudan and Egypt.

The northbound route begins with a four-night train journey from Cape Town to the Victoria Falls. Thereafter, guests join our air safari and continue north to Zanzibar, after which they fly into the heartland of Tanzania with a four-day visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Continue on to Entebbe, Uganda, where guests enjoy an optional visit to the chimpanzees and the source of the Nile. The journey then follows the Nile northwards to Khartoum in the Sudan and onto Abu Simbel in Egypt. A luxurious lake cruiser takes guests in a leisurely fashion over three nights to see the historical sights on the shores of Lake Nasser. Then it is on to Luxor for two nights to experience ancient Egypt in all its splendour with visits to temples, quarries and the Valley of Kings and Queens. Guests rejoin the aircraft for the last leg to Cairo where the adventure ends with a tour of the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities from the Four Seasons Hotel.

Available in reverse. Proposed to travel in January and February.

This journey is available in reverse. See next tab and Downloads below for details.

Cape to Cairo

Day1

Arrive Cape Town. Transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day2

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 hotel.

Day3

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 and overnight at hotel.

Day4

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 car/s. Overnight on the train.

Day5

Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00. Arrive in Kimberley at 14h30 for a tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum followed by dinner and overnight on the train.

Day6

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.

Day7

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

Day8

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

Day9

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

Day10

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 hotel.

Day11

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 hotel.

Day12

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 2½-hour drive via Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Lodge. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day13

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch on the floor of the crater.
Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day14

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.

Day15

Breakfast at the camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at camp.

Day16

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.

Day17

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.

Day18

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.

Day19

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 hotel.

Day20
Day21

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.

Day22

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.

Day23

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.

Day24

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.

Day25

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.

Day26

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

Day27

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.

Day28

Transfer to the airport at 10h00 for flight home OR extend your stay with own arrangements.

This journey is available in reverse. See previous tab and Downloads below for details.

Cairo to Cape

Day1

Arrive Cairo. Transfer to the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel with views of both the Nile and the Great Pyramids.
Day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day2

Morning tour of Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. Lunch en route. Afternoon tour of Saqqara and Memphis.
Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day3

After breakfast, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities followed by lunch at Al Azhar Park. Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple. Dinner and overnight at Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.

Day4

After breakfast, 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.

Day5

Morning departure from Luxor by road to Aswan. Visit Kom Ombo Temple en route.
At 12h30, board the Kasr Ibrim for Lake Nasser cruise. Visit the Kalabsha Temple, Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi.
Afternoon tea in lounge. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day6

Early visit to Wadi El Seboua and the temples of Dakka and Maharraqa. Enjoy lunch while cruising to the site of Kasr Ibrim – tour conducted from sundeck (entrance to site not permitted). Continue to Abu Simbel with a candlelit dinner and overnight on board.

Day7

Early morning visit to Abu Simbel Temple. Cruise to Amada.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day8

After breakfast, visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the Tomb of Penout.
Cruise to Abu Simbel and transfer to Abu Simbel Airport.
At 16h00, depart for flight to Khartoum, Sudan. Transfer to the Corinthia Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day9

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 hotel.

Day10

Transfer to Khartoum Airport at 07h30 for flight to Entebbe, Uganda. Upon arrival at 11h30, 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.

Day11

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

Day12

After immigration and customs formalities, depart for flight at 08h00 to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Upon arrival, board vehicles for 2½-hour drive via Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Lodge.
Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day13

After breakfast, game drive excursion to Ngorongoro Crater with lunch on floor of crater. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day14

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

Day15

Breakfast at camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at camp.

Day16

Transfer to airstrip at 08h30 for domestic flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.
Board aircraft at 11h30 for the flight to Zanzibar, Tanzania, flying past Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arrive Zanzibar at noon and transfer to Zanzibar Serena Hotel for lunch. Afternoon tour of Stone Town. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day17

Island Spice Tour at 09h00 with lunch en route. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day18

Transfer to Zanzibar Airport at 08h00 for flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival at 12h00, transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel for lunch. Sunset cruise at 16h00 on the Zambezi River. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day19

Day at leisure. There is an activities desk in the foyer of the hotel. Optional tour of the Falls, helicopter ride, river rafting, walk with the lions, craft village, etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day20

After breakfast, transfer to the station at 09h30 and board Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on the train.

Day21

Border formalities with Botswana. Enjoy a day of travel through Botswana. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day22

At 17h00, arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Transfer to the Sheraton Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day23

Morning tour of Pretoria. Return to Rovos Rail Station for a lunch and a tour of the premises.
At 15h30, depart for Cape Town on Rovos Rail. Dinner and overnight on the train.

Day24

Arrive in Kimberley at 10h00 and tour the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum.
Depart Kimberley at 13h00. Lunch, dinner and overnight on the train.

Day25

Enjoy a morning visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein before departing for Cape Town. Arrive in Cape Town at 18h00 and transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day26

Enjoy 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 hotel.

Day27

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula including Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak Drive,
Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch. Light lunch en route. Farwell dinner at 20h00 and overnight at hotel.

Day28

Transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight home or extend your stay with own arrangements.

  • SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Grace Hotel + Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa
  • Cape Town and peninsula, Table Mountain, the Hex River Valley and winelands
  • Historic village of Matjiesfontein in the Karoo
  • Kimberley, the Big Hole and Diamond Museum
  • Pretoria – Jacaranda City – with the Magaliesberg Mountain Range
  • Rovos Rail Station (Sheraton Hotel on southbound)
  • BOTSWANA and ZIMBABWE – Rovos Rail + Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Victoria Falls, Zambezi River cruise and own activities
  • TANZANIA – Zanzibar Serena Hotel, Ngorongoro Lodge + Masek Tented Camp
  • Zanzibar, Stone Town and Island Spice Tour
  • Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro
  • Game drives, picnic lunch on crater floor
  • UGANDA – Lake Victoria Serena Resort
  • Entebbe – chimpanzees on Ngamba Island, Jinja (source of the Nile)
  • SUDAN – Corinthia Hotel
  • Khartoum – sites of Masawwarat es-Sufra and Naqa
  • EGYPTKasr Ibrim Cruiser, Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa + Four Seasons Hotel
  • Cruise on the Nile River, Lake Nasser
  • Abu Simbel Temples, candlelit dinner with Nubian song and dance
  • Kasr Ibrim sundeck tour, Amada and Derr temples, Tomb of Penout
  • Wadi El Seboua and temples of Dakka and Maharraqa
  • Aswan, Kalabsha Temple, Beit El Wali, Kiosk of Kertassi, Tropic of Cancer
  • Luxor, Edfu and Karnak temples
  • West Bank, Valley of Kings and Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon
  • Cairo, Museum of Antiquities, Al Azhar Park, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis
RATE Pullman Suites Deluxe Suites Royal Suites
CAPE TO CAIRO
CAIRO TO CAPE

US$48 500   *$8 200

US$52 000   *$9 500

US$56 000   *$10 800

*Single supplement
Tour price per person
sharing INCLUDES:
accommodation, meals,
excursions, taxes, off-
train gratuities, all on-
train beverages
including alcohol and
all local beverages
during off-train meals.

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Pullman Suites
Pullman Suites
Deluxe Suites
Deluxe Suites
Royal Suites
Royal Suites

     EXCLUDES: Travel and personal insurance, visa fees, additional tours and activities and train gratuities.
     OFF-train room service, mini-bar charges and laundry. Upgrades at hotels available – contact Reservations.

DATES REGULAR TRIPS  :  1 OCTOBER 2013 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2014
Dates are specific. Please reconfirm with reservations@rovos.co.za. See Downloads below for other dates and details.
JOURNEY PTA-CT CT-PTA PTA-VF VF-PTA PTA-DBN DBN-PTA
OCT 2013 4,11,18,23 5,7,14,21,26,28 3,17,31 6,20 11,25 14,28
NOV 2013 1,8,15,22,29 4,11,18,25 14,28 3,17 8,22 11,25
DEC 2013 6,13,20,25,27 2,9,16,23,28,30 26 1,29 n/a n/a
JAN 2014 3,10,15,17,24,31 6,13,20,27 9,23 12,26 17,31 20
FEB 2014 7,12,21,26,28 3,10,15,17,24 6,20 9,23 14,28 3,17
MAR 2014 7,14,21,26 3,10,17,24,29,31 6,20 9,23 14,28 3,17,31
APR 2014 4,11,18,25 7,14,21,28 3,17 6,20 11,25 14,28
MAY 2014 2,9,16,23,30 5,12,19,26,31 1,15,29 4,18 n/a n/a
JUN 2014 6,13,20,25,27 2,9,16,23,30 n/a 1 n/a n/a
JUL 2014 4,11,18 7,14,21,28 24 27 n/a n/a
AUG 2014 1,8,13,15,22,27 4,11,18,25 7,21 10,24 29 n/a
SEP 2014 5,10,19,24,26 1,8,15,20,22,29 4,18 7,21 12,26 1,15,29
                                                      DATES ANNUAL TRIPS 2014             *VF increases to 3 nights from July 2014
Dates are specific. Please reconfirm with reservations@rovos.co.za. See Downloads below for other dates and details.
CT-DAR ES
SALAAM
DAR ES
SALAAM-CT
GOLF 
SAFARI
NAMIBIA 
PTA-SWA
NAMIBIA 
SWA-PTA
COLLAGE 
PTA-CT
COLLAGE
CT-PTA
18-31 Jan 3-16 Feb 21 Feb-1 Mar 8-16 Apr 17-25 Apr 22-30 May 17-25 Nov
28 Jun-11 Jul 17-30 Mar 10-18 Apr 1-9 May 11-19 May 6-14 Nov  
27 Sep-10 Oct 14-27 Jul 9-17 Oct        
  13-26 Oct 28 Nov-6 Dec