Dar es Salaam Journey

This epic 14-day* train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous in the world. The sojourn begins in Cape Town taking guests to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria for short tours followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls where guests enjoy a bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Rift Valley negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. As it climbs again to Dar es Salaam, it traverses the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa. Available in reverse.

*In 2015, the journey is 15 days and includes a game drive in the Selous. Please note that depending upon the railway’s capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.

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

Cape Town - Dar es Salaam

Day1

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.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

Day2

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.

Day3

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.

Day4

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.

Day5

Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.

Day6

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.

Day7

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.

Day8

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.

Day9

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.

Day10

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.

Day11

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.

Day12

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

Day13

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.

Day14

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.

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

Dar es Salaam - Cape Town

Day1

12h00 The Pride of Africa departs Dar es Salaam and travels the TAZARA line. During the late afternoon the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve – the largest in Africa at 55 000km². For a few hours wild animals can be seen from the train. Overnight on board at Mlimba. (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

Day2

The train travels the Udzungwa Mountains to Makambako.
09h00 Guests may enjoy a stroll through the town of Makambako – time permitting.
Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian as the train travels via Mbeya to Tunduma for the overnight stop.

Day3

Tanzanian and Zambian border formalities take place.
14h30 Disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls.
18h00 Return to train and depart Kasama. Overnight on board at Mununga.

Day4

Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian.
The train passes through Kapiri Mposhi to Ngwerere for the overnight stop.

Day5

The train travels through Lusaka, capital of Zambia and crosses the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian as the train makes its way to Zimbabwe and overnights at Makoli.

Day6

10h00 Arrive at Livingstone then cross the bridge and arrive at Zimbabwean border for passport formalities.
11h00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. Disembark and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.
16h00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.

Day7

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).
17h00 Meet on the platform and depart Victoria Falls and travel southeast towards Bulawayo.

Day8

Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian. The train heads southwards through Francistown and Serule, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye to Gaborone.

Day9

10h00 Disembark at Gaborone and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Lodge. Border formalities will take place en route and guests are required to present themselves to the officials.
Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day10

Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.

Day11

Early morning game drive (approximately 2 hours) followed by breakfast until 09h30.
11h00 Depart the lodge and transfer to the train at Zeerust. The train traverses the Magaliesberg Mountains – a range of low hills stretching 120 kilometres due east-west from Pretoria to Rustenberg. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day12

10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail’s private station in Pretoria. Disembark for city tour.
13h00 Lunch on the platform followed by a walking tour of the station and the locomotive workshops (weather permitting).
15h00 Depart Pretoria and travel south towards Kimberley. Dinner and overnight on the train.

Day13

10h00 The train arrives in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum.
12h30 Depart Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.

Day14

08h15 Enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein.
10h30 The train departs for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester.
18h00 Arrive at Cape Town Station’s Platform 24.

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CAPE TOWN – DAR
Available in reverse 
US$10 600  *$4 300 US$13 900  *$5 900 US$18 900  *On request
*Single supplement
Tour price per person
sharing includes: 
accommodation, meals
and excursions as well
as all beverages, incl.
alcohol, while on board.

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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