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Rovos Rail - Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

Rovos Rail - Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

Rovos Rail

This epic 15 day journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, and is one of the most famous train journeys in the world. 

This magnificent sojourn will take you from Cape Town through South Africa with short tours of the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria, then a 2 night stay at a private lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.  The train then crosses through Botswana into Zimbabwe where you overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.  After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, travel northwards through Zambia joining the Tazara Railway line at Kapiri Mposhe.  Enjoy a bush walk at Chisimba Falls, then continue the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost the mid-point between Africa's two Great Rift Valley lakes. 

Descend into the Rift Valley itself and witness spectacular scenery as the train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.  Early on the last day, the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve - the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa - shortly before the bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam. 

The train carry a maximum of 72 passengers in superbly appointed Pullman, Deluxe or Royal Suites.  These air-conditioned suites accommodate 2 people, and all have en-suite bathrooms.  The suites all offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities of the highest standard.

Meals on board are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for.

For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal - for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies, cocktail/evening dresses are the norm.

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Rates Include

Three meals daily; all alcoholic and other beverages; sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide; entrance fees to places of interest; and 24 hour full room service/bar facilities are included. Please note that any off-train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permits. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes any off-train beverages.

Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.

General Information For Guests

There is a guest safe in every suite on board the train.

Smoking of cigarettes and cigars only is allowed in the privacy of the suites and in the club lounge.

It is not advisable to lean out of the windows while the train is in motion.

There is a small Gift Shop on board the train and at the station premises at Capital Park in Pretoria.

The use of credit cards is preferred. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

Gratuities for the staff are at your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro rata basis amongst the staff on board.

Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Breakfast 0700 to 1000; Lunch 1300; Tea 1630; Formal Dinner 1930. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.

During the day, the dress is smart-casual. In keeping with the dignified atmosphere of the train, many guests prefer to dress for dinner - a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement for the gentlemen; and for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits are suggested.

There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours.

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