Enter your email address here to receive our FREE monthly newsletter!
01582 766122
Coronavirus: a message to our customers
If you are due to travel shortly we will be in touch to support and guide you, based on current Foreign Office advice.
 
If you are ready to start planning you next holiday, our 'Book with Confidence' pledge has been created to give you peace of mind. For new bookings made before 30 June 2021, we will not charge if you need to move your holiday dates or change to a new destination due to Covid-19, up to 60 days prior to travel. You can move your holiday to any time up to 31 December 2022 or 12 months from your departure date, whichever is later*. If you are unsure of your future travel plans when you need to make this change, we will provide you with a 100% travel credit note.
* Terms and conditions
We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect any seasonal differences. Sometimes non-refundable deposits are required by local suppliers, which would be specified prior to booking. If you are unable to travel, we would secure a credit note for future travel from these suppliers, but you would not get a cash refund for these items. Flights that have already been issues will be subject to the rules of your airline & therefore may not be refundable or changeable. All other terms and conditions remain as standard.
 
If you are looking to travel closer to home, our sister company Auriel Holidays – offers a wide range of tailor made holidays in the UK, Europe & worldwide.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director
2by2 for holidays that will change your life
2by2 for holidays that will change your life
Call 01582 766122

Luxury Train, Namibia to South Africa: Rovos Rail Holidays & Vacations

Rovos Rail Train: South Africa to Namibia
9YN13J
13 NIGHTS
FROM £5,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Luxury Train Namibia South Africa Rovos Rail Holidays Vacations

This luxury train travels to Namibia from South Africa with Rovos Rail, journeying through Kimberley & the vast Kalahari to Fish River Canyon & Windhoek. Also fly to the sand dunes of the Namib & enjoy a safari in Etosha, before relaxing in Swakopmund. All activities included in Rovos Rail holidays & vacations. 3 departures per year (April/May) in each direction. Pullman, Deluxe or Royal cabin. Early booking essential.

Luxury Train Namibia South Africa Rovos Rail Holidays Vacations
• 
Luxury Train: Namibia, South Africa
• 
Pretoria
• 
Kimberley
• 
Flamingos
• 
Kalahari
• 
Fish River Canyon
• 
Namib Desert
• 
Etosha Safari
• 
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
• 
Rovos Rail Holidays & Vacations
• 
Luxury Train: Namibia, South Africa
• 
Pretoria
• 
Kimberley
• 
Flamingos
• 
Kalahari
• 
Fish River Canyon
• 
Namib Desert
• 
Etosha Safari
• 
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
• 
Rovos Rail Holidays & Vacations
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred 1-hour to Pretoria (now called Tshwane).
 
This city is the administrative capital of South Africa and is renowned for its jacaranda trees that flower from September to November. Check into your hotel and relax under warm blue African skies.
Day 2
Today enjoy a private tour of the highlights of Pretoria.
 
We start with a visit to the impressive Voortrekker Monument and continue to historic Church Square with its statue of Paul Kruger and the beautiful Union Buildings - the official residence of the President, designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
 
In the afternoon your guide will be happy to visit any other attractions of your choice (pay entrance fees locally).
Day 3
Transfer from your hotel to Capital Park Station arriving by 10.00, in good time to board the luxury Rovos Rail Pride of Africa departing 11.00 for Swakopmund.
 
Your journey commences travelling south via Johannesburd and Germiston, towards the goldfields of the Witwatersrand and through the farmlands of the Transvaal and Free State towards Kimberley.
 
Relax and enjoy the elegance of luxury 5-star train travel of a bygone age, as you settle in to your wood-panelled coach for your rail journey to Namibia, enjoying fine cuisine outstanding personal service as you travel over 2,000 miles through some of Southern Africa’s most spectacular scenery.
 
Dress code on the train during the day is smart casual, with comfortable walking shoes for the off-train excursion. Evenings are generally more formal, with most guests enjoying the opportunity to dress up in cocktail or evening wear including black tie (although collar & tie is acceptable).
Day 4
This morning we travel past a shallow lake that is home to a spectacular flock of Lesser flamingos (over 20,000).
 
We continue to the diamond town of Kimberley, where we disembark for a tour of the famous Big Hole and Open Mine Museum. With a surface area of over 40 acres and a perimeter of over 1 mile, this open-pit area was mined to a depth of over 3,000 feet at the height of the diamond rush – the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. At the Village Museum you can also view Eureka, the first recorded diamond discovered in South Africa.
 
We depart from Kimberley and continue travelling through the stark vistas of the arid Karoo in the Northern Cape towards Upington.
Day 5
Wake up in Upington this morning and disembark from the train for an optional 2-hour walking tour of this small rural town (good walking shoes required, with sun hat).
 
We continue through the North West Province and around midday arrive at Nakop on the South African border. We enter Namibia and marvel at the spectacular scenery of the arid Kalahari, with overnight at Holoog.
Day 6
This morning we disembark at Holoog and drive 1-hour to view the Fish River Canyon, second only in size to the Grand Canyon and a truly spectacular sight (good walking shoes & sun hat required).
 
We return to the train for lunch and continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari towards Keetmanshoop, where we disembark for a visit to the Quiver Tree Forest at Garas Park.
 
Afterwards the train travels through the vast Kalahari towards Mariental.
Day 7
This morning we disembark at Mariental and transfer to the airstrip for our 1-hour light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, where we will enjoy lunch, a desert drive and a bush dinner.
 
Check into your desert lodge for overnight.
 
A small overnight bag will be placed in your suite for this excursion. Please pack comfortable clothes & shoes for hot days and cool evenings. Also sun hat & sunscreen.
Day 8
After an early wake-up call, your overnight bags will be collected at 06.00. Then enjoy a special early morning desert ride and breakfast in the vast Namib Desert.
 
We return to our lodge before transfering to the airstrip for our light aircraft to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Here we visit the Trans-Namibia Transport Museum, before we rejoin the train.
 
Our journey continues through the ever changing landscapes of central Namibia, as we travel northwards towards Kranzberg.
Day 9
Today we disembark in Otjiwarongo to visit a Cheetah Conservation Project.
 
Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Afterwards we return to the train for lunch, before continuing our journey northwards towards Otavi.
Day 10
This morning we disembark and transfer 2-hours to our safari lodge situated near the eastern entrance to the great Etosha National Park.
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan – with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals, including springbok, oryx, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
 
After lunch we enjoy a thrilling afternoon game drive in this magnificent park. The wide-open salt pan offer superb game viewing opportunities, especially for elusive lion, leopard and cheetah.
 
A small overnight bag will be placed in your suite for this excursion. Please pack comfortable clothes & shoes for hot days and cool evenings. Also sun hat and sun screen, and warm clothes for your late afternoon game drive.
Day 11
Enjoy another early morning game drive in Etosha National Park today.
 
Afterwards we transfer 1-hour to re-join the train at Tsumeb. Enjoy another afternoon of luxury train travel and the magnificent stark landscapes of this dramatic country, including a spectacular African sunset, as the train heads southwards towards Walvis Bay.
Day 12
This morning the train passes along the German-built railway line through the Namib Desert to the port of Walvis Bay, arriving around 12.00 at the end of your journey aboard the Rovos Rail.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel in this Namibian port town, which is surrounded by the sand dunes of the Namib Desert.
 
Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit with its old lighthouse, this harbour is bustling with fishing boats and ships. Its tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife, as well as dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals.
Day 13
This morning transfer to Walvis Bay Harbour for a 3-hour Marine Cruise. Here you can see a resident school of dolphins and large colony of Cape fur seals at Pelican Point, whilst enjoying oysters and champagne on board.
 
Marine bird life is also abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You should see many Cape cormorants and hopefully some more difficult birds such as the Cape gannet, Pomarine skua and African black oyster catcher. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Your afternoon is at leisure to relax in Walvis Bay.
Day 14
Transfer to Walvis Bay Airport for your flight home.