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Victoria Falls Luxury Train, Rovos Rail: South Africa + Zimbabwe + Botswana

Rovos Rail Train: Pretoria to Victoria Falls + Botswana (3nts)
9YI10J
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Victoria Falls Luxury Train Rovos Rail South Africa Zimbabwe Botswana

Travel to Victoria Falls by luxury train with Rovos Rail, journeying northwards from Pretoria in South Africa to Zimbabwe & Botswana. Visit the iconic waterfalls, view wildlife by boat on the Zambezi & enjoy a safari in Chobe Game Reserve, with river-based & land-based game viewing. Regular departures in both directions (Pullman, Deluxe or Royal cabin). All transfers & game drives included.

Victoria Falls Luxury Train Rovos Rail South Africa Zimbabwe Botswana
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Luxury Train, Rovos Rail South Africa
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Capital Park Station, Pretoria
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Beit Bridge
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Hwange Safari
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Victoria Falls, Luxury Train
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Zambezi Cruise
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Chobe Game Reserve
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Lions & Elephants
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South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana
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Luxury Train, Rovos Rail South Africa
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Capital Park Station, Pretoria
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Beit Bridge
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Hwange Safari
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Victoria Falls, Luxury Train
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Zambezi Cruise
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Chobe Game Reserve
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Lions & Elephants
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South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana
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.
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 09.00, in good time to board the luxury Rovos Rail Pride of Africa departing 10.00 for Victoria Falls.
 
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 3-night rail journey, enjoying fine cuisine and outstanding personal service as you travel nearly 1,000 miles through South Africa and Zimbabwe to the mighty Victoria Falls.
 
Lunch is served as the train travels north through Warmbaths and Nylstroom. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn, with dinner served as the train heads towards Messina for border formalities.
 
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
We enter Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge and enjoy a full day of luxury train travel, as we head northwards through baobab country.
 
We pass Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe and the capital of Matabeleland. Then enjoy the spectacle of an African sunset and dinner aboard the train, as we heads towards Mpopoma.
 
Note: The train may be re-routed via Botswana, in the event of any problems along the line.
Day 5
Today we continue northwards from Mpopoma, travelling along one of Africa's longest stretches of straight railway line (114 km) between Gwaai and Dete and along the eastern edge of Hwange National Park.
 
In the afternoon we disembark for an open-top game drive in Hwange, the most famous national park in Zimbabwe, with its huge herds of elephants and many predators.
 
Afterwards dinner is served on the train, en route to Thompsons Junction.
Day 6
After breakfast we arrive at our journey's end – the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
 
Located in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), where the borders of five African countries converge, the sheer scale of this vast international conservation project is difficult to comprehend. It encompasses a bewildering range of experiences, ranging from the mighty Victoria Falls to the lifeforce of the region, the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers.
 
Arrive at Victoria Falls Station around 10.00, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in, settle in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest during the wet months (February to June) but the falls are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
Day 7
Today enjoy a shared tour exploring on foot the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforests, which offer magnificent views.
 
Afterwards you may wish to visit Elephants Walk, a small crafts complex across the road from The Kingdom hotel, where you can see talented local artists and sculptors at work and support them by buying one of their items. Alternatively you can participate in various optional activities, such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant interaction.
 
In the late afternoon enjoy an included cruise on the Zambezi River where you may see hippos, crocodiles and abundant birdlife.
 
Note: We suggest you take your own raincoat for walking in the rainforest, as those on hire are well used.
Day 8
This morning take a shared 2-hour transfer to the Botswana border at Kasane. After completing immigration formalities, connect with your onward transfer to your game lodge situated near the Chobe River.
 
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve and is uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four African countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Chobe River is the life-giving force of this region and provides a border between Botswana on the southern banks and Namibia on the northern banks. The river has extensive grassy floodplains on either side, which disappear under the annual floodwaters, making boats the best way of getting around.
 
After checking in to your lodge, enjoy a boat ride on the Chobe River, which is home to some of Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife, as well as abundant bird life. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other river-based wildlife today. Afterwards dine in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 9
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive with a lodge ranger.
  
Chobe National Park is home to vast herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as numerous other species which roam in profusion and diversity. During the dry season, vast elephant herds migrate from both south and north to congregate in their thousands along the Chobe River – the largest concentration of elephants in the whole of Africa. This migration of wildlife is possibly due to the creation of protected wildlife corridors, which allow the elephants to travel between the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Park (KAZA) countries safely. Also hope to see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals before returning to your lodge.
 
Bird life along the river is also plentiful and you can hope to see a Fish eagle, Tawny eagle, African openbill stork, Marabou stork, Sacred ibis, Pied kingfisher, Cattle egret, Great egret, Spur-winged goose and much more, including Botswana's national bird - the glorious Lilac-breasted roller.
 
In the afternoon, enjoy another game-viewing boat ride on the Chobe River.
Day 10
Today enjoy two more game activities in Chobe National Park.
 
Activities on offer vary by lodge, but usually include fishing on the Zambezi River, addition game drives in Chobe National Park or boat rides on the river, which gives you a completely different wildlife perspective. Some lodges offer excursions to a Namibian village across the river to see their culture and way of life, with immigration formalities at both Kasane and on the Namibian side.
 
Each African culture within KAZA has its own particular traditions with regards to song, dance and dress, however the one thing that they all have in common is their staple diet of a maize meal porridge. In Botswana this is called 'sadza' but in Namibia it is known as 'inkoko' or 'pap'.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way – including the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 11
Transfer to Kasane Airport for your flight home.