Luxury Train Safari

14 Days Cape Town to Dar es Salaam - Rovos Rail

  • Cape Town - City
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  • Matjiesfontein
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  • Kimberley
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  • Pretoria
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  • Zeerust
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  • Gaborone
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  • Victoria Falls and surrounds - Zimbabwe
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  • Kasama
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  • Dar es Salaam

This epic 14-day journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the
most famous train journeys in the world. Starting in Cape Town, this magnificent sojourn will take guests through the
historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria, then for a two-night
stay at the Madikwe Game Reserve. The train then passes through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight
at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train travels northeast through Zambia where
guests can enjoy a bush walk at Chisimba Falls. The train continues the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border,
almost the midpoint 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. * Please note that depending upon the railway’s capacity this
journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.

•Cape Town
•Klein and Great Karoo
•Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum
•Drakensberg Mountains
•Pretoria – Jacaranda City
•Game lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve
•Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania
•Victoria Falls
•Zambezi River sunset cruise
•Chisimba Falls in Zambia
•Great Rift Valley
•Selous Game Reserve
•Dar es Salaam

*Departure dates are specific and excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved.
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Day 1: (11h00)

Depart from Platform 23 at Cape Town Station. Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein at 18h00.

Day 2: (14h00)
Arrive Kimberley. Tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Depart Kimberley at 16h00.

Day 3: (11h30)
Arrive Pretoria. Light Lunch followed by a city tour of Pretoria. Depart at 18h00 from Pretoria.

Day 4:
Arrive Zeerust for full-board two-night stay at five-star Tau Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Day 5:
Early morning game drive, evening game drive and guest activities. Overnight at lodge.

Day 6:
Early morning game drive. Transfer to the train with border formalities en route to Botswana.
(12h00) The train departs from Gaborone, Botswana.

Day 7:
After border formalities, travel through Zimbabwe with lectures by the on-board historian.

Day 8: (10h00)
Arrive Victoria Falls. Transfer to Victoria Falls Hotel. 16h00 sunset cruise on Zambezi. Dinner at hotel.

Day 9:
Day at leisure. Activities include: Tour of Falls, Flight of the Angels, whitewater rafting, golf, etc.
(16h00) The train departs Victoria Falls Station for Zimbabwe/Zambia border formalities.

Day 10: (13h00)
Pass through Lusaka. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board with lectures by the historian.

Day 11:
Day at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board with lectures by the historian.

Day 12: (08h00)
Disembark at Kasama for morning excursion to Chisimba Falls. Zambia/Tanzania border formalities
at Nakonde/Tunduma at 16h30. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 13: (10h00)
Arrive Makambako. Descend spectacular pass to Mlimba. Travel through the Selous Game Reserve.

Day 14: (10h00)
Arrive at journey’s end at Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam.

MEALS ON THE TRAIN (unless adjusted)
Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • High Tea 16h00 • Dinner 19h30.


Day 1:
Arrive Cape Town. Transfer to Cape Grace Hotel at V&A Waterfront for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: (08h30)
Full-day tour of Cape winelands including visit to a famous wine estate with lunch en route.
Afternoon visits to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Dinner and overnight at Cape Grace Hotel.

Day3: (08h30)
Full-day tour of Cape Peninsula including Groot Constantia, Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point,
Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch. Light lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Inclusions & Exclusions

• Three meals daily and all alcoholic and other beverages
• Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
• Entrance fees to places of interest
• 24-hour full room service and bar facilities
• Government tax • Limited laundry service

Staff gratuities and off-train beverages

• Accommodation
• Meals taken at the game reserves, hotels or resorts

• Off-train beverages
• Off-train laundry • Telephone calls • Memorabilia purchases

We will do our utmost to keep to the prices published. If however, increases are forced on us we reserve the right,
prior to confirmation, to amend the tour price.

per person sharing includes accommodation, meals and excursions during the journey, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train. * Single Supplement


Extra information


Upon receipt of a completed Reservation Form, we will – subject to availability – confirm your place on the selected
tour. Upon receipt of a 25% deposit by you or your travel agent, your reservation is confirmed and accepted by us.

Cancellation Insurance
Cancellation insurance is compulsory as our terms and conditions will be strictly adhered to and cancellation fees,
where applicable, will not be waived. We offer insurance to South African residents. For international guests we
suggest you contact your local travel agent or credit card service provider for assistance. Please bring a copy of your
travel insurance policy stating clearly the company, policy number and 24-hour medical emergency telephone number.

Scheduling Times, Routes and Excursions
We cannot be held liable for any delays due to trains not running to schedule. Off-train excursions cannot be
guaranteed and will only be undertaken if time and circumstances permit. Departure and arrival times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to alter our routing at any time between departure and arrival points.

Passports & Visas
The onus is upon the client to ensure that passports and visas, as may be required, are valid. We travel through South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Sudan and Egypt on the various trips. Passengers travelling to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania can have their visas taken care of by Rovos Rail given that full passport information is provided on the booking form. Only single entry visas can be issued on the train.
Required application forms will be provided. Please note that only cash US Dollars are accepted for payment at ports
of entry. Please check with the relevant embassies or consulates in good time. Current rates for single entry visas are:
Zimbabwe - US$30pp (UK & Canada pay $55pp); Zambia - US$50pp; Tanzania - US$50pp (USA pay US$100).

- There is a basic First Aid Kit on board. There is an on-board doctor on our Dar es Salaam and Cape to Cairo
journeys. Please ensure you have filled out the Health Requirements Form for these journeys.
- Anti-malarial precautions are recommended. Malaria areas include Swaziland, Kruger Park, Northern Botswana,
Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.
- Although all countries travelled through do not require Yellow Fever vaccinations, countries guests return to after the
trip often require them. Recommended immunisations (not required): Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus, Cholera (low risk).
- Please consult your travel clinic. THE TRAVEL DOCTOR AFRICA 0861 300 911 local or +27 11 214 9030 international.

- South Africa – Rands only. We accept all major credit cards on the train.
- Outside of South Africa – Any off-train expenses or excursions booked while on the train are to be paid with US
Dollars. Hotels and major dealers accept credit cards except in Sudan.
- Ensure all US$ are printed after the year 2000 or they will not be accepted. Low denominations recommended for
shopping/gratuities and larger denominations for exchanging money to local currency (especially in Tanzania) as you
get a better rate. The Gift Shop might exchange money if currency is available – it is not normally catered for.

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. An amount of between US$10 and US$20 per person is suggested.

Please be sensitive to the adult nature and atmosphere of the train by keeping your children respectful and quiet. Long journeys are not recommended for under 13s. There are no child-minding facilities or activities for children on board.

Use of steam has become increasingly difficult over the past years as more and more water and coaling facilities have
been scrapped. Where facilities no longer exist, diesel or electric locomotives will be used.

The Track
The track over which we travel is inconsistently maintained. If you wake at night imagining the train is travelling at
high speed, be assured it is the state of the track below that is creating that impression. We restrict the train to
60km/h and over the bad sections reduce speed to as little as 20km/h. If you find it noisy, earplugs are available.

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 is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00 and a formal dinner at
19h30. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.

Dietary Requirements
We will do our best to cater for dietary requirements (vegetarians, vegans, diabetics etc.) provided a detailed request
has been made on the Reservation Form. If a special request has not been made, the chefs will endeavour to prepare
suitable meals with the ingredients available on board. We regret that we are unable to provide meals requiring strict
religious observance in the preparation.

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 we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. Please include warm clothing for
cold mornings and evenings. With regard to off-train excursions, we strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes,
suntan lotion and hats as well as warm clothing for the game drives, which are on open vehicles and can get very cold.

Mobile Devices and Internet
In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board and the use of
mobile phones and laptops are confined to the privacy of your suites only. The reception is poor while the train is
moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated.
Internet is available at our Cape Town Lounge, Rovos Rail Station, Tau Game Lodge and Victoria Falls Hotel.

On board the train, smoking is only allowed in the privacy of your suite and in the Club Lounge. Please note on the
Reservation Form provided if you are smoking or non-smoking so that the appropriate room might be requested at the hotels. Please be mindful that the train is generally made up of wood. Please do not throw flammable items such as cigarette or cigar butts off the train as bush fires in Africa are a constant and dangerous hazard.

There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is
48 hours so we are not able to handle a week’s worth of washing. Please note that while we are providing a
complimentary service we cannot be held responsible for items that may be damaged or lost in the process. There are
no dry-cleaning facilities en route or on board the train.

Gift Shop
There is a small gift shop on board the train and at our station premises in Pretoria. Due to the varying exchange
rates, the use of credit cards is preferred. The host/ess on duty has a basic First Aid Kit and personal essentials
(toothbrushes, razors, earplugs etc.). He/she will also fulfil any administrative requirements and check your onward
arrangements. Stamps are available for sale and postcards may be posted in the post box at the entrance to the
Observation Car or Rovos Rail Station.

Special Occasions
We would like to celebrate your special occasion with you. Upon boarding the train, please advise the Train Manager
of any birthday, anniversary or other event.

Books, Magazines and Games
There are board games, playing cards, a card table (dependent), books and magazines available for your use in the
Lounge and Observation Cars whilst on board the train.

Electrical Current and Adaptors
There are 220V AC 50Hz, 3-point round-pronged wall plugs. There are 110V/220V 2-pin plugs for shavers.
International adaptors are also available on board.

An electronic safe is provided in the cupboard in each suite.

There is an internal telephone system on board. Numbers are listed on the provided Guest List.

All public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with
individual temperature controls that can also be set to heat mode. Fresh-air intake is solved by opening a window.
Windows should be closed while operating the air-conditioning unit. Electric under-blankets are fitted on the bed.

We cannot be held liable for any delays due to trains not running to schedule. Excursions
cannot be guaranteed and will only be undertaken if time and circumstances permit. Departure and arrival times are
approximate and cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to alter our routing any time between departure and arrival points.

Rovos Rail reserves the right to amend the tour price at any time prior to written confirmation of the reservation. Rovos Rail further reserves the right to cancel or amend any sightseeing excursions or the tour departure dates provided they can offer the passenger alternative sightseeing excursions or departure dates. Rovos Rail is not responsible for any delay or changes in tour arrangements that may be caused by natural or other factors beyond the control of Rovos Rail. There will be no refunds for any part of the tour that might be missed due to personal reasons.

It is upon the client to ensure passports and visas, as may be required, are valid prior to departure.

Anti-malarial and Yellow Fever precautions may be required in the countries that are being visited and should be
taken as may be prescribed.

Rovos Rail reserves the right without notice to make use of any photography/film taken by our staff on the tour
for general publicity purposes without payment or permission.

Classic 1: 39 suites • Classic 2: 39 suites • Edwardian: 23 suites. We reserve the right to increase or
decrease accommodation capacity as circumstances may require.