Dune Express Eastbound
This spectacular 12-day journey starts on the coast of Namibia, a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and seemingly endless space, and winds its way to Pretoria. First stop is Etosha National Park for an overnight stay with game drives before continuing on to Windhoek for a city tour.
Dune Express Eastbound Day five sees guests overnighting at Sossusvlei Lodge, surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park, with visits to the natural Sesriem Canyon and the 170m-high star-dune “45”. The train then travels into the Kalahari Desert where guests spend the next few days visiting the historical towns of Keetmanshoop, Kolmanskop and Lüderitz with a stop at the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon.
After crossing the border, guests enjoy a walking tour of Upington before travelling to Kimberley for a visit to the Big Hole and diamond mine museum village. Continuing northeast across the Highveld, the train arrives at journey’s end in Pretoria. Available in reverse.
Day 1 to Day 6
DAY 1 – THE TRAIN DEPARTS SWAKOPMUND
11h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs from Swakopmund Station for Otjiwarongo for our overnight stop.
DAY 2 – OVERNIGHT ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK WITH GAME DRIVE
08h30 Transfer to a lodge in Etosha National Park. Enjoy game-viewing activities. Overnight at lodge.
DAY 3 – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVE AND RETURN TO TRAIN
Enjoy a morning game drive before checking out and returning to the train.
15h00 The train departs for Kranzberg for overnight.
DAY 4 – WINDHOEK TOUR
12h00 Afternoon tour of Windhoek. See the Trans-Namib Transport Museum, the Alte Feste (Old Fortress), the Evangelical Lutheran Church – a striking landmark – and the Namibia Craft Centre in the old Breweries Building.
16h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs for Mariental for overnight.
DAY 5 – OVERNIGHT SOSSUSVLEI LODGE WITH A VISIT TO SESRIEM CANYON
08h30 Transfer to Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab River. Overnight at lodge.
DAY 6 – SUNRISE FROM DUNE 45 AND SCENIC DRIVE ACROSS NAMIB-NAUKLUFT PARK
Enjoy sunrise from Dune 45 followed by brunch at the lodge. Take a scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park.
17h00 The train departs for Keetmanshoop for overnight.
Day 7 to Day 12
DAY 7 – KEETMANSHOOP TOUR
09h00 Morning tour of Keetmanshoop. See the Giant’s Playground with its 20km-long dolerite dykes as well as Quiver Tree Forest, home to 300 species of the Aloe dichotomy.
12h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs for Aus for overnight.
DAY 8 – KOLMANSKOP AND LÜDERITZ TOUR
09h00 Full-day tour of the ghost town Kolmanskop and Lüderitz, well known for its colonial architecture and wildlife.
18h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs for Holoog for overnight.
DAY 9 – FISH RIVER CANYON VISIT
09h00 Morning visit to the Fish River Canyon, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
12h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs for Ariamsvlei and Nakop for border formalities and overnight.
DAY 10 – UPINGTON TOUR AND WINE/BRANDY TASTING
09h00 Morning tour of Upington and wine tasting at Belazel Brandy & Wine Cellar.
11h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs for Modderrivier for overnight.
DAY 11 – KIMBERLEY TOUR
09h00 Visit the Big Hole and Diamond Museum in Kimberley, William Humphreys Art Gallery and McGregor Museum.
15h00 The Dune Express Eastbound train departs for Potchefstroom for overnight.
DAY 12 – ARRIVE IN PRETORIA AND DEPART THE TRAIN
11h45 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station where the tour ends. Check out of the train and transfer to hotel.
Dune Express: Eastbound Journey Highlights
- Upington tour
- Fish River Canyon
- Lüderitz and Kolmanskop
- Sesriem Canyon
- Dunes in the Namib
- Etosha National Park
Dune Express Eastbound Gallery
|START DATE||11 May 2017||25 May 2017|
|END DATE||22 May 2017||5 Jun 2017|
|START DATE||12 Jul 2018||26 Jul 2018|
|END DATE||23 Jul 2018||6 Aug 2018|
Choice of double or twin beds. All cabins have an en-suite bathroom.
We regret we cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
RACK RATE ONE WAY PER PERSON SHARING INCLUDES:
• Accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
• Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide.
• Entrance fees to places of interest.
• Government tax.
Included in off-train accommodation:
• Meals at lodges/hotels/clubs/resorts.
• Lunches off the train.
• All beverages.
• Golf course fees (Good Hope/Gold only).
• Travel insurance.
Excluded in off-train accommodation:
• Personal expenses.