Dune Express Westbound
This spectacular 12-day Dune Express Westbound journey starts in Pretoria and winds its way to the coast of Namibia, a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and seemingly endless space. First stop is Kimberley for a visit to the Big Hole and diamond mine museum village before continuing on to Upington for a walking tour and wine tasting. After crossing the border, guests visit the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon, followed by tours of historical towns Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and Keetmanshoop. Day seven 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 Dune Express Westbound train then leaves the vast stillness of the Kalahari Desert for a city tour of Windhoek. On day ten guests travel to the Etosha National Park for an overnight stay with game-viewing activities before ending the journey in the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund. Available in reverse.
Day 1 to Day 6
DAY 1 – THE TRAIN DEPARTS PRETORIA
14h30 The Dune Express Westbound train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Kingswood for our overnight stop.
DAY 2 – KIMBERLEY TOUR
10h00 Visit the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum in Kimberley.
12h30 Return to the Dune Express Westbound train in Kimberley and depart for Upington.
DAY 3 – UPINGTON TOUR AND WINE/BRANDY TASTING
09h00 Morning tour of Upington and wine tasting at Belazel Brandy & Wine Cellar.
12h00 The train Dune Express Westbound departs Upington for Nakop for border formalities with Namibia. Overnight Holoog.
DAY 4 – FISH RIVER CANYON VISIT
09h00 Morning visit to the Fish River Canyon, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
12h30 Return to the Dune Express Westbound train and depart for Aus for overnight.
DAY 5 – 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 Westbound train departs for Keetmanshoop for overnight.
DAY 6 – 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.
13h00 Return to the Dune Express Westbound train and depart for Mariental.
Day 7 to Day 12
DAY 7 – OVERNIGHT SOSSUSVLEI LODGE WITH A VISIT TO SESRIEM CANYON
08h00 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 8 – 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.
18h00 The train departs for Rehoboth for overnight.
DAY 9 – WINDHOEK TOUR
09h00 City 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.
12h00 Return to the train and depart for Otjiwarongo.
DAY 10 – OVERNIGHT ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK WITH GAME DRIVE
09h30 Transfer to a lodge in Etosha National Park. Enjoy game-viewing activities. Overnight at lodge.
DAY 11 – ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVE AND RETURN TO TRAIN
Enjoy a morning game drive before checking out and returning to the train.
15h00 Rejoin the train in Otjiwarongo and depart for Kranzberg for overnight.
DAY 12 – ARRIVE IN THE SEASIDE TOWN OF SWAKOPMUND AND DEPART THE TRAIN
11h30 Arrive at Swakopmund Station where your tour ends. Check out of the train and transfer to hotel.
Dune Express: Westbound Journey Highlights
- Upington tour
- Fish River Canyon
- Lüderitz and Kolmanskop
- Sesriem Canyon
- Dunes in the Namib
- Etosha National Park
Dune Express: Westbound 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.