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Overview

The 15-day Dar es Salaam journey will take you to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. The train will leave Cape Town and travel to Matjiesfontein, Kimberley and Pretoria, where you’ll enjoy a variety of tours. You’ll enjoy a two-night stay in the Madikwe Game Reserve before travelling through Botswana to Zimbabwe. The train will travel along the Zambezi River through Zambia to Chisimba Falls. Before you arrive in Dar es Salaam, you’ll see the Great Rift Valley and traverse the Selous Game Reserve. (Available in reverse.)

  • Cape Town.
  • Matjiesfontein.
  • Klein and Great Karoo.
  • Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum.
  • 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.

Itinerary (15 Days)

Highlights on this trip include the Great Rift Valley and the Victoria Falls. The Great Rift Valley is a vast rift valley that runs from Jordan to the coast of Mozambique. The valley boasts towering cliffs that reach heights of 2,700 m and steep walls that rise 900 m. Victoria Falls is an awe-inspiring sight, and this waterfall is an amazing natural wonder. You'll enjoy a day of activities at the Falls, including a helicopter trip over the waterfall and an elephant-back safari. The journey ends in Dar es Salaam – the largest city in Tanzania.

  • 1

    Day 1: Departure

    ► Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa. ► Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village. Dinner and overnight on the train. ► (Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

  • 2

    Day 2: Kimberley

    ► Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000). ► Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld. Dinner and overnight on board.

  • 3

    Day 3: Pretoria

    ► Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. ► Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria. ► Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. Dinner and overnight on board.

  • 4

    Day 4: Madikwe Adventure

    ► Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge. ► Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). ► Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

  • 5

    Day 5: Madikwe Adventure

    ► Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.

  • 6

    Day 6: Gabarone

    ► Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. ► Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana. ► Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.

  • 7

    Day 7: Day At Leisure

    ► Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. ► The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. ► The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.

  • 8

    Day 8: Victoria Falls

    ► Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch. ► Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. ► Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.

  • 9

    Day 9: Victoria Falls

    ► Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc). ► Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.

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    Day 10: Day At Leisure

    ► Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. ► The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.

  • 11

    Day 11: Day At Leisure

    ► Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. ► The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.

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    Day 12: Chisimba Falls

    ► Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls. ► Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border.

  • 13

    Day 13: Rift Valley

    ► Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting. ► Depart and travel towards Mlimba. ► The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. ► Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

  • 14

    Day 14: Selous Reserve

    ► Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting). ► Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop.

  • 15

    Day 15: End of Journey

    ► Depart Gwata in and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast. ► Breakfast is served in the dining car/s. ► Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Inclusions

  • 24-hour Full room service and bar facilities.
  • Entrance fees to places of interest.
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide.
  • All meals and beverages.
  • Golf activities inclusive of green fees, golf carts, halfway house and beverages.
  • Government tax.
  • Limited laundry service.

Exclusions

  • International flights.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Items of a personal nature.

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