Rovos Rail: 4 Nights Pretoria to Victoria Falls Journey

4 NIGHTS • 1400km

This adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Travel north through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela), so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north-flowing. Pass the edge of the escarpment and cross the Tropic of Capricorn towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. Travel along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114km – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where a game drive excursion is enjoyed. Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River where this sojourn ends. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Depending upon railway capacity, this journey could be routed through Botswana.

From 2022, guests have the option of choosing the 3-night journey or the new 4-night journey, which includes a local village stop and a chance to explore the game and prolific birdlife of a 1000ha ranch. See itineraries for details.

Day 1:  Depart Pretoria

18h00     Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

Travel through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela) – so named for its mineral waters – and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. Pass the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously.

20h00    Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Naboomspruit  Dress: Formal

Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport.

Day 2:  The Ranch Conservancy Border

MUSINA, SOUTH AFRICA / BEITBRIDGE, ZIMBABWE

07h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars. The train departs for Polokwane.

09h00  Transfer to The Ranch Conservancy. Explore the game and prolific birdlife of this 1000ha ranch followed by lunch.

13h00   Return (30 mins) to the train. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Louis Trichardt

16h30    Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.Border formalities with South Africa.

19h30  Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Limpopo River en route to Beitbridge. .Dress: Formal

Border formalities with Zimbabwe. In Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, the ‘Elephant’s Child’ departs his family for the “great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.”

Day 3:  Gwanda, Zimbabwe

07h00  Breakfast is served in the dining cars. The train travels baobab country.

13h00    Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16h30   Tea is served. The train stops at Gwanda where guests have an opportunity to stroll through the village.

18h00   Depart for Bulawayo: second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpopoma

19h30    Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpopoma  Dress: Formal

Day 4:  Hwange National  Park

07h00   Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

13h00    Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of Hwange Park.  Enjoy a game drive at The Hide in        Hwange National Park.

19h30    Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for overnight.Dress: Formal

Day 5:  Victoria Falls

Please ensure that your luggage is ready for collection at 09:45 and that you have your passport.

07h00   Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:30.

10h00   Arrive at journey’s end at the incomparable Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Please dress accordingly for game drives/excursions: mornings can be cool then warm up considerably; afternoons can be warm then cool down considerably. Warm clothing, comfortable shoes, hats and sun protection are advised. Rain capes are available.

Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.In your suite you will find the Journeys magazine that features articles of interest related to the route.

Why not add on a couple of nights enjoying the splendour of Victoria Falls, before your onwards journey  – please contact us for a quotation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01 November 2021  – 30 September 2022

Valid for Pretoria to Victoria Falls /  Victoria Falls to Pretoria

Costs are indicated per person

Pullman Suite Deluxe Suite Royal Suite Single Supp
R 36 500 R 55 000 R 72 500 + 50 % all suites

01 October 2022  – 30 September 2023

Valid for Pretoria to Victoria Falls /  Victoria Falls to Pretoria

Costs are indicated per person

Pullman Suite Deluxe Suite Royal Suite Single Supp
R 39 600 R 59 600 R 78 600 + 50 % all suites

INCLUDES: Accommodation; all meals; all beverages on board; room service; limited laundry; guided excursions (where applicable); entrance fees as per itinerary; government tax

EXCLUDES: Off-train beverages; international/French Champagne; gratuities; personal expenses; pre and post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers; visas; travel insurance.

Subject to availability at the time of confirmation 

Journey  Jan 2022 – Sept 2022

Pretoria to Victoria Falls 

Jan 2022 Feb 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 Jun 2022 Jul 2022 Aug 2022 Sept 2022
n/a n/a 16,30 13,27 11,25 8,29 13,27 17,24 7,21

Victoria Falls to Pretoria 

Jan 2022 Feb 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 Jun 2022 Jul 2022 Aug 2022 Sept 2022
2 n/a 10 17 1,15,29 12,23 17,31 11 n/a

Journey  Aug 2022 – Sept 2023

Pretoria to Victoria Falls

Oct 2022 Nov 2022 Dec 2022 Jan 2023 Feb 2023 Mar 2023
26  16,23  21 4,11,18  15 8,22,29
Apr 2023 May 2023 Jun 2023 Jul 2023 Aug 2023 Sept 2023
 19,26 3,10,17,24,31  14,28 5,19,26 9,16,23,30 6,13,20,27

Victoria Falls to Pretoria 

Oct 2022 Nov 2022 Dec 2022 Jan 2023 Feb 2023 Mar 2023
 n/a  20  25  8,15  n/a  n/a
Apr 2023 May 2023 Jun 2023 Jul 2023 Aug 2023 Sept 2023
2,16,23,30 7,14,21,28 4,18,22 9,16,23,30 13,20,27 n/a

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