Rovos Rail  – Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam – an authentic African Adventure spanning over 14 days

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.


Day 1

Depart Cape Town Station at 11h00 on the Pride of Africa. Arrive in Matjiesfontein at 18h00 and explore the quaint village. Dinner and overnight on the train.

(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • High Tea 16h00 • Dinner 19h30)

Day 2

Arrive in Kimberley at 14h00 for a tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine museum.

After departing at 16h00, the train passes a shallow lake with tremendous flocks of Lesser Flamingos.

Day 3

Arrive in Pretoria at 11h30 and enjoy a lunch at Rovos Rail Station followed by a city tour.

Depart at 18h00 for Zeerust.

Day 4

At 11h00, disembark the train at Zeerust for a full-board two-night stay at five-star Tau Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 5

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

Day 6

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast.

Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana. Depart at 12h00.

Day 7

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

Day 8

Arrive at the Victoria Falls and transfer to the hotel where lunch is served.

Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River from 16h00 followed by dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9

Day at leisure for activities such as a tour the Falls, a golf game, a helicopter ride, walk with lions, river rafting, etc.

Transfer to the station and depart at 16h00 for Zimbabwe/Zambia border formalities.

Day 10

Pass through Lusaka during lunch. Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

Day 11

Pass through Serenje and Mpika en route to Kasama.

At leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

Day 12

After breakfast, disembark at Kasama for a bush walk at Chisimba Falls.

Return to the train for lunch and head towards Tunduma for border formailities.

Day 13

Disembark Makambako in the morning and descend the spectacular pass to Mlimba.

Travel through the impressive Selous Reserve. Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

Day 14

Arrive at Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam at 10h00

End of Services

Please contact one of our travel consultants for this information.

Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved

Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam Departure Dates 2014

18 – 31 January 2014 

28 June – 11 July  2014

27 September – 10 October 2014

PASSPORTS & VISAS The onus is upon guests to ensure passports and visas, as may be required, are valid prior to departure for Africa. Visas available through booking agents; please check with relevant embassies for requirements.

HEALTH Passengers are advised to take anti-malarial precaution. Yellow Fever inoculations are required.

A Medical Practitioner, Hair Stylist and Historian accompany the train at various stages of the journey.

BOOKING 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, your reservation is confirmed and accepted by us.

Travel & Cancellation Insurance are Compulsory. 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.

This itinerary is also offered in reverse – Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town