Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Victoria Falls
• Hwange Reserve • Victoria Falls • Traverse the Kalahari Basin • Pretoria
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.
The Train: Each train has accommodation carriages, dining cars, a lounge car, small gift shop, smoking lounge and observation car with open-air balcony. Maintaining the spirit of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. There are three types of suites available which include a dedicated host available at all times and services the suites daily.
Pullman Suite: Used on short journeys, the cabins feature an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. During the day, the suites have a comfortable sofa-seat with a conversion to double or twin beds (side-by-side or upper and lower bunks) for the evening.
Deluxe Suite: Accommodates one or two passengers in double or twin beds with its own lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Includes a bar fridge filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers choice.
Royal Suite: Takes up half a carriage with its own private lounge area and en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and basin. Accommodates one or two passengers in double or twin beds and includes a bar fridge filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers choice.
Day 1: Pretoria 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. Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels 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.
Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars as the train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn. As the train crosses the Limpopo River to Beitbridge dinner is served. 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 2: On Board Breakfast is served in the dining cars as the train travels baobab country. Travel towards Bulawayo second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars and dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpopoma for overnight.
Day 3: Hwange National Park Today the train travels between Gwaai and Dete along one of the longest stretches of straight railway line in the world 114 kilometres along the eastern edge of Hwange National Park - keep an eye out for wildlife! In the afternoon, disembark at Kennedy Siding and enjoy a game drive at The Hide.
Day 4: Victoria Falls Arrive at journey's end, Victoria Falls.
*Journey available in reverse.
• Luxury accommodation on board • All meals • Excursions as per the itinerary • Specified beverages • Accommodation • All meals • All beverages • Room service • Limited laundry • Excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable) • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Government tax
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Pretoria to Victoria Falls
20, 27 Jan
3, 10, 17, 24 Feb
3, 24 Mar
15, 29 Sep
Victoria Falls to Pretoria 16, 23, 30 Jan
6, 13, 20, 27 Feb
6, 13, 20, 27 Mar
21, 28 Aug
4, 11, 18, 25 Sep
Pretoria to Victoria Falls
20, 27 Jan
Booking conditions • Itinerary operates in reverse
• Depending on the railway capacity this journey could be routed slightly differently.
• Itinerary operates in reverse • Depending on the railway capacity this journey could be routed slightly differently.