Rovos Rail: Trail of Two Oceans
This voyage sets off from the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam (a city familiar to Rovos Rail as it has been running its Cape to Dar trip there since 1993), and includes a game visit in the Selous Reserve, a fly-in two-night safari in the South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) and a city tour of Lubumbashi (DRC). Thereafter it joins the Benguela line for short walking tours detailing Angola's recent history with journey's end in Lobito.
Traverse Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola on Rovos Rail - the only passenger train to travel the famous east-to-west copper trail. Enjoy safaris in Tanzania and Zambia, a city tour of Lubumbashi in the DRC and join the Benguela line for short walking tours detailing Angola's recent history.
Highlights Include: • Travel the Benguela Railway • Chishimba Falls visit • Kolwezi copper mine visit • Travel through the Rift Valley • Selous Reserve game drive • South Luangwa game drives and overnight stays • Travel the Tazara Railway • Traverse the Udzungwa Mountains
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:
Royal Suite: Takes up half a carriage (16m2) 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. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers' choice.
Deluxe Suite: Accommodates one or two passengers (10m2) in double or twin beds with its own lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers' choice.
Pullman Suite: Used on short journeys, accommodate one or two passengers (7m2) and have 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. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily.
Day 1: Dar es Salaam > Fuga Halt After boarding the train depart from Tazara Statin in Dar es Salaam. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car and observation car, which will be at the front of the train for the first 72 hours - a different aspect that rail enthusiasts enjoy. Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous. En route to Fuga Halt Station dinner is served in the dining cars.
Day 2: Selous Game Reserve Enjoy breakfast followed by a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa t 55,000 km2 (time permitting). Back on board the train lunch is served as the train travels towards the jungled Udzungwa Mountains and negotiates the dramatic switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels of the escarpment. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and observation cars followed by dinner en route to Mlimba for overnight.
Day 3: Makambako Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town followed by lunch in the dining cars. The train passes baobab forests and ascends the Rift Valley to the border, almost exactly the midpoint between Africa's two Great Rift Valley lakes.
Day 4: Chisimba Falls After breakfast complete border formalities followed by lunch in the dining cars. The train travels the TAZRA railway line, an engineering tour de force and one of Africa's best-kept secrets as it passes through remote territory. Enjoy a visit to Chisimba Falls where guests can take a pleasant walk down to the tock pools at the base of the falls or admire them from various view points. Chisimba Falls is a series of three waterfalls named Mutumuna, Kaela and Chishimba (Chisimba), which are separated over 300m along the Luombe River. According to Bemba tradition, the nature spirit 'Chishimba' lives in a cave behind the falls therefore no bad behaviour (including fights, insults and arrogance) is allowed in this area. Though the Bemba people arrived here in the 17th century, they weren't the first as the land surrounding the falls is dotted with evidence of Iron Age activities including kilns, smelting pipes and iron ore deposits.Return to the train for dinner en route to Mpika.
Days 5 - 6: South Luangwa National Park Transfer to Mpika Airstrip for a chartered flight to the South Luangwa National Park, initially founded as the Luangwa Game Park in 1904 and converted to one of three game reserves in 1938. The impressive park covers about 9050km2 of the Luangwa Valley floor and lies anywhere from 500-800m above sea level. With its western and northwestern edge bounded by the Muchinga Escarpment, and the southern border lined with the meandering Luangwa River, there is no shortage of dramatic and fascinating topography in this beautiful game rich park. Transfer to the camps for a two night stay including game drives in the Luangwa Valley.
Day 7: South Luangwa National Park Enjoy a morning game drive and check out before transferring to the airport for a chartered flight to Ndola, Zambia. Upon arrival transfer to the train station and rejoin the train where lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels towards the border. Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Lubumbashi.
Day 8: Lubumbashi After breakfast enjoy a drive through the city of Lubumbashi. Rejoin the train and travel towards Lukuni where lunch is served in the dining cars. As the train passes Luishia, an old open-pit copper and cobalt mine afternoon tea is served in the lounge and observation cars, with dinner served in the dining cars en route to Kolwezi for overnight.
Day 9: Copper Mine Disembark at Kolwezi for a visit to a copper mine in an area that holds one of the world's largest known copper and cobalt resources. Enjoy brunch at Katebi Lodge then return to the train. Depart for Kasombo and then onto Mutshatsha as dinner is served in the dining cars.
Day 10: At Leisure on board Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the dining cars as the train passes Kakopa en route to Malonga. Tea is served in the lounge and observation car and dinner served in the dining cars en route to Dilolo.
Day 11: Luau Breakfast is served in the dining cars followed by Angolan border formalities. Enjoy a walking of Luau, the start of the Benguela line before the train departs for Luena. Lunch is then served followed by tea as the train travels alongside the Cassai River. The catchment of the Cassai River encompasses a vast eco-region of 900,000km with an incredibly rich fish fauna. As the train passes the villages of Cassai and Cameia, there is sometimes an opportunity to see the local fisherman at work. Dinner is then served in the dining cars en route to Luena for overnight.
Day 12: Luena Enjoy a walking tour of Luena to learn more about the recent history of Angola before departing for Tchicala Tcholohanga. Lunch and afternoon tea is served followed by dinner as the train travels en route to Kuito.
Day 13: Kuito Enjoy a stroll through the town of Kuito, built in the historical heart of the Ovimbundu kingdom. Depart for Huambo and enjoy lunch in the dining cars, followed by tea in the lounge car and observation car. Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Huambo for overnight.
Day 14: Huambo Enjoy a tour of Huambo, the second largest city in Angola and one of the old kingdoms on the central plateau, before departing for Lepi with lunch is served in the dining cars. Dinner is served as the train travels en route to Cubal for overnight.
Day 15: Lobito Arrive at journey's end, Lobito Station, Benguela Province, Angola.
*Itinerary operates in reverse
• Accommodation • All meals • All alcoholic and other beverages • Room service • Laundry • On-board historian and doctor • Excursions with qualified guide • Flights to/from South Luangwa & overnight bag • South Luangwa accommodation, meals, standard bar drinks, game activities, laundry, park fees, government tax and levies.
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Dar es Salaam to Lobito
Lobito to Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam to Lobito
Lobito to Dar es Salaam
Booking conditions • Itinerary operates in reverse.
• Please contact World Journeys for prices on other Rovos Rail journeys.
• Itinerary operates in reverse. • Please contact World Journeys for prices on other Rovos Rail journeys.