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Nostalgic Expedition to the Victoria Falls

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): South Africa   Zambia  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 10950 South Africa Rand (ZAR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 21900 South Africa Rand (ZAR)

Experience a three-day journey through one of the most scenic areas of South Africa as Rovos Rail's luxurious train meanders down the escarpment and through the lush bushveld region of Mpumulanga. At Pietersburg board the company's Convair 440 for an interesting flight to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

The adventure begins as the train departs the gracious station at Capital Park in Pretoria, pausing in Witbank, a rich coal-mining area, where Rovos Rail was founded in 1986. At this town, too, the intrepid young Winston Churchill leapt aboard a freight train to escape from his Anglo Boer War captors.

The Pride of Africa retraces his route towards Mozambique, reaching its highest point at Belfast (1970ms/6463ft) before descending the breathtaking Drakensberg Escarpment. The descent between the quaint towns of Waterval Boven and Waterval Onder is one of the most challenging in the world as the train winds through many switchbacks and tunnels.

Journey on in comfort through the lush, sub-tropical Mpumulanga bushveld, through country that inspired Henry Rider Haggard's yarns of African adventure, to Nelspruit and the Crocodile River valley. Follow the border of the world-famous Kruger Park towards Hazyview and Hoedspruit the heart of South Africa's celebrated game-viewing paradise.

Ascend the Highveld through the tangled indigenous forests of Magoebaskloof, with its deep gorges and ancient cliffs where "living fossil" cycads flourish, before arriving in the high-lying land of the primeval Baobab tree. Travel past tea estates, trout streams, natural woodlands and then through some of South Africa's vast citrus estates.

At Pietersburg board a classic luxury aircraft for the two - hour flight to journeys end, the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.

Tour Itinerary: Pretoria - Victoria Falls (Livingstone / Zambia).

Day 1.

10:00 - The Pride of Africa departs Rovos Rail's station in Capital Park.
13:00 - Lunch is served in the Dining Car en route to Witbank.
19:00 - After descending the Drakensberg escarpment en route to Nelspruit, dinner is served.

Day 2.

07:00 - Breakfast is served
13:00 - Lunch is served as we meander along with beautiful scenery
17:00 - Border formalities at Plumtree
19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining car/s.

Day 3.

07:00 - Breakfast served in the dining car/s.
13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
17:00 Arrival at Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls (Livingstone / Zambia) - Pretoria

Day 1.

10:00 - Depart Victoria Falls.
13;00 - Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining car/s.

Day 2.

07:00 - Breakfast served in the dining car/s.
13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
19:30 - Dinner is served as the train heads towards Lobatse.
23h00 - Arrive at Mafikeng for border formalities.

Day 3.

05:00 - The train departs Mafikeng.
07:00 - Breakfast served in the dining car/s.
13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining car/s.
16:00 - A short stop at Centurion where the Rovos steam engines take over the haulage of the train.
17:00 - Arrive at journey's end, the gracious Capital Park Station in Pretoria.

- As the Victoria Falls journey with Rovos Rail is a combined train/aircraft trip, Rovos Rail's preferred airport of arrival/departure (unless otherwise advised) is Livingstone Airport on the Zambian side of the Falls.
- Although Rovos Rail arranges transfers from the airport to the Royal Livingstone Hotel (Zambia) or the Victoria Falls Hotel (Zimbabwe) on the Northbound route or vice versa for the Southbound route, all guests remain responsible for payment of relevant visa fees. This means that all guests who choose to stay on the Zimbabwe side of the Falls are required to pre-arrange and pay for both Zimbabwean and Zambian visas.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note that a one way tripis available.

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