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Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Dar es Salaam by Luxury Train

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 50 - 72 people
Destination(s): South Africa   Tanzania   Zambia  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 10600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 37800 US Dollar (USD)

Rovos Rail’s luxury train- The Pride of Africa runs between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam several times annually. This 14-day private rail tour stretches across South Africa and Botswana, touches Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, and crosses Zambia to Tanzania. From Kimberley’s diamonds to a deluxe South Africa game lodge, from the very British Victoria Falls Hotel to Africa’s Great Rift Valley, every day is unique. One highlight: a two-night stay at the five-star Tau Game Lodge with many game drives. Combine with the Blue Train, another South African luxury train, for a unique view of the African subcontinent’s diverse, spectacular scenery.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Cape Town. Depart Cape Town Station aboard Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa this morning. Arrive Matjiesfontein this evening; time to explore this Victorian village before dinner and overnight on the train.

Day 2: Kimberley. Breakfast and lunch on board before afternoon arrival in Kimberley. Visit Big Hole and Diamond Museum with historic tram ride. Return to train for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Pretoria. Arrive Pretoria this afternoon. A light lunch is followed by a city tour. Dinner and overnight on the train.

Day 4: Tau Game Lodge. Arrive in Zeerust for full board, two-night stay at the five-star Tau Game Lodge.

Day 5: Tau Game Lodge. Optional early morning game drive, evening game drive or other activities. Overnight at lodge.

Day 6: Tau Game Lodge, Botswana. Early morning game drive. Transfer to the train for a noon departure from Gaborone, Botswana. Border formalities en route.

Day 7: Zimbabwe. After border formalities, travel through Zimbabwe, with lectures by a historian in the morning and afternoon.

Day 8: Victoria Falls. Arrive Victoria Falls this morning. Transfer from station to the Victoria Falls Hotel. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River followed by African Spectacular Show. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Victoria Falls. Day at leisure. Optional activities include tour of the Falls, round of golf, helicopter tour of the Falls, more. Depart Victoria Falls late afternoon and complete border formalities for entry to Zambia.

Day 10: On board. Pass through Lusaka, Zambia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board with lectures in the morning and afternoon.

Day 11: Kundalila Falls. Arrive Kanona for brunch outing at Kundalila Falls. Depart mid-afternoon. Dinner on board, passing through Mpika and Kasama overnight.

Day 12: Arrive Tanzania. Arrive Nakonde/Tunduma for Zambian/Tanzanian border control. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 13: Mlimba. Arrive Makambako. Descend spectacular pass to Mlimba.

Day 14: Dar es Salaam. Arrive Kiduna and continue journey through Mzenga to Dar es Salaam. Breakfast on board before arrival (scheduled for 10 am).

-Cape Town-Dar es Salaam:
-Jan. 18-31
-June 28-July 11
-Sept. 27-Oct. 10

Dar es Salaam-Cape Town:
-Feb. 3-16
-July 14-27
-Oct. 13-26

-Cape Town-Dar es Salaam:
-July 4-18
-Sept. 26-Oct. 10

Dar es Salaam-Cape Town:
-Feb. 3-17
-July 21-Aug. 4
-Oct. 13-27

Accommodations on the train are as follows:

- All cabins are equipped with a writing surface and, for valuables, a personal safe
- There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day
- In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs.
- Pullman: These are the newest and most “Spartan.” There are very few of these, and they sell out quickly. They are 76 feet square. A comfortable, daytime sofa-seat converts to double or twin beds (one up, one down) for evening. They also have en-suite, private shower, sink and toilet.
- Deluxe: For years, these were Rovos Rail’s standard cabins, but they are huge and beautifully appointed, in comparison with other luxury trains. There are three to each train carriage. Deluxe suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite toilet, sink and shower. They are about 118 square feet.
- Royal Suites: Royal Suites take up half a train car. Special features include en-suite bathroom with Victorian bathtub and shower, and a separate, private lounge. These are about 172 square feet.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2015 Prices:
- Pullman: $11,850 p.p. double, $16,350 single
- Deluxe: $15,300 p.p. double, $21,500 single
- Royal Suite: $20,550 p.p. double, single on request

Deposit required: 25%

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