Dar es Salaam

Chisimba Falls - © Thomas Ryan Space/Rovos Rail
Kafue Bridge - © Thomas Ryan Space/Rovos Rail
Karoo - © Jos Beltman/Rovos Rail
Madikwe Tau Lions
Observation Car - © Rovos Rail
Tanzania - © Jos Beltman/Rovos Rail
Victoria Falls Bridge - © Jos Beltman/Rovos Rail
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Bridge - © Rovos Rail
Zambezi River Cruise - © Thomas Ryan Space/Rovos Rail

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein
  • Kimberley's Big Hole & Diamond Museum
  • Walking tour of Pretoria station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting)
  • Pretoria city tour
  • Game drives at Madikwe Reserve
  • Day at leisure in Victoria Falls
  • Visit to Chisimba Falls
  • Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting)

Tour Dates:
Northbound: 28 September 2019, 27 June 2020, 26 September 2020
Southbound: 15 October 2019, 28 January 2020, 17 March 2020, 29 September 2020, 13 October 2020

This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous rail tours in the world – the Pride of Africa. Sit back and pass through amazing landscapes, enjoying the luxury hospitality of Rovos Rail from its comfortable cabins, relaxing communal carriages and delicious food.

Please note that depending upon the railway’s capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.

NB: You have the option of including this special rail journey as part of a Tailored Rail tour. Ffestiniog Travel can make the additional arrangements to allow you to join any of thisluxury train journey, at the beginning, during or end of a bespoke itinerary. We will organise rail and flight tickets where necessary and hotel accommodation. Please click on the Request a Quote button or email us direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and we will provide quotations on request.

Itinerary Northbound

Day 1 – Cape Town & Matjiesfontein

Late morning departure from Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa. Evening arrival into Matjiesfontein when there will be time to explore this quaint village. Lunch and dinner included today.

Day 2 – Kimberley

Afternoon tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23, 000). Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Day 3 – Pretoria

Morning arrival into the Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and an afternoon city tour. This evening, depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. All meals included today.

Day 4 – Madikwe Reserve

Disembark at Zeerust mid-morning and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a 2-night stay at TAU Game Lodge*. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. There will also be an afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge. All meals included today.

Day 5 – Madikwe Reserve

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

Day 6 – Into Botswana

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Transfer to the train, there will be border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana. This afternoon, depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight. All meals included today.

Day 7 – Day at Leisure on Board

Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop. All meals included today.

Day 8 – Victoria Falls

Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls at noon and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch and later a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction and overnight at the hotel. All meals included today.

Day 9 – Victoria Falls & Into Zambia

Day at leisure at Victoria Falls with various activities to enjoy – tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, white-water rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc. Late afternoon departure from Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia. All meals included today.

Day 10 – Day at Leisure on Board

Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line. All meals included today.

Day 11 – Day at Leisure on Board

Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama. All meals included today.

Day 12 – Chisimba Falls

Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls. Mid-morning departure from Kasama travelling towards the Tanzanian border. All meals included today.

Day 13 – Makambako & the Udzungwa Mountains

Morning arrival at Makambako where guests can enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting. Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian. All meals included today.

Day 14 – Selous Reserve

Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting). Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop. All meals included today.

Day 15 – Dar es Salaam

Early morning departure from Gwata and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast. Breakfast is served in the dining car/s. Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at 10.00.

*Or Kwa Maritane in Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Price Includes

  • Journey in a Pullman Suite (upgrades to Deluxe and Royal available)
  • Accommodation with meals as specified
  • All beverages, including alcohol, while on board
  • Excursions
  • Bottled water and a limited wine selection during lodge meals
  • Meals only at Jungle Junction and Victoria Falls Hotel

Price per person

2019: From £10,595 per person

2020: From £10,595 per person

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