Luxury Rail Journey: Pretoria to Victoria Falls

ToursHoneymoon/RomanticLuxury Rail Journey: Pretoria to Victoria Falls

4 Days / 3 Nights

Highlights
  • Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn
  • Game drive in Hwange National Park
  • Victoria Falls
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Overview

This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, 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. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels towards Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.

Itinerary
Day 1 - Pretoria

Itinerary

10:00 The train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria.

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. Travel through Warmbaths (so named for its mineralwaters) and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’sriver happened to be north flowing. The train passes the edge of the escarpment where the Highvelddrops precipitously.

16:30 Tea in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

19:30 Dinner is served. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the Zimbabweanborder. Dress: Formal

Please ensure the Train Manager/Gift Shop Hostess is in possession of your passport.

Accommodation

Accommodation onboard the Rovos Rail

Day 2 - Zimbabwe

Itinerary

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train travels on the BBR railway line via West Nicholson

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train passes Bulawayo, the industrial capital of the country.

16:30 Tea in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en-route to Mpopoma. Dress: Formal

Accommodation

Accommodation onboard the Rovos Rail

Day 3 - Hwange National Park

Itinerary

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of Hwange Park.

15:00 Disembark at Kennedy Siding. Enjoy a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park.

19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction. Dress: Formal

Accommodation

Accommodation onboard the Rovos Rail

Day 4 - Victoria Falls

Itinerary

Please ensure you are in possession of your passport.

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:30.

10:00 Arrive at journey’s end at the incomparable Victoria Falls.

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