Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia


Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia

Luxury

The Tour

Imagine a country so vast and sparsely populated that it’s possible to find places devoid of everything: plants, animals, people, rocks: just endless miles of wind-swept sand.

Namibia is much more. Namib-Naukluft, Africa’s largest game park, is home to Sossusvlei’s brilliant red dunes. Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s largest, both in terms of its size and in its plethora of different kinds of anmals.

There’s no finer way to explore this desert land than by luxury train.

And, as the former German Southwest Africa, Namibia retains much of its colonial heritage—it’s well known for its great lager beers.

Latest News: IRT’s Angela Walker and Rachel Hardy just returned from South Africa, where they were inspecting Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, among other luxury travel partners. Click here for part one of their report on the trainhere for part two.

Inside Track: We dined with Rovos Rail’s Alicia Taljaard recently. Her favorite trip? It’s not what you might think. Click here.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Pretoria
Gather at Rovos Rail’s private Capital Park station in Pretoria. The Pride of Africa departs this morning. Settle into your private compartment and enjoy lunch and dinner on board as the train travels south toward the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.

Day 2: Kimberley
Arrive in Kimberley this morning. Tour the Big Hole Diamond Mine and museum. Continue train journey west this afternoon through the Karoo semi-desert.

Day 3: Upington
Walking tour of Upington, oasis town on the Orange River, surrounded by the Kalahari Desert and famous for its wine. Cross into Namibia late this evening.

Day 4: Fish River Canyon
Explore the gigantic Fish River Canyon, then depart for Keetmanshoop and traverse the Kalahari Desert. This afternoon visit Garas Park (Quiver Tree Forest/Giant’s Playground). Depart for Windhoek in early evening.

Day 5: Windhoek/Sossusvlei
City tour of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. Depart city in light aircraft for short scenic flight to Sossusvlei for lunch, desert drive, bush dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Sossusvlei
Sossusvlei excursion with breakfast in a dry marsh, locally known as a vlei. Mornings and evenings are the best times to visit, offering rich photo opportunities of the brilliant red dunes. Depart Sossusvlei for 1 hour flight to Windhoek. Rejoin the train and travel north toward the game-rich Etosha National Park.

Day 7: Mokuti Lodge

Arrive in Tsumeb. Transfer to a game lodge in Etosha National Park, home to 114 mammal species, including the rare and endangered black rhino and black-faced impala. Lunch, game drives and overnights at the lodge.

Day 8: Etosha National Park
Early morning game drive in the Etosha National Park, where blue wildebeest, mountain and plains zebra, giraffe, hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard as well as 340 species of birds may be spotted. Return to the train for lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

Day 9: Walvis Bay
Enjoy breakfast as the train traverses the Namib Desert. Afternoon arrival at journey’s end, Walvis Bay.

2018 Dates:

May 17-25 (Pretoria to Walvis Bay)
May 27-June 4 (Walvis Bay to Pretoria)

2019 Dates:

April 4-12 (Pretoria to Walvis Bay)
April 14-22 (Walvis Bay to Pretoria)
April 25-May 3 (Pretoria to Walvis Bay)
May 5-13 (Walvis Bay to Pretoria)
May 9-17 (Pretoria to Walvis Bay)
May 20-28 (Walvis Bay to Pretoria)
July 9-17 (Walvis Bay to Pretoria)

The Prices

2018 Price Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman ZAR 63,200 ZAR 94,800 25%
Deluxe ZAR 94,800 ZAR 142,200 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 126,400 ZAR 189,600 25%

 

2019 Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman ZAR 68,600 ZAR 102,900 25%
Deluxe ZAR 102,900 ZAR 154,350 25%
Royal Suite ZAR 137,200 ZAR 205,800 25%

Please note: 2019 prices are provisional and are subject to change.

Other

Tour priced in South African Rand (ZAR). For approximate exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com.

Latest News: IRT’s Angela Walker and Rachel Hardy just returned from South Africa, where they were inspecting Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa, among other luxury travel partners. Click here for part one of their report on the trainhere for part two.

Inside Track: We dined with Rovos Rail’s Alicia Taljaard recently. Her favorite trip? It’s not what you might think. Click here.

 

 

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The Highlights

Six nights aboard the Pride of Africa, one of the world’s finest luxury trains
The Big Hole in Kimberley, site of one of the world’s most famous diamond rushes
Visit the Fish River Canyon, second largest canyon in the world
Tour of Windhoek, a cosmopolitan city with a strong German influence
Game drives and overnight at Mokuti Lodge, located in the game-rich Etosha National Park
Twenty-four hour excursion to the world famous Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert surrounded by massive red sand dunes
Fascinating Swakopmund, located between the dunes of the Namib desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean
All accommodations, meals, alcohol (on board) and off-train excursions included
Rovos Rail's lounge car is the perfect place to mingle - or to gaze at the passing desert expanse. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
Rovos Rail's lounge car is the perfect place to mingle - or to gaze at the passing desert expanse. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
Sparsley populated Namibia abounds with wild animals, such as these three lions. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
Sparsley populated Namibia abounds with wild animals, such as these three lions. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
A gentle giraffe munches tender leaves from the top of a tree -- and grabs a look at a photographer. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
A gentle giraffe munches tender leaves from the top of a tree -- and grabs a look at a photographer. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
Night on Rovos Rail: the perfect blend of the Namibian wild outside, and the cozy comfort of one's private compartment inside. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos
Night on Rovos Rail: the perfect blend of the Namibian wild outside, and the cozy comfort of one's private compartment inside. Rovos Rail Photo Courtesy of Brenda Vos