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: Click here to enjoy IRT’s “just-back-from-Africa” report and photos about safaris that mesh perfectly with a Rovos Rail cruise.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

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.

Day 2: Kimberley
Arrive in Kimberley this morning. Tour of the Big Hole diamond mine and city of Kimberley. Continue train journey west this afternoon.

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.

Day 4: Fish River Canyon
Visit to gigantic Fish River Canyon. Later, walking tour in Keetmanshoop, with its well-preserved German influences. Depart for Windhoek in early evening.

Day 5: Windhoek
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. Train departs mid-afternoon.

Day 7: Mokuti Lodge

Arrive in Tsumeb. Transfer to Mokuti Lodge and stop for lunch, game drive and overnight in Etosha National Park, home to 114 mammal species, including the rare and endangered black rhino and black-faced impala.

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. Depart from Tsumeb early afternoon.

Day 9: Swakopmund
Arrive in Swakopmund midday.

2017 Dates:

April 6-14 (Pretoria to Swakopmund)
April 16-24 (Swakopmund to Pretoria)
April 27-May 5 (Pretoria to Swakopmund)
May 7-15 (Swakopmund to Pretoria)

2018 Dates:

April 5-13 (Pretoria to Swakopmund)
April 15-23 (Swakopmund to Pretoria)
April 26-May 4 (Pretoria to Swakopmund)
May 6-14 (Swakopmund to Pretoria)

The Prices

2017 Price Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman R58,250 R87,375 25%
Deluxe R87,400 R131,100 25%
Royal Suite R115,400 R173,100 25%

 

2018 Price Deposit
Accommodations Double Single
Pullman R63,200 R94,800 25%
Deluxe R94,800 R142,200 25%
Royal Suite R126,400 R189,600 25%

Other

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

Latest News: Click here to enjoy IRT’s “just-back-from-Africa” report and photos about safaris that mesh perfectly with a Rovos Rail cruise.

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our Cape Town – Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

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