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Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia
Trains:  Rovos Rail Pride of Africa
9-day Escorted Tour

Tour Type:  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 Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Latest News: Click here to read our report on our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam adventure.

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.

2015 Dates:
April 9-17 (Pretoria to Swakopmund)
April 19-27 (Swakopmund to Pretoria)
May 10-18 (Swakopmund to Pretoria)

The Prices

  Royal Suite


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

Latest Photos: Click here to see a photo essay of our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam Rovos Rail adventure.

Latest News: Click here to read our report on our July, 2011 Cape Town - Dar es Salaam adventure.

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Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia (Length:9 days)
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: Wild Namibia
Deputy Train Manager Querida Venter serves celebratory cocktails at the end of Rovos Rail's Namibia tour, 2009. Photo by Bruce Anderson.

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia
Windhoek Station. Photo by Bruce Anderson

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia
Bush dinner at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia. Photo courtesy of andBeyond Sossusvlei

Rovos Rail: Wild Namibia
Welcome drinks ready for passengers returning from off-train activities. Photo by Bruce Anderson
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