Join Rovos Rail‘s brand-new Dar es Salaam to Lobito journey, Trail of Two Oceans, and travel through countries few Western travelers have seen: Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), & Angola.
Begin in the capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, visit the famous Selous Reserve, stay two nights in the remote South Luangwa National Park (Zambia), and enjoy a city tour of Lubumbashi, DRC. Next, join the Benguela line in Angola, with walking tours in Luau, Luena, Kuito and Hambo before arriving in Lobito. Learn about Angola’s fascinating history, both recent and ancient. Note: This journey is also available in reverse.
Rovos Rail’s Brenda Vos wrote the following glowing report from the inaugural departure of the Dar es Salaam to Lobito journey:
“The trip was a great success in both directions with minimal adjustments to the running schedule. The receptions at Lubumbashi and Kolwezi were a surprise while the officialdom and huge crowds meeting the train in Angola was unbelievable. Governors, ministers, tribal leaders, mayors, railwaymen, clergy and many other dignitaries all dressed up in their finest were on hand to meet the train at all major stations, accompanied by numerous musical groups and tribal dancers.
The tourism department and railways went way beyond the call of duty to ensure a safe and successful journey, while the journalists and TV crews had a field day giving our visit huge publicity. Our thanks to everyone who met us along the way with such enthusiasm and support – you added a memorable and touching element to the journey that we could not have anticipated or hoped for.”
Day 1 – Dar es Salaam
The train departs Dar es Salaam and travels the Tazara line. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the lounge car or observation car, which will be at the front of the train for the first 72 hours – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train traverses the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous Reserve. Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car, followed by a formal dinner in the dining cars en route to Fuga Halt.
Day 2 – Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast, enjoy a trip to the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55,000 square kilometers. Later, return for lunch on the train as it passes the Udzungwa Mountains. Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car, followed by dinner in the dining cars en route to Mlimba.
Day 3 – Makambako
Today the train ascends the escarpment negotiating dramatic switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels. Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting). Lunch will be served aboard the train as it passes the Baobab forests. Formal dinner en route to Tunduma.
Day 4 – Chisimba Falls
After Tanzanian and Zambian border formalities take place, lunch is served aboard the train travels as it travels in a south-westerly direction across Zambia. Disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls. Later that evening, dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpika.
Day 5 – South Luangwa National Park
Disembark and transfer to Mpika Airstrip for a chartered flight to the South Luangwa National Park. Transfer to respective camps and enjoy lunch and check-in on arrival. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic game drive in the Luangwa Valley, followed by a casual dinner before turning in for an overnight at the camps.
Day 6 – South Luangwa National Park
In the morning, rise early to enjoy a continental breakfast before heading out for more exciting game viewing. Brunch follows. Next, you can decide to take the afternoon at your leisure or continue adventuring via an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camps.
Day 7 – South Luangwa National Park
After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive before transferring to the airport for a chartered flight to Ndola, Zambia. Rejoin the train at Ndola Station and journey on toward Misundu. After Zambian/DRC border formalities, a formal dinner is served en route to Mushoshi.
Day 8 – Lubumbashi
Enjoy a drive through the city of Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rejoin the train and travel towards Lukuni. Lunch is served as the train passes Luishia, an old open-pit copper and cobalt mine. Later on, relax over dinner en route to Tenke.
Day 9 – Copper Mine
Disembark at Kolwezi for a visit to a copper mine in an area that holds one of the world’s largest known copper and cobalt resources. Enjoy brunch at Katebi Lodge before returning to the train to depart for Kasombo. Later in the evening, dinner is served as we journey on to Mutshatsha.
Day 10 – At Leisure
Breakfast is served until 10:00am, followed by lunch in the dining car, as the train passes Kakopa en route to Malonga. Relax with afternoon tea before an African-themed dinner is served en route to Dilolo on the DRC/Angola border.
Day 11 – Luau
After breakfast, Angolan border formalities take place. Enjoy a walking tour of Luau, the start of the Benguela line. The train departs for Luena as lunch is served in the dining cars. Tea is served as the train travels alongside the Cassai River. The catchment of the Cassai River encompasses a vast eco-region of 900,000 square kilometers with an incredibly rich fish fauna. As the train passes the villages of Cassai and Cameia, there is sometimes an opportunity to see the local fishermen at work. Dinner follows later in the evening en route to Luena.
Day 12 – Luena
Embark on a walking tour of Luena to learn more about the recent history of Angola. Depart for Tchicala Tcholohanga. Lunch is served in the dining cars, followed by afternoon tea and dinner as the train makes it way to Kuito.
Day 13 – Kuito
Enjoy a stroll through the town of Kuito, built in the historical heart of the Ovimbundu kingdom. Later, relax and enjoy the fabulous service and amenities offered on board as the train journeys onward to Huambo.
Day 14 – Huambo
Explore Huambo, the second largest city in Angola and one of the oldest kingdoms on the central plateau. Next, depart for Lépi as lunch is served. End the evening with a “1920’s” themed dinner in the dining cars en route to Caimbambo.
Day 15 – Lobito
Enjoy a final breakfast before arriving at journey’s end, Lobito Station, Benguela Province, Angola.
Note: This journey is also available in reverse.
2020 Dates:Dar es Salaam to Lobito
July 14 - 28
Lobito to Dar es Salaam
July 31 - August 14
2021 Dates:Dar es Salaam to Lobito
July 13 - 27
Lobito to Dar es Salaam
July 30 - August 13
2022 Dates:Dar es Salaam to Lobito
July 19 - August 2
Lobito to Dar es Salaam
August 5 - August 19
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