Lobito to Victoria Falls: Copper Trail


The Tour

Join Rovos Rail on this brand-new for 2022 15-day Lobito to Victoria Falls: Copper Trail epic trek from the Atlantic Ocean to the African heartland. Journey through Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  The journey begins in Lobito and ends at the majestic Victoria Falls.

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The Itinerary

Day 1 – Lobito
The train departs from Lobito. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers. Lunch is served in the dining cars as the train travels through the Benguela province.  Enjoy afternoon tea and a lecture in the lounge car, followed by a formal dinner in the dining cars as the train crosses into the Huambo province.

Day 2 – Huambo
After breakfast in the dining car, enjoy a tour of Huambo, the second-largest city in Angola and one of the old kingdoms on the central plateau.  Afterwards, depart for Boas Agus as lunch is served in the dining car.  After dinner, relax on board as the train journeys on to Kuito.

Day 3 – Kuito
Enjoy a stroll through the town of Kuito, built in the historical heart of the Ovimbundu kingdom.  Depart for Savinguila as lunch is served in the dining cars. Enjoy afternoon tea service before dinner as the train weaves toward Luena.

Day 4 – Luena
Enjoy a walking tour of Luena to learn more about the recent history of Angola.  Lunch follows as the train travels on toward Cameia, alongside the Cassai River.  The catchment of the Cassai River encompasses a vast eco-region of 560,000 miles (900,000 square kilometers) with an incredibly rich fish fauna.  There may be an opportunity to see the local fishermen at work.  In the evening, a formal dinner is served en route to Luau on the Angola border.

Day 5 – At Leisure
After crossing the DRC border, lunch is served as the train moves toward Malonga.  Take some time to relax and enjoy a leisurely day on board before settling in for an “African” themed dinner in the evening.

Day 6 – At Leisure
Enjoy another day in luxury as the train travels on toward Mungulunga, Mutshatsha and finally Kolwezi.

Day 7 – Copper Mine
Disembark at Kolwezi for a visit to a copper mine in an area that is home to one of the world’s largest known copper and cobalt resources.  After brunch at Katebi Lodge, return to the train and depart for Kazembe.

Day 8 – Lubumbashi
Enjoy a drive through the city of Lubumbashi, considered the mining capital of the DRC.  Return to the train and depart for Mushoshi. A formal dinner is served in the evening as the train travels toward Sakania, on the DRC border.

Day 9 – South Luangwa National Park
Disembark and transfer to Ndola Airport for a chartered flight to the South Luangwa National Park.  Enjoy lunch upon arrival followed by check-in.  In the afternoon, embark on a game drive in the Luangwa Valley, followed by dinner and overnight at the camps.

Days 10 & 11 – South Luangwa National Park
On both of these days, enjoy an early morning game drive (approximately 3 hours) before returning for brunch.  Take the afternoon at your leisure to relax and enjoy the park.  Tea service and an afternoon game drive follow before dinner in the evening back at camp.

Day 12 – South Luangwa National Park
After breakfast, enjoy a final game drive in the park before transferring back to the airport for a flight to Ndola, Zambia.  Rejoin the train at the station and venture onward to Kapiri Mphoshi.

Day 13 – Lusaka and Kafue
Disembark at Lilayli for a morning visit to the Orphan Elephant Project.  The Lilayi Elephant Nursery is one of only three of its kind in the world.  Through their partnership with Game Rangers International, a non-profit conservation organization, Lilayi Lodge is giving orphaned elephants a home and family, with the goal of eventually re-introducing them to the wild.  After, return to the train and travel to Kafue.  Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Kafue River before settling back in on the train in time for dinner.

Day 14 – Choma
The train departs from Kafue Station crossing the Kafue railway bridge, a 1,500-foot (477-meter) long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans, each at 110 feet (33 meters), supported on concrete piers. Arriving in Choma, enjoy a short walk to the Choma Museum and Craft Center.  Established in 1988, the museum displays the cultural heritage of the Tonga tribe of the Southern province of Zambia.  In the evening, enjoy a “1920s” themed dinner.

Day 15 – Victoria Falls
Arrive at Livingstone for Zambian border formalities before our journey’s fantastic end at the incomparable Victoria Falls.

2022 Dates:

July 7-21 (Victoria Falls to Lobito)
July 25 - August 8 (Lobito to Victoria Falls)

2023 Dates:

July 4-18 (Victoria Falls to Lobito)
July 22-August 5 (Lobito to Victoria Falls)

The Prices

2022 Prices Price
Accommodations Double Single
Royal Suite


2023 Prices Price
Accommodations Double Single
Royal Suite

Prices are per person. A deposit of 25% is required at booking.


We work with the best hotels, lodges, tour and safari operators in the region. Contact us for more information about adding on to your Rovos Rail journey.

Latest News: IRT’s Angela Walker and Rachel Hardy recently traveled aboard Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa. Click here for part one of their report on the train, here for part two.

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The Highlights

  • Fifteen days aboard one of the world’s top luxury trains, with all meals and drinks included; complimentary mini-bar in your compartment
  • Three-night stay in South Luangwa National Park
  • Excursion to Victoria Falls
  • Visit to the Copper Mine outside Kolwezi, one of the largest copper resources in the world
  • Walking tours in Huambo, Kuito, Luena
  • Visit to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery
  • Visit to the Choma Museum and Craft Center
Formal dining car on Rovos Rail.
Formal dining car on Rovos Rail.
Leopard on safari.
Leopard on safari.
Guests enjoying the open-air platform on Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa.
Guests enjoying the open-air platform on Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa.
Rovos Rail over Victoria Falls.
Rovos Rail over Victoria Falls.