Rovos Rail - Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Details & Itinerary

Travel on the iconic Rovos Rail as you begin with their two-night Cape Town Journey, enjoying one or two nights at Sheraton Hotel with an informative Pretoria tour followed by three nights on an exciting journey into the thundering Victoria Falls. An experience with Rovos Rail takes you on an unforgettable adventure with the extravagant elegance of a bygone era.

Days: Nine

Countries: Namibia/South A.

Departures: Selected Days

Day One: Check-in At Rovos Rail

  • 10h00 Check-in at the Rovos Rail Lounge across the Railway Station in Cape Town.

  • 11h00 Depart from Platform 23 at Cape Town Station. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

  • 13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

  • 15h00 The train reaches Worcester in the Hex River Valley before climbing ±750m up the face of the escarpment.

  • 15h30 The train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The last tunnel is 13.5 kilometres long so guests are to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights.

  • 16h30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

  • 17h45 Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.

  • 19h00 Depart Matjiesfontein. Continue overnight through the Karoo.

  • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kimberley. Overnight on board.

    Day Two: Kimberly – Big Hole

    • 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

    • 12h30 Lunch is served in the dining cars.

    • 14h30 Arrive Kimberley. Disembark for a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.

    • 16h00 Depart Kimberley. Ten minutes after leaving Kimberley, a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000).

    • 16h30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

    • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp. Overnight on board.

    Day Three: Arrival Into Pretoria

    • 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Travel northeast through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.
    • 12h00 The train arrives at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Transfer from the Station to your hotel.

    Day Four: Journey Into Zimbabwe

    • Breakfast at the Hotel.
    • Transfer from the hotel to the Rovos Rail Station.
    • 10h00 Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria, and travel to Zimbabwe. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
    • 13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. Travel through Warmbaths (so named for its mineral waters) and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train passes the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously.
    • 16h30 Tea in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
    • 19h30 Dinner is served. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the Zimbabwean border. Overnight on Board.

    Day Five: Exploring Zimbabwe

    • 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train travels on the BBR railway line via West Nicholson.

    • 13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train passes Bulawayo, the industrial capital of the country.

    • 16h30 Tea in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

    • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mpopoma. Overnight on board.

    Day Six: Exploring Zimbabwe

    • 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

    • 13h00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of Hwange Park.

    • 15h00 Disembark at Kennedy Siding. Enjoy a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park.

    • 19h30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction.  Overnight on board.

    Day Seven: Arrival At Victoria Falls

    • 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:30.

    • 10h00 Arrive at journey’s end at the incomparable Victoria Falls
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