Journey Name: Cape Town – Dar Es Salaam  |  Journey Duration: More than 10 days
 
Overview:
This amazing 14-day journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous train journeys in the world. Starting in Cape Town, this splendid trip will take guests through the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria followed by a visit to Madikwe Game Reserve where the guests stay for 2 nights. The train then passes through Botswana into Zimbabwe where the magnificent Victoria Falls are located. After crossing the great Zambezi River, the train travels northeast through Zambia where guests can indulge in a peaceful bush walk at Chisimba Falls. The train then continues the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes. Descend into the Rift Valley itself and witness stunning scenery as the train makes its way to Dar es Salaam. Early on the last day, the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent offering a glimpse of the beauty of Africa – shortly before you arrive into the bustling city of Dar es Salaam. 
 
Train Departure Schedule :
2016
January - March
July - September
October - December
2017
January - March
July - September
October - December
 
 
Journey Dates :

Journey

Cape Town- Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam- Cape Town

 

2016

16-30 Jan

2-16 Feb

2-16 Jul

15-29 Mar

24 Sep-8 Oct

19 Jul-2 Aug

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11-25 Oct

 

2017

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31 Jan-14 Feb

1-15 Jul

18 Jul-1 Aug

30 Sep-14 Oct

17-31 Oct

 
Places Covered:
Cape Town, Kimberley, Pretoria, Tau Game Lodge,Gaborone, Victoria falls, Kasama, Makambako, Kiduna, Tazara
 
Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1

11h00 Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa.
18h00 Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village. Dinner and overnight on the train.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)

 Day 2

14h00 Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing 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). Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld. Dinner and overnight on board.  

Day 3

10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 14h15. 18h00 Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. Dinner and overnight on board.

 Day 4

11h00 Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

 Day 5

Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.

 Day 6

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast until 09h30.
10h30 Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana.
13h30 Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.

 Day 7

Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.  

Day 8

12h00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.
16h00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.

 Day 9

Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc).
16h00 Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia. 

Day 10

Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.  

Day 11

Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.  

Day 12

08h00 Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls. 11h00 Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border. 

Day 13

09h00 Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.
10h30 Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.
Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.

 

Day 14

Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting). Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop.

Day 15

06h30 Depart Gwata in and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast. 07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h30. 10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This journey is also available in reverse.  

 
Price:

Cape Town- Dar es Salaam
Available in reverse

 

Pullman Suites

Deluxe Suites

Royal  Suites

2016

Per person on Twin Sharing basis

US$11850  *$4500

US$15300

*$6200

US$20550 *On request

2017

Per person on Twin Sharing basis

US$12450  *$5530

US$16500  *$7150

US$21550 *On request

*Single Supplement


 
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation 
  • All meals including alcoholic beverages whilst on the train
  • All excursions as specified 
 
Route Map
 
  • One of the most famous rail journeys in the world
  • A visit to Kimberley Diamond Mine and Museum, one of the best in the world
  • Two-night stay at five-star Tau Game Lodge, with four game drives and all meals included
  • Overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel with plenty of time to explore the falls
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
  • Chisimba Falls excursion
  • Spectacular scenery at the Rift Valley as the train negotiates the tunnels and viaducts