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Rovos Rail

Topkwaliteit en Klasse

Reis stijlvol en comfortabel in de voetsporen van beroemde Afrika onderzoeker als Livingstone, Stanley en Selous en beleef een avontuurlijke, echt epische reis naar het hart van Afrika! Met een van de meest luxueuze treinen ter wereld van Kaapstad dwars door Zuid Afrika, Zimbabwe, Botswana en Zambia naar de havenstad Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania of in omgekeerde richting. De droomreis van menig Afrika liefhebber. Rovos Rail staat al jaren garant voor de allerbeste en meest luxueuze treinreis dwars door het continent.

Van Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) naar Kaapstad (Zuid Afrika)

De meest epische trein van Rovos rijdt elke jaar enkele keren tussen Dar es Salaam en Kaapstad. Van de oostkust van Tanzania naar de zuidkust van Zuid Afrika. De 15-daagse treinreis gaat door 5 landen: Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana en Zuid Afrika. U doorkruist de prachtige safari gebieden van Selous, de Rift vallei en bezoekt de watervallen van Chisimba. Bekende steden als Lusaka, Livingstone en Victoria Falls liggen op de route. De watervallen van Victoria Falls spreken als een "rook die dondert", voor zich! Soms logeert u een nacht buiten de trein in een safari lodge of hotel. Hwange National Park, Francistown, Gaborone en de Madikwe Reserve worden allemaal bekend terrein voor u, alvorens de Rovos trein Zuid Afrika bereikt.

Rovos Rail station

In Pretoria heeft Rovos Rail een eigen station! U wordt hier vrijwel altijd persoonlijk welkom geheten door de heer Ronan Vos, eigenaar van de Rovos Rail (nu weet u ook meteen waar de naam vandaan komt). Verder gaat het nog via Kimberley, met zijn big hole en diamant mijn, en Matjiesfontein naar de mooiste stad van Zuid Afrika: Kaapstad. Natuurlijk zorgen wij er voor dat u hier nog een aantal dagen kunt genieten van de omgeving, alvorens weer naar Nederland terug te vliegen.

Rovos Rail - Vertrekdata 2018

Van Dar es Salaam naar Kaapstad (15 dagen): 30 januari / 13 maart / 17 juli / 4 september / 16 oktober. Van Kaapstad naar Dar es Salaam (15 dagen): 13 januari / 2 februari / 30 juni / 18 augustus / 29 september    

Voorbeeldreis Rovos Rail – 18 dagen

 

Dar es Salaam – Selous NP – Rift Valley – Makambako – Chisimba Falls – Kapiri Mposhi – Lusaka – Kafue – Livingstone – Victoria Falls – Hwange NP – Francistown – Serule – Gaborone – Madikwe Reserve – Zeerust – Magaliesberg – Pretoria – Kimberley – Matjiesfontein – Kaapstad

 

Day 1 – Dar Es Salaam

Arrival to Dar Es Salaam. Check-in at hotel. Welcome Dinner (D)

Day 2 – Welcome aboard Rovos Rail!

Today your grand journey through Southern Africa begins, when your train rolls out of the large modern Chinese-looking TaZaRa train station of Dar Es Salaam. Settle comfortably into your luxurious suite compartment and enjoy the amazing landscapes unfold. Comfortably watch different game while you travel through Africa’s largest game preserve Selous, named after the famous 19th century hunter Frederic Selous. At the train station of Kisaki you can also often view Massai warriors in their precious garments. At evening, expect a delicious 3-course dinner in the marvellous train restaurant. (BLD)

Day 3 – Selous game reserve
In the morning you will go on a first small safari by 4×4 open vehicles. Light lunch will be served in the middle of this fascination landscape. (BLD)

Day 4-5 – From Rift Valley to Zambia

The railway line rises steadily uphill until your train reaches the volcanic mountain chain of Mbeya. Your train will take you on a breathtaking route through one of the most interesting geological regions of the world: through Rift Valley into Zambia. The Great Rift Valley is one huge crevice that runs from Jordan through the Red Sea to East Africa. The trains winds along steep slopes, passes through 23 tunnels and over countless bridges. In the morning you will reach the border to Zambia at Tunduma and travel through Northern Zambia’s vast uninhabited bush land plateau at an altitude of about 1,300 meters. Due to the dry, moderate climate Zambia is often referred to as the “air-conditioned state”. In the afternoon your Private Train reaches Kasama, where you will get off in order to visit the Chisimba Falls. (BLD)

Day 6-7 – On Livingstone’s footsteps through Zambia

Passing the dense Miomba forests your journey continues to Kanona. You will follow the footsteps of the great African explorer David Livingstone who lost his heart here to Africa. Literally speaking, because his loyal servants Sussi and Chuma buried Livingstone’s most important muscle in 1873 in this area. In Kapiri Mposhi the train switches from the TaZaRa line to the old colonial train tracks that were intended to be extended until Cairo. It was only in the 70’s that Chinese engineers built the TaZaRa line in order to connect the landlocked Zambia to ports on the East coast. It is an irony of history: The major railway project of the Imperialist Rhodes was continued by communist China. Via the capitol Lusaka and the Kafue River your train will reach on the next day the fertile Batoka-Plateau. (BLD)

Day 8 – The smoke and Thunder

In the morning you will reach Livingstone, until 1935 capitol of Northern Rhodesia. After a short, curvy ride another highlight of the journey awaits you: the drive over the spectacular Victoria-Falls Bridge connecting Zambia with Zimbabwe. The train will stop for an outing over the approximately 120 m deep gorge of the Zambesi, with the rising water vapor of the water falls as a picturesque backdrop. After settling the border formalities, your train gently rolls into the small train station of Victoria Falls. After a two hour bus ride you will cross the border of Botswana, where you will reside at an idyllic first class lodge situated on the Chobe River. At sunset you will take a boat ride along the river on whose shores elephants, hippos, antelopes and many water birds gather in the cooler evening hours. (BLD)

Day 9 – Elephant Herds in the Chobe-National Park

Today you should get up early: in open vehicles you will enjoy a game drive through the game-rich Chobe-National Park. You will then enjoy the view during brunch on the terrace of the lodge before you return by bus to Victoria Falls. After a light lunch in the traditional Victoria-Falls Hotel you will be able to make a walk to the Victoria Falls. On a small path through the rain forest you will get to the edge of a washout, where the noise of the roaring spray of the Zambezi will reach you. In the afternoon you will view the traditional dances of the Shangaan from the train station in Victoria Falls and then continue your train journey. (BLD)

Day 10 – Through Matabele Land into the Kalahari

You will pass by Bulawayo, capitol of the Matabele province. Not far from the here Cecil Rhodes’ grave can be found. An on-board lecture will be devoted to his life. In the afternoon you will reach the border of Botswana. The border formalities will be comfortably taken care of on the train. Your journey will take you now past the Tropic of Capricorn into the wide plains of the Kalahari. (BLD)

Day 11 – 13 – On Safari

In the late morning your train will reach Gabarone, capitol of Botswana. For two days you will be off the train now and pass the near South-African border by bus. In the afternoon you will have your first game drive in open vehicles in the malaria-free Madikwe game reserve. South Africa’s fourth largest game reserve covers 76,000 hectares of game-rich bush and grass plains and due to its location it is secluded from the usual routes given by insider tips in South Africa. You will stay for 2 nights in a luxurious safari lodge. Meanwhile, your large luggage will remain under safekeeping in your private train suite. The 12th day of your journey will be at your disposal for wildlife observation. Your experienced ranger will share his knowledge with you about the habits of the wild animals and their tracks through the bush. With a little luck you will see lions, elephants, rhinos and perhaps even the rare leopard. Madikwe became famous thanks to Operation Phoenix which was successfully completed in 1997. As part of the world’s largest resettlement of wild animals, nearly 10,000 animals found new homes in Madikwe and thus they gave the region its original animal abundance. On the 13th day you will drive per bus to the small town of Zeerust, where your friendly train staff will welcome you back on board of Rovos Rail. (BLD)

Day 14 – Under steam to Pretoria

Before entering Pretoria’s stylish Rovos train station Capital Park reflecting the charm of the 30’s your train will be pulled on the last kilometres by an original, lavishly restored steam locomotive. At Capital Park you can, in addition to other historical locomotives, admire the heart of Rovos Rail: The workshop, in which the fine dark green salon and sleeping cars emerge from extensive manual work on the old, disused train cars. Afterwards a sightseeing tour of Pretoria will conclude your day including visits of the Union buildings and the residential house of Paul Kruger, the former president of the Transvaal Republic. (BLD)

Day 15 – A Diamond is forever

Before your arrival in Kimberley you will witness a real wonder of nature: tens of thousands of flamingos will appear like a giant pink band on the banks of a small lake. Shortly before noon your private train will reach the historical train station of Kimberley, the city of diamonds. At the end of the 19th century, the town experienced a real diamond rush, from which the diamond empire of De Beers emerged, led today by the Oppenheimers and founded by Cecil Rhodes. You can view the famous Big Hole, once the largest diamond mind in the world and visit the lovingly restored original buildings of Kimberley’s Belle Époque. In the afternoon your train will depart for the last great leg of the journey into the Cape lands. Enjoy your farewell dinner while on board of your rolling first-class hotel the sun dips the fascinating Karoo half-desert into red evening light. (BLD)

Day 16 – Capetown

In the morning your train will reach the small Victorian village of Matjiesfontein where you will have time to visit the railway museum and the venerable Lord Milner Hotel. After your train has passed the Hexriver Mountains you will now see green wine lands. Now it’s also your last opportunity to try one of the magnificent wines aboard your private train. In the late afternoon you will reach the final destination of your voyage: Cape town. Now it’s time to say good-bye to your train crew before you are escorted to your First-Class hotel at the famous Waterfront. Before the farewell dinner you will make a sun-downer trip to Signal Hill where you will find a spectacular view of the city’s sea of lights. (BLD)

Day 17 – Farewell to Africa

The morning is at your disposal to explore the city on your own. We recommend a cable car ride up Table Mountain or a visit to the fantastic botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch. In the afternoon you will be escorted to the airport, where your tour guide will bid farewell to you. This concludes an unforgettable African journey! (B)

 

Indicatieprijzen p.p. (bij twee samen reizenden)
Pullman Suite 11.195,-
Deluxe Suite 14.795,-
Royal Suite 19.295,-

Prijzen zijn o.m. afhankelijk van dollarkoers op het moment van boeken.

 

Inbegrepen:
Accommodation in Rovos Rail Suite; all meals; all alcoholic and other beverages; 24-hour full room service and bar facilities; limited laundry service; excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide (where applicable); entrance fees to places of interest; government tax. Accommodation and meals at the lodges, hotels, clubs or resorts; water and a limited wine selection at certain establishments.
Niet inbegrepen:

Staff gratuities; French Champagne; memorabilia purchases. Beverages (dependent); laundry; and telephone calls in the lodges or hotels. Internationale vluchten, verzekeringen, visa.

 

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