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Namibia Itinerary - Epic Journey of Discovery to (or from) Pretoria to Walvis Bay (Namibia) on the luxurious train, Rovos Rail, visiting Fish River Canyon, Keetmanshoop, Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Etosha and Swakopmund.

 Rovos Rail luxury train
 
From its home at Capital Park, Pretoria, Rovos Rail invites you on a journey of discovery through some of the most historic and scenic areas of Southern Africa. For nine days and eight nights, the train will carry you in world-class style and comfort from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean, reuniting by rail the republics of South Africa and Namibia.

The 3 400-km annual journey takes the train from Pretoria to Kimberley, center of one of the world's most famous diamond rushes, where there's an opportunity to visit the Mine Museum village and experience the atmosphere of the 1870's. Then it's on through the stark vistas of the arid Northern Cape to the spectacular Fish River Canyon – second in size and splendor to the Grand Canyon and Garas Park with its Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground. The train continues across the Kalahari Desert to Namibia's capital city Windhoek, a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavor.
 
A highlight of the tour is a 24 hour excursion to the world famous Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert surrounded by massive red sand dunes. After an overnight stay at Sossusvlei rejoin the train in Windhoek where the journey continues overnight to Tsumeb and the game rich Etosha National Park. A night is spent in the Mokuti Game Lodge on the eastern edge of the Park and the journey then continues on to Swakopmund (& Walvis Bay), a perfectly preserved 19th-Century German Hansa town set between the dunes of the Namib desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean. This is an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.

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Rovos Rail Luxury Namibia journey map

PRETORIA - WALVIS BAY:
4 - 12 April 2019, 25 April - 3 May 2019 & 9 - 17 May 2019
9-17 April 2020, 30 April-8 May 2020 & 7-15 May 2020
Day 1 3pm Depart Pretoria from Rovos Rail’s private Capital Park station.
Day 2 9.30am Ten minutes before arriving in Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the right hand side facing forward where on most occasions there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23 000).
9.45am Arrive in Kimberley.
Guests disembark and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city, the “Big Hole“ and the Mine Museum.
12.30pm Depart for Upington and travel the Karoo semi-desert.
Day 3 8am Disembark the train for a two hour walking tour of Upington (optional).
11pm Arrive at Holoog after border formalities at Nakop.
Day 4 8am Disembark from the train for an excursion to the spectacular Fish River Canyon (approximately one-hour transfer).
  In the afternoon enjoy a two hour walking tour of Keetmanshoop. Traverse the Kalahari.
3pm Visit Garas Park (Quiver Tree Forest/Giant’s Playground).
5pm Train departs for Windhoek
Day 5 9am The train arrives in Windhoek and do a Windhoek city tour.
11am Depart in a light aircraft for a 1 hour scenic flight to Sossusvlei.
Enjoy lunch, a desert drive and a bush dinner. Overnight in the lodge.
Day 6 6am Enjoy a desert excursion with breakfast in the vlei.
12pm Depart Sossusvlei with a flight to Windhoek and join the train.
1.30pm Lunch is served in the dining car/s as the train departs Windhoek for the game-rich Etosha National Park.
Day 7 9.30am Arrive in Tsumeb. Disembark for coach transfer to Mokuti Lodge in the Etosha National Park.
  Arrive at Mokuti Lodge for lunch, an afternoon game drive and overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 8 6am Morning game drive into Etosha Pan.
  Depart by coach from Mokuti Lodge and rejoin the train in Tsumeb.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining car/s while we depart from Tsumeb.
Day 9 12.30pm The train arrives in Walvis Bay.

WALVIS BAY - PRETORIA:
14 - 22 April 2019, 5 - 13 May 2019, 20 - 28 May 2019 & 9-17 July 2019
19-27 April 2020, 10-18 May 2020 & 17-25 May 2020
Day 1 12pm Depart Walvis Bay and enjoy lunch as the train leaves the Atlantic and traverses the Namib Desert to Etosha.
Day 2 9.30am Arrive in Tsumeb. Disembark for coach transfer to Mokuti Lodge.
  Arrive at Mokuti Lodge for lunch, an afternoon game drive and overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 3 6am Morning game drive in the Etosha National Park.
  Depart by coach from Mokuti Lodge and rejoin the train in Tsumeb.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining car/s while we depart from Tsumeb en-route to Windhoek.
Day 4 8am The train arrives in Windhoek and enjoy a city tour.
12pm Depart in a light aircraft for a 1 hour flight to Sossusvlei.
Enjoy lunch, a desert drive and a bush dinner. Overnight in the lodge.
Day 5 6am Enjoy a Sossusvlei desert excursion with breakfast in the vlei.
12pm Depart Sossusvlei for in a light aircraft for a 1 hour flight to Windhoek where you re-join the train.
2pm Depart Windhoek. Travel south through the Kalahari.
Day 6 8am Visit Garas Park (Quiver Tree Forest/Giant’s Playground). Depart for Holoog.
3pm Arrive in Holoog. Disembark from the train for an excursion to the Fish River Canyon. One-hour transfer to visit the Fish River Canyon.
7pm After returning to the train we depart Holoog, enjoy dinner on the train as it heads for the border along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.
Day 7 8am Disembark the train for a two hour walking tour of Upington (optional). Day at leisure as the train travels into the Great Karoo.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining car/s as we head towards Kimberley.
Day 8 2.30pm Arrive in Kimberley.
Guests disembark and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city, the “Big Hole “and the Mine Museum.
4pm Rejoin the train at Kimberley Station.
Ten minutes after departing Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the left hand side where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos.
Day 9 12pm Arrive at Rovos Rail’s Station at Capital Park, Pretoria.
 
2019 Price:
Pullman Suite: R68 600
Deluxe Suite: R102 900
Royal Suite: R137 200
 
2020 Price:
Pullman Suite: R75 000
Deluxe Suite: R111 000
Royal Suite: R149 000
 
Single Supplement +50% on all suites

Accommodation on board Rovos Rail:
All the suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. The wood paneled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodeled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
 
Rovos Rail - luxury train Pullman Suites accommodation

The Pullman Suites (±7 sq metres/±76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds (bunk) for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. These are ideal for single travelers due to their size.

Rovos Rail - luxury train Deluxe Suite accommodation
 
The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres/±118 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Rovos Rail - luxury train Royal Suite accommodation
 
The Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring ±16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

Please note:
Prices are for one way journey per person and includes accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, 24-hour full room service and limited laundry while on board the train, as well as excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide (where applicable) and government tax.
Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved.
Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.
Departure dates are specific.

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