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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:
9-17 April 2020, 30 April-8 May 2020 & 7-15 May 2020
8 - 16 April 2021, 29 April - 7 May 2021 & 6 - 14 May 2021
Day 1 3pm Depart Pretoria from Rovos Rail’s private Capital Park station.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board.
Day 2 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
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.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining cars.
4.30pm Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board.
Day 3 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10am.
9am Disembark the train for a two hour walking tour of Upington (optional).
12.30pm Arrive in Nakop for border formalities with Namibia.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels the semi-desert of the Great Karoo.
4.30pm Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Holoog.
Day 4 6am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
8am Disembark from the train for an excursion to the spectacular Fish River Canyon (approximately one-hour transfer).
11am Return to the train. Depart Holoog.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.
3pm Visit Garas Park (Quiver Tree Forest/Giant’s Playground).
4.30pm Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train travels north through the Kalahari to Windhoek.
Day 5 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
9am Disembark at Windhoek Station. Visit the train museum followed by a city tour en route to the airport.
11am 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.
12.30pm After check-in, enjoy lunch at the restaurant.
4.30pm Afternoon desert drive and a bush dinner after sunset. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 6 5am An early wake-up call with tea and coffee at 05:30.
6am Enjoy a desert excursion with breakfast in the vlei.
11am Return to the lodge to use the facilities, check-out and transfer to the airstrip.
12pm Depart Sossusvlei in a light aircraft for the one-hour flight to Windhoek to rejoin the train.
1.30pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels to Otjiwarongo.
4.30pm Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars.
Day 7 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 09:30.
9.30am Transfer from Otjiwarongo Station to Mokuti Lodge in the Etosha National Park. Check-in and enjoy lunch.
3pm Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours).
7pm Dinner at the lodge and overnight.
Day 8 6am An early wake-up call with tea and coffee at 06:30.
7am Enjoy a game drive in the Etosha National Park.
9.45am Return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out.
11am Meet in the foyer to check out and transfer to the train at Otjiwarongo Station.
2pm Rejoin the train at Otjiwarongo. Enjoy lunch on board as the train departs.
4.30pm Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served. The train travels southwest towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 9 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train traverses the Namib Desert towards Walvis Bay.
12pm Arrive at journey’s end in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

WALVIS BAY - PRETORIA:
19-27 April 2020, 10-18 May 2020 & 17-25 May 2020
18 - 26 April 2021, 9 - 17 May 2021 & 16 - 24 May 2021
Day 1 12pm The Pride of Africa departs from Walvis Bay. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels east across the Namib Desert.
4.30pm Tea in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train travels northeast to Etosha. Overnight on board.
Day 2 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 09:30.
9.30am Transfer from Otjiwarongo Station to Mokuti Lodge in the Etosha National Park. Check in at Mokuti Lodge and enjoy lunch in the restaurant.
3pm Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours).
7pm Dinner at the lodge and overnight.
Day 3 6am An early wake-up call with tea and coffee at 06:30.
7am Enjoy a game drive in the Etosha National Park.
9.45am Return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out.
11am Meet in the foyer to check-out and transfer to the train at Otjiwarongo Station.
2pm Rejoin the train at Otjiwarongo. Enjoy lunch on board as the train departs.
4.30pm Tea in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board.
Day 4 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure at 09:00.
9am Disembark at Windhoek Station. Visit the train museum followed by a city tour en route to the airport.
11am Depart in a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Sossusvlei.
12.30pm After check-in, enjoy lunch at the restaurant.
4.30pm Afternoon desert drive and a bush dinner after sunset. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 5 5am An early wake-up call with tea and coffee at 05:30.
6am Enjoy a desert drive with breakfast in the vlei.
11am Return to the lodge to use the facilities, check-out and transfer to the airstrip.
12pm Depart Sossusvlei in a light aircraft for the one-hour flight to Windhoek to rejoin the train.
1.30pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels south through the Kalahari Desert.
4.30pm Tea in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. Overnight on board.
Day 6 6am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
8am Disembark the train for a visit to Garas Park.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining cars.
3pm Arrive in Holoog. Disembark and board vehicles for the one-hour drive to the Fish River Canyon.
6pm Return to the train. Depart Holoog. Travel east along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to the border.  
Arrive in Ariumsvlei and Nakop for immigration formalities just after midnight.
Day 7 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
9am Disembark the train for an optional two-hour walking tour of Upington.
1pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels the semi-desert of the Great Karoo.
4.30pm Tea in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served. The train travels towards De Aar, an important railway junction.
Day 8 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
12.30pm Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels in a northerley direction through Graspan.
2.30pm Arrive Kimberley. Disembark for a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole.
4pm Depart Kimberley. Travel through the Karoo.
4.10pm 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).
4.30pm Tea in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.
7.30pm Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train travels across the Northern Cape and continues its climb to Pretoria in the Gauteng province.
Day 9 7am Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train continues to travel northeast through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand via Krugersdorp, Germiston and Johannesburg.
12pm Arrive at journey’s end at the gracious Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria.
 
2020 Price:
Pullman Suite: R75 000
Deluxe Suite: R111 000
Royal Suite: R149 000
 
2021 Price:
Pullman Suite: R81 500
Deluxe Suite: R120 000
Royal Suite: R162 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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