Relive the golden age of rail travel with this luxury train safari through South Africa and Namibia
Rovos Rail is recognised as one of the most luxurious trains in the world and is famous for their rail safari’s that leisurely transports guests across Africa. This unforgettable trip meanders 3,400km across the continent starting from the Highveld of South Africa and finishing at the Sea of Dunes bordering the Atlantic Coast in Namibia. Passing through 3 different deserts across South Africa and Namibia, you will not only be treated to the magnificent scenery rolling by but be taken on daily excursions to explore Namibia’s astounding landscapes and remarkable wildlife experiences.
Ticks for your bucket list:
- Take an all-inclusive luxury rail journey
- View the deepest hand-dug mine in the world
- Visit the largest canyon in Africa
- See the highest sand dunes in the world
- Enjoy six silver service dinners
- Explore a 900-year-old petrified forest
- Go to colourful Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
- Safari in the game rich Etosha National Park
- Visit the German Hansa town of Swakopmund
- 2019 trips sold out, book now for 2020
Cecil John Rhodes is famous for his dream to use the power of the steam engine to connect the vast African continent from north to south, and “Cape to Cairo” was the siren call driving transcontinental railway development at the end of the 19th century. The Cape to Cairo dream never did come to fruition, but its spirit persists and encapsulates the enduring love affair that South Africa has with luxury rail travel.
Two South African train services regularly feature among the top five most luxurious in the world, but for us, the rail safaris offered by Rovos Rail truly stand out. Rovos skilfully blends luxury rail with safari experiences and this tour of Namibia will wow guests as they are taken on an exploration of the unique landscapes, places, and animals that roam this hauntingly beautiful and mystical land.
The trip will, of course, also introduce you to some South African gems en route. These include Kimberley, the centre of the worlds-biggest ever diamond rush and home of the Big Hole, the deepest open cast mine dug entirely by hand. Before crossing the border to Namibia, guests will have the opportunity to tour Upington, famous for the wine produced on the desert flood planes adjacent to the Orange River.
It is however in Namibia that this trip comes into its own. Here you will explore the Fish River Canyon, the largest on the African continent and the second largest in the world, before stopping off at Garas Park with its Quiver Tree forest and the Giant’s Playground.
Crossing the Great Kalahari the trip take people to lively and cosmopolitan Windhoek. This compact city offers a rich fusion of African and German influences evident in its food, architecture and culture. The final leg of the trip takes guests on a safari in the famous Etosha National Park, a desert adventure in Sossusvlei and a visit to towns like Swakopmund and Walvis Bay on the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert.