OverviewExperience a luxury rail journey of discovery through some of the most scenic areas of South Africa and Namibia, including Etosha National Park, on this 9-day train safari. Board the luxury Rovos Rail train and embark on a memorable and elegant journey across South Africa, through Namibia, and ending in Swakopmund. Stop along the way at Kimberley and the Big Hole, as well as the Fish River Canyon, before taking in the stark beauty of the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei. Stay overnight at a game lodge near the Etosha National Park before arriving in Swakopmund. SummaryTour Duration: 9 DaysDestinations Visited Etosha Namibia Sossusvlei Accommodations Visited Etosha, Namibia Mokuti Etosha LodgeRovos Rail Namibia, Sossusvlei Sossusvlei Lodge HighlightsEnjoy the timeless elegance on Rovos RailWatch the changing Southern African landscapeVisit the Kimberley Big Hole & Fish River CanyonGo game viewing in the renowned Etosha National Park
Day to dayItineraryDetailed breakdownDay 1: Set off in your luxury Rovos train | 1 DayUp arrowDepart from Pretoria’s Capital Park Station in the late afternoon. Experience the excitement and atmosphere of luxury rail travel as this historic steam locomotive hauls the train through some of the most historic and scenic areas of Southern Africa. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner in the oak-panelled dining car. Dress for dinner is formal as the evening recreates the romance of a bygone era. Day 2: Explore Kimberley & the Big Hole | 1 DayUp arrowThis morning, you’ll arrive in the famous diamond town of Kimberley for a brief morning excursion to the Big Hole Diamond Mine. Head back to the train before lunch to continue your journey towards Namibia. Day 3: Crossing into Namibia | 1 DayUp arrowThis morning stretch your legs with a tour of the South African town of Upington - a former mission station on the Orange River. Board the train again in the late morning and head towards the Namibian border. After some border formalities in Nakop your journey continues to Holoog Siding near the famous Fish River Canyon. Enjoy an evening on the train before leaving the next morning for Fish River Canyon. Day 4: Discover the Fish River Canyon | 1 DayUp arrowThis morning you’ll enjoy an excursion to the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, where you’ll have the opportunity to stand on the edge and marvel at the sheer size of this dramatic geological feature. This is followed by lunch at Canyon Lodge before you make your way back to the train to continue your journey to Windhoek via Keetmanshoop. Enjoy a walking tour of this small colonial town. Day 5: Fly to the Sossusvlei | 1 DayUp arrowArrive in Windhoek where you’ll enjoy a visit to the Station Museum before heading out for a city tour of this lively and cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour. Following the short tour of Namibia's capital, you'll board a light aircraft for a flight to the famous Sossusvlei sand dunes. Enjoy a scenic drive in the afternoon to marvel at the rugged terrain and large mountains. Day 6: Experience the massive sand dunes | 1 DayUp arrowSossusvlei, NamibiaWake up early to set out on excursion to view some of the world's highest sand dunes in the Sossusvlei region. Take a walk to the stunning Deadvlei - a clay pan dotted with dead camelthorn trees. Enjoy seeing the region by air as you fly back to Windhoek around the lunch hour to board your train and continue the journey north to Etosha National Park. Day 7: Arrive at the Mokuti Game Lodge | 1 DayUp arrowOn arrival at Tsumeb in the late morning you will be transferred to Mokuti Game Lodge in time for lunch. Mokuti Lodge is situated on the eastern edge of the game-rich Etosha National Park. You will then have some time to relax at the lodge and settle into your thatched chalet before being taken out on a game drive. Day 8: Explore the Etosha National Park | 1 DayUp arrowEtosha, NamibiaYou’ll start your day early with a game drive in the Etosha National Park before heading back to Mokuti Lodge for breakfast. Departure from Tsumeb by Rovos train will be at 13h00. Day 9: Conclude your rail trip in Swakopmund | 1 DayUp arrowArrive in Swakopmund - a perfectly preserved 19th-Century German town set between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean – where your elegant rail journey comes to an end.
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.