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Luxury Namibia Train Journey

Inspirational natural wonders holiday to Namibia and South Africa

Step back in time to a bygone era and journey through Namibia on the Rovos Rail, a luxury train offering excellent service, gourmet cuisine and lavish suites. The train journey takes you from the savannahs of South Africa's Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, center of one of the world's famous South African diamond rushes where there is an opportunity to savor the 1870s atmosphere of the mining village. The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon - second in size to the Grand Canyon - and Garas Park with its quiver-tree forest. Continue then across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to a cheetah conservation project and a stop in Namibia's capital for a tour; Windhoek is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavor. Then it's a short flight to Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay followed by a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19th-century German Hansa town of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay - an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.

Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Johannesburg OR Tambo International
  • 4 nights - Rovos Rail, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1 night - Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Namibia
  • 2 nights - Rovos Rail, Windhoek, Namibia
  • 1 night - Etosha Safari Lodge, Etosha & Surrounds, Namibia
  • 1 night - Rovos Rail, Namibia
  • Ends - Transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Namibia, South Africa
  • Nights Icon 9 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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Highlights

  • Be transported to a bygone era on the elegant Rovos Rail
  • Marvel at Namibias exquisite landscapes
  • Enjoy gourmet cuisine in the elegant, wood-paneled dining cars
  • See the famed Sossusvlei sand dunes
  • A Big 5 Safari in Etosha National Park
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Johannesburg OR Tambo International

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Day 1 - 5

Arrive at Johannesburg Airport where you will be met and driven to Pretoria Station. Check into your suite on-board the Rovos Rail and depart on the Namibia Safari journey.

  • 4 nights

Rovos Rail
All Inclusive | Pullman Suite
South Africa

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Day 5

You'll arrive into Windhoek this morning where you will disembark for a tour. After your tour you will be transferred to the airport where you will board a light aircraft bound for Sossusvlei. You'll enjoy a desert drive and an overnight stay.

  • 1 night

Sossusvlei Lodge
Full Board | Standard Room
Namibia

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Day 6 - 8

After visiting the dunes you will fly back to Windhoek where you will board the train bound for the game rich Etosha National Park.

  • 2 nights

Rovos Rail
All Inclusive | Pullman Suite
South Africa

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Day 8

Today you will disembark for a game drive in Etosha National Park, following this you'll be transferred to Etosha Safari Lodge for the evening.

  • 1 night

Etosha Safari Lodge
Full Board | Standard Chalet
Namibia

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Day 9

Return to the train for your final night and your journey to the stunning scenery of the Atlantic Coast.

  • 1 night

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All Inclusive | Pullman Suite
South Africa

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Day 10

Traverse the Namib Desert towards Walvis Bay where you will complete your train journey and travel to Walvis Bay Airport. From here fly to Johannesburg Airport for your connecting flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the Rovos Rail
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
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Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • Quad Biking Icon Quad Biking
  • Desert Tours Icon Desert Tours
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walk
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Springbok
    Springbok
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Rock Hyrax
    Rock Hyrax
  • Ostrich
    Ostrich
  • Oryx
    Oryx
  • Meerkat
    Meerkat
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • Black Rhino
    Black Rhino
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