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Rovos Rail Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

Inspirational holiday to Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Step back in time to a bygone era and journey through Africa on the Rovos Rail, a luxury train offering excellent service, gourmet cuisine and lavish suites. In addition, you will also tag on nights in Cape Town. This epic train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. The luxury rail adventure begins in Cape Town taking you to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria for short tours followed by 2 nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Continue through Botswana into Zimbabwe where you will overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls where you will enjoy a bush walk. The train climbs to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Rift Valley negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. Climbing again, it traverses the Nyerere National Park (previously Selous) - the largest on the continent- before the bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam.

Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International
  • 2 nights - Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 15 nights - Rovos Rail, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Ends - Transfer to Dar es Salaam for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Nights Icon 17 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
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  • Be transported to a bygone era on the elegant Rovos Rail
  • The contrasting landscapes of 5 African countries
  • Enjoy gourmet cuisine in the elegant, wood-paneled dining cars
  • See the Big 5 in the Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Explore Cape Town, one of the worlds most beautiful cities
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Cape Town International

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Day 1 - 3

Arrive at Cape Town Airport where you will be met and privately driven to your hotel in Camps Bay.

  • 2 nights

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Bed & Breakfast | Classic Room
South Africa

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Day 3 - 18

Today you will journey to Cape Town Station and board the Rovos Rail Journey to Dar es Salaam. 2 nights will be off the train at a safari lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve and 1 night at a hotel at Victoria Falls.

  • 15 nights

Rovos Rail
All Inclusive | Pullman Suite
South Africa

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Day 18

Your journey will end at the station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. From here you will be driven to the airport for your international flight home.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Safari activities at Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages in Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Madikwe
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  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
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  • Shark Diving Icon Shark Diving
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Golf Icon Golf
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Wine Tour Icon Wine Tour
Enriching encounters


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  • Orca
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Great White Shark
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  • Cape Fur Seal
    Cape Fur Seal
  • Baboon
  • African penguin
    African Penguin
  • Southern right whale
    Southern Right Whale
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