4 Days / 3 Nights
Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
Situated in western Zimbabwe, the Hwange National Park is the country’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah lands and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Visitors can look forward to game drives, guided walks or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include: the Bumbusi National Monument and the Nyamandhlovu Pan.
DAY 1: VICTORIA FALLS
17:00: Depart from Victoria Falls Station, Zimbabwe. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
19:30: Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Malindi for overnight. Dress: Formal. Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport.
DAY 2: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
05:00: A continental breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure. Enjoy a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park 06:00 am
12:00: Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels between Dete and Gwaai along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and passes Bulawayo: second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country.
16:30: Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. The train travels baobab country.
19:30: Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to the border at Beitbridge. Dress: Formal
DAY 3: AT LEISURE ONBOARD BORDER: BEITBRIDGE, ZIMBABWE / MUSINA, SOUTH AFRICA
07:00: Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train crosses the Limpopo River to Musina. In Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, the ‘Elephant’s Child’ departs his family for the “great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, to find out what the Crocodile has for dinner.”
13:00: Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn.
16:30: Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars. Travel through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela) – so named for its mineral waters – and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north-flowing. Pass the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously.
19:30: Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Pyramid for overnight. Dress: Formal
DAY 4: PRETORIA
07:00: Please ensure that your luggage is ready for collection at 09:45 and that you have your passport. Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:30.
10:00: Arrive at the journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria
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