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9 DAY NAMIBIA SAFARI JOURNEY – Luxury Train Journey

Kimberley, Upington, Fish River Canyon, Southern Namibia, Windhoek, Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park
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Duration

9 Days / 8 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

KIMBERLEY

Synonymous with the birth of the international diamond trade, Kimberley is a picturesque little town with a big history. It was the first town to install electric street lights in the southern hemisphere and today it is the largest city and capital of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. Kimberly is renowned for the Big Hole, which is the largest man-made excavation in the world. Kimberley also featured prominently during the Anglo-Boer war when it was besieged by the Boers. Visitors can explore some of the most famous battle sites of the Anglo-Boer war fringing the town as well as soak up some impressive historical attractions scattered throughout the town.

UPINGTON

Originally called Olijvenhoutsdrift, the historic town of Upington is set in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Orange River Valley runs through the harsh and mysterious Kalahari landscape that surrounds Upington and it becomes obvious why this area is known as the Green Kalahari, with fertile valleys contrasted against semi-desert. Upington offers lush manicured gardens, stately trees lining wide boulevards and colourful flowers, creating a sense of peace and serenity. Meanwhile, the town’s bustling business centre provides visitors with more lively entertainment. Upington serves as the gateway to the impressive Augrabies Falls and to the expansive wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Visitors can learn about local history at the Kalahari Orange Museum, enjoy wine tasting at the local Orange River Wine Cellars, or take a sunset cruise down the Orange River on a floating bar.

FISH RIVER CANYON

Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon’s southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.

SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment stretching from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands, Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly changing landscapes. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape features the Naukluft mountains, Namib desert dunes, and the Fish River Canyon. Southern Namibia is dotted with quiver trees, covered in golden grasslands, and crowned with burnt red dunes fringed by blue sky-lines. A spectacular array of wildlife roams freely including klipspringer, oryx and kudu. Visitors can soak up the breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon, discover the wild desert horses near Aus, and explore the famous ghost town of Kolmanskop. Don’t miss the ancient ochre dunes of Sossusvlei.

WINDHOEK

Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

SOSSUSVLEI

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Situated in northwestern Namibia, the Etosha National Park offers a premier game viewing experience. The park’s diverse vegetation ranges from dense bush to open plains attracting a variety of wildlife. Located in the heart of the park is the Etosha Pan – a shallow depression that covers an area of 5000 square kilometres. Dry and shimmering for most of the year, the pans fill up with water after seasonal rains, making it the perfect habitat for wildlife. In the dry season, the wildlife is attracted to the perennial springs and waterholes that makes for excellent game viewing. Visitors can look forward to world-class game viewing including a variety of large mammals such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, zebra, giraffe, a diversity of birdlife such as flamingoes and pelicans.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • ROVOS RAIL - Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Exceptional train safaris combine some of Africa’s most magnificent scenery with travel aboard an authentically refurbished Edwardian-style train, accommodating up to 72 guests in the most spacious train suites in the world, each with its own en-suite bathroom and subtle modern conveniences. The eight scheduled journeys begin or end at Rovos Rail Station, the headquarters and private station of this independent railway company, which is situated in Pretoria.

Itinerary

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DAY 1: PRETORIA
DAY 1: PRETORIA

11:00 - Depart from Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Travel south via the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16:30 - Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal Please ensure that the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of your passport.

DAY 2: KIMBERLEY
DAY 2: KIMBERLEY

07:00 - Breakfast is served in the dining cars.

09:45 - Enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.

13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining cars. The observation car will be leading the train until after tea. Travel through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoo system.

16:30 - Tea in the lounge car and observation car at the front of the train en route to De Aar, an important railway junction.

19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

DAYS 3 - 4 : FISH RIVER CANYON, SOUTHERN NAMIBIA
DAYS 3 - 4 : FISH RIVER CANYON, SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

DAY 3: UPINGTON (BORDER: NAKOP, SOUTH AFRICA / ARIAMSVLEI, NAMIBIA)

07:00 - Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

09:00 - Disembark the train for an optional two-hour walking tour of Upington.

13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining cars. Border formalities with Namibia.

16:30 - Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car at the rear of the train.

19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Holoog. Dress: Formal

Attorney General of the Cape, Sir Thomas Upington was principally responsible for liquidating the business activities of all the Orange River pirates and capturing their leader, Klaas Lucas. When the desperadoes were finally chased away in 1884, the town was founded on the banks of the Orange River and named in his honour.



DAY 4: FISH RIVER CANYON & GARAS PARK

Please wear comfortable non-slip walking shoes for the excursions today.

06:00 - Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.

08:00 - Board vehicles for the one-hour drive to the Fish River Canyon. Return to the train at 11:00.

13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels along the southern reaches of the Kalahari Basin.

15:00 - Visit Garas Park (Quiver Trees), home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. The prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach up to 5m making for great photographic opportunities.

16:30 - Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining cars. The train travels north through the Kalahari. Dress: Formal

DAYS 5 - 8 : WINDHOEK, SOSSUSVLEI, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
DAYS 5 - 8 : WINDHOEK, SOSSUSVLEI, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: WINDHOEK & SOSSUSVLEI

Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay in Sossusvlei. Tog bags have been placed in your suite for your convenience. See below for inclusions/exclusions.

07:00 - Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:00.

09:00 - Disembark at Windhoek Station. Visit the train museum followed by a city tour en route to the airport.

11:00 - Depart in a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Sossusvlei.

12:30 - After check-in, enjoy lunch at the restaurant.

16:30 - Afternoon desert drive and a bush dinner after sunset. Overnight at the lodge. Dress: Casual



DAY 6: SOSSUSVLEI

Please ensure your overnight bag is ready to be collected from your suite before the drive. Time of drive to be confirmed. Bags will be stored in the lodge’s baggage area before being loaded into the aircraft.

An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a desert drive with breakfast in the vlei.

11:00 - Return to the lodge to use the facilities, check-out and transfer to the airstrip.

12:00 - Depart in a light aircraft for the one-hour flight to Windhoek.

13:30 - Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels to Otjiwarongo.

16:30 - Tea is served in the lounge and observations.

19:30 - Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal



DAY 7: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay in Etosha. See below for inclusions/exclusions.

07:00 - Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.

10:30 - Transfer (120 min) to Mokuti Lodge in Etosha National Park. Check-in and enjoy lunch.

15:00 - Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours).

19:00 - Dinner at the lodge and overnight. Dress: Casual



DAY 8: ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Please ensure your overnight bag is ready to be collected from your suite and proceed to checkout by 10:45. Your bag will be loaded into the vehicles. Time of game drive to be confirmed. An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a game drive in the Etosha National Park.

09:45 - Return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out.

11:00 - Meet in the foyer to check out and transfer (60 min) to the train at Tsumeb Station.

13:00 - Lunch is served in the dining cars.

16:30 - Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.

19:30 - Dinner is served. The train travels southwest towards the Atlantic Ocean. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual

DAY 9: WALVIS BAY
DAY 9: WALVIS BAY

Please ensure your luggage is ready for collection at 11:45 and that you have passport.

07:00 - Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Traverse the Namib Desert towards Walvis Bay. The observation car will be at the front of the train for last stretch – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy.

12:00 - Arrive at journey’s end in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Included/Excluded

  • 8 Night's Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All beverages onboard
  • Room service
  • Limited laundry
  • Excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable.)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Onboard historian
  • Hairstylist and doctor
  • Government tax
  • INCLUDED in off-train
  • Accommodation
  • Overnight bag
  • Meals, water, tea/coffee, and breakfast juices.
  • Snacks and drinks on a sunset cruise.
  • International Flights
  • French Champagne
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation, flights, and transfers.
  • EXCLUDED from off-train accommodation:
  • All other beverages
  • Meals at unspecified venues.
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

Kimberley, Upington, Fish River Canyon, Southern Namibia, Windhoek, Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park

FAQs

NOTES
The train runs on scheduled departure dates.
Journey available in reverse departing Walvis Bay and ending in Pretoria. Please request scheduled departure dates.
Single supplement and children rates available on request.
Child policies are applicable.
The above rates valid for 2021only, please request rates for 2022.
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
The onus is upon the client to ensure passports and visas, as may be required, are valid prior to departure for Africa.
On various journeys, we travel to South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, DRC, and Angola. Some nationalities are eligible to purchase port-of-entry visas.
Immigration forms will be available onboard.
Please ensure you have a minimum of US$200 in cash with you. Angolan and DRC visas must be obtained prior to travel.
We request that Tanzanian visas are obtained prior to travel when possible.
Passports must have at least five blank VISA pages and must be valid for at least six months from your return-home date.
We wish to bring to your attention that Rovos Rail is solely reliant on the traction and railway services provided by the countries through which we travel.
Our hands are regrettably tied when these services fail, be they due to locomotives, signals, overhead power-cable damage and/or theft, vandalism, electricity outages, railway tracks or issues with drivers, etc. Delays can occur due to our reliance on these national organizations.
Rovos Rail is not responsible and cannot be held liable for any delays or changes in tour arrangements that may be caused by natural or other factors beyond our control.
Rovos Rail reserves the right to cancel or amend our routing, any excursions, and the tour departure dates provided we can offer clients alternative excursions or departure dates.
Rovos Rail and Shongololo Express do accommodate children but we kindly ask parents to be sensitive to the adult nature and atmosphere of the train by keeping them respectful and quiet. Long journeys are not recommended for under 13s.
Children between 0-2 years old are not permitted to travel. There are no childminding facilities or activities available for children on board.
We allow a maximum of two guests sharing per suite/cabin.
Should there be a child under the age of five, he/she will be allowed to share with two adults (in a Deluxe, Royal or Emerald category only).
However, should there be a child over the age of five, he/she should have his/her own suite/cabin (conditional).
Should parents not feel comfortable with this option, one of the parents could then share with the child.
**T’s & C’s apply. Deposits & Cancellations Policies are contingent on THOSE provided by suppliers (i.e. lodges, transfer companies, airlines etc.) and are subject to change without prior notice.**
DEPOSITS
10% Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking.
Balance of deposits are dependent on THOSE required by suppliers and advised to client upon enquiry.
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
55-49 days: 50% refund of payment EXCLUDING non-refundable deposit.
48-42 days: 25% refund of payment EXCLUDING non-refundable deposit.
41 days or less: 0% refund of payment EXCLUDING non-refundable deposit.
In case of NO SHOW on the date of tour departure, the client forfeits 100% of the total payment.
Covid cancellation policies will be advised upon enquiry.

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