Country
South Africa
Duration
12 Days/11 Nights
Travel Type
Rail & Hotels
 

Travel across the Drakensberg Mountains to join the Panorama Route with game viewing in Kruger. Tour Maputo, capital of Mozambique, before exploring the mountainous Kingdom of eSwatini. Enjoy a game drive at Kapama and a visit to an endangered species centre and the Great Zimbabwe Monument. Tour Antelope Park and Matobo National Par, a World Heritage Site. Continue to Hwange for game viewing before arriving in Victoria Falls for a walking tour of the village and the thunderous falls. End with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Antelope Park visit
• Bourke’s Luck Potholes visit
• Drakensberg Mountains
• Great Zimbabwe Monument tour
• HESC visit
• Hwange Reserve game drive
• Kapama game drive
• Kruger Park game drive
• Traverse the Limpopo province
• Mantenga Cultural Village visit
• Matobo National Park game drive
• Pilgrim’s Rest visit
• Pretoria
• Traverse eSwatini
• Swazi Candles visit
• Victoria Falls

Inclusions

11-night accommodation in selected suites on board of the Rovos Rail
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All beverage (except of international sparkling wines)
Room service
Limited laundry
Excursions with a qualified guide (where applicable)
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Government tax

Exclusions

International airfare – Transfers from/to airport or to/from the hotel – Pre and post tours – All off-train beverages – International sparkling wines – Gratuities to personnel & guides – Personal expenses – Visa if required – Travel insurance

Additional Information

Note

• Excursions may be changed according to the schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.
• Meals on board (unless adjusted): Breakfast 07:00-10:00 • Lunch 13:00 • Tea 16:30 • Dinner 19:30.
• Please check-in a minimum of one hour before departure. Should you wish to visit the Rovos Rail Museum or do a site tour at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, we suggest arriving two hours prior to departure. If Pretoria is your arrival point, we suggest delaying your pick-up so you can enjoy the site tour.
• Passports are required at check-in. No vouchers are required. Luggage will be tagged and placed in your suite on board the train where you will find a full itinerary pack.

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DAY 1 PRETORIA

10:00 Depart from Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Guest may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge cars. The train travels on the eastern line towards the harsh eMalahleni coal-mining area and Middelburg, known as the “stainless steel capital of Africa”. The Dutch railway building company, NZASM, built the eastern line between Pretoria and Lourenço Marques (Maputo) from 1893 to 1895.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Selected suites – Rovos Rail for 11 nights

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DAY 2 PANORAMA ROUTE

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09:00 Full-day tour of historical areas Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Graskop with lunch. The Graskop viewing lift (own account) descends 51m down the face of the gorge into the forest below where wooden walkways and suspension bridges meander along a 600m trail through the indigenous forest with an interactive exhibit.
18:45 Return to the train in Mbombela (140km). Depart for Malelane.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Pilgrim’s Rest is a living museum and declared a National Monument. Gold was discovered in this area in 1873
attracting 1500 prospectors. Today many of the restored miner’s houses serve as shops and restaurants.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve has the most spectacular viewpoints overlooking South Africa’s Lowveld, so named because it is much lower than the high escarpment along which the Panorama Route runs.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (border: Komatipoort, South Africa / Lebombo, Mozambique)

05:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
07:00 Full-day game viewing in the Kruger Park with lunch.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Depart for Maputo, Mozambique. Border formalities take place.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

The famous Kruger Park has 2-million hectares of an unrivalled diversity of life forms. It is a world leader in
advanced environmental management techniques and home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336
species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and
147 species of mammals including the Big Five.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 4 MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE (border: Goba, Mozambique / Mpaka, Eswatini)

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09:00 City tour of Maputo, Mozambique, with lunch.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Travel to Mpaka, eSwatini. Border formalities take place.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Capital of Mozambique, Maputo is a city of contrasts offering an exciting mix of cultures. Its architecture is a
blend of African, Portuguese and early Colonial traditions with old Catholic churches side-by-side with mosques, fortresses, Victorian mansions and other buildings from a bygone era.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 5 ESWATINI (border: Mpaka, Eswatini / Komatipoort, South Africa)

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
08:30 Disembark at Mpaka. Transfer (±90 min) to Swazi Candles and visit Mantenga Cultural Village with lunch at Mantenga Lodge.
13:45 Return to the train (±75 min). Depart for Hoedspruit. Border formalities take place.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) covers only 17 000km2, most of which is mountainous. For such a small country, it is surprising that it sustains two capital cities: Mbabane is the administrative capital and Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital. In April 2018, Swaziland changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini (meaning “place of the Swazi”) and is an absolute monarchy. It is landlocked and borders South Africa and Mozambique. Continue through the Ezulwini Valley to Swazi Candles where guests are invited to interact with the artisans as they make a variety of candles. Woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb basketwork are also on display. Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum of old traditions representing a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1800s. With the traditional artifacts on display, the village illustrates many facets of the ancient Swazi way of life: social, economic and religious. Mantenga Lodge is nestled in the mountains overlooking ‘Execution Rock’.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 6 KAPAMA RESERVE AND HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTRE

05:00 Continental breakfast is served in the dining cars until 05:30.
05:30 Game drive in Kapama Game Reserve followed by visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
12:00 Return to the train for lunch. Depart for Tzaneen and Louis Trichardt.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casuall.

Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species including the Big Five, approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species. The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species. Founded on passion, the centre has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities such as the educating of surrounding communities, tourism, breeding, rehabilitation and anti-poaching, to name a few.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 7 LIMPOPO PROVINCE (border: Musina, South Africa / Beitbridge, Zimbabwe)

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Day on board travelling to Rutenga in Zimbabwe.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Limpopo Province is located in the far north of South Africa and shares borders with three neighbouring countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. For this reason, the province is also known as the gateway to other African countries and also shares provincial borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Northwest. The Limpopo landscape varies from one area to the other from tropical forests, bush and shrubs to semi-desert areas with small trees and bushes and mountains to flat land. Limpopo is divided into five regions, strategically
located according to the cultural inhabitants. Capricorn is the central region predominantly occupied by the Bapedi people. Waterberg is the largest region with a majority of Tswana people. Vhembe in the far north is dominated by Vhavenda and Vatsonga. The Mopani region near the Kruger Park is Vatsonga whereas the Sekhukhuni region is dominated by Bapedi and Ndebele. Limpopo is the only province in South Africa with more than two cultural groups staying together in their original habitat in harmony. Other ethnic groups include English and Afrikaans people.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 8 GREAT ZIMBABWE MONUMENT

06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
08:00 Transfer to the Great Zimbabwe Monument for a tour with lunch.
17:00 Rejoin the train at Oreti Siding. Depart for Gweru.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Travel through attractive granite hill country to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a hugely impressive monument situated on the southeastern edge of the central plateau and the largest precolonial monument south of the Egyptian pyramids. A celebrated achievement of the African people and a place where magical fables such as the story of King Solomon’s Mines find their origins amongst the ruins of an ancient city built by the Rozwi people. Discover how these ancient people lived and mined gold and silver, which were ultimately taken out of Africa by Arabic and Portuguese traders.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 9 ANTELOPE PARK

06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
08:00 Depart for a full day at Antelope Park with lunch. Optional extras include canoeing, game drives, horseback game viewing, elephant interaction, bird-watching cruises and so on (see price list).
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Depart for Bulawayo.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is a unique game reserve and a haven of tranquillity welcoming guests and volunteer eco-tourists alike. It is home to the world-famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation programme, which is a multiphase lion conservation initiative. It is Africa’s first genuine programme working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 10 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
09:00 Full-day tour of Matobo National Park with lunch. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes as well as bushmen caves with rock art.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Depart for Kennedy.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal.

Matobo (or Matopos), meaning ‘bald heads’, was the name chosen for the area by the Ndebele King, Mzilikazi.
He is buried in the Matobo hills just a short distance from the park. It is an apt description of the dramatic hills
and granite rocks of this area. The park is also the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave at the summit of Malindidzimu – ‘hill of benevolent spirits’. He referred to this hill as having a view of the world. His grave is carved out of solid granite and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of boulders. A visit can be made to one of the more accessible bushman caves, of which there are many hidden amongst the hills. Matobo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 11 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

05:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
06:30 Full-day game viewing in Hwange National Park with a packed lunch.
16:30 Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Depart for Thompson’s Junction. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual.

Situated in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park covers 1 462 000 hectares making it the nation’s largest wildlife area. It contains a variety of animals and bird species but is well-known for its prolific lion population.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 12 VICTORIA FALLS

07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:30.
10:00 Arrive Victoria Falls Station. Check out of train and walk across to Victoria Falls Hotel (luggage can be stored on the train).
11:00 Meet for a walking tour of the village and the falls with lunch.
16:00 Meet at the hotel for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
18:30 Transfer back to Victoria Falls Hotel. Tour ends.

The above itinerary is available in reverse too (Victoria Falls to Pretoria).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

ROVOS RAIL

Each train has accommodation carriages, dining cars (±42 seats), a lounge car (±26 seats), small gift shop, smoking lounge (±11 seats) and observation car (±32 seats) with open-air balcony. Maintaining the spirit of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The three types of suites available – Pullman (7sqm), Deluxe (10sqm) and Royal (16sqm) – offer passengers privacy and comfort with double or twin beds and fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All have en-suites with shower, toilet, basin and bath (Royal only), tea facilities, safes, air conditioning, linen and amenities and are serviced daily. There is adequate storage and small cupboards with hangers and shelves.

The dining cars are made up of two-seaters and four-seaters where guests eat together or individually. The lounge and observation cars – with their big picture windows, sofas and booths – make for great mingling areas or quiet corners to while away the days.

Days on board are smart casual while evening attire is more formal. On long journeys you can enjoy themed evenings where guests can dress up accordingly or opt for smart casual.
An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes are a specialty. Meals are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. The bar menu is comprehensive although special items such as French Champagne would need to be requested in advance. Breakfast: 07:00-10:00 • Lunch: 13:00 • Tea: 16:30 • Formal Dinner: 19:30. Bar service is from 07:00-±01:00. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the itineraries.

PULLMAN SUITES

The Pullmans, used on the short journeys, accommodate one or two passengers and have an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. During the day, the suites have a comfortable sofa-seat with a conversion to double or twin beds (side-by-side or upper and lower bunks) for the evening. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. Please note in the animation that we indicate a bar fridge, however, these have been removed from the Pullmans.

DELUXE SUITES

The Deluxe Suites accommodate one or two passengers in double or twin beds and have their own lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

ROYAL SUITES

The Royal Suites each take up half a carriage with their own private lounge area and en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath, separate shower, toilet and basin. They accommodate one or two passengers in double or twin beds. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

Dates of departures 2025 – PRETORIA TO VICTORIA FALLS

January 9
March 13
April 10
June 5
September 4
November 4

Dates of departures 2025 – VICTORIA TO PRETORIA

August 21

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from

Train Package
Departures 2025 Double Single
 
Pullman Suites 12439 17829
Deluxe Suites 17179 24569

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.

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