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Namibia Luxury Train Journey

Namibia

9 days from $7,995 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

8 Nights through South Africa & Namibia

Namibia Luxury Train Journey

This nine-day luxurious train journey aboard the Rovos Rail traverses from the savannahs of the highveld to the Atlantic Ocean. Travel through space and time as you visit Kimberley, site of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes, stare into the abyss of Fish River Canyon – second in size only to the Grand Canyon. The wide-open spaces of the Kalahari and Namib Desert will invite you in and the desert adapted wildlife species of the game-rich Etosha National Park will delight you– an unforgettable journey to a remarkable land.


Highlights

Explore the mine village of Kimberley, one of the world's famous diamond rushes.

Discover Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon and Garas Park with its Quiver Tree Forest.

Experience the dunes of the stunning Namib Desert and its 5 million year old red sand

Enjoy game drives through Etosha National Park and its incredible desert adapted species such as elephant, lion, giraffe, the bat-eared fox and the black-back jackal.

Accommodations

1. Rovos Rail

South Africa, Cape Town

Rovos Rail's unique rail safari combines some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. These beautifully restored trains can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. Use of traditional furnishings and period decor, with exquisite craftsmanship evident in fine wood paneling has ensured that the atmosphere of elegance and grandeur is still maintained. The air conditioned suites are the epitome of luxury and offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the ensuite bathrooms original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era with discreet and friendly service. Full breakfasts are served each morning with dishes made to order, while lunch and dinner are complemented by a selection of the finest South African wines. All meals are served in one sitting in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars. During the day, the dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal, with a jacket and tie required for the gentlemen and  cocktail or evening dresses for  the ladies. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board and the use of cellular telephones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites is confined to the privacy of the suites. 

2. Sossuslei Lodge

Sossusvlei

Situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

Each spacious and air-conditioned room features a patio from which you can enjoy views over the desert landscape.  Experience the true art of hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff who contribute to a truly memorable experience. Lodge facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

3. Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Namibia, Etosha National Park

On the eastern doorstep of world-famous Etosha National Park, lies Mokuti Etosha Lodge.  Charming thatched buildings in the classic safari style are nestled among vast indigenous gardens, lending credence to the name “Mokuti” which in Ovambo means “in the forest”. Beautifully appointed rooms are comfortably furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms with showers or baths, complimentary WiFi, television, air-conditioning and much more.

The Pool Bar & Terrace is open all day and serves à la carte snacks, teas and coffees as well as lunch. Spend your evenings around an open fire, or make a visit to the Marula Bar & Lounge or enjoy a round of pool or billards in the Billiards Room. Dinner is served in the Tambuti Dining Room and Terrace, the African Boma or even al fresco under the towering trees in the garden.

Itinerary

Day 1. Pretoria, South Africa

This morning depart on your exciting journey to Namibia on the famous “Pride of Africa” Rovos Rail train. This 9-day journey is a perfect journey through the highlights of Namibia. Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world. Rovos Rail's unique rail safari combines some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamor and excitement of the golden age of rail travel. The beautifully restored trains can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The atmosphere of elegance and grandeur is enhanced by period décor and traditional furnishings with exquisite craftsmanship. Full breakfasts are served each morning with dishes made to order, while lunch and dinner are complemented by a selection of the finest South African wines. All meals are served in one sitting in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars. During the day, the dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal, with a jacket and tie required for the gentlemen and cocktail or evening dresses for the ladies. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board and the use of cellular telephones, laptops and essentially anything that can disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites. (L,D)

Rovos Rail - Deluxe Suite

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Day 2. Kimberley

Arrive in Kimberley, the historical diamond rush city, this morning. Here you disembark for a tour of the “Big Hole” and the mine museum. The museum depicts Kimberley in its Victorian heyday during the greatest diamond rush in history. In the area is a church, digger’s tavern complete with honky tonk piano, the De Beers directors' private railway coach, shops, houses and other relics of the early mining days. Return to the train and 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. (B,L,D)

Rovos Rail - Deluxe Suite

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Day 3. Upington

After breakfast enjoy an optional 2-hour walking tour of the town of Upington. The town is known for its high-quality fruit production and delicious wines produced from the fertile soils found on the banks of the Orange River. This afternoon the train enters Namibia. High tea is served daily in the lounge and observation cars, and dinner is served in the dining cars, often a formal affair. (BLD)

Rovos Rail - Deluxe Suite

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Day 4. Fish River Canyon & Garas Park

Off train excursions today include a visit to the Fish River Canyon, second only to Arizona’s Grand Canyon in terms of size. The vast rocky landscape breaks up into a series of spectacular cliffs. Its size is impressive: 100 miles long, up to 16 miles wide and almost one third of a mile at its deepest. Also included today is Garas Park (Quiver Trees), home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. These prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach up to 5.5-yard-high, making for great photographic opportunities. (BLD)

Rovos Rail - Deluxe Suite

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Day 5. Windhoek / Sossusvlei

Arrive in Windhoek early this morning. Windhoek is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. Visit the Trans-Namib Transport Museum which outlines Namibian transport history, particularly that of the railway, followed by a city tour en route to the airport. Fly to Sossusvlei where the iconic red sand dunes tower more than 900 feet above the surrounding plains. Enjoy an afternoon desert drive and bush dinner after sunset. (BLD)

Sossuslei Lodge

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Day 6. Sossusvlei

An early wake-up call with tea and coffee and then you are off on a desert drive with breakfast in the vlei. The dunes of the Namib were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast. The sand here is over 5-million years old and is red due to its iron-oxide content. As the light changes during the day so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic color allowing for interesting photographs at any time. Return to the train via flight to Windhoek. The train travels onward to the next destination. (BLD)

Rovos Rail - Deluxe Suite

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Day 7. Etosha National Park

Arrive in the Etosha area and proceed to your overnight lodge accommodations. This afternoon a game drive reveals the incredible desert adapted species that call Etosha home. Keep a look out for elephant, lion, giraffe, the bat-eared fox and the black-back jackal. (BLD)

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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Day 8. Etosha National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive in Etosha National Park, meaning ‘Great White Place,’ the name refers to the Etosha pan, which makes up a large part of the park. Large mammals in the park include leopard, rhino, wildebeest, hyena, zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland. Return to the train for lunch and proceed through the Namib Desert towards the coast. (BLD)

Rovos Rail - Deluxe Suite

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Day 9. Walvis Bay

Your journey through the Namib Desert concludes this afternoon as you arrive in Walvis Bay. (B)

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Pricing

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Departure Dates Aug 28, 2020 - Aug 28, 2020
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