Rovos Rail Cape Town to Dar es Salaam luxury train journey through Africa

This Rovos Rail train journey invites you to travel on the most luxurious train in the world. An epic 14-day signature tour!

This luxury train travels through Africa from South Africa to Tanzania. One of the most famous train journeys with the incomparable luxury of the Rovos Rail vintage train.

This 14 day trip is the ultimate African safari, carrying a band of intrepid adventurers through the heartlands of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and onto Tanzania. It is designed for people who wish to re-live true adventure and romance in complete luxury, comfort and security.

The journey first travels through South Africa, visiting Majtiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley, Pretoria before having a two day safari in Madikwe Game Reserve. You then continue on via Botswana to Victoria Falls where you stay overnight at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel.

After time enjoying the various delights of Victoria Falls, you cross the mighty Zambezi river and travel through Zambia visiting the Chisimba Falls. The train climbs higher and higher into the midpoint of Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes. You descend into the Rift Valley itself and enjoy spectacular scenery. The train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the Rift Valley escarpment. On the final day you travel through one of the largest game reserves in Africa before arriving in bustling Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

You enjoy various lectures by an entertaining historian during the journey as well as plenty of off-train excursions.This luxury train trip is also available in reverse ending in Cape Town.

Choose between three different compartment sizes (all en suite):
Pullman suite (smallest compartment size),
Deluxe suite (more spacious) or
Royal suite (more spacious with bath in the en suite bathroom).

Departure Dates for the Rovos Rail Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

Cape Town to Dar es Salaam:
28 Sep-12 Oct 2019
27 Jun-11 Jul 2020, 26 Sep-10 Oct 2020
26 Jun-10 Jul 2021, 25 Sep-09 Oct 2021

Dar es Salaam to Cape Town:
15-29 Oct 2019
28 Jan-11 Feb 2020, 17-31 Mar 2020, 13-27 Oct 2020
26 Jan-09 Feb 2021, 12-26 Oct 2021

Please contact us about the available dates in 2021

Pre and Post tours for the train trip

We can tailor-make a variety of pre-train trips in Cape Town and we strongly recommend that you add on a safari in Tanzania at the end, visiting the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and perhaps Zanzibar for some post-trip relaxation.

See Day by Day
Day 1
Depart from Cape Town, Rovos Rail

Depart Cape Town at 11am on the Rovos Rail Dar es Salaam Safari. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining other guests in the midway Lounge car or the Observation carriage at the rear of the train. We pass through Worcester on the way to the village of Matjiesfontein. In the mid afternoon we reach the first of four tunnels which take us through the Hex River Pass. The third tunnel is 13.5km.

We arrive in Matjiesfontein in the early evening with time for a stroll through this quaint and historic little village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the hotel. Dinner is served on the train as we depart.

Day 2
Tour of Kimberley, Rovos Rail

Lunch is served and then the train arrives in Kimberley. Here we disembark and proceed for a tour of the city, the  Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum. We leave Kimberley in the late afternoon. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the left hand side facing forward. On most occasions there are spectacular flocks of Flamingos (approx. 23,000) to be seen here.  Dinner and overnight on the train.

Day 3
Arrive in Pretoria, Rovos Rail

Arrive in Pretoria. Light lunch is followed by a city tour of Pretoria. Depart from Pretoria in the early evening and continue northwards.

Pretoria lies only 45 minutes drive north of Johannesburg, and so can be used as an alternative overnight stay. Pretoria is famous for its historic sites and its flowering jacaranda trees in springtime when the city is blanketed with purple blossoms.

Day 4
Arrive in Zeerust, Tau Game Lodge

Arrive in Zeerust where we transfer by road into the Madikwe Game Reserve. Enjoy a two night safari at the  5 star Tau Game Lodge.

Madikwe is a malaria-free game reserve which has been the recipient of an ambitious and successful restocking programme, with game indigenous to the area. The 75,000ha malaria-free private reserve now boasts an excellent wildlife population including the ‘Big Five’. You can also expect to see its packs of wild dog which are regularly sighted, both black and white rhino, extensive plains game including sable, gemsbok, springbok and giraffe, as well as over 340 species of birds.

Day 5
On safari in Madikwe Game Reserve

Early morning game drive and evening game drive in open 4×4 landrovers.

Day 6
Transfer into Botswana, Rovos Rail

Today you have a final early morning game drive in the Madikwe Game Reserve and then transfer back to the train by road for a 1200 departure from Gaborone in Botswana. Border formalities en route.

Day 7
Travel through Zimbabwe, Rovos Rail

After border formalities from Botswana to Zimbabwe, we travel through Zimbabwe with morning & afternoon lectures provided by the historian.

Day 8
Arrive in Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail

Arrive at the impressive Victoria Falls. Transfer from the railway station to the Victoria Falls Hotel. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. At 6.30pm there’s an optional African Spectacular Show. Dinner and overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Day 9
Day at Leisure in Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail

Today you have the day at leisure. Optional tours include a tour of the Victoria Falls, a game of golf, Flight of the Angels, etc. Transfer to the station for a mid afternoon departure from the Victoria Falls for Zimbabwe and Zambian border formalities.

Day 10
Travel Past Lusaka, Rovos Rail

Today you pass through Lusaka in Zambia. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be on board with lectures in the morning and afternoon.

Day 11
Travel through Zambia, Rovos Rail

Today will be at leisure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be on board with lectures in the morning and afternoon.

Day 12
Visit to Chrisimba Falls, Rovos Rail

Disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls. Arrive at the Nakonde/Tunduma border for Zambian/Tanzanian border formalities in the mid afternooon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 13
Arrive in Makambako, Rovos Rail

Today you arrive in Makambako. Descend the spectacular pass to Mlimba and travel through the Selous Game Reserve.

Day 14
Arrive in Dar es Salaam

Today you arrive in Kiduna and continue the journey through Mzenga to Dar es Salaam with breakfast on board. You arrive at Tazara Station, Dar Es Salaam at 10am.

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Health requirements:
You are requested to have yellow fever innoculations before commencing the journey. Precautions against Malaria are advised.
You can also book a tour of Cape Town prior to the departure of Rovos Rail. Visas to be purchased and paid for prior to departure for Africa.
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