12:00 The Pride of Africa departs Dar es Salaam and travels the TAZARA line. During the late afternoon the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve – the largest in Africa at 55 000km². For a few hours wild animals can be seen from the train. Overnight on board at Mlimba. (Breakfast 07:00-10:00, Lunch 13:00, Tea 16:30, Dinner 19:30)
Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting). Descend into the Udzungwa Mountains and Rift Valley.
The train travels the Rift Valley to Makambako. 09:00 Guests may enjoy a stroll through the town of Makambako – time permitting. Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian as the train travels via Mbeya to Tunduma for the overnight stop.
Tanzanian and Zambian border formalities take place. 14:30 Disembark at Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls. 18:00 Return to train and depart Kasama. Overnight on board at Mununga.
Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian. The train passes through Kapiri Mposhi to Ngwerere for the overnight stop.
The train travels through Lusaka, capital of Zambia and crosses the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian as the train makes its way to Zimbabwe and overnights at Makoli.
10:00 Arrive at Livingstone then cross the bridge and arrive at Zimbabwean border for passport formalities. 11:00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. Disembark and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch. 16:00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.
Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc). 16:00 Meet on the platform and depart Victoria Falls. Travel southeast along the edge of Hwange Park towards Bulawayo.
Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given by the on-board historian. The train heads southwards through Francistown and Serule, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye to Gaborone.
10:00 Disembark at Gaborone and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Lodge. Border formalities will take place en route and guests are required to present themselves to the officials. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.
Early morning game drive (approximately 2 hours) followed by breakfast until 09:30. 11:00 Depart the lodge and transfer to the train at Zeerust. The train traverses the Magaliesberg Mountains – a range of low hills stretching 120 kilometres due east-west from Pretoria to Rustenberg. Dinner and overnight on board.
10:00 Arrive at Rail station in Pretoria. Disembark for city tour. 13:00 Lunch on the platform followed by a walking tour of the station and the locomotive workshops (weather permitting). 15:00 Depart Pretoria and travel south towards Kimberley. Dinner and overnight on the train.
10:00 The train arrives in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Mine Museum. 12:30 Depart Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein.
08:30 Enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. 10:30 The train departs for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester. 18:00 Arrive at Cape Town Station’s Platform 24.
AN EXCLUSIVE BAND OF INTREPID TRAVELLERS ON A WORLD FAMOUS JOURNEY. This epic 15-day train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania and is one of the most famous in the world. The sojourn begins in Dar es Salaam and traverses the Selous Game Reserve – the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa. Climbing again to the Tanzanian border then descends into the Great Rift Valley passing through tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. Before crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train joins the Tazara line in Zambia and continues to Chisimba Falls where guests enjoy a bush walk. Continue into Zimbabwe where guests stay overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Finally taking guests to the capital city of Pretoria for short tours followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve and the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley before the bustling arrival in Cape Town the following day. Available in reverse.
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