Spanning 3,400km, and taking nine days to complete, the Namibia Safari is undoubtedly one of Rovos finest rail odysseys. You will journey from the savannahs of Highveld to the Atlantic on the continent’s west coast, along the way seeing the best Africa has to offer. From incredible wildlife to endless wildernesses, jaw-dropping mountains to fertile valleys, this truly is the journey of a lifetime, and to do it from the comfort of a world-beating luxury train only makes it even more enticing.
Arrive at Pretoria Rovos Rail Station for a mid-afternoon departure, heading southwards to the goldfields of the Witwatersrand. Spending the day on board, you will have time to soak up the atmosphere of the wonderful Rovos carriages, artworks in their own right, with lunch, tea and dinner all served at various stages throughout the day and into the evening.
Following breakfast, the train pulls into Kimberley to see the Big Hole the world’s largest man-made excavation site and the Diamond Museum. Early afternoon you will then climb back aboard, and head for Upington, a route that forges a path directly through the atmospheric Karoo semi-desert.
After breakfast there will be an optional walking tour of Upington, before the train again departs heading for the international border at Nakop, where customs formalities will take place at night. En route, lunch, tea and dinner will be served at various stages, affording you ample time to relax, watch the incredible scenery pass by, and get to know your fellow passengers.
A morning visit to the famous Fish River Canyon will start the day, and then the train heads through the Kalahari on its way to Keetmanshoop, departing a little before midday. Arriving into the town mid-afternoon, you can choose a two-hour walking tour of Keetmanshoop, or to spend the time at your leisure, before climbing back on the train for dinner in the evening.
Today you will have the opportunity to partake in a morning tour of Windhoek city, before boarding a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Sossusvlei, where you will eat lunch, take a desert drive, and then relish in a traditional bush dinner in the evening, and stay overnight.
An early rise will be followed by the Sossusvlei drive, with breakfast served by the vlei, taking you back to the airstrip. Once onboard the small plane, the flight time back to Windhoek will be one-hour, ensuring you are on the ground in plenty of time for a mid-afternoon rail departure as the journey begins to head north towards Tsumeb, with dinner served in the evening.
Expect a leisurely morning and breakfast as you get to Tsumeb, with a transfer to Mokuti Lodge and the game-rich Etosha National Park, where you will indulge in a sumptuous lunch, embark on another game drive, and stay overnight, with dinner included.
Getting off to an early start, there will be another game drive through the Etosha National Park, before the train departs, with lunch served as you close in on the Atlantic coast. Dinner will take place later in the evening, affording plenty of time to marvel at the passing countryside and relax.
Breakfast will be served as the train traverses the Namib, arriving at your journey’s end, Swakopmund, Namibia, by midday, leaving you free to explore this stunning destination, at your own pace.