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The Call of Africa

A private train journey between Cape Town and Dar es Salaam aboard the luxurious Pride of Africa

  • 5 January 2019
  • 9 January 2020
  • 10 September 2020
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Elephants at a waterhole, Hwange National Park

In spite of all its regional difficulties, Africa captures the imagination like no other continent and its varied cultures, extraordinary wildlife and perhaps most of all, the majesty of its landscape cast a lifelong spell on all who visit.

We have chartered the Pride of Africa, regarded by many as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, for a journey through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania, one of the great train journeys of the world. Some of the most evocative journeys in the world are to be had on board a train and nowhere is this more true than in Africa where the timeless landscapes can be enjoyed from the considerable comfort of your carriage, providing an eye-level view of the absorbing scenery.

From Cape Town we will travel the length of South Africa visiting the diamond town of Kimberley, the nation’s capital of Pretoria and stay two nights in a private lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve. Cross the border to the magnificent Victoria Falls and then across the mighty Zambezi River, travelling north to Zambia where we join the Tazara Railway line. We will climb towards the Zambian and Tanzanian border, almost the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes. Descend into the Rift Valley travelling through stunning scenery as the train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. Next we will visit the Selous Game Reserve, the largest on the continent and home to over 1,000,000 large animals and over half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Finally we reach the bustling city of Dar es Salaam where we have an overnight stay before returning to the UK, or alternatively you may wish to extend your time in Tanzania with a three night stay in Zanzibar.

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  • Your accommodation

    In addition to our 11 nights spent onboard the luxurious Pride of Africa, our itinerary also includes accommodation at some select hotels:

    CAPE GRACE HOTEL

    THE TABLE BAY HOTEL, CAPE TOWN – overnight day 2

    Situated in Cape Town’s picturesque working harbour and with direct access to the V&A Waterfront, with its many shops and restaurants, the Table Bay Hotel is an extremely convenient base for your stay in Cape Town. The views of the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular and you can watch ships come and go in the harbour with Table Mountain towering in the background. The hotel was opened in May 1997 by former South African president, Nelson Mandela and has won numerous accolades and is a Member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The Table Bay is a classic five-star hotel with a nautical feel and all of the elegant 329 rooms feature thoughtful touches such as separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, 24-hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Other facilities available to guests include the Camelot Spa, a gym, an outdoor pool, The Lounge and Union Bar. Dining options include the Camissa Brasserie, serving gourmet dishes that reflect South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage, the Atlantic Grill, with its incredible buffet breakfast and, for the ultimate in refinement, High Tea is served in The Lounge.

    TAU GAME LODGE

    TAU GAME LODGE, MADIKWE GAME RESERVE – overnight days 6 & 7

    Privately-owned Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation which thrives in the fertile topsoil. The main body of the Lodge is two-levelled and has a comfortable lounge, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlook the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool and dinner is served in one of the cosy boma’s under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge. The accommodation consists of 30 luxury thatched chalets, all with views of the game approaching the water hole. Each chalet ensures privacy with its own viewing deck, en-suite bathroom, open-air shower, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

    VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

    VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL – overnight day 10

    Popularly known as “the grand old lady of the falls” the historic Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of this five star hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs. The hotel’s 180 rooms are decorated in a manner that recaptures the comfortable charm of a bygone age, with colonial prints, four poster and canopied beds, antique furniture and well-chosen artifacts. Modern facilities and amenities mingle well with the old-fashioned ambience, including such 21st century travellers’ necessities as personal safes, minibars, bathrobes, digital satellite television and umbrellas for the convenience of guests visiting the Rain Forest surrounding the Falls. The main lounge with its old-fashioned traditional elegance and decor has a warm welcoming style, providing a perfect backdrop for relaxing with friends. The Bulawayo Room offers surroundings of exceptional comfort and luxury, going back to the turn of the century. 

    HYATT REGENCY

    HYATT REGENCY DAR ES SALAAM, THE KILIMANJARO – overnight day 17

    This is a modern oasis in the heart of the city. The luxurious five-star hotel has a superb waterfront location with spectacular views of the harbour and Indian Ocean and features 180 spacious and comfortably appointed rooms with authentic hospitality, and deluxe amenities. There is a range of excellent dining options. Unwind at Anantara Spa, a comprehensive wellness centre that offers guests a wide selection of spa treatments in six private treatment rooms complemented by a sauna, steam rooms and a fitness centre. Alternatively, relax outdoors in the infinity swimming pool which, overlooking the Dar es Salaam harbour, offers some of the best views from any hotel pool in Tanzania. 

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Pride of Africa

Pride of Africa

We are delighted to be working with Rovos Rail and their luxury train the Pride of Africa. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

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Itinerary

  • Giraffes, Madikwe Game Reserve
  • White Rhino
  • Hyatt Regency - Dar es Salaam

Day 1 - London to Cape Town, South Africa.

Fly by scheduled flight.

Day 2 - Cape Town.

Arrive in the morning and transfer to the Table Bay Hotel located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town for an overnight stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 3 - Cape Town to Matjiesfontein.

Today we transfer to the train station to board our luxury train, Pride of Africa. Settle into your cabin and enjoy the changing landscape as we travel to Matjiesfontein, arriving 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.

Day 4 - Kimberley.

Enjoy a leisurely morning on the train and after lunch we arrive into Kimberley. Here we proceed for a tour of the city, the ‘Big Hole’ and the Diamond Mine Museum with a historic tram ride (subject to availability). We leave Kimberley in the late afternoon. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the left hand side where spectacular flocks of flamingos can often be seen.

Day 5 - Pretoria.

This morning we pull into Pretoria, one of the most picturesque of South African cities. Enjoy a tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria. Return to the train in the early evening and depart for Zeerust.

Day 6 - Zeerust to Madikwe Game Reserve.

Arrive this morning at Zeerust and transfer to the Madikwe Game Reserve for a two night stay at Tau Game Lodge. Madikwe is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa offering great game viewing opportunities. It has been the recipient of an ambitious and successful restocking programme, with game indigenous to the area. The 75,000 hectares now boast an excellent wildlife population including the ‘Big Five’. You can also expect to see its packs of wild dog which are often sighted, extensive plains game including sable, gemsbok, springbok and giraffe, as well as over 340 species of birds.

Day 7 - Madikwe Game Reserve.

A full day to explore Madikwe. Enjoy an early morning and evening game drive in addition to other activities and make the most of the lodge’s excellent facilities.

Day 8 - Gaborone, Botswana.

After an early morning game drive we reboard our train in Gaborone for a mid-day departure. Border formalities en-route.

Day 9 - En-route.

Enjoy the day on board travelling through Zimbabwe. An expert historian will provide morning and afternoon talks. We pass Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur.

Day 10 - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Arrive at Victoria Falls this morning. Walk from the train to the “Grand Lady” Victoria Falls Hotel, a short way down the path. This evening we take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, a magical experience. Dinner will be taken at the hotel at the ‘Jungle Junction Restaurant’ named after an early train station there, but now it is a lovely open-air dining area serving delicious, fresh food.

Day 11 - Victoria Falls.

Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure at Victoria Falls. A selection of optional tours will be offered for an additional cost, for example, join a guided tour of the falls, take the ‘Flight of Angels’ or enjoy a round of golf. In the late afternoon re-board the train and depart for Zambia with border formalities en-route.

Days 12 & 13 - En-route.

Two leisurely days on board our train to enjoy the good food and company whilst admiring the passing scenery as we journey through Zambia. There will be lectures on board during the day.

Day 14 - Kasama, Zambia.

Today we disembark in Kasama for an excursion to Chisimba Falls, a combination of three successive waterfalls. The Bemba people regard this as one of the most sacred places of power. Return to the train for our onward journey. There will be border formalities as we cross from Zambia to Tanzania.

Day 15 - Makambako, Tanzania.

After breakfast we will arrive in Makambako and commence our descent through the spectacular pass to Mlimba. The train travels alongside the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment towards the Selous.

Day 16 - Selous.

Enjoy a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa. Meals are enjoyed on board as the train departs Kisaki and descends into the Rift Valley from the highlands and traverses the fertile lands of Tanzania towards Gwata.

Day 17 - Gwata to Dar es Salaam.

Arrive in Gwata and continue the journey through to Dar es Salaam where on arrival we leave the train. We take a panoramic tour of Dar es Salaam followed by lunch. Check in to the Hyatt Regency Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 18 - Dar es Salaam to London.

After a morning at leisure we transfer to the airport and return to London by scheduled indirect flight.

Day 19 - London.

Arrive today.

  • Hippos, Selous Game Reserve
  • Zambia, view from train

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
5 to 23 January 2019
Category Price
Pullman Suite £11495
Deluxe Suite £12995
Royal Suite £15495
Pullman Suite for sole use £14495
Deluxe Suite for sole use £17495
9 to 27 January 2020 • 10 to 28 September 2020
Category Price
Pullman Suite £11795
Deluxe Suite £13495
Royal Suite £15945
Pullman Suite for sole use £14995
Deluxe Suite for sole use £17995

Tour Reference Code: LAAFRICA9

Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 11 nights aboard the Pride of Africa on full board basis including drinks (excluding certain premium label spirits, wines and champagnes), overnight Table Bay Hotel in a Luxury King Room on bed and breakfast basis, 2 nights Tau Game Lodge in a Standard Chalet on full board basis, overnight Victoria Falls Hotel in Deluxe Central Room on full board basis, overnight Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dar es Salaam on bed and breakfast basis, excursions, local guides, onboard Tour Director, Noble Caledonia Tour Manager, dinner on day 2, lunch and dinner on day 17, transfers, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas, gratuities, optional excursions in Victoria Falls.

Pride of Africa

We are delighted to be working with Rovos Rail and their luxury train the Pride of Africa. Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

 
  • Dining car
  • Restaurant
  • Deluxe Twin Beds
  • Lounge
  • Observation car
  • Royal Suite
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. The sleeper coaches are some of the most spacious in the world, offering every modern convenience and comfort. The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds. All are equipped with a writing surface and, for valuables, a personal safe. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. In the en-suite bathrooms original fittings are combined with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver sockets. The Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring 16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe Suites measure 10 square metres and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower and the Pullman Suites which measure seven square metres are equipped with a comfortable sofa-sat during the day and converted to double or twin beds for the evening.

  • Your Space

    On board there is a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear of the train, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge. A unique feature of the Observation Car is the enlarged windows and open-air balcony. At the centre of the train there is a non-smoking Lounge Car, which also houses the Gift Shop. Deep sofas and wingback chairs make for an extremely comfortable car. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. As with all the service cars the lounges are air-conditioned, yet the windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

  • Your Dining

    The Pride of Africa has two 42-seater Dining Cars to accommodate the maximum complement of 72 passengers in total comfort at one sitting. An enthusiastic team of chefs are responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order and a buffet selection of fresh fruits and yoghurts. Lunch and dinner are set menus and both are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. Dietary requests will be catered for and guests can discuss the menus with the chef prior to the meals for alternative options.

  • Life onboard

    In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites only. For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits.

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    Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences and we are delighted to offer their luxury train the Pride of Africa. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. 

    ACCOMMODATION

    The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. All have en-suite bathrooms with original fittings that combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of your choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. There are three categories of accommodation available:

    Royal Suites (16 sqm/172 sqft): The Royal Suites are both spacious and elegant. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

    Deluxe Suites (10 sqm/108 sqft): The Deluxe Suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.

    Pullman Suites (7 sqm/76 sqft): The Pullman Suites (7 sq metres/76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.

    ADAPTORS

    A limited number of international adaptors are available on board.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with individual temperature controls (this can also be set to heat mode). Fresh-air intake is solved by opening a window, however windows should be closed while operating the air-conditioning unit.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Pre-departure announcements will be made prior to boarding the train by the Train Manager. Any further important information will be personally announced by your on board hostess. 

    COMMUNICATIONS

    In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. There is an internal telephone system in all suites. The use of mobile phones, laptops and anything else that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suite only. The reception can be poor while the train is moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated. Internet is available within the lounges in Cape Town, Rovos Rail Station, Tau Game Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel, Mokuti Lodge and most of the other Namibia Safari accommodation. You can contact the train by email at reservations@rovos.co.za. Please indicate the passenger name and departure date as the subject.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A day to day itinerary is placed in all suites detailing the arrangements and this will be available for you when you board the train. Any updates will be communicated as necessary.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although the on board staff will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak with the chef at dinner on your first evening to reconfirm your needs.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The train is able to accommodate passengers with walking difficulties although it is recommended that an able-bodied passenger accompanies them. We regret that the train is not suitable for wheelchair dependent passengers as wheelchairs, even collapsible ones, cannot manoeuvre along the train or between some carriages where there are 90 degree turns. Any mobility impairments should be notified at the time of booking.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Guests should wait in public areas or in their suite until an announcement is made with instructions for disembarking. 

    DRESS CODE ONBOARD

    For days on the train, the dress-code is smart/casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits are suggested. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. With regards to off-train excursions, it is strongly recommended to have comfortable walking shoes, sun lotion and hats as well as warm clothing for the game drives, which are on open vehicles and can get very cold.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electricity on the train is as follows: 220V AC 50Hz 3 point round pronged wall plug. International adaptors are available – please ask your host/ess.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that this should occur during your journey, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the train staff. There is a fire extinguisher in your suite and if a fire should break out here, please be quick to apply. If it cannot be controlled, please advise staff immediately. There are large extinguishers at the end of each carriage for staff application. The train will be brought to a halt for the required action. Do not jump from a moving train.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    The Pride of Africa has two 42-seater Dining Cars to accommodate the maximum complement of 72 passengers in total comfort at one sitting. An enthusiastic team of chefs are responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order and a buffet selection of fresh fruits and yoghurts. Lunch and dinner are set menus and both are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. Normally breakfast is between 7am and 10am, lunch at 1pm and a formal dinner at 7:30pm. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable.

    GIFT SHOP

    There is a small gift shop on board which is located in the central lounge and is open between meal times. The host/ess on duty here has a basic first aid kit and a limited supply of personal essentials. 

    HEALTH MATTERS

    Please ensure you have indicated any medical conditions, physical disabilities or allergies you might have at the time of booking. There is a basic first aid kit on board the train.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is a limited laundry service on board comprising of household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours so it is not possible to handle a week’s worth of washing. Please note although the train provides a complimentary service, both Rovos Rail and Noble Caledonia cannot be held responsible for items that may be damaged or lost in the process. There are no dry-cleaning facilities en-route or on board the train.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you leave the train, please check your suite carefully to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MAIL

    Although your host/ess will be happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway at the stop at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    There is a basic first aid kit on board the train.

    MINI BAR

    All suites have a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

    NEWS

    There are no television sets on board the train and there is no Wi-Fi on board the train. Internet is available within the Rovos Rail lounges. 

    ON BOARD ACCOUNT

    Any extra expenses can be settled directly on the train with the host/ess. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

    PASSPORTS

    All passports are collected by the Train Manager upon embarkation. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities between borders. If required, your manager will also provide necessary forms for you to fill out.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    On board there is a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear of the train, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge. A unique feature of the Observation Car is the enlarged windows and open-air balcony. At the centre of the train there is a non-smoking Lounge Car, which also houses the Gift Shop. Deep sofas and wingback chairs make for an extremely comfortable car. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. As with all the service cars the lounges are air-conditioned, yet the windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday and in order to do this we need some feedback from our guests.

    SAFE

    An electronic safe is provided in the cupboard of each suite.

    SECURITY

    Whilst on board, passengers are encouraged to close shutters (and preferably windows as well) in the suites. If not in the suite, passengers are specifically requested to close windows and shutters. The train doors in the passages are all locked from the inside. Your suite door can also lock from the inside.

    SERVICE

    A dedicated host/ess is available for full 24-hour room service. He/she can be called from the telephone in your suite. The Train Manager and Deputy Train Manager are also on hand throughout the journey to help with any queries. 

    SMOKING POLICY

    On board the train, smoking is only allowed in the Club Lounge. Please notify us at the time of booking if you are a smoker or non-smoker so that the appropriate room might be requested at the hotels. Smoking is allowed in the privacy of your suite, but please be aware that the train is generally made up of wood. Please don’t throw flammable items such as cigarette or cigar butts off the train as bush fires in Africa are a constant and dangerous hazard.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    There is an internal telephone system on board. Please check the room list which details all telephone numbers – this will include the number of your host/ess should you need their service between midnight and 6am.

    TELEVISION

    There are no television sets on board the train.

    TOILETRIES

    All suites are supplied with following complimentary amenities: • Shower gel • Conditioning Shampoo • Body lotion • Soap • Shower caps • Nail file • Shoe polish • Tissues / Cotton buds • Emergency sewing kit

    TRACK

    The track over which the train travels is inconsistently maintained. The train is therefore restricted to 60km/h (37mph) and over bad sections the speed is reduced to as little as 20km/h (12mph). If you find it noisy, earplugs are available.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested via your host/ess. 

    WATER

    Tap water on board the train is not potable and therefore bottled water is supplied and will be replenished on a daily base. Tap water is perfectly fine for showering.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. The sleeper coaches are some of the most spacious in the world, offering every modern convenience and comfort. The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds. All are equipped with a writing surface and, for valuables, a personal safe. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. In the en-suite bathrooms original fittings are combined with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver sockets. The Royal Suites, each of which takes up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant, measuring 16 sq metres in size. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The Deluxe Suites measure 10 square metres and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower and the Pullman Suites which measure seven square metres are equipped with a comfortable sofa-sat during the day and converted to double or twin beds for the evening.

  • Your Space

    On board there is a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear of the train, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge. A unique feature of the Observation Car is the enlarged windows and open-air balcony. At the centre of the train there is a non-smoking Lounge Car, which also houses the Gift Shop. Deep sofas and wingback chairs make for an extremely comfortable car. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. As with all the service cars the lounges are air-conditioned, yet the windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

  • Your Dining

    The Pride of Africa has two 42-seater Dining Cars to accommodate the maximum complement of 72 passengers in total comfort at one sitting. An enthusiastic team of chefs are responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order and a buffet selection of fresh fruits and yoghurts. Lunch and dinner are set menus and both are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. Dietary requests will be catered for and guests can discuss the menus with the chef prior to the meals for alternative options.

  • Life onboard

    In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites only. For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits.

  • Train Directory

    Train Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the train or click on the booklet to download. 

    Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world class travel experiences and we are delighted to offer their luxury train the Pride of Africa. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. 

    ACCOMMODATION

    The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 superbly appointed suites. All have en-suite bathrooms with original fittings that combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of your choice and room service is available 24 hours a day. There are three categories of accommodation available:

    Royal Suites (16 sqm/172 sqft): The Royal Suites are both spacious and elegant. Each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower. The epitome of luxury with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of side-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

    Deluxe Suites (10 sqm/108 sqft): The Deluxe Suites accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.

    Pullman Suites (7 sqm/76 sqft): The Pullman Suites (7 sq metres/76 sq feet) are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.

    ADAPTORS

    A limited number of international adaptors are available on board.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. Each suite has an individual air-conditioner with individual temperature controls (this can also be set to heat mode). Fresh-air intake is solved by opening a window, however windows should be closed while operating the air-conditioning unit.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Pre-departure announcements will be made prior to boarding the train by the Train Manager. Any further important information will be personally announced by your on board hostess. 

    COMMUNICATIONS

    In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. There is an internal telephone system in all suites. The use of mobile phones, laptops and anything else that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suite only. The reception can be poor while the train is moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated. Internet is available within the lounges in Cape Town, Rovos Rail Station, Tau Game Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel, Mokuti Lodge and most of the other Namibia Safari accommodation. You can contact the train by email at reservations@rovos.co.za. Please indicate the passenger name and departure date as the subject.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A day to day itinerary is placed in all suites detailing the arrangements and this will be available for you when you board the train. Any updates will be communicated as necessary.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although the on board staff will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak with the chef at dinner on your first evening to reconfirm your needs.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The train is able to accommodate passengers with walking difficulties although it is recommended that an able-bodied passenger accompanies them. We regret that the train is not suitable for wheelchair dependent passengers as wheelchairs, even collapsible ones, cannot manoeuvre along the train or between some carriages where there are 90 degree turns. Any mobility impairments should be notified at the time of booking.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Guests should wait in public areas or in their suite until an announcement is made with instructions for disembarking. 

    DRESS CODE ONBOARD

    For days on the train, the dress-code is smart/casual. Evening attire is more formal – for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits are suggested. Please include warm clothing for cold mornings and evenings. With regards to off-train excursions, it is strongly recommended to have comfortable walking shoes, sun lotion and hats as well as warm clothing for the game drives, which are on open vehicles and can get very cold.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electricity on the train is as follows: 220V AC 50Hz 3 point round pronged wall plug. International adaptors are available – please ask your host/ess.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that this should occur during your journey, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the train staff. There is a fire extinguisher in your suite and if a fire should break out here, please be quick to apply. If it cannot be controlled, please advise staff immediately. There are large extinguishers at the end of each carriage for staff application. The train will be brought to a halt for the required action. Do not jump from a moving train.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    The Pride of Africa has two 42-seater Dining Cars to accommodate the maximum complement of 72 passengers in total comfort at one sitting. An enthusiastic team of chefs are responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There is an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Every morning there is a full breakfast with dishes cooked to order and a buffet selection of fresh fruits and yoghurts. Lunch and dinner are set menus and both are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. Normally breakfast is between 7am and 10am, lunch at 1pm and a formal dinner at 7:30pm. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable.

    GIFT SHOP

    There is a small gift shop on board which is located in the central lounge and is open between meal times. The host/ess on duty here has a basic first aid kit and a limited supply of personal essentials. 

    HEALTH MATTERS

    Please ensure you have indicated any medical conditions, physical disabilities or allergies you might have at the time of booking. There is a basic first aid kit on board the train.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is a limited laundry service on board comprising of household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours so it is not possible to handle a week’s worth of washing. Please note although the train provides a complimentary service, both Rovos Rail and Noble Caledonia cannot be held responsible for items that may be damaged or lost in the process. There are no dry-cleaning facilities en-route or on board the train.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you leave the train, please check your suite carefully to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MAIL

    Although your host/ess will be happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway at the stop at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEDICAL FACILITIES

    There is a basic first aid kit on board the train.

    MINI BAR

    All suites have a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.

    NEWS

    There are no television sets on board the train and there is no Wi-Fi on board the train. Internet is available within the Rovos Rail lounges. 

    ON BOARD ACCOUNT

    Any extra expenses can be settled directly on the train with the host/ess. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

    PASSPORTS

    All passports are collected by the Train Manager upon embarkation. Passports are necessary to facilitate immigration formalities between borders. If required, your manager will also provide necessary forms for you to fill out.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    On board there is a non-smoking Observation Car at the rear of the train, while the coach next to it contains a small smoking lounge. A unique feature of the Observation Car is the enlarged windows and open-air balcony. At the centre of the train there is a non-smoking Lounge Car, which also houses the Gift Shop. Deep sofas and wingback chairs make for an extremely comfortable car. In maintaining the spirit of travel of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. As with all the service cars the lounges are air-conditioned, yet the windows can be opened allowing in the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday and in order to do this we need some feedback from our guests.

    SAFE

    An electronic safe is provided in the cupboard of each suite.

    SECURITY

    Whilst on board, passengers are encouraged to close shutters (and preferably windows as well) in the suites. If not in the suite, passengers are specifically requested to close windows and shutters. The train doors in the passages are all locked from the inside. Your suite door can also lock from the inside.

    SERVICE

    A dedicated host/ess is available for full 24-hour room service. He/she can be called from the telephone in your suite. The Train Manager and Deputy Train Manager are also on hand throughout the journey to help with any queries. 

    SMOKING POLICY

    On board the train, smoking is only allowed in the Club Lounge. Please notify us at the time of booking if you are a smoker or non-smoker so that the appropriate room might be requested at the hotels. Smoking is allowed in the privacy of your suite, but please be aware that the train is generally made up of wood. Please don’t throw flammable items such as cigarette or cigar butts off the train as bush fires in Africa are a constant and dangerous hazard.

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    There is an internal telephone system on board. Please check the room list which details all telephone numbers – this will include the number of your host/ess should you need their service between midnight and 6am.

    TELEVISION

    There are no television sets on board the train.

    TOILETRIES

    All suites are supplied with following complimentary amenities: • Shower gel • Conditioning Shampoo • Body lotion • Soap • Shower caps • Nail file • Shoe polish • Tissues / Cotton buds • Emergency sewing kit

    TRACK

    The track over which the train travels is inconsistently maintained. The train is therefore restricted to 60km/h (37mph) and over bad sections the speed is reduced to as little as 20km/h (12mph). If you find it noisy, earplugs are available.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested via your host/ess. 

    WATER

    Tap water on board the train is not potable and therefore bottled water is supplied and will be replenished on a daily base. Tap water is perfectly fine for showering.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your accommodation

In addition to our 11 nights spent onboard the luxurious Pride of Africa, our itinerary also includes accommodation at some select hotels:

CAPE GRACE HOTEL

THE TABLE BAY HOTEL, CAPE TOWN – overnight day 2

Situated in Cape Town’s picturesque working harbour and with direct access to the V&A Waterfront, with its many shops and restaurants, the Table Bay Hotel is an extremely convenient base for your stay in Cape Town. The views of the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular and you can watch ships come and go in the harbour with Table Mountain towering in the background. The hotel was opened in May 1997 by former South African president, Nelson Mandela and has won numerous accolades and is a Member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The Table Bay is a classic five-star hotel with a nautical feel and all of the elegant 329 rooms feature thoughtful touches such as separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, 24-hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Other facilities available to guests include the Camelot Spa, a gym, an outdoor pool, The Lounge and Union Bar. Dining options include the Camissa Brasserie, serving gourmet dishes that reflect South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage, the Atlantic Grill, with its incredible buffet breakfast and, for the ultimate in refinement, High Tea is served in The Lounge.

TAU GAME LODGE

TAU GAME LODGE, MADIKWE GAME RESERVE – overnight days 6 & 7

Privately-owned Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a vast natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation which thrives in the fertile topsoil. The main body of the Lodge is two-levelled and has a comfortable lounge, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlook the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the verandah next to the plunge pool and dinner is served in one of the cosy boma’s under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge. The accommodation consists of 30 luxury thatched chalets, all with views of the game approaching the water hole. Each chalet ensures privacy with its own viewing deck, en-suite bathroom, open-air shower, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL – overnight day 10

Popularly known as “the grand old lady of the falls” the historic Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of this five star hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs. The hotel’s 180 rooms are decorated in a manner that recaptures the comfortable charm of a bygone age, with colonial prints, four poster and canopied beds, antique furniture and well-chosen artifacts. Modern facilities and amenities mingle well with the old-fashioned ambience, including such 21st century travellers’ necessities as personal safes, minibars, bathrobes, digital satellite television and umbrellas for the convenience of guests visiting the Rain Forest surrounding the Falls. The main lounge with its old-fashioned traditional elegance and decor has a warm welcoming style, providing a perfect backdrop for relaxing with friends. The Bulawayo Room offers surroundings of exceptional comfort and luxury, going back to the turn of the century. 

HYATT REGENCY

HYATT REGENCY DAR ES SALAAM, THE KILIMANJARO – overnight day 17

This is a modern oasis in the heart of the city. The luxurious five-star hotel has a superb waterfront location with spectacular views of the harbour and Indian Ocean and features 180 spacious and comfortably appointed rooms with authentic hospitality, and deluxe amenities. There is a range of excellent dining options. Unwind at Anantara Spa, a comprehensive wellness centre that offers guests a wide selection of spa treatments in six private treatment rooms complemented by a sauna, steam rooms and a fitness centre. Alternatively, relax outdoors in the infinity swimming pool which, overlooking the Dar es Salaam harbour, offers some of the best views from any hotel pool in Tanzania. 

Tour Extensions

    • 22nd to 26th January 2019

      For those who would like to spend some more time in Tanzania, we are offering a three night extension to explore Zanzibar staying at the Zanzibar Serena Inn. The hotel is idyllically situated on the seafront of historic and enchanting Stone Town and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

      Traditional dhows near Stone Town, Zanzibar Traditional dhows near Stone Town, Zanzibar

      The Itinerary

      Day 1 Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar Stone Town. Transfer from the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the Port of Dar es Salaam and take the first class ferry service to Stone Town. Upon arrival check in to our hotel, the Zanzibar Serena Inn for our three night stay. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and this afternoon we will take a tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the colourful market and the site of the cathedral, built in 1874 it stands on the sight of a past slave market. From here we visit the residence of the late Sultan of Zanzibar, Tippu Tip’s House, the Old Fort, Peoples Palace and the House of Wonders, full of intrigue from days of long ago. We end the tour at the historic Emerson Spice Hotel consisting of three adjoining World Heritage Site buildings in the exotic Kasbah of Stone Town. Enjoy sundowners and dinner overlooking the rooftops of this magical island. (B, L, D)

      Day 2 Fumba. This morning we transfer to Fumba Beach for a full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows of between 8 to 10 metres in length. Set out to sea into the Menai Bay, where conservation efforts have allowed dolphins to flourish and land on a powdery sandbank where the team will set up sunshades and fit you with snorkel gear. Here you can enjoy frolicking in the shallows or bask in the sun under the clear Zanzibari sky. We return back to Fumba in the afternoon and transfer back to our hotel. This evening enjoy a traditional Swahili dinner buffet with a live ‘Taarab’ band. (B, L, D)

      Day 3 Spice Plantations to Jozani Forest. After breakfast, depart for our tour to the spice plantations for an opportunity to taste and smell a variety of fruits and spices unique to the island. Commencing at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, via the site of David Livingston’s house, the journey continues north of town towards the Kidichi Persian Baths. Lunch is served at the very unique The Rock Restaurant with breathtaking views of a little island on the eastern shores of Zanzibar. This afternoon we take a trip to Jozani Forest, one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey. Jozani has an excellent nature trail with impressive flora and fauna. We also visit the mangrove swamp and walk around the mangrove forest. Dinner is at our hotel this evening. (B, L, D)

      Day 4 Zanzibar to London. Transfer to the airport and return to London by scheduled indirect flight. (B)

      Day 5 London. Arrive today.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1395
      Single £1695

      Price Includes: Three nights at the Zanzibar Serena Inn on bed and breakfast basis, two full day excursions, meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L- Lunch, D – Dinner), entrance fees, local guides, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

    • 26th to 30th January 2020

      For those who would like to spend some more time in Tanzania, we are offering a three night extension to explore Zanzibar staying at the Zanzibar Serena Inn. The hotel is idyllically situated on the seafront of historic and enchanting Stone Town and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

      Stone town, Zanzibar Stone town, Zanzibar

      The Itinerary

      Day 1 Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar, Tanzania. Transfer from the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the Port of Dar es Salaam and take the first class ferry service to Stone Town. Upon arrival check in to our hotel, the Zanzibar Serena Inn for our three night stay. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and this afternoon we will take a tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the colourful market and the site of the cathedral, built in 1874 it stands on the sight of a past slave market. From here we visit the residence of the late Sultan of Zanzibar, Tippu Tip’s House, the Old Fort, Peoples Palace and the House of Wonders, full of intrigue from days of long ago. We end the tour at the historic Emerson Spice Hotel consisting of three adjoining World Heritage Site buildings in the exotic Kasbah of Stone Town. Enjoy sundowners and dinner overlooking the rooftops of this magical island. (B, L, D)

      Day 2 Fumba. This morning we transfer to Fumba Beach for a full day excursion using locally made traditional sailing dhows of between 8 to 10 metres in length. Set out to sea into the Menai Bay, where conservation efforts have allowed dolphins to flourish and land on a powdery sandbank where the team will set up sunshades and fit you with snorkel gear. Here you can enjoy frolicking in the shallows or bask in the sun under the clear Zanzibari sky. We return back to Fumba in the afternoon and transfer back to our hotel. This evening enjoy a traditional Swahili dinner buffet with a live ‘Taarab’ band. (B, L, D)

      Day 3 Spice Plantations to Jozani Forest. After breakfast, depart for our tour to the spice plantations for an opportunity to taste and smell a variety of fruits and spices unique to the island. Commencing at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, via the site of David Livingston’s house, the journey continues north of town towards the Kidichi Persian Baths. Lunch is served at the very unique The Rock Restaurant with breathtaking views of a little island on the eastern shores of Zanzibar. This afternoon we take a trip to Jozani Forest, one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colubus monkey. Jozani has an excellent nature trail with impressive flora and fauna. We also visit the mangrove swamp and walk around the mangrove forest. Dinner is at our hotel this evening. (B, L, D)

      Day 4 Zanzibar to London. Transfer to the airport for our scheduled, indirect flight to London. (B)

      Day 5 London. Arrive today.

    • PRICE INCLUDES: Three nights at the Zanzibar Serena Inn on bed and breakfast basis • Two full day excursions • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L- Lunch, D – Dinner) • Entrance fees • Local guides • Transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

    • 2nd to 6th January 2019

      For those who would like to spend some more time at the luxurious Table Bay Hotel and to explore Cape Town, we are offering a three night extension.

      Stellenbosch Stellenbosch

      The Itinerary

      Day 1 London to Cape Town, South Africa. Fly by scheduled flight.

      Day 2 Cape Town. Arrive today and transfer to the Table Bay Hotel, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a three night stay. We meet this evening and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (D)

      Day 3 Full Day Winelands Tour. Today is dedicated to the exceptional winelands region and our first visit is to the Backsberg Estate, a family working farm in the heart of the winelands where we will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting. We then continue to Franschhoek which, known as the “the food and wine capital”, is a town with old vineyards and a strong French influence. Here we find many farms which were named after different areas in France from which the Huguenot refugee settlers originated and the Huguenot Monument at the end of the town honours the area’s French settlers. For our next wine tasting and lunch we will visit Mont Rochelle, a hotel and 37 hectares of lush vineyard which is now owned by Sir Richard Branson. Afterwards we take a walking tour of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and we will see some of the town’s architectural history. Stellenbosch is home to some of the finest wines and has a history of producing wine dating back to the 17th century. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

      Day 4 Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour. Our journey to Cape Point takes us along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. We pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, with their soft white sand and azure blue water before arriving at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Our tour continues over Chapman’s Peak, which is one of the most spectacular marine drives and to Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula which is a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park and a Natural World Heritage Site. Here there is a variety of flora and fauna, baboons, antelope, Cape mountain zebra and amazing birdlife. We continue on to Simons Town, a maritime naval base which is located on the shores of False Bay and we stop for lunch here before continuing to Boulders Beach, a sheltered beach with huge granite boulders and famous for the local residents, the African penguin colony. We head back through Fish Hoek, a coastal town on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula this seaside village is surrounded by rugged mountains and is home to an early Stone Age historic site. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

      Day 5 Cape Town. Enjoy a day at leisure or join an optional excursion (bookable and payable locally) such as to Table Mountain, Robben Island or Kirstenbosch Gardens. Join day 2 of the main itinerary and meet this evening for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £795
      Single £995

      Price Includes: Three nights at the Table Bay Hotel on bed and breakfast basis, two full day excursions, meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L- Lunch, D – Dinner), entrance fees, local guides, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

    • 6th to 10th January 2020

      For those who would like to spend some more time at the luxurious Table Bay Hotel and to explore Cape Town, we are offering a three night extension.

      Vineyards, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Stellenbosch

      The Itinerary

      Day 1 London to Cape Town, South Africa. Fly by scheduled flight.

      Day 2 Cape Town. Arrive today and transfer to the Table Bay Hotel, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a three night stay. We meet this evening and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (D)

      Day 3 Full Day Winelands Tour. Today is dedicated to the exceptional winelands region and our first visit is to the Backsberg Estate, a family working farm in the heart of the winelands where we will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting. We then continue to Franschhoek which, known as the “the food and wine capital”, is a town with old vineyards and a strong French influence. Here we find many farms which were named after different areas in France from which the Huguenot refugee settlers originated and the Huguenot Monument at the end of the town honours the area’s French settlers. For our next wine tasting and lunch we will visit Mont Rochelle, a hotel and 37 hectares of lush vineyard which is now owned by Sir Richard Branson. Afterwards we take a walking tour of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and we will see some of the town’s architectural history. Stellenbosch is home to some of the finest wines and has a history of producing wine dating back to the 17th century. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

      Day 4 Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour. Our journey to Cape Point takes us along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. We pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, with their soft white sand and azure blue water before arriving at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Our tour continues over Chapman’s Peak, which is one of the most spectacular marine drives and to Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula which is a nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park and a Natural World Heritage Site. Here there is a variety of flora and fauna, baboons, antelope, Cape mountain zebra and amazing birdlife. We continue on to Simons Town, a maritime naval base which is located on the shores of False Bay and we stop for lunch here before continuing to Boulders Beach, a sheltered beach with huge granite boulders and famous for the local residents, the African penguin colony. We head back through Fish Hoek, a coastal town on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula this seaside village is surrounded by rugged mountains and is home to an early Stone Age historic site. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

      Day 5 Cape Town. Enjoy a day at leisure or join an optional excursion (bookable and payable locally) such as to Table Mountain, Robben Island or Kirstenbosch Gardens. Join day 2 of the main itinerary and meet this evening for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £995
      Single £1295

      PRICE INCLUDES: Three nights at the Table Bay Hotel on bed and breakfast basis • Two full day excursions • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast, L- Lunch, D – Dinner) • Entrance fees • Local guides • Transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

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An epic journey between Cape Town to Dar es Salaam aboard the luxurious Pride of Africa

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Matjiesfontein
  • Kimberley
  • Pretoria
  • Zeerust to Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Gaborone, Botswana
  • Victoria Falls
  • Kasama, Zambia
  • Makambako, Tanzania
  • Selous
  • Gwata / Dar es Salaam

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