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South Africa & Namibia by private train

A journey from Pretoria to Swakopmund aboard the luxurious Pride of Africa

  • 2 April 2019
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Sossusvlei

This magical journey aboard the luxurious Pride of Africa will take you from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. 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. The majesty of the landscapes we travel through cast a lifelong spell on all who visit.

We depart from Pretoria bound for Kimberley, the location of one of the world’s most famous diamond rushes and where we will visit the Big Hole. The railway line then traverses the stark vistas of the arid Northern Cape into Namibia which boasts seascapes, rugged mountains, lonely deserts, stunning and diverse wildlife and colonial cities. One of the numerous highlights will be a visit to the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon and a truly spectacular sight. However the ultimate highlight for many will be the sand dunes at Sossusvlei for which Namibia is so renowned.

Soussusvlei lies in the heart of the Namib Desert and is home to the world’s tallest sand dunes, some of which tower over 300 metres high. Watching the changing mood and colours at sunrise and sunset is truly a once in a lifetime experience. After a night’s stay with desert drives and a bush dinner, we rejoin the train in Windhoek and continue overnight to Otjiwarongo. A night is spent at the Mokuti Game Lodge on the eastern edge of the game-rich Etosha National Park where we enjoy some game drives. Our journey continues on to Swakopmund, a perfectly preserved 19th century German Hansa town set between the dunes of the Namib Desert and the roaring Atlantic Ocean; an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.

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    "If you enjoy travelling by train and have a hankering to explore South Africa and Namibia then this is the perfect opportunity. From its home at Capital Park, Pretoria, the Pride of Africa will take you on a journey of discovery through some of the most historic and scenic areas of Southern Africa. The train will carry you in world-class style and comfort from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean, reuniting by rail the republics of South Africa and Namibia. Journey’s end is at Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia. At this perfectly preserved 19th century German Hansa the Namib desert dunes meet the ocean. This is a remarkable sight and a fitting end for this fascinating journey. There’s no finer way to explore this desert land than by luxury train."

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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

  • Fish River Canyon
  • Swakopmund

Day 1 - London Heathrow to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fly by scheduled flight.

Day 2 - Pretoria.

Arrive this morning and transfer to the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel for an overnight stay. Located opposite the Union Buildings, this five star hotel is elegantly designed and the facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a health club. The 175 lavish guestrooms all feature cable TV, a seating area and marble bathrooms with luxury amenities. This afternoon we take a tour to explore Pretoria, the administrative and diplomatic capital of South Africa and its several impressive buildings such as the Palace of Justice and the old Raadsaal (parliament) of the South African Republic. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Day 3 - Embark Pride of Africa.

Transfer to Rovos Rail’s private station in Capital Park for an early afternoon departure. This gracious colonial style railway station was once the bustling hub of steam locomotion in the old Transvaal. Spend some time familiarising yourself with your suite and the train before joining fellow travellers in the midway lounge car or observation carriage and enjoying dinner on board tonight.

Day 4 - Kimberley.

After breakfast on board and shortly before we arrive in Kimberley there is a shallow lake on the right hand side where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of flamingos. In Kimberley, the Pride of Africa enters one of the finest Victorian railway stations in Africa. Kimberley is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. Somewhat off the beaten track, it does not receive the high volume of tourist traffic, which its history and commercial importance would presume. The story of Kimberley is the story of diamonds. The romantic associations of diamonds, De Beers, Cecil John Rhodes and the Cape-to-Cairo railway are all centred on Kimberley. On arrival, join the tour of the city, the “Big Hole” and the Mine Museum. Lunch and dinner are served on board today.

Day 5 - Upington.

We arrive into Upington this morning where we take a walking tour. Sir Thomas Upington, attorney general of the Cape, was the man principally responsible for liquidating the business activities of the Orange River pirates and capturing their leader, Klaas Lucas. When the desperadoes were finally chased away in 1884, the town was founded on the banks of the Orange River and named Upington in honour of Sir Thomas. The railway reaches the town by means of a bridge 1067 metres long, the second longest bridge in South Africa. The town is the centre for considerable industry in the production of lucerne, sultanas, raisins, dried fruits, cotton, peas, karakul sheep, goats and cattle – as well as a thriving wine industry.

Day 6 - Fish River Canyon, Namibia.

The Fish River Canyon is second only to the Grand Canyon in Arizona in geological importance. Eroded over many millennia, the canyon is the second largest natural gorge in Africa, 161 kilometres long, 549 metres deep and in some places 27 kilometres wide. Baboon, rock dassie, ground squirrel and klipspringer are often seen in the canyon, while the presence of leopard and mountain zebra is indicated by tracks left at waterholes. After returning to the train for lunch we depart Holoog for Keetmanshoop. From here we take an excursion to the Quiver Tree Forest. The quiver tree is not really a tree, rather a plant of the genus aloe, as evident from its scientific name, and one of the few species of aloe that reaches tree proportions, it can grow seven to nine metres high. It has a stout stem that may grow to one metre in diameter and is covered with beautiful golden brown scales with sharp edges. The crown consists of numerous forked branches, which gives the species its name dichotoma, which means forked.

Day 7 - Windhoek & Sossusvlei.

The train arrives in Windhoek this morning for a visit to the train museum followed by a city tour after which we depart in a light aircraft for a one hour flight to Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Sossusvlei boasts vivid pink-orange sand dunes, amongst the highest in the world with many above 200 metres, a truly spectacular sight. The highest dune is nicknamed ‘Big Daddy’ at 380 metres high. Enjoy lunch, a desert drive and a bush dinner before transferring to the Sossusvlei Lodge for an overnight stay. Towering over the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, this lodge offers an outdoor pool and a dining terrace overlooking a floodlit waterhole. The 45 luxurious accommodation units are uniquely designed to blend in with the natural surrounding environment.

Day 8 - Sossusvlei to Windhoek.

Enjoy a desert excursion with breakfast in the vlei before our return flight to Windhoek where we re-embark the Pride of Africa for lunch. Afternoon at leisure on board.

Day 9 - Otjiwarongo & Etosha National Park.

This morning we arrive in Otjiwarongo which translates as “the beautiful place of the fat cow” and is the centre of Namibia’s cattle farming. Originally established as a mission station in the hope of converting the indigenous people’s traditional beliefs into Christianity, it is today a place of great diversity, culture and scenic beauty. We will transfer to the Mokuti Lodge for an overnight stay. Mokuti Etosha Lodge is situated just five minutes’ drive from the entrance of the Etosha National Park. The 106 spacious accommodations are decorated with Namibian crafts and rich fabrics. The Tambuti Dining Room and Marula Bar serve a variety of dishes and the open-air Boma Restaurant serves African grill specialities in a magical setting with its thatched roof and chandeliers. Enjoy lunch at the lodge before an afternoon game drive.

Day 10 - Etosha National Park.

Morning game drive into Etosha Pan. The Etosha National Park, consisting of 22,270 square kilometres of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5,000 square kilometres. For the greater part of the year the pan is a place of mirages. Its dry, flat, salt encrusted surface shimmers in the heat with a strange effect of the wild animals seemingly floating in dream like pools. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop makes the Etosha game viewing experience unique. Depart by coach from Mokuti Lodge and rejoin the Pride of Africa in Otjiwarongo for lunch and an afternoon relaxing on board.

Day 11 - Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

Disembark this morning in Walvis Bay and transfer to the Strand Hotel Swakopmund for an overnight stay. The hotel is located directly on the mole (promenade) in Swakopmund, surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to the main beach in town. On the fourth side, it backs on to the town’s beautiful central park, through which it is a short five minute walk to the historic centre of Swakopmund. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this charming Victorianera colonial seaside town with its European cafes, German bakeries and architecture, restaurants and shops.

Day 12 - Walvis Bay to London.

Transfer to Walvis Bay Airport for your return indirect scheduled flight to London Heathrow.

Day 13 - London Heathrow.

Arrive this morning.
Please note that hotels used may vary to those stated but will be of the same standard.

  • Pride of Africa
  • Zebra, Etosha National Park
  • Sand dunes

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
2 to 14 April 2019
Category Price
Pullman Suite £7995
Deluxe Suite £9995
Royal Suite £12495
Pullman Suite for sole use £9995
Deluxe Suite for sole use £12995
Royal Suite for sole use £16995

Tour Reference Code: TRPA030418/TRPA020419

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, overnight hotel accommodation in Pretoria at the Sheraton Pretoria (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis, six nights aboard the Pride of Africa on full board basis, overnight accommodation in Sossusvlei Lodge and Mokuti Lodge on full board basis, all drinks on board the train (excluding certain premium label spirits, wines and champagnes), onboard Tour Director, overnight accommodation at the Strand Hotel (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis, excursions, local guides, transfers, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas, gratuities.

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.

Our View

"If you enjoy travelling by train and have a hankering to explore South Africa and Namibia then this is the perfect opportunity. From its home at Capital Park, Pretoria, the Pride of Africa will take you on a journey of discovery through some of the most historic and scenic areas of Southern Africa. The train will carry you in world-class style and comfort from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic Ocean, reuniting by rail the republics of South Africa and Namibia. Journey’s end is at Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia. At this perfectly preserved 19th century German Hansa the Namib desert dunes meet the ocean. This is a remarkable sight and a fitting end for this fascinating journey. There’s no finer way to explore this desert land than by luxury train."

Tour Extensions

    • 14th to 18th April 2018 & 13th to 17th April 2019

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

      Table Bay Hotel

      Situated in Cape Town’s picturesque working harbour and with direct access to the Victoria and Alfred 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, there is High Tea served in The Lounge.

      Vineyard, Stellenbosch Vineyard, Stellenbosch

      Itinerary

      Day 1 Walvis Bay to Cape Town, South Africa. Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to the Table Bay Hotel located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for a three night stay.

      Day 2 Full Day Winelands Tour. A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region and the heavenly scenery. 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.

      Day 3 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.

      Day 4 Cape Town to London. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we transfer to Cape Town airport for your return flight to London Heathrow.

      Day 5 London Heathrow. Arrive this morning.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £795
      Single £1295

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation at the Table Bay Hotel on bed and breakfast basis, two full day excursions including lunch, entrance fees, local guides, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, gratuities.

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