Luxurious Sightseeing Train Safaris and Tours

16 Days Grand Africa Train Tour Journey

Come and experience this epic 16-day luxury Grand Africa train tour taking you through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia & Tanzania, one of the most famous trips in the world. The perfect choice for anyone's bucket list!!

The luxurious train journey takes us from Cape Town to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond mines of Kimberley & the capital city of Pretoria, each including short tours followed by two nights in the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Travellers will overnight in Zimbabwe at the 5-Star Victoria Falls Hotel before crossing the mighty Zambezi River & enjoying a bush walk. The train descends into the Great Rift Valley with some amazing sights negotiating the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the spectacular escarpment. We then pass through the Selous Game Reserve, the largest on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa- before the bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam the following day.

NOTE: The Grand Africa train tour can also be done in reverse, which allows for more flexibility to experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey!


  • Cape Town.
  • Matjiesfontein.
  • Klein and Great Karoo.
  • Kimberley Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum.
  • Pretoria – Jacaranda City.
  • Game lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve.
  • Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania.
  • Victoria Falls.
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise.
  • Chisimba Falls in Zambia.
  • Great Rift Valley.
  • Selous Game Reserve.
  • Dar es Salaam.

What makes the Rovos Rail Train Journeys unique?

  • Most luxurious train in the world.
  • Best way to tour Southern & Eastern Africa with ultimate luxury and privacy.
  • All meals and drinks included on board (incl. alcoholic drinks).
  • Doctor and hairdresser on board.
  • Excursions are included in your journey.
  • 24 hr room service.


All Meals & Drinks on Board

15 Nights / 16 Days
Luxury Train


16h30 - Check-in at Rovos Rail Lounge, 1 Adderley Street, Cape Town
18h00 - Depart from Cape Town Station. The train travels towards the Hex River Valley. Dinner and overnight on the train.

07h00 -Disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the
historic village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel.
10h00 - The train traverses the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, the volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoo system
13h00 - Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16h30 - Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30 - Dinner and overnight on board.

12h30 - Enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871.
19h30 - Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Klerksdorp.

08h30 - Transfer (±60 min) to Pretoria for a city tour followed by lunch on the Rovos Rail Station platform. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting). Return (±60 min) to the train
19h30 - We depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. Dinner and overnight on board.

11h00 - Stop at Zeerust and transfer to Madikwe Reserve for a 2-night stay at TAU Game Lodge. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon game drive (approx 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Guests enjoy an early morning and afternoon game drive as well as other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.

One last early morning game drive followed by breakfast.
10h30 - We depart for Botswana with border formalities en route to Gaborone.
13h30 - Depart Gaborone & travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.

We have the day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. We pass Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line & along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where you will find occasional sightings of animals. The train travels toward Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.

12h00 - Arrive at the Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.
16h00 - Enjoy a sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10
You have the day at leisure in Victoria Falls with a range of activities on offer (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, golf, etc.).
16h00 - Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.

DAY 11
Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the morning and/or afternoon by an on-board historian. The train continues across the Kafue railway bridge towards Kapiri Mposhi, the start of the TAZARA railway line.

DAY 12
You have the day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.

DAY 13
08h00 - Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to the Chisimba Falls.
11h00 - Depart Kasama and continue towards the Tanzanian border.

DAY 14
09h00 - Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.
10h30 - The train travels towards Mlimba and descends into the Rift Valley, through the Udzungwa Mountains, negotiating tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.
Enjoy the day at leisure on the train with lectures by an on-board historian.

DAY 15
Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting)
Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop

DAY 16
06h30 - Depart Gwata and travel east towards the coast.
07h00 - Breakfast.
11h00 - The train arrives at the journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


16-Day South to East Africa with Rovos Rail

Rates in US$ Adults Sharing
Adults Single
2023 Rates (Both directions)
Pullman Suite $13,600 pp sharing $19,650 single occupancy
Deluxe Suite $17,995 pp sharing $25,820 single occupancy
Royal Suite $23,600 pp sharing Single occupancy POR

2024 Rates (Both directions)

Pullman Suite $13,600 pp sharing $19,650 single occupancy
Deluxe Suite $17,995 pp sharing $25,820 single occupancy
Royal Suite $23,600 pp sharing Single occupancy POR



  • Accommodation in a luxurious suite on board the Rovos Rail
  • All Meals
  • 24-hour full-room service and bar facilities
  • Limited laundry service
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Government tax
  • On-board historian and doctor
  • All beverages including alcoholic beverages while on-board
  • Excursions as per itinerary

*MEALS ONBOARD (unless adjusted)
Breakfast 07:00-10:00 • Lunch 13:00 • Tea 16:30 • Dinner 19:30


  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation
  • Transfers
  • French Champagne
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.


Tour Departure Dates
Start End
Cape Town to Dar es Salaam
30 Jun'23
15 Sep'23
12 Jan'24
28 Jun'24
13 Sep'24

15 Jul'23
30 Sep'23
27 Jan'24
13 Jul'24
28 Sep'24

Dar es Salaam to Cape Town
31 Jan'23
03 Oct'23
30 Jan'24
12 Mar'24
01 Oct'24
15 Feb'23
18 Oct'23
14 Feb'24
27 Mar'24
16 Oct'24

All suites are spacious and offer travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All equipped with a writing surface, personal safe & bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice.

The Pullman Suite (±7 sq metres)
Equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double/twin beds for the evening. The suite features an en-suite bathroom with shower, hair dryers and shaver plugs.

The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres)
Accommodates two passengers in twin/double beds with a lounge area & en-suite bathroom with shower, hair dryers and shaver plugs.

The Royal Suites (±16 sq metres)
Each Royal Suite takes up half a carriage. These spacious suites each has its own private lounge area and full bathroom with Victorian bath and separate shower, hair dryers and shaver plugs. Royal Suites can accommodate two people by eitherside-by-side twin or spacious double beds.

Facilities in Suites:

  • Bath* (Royal Suite only)
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Basin
  • Air conditioner
  • Heated towel rail
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safe
  • Luggage rack
  • Adaptors
  • Plug points/shaver plugs
  • Hair dryer
  • Fridge
  • Tea drawer
  • Amenities
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Goggles
  • Laundry bag
  • Shoe bag
  • Writing desk
  • Internal telephone system
  • Room service

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