Your three-night adventure begins as the train departs Rovos Rail's gracious station at Capital Park in Pretoria. On this special journey the luxurious train starts in the morning and slowly meanders north through Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before travelling west alongside Magaliesberg Mountains.
After border formalities at Mafikeng, the train travels North the following day through Gabarone, Botswana's Capital - crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye and Francistown to the Zimbabwean border at Plumtree. The next day the train passes through Hwange National Park - a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary - where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed.
After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.
Available in reverse. Please note that depending upon railway capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.
09:30 The Pride of Africa departs Rovos Rail's Capital Park Station in Pretoria.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining car(s) en route through the goldfields of Johannesburg.
19:30 Dinner will be served as we head towards Mafikeng for Botswana border formalities and overnight.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining car, as the train travels North through Gabarone (Botswana's Capital City).
13:00 Lunch is served.
16:30 Tea is available in the lounge, and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is available as the train travels to Plumtree for Zimbabwe border formalities. Overnight stop at Mpopoma.
07:00 The train departs Mpopoma, as Breakfast is being served in the dining car(s).
13:00 Lunch is served.
Travel along the eastern edge of Hwange Park along one of Africa's longest stretches of straight railway line - 114 km.
15:00 Arrive Kennedy for a game drive at The Hide.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining car en route to Thompsons Junction where we stop overnight.
07h00 Depart Thompsons. Breakfast until 09h30.
10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Victoria Falls.
Meals and excursions during the train journey + alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train
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