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Dar Es Salaam: Dar Es Salaam a Cape Town

Duration

15 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Dar Es Salaam

Available

October 2021 / October 2022

Cities to visit: Dar Es Salaam, , Cataratas Victoria, Pretoria, Kimberley, Matjiesfontein, Ciudad Del Cabo

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Owner or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

Day
09:30 Check-in reception at the Kivukoni Room, Serena Hotel, Ohio Street, Dar es Salaam. Transfer to Tazara Station.
12:00 Depart from Tazara Station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car and observation car, which will be at the front of the train for the first 72 hours – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of passport. Lectures will take place throughout the journey during the morning and/or afternoon in the lounge car. Please consult Lecture Sheets for details.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Fuga Halt for overnight. Dress: Formal
05:30 Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
07:00 Enjoy a game visit in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa at 55 000km2 (time permitting).
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels towards the jungled Udzungwa Mountains and negotiates the dramatic switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels of the escarpment.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mlimba for overnight. Dress: Formal.
Victoria Falls: It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the list of activities available: Tour of Victoria Falls; helicopter over Victoria Falls; whitewater rafting; bungee-jumping; golf etc. You may book these excursions yourself at the hotel OR beforehand on the train with the on-board historian – today between 17:00-18:30. Cash accepted.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
09:00 Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting).
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train passes baobab forests and ascends the Rift Valley to the border, almost exactly the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
PLEASE TURN YOUR WATCHES BACK BY ONE HOUR BEFORE RETIRING FOR THE EVENING. .
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels the TAZARA railway line, an engineering tour de force and one of Africa’s best-kept secrets as it passes through remote territory.
14:30 Enjoy a visit to Chisimba Falls where guests can take a pleasant walk down to the rock pools at the base of the falls or admire them from various viewpoints. Return to the train by 18:00.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casual.
Chisimba Falls is a series of three waterfalls named Mutumuna, Kaela and Chishimba (Chisimba), which are separated over 300m along the Luombe River. According to Bemba tradition, the nature spirit “Chishimba” lives in a cave behind the falls therefore no bad behaviour (including fights, insults and arrogance) is allowed in this area. Though the Bemba people arrived here in the 17th century, they weren’t the first as the land surrounding the falls is dotted with evidence of Iron Age activities including kilns, smelting pipes and iron ore deposits.
Victoria Falls: If you have decided to book activities through the on-board historian, please ensure you have done so before dinner. Cash accepted. 07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train is turned at Kapiri Mposhi.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train departs Lusaka, capital of Zambia. After breakfast the train crosses the Kafue Railway Bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels to Zimbabwe.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay at Victoria Falls Hotel. Tog bags have been placed in your suite for your convenience. See below for inclusions/exclusions. Meals are taken at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Currency exchange available at hotel (passports not required); there is a business centre and WiFi available throughout. If you are crossing the border into Zambia during your stay, please obtain your passport from the Train Manager or Administration Deputy.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place. Cross the Victoria Falls Bridge.
11:00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. Disembark with an overnight bag and walk across to the hotel. Welcome address on the lawn followed by lunch at Jungle Junction. Luggage will be delivered to the rooms. 15:45 WINTER / 16:15 SUMMER Meet in the hotel foyer before departure for the sunset cruise on the Zambezi.
19:30 Dinner at the Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls Hotel. Dress: Smart Casual (strictly no safari-wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers).
Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place. Cross the Victoria Falls Bridge. Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. Disembark with an overnight bag and walk across to the hotel. Welcome address on the lawn followed by lunch at Jungle Junction. Luggage will be delivered to the rooms. 15:45 WINTER / 16:15 SUMMER Meet in the hotel foyer before departure for the sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Dinner at the Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls Hotel. Dress: Smart Casual (strictly no safari-wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers)
Check-out time is normally at 10:00 (to be advised). If you have organised morning activities, please ensure you have checked out. Luggage storage at reception is complimentary until afternoon departure. Please call the front desk and they will send a porter to collect your luggage.
06:30 Breakfast is served at the Jungle Junction Restaurant until 10:00. Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls.
12:00 Lunch at Jungle Junction Restaurant, Victoria Falls Hotel.
16:00 Meet on station platform.
17:00 Depart Victoria Falls. Please ensure the Train Manager or Administration Deputy is in possession of passport.
19:00 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Border formalities take place.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and the eastern edge of the Kalahari Basin. Known as ‘Kgalagadi’ in Botswana, the Kalahari (which extends to 900 000km2 and covers much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and South Africa) is not a true desert as it does experience small amounts of rain, with some areas enjoying up to 250mm. The surrounding basin covers over 2 500 000km2 extending farther into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is part desert, part plateau. The only constant river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest forming marshes that are rich in wildlife.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay in Madikwe. See below for inclusions/exclusions. Spa facilities available (own account). Payment in ZAR or by credit card only. Times of meals and activities confirmed on arrival.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 09:30.
10:00 Transfer (±90 min) to a lodge in Madikwe for a two-night stay. Border formalities will take place en route and guests are required to present themselves to officials (luggage may be searched). Lunch is served upon arrival. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).
19:00 Dinner at the lodge. Dress: Casual.
Madikwe is a prime malaria-free Big 5 wildlife reserve bordering Botswana. It lies within a transition zone between the North West Province bushveld and Kalahari thornveld with enormous volcanic intrusions, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the Marico River. As a result, the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from both ecosystems with a rich assortment of vegetation and more than 300 resident and migrant bird species.
07:00 Early morning game drive (approximately 3 hours). Breakfast is served at the lodge until 09:30.
12:30 Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours).
19:00 Dinner at the lodge. Dress: Casual
Early morning game drive (approximately 2 hours).
07:00 Breakfast is served until 09:30. Please ensure that your bags are ready for collection by 10:30 and proceed to check out.
11:00 Depart the lodge and transfer to the train at Zeerust.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. The train travels through the goldfields.
10:00 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Enjoy a city tour of Pretoria followed by lunch on the Rovos Rail platform and a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting).
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge car and observation car.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. 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.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. Travel through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of years, volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the Karoo system.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual
Please ensure that your luggage is ready for collection by 17:45 and that you have your passport.
07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. During breakfast, there is a chance for guests to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding and walk the 5km into Matjiesfontein. A member of staff will accompany the group. 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. About an hour after Matjiesfontein, the train arrives at the first of four tunnels on the pass. The first tunnel is 13.5km long so guests are to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights.
13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train climbs ±750m down the escarpment through the Hex River Valley.
16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
18:00 The train arrives at journey’s end at Cape Town Station.

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