Travel from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean on the newly opened Katanga-Benguela line, an exclusive journey discovering ‘Real Africa’.
A Jules Verne Limited Edition
Day 1 - London/Luanda
Days 2 - 4 - Luanda
Day 5 - Luanda/Lobito
Day 6 - Lobito
Day 7 - Lobito/Huambo Province
Day 8 - Huambo/Kuito
Day 9 - Kuito/Luena
Day 10 - Luena/Luau
Day 11 - Luau/Malonga
Day 12 - Malonga/Kolwezi
Day 13 - Kolwezi/Lubumbashi
Day 14 - Lumumbashi/Sakania
Day 15 - Sakania/South Luangwa N.P.
Day 16 - South Luangwa N.P.
Day 17 - South Luangwa N.P./Kasama
Day 18 - Kasama/Mbeya
Day 19 - Mbeya/Kisaki
Day 20 - Kisaki/Gwata
Day 21 - Gwata/Dar es Salaam/London
Day 22 - London
A 22-day African adventure on the Trail between Two Oceans, through the Old Kingdoms of Africa.
Traverse the central highlands of Angola, the southern tract of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Tanzania. Discover mysterious and beautiful Angola, from the crumbling gems that are scattered remnants of her Portuguese colonial history through to her elemental landscapes. Travel the famous copper trail, through the Old Kingdoms of Africa whilst exploring her more recent past.
This rail journey sets off from Lobito, includes a fly-in two-night safari in wild and tropical Luangwa National Park and a game visit in the Selous Reserve, before travelling to the coastal city and former capital of Dar es Salaam on board the vintage, luxurious ‘Pride of Africa'.
Cultural and Natural Wonders
Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Luxury Train Travel
Distinguished Lecture Programme
Group Size: 2 – 8*
Day 1 Fly via Dohar to Luanda.
Day 2 Transfer to Epic Sana Hotel, Luanda for a three night stay. The day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. (D)
Day 3 Explore Luanda, visiting Iron Palace, the National Anthropology Museum, Fortaleza de São Miguel, lunch on the Island. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Visit the modest Slave museum and canyon of Miradouro da Lua, with its spectacular lunar landscape, tricolour karst cliffs and sharp pinnacles. Lunch at Mangais Resort, amid mangroves and coconut trees, with magnificent views of Kwanza River. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Early morning flight to Benguela in western Angola, home of the crimson acacia and a seemingly endless sandy coastline, palm lined streets and colonial architecture. Two nights at the Hotel Terminus. Enjoy a tour and a journey on the Vintage train. (L, D)
Day 6 Lobito, built on a sand spit, boasts one of Africa’s finest natural harbours.Visit Lobito Bay Lighthouse and working harbour. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Board the ‘Pride of Africa’. Lunch is served as the train travels through Benguela. Relax and enjoy the train’s facilities as we cross the Huambo province, lying south of the Cuanza River on the Bié Plateau. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Explore Huambo, Angola’s second city, one of the old kingdoms on the central plateau, formerly known as Nova Lisboa, it was the main locomotive work site for the Benguela Railway. Depart for Boas Agus, enjoy the on board lecture en route to Kuito. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Enjoy a stroll through the town of Kuito, built in the historical heart of the Ovimbundu Kingdom, in the heart of Angola, Kuito delights with its unparalleled beauty. The Ovimbundu were known for selling captives from neighbouring tribes to the European slave traders which brought colonists to the area, then known as Silva Porto. Depart for Savinguila through the savannah forest and enjoy the lectures en route to Luena. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Luena is a city reborn, it was here that the peace treaty was signed. ‘The City of Honey’ welcomes us with its forests, rivers and lakes. Luena Forest Reservation is known for its natural beauty and bee sanctuary, producing the famous Moxico honey. Enjoy a walking tour to discover more of Angola’s recent history. Later, travel alongside the Cassai River, encompassing a vast eco-region with an incredibly rich fish fauna. Look out for the local fishermen at work. Continue to Luau on the Angola border. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Relax and enjoy the on board lectures as we complete border formalities for DRC. Lunch is served as we travel towards Malonga. Centred on the Congo Basin, the territory of the DRC was first inhabited by Central African foragers around 90,000 years ago and was reached by the Bantu expansion about 3,000 years ago. In the west, the Kingdom of Kongo ruled around the mouth of the Congo River from the 14th to 19th centuries. In the centre and east, the Kingdoms of Luba and Lunda reigned from the 16th and 17th centuries to the 19th century. Dinner this evening has an “African” theme. (B, L, D)
Day 12 At leisure to enjoy the on board facilities and informative lectures as we travel towards Mungulunga. Enjoy lunch as the train passes Mutshatsha, and dinner en route to Kolwezi, lying near the Zilo Gorges of the Lualaba River (a tributary of the Congo.) (B, L, D)
Day 13 Disembark at Kolwezi. Mineral deposits in the area were mined by the local population before the Belgians arrived in the 19th century. Visit the copper mine in an area that holds one of the world’s largest known copper and cobalt resources. Enjoy brunch at Katebi Lodge on Lake Nzoli. Return to the train and depart for Kazembe. (B, L, D)
Day 14 Kazembe is a traditional kingdom in modern-day Southeastern Congo, formerly Élisabethville under Belgian rule. For more than 250 years, Kazembe has been an influential kingdom of the Kiluba-Chibemba. Its position on trade routes drew expeditions by traders and explorers including Scottish missionary David Livingstone. Morning lecture programme, later enjoy a drive through the city of Lubumbashi, the mining capital of DCR. Dinner en route to Sakania via Mushoshi, on the DRC border. (B, L, D)
Day 15 Journey to Ndola for border formalities then take the specially chartered flight to South Luangwa National Park. Transfer to Mfuwe Lodge for two nights. Afternoon game drive in the Luangwa Valley. (B, L, D)
Day 16 Zambia’s most famous safari destination, South Luangwa National Park is tropical, wild, beautiful and full of game. Situated in a wide rift valley, the park is flanked by the Muchinga escarpment to the west and the meandering Luangwa River to the east. Early morning and evening game drive. (B, L, D)
Day 17 The ox-bow lagoons, plains and woodlands host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 400 species of birds. Morning game drive before the flight to Mpika, Zambia, where we re-board the train. Dinner is served as we travel en-route to Kasama. (B, L, D)
Day 18 Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to charming Chisimba Falls. Travel to the border, passing Chozi, to arrive at Nakonde for border formalities. Continue to Tunduma on the Tanzanian border. Dinner is served as the train travels to Mbeya and descends the Rift Valley. (B, L, D)
Day 19 Arrive at Makambako and enjoy a stroll through the town (time permitting). Depart for Mlimba and the Udzungwa Mountains negotiating the dramatic switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels towards the Selous Game Reserve. Dinner is served en route to Kiberege. (B, L, D)
Day 20 In the morning the train descends into the highlands and traverses the fertile lands of Tanzania travelling towards Dar es Salaam. Late morning game visit to the Selous Game Reserve, the largest in Africa. Its elaborate and unique beauty contribute to its UNESCO World Heritage status. Dinner is served en route to Gwata. For our final night on board, enjoy a “1920s” themed evening. (B, L, D)
Day 21 Travel towards the coast and our final destination of Dar es Salaam, coastal city and former capital Of Tanzania. Disembark the train and transfer to the Serena hotel where we can relax before our homeward flight to London. Alternatively why not take a different way home and visit the Zanzibar Archipelago for a four night stay at Zuri Zanzibar. (B)
Day 22 Arrive London.
* The rail journey from Lobito – Dar es Salam will carry the full complement of passengers.
Lobito is a modern and luxurious hotel, located in the magnificent Lobito Restinga, on the white sands of the Atlântica beach. Features include the Flamingo restaurant with a lounge balcony, bar with an outdoor deck , a beach bar, pool and sauna. Wi-Fi throughout. 24 air-conditioned guest rooms with ocean view, mini-bar, kettle and TV.
Centrally located in the heart of Luanda, with four restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor pools, extensive wellness centre with Turkish bath, sauna and hot tub, fitness centre and a spa. Wi-Fi throughout. 238 chic in style air-conditioned guest rooms with safe, mini-bar and TV.
With a blend of style and luxury, Mfuwe Lodge, inside Luangwa National Park is set beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees. The charming wood and textile decor of the lodge’s interiors pays homage to the splendour of the natural world outside. With an open plan central lodge, dining and bar areas overlook the two lagoons, a spacious pool and a small library. There are 18 luxurious thatched chalets with en-suite, a comfortable sitting area and an outside private deck.
The Rovos Rail train comprises coaches of 1950’s vintage, built to high standards with a club lounge and restaurant car recreating an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur. Meals are of a superb standard and all drinks are included. Travel is normally at just 40mph, allowing enjoyment of the spectacular scenery from the open observation car. The five ‘Pullman’ compartments per car have upper and lower berths or double beds. There are three ‘Deluxe’ suites per sleeping car, furnished in Edwardian style with double or twin beds and a lounge area. Royal Suites, each of which take up half a carriage, are spacious and elegant measuring 172 sq. ft. (16 sq. m.). 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. Compartments have air-conditioning, shower and WC, and complimentary mini-bar. Seven Rovos Rail steam locomotive museum pieces are used mainly for departure and arrivals at its private station in Pretoria. At other times it is hauled by diesel or electric.
Zanzibar Extension - Post Tour
Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar has a rich history and alluring mix of cultures,with the trace of ancient Persian caliphs and the heavily laden scents of vibrant Indian markets; add to this the uniquely East African flavours of Swahili and Arabic, and you have an exotic melting pot of distinct and undeniably ‘Zanzibarian’ charm, found only in this magical East African archipelago.
Day 1 Fly to Zanzibar and the Zuri Zanzibar for a four-night stay. (B, D)
Day 2-4 Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the gin-clear waters that lap palm-fringed beaches which stretch for miles. Explore colourful pristine reefs teeming with marine life, perfect for snorkelling, as white-sailed dhows sail on warm sea breezes. (B, D)
Day 5 Homeward flight, via Doha, to London. (B)
Day 6 Arrive London.
This beach fronted, small luxury boutique property is a high-design eco-resort, spilling onto the best stretch of beach on the Tanzanian archipelago. Follow lantern-lit jungle paths to one of 55 thatched-roof villas gathered in clusters, reflecting a traditional African village. WiFi throughout. The first designer hotel in Zanzibar, Zuri serves sustainability with Afro-chic style. Villas have air-conditioning, a private terrace, outdoor tropical shower, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
per person in a twin/double room – Pullman carriage
Qatar Airlines from Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room – Pullman carriage
Qatar Airlines from Heathrow
A Jules Verne Limited Edition
Supplements per person
Single supplement £5995
Deluxe compartment (twin) £3695
Deluxe compartment (single) £4650
Business Class from £3495
Extension Options - Zanzibar
4 nights £1495
Single supplement £795
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 5 nights’ hotel accommodation and a 15 night rail journeys, including a 2-night fly-in Safari. All meals beverages, 24 hour room service and limited laundry while on board. (Full board and wine on Safari). Park fees, game drives, expert local guides and on-board historian. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
*On all of our Great Journeys, we provide a VIP chauffeur driven transfer for passengers living within a 70-mile radius of the point of departure. For those passengers that live outside of this 70-mile radius, we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.
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