Egypt - 13 nights
Flight - 1 night
Dar es Salaam - 2 nights
Train: Tanzania - 3 nights
Train: Zambia - 3 nights
Victoria Falls - 1 night
Train: Zimbabwe - 1 night
Train: Botswana - 1 night
Madikwe - 2 nights
Train: South Africa - 3 nights
Cape Town - 2 nights
Flight – 1 night


An epic 34-day journey travelling through Africa
in elegance and style

An extraordinary journey travelling the length of the Nile from Cairo to Aswan on board a deluxe paddle steamer and continuing to Dar es Salaam to join
‘the most luxurious train in the world’ on its journey to Cape Town

A unique journey exploring ancient Egypt, then traversing Africa from the Eastern shores of Tanzania to the tip of the continent in Cape Town. Enjoy a luxuriant cruise on our privately chartered deluxe vessel, the SS Misr, built in 1918 and once owned by King Farouk. Whilst Cairo, Luxor and Aswan are the cities with which we are most familiar, this voyage provides the rare opportunity to see ‘real Egypt’ and observe an old way of life, largely unchanged and ancient sites largely unvisited.

We are delighted to be able to combine this wonderful experience with an exquisite journey on Rovos Rail, not only a wonderful itinerary for train enthusiasts but also a unique Safari experience. This epic rail journey leaves the coastal town of Dar es Salaam, passing through part of the vast Selous Game Reserve before ascending the Great Rift Valley. Crossing the border into Zambia, enjoy a bush walk and a visit to Chisimba Falls. Journey across the famed Zambezi River, over the bridge that was part of the original route intended to link the Cape to Cairo at the beginning of the 20th century. Overnight at the majestic Victoria Falls Hotel, home of the magnificent waterfall, and so onto Botswana and Madikwe Game Reserve for a relaxed two-night stay before we travel through South Africa to resplendent Cape Town for two nights at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Key Features

Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Culture, Wildlife & Landscapes
Lectures by Egyptologist and Historian
Full board on Rovos Rail
Full board on board the Misr
Day trip to Zanzibar
Group Size: 10 – 22

Special Event

Egyptian Delights

Visit the new Grand Museum Cairo, explore illuminated Luxor Temple by Night, enjoy a private cocktail reception in the Victorian Lounge of the landmark Old Winter Palace, Luxor, take Afternoon Tea at the grand Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Cairo. Transfer to the SS Misr. (D)

Day 2 Travel to the Giza Plateau and the Great Pyramids, and admire the mighty Sphinx. Enjoy lunch at the Mena House overlooking the Pyramids then proceed to the new Grand Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Egypt is home to some of the world’s grandest mosques; start the day with a visit to one of the most detailed and dazzling in Cairo, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, close to the majestic Citadel, one of Cairo’s most impressive Islamic structures. Visit Ibn Tulun and Gayer Anderson Museum, an extraordinarily well preserved example of 17th century domestic architecture, Bait al-Kretliya, (The Gayer Anderson Museum,) remains one of the less visited landmarks in this vibrant city. This museum takes its name from R. G. Gayer-Anderson Pasha, a British major and army doctor resident from 1935 – 1942. A traveller and lover of oriental and Egyptian culture, his collection from various historical periods fills the house with rare oriental furniture, rugs, silks, glassware and crystal. After lunch visit the Coptic church, museum and the Synagogue. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Enjoy a relaxing day on the river watching the ever changing riverbanks as we sail from Cairo towards the city of Beni Suef. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning exploration of the spectacular Maydom Pyramid and the brick built mastabas nearby. There will be time to enter the pyramid for those who wish. Lunch on board as we sail for Minya where we moor overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 We spend the full day away from the vessel to explore the superbly decorated rock-cut tomb-chapels of the local governors of Beni Hassan. We continue to Tuna el-Gebel for the famous catacombs and the tomb of Petosiris. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Today, explore the amazing capital city of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti at Amarna, visiting the Royal Tomb, the Southern and Northern Tombs, and the Great Temple of The Aten. Later relax and take in the sights of the riverbank as we sail south. Take the opportunity for bird-watching from the decks, and view the monastery of Prince Tawadros whilst enjoying afternoon tea. Arrive in the provincial town of Asyut, once head of the caravan route to the Western Desert. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Another day of relaxation enjoying the delights of the river and the SS Misr. Participate in the on-board lecture to learn about Egyptian culture and later, view pharonic antiquities at the newly opened Sohag Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to El Balyana. At Abydos, holy city of Osiris, God of the Dead, visit the New Kingdom Temple of Seti I with some of the finest reliefs in Egypt including the famous ‘King List’. Pass two locks and the railway bridge at Naga Hammadi en-route to Qena. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, viewing the image of Cleopatra and son, and the astronomical ceiling in the hypostyle hall, now restored to its original colours. Sail to extraordinary Luxor, often referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum; the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes is incomparable. Visit Luxor Temple by night and enjoy a cocktail reception at the Old Winter Palace. (B, L, D) 

Day 11 Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Explore the Valley of the Kings, with the possibility of visiting the tomb of Tutankhamun or Seti, and continue to Carter’s House. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Cruise towards Kom Ombo stopping overnight at Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Explore the lovely Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to gods Horus and Sobek at Kom Ombo. An unusual double temple construct that is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis, the walls and columns are decorated with fine reliefs including some of the first depictions of medical and surgical equipment. Continue to Aswan arriving in time for afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel with fine Nile views. (B, L, D)

Day 13 View the High Dam and learn its history. Visit Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser, an often overlooked jewel of Aswan and just one of 18 temples and monuments moved for preservation. Dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus and Nubian god Mandulis, Kalabsha is the most complete free-standing temple in Nubia. The inner walls feature carvings of St. George slaying a dragon, and Coptic crosses show the influence of Christians who sheltered in the temple during the Roman persecution. Later, visit the Temple of Philae built by Ptolemaic and Roman rulers to honour the cult of Isis. Travel by motorboat to the botanical garden on Kitchener Island, continue to Soheil Island, a Nubian Village, to visit Anakato lodge ‘our home’, for tea and to watch the sunset. (B, L, D)

Day 14 A leisurely brunch will be served before we depart for Dar es Salaam via Cairo. Travel overnight with Egyptair. (B, D)

Day 15 Morning arrival in Dar es Salaam coastal city and former capital. Transfer to the Ramada Resort Hotel for a relaxing two nights at this beachfront retreat, with wonderful sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.

Day 16 Today travel to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar. Take a morning flight and choose from a range of optional excursions. You may opt to explore Stone Town, or take a spice tour, travel south to Kizimkazi and take a boat trip to see dolphins, or travel to Jozani in search of Red Colobus and Blue Sykes Monkeys. Late, afternoon flight back to Dar es Salaam. (B)

Day 17 Board Rovos Rail in the late morning, the train departs Dar es Salaam at midday and travels the TAZARA line. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car, which will be at the front of the train for the first 72 hours – a different aspect that our rail enthusiasts enjoy. The train travels the fertile lands of Tanzania towards the Selous Game Reserve. (B, L, D)

Day 18 Breakfast is served before a game visit in the Selous, the largest game reserve in Africa and the second largest conservation area on the continent at 50,000 square kilometres; Selous is one of the most remote and least visited parks in Africa. Its elaborate and unique beauty contribute to its UNESCO World Heritage status. Return to the train for lunch. The train passes the Udzungwa Mountains en-route to Mlimba. (B, L, D)

Day 19 The train ascends the escarpment negotiating the hills and valleys with dramatic tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts. On arrival at Makambako guests may enjoy an optional stroll through the town. The train continues through forests of Baobabs en route to Mbeya and Tunduma. (B, L, D)

Day 20 There will be lectures on board as we complete Tanzanian and Zambian border formalities. The train continues southwest to Kasama for a visit to Chisimba Falls. Depart Kasama in the early evening. Enjoy an “African” themed evening on-board. (B, L, D) 

Day 21 A day at leisure to enjoy the delights of Rovos. There will be lectures from the on-board historian or you may wish to enjoy the views as we traverse the Zambian plains. We reach the southern end of the TAZARA railway at Kapiri Mposhi where the train is turned, before continuing to Ngwerere and Lusaka, capital of Zambia. (B, L, D)

Day 22 From Lusaka cross the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans, each at 33 metres, supported on concrete piers. Continue to Zimbabwe. (B, L, D)

Day 23 After breakfast, arrive at Livingstone for Zambian border formalities. Cross the bridge and arrive at the Zimbabwean border for passport formalities. The bridge crosses the Zambezi at the Second Gorge in the falls. Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls. It was here in 1855 that David Livingstone came across the falls, named them after his Queen and called them “a scene so lovely it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Disembark with an overnight bag and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch at the Jungle Junction Restaurant whilst luggage is delivered to your room. Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River followed by dinner in the Livingstone Room of the Victoria Falls Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 24 Breakfast and lunch are served at the Jungle Junction Restaurant. The day is at leisure at the Victoria Falls where there are a number of optional excursions available. Make your way to the station platform in the late afternoon to re-board Rovos, depart at 17.00 hrs on our journey to Bulawayo. (B, L, D)

Day 25 Travels towards Botswana for border formalities at Plumtree then southwards through Francistown and Serule, across the Tropic of Capricorn via Mahalapye to Gaborone, capital of Botswana. (B, L, D)

Day 26 Disembark at Gaborone, complete border formalities and transfer to Madikwe Game Reserve and Tau Lodge for a two-night stay. Situated in northwest South Africa, abutting the Botswana border, close to the Kalahari Desert and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains, Madikwe is a fine example of community-based wildlife conservation. Not always a game reserve, much of its healthy wildlife population stems from a major game relocation that took place during the 1990’s, when 8,000 animals were moved to this former farming area for protection. Afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)

Day 27 Early morning game drive exploring at first light. With a bird population of over 250 species and a spectacular diversity of wildlife, enjoy the tranquillity of nature at your doorstep. (B, L, D)

Day 28 One last morning game drive before breakfast then transfer to the train at Zeerust. Continue our journey traversing the Magaliesberg Mountains, a range of low hills stretching 120 kms from Pretoria to Rustenberg, en route to Krugersdorp. (B, L, D)

Day 29 Travel north through the goldfields to Pretoria for a city tour, with time to explore Rovos’ private station and locomotive workshops where the team have spent nearly 30 years preserving what little is left of the era of steam and the golden age of rail travel. Continue south towards Kingswood for Kimberley. (B, L, D)

Day 30 Just before arriving at Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the right-hand side of the train where often there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingo’s (approx. 23,000). On arrival enjoy a tour of the city, Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Continue overnight through the Karoo via Beaufort West to Matjiesfontein. Enjoy a 1920’s themed dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 31 There is the opportunity to disembark at Whitehill Siding and walk the 5 kms into Matjiesfontein. Enjoy a stroll through this historic village before we pass through Touws River, descending the Hex River Pass and passing through four tunnels. The train climbs down the face of the escarpment through the Hex River Valley and the town of Worcester. On the approach to Cape Town the broad valley hosts hundreds of grape-producing farms. Transfer to the Mount Nelson Hotel for a two-night stay. (B, L)

Day 32 Full day Cape Point tour; drive via Camps Bay to Hout Bay for a boat cruise to Duiker (seal) Island, continue via scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to the reserve and enjoy the views at Cape Point before relaxing over a seafood lunch. Visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach before returning to Cape Town. Farewell Dinner at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Day 33 Day at leisure in Cape Town before early evening transfer to the airport. Return flight to London.

Day 34 Arrive London.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


The visit to the new Grand Museum in Cairo is subject to final Government approval, should this visit not be possible we will explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. 
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
The cruise vessel carries up to 44 guests, the train 72 guests, sightseeing will be limited to a group size of 22 guests.


Cairo to the Cape : Distances
Cairo > Beni Suef .............. 110.89 km
Beni Suef > Minya ............ 162.76 km
Minya > Asuit .................... 371.86 km
Asuit > Qena ...................... 197.81 km
Qena > Luxor ...................... 55.11 km
Luxor > Kom Ombo .......... 105.28 km
Kom Ombo > Aswan ............. 48.5 km
Tanzania > Selous .................. 222 km
Selous > Makambako .............. 435km
Makambako > Kasama ............ 569km
Kasama > Kapirri Mposhi ........ 632 km
Kapirri Mposhi > Livingstone 647 km
Livingstone > Victoria Falls ...... 10 km
Victoria Falls > Plumtree ......... 570 km
Plumtree > Gabarone ............... 515 km
Gabarone > Pretoria ................. 548 km
Pretoria > Kimberly ............... 1071 km
Kimberley > Majiesfontein ....... 722 km
Majiesfontein > CapeTown ...... 314 km


per person in a Main Deck Cabin/Pullman Compartment
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
September 13 £17495
Great Journeys

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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £7380

Cabin Upgrades

Suite and Deluxe Compartment £3650
Single supplement £1170
Royal Compartment £7875
Single supplement £8875

Flight Options

World Traveller Plus from £895
Club World from £3295 

Optional Excursions

Historical Stone Town Tour 3 Hours tour £30 
Spice Tour 3 Hours Tour £30
Jozani Forest Tour 3 hours £38
Kizimkazi: Dolphin Tour 6 hours £68

Victoria Falls
Guided tour of the Falls inc entrance. £47
Helicopter ride over the Falls: “Flight of Angels” £135

Half Day Cape Town City Tour £65

Extension Options

Pre-tour extension - Cairo
Luxury Nile Ritz Carlton
2 nights - £450
Single supplement £405

Post-tour extension - Cape Winelands
Le Quartier Français
5 nights - £1095
Single supplement £780

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, visa on arrival in Cairo, VIP return transfers*, 32 nights’ accommodation (1 night on flight from Cairo to Dar es Salaam) including a 13-night cruise on the privately chartered SS Misr and 11 nights on the Rovos Rail, 2 nights at the Ramada Resort, Dar es Salaam, 1 night at the Victoria Falls Hotel, 2 nights at Tau Lodge, Madikwe and 2 nights at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town. Full board including wine and beer with meals on board the Misr, full board with beverages on Rovos Rail, excursions, park fees, lectures provided by an Egyptologist on the cruise and Historian on the train, expert local guides and naturalists. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, 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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