Flight - 1 night
Swakopmund - 1 night
Train - 1 night
Etosha National Park - 1 night
Train - 2 nights
Sossusvlei - 1 night
Train - 6 nights
Flight - 1 night

Namibia by Private Train - Walvis Bay to Pretoria

Unmatched for sheer natural beauty Namibia is a true land of contrast and colour, explore the wonders of this African nation that reveals more than just a safari destination

The word ‘namib’ translates as ‘vast place.’ To experience the best of Namibia vast distances need to be covered, indeed the enormity of this extraordinary country with varied roads and tiny populations make it quite formidable to explore.

A comfortable and convenient way to explore the best of the natural wonders and wildlife is by rail. Whilst local trains are not a suggested option, we can fully recommend the Dune Express routing of the popular Shongololo Express, operated from South Africa by our friends at Rovos Rail.

The stark vistas of the Northern Cape and Karoo contrast with the garden city of Pretoria. This 12 day rail journey, covering some 3447kms, enables travel from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic, visiting the oldest desert on the planet. There are few more fascinating desert realms than the Namib with seas of multi-toned wind-sculpted dunes and an exoticism of plants and animals.

Namibia is home to the world’s largest population of free roaming cheetahs. Big cats, elephants and black rhinos patrol Etosha, Namibia’s greatest national park, but tour this beautiful land and you’ll discover so much more – surprising German architecture and magnificent sand dunes, raw scrub desert.

Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park is famed for its stunning and ever changing sand dunes of red, pink and orange, the Kalahari for the untamed beauty of its seemingly endless gold-grass plains and Fish River Canyon as the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere.

This may be Africa’s youngest independent country but it can more than hold its own in terms of attractions; it is indeed an unforgettable and quite remarkable journey!

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Rail Journey
Guaranteed Departure

Day 1 Fly overnight to Walvis Bay via Johannesburg.

Day 2 On arrival transfer to the 4-star Strand Hotel Swakopmund. (D)

Day 3 Embark on the Shongololo Express and begin our journey to Otjiwarongo. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Transfer to Etosha National Park the greatest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia and home to four of the 'Big Five'. Enjoy a game drive and overnight at the Mokuti Safari Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning game drive before re-joining the train to travel south to Kranzberg. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Arrive in Windhoek, visit the Trans-Namib Transport Museum, Alte Feste and Namibian craft centre. (B, D)

Day 7 Drive (3.5 hours) to Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park, enjoy lunch and a desert drive to Sesriem Canyon then overnight at Le Mirage or Sossusvlei Lodge or similar. Enjoy a true desert experience in the oldest desert on earth and with some of the world’s highest dunes bathed in tones of apricot, red and orange. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Enjoy the sunrise on a morning drive in the Namib-Naukluft Park to Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Lunch at the lodge then a scenic drive across the Great Escarpment. The Central Plateau is the largest landscape formation in Namibia and gives way to the Kalahari Basin. Join the train at Mariental and proceed to Keetmanshoop, traverse the Kalahari, a vast semi-desert of sand and thorn scrub that stretches over nine South African countries. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit Garas Park and the Quiver Tree Forest, home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy, prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach up to 5m. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop and the port of Lüderitz, known for its museum, colonial architecture and wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. Time at leisure before return to the train. (B, D)

Day 11 Visit Fish River Canyon. Fish River rises in the centre of the country before flowing south to Orange River, in between forming the great Fish River Canyon. This vast rock landscape is lunar-like and divides into a series of spectacular cliffs with Fish River meandering between boulders half a kilometre below. Depart for Nakop for border formalities and on to Upington. Travel the Karoo semi-desert, offering the visitor vast plains, majestic mountains and picturesque Karoo towns steeped in history and intrigue. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Explore the Donkey Memorial, the railway on Orange River and tour the Bezalel Wine and Brandy Estate with a tasting. Continue to De Aar. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Visit the ‘Big Hole’ and Diamond Museum in Kimberley dating from the 1870’s diamond rush. Afternoon departure to Potchefstroom. (B, D)

Day 14 Arrive at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria and transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London. (B, L)

Day 15 Arrive London.

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


per person in a twin room/Gold Compartment
British Airways/Airlink from London Heathrow

Date Price
November 9 £6595


per person in a twin room/Gold Compartment
British Airways/Airlink from London Heathrow

Date Price
May 23 £7145
August 22 £7145

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £2495 (2023 £2795)

Accommodation Upgrades

Emerald Compartment £1500 (2023 £2200)
Single supplement £2995 (2023 £3595)

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £775
British Airways Business Class from £3350

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Swakopmund
Strand Hotel (per night) £140
Single supplement £40

Independent Arrival

Save £800
Arrival and departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation in hotels/lodges/train, breakfast and dinner daily, 9 lunches, itinerary as described, services of expert local guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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