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 - 2024

Explore the astonishing landscapes and wonderful wildlife of Namibia, crossing the mesmerising miles of this vast country in the comfort of the Rovos Rail train, from Etosha National Park to the saltpan of Sossusvlei, and the Namib and Kalahari Deserts

Journey along the Dunes Express route aboard the prestigious Rovos Rail train, which combines contemporary facilities with Edwardian elegance, to cover the 3,440kms in comfort and style. This tour explores one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth, taking the title as ‘the cheetah capital of the world’, and teaming abundant wildlife with a medley of amazing landscapes from savannahs to scrubland and deserts. The adventure begins on the Atlantic shore at Walvis Bay, heading north to visit a cheetah sanctuary, and onward for a night in Etosha National Park, where birds and beasts in abundance meet at the waterholes. The train then turns south for Sossusvlei, its huge saltpan staying dry, sometimes for years; its landscape a mix of huge, wind-whipped sand dunes and deep rocky chasms. We spend time in the cosmopolitan capital, Windhoek, before traversing the Namibian reaches of the Kalahari Desert to visit the Quiver Tree Forest; call in at coastal Lüderitz, and the ghost town of Kolmanskop; and see the spectacularly scenic Fish River Canyon; and then enter South Africa, crossing the Karoo to Kimberley’s gold-rush country, enroute to journey’s end at Pretoria.

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Rail Journey

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow, via Johannesburg, to Walvis Bay.                                              

Day 2 On arrival, transfer to Swakopmund, with palm-lined streets, half-timbered houses, Atlantic surf, and an iconic lighthouse, for overnight at the 4-star Strand Hotel. (D)

Day 3 Embark on the Rovos Rail train at Walvis Bay Station and travel inland toward Otjiwarongo. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Tour to visit a Cheetah Conservation project, dedicated to preserving the cheetah in the wild; and return to the train to journey to Tsumeb. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel (1hour) by road to Etosha National Park, Namibia’s largest and greatest reserve, where flamingos visit the massive Etosha Pan salt flat/lagoon, and rhinos share the plains with elephants, leopards, lions, giraffes, huge herds of antelopes and, of course, cheetahs. Explore the park on an afternoon game drive, and overnight within the reserve at the Mokuti Safari Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 6 Etosha is home to well over a hundred mammal species and three times as many bird types. After an early morning game drive, re-join the train at Tsumeb and continue the journey to Kransberg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel south to Windhoek and transfer to the airstrip for a one-hour, light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei in the southern Namib Desert. Part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, its landscape is a huge, gleaming ‘vlei’, a clay and salt pan, encircled by wind-sculpted ‘star dunes’, and forming a fantastically photogenic arena. Enjoy an afternoon desert drive and an evening bush dinner. Overnight at Le Mirage, Sossusvlei Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Wake early for a sunrise desert drive and breakfast in the vlei, where pitch-black thorn trees rise from the bleached-white floor of the pan, and rust-red dunes are framed by a bright blue sky. Return to Windhoek by air for lunch at the Country Club and a city tour, visiting the Trans-Namib Transport Museum, celebrating the country’s railroad past; the Independence Memorial, and Evangelical Lutheran Church; and the Namibian Craft Centre, with goods handcrafted by rural communities and ethnic groups. The journey this evening cuts through the Kalahari Desert to Mariental. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Traverse the desert to Keetmanshoop to visit the rustic Garas Park rest camp. Sprinkled with sculptures by its artist owner, the unworldly Quiver Tree landscape is a rare cluster of some 300 of the aloe trees, standing up to 30ft tall on a rocky hillside. Depart for Aus. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Discover the ghost town of Kolmanskop, an old diamond mining town, abandoned in 1956, its houses preserved by the arid climate of the Namib Desert, but now filling with banks of sand. Continue to the coast for lunch in Lüderitz, with museums and colonial architecture in the town, and penguins, flamingos, and seals along its shore. After time at leisure, return to the train, bound for Holoog. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Tour to the fantastic Fish River Canyon, at 161km long, the largest gorge in the southern hemisphere. A landscape of cliffs and boulders, with walls up to 650m high, it cuts a dramatic course, a river torrent in the rainy season and barely a stream in the dry. The train departs to cross from Namibia into South Africa, and continues through the Great Karoo’s varied terrain to Upington. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Enjoy a cruise on the Orange River, crossed by the 3,000ft span of South Africa’s longest railway bridge; and a walking tour of Upington, where landmarks include the Date Palm Avenue and historic Hortentia Windmill. Continue through the Karoo to Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape. (B, L, D)

Day 13 It’s all in the name on a visit to Kimberley’s ‘Big Hole’ diamond mine, claimed (and disputed) to be the world’s deepest hand-excavated void; and the adjacent open-air Mine Museum, a convincing scene of an 1870s diamond-rush town, complete with shops and houses. The train starts its climb to Pretoria in the afternoon, for your final night aboard the Rovos Rail train. (B, L, D)

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

Day 15 Arrival at London Heathrow.                                                                                                                         

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


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

Date Price
March 13 £6695
May 15 £8945
Prices Reduced

Save £2250
(13 March 2024)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £3445 (Apr £2515)

Accommodation Upgrades

Deluxe Compartment £1000 (Apr £850)
Deluxe Compartment single £4045 (Apr £2845)

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus - On request
British Airways Business Class - On request

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Swakopmund
Strand Hotel (per night) £150
Single supplement £50

Tour Only

Save £800
Arrival and departure transfer add £50

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation in hotels/lodges/train, breakfast and dinner daily, 9 lunches, itinerary as described, all drinks onboard the train, 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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