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Namibia By Private Train - Walvis to Pretoria

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.

Overview 2024

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

Overview 2025

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Swakopmund  - 1 night
  • Train  - 2 nights
  • Etosha National Park  - 1 night
  • Train  - 1 night
  • Sossusvlei  - 1 night
  • Train  - 6 nights
  • Pretoria  - 1 night
  • Return flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Etosha National Park Wildlife Game Drive
  • Sossusvlei's Wind-Sculpted Red 'Star Dunes'
  • The Eerie Diamond Ghost Town of Kolmanskop
  • Tour the 550m Deep Fish River Canyon
  • Cruise South Africa's Beautiful Orange River
  • Kimberley's 'Big Hole' Diamond Mine

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

Accommodation

Strand Hotel - Swakopmund

4-star hotel located on the promenade with views of the ocean. 3 restaurants, lounge bar, spa, fitness centre and WiFi (free) in public areas. 125 rooms with hairdryer, safe, minibar and TV.

Mokuti Lodge - Etosha National Park

As the closest lodge to Etosha National Park, Mokuti is five minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the historical Namutoni Fort and lies on its own private nature reserve with a common border with the park. Restaurants, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 106 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Sossusvlei Lodge - Sossusvlei

The 4-star Sossusvlei Lodge is situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, with direct access to the towering red sand dunes. The lodge offers an outdoor pool and a dining terrace overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Its bar serves cocktails and South Africa’s finest wine. Free WiFi access is available at reception. The air-conditioned, tented rooms feature private patios and individual bathrooms stocked with toiletries. Each has a work desk and an electric kettle.
2025 departures

Courtyard Arcadia Hotel - Pretoria

A boutique hotel located in Pretoria, within close proximity to the Kruger Museum. Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 69 air-conditioned rooms with safe and satellite TV.

The Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel

Extra Nights

Stay in Swakopmund before you start your tour

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Strand Hotel (per night) £150
Single supplement £50

Strand Hotel - Swakopmund

4-star hotel located on the promenade with views of the ocean. 3 restaurants, lounge bar, spa, fitness centre and WiFi (free) in public areas. 125 rooms with hairdryer, safe, minibar and TV.

Dates & Prices

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

March
March 19 (Wednesday)
November
November 12 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation (13 nights' accommodation for 2025) in hotels/lodges/train,13 breakfasts, (2025 - 12 lunches and 13 dinners), all drinks onboard the train, 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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2025: Mar, Nov
  • £3545
  • 2026: Mar, Nov
  • £4045
Flight Options
  • British Airways World Traveller Plus
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £800
  • Arrival transfer
  • £50 (2025 £65)
  • Departure transfer
  • £50

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