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A Rail Journey to Victoria Falls

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A great rail journey through southern Africa, this tour carries you in luxury aboard the Rovos Rail, and includes sumptuously scenic excursions, and safaris in renowned national parks, on its route from Pretoria to Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls Hotel

“The journey not the arrival matters” is a much-repeated quote of T.S. Eliot. You may find that each is equally rewarding on this meandering from South Africa to Mozambique, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe; on a journey aboard the prestigious Rovos Rail, to arrive at mystical landscapes, wildlife reserves, and cultural sites. With air-conditioned carriages and an open-air observation deck, the train’s contemporary comforts combine with classic wood-panelled design, to evoke the romance of African exploration in an elegant bygone age. Embarking in Pretoria, arrivals in South Africa include a tour of the scenically spectacular Panorama Route; a safari in the huge Kruger National Park, the Sable River crossing its wilderness miles; and a game drive in the much smaller Kapama Game Reserve, both boasting Africa’s Big Five animals. Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, sees us on the edge of the Indian Ocean, while mountains and valleys await in the Kingdom of Eswatini; and in Zimbabwe, we visit ancient ruins and the astounding landscapes of Matobo Hills; meet the wildlife of Antelope Park and revered Hwange; and conclude the tour with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls.


  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Pretoria  - 1 night
  • Train  - 11 nights
  • Victoria Falls  - 2 nights
  • Flight   - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Rail Journey
  • Excursions Included
  • 4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

A great rail journey through southern Africa, this tour carries you in luxury aboard the Rovos Rail, and includes sumptuously scenic excursions, and safaris in renowned national parks, on its route from Pretoria to Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls Hotel


Some walking over rough ground and is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.


Rovos Rail

The ‘most luxurious train in the world’ the beautifully rebuilt wood panelled Rovos Rail train combines the chance to see magnificent scenery and wildlife with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of leisure travel. The train offers 36 superbly appointed suites, with two types of suites available – Pullman (7sqm) and Deluxe (10sqm) – offering passengers privacy and comfort with double or twin beds and fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All have en-suites with shower, toilet, basin, tea facilities, safes, air conditioning, linen and amenities and are serviced daily. There is adequate storage and small cupboards with hangers and shelves. The train itself boasts two well-appointed dining cars, bar car, small gift shop, smoking lounge and observation car with an open-air balcony. Maintaining the spirit of a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board. Passengers will enjoy the formality of fine china and glassware, crisp linen and silver, and while days on board are smart casual, evening attire is more formal. On long journeys you can enjoy themed evenings where guests can dress up accordingly or opt for smart casual. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing that every need is catered for and there is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes are a specialty. Meals are served in one sitting in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines.

Extension Options

Botswana Extension

Stay three nights at Chobe Safari Lodge or Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge, on the Chobe River. Chobe National Park, one of Africa's most prolific wildlife areas, is renowned for its elephants, hippos and lions with wildlife often visible from the Chobe River. Includes two game drives, two game cruises and half board.

Chobe Safari Lodge - Chobe National Park

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, adjoining and sharing facilities with Chobe Bush Lodge. Restaurant, bar, pool and 76 air-conditioned rooms with safe and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Pretoria before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Victoria Falls before flying back to the UK

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

Courtyard Arcadia
(per night) £200
Single supplement £90
Arrival transfer add £45

Victoria Falls Hotel
(per night) £295
Single supplement £245
Departure transfer add £20

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.

Victoria Falls Hotel - Victoria Falls

One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double Pullman Compartment
British Airways from Heathrow

September 3 (Tuesday)
  • Spring Sale

Was £8595

£ 7445

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights’ train and 3 nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 12 dinners, all drinks on onboard the train, itinerary as described, services of train director, guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep 03
  • £3195
  • 2025: Mar 11
  • £2945
  • 2025: Sep 02
  • £2995
Flight Options
  • British Airways World Traveller Plus
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways Club World
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls (2024)
  • £170
  • Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls (2025)
  • £180
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £900
  • Arrival transfer
  • £45
  • Departure transfer
  • £20
Extension Options
  • Botswana Extension (3 nights)
  • 2024: Jun, Sep
  • £1045
  • 2025: Mar, Sep
  • £1145
  • Single Supplement
  • 2024: Jun, Sep
  • £295
  • 2025: Mar, Sep
  • £215

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