Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls and Zambezi Queen
This eight-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Pretoria. It then winds its way south through Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before traveling west alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains. After border formalities at Mafikeng, the train travels north through Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues to the Zimbabwean border at Plumtree.
The next day the train passes through Hwange National Park – a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary – where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travelers many recreational opportunities including cruises, white water rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.
Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve (6000 acres) borders the Zambezi National Park. Here you can experience the Big 5 up close on a morning or afternoon game drive, or alternatively join a night drive where you can see some elusive nocturnal animals before ending the experience with a bush dinner. The Rhino Encounter is a signature excursion of the Stanley & Livingstone and a game drive entirely dedicated to these animals is a must. Learn more about their habits and why they are considered endangered.
Located only 10 minutes from the town of Victoria Falls, a quick road transfer allows you to visit the Victoria Falls and browse the bustling town of the same name. You may even decide to join some of the optional activities from here, ranging from sundowner cruises on the Zambezi to a trip on the old Tram with drinks and gourmet canapés.
A road transfer will connect you with the Zambezi Queen for your two night stay on-board. On the departure morning you will be transferred to Kasane Airport for your onward connections.
Please note that depending upon railway capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.