Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls and a Zambezi Queen Collection Houseboat Stay
This eight-night adventure begins with your train’s departure from Rovos Rail train’s gracious station in Pretoria. The train then winds its way south through Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before traveling west along the Magaliesberg Mountains. After border formalities at Mafikeng, the Rovos Rail route travels north through Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues to the Zimbabwean border at Plumtree.
The next day, you’ll pass through Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where you can spot animals from the train. After a service stop at Thompson’s Junction, the sojourn ends at the iconic Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, white water rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris.
You’ll also stay at the luxurious The Elephant Camp, situated on a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges. The camp gives you breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, as well as the spectacular gorges that separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. Accommodation is in the form of luxury tents, all of which face the gorge with a private viewing deck, plunge pool and private lounge area, as well as an inside and outside shower and a bath with a view!
Located only 10 kilometres from the town of Victoria Falls, a quick road transfer allows you to browse the bustling town and then set off on an activity of your choice. Embark on an elephant-backed safari, enjoy white water rafting on the Zambezi – or a more sedate sundowner cruise – or get close to nature with a Vic Falls canopy tour.
A road transfer from Victoria Falls will connect you to board one of the luxury houseboats within the Zambezi Queen Collection where you’ll stay for two nights. On the third morning, you’ll be transferred to Kasane Airport for your onward connections.
Please note that depending upon railway capacity, your journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.