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Rovos Rail is 30 Years old

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For all lovers of iconic train journeys, a trip aboard one of Rovos Rails trains to different parts of Southern Africa is a must. As at the end this month the company will have been operating for 30 years and is offering eight trips around Southern Africa; varying in length from 48 hours to 15 days. At any given time, the Company will be offering 5 out of the 8 journeys will be running. In addition, they have taken over, and overhauled, Shongololo Express to add to their portfolio.

 

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The trains are exceptional to look at, comfortable to travel in and offer a service that is second to none. You are well looked after the moment you arrive at the station of departure – bags whipped away to be unpacked in your cabin/suite while you have a welcome drink and introduction to a Rovos Rail trip. They stop at many of Southern Africa’s outstanding sites and offer you a tour around – be it the Big Hole at Kimberley or a National Park in the countries visited.

It is a perfect way to celebrate an occasion or to see a country from a different perspective. Please contact us for further details.

 

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New African Rail Route announced by Rovos Rail

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Rovos Rail, one of our favourite carriers for that ”extraordinary” way to see Africa, have just announced a new 15 day trip that takes in Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. It has taken patient diplomatic negotiations to arrange permissions along the whole route and it has taken over 2 years.

The inaugural trip sets off on July 16, 2019 from Dar es Salaam (a city familiar to Rovos Rail as it has been running its 15-day Cape to Dar trip since 1993), and includes a game visit in the Selous Reserve, a fly-in two-night safari in the South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) and a city tour of Lubumbashi (DRC). Thereafter, it joins the Benguela line for short walking tours detailing Angola’s recent history with journey’s end in Lobito. The voyage is available in reverse departing from Lobito (Angola) on August 2, 2019.

Rates, which start at US$12 820 per person sharing, vary according to suite type and are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, room service, laundry, an on-board historian and doctor as well as excursions and the fly-in two-night safari (accommodation, meals, bottled water and a limited wine selection). Not included are pre- or post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers.

A wonderful way to see parts of Africa that are often difficult to access or combine. Give us a call to be one of the first to experience this amazing train journey – it will fill fast and places are limited.

If you would like to find out more and incorporate this in your own bespoke tailor made trip then please contact us for further details on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Zimbabwe and Rovos Rail

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis. Very often we are asked for ideas for a special occasion, a significant birthday or a holiday that is different and memorable. It always has us throwing ideas around the office and arguing the merits of locations and experiences around the world. However there are always one or two front runners and Rovos Rail is one of those.

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Very often we are asked for ideas for a special occasion, a significant birthday or a holiday that is different and memorable. It always has us throwing ideas around the office and arguing the merits of locations and experiences around the world. However there are always one or two front runners and Rovos Rail is one of those.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Day 5: Victoria Falls

Day 6: Rovos Rail

Day 9: Pretoria

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Synonymous with style, elegance and destinations that cannot fail to catch the imagination, Rovos takes you to all the key places in Southern Africa and further afield. The moment that they meet you on the platform (or in Pretoria in their very own station) you can relax in the knowledge that everything has been meticulously planned. You can lock your wallet in the safe in your suite as everything is covered, including the interesting and exciting off train excursions. The food, wine and service are of the highest quality – all you have to do is enjoy it. You need to experience a journey with Rovos to know why they claim to be the most luxurious train in the world and their repeat clients will be willing to back their claim. Nor are their prices ridiculous and with the strengthening Pound they are becoming more and more a “must do” holiday.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive in Victoria Falls – on the Zimbabwe side, and stay overnight here. Take time to over the falls.

One night Victoria Falls

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Travel by road into Hwange National Park. This Park has some 40,000 elephant and all of the other Big 5 to seek out as well as wild dog and sable antelope. The bird life is spectacular, particularly as the rainy season arrives, with migrants arriving and the birds producing their courting plumage.

Three nights Hwange National Park

Day 5: Victoria Falls

Head back to Victoria Falls, still with the chance of game viewing as you go. Make your way to the entrance to the Victoria Falls and the 15 odd points to see one of Natures Seven Wonders. The amount of water coming over the Falls, and how wet you get, does depend upon the time of year. If you want to see the Falls in full flood, then you need to be here in April and May.

One night Victoria Falls

Day 6: Rovos Rail

You have most of the day to explore Victoria Falls or take part in one of the many activities around here before making your way to the railway station to board the Rovos Rail Train that leaves in the afternoon. You will be handing yourself over to an expert team that deliver nothing but first class service. From the moment you arrive and your bags are whisked away to your cabin and a glass of sparkling wine is placed in your hand instead, you know that you will be able to relax and enjoy “The Most Luxurious Train in the World”. Watch the world pass by either in your cabin or in the comfort of the lounge and observation cars.

Three nights Rovos Rail

Day 9: Pretoria

An early start to the day as you head in to Pretoria and Rovos Rail’s very own station. The last couple of miles will be with a steam engine taking you in to your final destination. From here, head to Johannesburg for the onward or homeward journey.

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Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe

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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around.
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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around. Even when the volume of water drops the Falls are amazing to see with the best views being on the Zimbabwe side. When the Zambezi is down it does allow for other activities to take place, such as swimming in the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the Falls or white water rafting the Zambezi below the Falls. If you are flexible as to when you travel, check what levels of water are likely to be going over the Falls when you plan to be there.

Getting here is straight forward with a number of flights arriving from different parts of Africa in to Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Or consider taking the Rovos Rail train from Pretoria (or return to) and have a stylish rail journey that is a wonderful way to start or finish your African odyssey. But book early – places go fast.

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While here we would recommend that you consider a safari in to the Parks of Zimbabwe to see some Africa’s pristine country and wildlife. Our suggested itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 – Victoria Falls

Choose the level of accommodation that suits you as there is a whole range of hotels and lodges to choose from. You could be in a National Park in a tent on the Zambezi with elephant and lion around, in Colonial splendour or a hotel in town near the Falls.

Visit the Falls, take an elephant ride or white water raft depending on the time of year.

Day 5 – Eastern Hwange National Park

An hour flight or 4 hours on the road has you settling in to your tent overlooking the plains with its attendant wildlife. The lodges have popular waterholes and the chances are that you may even have a dinner under the stars somewhere on the plain one night.

HwangeNational   Park with its large herds of elephant, wildebeest and sable is just a short journey away, making you well placed for a wildlife feast. Game drives are in the morning and afternoon but highly recommended is joining the all day “pump run” that takes you deep in to the Park to supply the waterhole pumps with fuel and the attendants with food and wages. For a completely different take on the area join a night drive.

Day 8 – South Eastern Hwange National Park

An extended game drive through Hwange to the South East sees you arriving in a camp that is truly wild Africa and well away from everyone – just African nature to keep you entertained. Consider having your bed made up on the veranda of your tent and sleep out under the stars. Enjoy game drives daily here.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls

Return to the Victoria Falls area for the onward or homeward journey.

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