Imagine exploring the majestic African landscape while recapturing the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era in complete 5-star luxury. Imagine no further.
*The article has been created in partnership with our sponsor, Rovos Rail*
The Rovos Rail Victoria Falls Journey is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel across South Africa and Zimbabwe aboard the most luxurious train in the world. You’ll enjoy delectable cuisine and and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines. Stop off at some of the most astonishing destinations and be continuously enchanted by changing landscapes as you meander into the sunset each night. It provides you with a unique way to experience the incredibly rich Southern Africa. The memories you make on Rovos Rail will truly make you believe that the journey is just as, if not more important, than the destination.
So where does this lavish adventure begin?
The three-night luxury escape begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 9:30am. This isn’t your average rail station. It’s a charming and private renovated station in Capital Park. Be sure to arrive early so that you can stroll through the small railway museum before settling into your suite.
You’ll enjoy your first meal in the old-world atmosphere of the dining cars while the train winds its way north through Warmbaths. Further into your journey you’ll pass through Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River. This part of the journey will highlight South Africa’s incredibly rich agriculture in particular the citrus, grapes and cattle farming industries.
As the sun sets across the warm and rugged South African landscape, you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn as you continue en route to the border of Zimbabwe.
After spending your first night in your luxury suite, day two is a day of relaxation and leisure. You can choose to rise early to watch the incredible sunrise for the last time over the South African horizon, or treat yourself to a sleep-in and a late breakfast. After some formalities at Beitbridge that morning, the train travels towards the historically rich Bulawayo. It is the second largest city of Zimbabwe and the industrial capital of the country.
You can spend the day exploring every part of this lavish train including the Lounge and Observation Cars where afternoon tea is served. Relax in your own suite with mini-bar facilities and air conditioning. There are books, magazines, playing cards and board games available at any time and even a small gift shop on the train to treat yourself to a Rovos treasure to remember your trip by. Finish off the day with a delicious dinner complemented by a selection of fine South African wines, while you travel into day three.
The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometers! The landscape that surrounds this part of Zimbabwe is a sight to be seen, so lucky you’ll be enjoying it with a glass of bubbly in the dining car over lunch.
During this leg of the journey you’ll traverse through Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary. It is the largest nature park in Zimbabwe and is located approximately one hour south of the mighty Victoria Falls. Your eyes will be glued to the view as you may catch sight of the incredible wildlife in the reserve including the Big Five which roam free under the African sun.
At approximately 3pm you’ll arrive at Kennedy Siding for a game drive at The Hide. In the dry season, very large herds of elephant and buffalo gather at the waterhole in this area. Following this breathtaking experience you’ll hop back on the Rovos Rail for dinner en route to Thompsons Junction for your last night on the luxurious train.
Following an early breakfast, the train will depart Thomas Junction and at about 10am you’ll have arrived at journey’s end in the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
On par with the wonders of Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls is the largest body of falling water on earth. Its natural beauty is striking and its sheer epic scale will take your breath away. You’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the astounding waterfall and the surrounding areas that provide for endless exploration. Whether you decide to hop on a cruise, challenge yourself to whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris, there is plenty to do to fill your day with as much or as little adventure as you please. Experiencing the spectacle that is Victoria Falls will truly be etched into your memory, along with the rest of this truly unique trip.