This unforgettable journey, escorted by Lorenzo Boccabella and Trudy Andrews, is a great pre or post option for those hoping to make the most of their time in southern Africa.
Step back in time to a world of yesteryear as you travel the famed and elegantly appointed Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Victoria Falls. Known as ‘the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Rovos Rail boasts itself as ‘The most luxurious train in the world’ with a maximum of 72 guests carried at any one time. Our three-night rail adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. While enjoying lunch, the train winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. We journey past the edge of the escarpment and cross the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border of Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country.
The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing 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.
Life on Board
General make-up of the trains: Locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars, kitchen car, smoking lounge and observation car (32 guests) at the tail.
Cuisine: Meals are served in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for the focus on fresh local ingredients and some traditional dishes with game. Breakfast is from 07.00, lunch at 13.00, tea at 16.30 and a formal dinner at 19.30.
Dress: For days on the train, dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal with jacket and tie for men and evening or cocktail dresses/suits for women a must.
Mobile Devices and Internet: In the spirit of travelling in a bygone era, there are no radios or television sets. The use of mobile phones, laptops is restricted to your suite.
The Victoria Falls Hotel
The most famous property at Victoria Falls. With dramatic views of the gorges of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, The Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the British in 1904, was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway. Today it is a famous luxury brand and member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Serene lily ponds, arched loggias and broad verandas — offering magnificent vistas — seem custom-built for a spot of high tea or a relaxed gin and tonic, while a private path leads to the falls, an idyllic 10-minute walk away. Some rooms offer stunning views of the gorges and bridge.
From $7,100 per person, this post conference experience includes:
- 1 night in a Classic Room at the Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria, including breakfast
- 3 nights in a Deluxe Cabin on the Rovos Rail, including all meals
- 3 nights in a Stable Wing Room at the Victoria Falls Hotel, including breakfast
- Arrival transfer from Johannesburg to Pretoria, including a one hour driving tour of Pretoria
- Transfer from the Sheraton Hotel to Rovos Rail and Rovos Rail to The Victoria Falls Hotel
- All Rovos Rail activities, including a game drive
- Tour of Victoria Falls with lookout lunch
- Zambezi Royal luxury sunset cruise
- Dinner at The Boma with Zimbabwean cuisine and entertainment
- Taxes & gratuity
- Prices for single guests, family groups and upgrades are available upon request.
- This conference package does not include any social events arranged for conference networking purposes.
25 April – Arrive at sheraton Hotel, Pretoria
After your transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Pretoria, you’ll enjoy a 1-hr tour of Pretoria before checking in for your pre-rail-journey night at the Sheraton Hotel.
26 April – Train departs rovos rail station, Pretoria
Transfer to the Rovos Rail Station to depart Pretoria at 9.30am. We travel north through Warmbaths and Nylstroom, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner enroute to Messina and Beitbridge for Zimbabwe border formalities. (L, D)
27 April – Travel through Zimbabwe
Enjoy spectacular views of Bulawayo, Rutenga and Somabhula. Overnight stop onboard at Mpopoma (B, L, D)
28 April – Enjoy an afternoon game drive
Travel the eastern edge of Hwange National Park before arriving at Kennedy Siding for an afternoon game drive at The Hide. Overnight at Thompsons Junction. (B, L, D)
29 April – arrive at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We travel towards the Zambezi River before arriving at journey’s end in Victoria Falls at 10am. We check in to our stunning hotel, ‘THE’ Victoria Falls Hotel before taking a tour of the falls and enjoying a lookout lunch. (B, L)
30 April – Victoria Falls Enjoy a night of Zimbabwe
Entertainment and cuisine at The Boma, including spirited dance and drumming performances and traditional storytelling. (B, D)
1 May – Victoria Falls
Spot elephants, hippos and crocodiles on your luxurious Zambezi River sunset cruise. (B, D)
2 May - Departure Day (B)
Journey on to the Kruger/Johannesburg Conference or back home.
(order of activities held in Victoria Falls subject to change)