Victoria Falls Activities | Rovos Rail
A Luxury Train Journey is the Ultimate way to get to Victoria Falls Traversing Mountain Ranges and Game Parks
Rovos Rail is a privately owned South African company, established in 1989. Their luxury trains take passengers through the wonderfully diverse countryside, towns and cities of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, and Egypt and passengers get the chance to experience world class rail travel.
It really is the definitive way to travel. So take a tour with a difference from Pretoria to Victoria Falls and/or the other way. This Victoria Falls - Pretoria trip with Rovos Rail is great as a send-off from Victoria Falls into South Africa, or as an awesome start to a Victoria Falls holiday from South Africa, if you are going one way. Experience the romance of a by gone era as a couple on a honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, or as a family wanting to explore the beautiful African landscape.
The Rovos Rail itinerary (described below) has to be one of the most iconic, as it travels its way through some 1 600 kilometres of Southern African scenery from Pretoria to the town of Victoria Falls, home to one of the seven wonders of the world. Your luxurious journey takes you through Bela Bela (formerly Warmbaths) and Modimolle (formerly Nylstroom) before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. The train continues its stately pace heading up to Beitbridge for the border crossing with Zimbabwe. Here you complete the usual border formalities and then you are in Zimbabwe, where you continue through some beautiful landscape en route to Bulawayo; then it’s on to Kennedy Siding, and the vast Hwange National Park – where you have the chance to do some game viewing with a notable safari camp. The last leg of this fascinating itinerary takes you to Victoria Falls, where the station is adjacent to the wonderful Edwardian building that is the Victoria Falls Hotel (it was original built as a railway hotel in 1904).
Victoria Falls has a lot to offer the visitor, with Victoria Falls activities such as tours of he largest waterfall in the world, to Sunset Cruises, and the more adrenalin pumping activities such as white water rafting on the Zambezi River; as well as some excellent game viewing in the Zambezi National Park. A visit to Victoria Falls is full of photographic opportunities!
The adventure of the Rovos Rail train between Pretoria and Victoria Falls goes as follows:
There is an option to ride the Rovos Rail train between Victoria Falls and Durban, South Africa - a 10 day affair of luxury accommodation in the Rovos hotels and the Pride of Africa train.
The Rovos Rail train is made up of different sections/cars: Lounge cars are air conditioned non-smoking areas furnished with sofas and comfortable chairs and a small gift shop; Observation cars are refurbished from dining cars with large windows and a balconies, best for sight seeing; Club cars, with large glass walls on both sides of the train, are an extension of the Observation cars and the only smoking areas allowed on the train; Dining cars date back to the 1940’s but have been restored to maintain quality. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining cars, while afternoon tea is served in the lounge and observation cars.
• Luxury suites with a maximum capacity of 72 passengers
All rooms have:
• Air conditioning
• 24 hour room service
• Accommodation (on and off train)
• Telephone calls
Stuff to Bring
• In the spirit and in going along with the ambience of class and
sophistication aboard the Rovos Rail train, guests are to dress smart casual
during the day, and formally in the evening. However, when taking trips off the
train, guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses,
sunscreen and a hat for the outside activities. Warm clothing is essential for
the games drives as those are conducted early in the morning when it is still
Don’t expect to get full mobile phone coverage, especially while the train is in motion or stopped in the remote game parks. Children are admissible for this Rovos Rail trip, but parents are asked to keep them close and well disciplined.
Other Epic Train Journeys to Victoria Falls
For a longer four country journey through southern Africa to Victoria Falls by train, try the Shongololo Express!
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