Rovos Rail has designed the ultimate African experience for this exclusive five-star journey, which includes the incomparable luxury of the Pride of Africa and a comfortable aircraft. This 28-day expedition will carry an elite band of intrepid adventurers through the heartlands of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, the Sudan and Egypt.
The northbound route begins with a four-night train journey from Cape Town to the Victoria Falls. Thereafter, guests join our air safari and continue north to Zanzibar, after which they fly into the heartland of Tanzania with a four-day visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Continue on to Entebbe, Uganda, where guests enjoy an optional visit to the chimpanzees and the source of the Nile. The journey then follows the Nile northwards to Khartoum in the Sudan and onto Abu Simbel in Egypt. A luxurious lake cruiser takes guests in a leisurely fashion over three nights to see the historical sights on the shores of Lake Nasser. Then it is on to Luxor for two nights to experience ancient Egypt in all its splendour with visits to temples, quarries and the Valley of Kings and Queens. Guests rejoin the aircraft for the last leg to Cairo where the adventure ends with a tour of the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities from the Four Seasons Hotel.
CAPE to CAIRO: 17 Jan – 13 Feb 2014 * CAIRO to CAPE: 4 Feb – 3 Mar 2014
This journey is available in reverse. See next tab and Downloads below for details.
Cape to Cairo
Arrive Cape Town. Transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel.
At 08h30, a wine tasting at Groot Constantia and a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting).
Lunch en route. Dinner at the V&A Waterfront. Overnight at hotel.
At 08h30, a full-day tour of Cape Peninsula including Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch. Light lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Rovos Rail’s private lounge at Cape Town Station at 09h00. Depart at 11h00 for Pretoria.
Lunch is served in the dining car/s at 13h00. Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein at 18h00.
Dinner is served at 19h30 in the dining car/s. Overnight on the train.
Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00. Arrive in Kimberley at 14h30 for a tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum followed by dinner and overnight on the train.
Upon arrival at 12h00 at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria, enjoy a light lunch on the platform followed by a city tour.
Transfer to hotel at 18h00 for dinner and overnight.
Depart Pretoria at 10h00 on Rovos Rail for Botswana. Border formalities at Mafikeng and Gaborone.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on the train.
Travel through Botswana. Day at leisure on the train. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.
Border formalities will take place with Zimbabwe.
Breakfast and lunch on board. Arrive at the Victoria Falls at 17h00.
Walk across from the station to the Victoria Falls Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day at leisure. Optional tour of the Falls, helicopter ride, river rafting, walk with the lions, craft village, etc.
At 16h00, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
At 08h00, join your dedicated aircraft at Victoria Falls Airport for the flight to Zanzibar. Arrive Zanzibar at 12h00 and transfer to Zanzibar Serena Hotel for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon tour of Stone Town. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Enjoy the Island Spice Tour with lunch en route. Transfer to airport for an afternoon flight to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Upon arrival, board vehicles for 2½-hour drive via Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Lodge. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, enjoy a game drive excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch on the floor of the crater.
Dinner and overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, transfer to the Masek Tented Camp in the Ndutu area, Serengeti Plains.
Arrive at the camp for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Breakfast at the camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at camp.
Transfer to airstrip at 07h00 for domestic flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.
After immigration and customs formalities, depart at 10h00 for one-hour flight to Entebbe, Uganda.
Upon arrival, passengers will be split into two groups. Group 1: Visit the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island.
Group 2: Enjoy excursion to Jinja, source of the Nile. Each group will enjoy lunch en route.
Dinner and overnight at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort.
At 08h00 Group 1: Enjoy excursion to Jinja, source of the Nile. Group 2: Visit the chimpanzees on Ngamba Island.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe Airport for flight to Khartoum, Sudan.
Transfer to the Corinthia Hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
09h00 Option 1: Full-day tour to the sites of Masawwarat es-Sufra and Naqa (packed lunch provided).
Option 2: Half-day tour of Khartoum with lunch at hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Transfer to Khartoum Airport at 08h00 for flight to Abu Simbel, Egypt. Upon arrival, visit the Abu Simbel Temple.
Board Kasr Ibrim for Lake Nasser cruise. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. At 18h00, experience an optional Sound & Light show at the Abu Simbel Temple (by arrangement only). Enjoy a candlelit dinner on board while being entertained with Nubian song and dance.
Breakfast is served while cruising to Kasr Ibrim – tour conducted from sundeck (entrance to site not permitted).
Cruise to Amada and visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the Tomb of Penout. Enjoy lunch on board.
Afternoon cruise to Wadi El Seboua and the temples of Dakka and Maharraqa. Dinner and overnight on board.
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board while cruising towards Aswan. Cocktails are served mid morning when passing the Tropic of Cancer. In the afternoon, visit the Kalabsha Temple, Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi. Dinner and overnight on board.
At 08h00, transfer by road to Luxor and visit Edfu Temple en route (packed lunch provided).
Arrive Luxor and visit Karnak Temple. Dinner and overnight at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.
Enjoy a morning tour to the West Bank of Luxor including the Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut and a photo stop at Colossi of Memnon. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit to Luxor Temple.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Enjoy a morning at leisure. After lunch, transfer to Luxor airport for the flight to Cairo. Transfer to the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel with views of both the Nile and the Great Pyramids. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities followed by lunch at Al Azhar Park. Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Take a morning tour of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx with lunch en route followed by an afternoon tour of Saqqara and Memphis. Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport at 10h00 for flight home OR extend your stay with own arrangements.