Destination: Victoria Falls
Stay: 5 Nights
The Kingdom at Victoria Falls Hotel
The Kingdom Hotel is a 4 star themed resort within walking distance of the Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi. This massive centre is home to a large hotel; an entertainment centre with a casino, restaurants, bars, a bank, a beauty parlour, shops, an internet café, a pharmacy and an attractive man-made lake.
As its name implies, the hotel was designed to look like a royal palace, with architecture based on the Great Zimbabwe Monument in Masvingo. The Kingdom is the sister hotel of The Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, and the themes are very similar with rope bridges, lagoons, waterfalls and African fantasy-themed structures. The hotel was formerly known as the Makasa Sun and hosted Southern Africa’s best-known casino for 35 years. In 1999 the resort was rebuilt and transformed into The Kingdom as it stands today.
The resort’s large entertainment centre, The Enclosure, is quite popular amongst guests and locals alike. Its main attraction, the Makasa Casino is set under a large domed skylight and has been rated one of Zimbabwe’s most attractive casinos. It offers a selection of Black Jack, Roulette and 170 slot and poker machines.
General make-up of the train Locomotive, generator car, staff car, guest sleepers, a non-smoking lounge car (26 guests), two non-smoking 42-seat dining cars (if required, plenty of space for the maximum of 72 guests carried), kitchen car, guest sleepers, smoking lounge and Observation Car (32 guests) at the tail.
Cuisine Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty. Breakfast is between 07h00 and 10h00, lunch at 13h00, tea at 16h30 and a formal dinner at 19h30. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.
The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres/±118 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort.
In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
ROVOS RAIL ITINERARY:
This three night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail’s gracious station in Pretoria. It then winds its way south through Johannesburg and the goldfields of the Witwatersrand before travelling west alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains. After border formalities at Mafikeng, the train travels north the following day through Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, crosses the Tropic of Capricorn and continues via Mahalapye and Francistown to the Zimbabwean border at Plumtree. The next day the train passes through 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. The surrounding areas offer travellers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing and photo safaris. Available in reverse. Please note that depending upon railway capacity this journey could be routed northwards through Beitbridge and Zimbabwe.
Day 1 Sunday :
17h00 : Depart Victoria Falls Station and travel in a southeasterley direction towards Zimbabwe’s largest reserve, the Hwange National Park.
19h30 : Dinner is served in the dining car/s en route to Kennedy Siding for the overnight stop.
Day 2 : Monday :
05h00 : Early wake up call with a continental breakfast.
06h00 : Disembark for a game drive at The Hide.
11h00 : Brunch is served in the dining car/s .
16:30 : Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19h30 : Dinner is served as the train heads towards Plumtree for Botswana border formalities.
Day 3 : Tuesday :
07h00 : Breakfast is served en route to the border via Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone.
12h00 : SA. border formalities at Ramatlabama.
13h00 : Lunch is served as the train travels through the farmlands of the Marico Valley.
19h30 : Dinner is served as the train traverses the Magaliesberg Range. Overnight Krugersdorp.
Day 4 : Wednesday :
07h00 : Breakfast is served until 09h30.
10h00 : Arrive at journey’s end in Pretoria
MEALS ON THE TRAIN (unless adjusted) Breakfast 07h00 -10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30.
Rovos Journey includes : accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, 24 hour full room service and limited laundry while on board the train , as well as excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
(where applicable) and government tax
Prices are from a starting price, per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuation and availability. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Valid for dates as specified.
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