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Destination: Victoria Falls

Stay: 5 Nights

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Rovos Rail and Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel is a superb Edwardian establishment on the edge of the Batoka Gorge overlooking the Victoria Falls railway bridge. It is situated in Victoria Falls Town within walking distance of all the craft markets, shops and the falls themselves. The hotel is easily reached by car and approximately 22km from the Victoria Falls Airport. Upon arrival you get a sense that you’ve stepped back in time.

While the building, as it stands today, has undergone numerous renovations since its original construction in 1804, it still looks as if it was built a hundred years ago. The hotel owes its humble beginnings to the plans of Cecil John Rhodes to build a railway track from the Cape to Cairo, crossing straight over the Victoria Falls area. Sadly, Rhodes never got to see the falls as this leg of the track was only built two years after his death.

Rovos Rail

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.


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

Price Includes

- One way flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on Fly Africa with 20kg luggage allowance
- hotel transfers
- 2 nights at Victoria Falls Hotel
- breakfast daily
- 3 nights onboard Rovos Rail 5* in a Deluxe Suite including all meals and drinks from Victoria Falls to Pretoria.

Price Excludes

- All Items of a personal nature
- Meals not mentioned
- Medical & Travel insurance

General Policies & Disclaimers

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.

How to Book

Request a Quote Online or call +27 11 592 9000
(Monday to Friday, 8AM to 17PM, GMT+2)

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