Rovos Rail to/from Victoria Falls

Rovos Rail to Victoria Falls

Rovos Rail to/from Victoria Falls – Embark on a romantic adventure of a bygone era on one of the most luxurious trains in the world, Rovos Rail. The 1400 km journey begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria or if doing the journey reverse; from Victoria Falls Station.

Victoria Falls offers travelers many recreational opportunities including cruises, whitewater rafting as well as superb game viewing, and photo safaris. Depending upon railway capacity, this tour could be routed through Botswana. This is one of the most exciting ways to travel through northern South Africa to Zimbabwe; with pre and post-tours available. Or start in Cape Town and travel all the way to Victoria Falls.

From 2022, guests have the option of choosing the 3-night journey or the new 4-night journey; which includes a stop at a local village and a chance to explore the game and prolific birdlife of a 1000ha ranch.

Both journeys stop at Hwange National Park, which covers 1 462 000 hectares making it Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife area. It contains a variety of animals and bird species but is well-known for its prolific lion population.

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A short clip of the luxury rail journey to Victoria Falls on Rovos Rail

3-night Rovos Rail Pretoria to Victoria Falls Itinerary

3 night Pretoria to Victoria Falls Itinerary

Day 1

10 am: Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

1 pm: Lunch is in the dining cars. Travel north through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela); 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. Pass along the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously.

Luxury train to Victoria Falls
Rovos Rail traveling through the North West Province

4.30 pm: Afternoon Tea is in the lounge and observation cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn.

7.30 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars. The train crosses the Limpopo River to Beitbridge.

Day 2

7 am: Breakfast is in the dining cars until 10 am. The train travels through ‘baobab country’.

1 pm: Lunch is available in the dining cars. Travel towards Bulawayo.

4.30 pm: Afternoon Tea is in the lounge and observation cars. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn.

7.30 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars en route to Mpopoma.

Day 3

7 am: Breakfast is in the dining cars until 10 am.

1 pm: Lunch is available in the dining cars. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete; along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line; of 114 kilometers and along the eastern edge of Hwange National Park; a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary.

3 pm: Enjoy a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park.

7.30 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for the night.

Day 4

7 am: Breakfast in the dining cars until 9.30 am.

10 am: Arrive at the journey’s end at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

4-night Rovos Rail Pretoria to Victoria Falls Itinerary

Add an extra night onto your luxury rail journey and enjoy a game drive at The Ranch Conservancy and a visit to the village of Gwanda.

4 night Pretoria to Victoria Falls Itinerary

Day 1

6 pm: Depart Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travelers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.

1 pm: Lunch is available in the dining cars. Travel north through Warmbaths (Bela-Bela); 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. Pass the edge of the escarpment where the Highveld drops precipitously.

8 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars en route to Naboomspruit.

Day 2

7 am: Breakfast is in the dining cars. The train departs for Polokwane.

9 am: Transfer to The Ranch Conservancy; featuring over 25 antelope species and over 250 bird species. Explore the game and prolific birdlife; including white and tawny lions, spotted hyena, buffalo, golden wildebeest, Roan antelope, sable antelope, and black impala; followed by lunch.

1 pm: Return (30 mins) to the train. The train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to Louis Trichardt.

4.30 pm: Afternoon Tea is in the lounge and observation cars. Border formalities with South Africa.

7.30 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars. The train crosses the Limpopo River en route to Beitbridge.

Day 3

7 am: Breakfast is in the dining cars until 10 am.

1 pm: Lunch is in the dining cars.

4.30 pm: Afternoon Tea is in the lounge and observation cars. The train stops at Gwanda where guests have an opportunity to stroll through the village.

6 pm: Depart for Bulawayo which is the second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland, and the industrial capital of the country.

7.30 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars en route to Mpopoma.

Day 4

7 am: Breakfast in the dining cars until 10 am.

1 pm: Lunch is available in the dining cars. The train travels between Gwaai and Dete. This 114-kilometer stretch of straight railway line is one of the world’s longest; and runs along the eastern edge of Hwange National Park; a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary.

3 pm: Enjoy a game drive at The Hide in Hwange National Park.

7.30 pm: Dinner is in the dining cars en route to Thompsons Junction for the night.

Day 5

7 am: Breakfast in the dining cars until 9.30 am.

10 am: Arrive at the journey’s end at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The above itineraries can be done in reverse; starting in Victoria Falls and ending either in Pretoria or adding on the Rovos Rail Cape Town journey or Durban journey too. See rates below.

Rovos Rail to Victoria Falls Map
Rovos Rail to Victoria Falls Map

Depending upon railway capacity, this journey could be routed through Botswana (as depicted above).

Dress Code

Days onboard are smart casual – Neat, conventional yet relatively informal in style combining casual and formal clothing pieces. Evening attire is more formal – For gentlemen, a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail / evening dresses or suits.

Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Victoria Falls Rates (or vice versa)

3 and 4-night journey rates per person sharing:
1st October 2021 until 30th September 2022:
Pullman Suite: R36 500
Deluxe Suite: R55 000
Royal Suite: R72 500

1st October 2022 until 30th September 2023:
Pullman Suite: R39 600
Deluxe Suite: R59 600
Royal Suite: R78 600

The Single Supplement is +50% on all the suite types and on all journeys.

Rovos Rail from Cape Town or Durban to Victoria Falls Rates (or vice versa)

Cape Town to Victoria Falls Itinerary is the 3-night Rovos Rail Victoria Falls Journey; plus 2 nights Pretoria Sheraton and also the 3 nights Rovos Rail Cape Town Journey.

The Durban to or from Victoria Falls is either 6 or 7 nights with 2 nights on Rovos Rail Durban Safari + 1 or 2 nights at Pretoria Sheraton plus the 3 nights Rovos Rail Victoria Falls Journey (or reverse).
The 4-night Victoria Falls itinerary is only available for Victoria Falls to Durban with 1 night at Sheraton

Durban to Victoria Falls (6 Nights) or Victoria Falls to Durban (7 Nights) or Victoria Falls to Cape Town (8 Nights):

1st October 2021 until 30th September 2022:
Pullman Suite: R59 850
Deluxe Suite: R89 775
Royal Suite: R119 700

Durban to Victoria Falls (6 Nights) or Victoria Falls to Durban (7 Nights):

1st October 2022 until 30th September 2023:
Pullman Suite: R64 885
Deluxe Suite: R97 280
Royal Suite: R129 770

Victoria Falls to Cape Town (8 Nights):

1st October 2022 until 30th September 2023:
Pullman Suite: R67 735
Deluxe Suite: R100 130
Royal Suite: R132 620

Departure Dates

Pretoria to Victoria Falls Rovos Rail Departure Dates

Rovos Rail Pretoria to Victoria Falls Departure Dates

Rovos Rail Pretoria – Victoria Falls3 nights Departure Dates4 nights Departure Dates
June 2022N/A8th, 29th
July 2022N/A13th, 27th
August 2022N/A10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
September 202215th, 29th7th, 21st
October 20226th, 13th, 20th26th
November 20223rd, 10th16th,23rd
December 2022N/A21st
January 202326th4th, 11th, 18th
February 20232nd, 9th, 23rd15th
March 20232nd, 16th8th, 22nd, 29th
April 20236th, 13th19th, 26th
May 2023N/A3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
June 2023N/A7th, 14th, 28th
July 2023N/A5th, 19th, 26th
August 2023N/A9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
September 2023N/A6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Victoria Falls to Pretoria Rovos Rail Departure Dates

Rovos Rail Victoria Falls – Pretoria

Rovos Rail Victoria Falls – Pretoria3 nights Departure Dates4 nights Departure Dates
June 2022N/A12th, 23rd*
July 2022N/A17th, 31st
August 202221st, 28th11th,14th
September 20224th, 11th, 18th, 25thN/A
October 20222nd, 9th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 30thN/A
November 20226th, 13th, 27th20th
December 2022N/A25th
January 202322nd, 29th8th,15th
February 20235th, 12th, 19th, 26thN/A
March 20235th, 12th, 19th, 26thN/A
April 20239th2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th
May 2023N/A7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
June 2023N/A4th, 11th, 18th, 22nd*
July 2023N/A9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
August 20236th13th, 20th, 27th
September 20233rd, 10th, 17th, 24thN/A

Rates Include:
Accommodation; all meals; all beverages; room service; limited laundry; excursions with a qualified guide(where applicable); entrance fees as per itinerary; government tax.
Rates Exclude:
International/French Champagne; gratuities; personal expenses; visas; travel insurance; pre and post-tour transfers, accommodation, and flights.

Places to stay in Victoria Falls (pre-Rovos Rail or post-Rovos Rail)

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