Cape to Cairo 2014 17 Jan – 13 Feb 2014

Rovos Rail has designed the ultimate African experience for this exclusive five-star train journey,which includes the incomparable luxury of the Pride of Africa and a comfortable aircraft.This is Luxury train train travel at its finest.

This 28-day luxury train expedition will journey  through the heartlands of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Sudan and Egypt.

 

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                     This trip is available in the  other direction  as well

Train tour price per person sharing includes accommodation, meals and excursions, as well as alcoholic beverages whilst on the train.* Single supplement

Pullman Suites US$48 500 (*US$8 200)

Deluxe Suites US$52 000 (*US$9 500)

Royal Suites US$55 000 (*on request)

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 First Residence Hotel.

The southbound air safari route begins in Cairo with a tour of the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities from the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel.

Then it is on to Luxor for two nights to experience ancient Egypt in all its splendour with visits to the temples, quarries and the Valley of Kings and Queens.

A luxurious lake cruiser takes guests in a leisurely fashion over three nights tosee the historical sights on the shores of Lake Nasser.

The journey then follows the Nile from Abu Simbel southwards to Khartoum in the Sudan.

After two days are spent exploring this ancient city guests continue on to Entebbe, Uganda, for an optional visit to the chimpanzees and the source of the Nile.

Fly into the heartland of Tanzania for a four-day visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Guests visit the exotic island of Zanzibar for two days before flying onto Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to join the Pride of Africa for a four-night train journey to Cape Town.

 

Deluxe  Double Configuration

DAY1

Arrive Cape Town. Transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY2

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.

DAY3

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.

DAY4

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.

DAY5

Breakfast is served between 07h00 and 10h00. Arrive in Kimberley at 14h30 for tour of the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum followed by dinner and overnight on the train.

DAY6

Upon arrival at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at 12h00, enjoy a light lunch followed by a city tour of Pretoria.
Transfer to hotel at 18h00 for dinner and overnight.

DAY7

Depart Pretoria on Rovos Rail at 10h00 for Botswana. Border formalities at Mafikeng and Gaborone.
Lunch, dinner and overnight on the train.

DAY8

Travel through Botswana. Day at leisure on the train. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

DAY9

Breakfast and lunch on board. Arrive at Victoria Falls at 17h00.
Transfer from the station to the Victoria Falls Hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY10

Day at leisure. Optional tour of Falls, helicopter ride, river rafting, walk with the lions, craft village, etc.
Enjoy a sunset cruise at 16h00 on the Zambezi River. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY11

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.

DAY12

Island Spice Tour at 10h00 with lunch en route. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY13

Transfer to airport at 08h00 for flight to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Upon arrival, board vehicles for 2½-hour drive via Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Farmhouse. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

DAY14

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater with lunch on floor of crater.
Dinner and overnight at lodge.

DAY15

After breakfast, transfer to Masek Tented Camp in Ndutu area, Serengeti Plains.
Arrive at the camp for lunch at 12h00 and an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at camp.

DAY16

Breakfast at the camp. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Lunch, dinner and overnight at camp.

DAY17

Transfer to airstrip at 07h00 for domestic flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.
After immigration and customs formalities, depart for one-hour flight at 10h00 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.

DAY18

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.

DAY19

After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe Airport for flight to Khartoum, Sudan.
Transfer to the Burj Al Fateh Hotel for lunch. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY20

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.

DAY21

Transfer to Khartoum Airport at 08h00 for flight to Abu Simbel, Egypt. Upon arrival, visit the Abu Simbel Temples.
Board Kasr Ibrim for Lake Nasser cruise. Afternoon at leisure with lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

DAY22

Breakfast is served while cruising to Kasr Ibrim – tour conducted from sun deck (entrance to site not permitted).
Lunch en route to Amada.

Visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the Tomb of Penout.
Afternoon cruise to Wadi El Seboua. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY23

07h00 visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temples of Dakka and Maharakka.
Cruise to Aswan with lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

DAY24

Transfer at 08h00 by road to Luxor. Visit Edfu Temple en route (packed lunch provided).
Arrive Luxor and visit Karnak Temple. Dinner and overnight at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.

DAY25

At 08h00, enjoy a morning tour to the West Bank of Luxor including 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.

DAY26

At 08h00, transfer to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, transfer to Al Azhar Park for lunch followed by an afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.

Transfer to the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel with views of both the Nile and the Great Pyramids.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY27

08h00 tour of Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. Lunch en route. Afternoon tour of Saqqara and Memphis.
Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY28

Transfer to airport at 10h00 for flight home OR extend your stay with own arrangements.

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