Namibia Safari by Rovos Luxury Rail

Embark on a unique rail journey from Namibia to South Africa, enjoying game drives and desert drives, seeing the iconic Fish River Canyon, and traversing the Namib Desert and Karoo.

Valued at $18,200
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Highlights of the Namibia Safari, discover Africa by rail 
Cheetah conservation project in Otjiwarongo | Game drives in Etosha National Park | Etosha with a lodge stay | Desert drive in Sossusvle with a lodge stay | Windhoek | Keetmanshoop and Garas Park | Kolmanskop & Lüderitz | Fish River Canyon | Visit Upington with a cruise on the Orange River |  Kimberley's Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole | Scenic traverse Namib Desert, Kalahari Desert, Karoo

Package Inclusions:

Your luxury Fly, Rail & Stay package includes:
  • Return economy class flights from Sydney to Walvis Bay, returning from Johannesburg
  • 1 night luxury accommodation in Walvis Bay(Swakopmund) including breakfast
  • 11 night All-inclusive luxury rail journey with Rovos Rail in a Pullman Suite, from Walvis Bay to Pretoria (Johannesburg)
  • Included 9 night accommodation onboard the rail with En-Suite and 2 night off-train accommodation
  • All meals serve in dining cars & room service onboard the rail
  • Afternoon tea serves in lounge and observation cars
  • Selection of local and international beverages: wine, spirits, liqueur, cocktail beer & non-alcoholic beverages onboard the rail
  • Meals, water, tea/coffee and breakfast juices when staying in an off-train accommodation
  • Limited laundry service;
  • Flights to/from Sossusvlei;
  • Guided excursions (where applicable)
  • Government tax & entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 1 night luxury accommodation in Johannesburg including breakfast
  • All transfers 

**Travel date 20 March to 02 April 2025



**Solo traveller from $23,699 per person



This journey takes the train from the Atlantic in the west to the savannahs of the Highveld. Departing from Walvis Bay, it travels across the Namib Desert towards Otjiwarongo, where the first stop is a visit to the cheetah conservation project. This is followed by a night at a lodge in the game-rich Etosha National Park, featuring a game drive the next day. Next, enjoy a short flight to Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay with a desert drive. Guests continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert with a stop in Namibia’s lively capital, Windhoek, which has a strong German influence. The journey proceeds to Keetmanshoop and Garas Park, home to a quiver-tree forest, and then to the stark vistas of the Northern Cape. The train stops at the ghost town of Kolmanskop before lunch in Lüderitz, known for its museum, colonial architecture, and wildlife, including seals, penguins, flamingos, and ostriches. The train then traverses the Fish River Canyon, second in size only to the Grand Canyon, and passes through the Karoo, once an enormous inland sea. The last stop is Kimberley, the centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes, where guests can savour the 1870s atmosphere of the mining village. The journey concludes in Pretoria.

*Please refer to itinerary for the most updated itinerary for this rail journey

Upgrade Options

Wish to elevate your rail experience?
Upgrade to Deluxe Suites from extra $3,900 per person twin share or $5,500 for solo traveller

Additional features including your own lounge area and a bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

Itinerary



Day 1 20MAR2025 : Sydney - Walvis Bay, Namibia 
Arrive into Walvis Bay, transfer to your ecoonomy accommodation in Swakopmund. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure after check in to your accommodation

Day 2 21MAR2025 : Rovos Rail Journey Begins, Walvis Bay
The Namib stretches for more than 2000km along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The geology consists of sand seas near the coast while gravel plains and scattered mountain outcrops occur further inland. The name is of Khoekhoegowab origin and means “vast place”. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55-80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world. 
Transfer to the Walvis Bay Station for check in
10:00 | Check-in at Walvis Bay Station
11:00 | The train departs for Otjiwarongo. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
13:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train travels across the Namib Desert towards Otjiwarongo. 
16:30 | Tea in the lounge and observation cars. 
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

Day 3 22MAR2025 : Cheetah Convervation Project
07:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
09:00 | Transfer (±60 min) to a cheetah conservation project in Otjiwarongo for a visit. Founded in Namibia in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild.
13:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars en route to Tsumeb.
16:30 | Tea in the lounge car and observation car, which is at the rear of the train. 
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal

Day 4 23MAR2025 : Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park (22270km2) offers great game viewing with many species of mammals, birds and reptiles. It gets its name from the Etosha pan (4760km2), which almost entirely lies within the park. Etosha is a large salt pan forming part of the Kalahari basin and means ‘Great White Place’
Please pack a small overnight bag ready for the stay at Etosha. Tog bags have been placed in your suite for your convenience.
07:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. 
Transfer (±60 min) to a lodge in Etosha for overnight. Check-in and enjoy lunch.
15:00 | Afternoon game drive (approximately 3 hours).
19:30 | Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Dress: Casual

Day 5 24MAR2025 : Etosha National Park
Please ensure your overnight bag is ready to be collected from your suite and proceed to checkout by 10:45. Your bag will be loaded into the vehicles. Time of game drive to be confirmed.
06:00 | Breakfast at the lodge until 07:00 followed by a game drive in the Etosha National Park.
Return to the lodge to freshen up and check-out by 10:45.
11:00 | Transfer (±60 min) to the train at Tsumeb Station.
15:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 | Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kranzberg. Dress: Formal

Day 6 25MAR2025 : Sossusvlei 
The dunes of the Namib Desert were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast of Namibia. The sand here is over five million years old and is red in colour due to its iron-oxide content. As the light changes during the day, so does the appearance of the dunes’ characteristic colour allowing for interesting photographs at any time. The wind in the Sossusvlei area blows from all directions causing the sand to form a star shape with multiple arms, hence the name “star dunes”.
Please pack a small overnight bag for the stay in Sossusvlei. 
07:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00 en route to Windhoek.
11:00 | Transfer to the airstrip. Depart in a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to a Sossusvlei lodge for overnight.
After check-in, enjoy lunch at the restaurant.
16:30 | Afternoon desert drive and a bush dinner after sunset. Overnight at the lodge. Dress: Casual

Day 7 26MAR2025 : Sossusvlei & Windhoe
Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the 
impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. The Trans-Namib Transport Museum outlines Namibian transport history, 
particularly that of the railway. The Independence Memorial Museum focuses on the anti-colonial resistance and 
the national liberation struggle of Namibia
Please ensure your overnight bag is ready to be collected from your suite before the drive. Bags will be stored in the lodge’s baggage area. Time of drive to be confirmed. 
An early wake-up call with tea and coffee. Enjoy a desert drive with breakfast in the vlei.
Return to the lodge to use the facilities, check-out and transfer to the airstrip. 
12:30 | Depart Sossusvlei in a light aircraft for the one-hour flight to Windhoek.
14:00 | Lunch at Windhoek Country Club followed by a city tour. Visit the Trans-Namib Transport Museum, the 
Independence Memorial Museum, the Evangelical Lutheran Church (a striking landmark) and the Namibia Craft 
Centre in the old Breweries Building.
18:00 | The train travels south through the Kalahari Desert.
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Mariental. Dress: Formal

Day 8 27MAR2025 : Keetmanshoop & Garas Park
07:00 |Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00.
12:30 | Lunch is served in the dining cars.
14:00 | Visit Keetmanshoop and Garas Park (Quiver Trees), home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. The prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach up to 5m making for great photographic opportunities.
16:30 | Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Depart for Aus. 
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: Formal
Day 9 28MAR2025 : Lüderitz & kolmanskop
06:00 |Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
08:00 | Transfer (±60 min) to the ghost town of Kolmanskop for a visit followed by lunch in Lüderitz. Lüderitz is known for its museum, colonial architecture and wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. Look out forthe illusive legendary horses rumoured to roam the Namib.
18:00 | Depart for Holoog. The observation car will be leading the train until after dinner.
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: “Africa” Theme or Smart Casua

Day 10 29MAR2025 : Fish River Canyon
The Fish River rises in the centre of the country before flowing south into the Orange River on Namibia’s border 
with South Africa. It has formed the great Fish River Canyon – the largest canyon in the southern hemisphere 
and probably only second to Arizona’s Grand Canyon in terms of size. The vast rocky landscape breaks up into 
a series of spectacular cliffs. Its size is impressive: 161km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest
06:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
08:30 | Transfer (±60 min) to the Fish River Canyon.
13:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 | Tea in the lounge and observation cars. Border formalities with South Africa.
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Upington. Dress: Formal

Day 11 30MAR2025 Upington & The Orange River
The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa (2432km/1511mi). It rises in the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho and flows westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. It forms part of the borders between South Africa and Lesotho and South Africa and Namibia. Except for Upington, it does not pass through any major cities. Attorney General of the Cape, Sir Thomas Upington was principally responsible for liquidating the business activities of all the Orange River pirates and capturing their leader, Klaas Lucas. When the desperadoes were finally chased away in 1884, the town was founded on the banks of the Orange River and named in his honour.
06:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars.
08:30 | Enjoy a walking tour of Upington with a cruise on the Orange River.
11:00 | Travel through the Karoo, a vast semi-desert region that was once an enormous inland sea. Over millions of 
years, volcanic matter was ground down and deposited as silt upon the seabed to form what geologists call the 
Karoo system.
13:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars.
16:30 | Tea in the lounge and observation cars.
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Kimberley. Dress: Formal
The observation car will be leading the train until breakfast.

Day 12 31MAR2025 : Kimberley
07:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
09:00 | Enjoy a tour of Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is 
well known for the discovery of diamonds that led to its establishment in 1871. 
13:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars. The train continues its climb to Pretoria.
16:30 |Tea in the lounge and observation cars. 
19:30 | Dinner is served in the dining cars. Dress: “1920s” Theme or Smart Casual

Day 13 01APR2025: Pretoria 
Please ensure luggage is ready for collection 15 minutes before departure and that you have your passport.
07:00 | Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Travel through the goldfields of the Witwatersrand.
13:00 | Lunch is served in the dining cars. 
17:00 | Arrive at journey’s end at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria
Transfer to your accommodation in Johannesberg Airport

Day 14 02APR2025 : Johannesberg to Sydney
After breakfast,  make your way to the airport for your departure flight home based on your flight schedule, carrying with you a lifetime of cherished memories.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions apply: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current as at 01 July 2024 & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to availability, currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Price includes any stated bonus nights, upgrades & package savings, if applicable. All passports, visas, travel permits, and vaccinations are the responsibility of the travelling passenger to secure prior to travel. Airfares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice, based in economy class from SYD and are subject to the carriers' flight schedules and conditions. Please call us for prices from other airports. Travel packages advertised may include multiple products provided by several suppliers to provide a travel itinerary. Each component of the package will be treated independent of each other, and the specific terms & conditions of each product supplier will apply. Hotels may charge resort fees, or a security bond not included or mentioned in this package, payable direct upon check-in. 

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