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Southern Africa by Train

Monday 09 November 2020

14 Day Railway Journey from Cape Town to Windhoek

Our route: Cape Town, Matjiesfontein, Upington, Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Namib Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Windhoek



Day 01

Monday 09 November 2020

Arrival in Cape Town
Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to your hotel. Stroll along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or take the cableway to the top of the famous Table Mountain (on request). In the early afternoon city tour through Cape Town. As the sun sets, enjoy the panoramic views across the city from the vantage point of Signal Hill – a truly magnificent sight! The evening ends with a special welcome dinner.

Overnight: The Commodore (or similar). Meals included: dinner (D).

Day 02

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Departure on the African Explorer
Your train departs in the early morning. You pass the tunnels of the Hex-River Mountains and later on the mountains of the Big Karoo. Arrival in Matjiesfontain and time to discover this small Victorian city with its famous Lord Milner Hotel where Cecil Rhodes and Edgar Wallace used to stay. Enjoy your first evening on board.

Overnight on board. Meals included: breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D).

Day 03

Wednesday 11 November 2020

A day on board

You will travel the whole day through South Africa’s diverse landscapes and listen to informative lectures on board.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 04

Thursday 12 November 2020

Augrabies National Park
In the afternoon you arrive in Upington and go on an excursion to Augrabies National Park with its famous water falls. In the early evening you will get back to the train and continue northbound.

Overnight on board. (BLD)


Day 05

Friday 13 November 2020

Fish River Canyon
Arrival in Holoog in the morning. The Fish River Canyon, today’s highlight, is the second largest canyon in the world! Climb aboard one of the air-conditioned buses and enjoy the stunning views. There is also a chance to take a short walk along the canyon’s edge. In the afternoon your train journey continues and you have the chance to attend a Biltong (traditional beef jerky) tasting session.

Overnight on board. (BLD)

Day 06

Saturday 14 November 2020

Ghost Town
Morning arrival in Aus station. Your day’s programme begins with a bus ride to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, where the first diamonds were found in Namibia in 1908. Afterwards, you drive through the Sperrgebiet (the “Restricted Diamond Area”) to the harbour town of Lüderitz. After crossing the historical Lüderitz peninsula, you reach the next highlight of the day – Diaz Point, set against the backdrop of the dramatic Atlantic waves. Back on board at Aus station, your private train continues on its journey south.

Overnight on board. (BD)

Day 07

Sunday 15 November 2020

Namib Naukluft National Park
In the morning, arrival in Mariental, where buses will transfer you to your lodges in the Namib Naukluft National Park (approx. 5 hours drive on mainly untarred roads).

Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge (or similar). On request you can book a round flight over this fascinating landscape. (BD)

Day 08

Monday 16 November 2020

The Highest Sand Dunes in the World
Early morning is the best time to see the giant dunes of the Namib. Climbing a dune may be quite tough, but the panoramic view from the top over a sea of apricot-coloured sand is reward enough! Open-top vehicles take you the last few kilometres along an unpaved sandy track to the Vlei, a salt-clay sink surrounded by sand dunes. On the way, you may well be fortunate enough to see oryx antelopes and springboks. As the sun sets, enjoy a romantic journey through the stunning desert landscape.

Overnight: Namib Desert Lodge (or similar). (BD)

Day 09

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Walvis Bay and Swakopmund
After breakfast, your air-conditioned buses are waiting to take you to Walvis Bay where, with luck, you can see flocks of flamingos and pelicans. The tour through the Namib Naukluft National Park by buses takes about 5 hours. In Swakopmund your train awaits you.

Overnight on board. (BD)

Day 10

Wednesday 18 November 2020

In the early morning your train leaves Swakopmund. It will stop at Usakos for an excursion to the granite peaks known as the “Spitzkoppe”. A visit to a local school (except in the school holidays) provides an insight into the everyday life of children from the Damara people. Back on board, your train continues towards Otjiwarongo.

Overnight on board. (BLD)


Day 11

Thursday 19 November 2020

Etosha National Park
Explore the wonders of the Etosha National Park. Your air-conditioned buses take you to the South Entrance of the park for a first safari – a chance to see elephants, gnus and other wild animals close up on the journey. The Etosha Pan, an extremely flat salt pan, lies at the heart of the National Park. This shimmering “great white place”, as its name says, is the largest salt pan in Africa – and with herds of wild animals passing through, an unforgettable experience! This exciting day ends with an overnight stay in a comfortable lodge nearby.

Overnight: Etosha Safari Lodge (or similar). (BD)


Day 12

Friday 20 November 2020

On Safari
In the morning, enjoy an extensive safari drive before carrying on to Otjiwarongo where your private train is waiting for you. Your journey continues to Windhoek. In the evening you enjoy an African Braai (BBQ) at the tracks under a marvellous starry sky.

Overnight on board. (BD)

Day 13

Saturday 21 November 2020

With that proverbial little bit of luck, your journey will be a train safari. This unique route passes through various private game farms where giraffes, antelopes and ostriches are often visible right from the train window! After arrival in Windhoek you will go on a city tour including the neo-Gothic Christ Church and the Tintenpalast, literally the “Ink Palace”, which houses the Namibian parliament. After that, you will visit the township Katutura and a local market. You will be transferred to your hotel before a farewell dinner will be served in a special restaurant.

Overnight: AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino (or similar). (BLD)

Day 14

Sunday 22 November 2020

Goodbye Namibia
According to your flights, transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)

Cost per person on twin sharing basis: Rs 34545 + US$ 5910

Bifurcation of cost as under –

Description US$ Exchange rate Rs
Airfare  on actual
Visa (South Africa & Namibia)      10,000.00
Insurance        1,200.00
Cabin cost (Elephant category)    5,910.00                   70.00    413,700.00
Administrative fee        2,000.00
GST (5% on the toal amount)      21,345.00

*Single use cabin, extra cost: US$ 2930 + Rs 10255


Journey Highlights

  • 600 km of rail track on the African Explorer private train
  • Cape Town – one of the world’s most beautiful cities
  • Fish River Canyon – the second largest canyon in the world
  • The Namib Desert – UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sossusvlei with the world’s highest dune
  • Bizarre rock formations and lunar landscape in Namib Naukluft National Park
  • Safari tour of Etosha National Park
  • Lüderitz – the first German colonial settlement in the South West Africa
  • Gone with the sand – the Kolmanskop ghost town
  • The high plateau of the Aus Mountains
  • Swakopmund – Imperial German architecture in an African setting
  • Windhoek – Modern city and German roots
  • Namibian specialties and select South African wines


Hotels planned:

  • Cape Town: 1 night: The Commodore
  • Namib Desert:2 nights: Namib Desert Lodge
  • Etosha: 1 night: Etosha Safari Lodge
  • Windhoek: 1 night: AVANI Windhoek Hotel & Casino


Tour prices include:

  • 8 nights on board the African Explorer private train according to the category booked
  • 1 night in a Windhoek city hotel
  • 1 night in a generously spaced safari lodge at the entrance to Etosha National Park
  • 2 nights in a stylish lodge in the Namib desert
  • 1 night in a premium class hotel in Cape Town
  • Multi-lingual tour director from Windhoek to Cape Town throughout
  • English-speaking tour guide for max. 25 guests from Cape Townto Windhoek
  • Doctor on board
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All excursions and sightseeing including admission fees
  • Excursions and transfers in air-conditioned buses
  • All Airport transfers on day 1 and 14
  • Fascinating series of lectures on sights, history, daily life and culture
  • Extensive information materials


Travel documents and vaccinations

  • Passport and visas required
  • No vaccinations are prescribed


Not included in train cost:

  • Visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • International flights


Payment conditions of the train:

  • Non-refundable deposit of 15% is due after the reservation
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure


Cancellation conditions of the train:

  • Up to 92 days prior to departure: 15% of total price
  • Between 91 and 42 days prior to departure: 45% of total price
  • Between 41 and 11 days prior to departure: 80% of total price
  • 10 and less days prior to departure/no-show:90% of total price


We regret that due to the intricate logistics of this tour, itinerary changes are sometimes unavoidable.

This journey is generally not for guests with limited mobility or who depend on CPAP machines. Please contact us for more information about your specific requirements before booking.

 Minimum number of tour participants: 50 ; max. 64


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