The Pride of Africa is widely regarded as the most luxurious train in the world, and train trips on it are eagerly sought after by train lovers. Not only do people get the chance to enjoy a holiday in the lap of luxury, they also get to enjoy fascinating landscapes and enthralling wildlife as they ride the train through the Dark Continent. There are many different tours available that incorporate trips on this magnificent train, and one of these is a 16-day tour of South Africa and Namibia that includes 7 days on board the train.
This tour starts with a three-night stay in Cape Town, and the prices include flights from London to Cape Town. Visitors from other countries will need to contact the tour agent to make alternative arrival and departure arrangements. On arrival, guests are taken on a short tour of the city, taking in the major places of interest, before being brought to the 5-star Radisson hotel. Later, guests can enjoy the spectacular view of the city from the top of Table Mountain, which is reached by cable car.
Tour guests go to the Cape of Good Hope where they can enjoy a short train trip on the quaint, funicular railway aboard the Flying Dutchman. They visit the renowned wine producing regions of Stellenbosch and Franschoek, with the opportunity to sample some of the local wines. Guests fly to Walvis Bay, which is an important wetland reserve on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia. From there, guests transfer by road to the former German colonial town of Swakopmund, spending the night there.
Guests finally get to board the exquisite Pride of Africa on Day 6 of the tour. This is a leisurely day where guests can explore the opulence of this beautiful train before taking dinner on board. The train leaves Swakopmund that night and arrives at Windhoek the following morning. Guests are transferred by air to the Etosha National Park for a stay at the luxurious Mokuti Lodge. Early and late game drives give guests the chance to spot lions, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos and elephants.
Guests are taken to Sossusvlei, one of Namibia’s most famous landmarks. Sossusvlei is a massive plain of salt and clay surrounded by enormous sand dunes. After a desert drive, guests enjoy a bush dinner. The train trips include visits to Kimberley and to the spectacular Fish River Canyon.
These train trips finish when the train arrives in Pretoria, where guests spend the final night in the Sheraton Hotel before departing South Africa the following day. For pricing and more information, visit greatrail.com/tours/namibia-pride-of-africa-tour.aspx#NMJ4.