Is This Trip for Me?
This nine-day, 3 400 kilometre journey takes the train from the savannahs of the Highveld to the Atlantic in the west. Departing from Pretoria, the first stop is Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes where there is an opportunity to savour the 1870’s atmosphere of the mine village. The train traverses the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon (second in size to the Grand Canyon) and Garas Park with its Quiver Tree Forest.
Continue across the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to Namibia’s capitalof Windhoek, a lively, cosmopolitan city with a strong German flavour. Then it’s a short flight to Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay followed by a night in the game-rich Etosha National Park. On the last morning, the train travels the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19th- century German Hansa town of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay; an unforgettable end to a remarkable journey.
You can opt to do this journey in reverse.