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T8: Shongololo Express, South Africa to Namibia

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T8: Shongololo Express, South Africa to Namibia

The trip offers a unique rail experience. Rail being the most relaxing way to conquer the great distance that is Namibia. Traverse vast landscapes that are achingly beautiful and desolate at the same time. Take in the curious wonders that make this desert destination so popular. Visit Kimberley and the Big Hole that was left by Diamond Miners a century ago. Stand on the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the world second largest canyon. Climb the

DAY 1

Pretoria

15h00 Train departs Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Kingswood for our overnight stop. Accommodation in a luxury cabin complete with double bed, en-suite bathroom and sitting area.

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DAY 2

Kimberley

10h00 Visit the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum in Kimberley. Synonymous with the birth of the international diamond trade, Kimberley is a picturesque small town with a big history. The Big Hole is what remains of the massive diamond mining operation and it is amazing to think that it was dug by hand. 12h30 Return to the train in Kimberley and depart for Upington. Enjoy lunch on board. Read more

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DAY 3

Upington

09h00 Morning tour of Upington and wine tasting at Belazel Brandy & Wine Cellar. The Orange River Valley runs through the harsh and mysterious Kalahari landscape that surrounds Upington and it becomes obvious why this area is known as the Green Kalahari, with fertile valleys contrasted against semi-desert. 12h00 The train departs Upington for Nakop for border formalities with Namibia. Enjoy lunch on board. Overnight Holoog. Read more

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DAY 4

Fish River Canyon

09h00 Morning visit to the Fish River Canyon, the largest in the southern hemisphere. 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, formed by the Fish River as it meanders between boulders over half a kilometre below. Its size is impressive: 161km long, up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. 12h30 Return to the train and depart for Aus for overnight. Enjoy lunch on board. Read more

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DAY 5

Luderitz and Kolmanskop

09h00 Full-day tour of the ghost town Kolmanskop and Lüderitz. The seaside town of Luderitz is something of an anomaly – a piece of 19th century Bavaria bordering the pinkish sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Lutheran churches, German bakeries and colonial buildings are dotted about the settlement, while its windswept beaches are home to flamingos, ostriches, seals and penguins. The nearby ghost town of Kolmanskop is one of fascinating area attraction, where houses have literally been swallowed by sand. 18h00 The train departs for Keetmanshoop for overnight. Read more

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DAY 6

Keetmanshoop

09h00 Morning tour of Keetmanshoop. Visit Giant’s Playground where dolerite dykes of between three to five metres in width and 20kms in length can be explored. Visit Quiver Tree Forest, which is home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. Between three to five metres tall, these prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach skywards; this visit makes for wonderful photographic opportunities. 13h00 Return to the train and depart for Mariental. Enjoy lunch on board. Read more

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DAY 7

Sossusvlei

08h00 Transfer to a Sossusvlei lodge in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Visit the fascinating Sesriem Canyon, which was shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years and it is one of the few places in that area that holds water all year round. The early Afrikaans explorers named the canyon after the fact that they had to use six (ses) leather straps (riem) tied together to create a rope long enough to lower water buckets into the canyon below. Overnight at lodge. Read more

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DAY 8

Sossusvlei

Enjoy sunrise from Dune 45. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red in colour due to its iron-oxide content. As the lighting changes with the time of 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, which means that the type of the dunes hear are known as “star dunes”. This is because the winds cause the sand to form a star shape with multiple arms. Brunch at the lodge. Take a scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park. 18h00 The train departs for Rehoboth for overnight. Read more

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DAY 9

Windhoek

09h00 City tour of Windhoek. The city tour starts with a visit to the TransNamib Transport Museum at Windhoek Railway Station which was built from 1912 to 1913. The museum at the Alte Feste Castle offers a range of displays, including the Social History Gallery and the Independence Display. Both give an insight into Namibia’s complex history. The Christuskirche or Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of the city’s most striking landmarks and was built from local sandstone and completed in 1910. Romanesque, neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau styles influenced its design and Kaiser Wilhelm II donated its stained- glass windows. The tour ends with a visit to the Namibia Craft Centre in the old Breweries Building. 12h00 Return to the train and depart for Otjiwarongo. Enjoy lunch on board. Read more

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DAY 10

Etosha National Park

09h30 Transfer to a lodge in Etosha National Park. Enjoy game-viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhino, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope Overnight at a lodge. 9h30 Transfer to a lodge in Etosha National Park. Enjoy game-viewing in one of Africa’s most accessible venues. Zebra and springbok are scattered across the endless horizon while the many waterholes attract endangered black rhino, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope Overnight at a lodge. Read more

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DAY 11

Etosha National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive before checking out and returning to the train. 15h00 Rejoin the train in Otjiwarongo and depart for Kranzberg for overnight

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DAY 12

Walvis Bay

11h30 Arrive at Walvis Bay Station where your tour ends. Check out of the train. Walvis Bay (‘Whale Bay’) is a thriving town, Namibia’s principal harbour and one of the country’s most popular tourist centres, known for its natural lagoon, striking orange sand dunes and wealth of outdoor activities, including fishing, bird-watching, sailing, sandboarding, swimming, surfing and golf. Located just outside town is Dune 7, one of the largest sand dunes in the world, offering fantastic views from the crest for those with the energy to climb it. Read more

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