South Africa and Namibia by Private Train

009341 - W20

On this exclusive, private train tour you will be taken on a journey of discover from Cape Town to the natural wonders of Windhoek, Namibia, a journey of around 3000km.

Not Included
Tour Notes
  • Unique journey of nearly 3,000 km by private train from Cape Town to Windhoek or reverse
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Namib Desert, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Safari tour of Etosha National Park
  • Lüderitz: the first German colonial settlement in then South West Africa
  • Ghost-town of Kolmanskop
  • Winhoek, a beautiful modern city with German roots

Group Size: Minimum 2 / Maximum 23

2020 Departures:
February: 28
October: 19
November: 01, 09

2020 Pricing:
From US$7,390 – Elephant cabin – Twin
From US$9,650 – Leopard cabin – Twin

2021 Departures:
January: 15
February: 28
October: 18, 31

2021 Prices:
January & February:
From US$7,390 – Elephant cabin – Twin
From US$9,650 – Leopard cabin – Twin
From US$9,280 – Elephant cabin – twin
From US$12,110 – Leopard cabin – Twin

2022 Departures:

January: 07
March: 06

2022 Prices:
From US$9,280 – Elephant cabin – twin
From US$12,110 – Leopard cabin – Twin

Prices are “starting from” rates, shown in US$, per person based on two people sharing twin accommodation. Single use of cabin may be available on a limited basis, please inquire for prices.

Tour Code:
009341 - W20

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Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

Your journey begins in a city that has drawn adventurers to Africa for centuries. Few places can rival Cape Town’s spectacular setting, nestled between the Table Mountain and the sea. Discover everything this multicultural melting pot has to offer during a city tour: Head to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a pleasant stroll or ascend to the top of Table Mountain via its iconic cable car and take in stunning views of it all (optional). Round off the day by joining your fellow travellers for an excursion to Signal Hill and a special welcoming dinner. Meals: D

There is an option to add extra time in Cape Town – please ask us for accommodation prices.

Days 2: The African Explorer - Matjiesfontein - Hex River Mountains

The African Explorer, your comfortable private train, takes you all the way from stunning Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia. ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The African Explorer private train also transports air-conditioned mini tour buses, for a maximum of twelve guests each, for your select programme of excursions. Your tour guide is a fund of fascinating information about the country and its people. For your comfort and safety a doctor is also on board your private train for the entire journey.

Board a legend to begin your South African train tour. Discover the unmatchable ease of rail travel, as the African Explorer whisks you past verdant valleys and through the dramatic tunnels of the Hex River Mountains. Stop in Matjiesfontein to soak up this tiny railroad town’s colonial flair while enjoying a refreshment at the charming Victorian era
Lord Milner Hotel. Meals: B, L, D



Day 3: Across South Africa

Today you enjoy a day of once-in-a-lifetime views from the comfort of your private train. As gorgeous landscapes pass by your windows, informative and entertaining lectures reveal local customs, culture and history that most
travelers miss. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Augrabies Falls - Upington

Visits to Upington and Augrabies Falls National Park are on the schedule for today. As you stand before the world-famous Augrabies Falls, your senses come alive with their thunderous roar and refreshing spray—a truly invigorating wonder of the world! As the early evening sets in, your private train takes you further north. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Fish Canyon, Namibia

Welcome to Namibia—a land of color and texture, with landscapes almost too staggering to take in all at once. You marvel at its sweeping landscapes of deep, ancient ochre and its huge, aquamarine sky. In the distance, silhouettes of animals shimmer beneath the hot sun. You arrive at Holoog Station and take a scenic bus tour to discover the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon, the
largest canyon in Africa. If you wish, you can take a short walk along the canyon’s edge. Before sundown, there is time for a quick excursion to the Quiver Tree Forest. Later you enjoy a biltong (traditional beef jerky) tasting. Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Kolmanskop (Namibian Ghost Town)

In the morning, you arrive at Aus Station, from which you head out to Kolmanskop. In 1908, diamonds were discovered in Kolmanskop, attracting money and miners in droves. But today it’s a ghost town with abandoned
buildings filled knee-deep with sand for you to explore. Later you take a quick bus trip through the so-called Sperrgebiet (German for “restricted area”), a diamond mining area that is now a national park. The bus takes you to Lüderitz, a historic port town situated on the Atlantic coastline across from the famous Diaz Point. Back on board at Aus station, your private train continues on its journey south. Meals: B, D

Day 7: Namib Naukluft National Park

In the morning, you arrive in Mariental, from where you take a scenic bus ride to your lodge. Via the Tsaris Pass, unpaved roads lead you to the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Your lodge is a quiet oasis in the midst of the wilderness—the perfect place for stargazing. If you feel like taking in the sights from the sky, a panoramic aerial tour over this breathtaking landscape is available upon request. Meals: B, D

Days 8: The Namib Desert & Giant Namib Sand Dunes

Today you take in the otherworldly beauty of the Namib Desert and have the opportunity to stand atop the biggest sand dunes in the world—immense, sculptural sand waves as dramatic and vast as the ocean. You’ve seen them
in photographs, but nothing compares to real life. An excursion in open-top vehicles takes you to the famous Sossusvlei salt pan. Later, as the sun begins to set, you have the chance to join a desert safari. The natural beauty you see here is simply unforgettable. Meals: B, D

Day 9: Walvis Bay and Swakopmund

Today you head back to the coast, this time to Walvis Bay (aka Whale Bay), a deepwater port city named for its historical abundance of southern right whales. Your tour guide advises you to look out for them as well as pink
flamingos strutting along Walvis Bay Lagoon. Later you continue your journey via air-conditioned bus to the coastal city of Swakopmund, famous for its unique examples of German colonial architecture. In the afternoon,
you can enjoy a stroll on the promenade or a slice of Black Forest cake in Café Anton before heading back to your train. Meals: B, D

Day 10: Spitzkoppe

You begin your day with a hearty breakfast, after which you continue your exploration of the Namib Desert. Today you arrive at Usakos, from where you head to the Spitzkoppe—known as Namibia’s Matterhorn—and marvel at its
immense, granite peak. The ancient rock paintings you see here speak to the fascination this famous landmark has long held for humankind. Later, you return to your private train, stopping in the evening to enjoy a braai—a
traditional African barbecue—alongside your train, beneath a fabulously starry sky. Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Etosha National Park

The seemingly endless, shimmering white plain you stand on is the largest salt flat in Africa—the Etosha Pan. With the mineral crust crunching underfoot and the horizon going on forever, it’s easy to understand why this was named the Great White Place. You watch as elephants, giraffes and countless other wild animals congregate near watering holes while crossing the entire park by bus. If you’re lucky, you might even see the rare black rhino before sunset.  Meals: B, D

Day 12: On Safari

Jump into a jeep and go on safari in the golden light of the morning. Seek out creatures of the feathered, furry and fanged kind, right where they live, in their natural habitats. Meals: B, D

Day 13: Windhoek - Katutura

This morning’s unique train route is a veritable safari. Your private train passes through game farms where giraffe, antelope and ostrich are often visible from your window. Soon, you arrive in the Namibian capital Windhoek, where you embark on a fun and informative city tour. Among the major sights of the day are the Christ Church—which combines neo-Gothic design with local African sandstone—and the Namibian parliament building, also known as the Tintenpalast (German for “Ink Palace”). Later in the day, you visit the township of Katutura and a local market, before heading back to relax at your hotel. That evening, you enjoy a special dinner in celebration of your exceptional journey and to say farewell to your fellow travelers. Meals: B, L, D

Day 14: Farewell to Namibia

You’ve become a true African Explorer. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or onward to your next destination. You may also choose to extend your time in Windhoek and further explore this beautiful city. Meals: B

Extensions: We can provide you with extensions to other destinations in South Africa, Namibia, Africa or anywhere in he world. Just ask!

Train information

Elephant Category: there are five rail cars in the Elephant category, comprised of five compartments each. Each sleeping compartment in the Elephant category measures approximately 75 sq ft/7 sq m and accommodates two guests in either two single beds or a double bed.

Leopard Category: there are five cars in the Leopard category, comprised of three compartments each. The more spacious Leopard category sleeping compartments measure approximately 107 sq ft/10 sq m and accommodate two guests in either two single beds or a double bed.

All cabins in both categories feature: private bathroom with shower; windows that open, equipped with blinds and sunshades; individually adjustable air-conditioning; 220/230V electricity sockets; safe; closet; bedside cabinets; hairdryer; towels and complimentary toiletries; complimentary bottle of water, daily.

  • Eight nights of accommodation on the private African Explorer train
  • One night at a Windhoek city hotel
  • One night at a safari lodge near Etosha National Park
  • Two nights at a stylish lodge in the Namib Desert
  • One night at a premium-class hotel in Cape Town
  • English-speaking tour guide on the train except for the 3 March and 3,4 November departures, which will be guided in French only
  • Multi-lingual tour director
  • Doctor on board the train
  • Meals per the itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Fine dining in the train’s dining car and local specialities, such as traditional BBQ
  • All excursions and sightseeing listed, including admission fees
  • Transfers and excursion in air-conditioned busses
  • Series of talks on sights, life and culture of the area
  • Extensive information material prepared especially for this journey
Not Included
  • International travel to Cape Town/from Windhoek or to Windhoek/from Cape Town (or Pretoria) depending on departure date
  • Any other extra/ optional activities or accommodation added to your program
  • Passport and visa fees, if required (passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your intended stay in South Africa/Namibia and have at least 2 blank visa pages)
  • Vaccination fees (Yellow fever and malaria vaccinations recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
Tour Notes

Another Southern Africa private train journey is the Southern Cross, which runs between Victoria Falls to Pretoria on August 18 and September 03, 2020. Prices starting from US$6,960 – Twin basis. One train journey, four African countries! Discover the incomparable diversity of sights in the southern areas of Africa, with highlights of the immense Kruger National Park, the stunning Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River. Ask us for full itinerary details and pricing.

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