Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AFRICA

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Otjiwarongo

1

Kranzberg

NAMIBIA

Windhoek

Swakopmund

Sossusvlei LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Rehoboth

Walvis Bay

BOTSWANA

Mariental

1

Pretoria Johannesburg

Keetmanshoop

Aus

Holoog

Upington

Kingswood

Nakop

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

Kimberley

11

LESOTHO

De Aar

1

SOUTH AFRICA

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

RAIL TOUR

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £4199pp

• Travel across southern Africa in style aboard the Shongololo Express • Explore the rich wildlife surrounding Luderitz • Gaze at the majestic surroundings of the Namib-Naukluft Park • Explore the watering holes of the Etosha National Park, where you may be lucky to see the endangered black rhino LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

12 day Dune Express Pretoria • Kimberely • Upington • Fish River Canyon • Kolmanskop • Luderitz • Keetmanshoop • Namib-Naukluft Park • Etosha National Park • Swakopmund

Day 1: Pretoria Board the Shongololo Express for Naimbia. The train heads west to Kingswood for an overnight stop. (LD) Day 2: Kingswood - Kimberley - Upington The morning starts with a visit to the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum in Kimberley. Capital of the Northern Cape, Kimberley is well known for the discovery of diamonds which led to its establishment in 1893. return to the train bound for Upington. (BLD) Day 3: Upington - Nakop Visit the historical sights of Upington, beginning with a drive past the Donkey Memorial, which honours the life of the working donkey, and the railway on the Orange River. Guests arrive at the Bezalel Wine & Brandy Cellar for a tour and tasting and then return to the train. (BLD) Day 4: Fish River Canyon The Fish River rises in the centre of the country, before flowing south into the Orange River, on Namibia’s border with South Africa. In between, it has formed the great 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. (BLD) decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop. En route you might see the legendary horses that are rumoured to roam the Namib Desert as we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Lüderitz is known for its museum, colonial architecture and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. (BLD) Day 6: Keetmanshoop Visit Giant’s Playground where dolerite dykes of between 3 to 5 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 3 to 5 metres tall, these prehistoric trees have forked branches that reach skywards; this visit makes for wonderful photographic opportunities. (BLD) Day 7: Namib-Naukluft Park The Tsauchab River has shaped the Sesriem Canyon 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 Day 5: Kolmanskop and Luderitz Lüderitz lies at the end of the currently

that they had to use 6 leather straps tied together to create a rope long enough to lower water buckets into the canyon below. (BLD) Sossusvlei lodge Day 8: Namib-Naukluft Park Enjoy sunrise from Dune 45 followed by brunch at the lodge. Take a scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park. The dunes of the Namib Desert were created by sand carried by the wind from the coast of Namibia. 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. (BLD) Day 9: Windhoek Situated in Namibia’s central highlands, Windhoek is an attractive city surrounded by clusters of hills and the impressive Auas and Eros Mountains. The city tour of Windhoek starts with a visit to the TransNamib Transport Museum. 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. At the top of Robert Mugabe Avenue is the Christuskirche or Evangelical Lutheran Church. Your last visit is the Namibia Craft Centre in the old Breweries Building. (BLD) Day 10: Etosha National Park The park offers excellent 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. (BLD) Day 11: Etosha National Park Enjoy a morning game drive before checking out and returning to the train. (BLD) Day 12: Walvis Bay Swakopmund, Namibia’s seaside resort on the west coast, is a place of singular charm. It resembles a small Bavarian village nestling between the desert and the sea and enjoys a restful and relaxing atmosphere. The source of Swakopmund’s continental vibe is the graceful Art Nouveau buildings dating back to the turn of the previous century. Arrive at Walvis Bay Station where your tour ends. (B) All itineraries are subject to change prior to departure and during the journey. Excursions cannot be guaranteed.

TOUR DETAILS

£4199 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ accommodation onboard the Shongololo Express • Meals as specified: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners • Excursions with a qualified tour guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Government tax

DEPARTURES 2019: May 16 30* * Itinerary operates in reverse

TOUR STYLE: Rail

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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