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Duration: 12 Days - Two dates of departure
Location: Namibia from Pretoria or Walvis Bay
Price: From R33000 pp
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  • Introduction

    JB Train Tours invites you to join us on one of these two 12-day train tours to our beautiful neighbouring country Namibia. It is a country of contrast, endless horizons and soft natural colours. It is a big country with long distances to be covered.

    On this 12-day tour you will see a bigger part of the country (2645 km by rail) compared to our 7-day & 5-day Namibia train tours and you’ll travel much more on the train whilst being spoilt.

    This well priced tour is the ideal opportunity for an upmarket break away for couples, friends, companies (group bookings are welcome), clubs or families traveling in luxury with superb on-board service.

    There is so much to be seen, experienced and enjoyed on this tour. A summary of places to be visited will not give justice to the contents of the tour. A surprise or two awaits you at certain spots. However, places to be visited include the Big Hole at Kimberley, Upington, Keimoes, Kakamas and the Augrabies Falls, the Fish River Canyon, Canon Roadhouse, Giants’ Play Ground, cheetah farm, Quiver Tree Forest and Windhoek.

    Then off to the holiday town of Swakopmund and Dune 7, Walvis Bay, Hentie’s Bay, the Namib Dessert, the ‘moon landscape’ area, flamingo lake, Windhoek, Omaruru, a wine cellar, root carving factory and many more. Optional visits to Sossusvlei, Dolphin & Seal cruise (highly recommended), Skeleton Coast, Desert Experience and quad rides in the Namib Desert are available.

    The tour starts at Rovos Rails’ private station in Capital Park, Pretoria and passengers can fly or drive in from anywhere to join the tour. We’ll collect you at the Jo’burg airport and transfer you to the train (included in the price) – on the day of departure. (There is a reversed tour option available as well).

    We travel on the upmarket and recently (2016) revamped and refurbished Shongololo Express train – operated by world renowned Rovos Rail. This tour can accommodate 70 passengers at a time in 35 cabins with en suite bathrooms.

    Note: For the past five years we’ve made use of the TransNamib owned Desert Express train. The latter will undergo refurbishment and upgrades in 2017.

    During 2017 we’ll host only 2 x 12-day train tours. This is due to the fact that the Shongololo Express train was only available for a limited period during June & July 2017.

    The pace we follow is manageable by all. We don’t hurry. We had a 94-year old gentleman on one of our recent Namibian tours and he travelled very well. During 2012 we had an elderly couple in their late 80’s. They said they are going to return for more!

    Are you tired of driving, looking for accommodation and worrying about the logistics? Travelling in a foreign country can be challenging. We’ll make it easier for you. When travelling by train, you don’t have to worry about increasing petrol prices, tollgate fees, heavy traffic, driving or getting lost and we show you the places you did not know exist! It is so much easier and VERY price competitive. (And you are pampered by the staff!)

    Any person who is interested in going to Namibia may join us! I.e. Family, friends & groups from anywhere! It is ideal for companies for incentives as well. There are only two of these 12-day train tours to/from Namibia in 2017 and no other rail tourism company hosts similar and such affordable upmarket train tours to/in Namibia.

    Please make sure that your passport still has got two empty pages for customs’ stamps and it is still valid for another six months when exiting the country. No visa is needed for SA Citizens.

    Please don’t punch holes in your passport to put it in a file! No yellow fever certificate is currently needed to enter the country. Remember when travelling by train you unpack only once.

    When excursions are undertaken, we travel with local luxury & non-luxury buses. None of these excursions are very long.

    Note: We have hosted Namibian train tours for more than a decade departing from both South Africa and Namibia.

    Use your Voyager miles or other discounted miles to fly from/to Namibia.

    Another note: If traveling by train over long distances appeal to you, this tour is for you. If you want to be spoiled on board, this tour is also for you!

    The Shongololo Express on board train staff will go ‘out of their way’ to make this a memorable trip.

    Important Notice: We are a Foreign Tour Operator registered under the Namibian Tourism Board Act, 2000 (Act No. 21 of 2000) Section 24 with Registration Number: FOR00125.

    The original legal Certificate of Registration for Regulated Business (in Namibia) is on display at our offices (as requested by law).

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    Dit bly maar altyd lekker om deur ons buurland te reis. Die mense is vriendelik, die natuur asemrowend, die wild volop, die besoekpunte interessant en die stede en dorpe skoon. Om met ‘n treintoer deur die Noord Kaap en Namibië te reis, gee aan u die geleentheid om al die veraf plekke te besoek, maar teen ‘n rustige tempo. U kom dus uitgerus by die huis aan. Hierdie toer is vir alle ouderdomme en kwale geskik! ‘n Mens moet net LUS wees om te toer – dan hoort jy op hierdie toer!

    Ons ry met die opgegradeerde en luukse Shongololo Express trein.

    Daar word in 2017 ook twee x 7-dag & twee x 5-dag treintoere in Namibië (Dit is deel van hierdie 12-dag toer). Kontak ons vir die volledige Inligtingsdokumente indien u nie vir die hele 12 dae wil saamreis nie.)

    Vorige jare se Namibiese treintoere was almal vroeg reeds vol bespreek. Maak gebruik van hierdie geleentheid. Kom geniet die pragtige buurland saam met ons!

     

  • Tour Dates and Numbers

    Tour Date

    21 June – 2 July 2017 – Departs from Pretoria via WHK to W’Bay
    3 – 14 July 2017 – Departs from W’Bay via WHK to Pretoria

    Tour Number

    Nam 1A & B
    Nam 2A & B

    Departure time in Pretoria: 14:40 – Day 1  Tour 1A & B
    Departure time in Walvis Bay: 16:00 – Day 1  Tour 2A & B
    Departure stations: 

    The train departs from Rovos Rail’s station, Capital Park, Pretoria
    Walvis Bay’s main station in Namibia

    Stations’ physical addresses:

    Rovos Rail station in Pretoria
    508 Transnet Avenue, Off Paul Kruger Street in Capital Park
    (3 km North of Pretoria CBD)
    GPS: S 25° 43′ 06″, E 28° 11′ 20″

    Walvis Bay Railway station
    C/o 6th Street & 12th Road
    Walvis Bay CBD

  • Tour Prices

    Gold Suite (2-Bed or Double bed) 7 sqm

    Price per person
    R33000 (sharing)
    R56000 (single)

    Persons per suite
    2
    1

    Emerald Suite (2-Bed or Double bed) 10 sqm

    Price per person
    R49000 (sharing)
    R72000 (single)

    Persons per suite
    2
    1

    Children pay the same price.

  • Important Information

    Note # 1: It is still the most affordable way of travelling & lodging in Namibia.
    Deposit: A R8000 per person non-refundable deposit is needed when booking is done. The balance is to be paid by latest eight weeks before departure date. If this is not done, you’ll forfeit your reservation and deposit. No cancellation within the last eight weeks period. The R8000 deposit forms part of your tour price.

    If you would like us to do your flight booking as well, an additional non-refundable deposit of R2500 per person is needed. If the flight is more expensive you’ll have to pay the outstanding balance to us.

    Current flight costs (JHB from/to W’Bay) are +-R2500 per person (international one way flight). Remember to use your Voyager miles or Medical Fund discount on flights if you do qualify for it – book your flight yourself. When you book & pay yourself with your own credit card, you qualify for certain insurances as well.

    Insurance: As a rule we highly recommend our passengers to arrange comprehensive travel insurance once booked for a tour to cover all possible losses, injuries, cancellations, etc.*
    Indemnity: * JB Train Tours shall not be held responsible for damage to, or loss or theft of personal luggage and belongings, nor can we be liable for personal injury, accident, illness or death. JB Train Tours will also not be responsible for instances where circumstances beyond its control lead to an interruption, earlier termination, or cancellation of any particular trip. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to instances of vis major/force majeure and/or casus fortuitus (acts of God such as floods and other natural disasters, fortuitous and unforeseen events, etc.). We strongly urge you to adequately cover for any eventualities with your insurance agent. We recommend that you also purchase a “trip cancellation” protection insurance to cover yourself in the unlikely event of a late cancellation or loss.
    Passport: YES, you do need a passport to enter the Namibia. Please send us a clear copy of your passport with your Booking Form.
    Meals: Two superb meals (breakfast & dinner) are served per day in the dining cars and are included in the price. No seats are reserved – one can sit every day at a different table with different people.

    Breakfast is daily served from 06:00 to 08:00
    Dinner is daily served at 19:30

    Breakfast is a buffet type plus a hot meal service.
    Dinner is an excellent set menu.

    Train route: The train route goes from Pretoria via Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Kimberley, De Aar, Putsonderwater, Upington, Nakop, Ariamsvlei, Karasburg, Holoog, Seeheim, Keetmanshoop, Mariental & Rehoboth to Windhoek. (2230 km)

    Then from Windhoek via Karibib & Swakopmund to Walvis Bay. (415 km).

    Return tour available as well. (Walvis Bay to Pretoria).

    Bus Transport & Excursions: All the excursions by bus, as per the itinerary, as well as the entry fees, are included in the tour price. (Excluding optional extras).
    Buses used: We make use of local bus company’s luxury and non-luxury buses. Their drivers know the routes, road conditions and are well experienced. The companies’ safety bona fides and records are very good. There is no toilet on board, but we stop regularly and the bus trips are not long.
    Luggage: You are limited to one suitcase, max 20 kg, a small overnight bag and one piece of hand luggage, max. 7 kg. (This is in accordance with your flight restrictions).
    Dress: We are in Africa. You don’t need to dress up for meals. Take casual clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes. Smart casual for dinner time.
    On the train: Sleeper carriages, two dining cars, lounge car with bar facilities, observation car with bar, dedicated smoking area,  friendly staff and good food.

    Sorry, no Wi Fi or TV on the train.

    Suite on the train: A suite or cabin (sleeping room) consists of two single beds (no bunker beds) or double bed; a small shower/toilet bathroom, AirCon, and a small safe. Hanging space for clothing is minimal & limited.

    There is an electrical 3-point plug per suite with 220Volts. Hairdryers are provided.

    Facial soap, shampoo, body lotion and towels are provided. However, we suggest you take your own toiletries as well.

    Emerald Class and Gold Class cabins: The Emerald Class is the bigger (10 sqm) and more luxurious of the two types of cabins. It has a small private lounge with fridge, as well as an en suite bathroom.

    The Gold Class is the smaller (7 sqm) of the two types of cabins. It has no small private lounge with fridge, but has as an en suite bathroom.

    There are three Emerald Class cabins per carriage, whilst there are five Gold Class cabins per carriage.

    There are more Gold Class cabins on the train compared to the number of Emerald Class cabins.

    Please indicate on your Booking Form which cabin you’d like to book.

    Dining Car: Passengers will enjoy their meals in the dining cars.
    Lounge car: A bar facility and comfortable chairs and sofas are available in the lounge car. Smokers Lounge car available. The whole train is air conditioned.
    Observation car: A bar facility, comfortable chairs and sofas are available in the observation car at the back of the train. It has an open-air deck as well. This is the hub-of-activity on the train where people meet and mingle freely.
    Laundry facilities: There is limited laundry facilities available on the train.
    Note # 2: TThe flight from Walvis Bay to JHB/CPT (after/before the train tour) to your home destination is NOT included in the tour price. We will gladly do your booking on your behalf. If you have Voyager Miles or any other way of getting a discount. I.e.: Certain Medical Health Schemes have such benefits, please do the booking yourself BUT inform us of your flight details.

    Please ensure that you do not depart before 09:00 from Walvis Bay’s airport on the last day of the tour. The flight takes +- 2 hours from/to Jo’burg & Cape Town, whilst Namibian time differs one hour from SA’s time during winter months.

    We’ll transfer you from the train to the airport – free of charge.

    Recommended Air carriers:

    There is safe car parking available (covered) at the OR Tambo Airport. The parking area on the Southern side of the airport (ex Griffiths Road on the R21) charges +-R60 per car per night! (This is highly recommendable). There is a free bus service from the airport to the parking area (after the return flight).

    The same applies to parking at the Cape Town airport.

    Transport from Walvis Bay airport to/from the train:  

    We provide this transport free of charge to passengers, but only on Day # 12 or # 1 of the respective tours AND if we know your flight arrival and departure details.

    Malaria: Namibia, and the area we visit, is not malaria infected.

    We urge passengers to drink lots of water regularly. Even during winter times. A face moisturiser for ladies is highly recommended.

    Currency: In Namibia the Namibian Dollar (N$) is used. It is linked directly to the South African Rand. I.e.: 1 Rand = 1 Namibian Dollar. You can use South African notes in Namibia (not coins).

    You may use your bank credit card as well. Please check with your bank, before departure, that your credit card is internationally ‘activated’.

    Purchases on the train: All purchases made on the train (I.e.: Drinks at the bar, mineral water, memorabilia, certain excursions, etc.) can be paid at the end of the tour by credit card or cash.
    Last note: With the huge increase in fuel costs (petrol & diesel) in recent times and the major increases in accommodation prices in Namibia over the past five years, this is by far the best ways of travelling through & lodging in Namibia.

    This is a tour NOT to be missed. The people of this country, the vastness, the sand, the wind, the contrast, the silence and the beauty will stick under your skin. Go once and you’ll come back for more.

    We are looking forward to take you there. No one is too old or too young or too fragile! Just bring your smiles along and leave the ‘whining and pains’ at home! The weather is normally good. Somewhat cold during the night and comfortable warm during the day.

    N.S. Ons doen ook graag sake in Afrikaans

    P.S. We host various other scheduled train & bus tours like Holiday: Namaqualand Flowers, Cape Town, Durban, PE, Drakensberg, Eastern Free State, Sun City & Magaliesberg, KZN South Coast, Boland, Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Mozambique (by luxury bus), Swaziland, etc. Motorbike-on-Train tours to: The Western Cape and Boland, Namibia, Garden Route, ‘Stofpad in die Karoo’, Namaqualand Flowers, Africa Bike Week, Buffalo Rally, Route 62), Sport: Comrades- & Two Oceans Marathons, Rugby Tests, etc. Art & Music Festivals: KKNK (Oudtshoorn), Cape Town Jazz Festival, Cherry Festival at Ficksburg, etc.

  • Provisional Programme

    Provisional Programme

    Day1 – Wednesday 21 June 2017 – WELCOME and DEPARTURE

    Start arriving at Rovos Rail’s private railway station in Capital Park, Pretoria from 13:00 onwards. Your tour guide & train staff will welcome you while you enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, some sparkling wine or cold drink. Some snacks will be served as well.

    The train will be at the station’s platform ready to depart at 14:40. The train will travel via Pretoria CBD, Potchefstroom & Klerksdorp and during your settling-in time browse through your programme and get your first taste of the trip ahead.

    Meet your next door neighbours and explore the train and its facilities.

    Today we’ll travel through Gauteng and North West provinces towards Kimberley.

    Enjoy your first dinner at 19:30 on board after a visit to the observation & lounge cars.

    We’ll overnight en route whilst the train is stationery.

    Distance travelled by train today: 423 km (Up to Kingswood station)
    Distance travelled by bus today: Nil km

    Day2 – Thursday 22 June 2017 – KIMBERLEY

    After breakfast we arrive in Kimberley to visit the Big Hole in town by bus.

    This town is the capital of the Northern Cape Province and carries a history of diamond diggings, richness and poorness, dreams and horrors with it over many years.

    After the brief visit to Kimberley the train tour continues into the Karoo with the sun set enjoyed from the observation car.

    Dinner is served on the train.

     

    Distance travelled by train today: 802 km (Up to Upington)
    Distance travelled by bus today: 20 km

    Day3 – Friday 23 June 2017 – UPINGTON & AUGRABIES FALLS

    After traveling through the night, including traveling through the no-horse town of ‘Putsonderwater’ (Translation: Well without water), we arrive in Upington – on the banks of the Gariep (Orange) river.

    This town boasts with a good infrastructure, good schools, lots of vineyards and wine cellars, though it is located in a very dry part of the country.

    The only place to find a statue of a donkey is in this town!

    We’ll depart after breakfast to Augrabies Falls, traveling through the towns of Keimoes and Kakamas, stopping en route at an interesting road stall, water wheel and museum.

    The Augrabies Falls is located within a National Game Park and with a bit of luck some local antelope will be observed.

    An optional lunch will be available in the park’s restaurant.

    Late afternoon we return to the train in Upington before departure for the Namibian border post at Nakop/Ariamsvlei. The train staff will take care of the cross-border formalities on your behalf. Just make sure that you have your passport ready.

    Dinner is served on the train.

    Distance travelled by train today: 386 km (Up to Holoog siding)
    Distance travelled by bus today: 244 km

    Day4 – Saturday 24 June 2017 – FISH RIVER CANYON & KEETMANSHOOP

    Welcome in Namibia!

    Although not in a sand desert area yet, this is a dry and barren country. Though still very beautiful.

    The train has stopped during the night at a siding called Holoog. From there we travel by local transport (coming all the way from Keetmanshoop) to the Fish River Canyon.

    Eroded over millennia, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest natural gorge in the world. Set in a harsh, stony plain, dotted with drought resistant succulents such as the distinctive Quiver Tree or ‘Kokerboom’, the canyon is a spectacular natural phenomenon. It took hundreds of millions of years to evolve into its current shape.

    Its full length is 160km, the width up to 27 km and the depth 550 m. It is very popular for hikers to do a tough 5-day walk from the view point to Ai-Ais holiday resort – a distance of about 88 km.

    We pay a brief visit to the Canon Road House en route before joining the train again in Holoog, departing for Keetmanshoop.

    Outside Keetmanshoop we visit the Quiver Tree Forest, where around 300 specimens of this prehistoric tree, Aloe dichotoma, can be found. They grow between 3 and 5 meters tall and their forked branches reach skywards, affording beautiful photo opportunities.

    Enjoy the Giant’s Playground walk-through, as well as the cheetahs on the farm.

    We join the train again in Keetmanshoop before departing for an overnight trip to Windhoek.

    The last dinner is served on the train.

    Distance travelled by train today: 113 km (Holoog to Keetmanshoop)
    Distance travelled by bus today: 180 km

    Day5 – Sunday 25 June 2017 – WINDHOEK

    The city tour of Windhoek starts late morning with a visit to the TransNamib Transport Museum (if open). The museum is situated in the Windhoek Railway Station and was built from 1912 to 1913. In front of the building is the narrow-gauge locomotive (vintage 1900), that used to operate between Swakopmund and Windhoek.

    At the top of Robert Mugabe Avenue is the Christuskirche or Evangelical Lutheran Church. This 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.

    You then have the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the city from a restaurant on top of the museum – just opposite the church.

    Dinner is served and passengers sleep on the train whilst stationery in Windhoek.

    Distance travelled by train today: 506 km (Keetmanshoop to Windhoek)
    Distance travelled by bus today: 45 km

    Day6 – Monday 26 June 2017 – DEPARTURE – Windhoek to Karibib

    After breakfast you’ll have the opportunity for shopping in Windhoek’s CBD before departing at 16:00. Some other passengers will be joining the rest of the tour.

    En route, after about 35 km from Windhoek, we ride with the train through a game reserve (Okapuka) where lots of antelope and rhinos roam next to the railway line. Time permitting, we’ll stop in Okahandja for some of the best biltong in the country. The shop is just across the street from the station. We’ll arrive late in the evening in Karibib where the train remains stationery for two nights.

    Distance travelled by train today: 180 km
    Distance travelled by bus today: 45 km

    Day7 – Tuesday 27 June 2017 – KARIBIB & OMARURU

    After breakfast we leave Karibib for Omaruru by bus: 60 km.

    Called the ‘Artist Town’ of Namibia. Omaruru is a town and constituency in the Erongo Region of Namibia. Its official population is +-7000. The town is situated close to the Erongo Mountains, on the banks of the usually dry Omaruru River.

    The town grew around a mission built in 1872 by Gottlieb Viehe, now a museum, and was attacked in 1904 during the Herero and Namaqua Genocide. Captain Franke’s Tower was built in this period to defend the settlement.

    The town is known for its annual festival, its winery and for the dinosaur footprints at    nearby Otjihaenamparero. We’ll visit a wine cellar – Kristal Kellerei Winery – one of only a few in the country! The white wine produced in this vineyard is unique and ‘the tales behind the story’ are interesting.

    An unique feature in this town is the Tikoloshe root-carving factory on the outskirts of the town. Hardly any visitor leaves this place without a souvenir bought at this interesting venue.

    After the visit to Omaruru we return to Karibib. Discover this small town.

    Dinner is served on the train & it remains stationery in Karibib for the night.

    Distance travelled by train today: Nil
    Distance travelled by bus today: 130 km

    Day8 – Wednesday 28 June 2017 – KARIBIB to WALVIS BAY

    We depart by train from Karibib early morning towards the West of the country via the towns of Usakos and Swakopmund to Walvis Bay. En route the habitat will change from bushveld to Savanah to a rocky desert to a sand desert. You’ll have the unique experience of traveling ON a train IN the desert with dunes about 100 m high on the one side of the train.

    The last part of the journey is a slow ride due to the fact that the railway line is often covered in sand and needs to be cleaned before the train can proceed.

    Interesting military insignia can be seen on the sand next to the railway line on nine different places between Usakos and Swakopmund. See if you can spot it.

    We arrive at noon in Walvis Bay before we depart by bus to the ‘famous’ Dune 7. The challenge is there for everyone to conquer the dune to be able to take a ‘selfie’ at the top.

    We then turn around to Walvis Bay. It is a pretty South African style town with +30 000 inhabitants. Strategically located halfway down the coast of Namibia and with direct access to principal shipping routes it is a natural gateway for international trade.

    We visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a great attraction in the Walvis Bay area. The tranquil stretch of water, its natural beauty accentuated by thousands of flamingos gathering at the rich feeding grounds, is over 3 000 years old. Because of its value as a wetlands area, it was declared a RAMSAR site in 1971.

    Distance travelled by train today: 235 km
    Distance travelled by bus today: 85 km

    Dinner is served on the train & it remains stationery in Walvis Bay.

    Day9 – Thursday 29 June 2017 – WALVIS BAY & DISTRICT: MOON LANDSCAPE, GOANIKONTES AND SWAKOPMUND’s GOLF COURSE

    The morning is spent at leisure in town. Shopping OR dolphin & seal cruise, etc.

    SPECIALISED ACTIVITIES – OPTIONAL

    SEAL AND DOLPHIN CRUISE (Highly recommended)

    The cold Atlantic waters off the Namibia coast are home to a wealth of marine life, including two dolphin species and a large colony of Cape Fur seal resident at Pelican Point. The 1.3 m-long Heavisides’ dolphins are seen less often. The Walvis Bay-based skippers are highly successful in tracking down the dolphins and giving their guests close-up views of the Cape Fur seals.

    On this trip see how wild birds are fed by hand – even some very large Pelicans. Experience the thrill of dolphins leaping from the water alongside the boat, seals fed by hand, fresh oysters and cold sparkling wine on the calm water of the Walvis Bay Lagoon. This morning-to-midday activity (+-4 hours) is an experience not to be missed. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Bookings are done only once on the train. +-R500 pp (Morning: weather dependent)

    In the afternoon we’ll do an excursion into the Namib Desert, as well as Goanikontes and a stop at a lookout point over the valley known as the Moon Landscape. Soft overlaying levels of earth, deposited some 450 million years ago and eroded over millennia, created the eerie landscape.

    The coffee shop at the oasis at Goanikontes serves some of the best cake and tarts in the region with tea, coffee or beer to be enjoyed in the garden. Experience the tranquility of this venue and take photos of the barren world.

    The bus continues into the rocky desert en route to one of the military insignias next to the railway line where stories of suffering soldiers are told. Then off to a spectacular golf course outside the town of Swakopmund, where Springbuck roams freely on the fairways and greens.

    The bus trip from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay, between the dunes on the one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side, is magnificent.

    Dinner is served on the train & it remains stationery in Walvis Bay.

    Distance travelled by train today: Nil
    Distance travelled by bus today: 140 km

    Day10 – Friday 30 June 2017 – SWAKOPMUND

    ENJOY SWAKOPMUND

    We depart after breakfast for the jewel of the Atlantic coast: Swakopmund.

    For those passengers who would like to enjoy the holiday town of Swakopmund, this is the day to do it. Visit some of the coffee shops with delicious apple tarts and other savories or go to the marble exhibition. Spend some time at the Light house, historical jetty or Tuck Boat Restaurant.

    We’ll do a sight-seeing trip of Swakopmund by bus visiting & driving past tourist spots like Karakulia, a weaving factory, leather shop, aquarium, Kristal Galleria and Anton’s Café – famous for its ‘apfelstrude”.

    Remember to take your walking shoes & camera for this day!

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

    DESERT EXPERIENCE

    A half-day excursion into the remote parts of the Namib Desert with ‘Travel Time’ will give you the opportunity to discover that there is more than just sand in the desert. The hidden live under the sand and the variety of plants will amaze you.  Bookings are done only once on the train. +-R600 pp (half day excursion)

    FLIGHTS

    An optional flight to Sossusvlei can be undertaken in the afternoon. Duration = 2 hrs & 15 minutes. Bookings can be made on the train.

    Visit http://www.scenic-air.com/ for more info.

    QUAD BIKES

    Quad-biking is undeniably a fun and exhilarating activity. The combination of flying sand, fresh coastal air and freedom of the Namib Desert provides a top desert experience. To explore the dunes, guests are equipped with fully automatic quad bikes and no prior experience is needed as this is a fully guided tour.  Bookings are done only once on the train. +-R450 pp

    (Early afternoon: duration: ± 1½ hours)

    Dinner is served on the train

    Distance travelled by train today: Nil
    Distance travelled by bus today: 90 km

    Day11 – Saturday 1 July 2017 – NORTH COAST & HENTIES BAY

    We depart by bus to the small, thriving town of Henties Bay and to Cape Cross.

    En route we’ll drive through Wlotzkasbaken (a tiny holiday town), view a ship wreck, experience the salt roads en route to Henties Bay (a town with 3000 permanent residents but filled to capacity with 35000 people during the December holiday period) and then off to Cape Cross where thousands of seals are breeding and soaking up the sun.

    The late afternoon is at leisure in Walvis Bay.

    The last dinner is served on the train.

    Distance travelled by train today: Nil
    Distance travelled by bus today: 304 km

    Day12 – Sunday 2 July 2017 – TRANSFER DAY

    A last breakfast will be served on board the train.

    If guests are transferring to a local hotel, this will be arranged for them in the morning. If guests are flying from Walvis Bay International Airport, their flights may only be from 11:00 onwards.

    Flights: Walvis Bay to CP @ 11:10 (Direct) – Air Namibia
    Walvis Bay to JHB @ 16:45 (Direct) – Air Namibia
    @ via WHK – Various

    Suggestion: Passengers departing only at 16:45 are advised to do an excursion on this day. I.e.: Desert Experience, 4 x 4 trip to Sandwich Bay, Topnaar inhabitants in the desert, quads, etc.

    Transfers to the airport is included in the tour package.

    Distance travelled by train today: Nil
    Distance travelled by bus today: 25 km

    End of tour.

    Total distance travelled by train (from Windhoek): 415 km
    Total distance travelled by bus (from Windhoek): 819 km

    Total distance travelled by train: 2645 km
    Total distance travelled by bus: 1308 km

    The reversed tour (3 to 14 July 2017) itinerary will be as follows: Please see above for detail of places to be visited.

    Day1 – Monday 3 July 2017 – WELCOME 

    Walvis Bay & surrounding area

    Day2 – Tuesday 4 July 2017 – SWAKOPMUND

    Day3 – Wednesday 5 July 2017 – NORTH COAST & HENTIES BAY

    Day4 – Thursday 6 July 2017 – WALVIS BAY & DISTRICT: MOON LANDSCAPE, GOANIKONTES AND SWAKOPMUND’s GOLF COURSE

    Day5 – Friday 7 July 2017 – WALVIS BAY to KARIBIB

    Dune 7 en route

    Day6 – Saturday 8 July 2017 – OMARURU

    Day7 – Sunday 9 July 2017 – WINDHOEK

    Day8 – Monday 10 July 2017 – WINDHOEK to KEETMANSHOOP

    10:00   Train departs from Windhoek for Keetmanshoop

    Day9 – Tuesday 11 July 2017 – KEETMANSHOOP & FISH RIVER CANYON

    Day10 – Wednesday 12 July 2017 – UPINGTON & AUGRABIES FALLS

    Day11 – Thursday 13 July 2017 – KIMBERLEY & BIG HOLE

    Day12 – Friday 14 July 2017 – PRETORIA & TRANSFER

    12:00     Arrive Capital Park, Pretoria

     

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