JB Train Tours invites you to join us on one of these two 5-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 5-day tour you will see a bigger part of the country (2230 km by rail) compared to our 7-day Namibia train tour but you’ll travel much more on the train compared to the 7-day tour (415 km by rail). This train tour can be combined with the 7-day tour to make it a 12-day/11-night tour (2645 km by rail). (This combined tour is highly recommended).
This well priced tour is the ideal opportunity for a quick 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.
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.
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. These 7-day tours are VERY popular and every year (7 to 9 tours per season) all the tours were sold out.
During 2017 we’ll host only 2 x 5-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.
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 5-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 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. During 2017 we’ll have a 7-day tour departing from Windhoek, linking to this tour if so preferred.
Use your Voyager miles or other discounted miles to fly from Windhoek.
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).
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 treintoere in Namibië aangebied wat aangrensend aan hierdie 5-dag toere aangebied word. Mens kan dus beide toere agtereenvolgens doen. (Dit word hoog aanbeveel!) Dit word dan ‘n 12-dag toer. Die Sentrale gedeelte van Namibië (Omaruru, Swakopmund, Walvisbaai & die Namib woestyn) is op hierdie 7-dag toer ingesluit. Kontak ons vir die volledige Inligtingsdokument.
Vorige jare se Namibiese treintoere was almal vroeg reeds vol bespreek. Maak gebruik van hierdie geleentheid. Kom geniet die pragtige buurland saam met ons!
21 – 25 June 2017 – Departs from Pretoria for Windhoek
10 – 14 July 2017 – Departs from Windhoek for Pretoria
Departure time in Pretoria: 14:40 – Day 1 – Tour 1A
Departure time in Windhoek: 10:00 – Day 1 – Tour 2A
Stations’ physical addresses:
Gold Suite (Twin-Bed or Double bed) 7 sqm
Emerald Suite (Twin-Bed or Double bed) 10 sqm
Children pay the same price.
|Note # 1:||It is still one of the best ways of travelling & lodging in Namibia.|
|Deposit:||A R5000 per person non-refundable deposit is needed when booking is done. The balance is to be paid by latest six weeks before departure date. If this is not done, you’ll forfeit your reservation and deposit. No cancellation within the last six weeks period. The R5000 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 to WHK) 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
Breakfast is a buffet type plus a hot meal service.
|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)|
|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).|
We make use of local bus company’s non-luxury buses. Their drivers know the routes, road conditions and are well experienced. The companies’ safety bona fides and record 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 as well).|
|Dress:||We are in Africa. You don’t need to dress up for meals. Take casual clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes.|
|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 two 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:||
The flight from Windhoek to JHB/CPT (after 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 14:00 from Windhoek’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. (But we’d rather suggest that you book on the add-on 7-day tour in Namibia).
|Recommended Air carriers:||
|Transport from Windhoek airport to the train:||We provide this transport free of charge to passengers, but only on Day # 5 of the tour AND if we know your flight arrival and departure details.
You are welcome to stay on after the tour to join one the add-on tour. You’ll sleep on the train whilst in Windhoek before the 7-day tour departs the next day.
|Note # 3:||
We host a couple of 7-day train tours from Windhoek to Walvis Bay as well, linking with this 5-day tour. (Highly recommended). The same train is used. You can join one of these 7-day tours to make it a 12-day train tour. The complete Information Document on this tour is available from us.
|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.|
|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.
|Start arriving at Rovos Rail’s private railway station in Capital Park, Pretoria. 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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|The city tour of Windhoek starts 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.
If guests are flying from Windhoek International Airport, their flights may only be from 14:00 onwards.
If guests are joining the 7-day train tour, they’ll be accommodated on the train at no extra costs.
Transfers to the airport are included in the tour package.
Distance travelled by train today: 506 km (Keetmanshoop to Windhoek)
End of tour.
Total distance travelled by train: 2230 km
Total distance travelled by bus: 489 km
|09:00 Meet at Windhoek railway station|
|10:00 Train departs from Windhoek for Keetmanshoop|
|12:00 Arrive Capital Park, Pretoria|
Extra 7-day train tour prior to the 5-day train tour: Highly recommended
Passenger participating in this 5-day tour from Windhoek to Pretoria have the option of joining the 7-day tour from Walvis Bay to Windhoek in Namibia prior to the 5-day train tour:
Option: Join the 7-day train tour from Walvis Bay to Windhoek departing on Monday 3rd July 2017 to arrive on Sunday 9th July 2017 in Windhoek. I.e.: Fly to Walvis Bay on Monday morning 3rd July 2017. You’ll be collected at the airport free of charge.
Sleep one night on the train in WHK after the 7-day train tour before joining the 5-day train tour departing the next morning.
The two tours together will make it a 12-day tour in total.
Contact us for the complete Information Document on this 7-day tour OR the 12-day tour.
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