5* Rovos Rail & 5* Victoria Falls Hotel
per person sharing
plus taxes of R 1330 pp *
5* Rovos Rail
Since its establishment more than 10 years ago, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the wood-panelled coaches - classics remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.
In a series of journeys lasting from 24 hours to a fortnight, the Pride of Africa links some of Africa's greatest destinations from Cape Town at the tip of Africa to Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania, from scenic splendours as diverse as the game reserves of Mpumalanga to the Victoria Falls, from the desert landscapes of Namibia and the stark beauty of the Karoo to the lush canefields of KwaZulu-Natal and the magnificent Garden Route along the Cape South Coast.
Rovos Rail operates two classic trains of 20 superbly restored coaches, half of which date back to the 1920s. Each train can accommodate up to 72 passengers in unrivalled spaciousness. A third 13-coach, 42-berth Edwardian train is available year round for charter. The coaches - which have been collected from the far corners of the country - have been painstakingly rebuilt and refurbished to offer discerning travellers the last word in comfort and style.
The use of traditional furnishings and period decor, with top-class craftsmanship evident in fine wood panelling, has ensured an atmosphere of elegance and grandeur. Each one of these carriages, from kitchen cars to sleeper coaches and guards vans, has its own story. A few dating back to 1911 were constructed in Europe and shipped to South Africa in the first half of this century. Some have carried royalty, others have ended up serving as restaurants or lying derelict and forgotten in sidings for decades. All are now cherished members of the Rovos Rail fleet of 60 carriages.
5* Victoria Falls Hotel
This legendary hotel is situated on a world heritage site overlooking the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Established in 1904, and recently redecorated, this gracious colonial-style hotel is set in lush tropical gardens and epitomizes the romance of grand travel, offering total relaxation. All suites and bedrooms are decorated in colonial style, are fully air-conditioned, and have satellite TV.
- Standard Rooms
- Tennis courts
- Freshwater swimming pool
- 18 hole golf course nearby
- Massage and Beauty Salon.
- Business center
- Gift shops
- Internet Lounge
- Airport transfers on request
- One way flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls or vice versa
- Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Hotel
- One night at the 5* Victoria Falls Hotel with breakfast daily
- Three nights on board the 5* Rovos Rail Train with all meals and sightseeing included from Victoria Falls to Pretoria
- VFA - PRY on 27 Jul 2014, 10 & 24 Aug 2014 07 & 21 Sep 2014
- PRY - VFA on 24 Jul 2014, 07 & 21 Aug 2014, 04 & 18 Sep 2014
- Airport taxes of approximately R 1330 per person (subject to daily change)
- All meals not mentioned
- Travel and medical insurance
- All items of a personal nature
- Rovos Rail departs on set departures and is subject to availability. Please note that rates may vary for these set departures
- Valid for SA Residents only
- Passengers are advised to take anti-malarial precautions as might be prescribed
- Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised
- Prices are per person sharing and is subject to change
- Special offer subject to availability
- Operator terms & conditions apply
The Victoria falls is 1708 meters wide, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ - ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ and in more modern terms as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute.
Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.
One special vantage point is across the Knife edge bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls bridge and the Lookout Tree which commands a panoramic view across the Main Falls.
Victoria Falls Demographic
Open to visitors throughout the year, the Victoria Falls National Park in north-western Zimbabwe protects the south and east bank of the Zambezi River. It covers 23.4 km² extending from the larger Zambezi National Park about 6 km above the falls to about 12 km below the falls.
A notable feature of the park is the rainforest which grows in the spray of the falls, including ferns, palms, liana vines, and a number of trees such as mahogany not seen elsewhere in the region.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is twinned to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side. It stretches from and including the Falls for about 12kms up river. It is only 66 square kilometers but provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe and the recently acquired white rhinos, one of whom gave birth in the park in 1994. These are the only rhinos to be seen in Zambia as its previously large population has been completely eliminated through poaching.
It froms the south-western boundary of Livingstone and has two main sections, a wildlife park at its north-western end and the land adjacent to the Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls town (in Zimbabwe) lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls themselves. Victoria Falls Airport is 18 km south of the town and has international services to Johannesburg and Namibia.
Livingstone (in Zambia) is a historic colonial city and tourism centre for Victoria Falls lying 10 km south on the Zambezi River, and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Falls. The Airport has connections to Lusaka and Johannesburg in South Africa.
The best place for a wide range of crafts and curios is the Mukuni Victoria Falls Craft Village. From intricate animal carvings in stone, wood, or the beautiful green malachite, masks, drums, marimbas, spoons, book ends, walking sticks, jewellery and much more.
The Falls can be approached from the town of Livingstone by traveling south on Mosi O Tunya road for some 11 kilometers. Just before the border, there is a turning to the right which leads to a parking area. Walks all around the Falls are accessible from this point. If approaching from Zimbabwe, cross the border at the town of Victoria Falls and watch for the left turning just after the Zambian customs post.
Victoria Falls Visa requirements
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Victoria Falls Weather
Winter: May to Mid August - in Victoria Falls is mild and dry. Average high temperatures ranging from 25-27°C (77-81°F) and average lows between 7-10°C (45-50°F). Not a bad winter day!
Summer: Mid August to end April - in Victoria Falls is generally hot to very hot and wet during the rainy season (Mid November to April). Average highs between 32-34°C (90-93°F) and average lows between 15-19°C (59-66°F)
The river's annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 km (30 miles) away.
During the flood season, however, it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face, and the walks along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. Close to the edge of the cliff, spray shoots upward like inverted rain, especially at Zambia's Knife-Edge Bridge.
As the dry season takes effect, the islets on the crest become wider and more numerous, and in September to January up to half of the rocky face of the falls may become dry and the bottom of the First Gorge can be seen along most of its length.
The minimum flow, which occurs in November, is around a tenth of the April figure.
When to see the Falls
The volume of water varies dramatically throughout the year. In March, April and May the volume of water is greatest. Sometimes you will be unable to see much of the falls due to the dense spray. June and July still have plenty of water but the volume has decreased somewhat so your view might be better.
From then the river drops until the rains start again. In September – December the water level is low. While there is not the full-on waterfall experience of earlier in the year, the advantages are that you will be able to walk (with care) across the top of the Falls, swim in the Devil’s Pool at the edge of the Falls and get a great sense of the geological scale and structure of the Falls and how they have developed over millienia.
If you come at full moon time when there is a good volume of water you will be able to see the lunar rainbow or “moonbow” at night.