- Ride Rovos Rail's luxurious train
Recapture the romance of travel with a journey on Rovos Rail's vintage train and take in the fabulous views from the observation carriage as you journey from Victoria Falls to Pretoria.
- Sundowner cruises on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers
Meander along two great African rivers on unforgettable sundowner cruises. Relish superb views of the setting sun, and the chance to see indiginous birds and mammals.
Tours Pace 2
The Pride of Africa
Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africafrom £4,649 per person 16 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required
- Small Group 20 or less
- Highly commended
- VIP door to door
- Discover by rail
See Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, enjoy an elegant train journey, and go on safari
Travel in luxury on Rovos Rail's elegant train and discover South Africa. En route you can go on safari, cross the Victoria Falls, enjoy sundowner cruises on the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, discover the Zulu Battlefields and explore cosmopolitan Cape Town!
11 nights in hotels or lodges, 3 nights aboard Rovos Rail and 2 in flight
32 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D) with all drinks on board the train
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- A tour of Victoria Falls
- Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi river
- Two game drives in Chobe National Park
- Sundowner cruise on the Chobe river
- Three nights aboard Rovos Rails's vintage train
- Game drive in Hwange National Park
- Full-day tour of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
- Durban city sightseeing tour
- Visit to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
- Cape Town tour and Table Mountain
Day 1 UK-Johannesburg-Victoria Falls
After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Victoria Falls International Airport via Johannesburg.
Day 2 Victoria Falls
Look forward to a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge which overlooks the Zambezi National Park and it's own water hole. This afternoon an included tour reveals the splendour of Victoria Falls. D
Day 3 Victoria Falls
Explore your surroundings independently today – perhaps walk across Knife-edge Bridge to appreciate the scale of this, one of the world's largest waterfalls. Later, you may glimpse hippos, crocodiles and elephants drinking at the water’s edge on an included sundowner cruise on the Zambezi. B, D
Day 4 Victoria Falls-Kasane
Travel into Botswana and on to Kasane for a three-night stay at either the locally rated 4-star Chobe Safari Lodge or at the locally rated 4-star Chobe Bush Lodge, at the gateway to Chobe National Park, depending on your departure date. This afternoon you may like to explore your surroundings or join one of the many optional excursions available, such as game drives, photo safaris and scenic flights. B, L, D
Day 5 Chobe National Park
This morning go in search of some of Africa's incredible wildlife with a game drive through Chobe National Park. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, monkeys, lions and more. This evening enjoy relaxing on board a river boat during an included sundowner cruise. If you're lucky, you may spot hippos, large herds of elephant and buffalo. B, L, D
Day 6 Chobe National Park
Look out for the 'big five' on an included safari. B, L, D
Day 7 Rovos Rail
Return to Victoria Falls where you step aboard Rovos Rail's luxurious train, an exquisitely rebuilt vintage train that embodies the age of classic rail travel. You can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and first-class accommodation during your three-night, all-inclusive journey through glorious landscapes to Zimbabwe's largest reserve, Hwange National Park. Please note that the tour manager for the first part of your holiday won't join you on the train; you'll be met by another Saga tour manager on day 10. B, D
Day 8 Rovos Rail
Disembark for an included game drive in Hwange National Park, which will bring you even closer to Africa's abundance of wildlife. Later you can enjoy the changing vistas as you continue your train journey. B, L, D
Day 9 Rovos Rail
A scenic journey across the border to South Africa takes you over the Tropic of Capricorn towards Warmbaths and Nylstroom. Stay overnight at Pyramid. B, L, D
Day 10 Rovos Rail-Pretoria
Arrive in Pretoria where you disembark the train. After a city tour, transfer to the locally rated 4-star Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, for an overnight stay. B, D
Day 11 Isandlwana
Today, transfer to Isandlwana. This picturesque area of sweeping hills and rolling plains was the site of several historical battles that shaped the history of both South Africa and Britain. Stay for the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Islandwana Lodge. B, D
Day 12 Isandlwana
Look forward to a full day Battlefields tour, with lunch at your lodge. You’ll visit Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, as featured in the film Zulu to see the remains of stone forts, graves and memorials from these two deadly battles. B, L, D
Day 13 Isandlwana-Durban
Travel to Durban today, where you will stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel. South Africa's third-largest city, on the east coast, is home to a blend of colonial and art-nouveau architecture and a cosmopolitan beachfront. B, L, D
Day 14 Durban-Cape Town
Enjoy a tour of Durban to see the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the Indian Market and Juna Mosque, one of the oldest and largest in the southern hemisphere, before transferring to the airport for your flight to Cape Town. Stay for the next two nights at the locally rated 5-star Table Bay Hotel. B
Day 15 Cape Of Good Hope
Enjoy a full-day tour of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Stop at Boulders Beach to see the African penguins, and visit historic Simons Town. B, L.
Day 16 Cape Town-UK
Join a tour of Cape Town this morning to see some of the many highlights including Table Mountain and the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. Later, travel to the airport for your return overnight flight. B
Day 17 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included UK door-to-door travel service.
Post holiday extension - Bed and Breakfast
Extend your tour with a three-night stay at the elegant, locally rated 4-star Table Bay Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The hotel lies in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - the hub of one of the world’s most picturesque working harbours. It's conveniently situated near the bars, cafes and restaurants, and offers a wealth of shopping opportunities, beyond in Table Bay lies Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. The Table Bay Hotel combines the elegance of neo-Victorian architecture with traditional hospitality. A Saga representative is available on a daily basis to help you plan your time in Cape Town.
Rovos Rail's luxurious train
Recalling the heyday of luxury rail travel, this vintage train pulls up to 20 coaches. Wonderful views can be enjoyed from the observation car, and all meals are served in the elegantly furnished dining cars. The train may be drawn by an electric, diesel or steam engine at various stages of the journey and carries a maximum 72 passengers. Room service is available 24 hours a day.Pullman Suites
Relax in your private suite which is air conditioned and features a sofa-seat during the day. At night, the sofa-seat converts to a double or twin upper and lower beds. Pullman Suites also have an en suite bathroom with a shower.
Deluxe Suite upgrade
You can upgrade to a Deluxe Suite with a double or twin beds, extra space and an en suite bathroom with a shower. All superbly-appointed suites are classically furnished with wood panelling and period Edwardian features. They also include a writing surface and personal safe.