Rovos Rail African Trilogy

Join the Women’s Travel Club as we step back to a by-gone era on a luxury train journey through Southern Africa. Starting in Pretoria, descend the spectacular escarpment to the world-famous Kruger Park for a game drive. Explore the Kingdom of eSwatini followed by a game drive in Hluhluwe wildlife reserve and a tour of Durban and its botanical gardens. Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to visit the 1870s mining village of Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s notorious diamond rushes. Continue through the semi-desert region of the Karoo to Upington and the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon. Cross the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to see the Quiver trees at Garas Park, home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. Take a short flight to Sossusvlei for a lodge stay surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Enjoy desert drives, a bush dinner and breakfast near Deadvlei where camel-thorn trees contrast against the white-clay pan floor. Visit Namibia’s lively capital, Windhoek, and a cheetah conservation project before overnighting in the game-rich Etosha National Park. Leave the vast stillness of the Namib Desert for the wild Atlantic coast and journey’s end, Walvis Bay.

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. Step aboard the vintage wood-panelled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. With discreet and friendly service, top cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.


  • 12 Nights Luxury Train Accommodations
  • 3 Nights Luxury Lodge accommodations
  • Airport assistance and transfers
  • All meals
  • All beverages on board
  • Room Service on board
  • Roundtrip flights to Sossusvlei
  • Kruger National Park game drive
  • Swazi Candles and Mantenga Cultural Village visits
  • Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game drive
  • Durban Botanical Gardens
  • Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole
  • Fish River Canyon and Garas Park visits
  • Sossusvlei Desert drive
  • Windhoek Transport Museum
  • Cheetah Conservation Project
  • Etosha National Park game drives
  • Departure transfer
  • Women’s Travel Club tour host


**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.



Pullman Gold
Double Occupancy – $17,999 CAD per person (sharing a cabin) – approx. $13,500 USD
Single Occupancy – $25,249 CAD  per person (your own cabin) – approx. $19,000 USD

Deluxe Suite
Double Occupancy – $23,269 CAD per person (sharing a cabin) – approx. $18,800 USD
Single Occupancy – $32,739 CAD  per person (your own cabin) – approx. $24,500 USD

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don’t have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Payment and Cancellation Schedule
Payment of $500 due at time of booking.
Payment of 10% is due on September 17, 2024.
Payment of 20% is due on January 15,2025.
Payment of 20% is due on May 20, 2025.
Final payment due – July 19, 2025.

*All payments are non-refundable after their applicable due date.  Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

Guaranteed Departure

You can book confidently knowing that this tour will definitely depart.  If you are booked please arrange your flights.  We always recommend flexible, refundable tickets not booked with a third party supplier.

Activity Level

Low – Moderate Activity
Most of the safari takes place in vehicles. There are a couple of shorter walking tours at a relaxed pace.

Group Size

Minimum – 15 members


  • International Airfare
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and other specialty beverages at lodges
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel
  • International sparking wine


Tour Host

Women’s Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women’s Travel Club tour host is your tour concierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travellers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women’s Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is Marianne Southall.

Roommate Matching Policy

Roommate matching is done as a courtesy and while most matches result in wonderful friendships, success is not guaranteed. If during the tour you decide you would no longer like to share a room with your roommate you will need to request (and pay for) a single room at all accommodations. This can be shared between the two people in the room if it is a mutual decision. If you are a very light sleeper or snore you may want to consider getting your own single room.

Flight Information

The Women’s Travel Club recommends booking flexible/refundable air tickets when possible.
Arrive to Johannesburg, South Africa – O.R. Tambo International Airport – JNB at any time on or before first day of tour.
Depart from Walvis Bay, Namibia – Walvis Bay International Airport – WVB – after 4 PM on the last day of the tour. .
If you would like assistance booking international flights for your tour please use the form below. The Women’s Travel Club Flight Desk will work with you to arrange the best options.
Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.
Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote


African Pride Irene Country Lodge

With lakeside views that rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Autograph Collection is a luxury upmarket hotel with spacious, luxury accommodations, dining, conference, function and wedding venues, and a spa. Winding down the oak-lined lane where cows graze in green pastures, you will arrive at a haven of peace and tranquility in the hub of South Africa’s economic heartland. Nestling in Irene, the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Autograph Collection is centrally located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and a mere 25 minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport.
All rooms, regardless, of what is booked will be single occupancy for this first night hotel.  

Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

The Superior Accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views.

Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, Elim dune walks, Sundowner Trips, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Mokuti Etosha Lodge

Combining natural beauty and complete comfort, Mokuti Etosha Lodge offers a selection of thatched roof chalets alive with African charm. The tranquil and comfortable rooms are inspired by African traditions, and boast private verandas overlooking the surrounding bush.

With a selection of bars and restaurants, Mokuti Etosha Lodge cater for everything from fine cuisine to the romance of outdoor dining. Set on a terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens, the Tambuti Restaurant offer a mouth watering selection of meals, while the Boma Restaurant specialises in open air grills and traditional potjies. Pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed around the fireplace in the Marula Bar and the Pool Bar offers a selection of light meals and drinks served by the poolside. Private bush breakfasts, sundowners and dinners can be arranged on request. Guests can indulge in a selection of beauty treatments and therapies in the spa or work up a healthy sweat in the fitness centre or on the tennis courts. Activities on offer include game drives, bush walks and visits to the reptile park.

Rovos Rail Pullman Gold

The Pullman Golds, used on our long journeys, accommodate one or two passengers and have an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. During the day, the suites are setup with split twin beds configured as sofa-seats (optional) with a conversion to split twin or double beds for the evening. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily.

Rovos Rail Deluxe Suite

The Deluxe Suites accommodate one or two passengers in double or twin beds and have their own lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. A dedicated host/ess is available at all times and services the suites daily. A bar fridge is filled with the on-board beverages of the passengers’ choice.

** Occasionally, due to situations beyond our control, specific hotels may change. Any accommodation changes will be to a similar hotel.


Through our own clients and networking clubs we have realized a general desire for women to travel but they don’t always have a companion. We developed the Women’s Travel Club for these women to have a fun and safe group to travel with. We offer a wide range of destinations, so that there is something for everyone.

We have women of all ages, with the average being 45 to 65 years. However, we do have regular travelers anywhere from 30 years to over 80 years of age.

We do not include international flights in the price of our tours. Not including the cost of international flights in the cost of the tour allows members the flexibility to get the flight schedule, price and class of service that best suits them. The Women's Travel Club flight desk will be happy to help arrange your international flights.

Yes, we always negotiate the best possible single supplement rate for our trips. Single spots fill quickly and may be limited so we suggest you book early for a single spot.

Yes, each of our booking forms has an area for you to request to be matched with a roommate. We get some general information that will help us match you with a great new friend.

A tourist visa is not required for this tour. Travel requirements may change at any time. Please visit your governments travel recommendations page. Canada - Canada Travel Recommendations & Information USA - USA Travel Recommendations & Information

While no vaccinations are required for travel to Tanzania, proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where Yellow Fever occurs. Be sure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling. You should visit a travel clinic or doctor prior to this tour to discuss and get recommendations specific to you and your medical history. It is recommended to take anti-malarial medication during this tour.

The month of October in South Africa offers comfortable temperatures as high as 28°C (82.4°F) and daily average of 16°C (60.8°F) in cooler areas. It is the spring season in South Africa. This dry period is great for safaris and multi-region trips. Temperatures will be similar in Namibia, with it being warmer in the desert areas.

On board during the day, game drives and excursions are smart casual. Dinner is formal, cocktail/evening dresses or suits. One evening will be a 1920s theme and one dinner will be an Africa theme.

Oct 01 - Oct 16 2025

Tour Level: Signature Tours,

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