Latitude 33’s exclusive 17-night Namibian Exploration by Trains, Plane and Automobiles tour is a chance to immerse yourself in South Africa and Namibia – two of Southern Africa’s most intriguing countries, incorporating an unforgettable train journey aboard the all-inclusive Rovos Rail from Pretoria to the Atlantic, along with stays at some of Africa’s most exceptional hotels.
Your journey begins on 4 May 2021 with 2 nights at Johannesburg’s spectacular Four Seasons The Westcliff where you can discover the charms of South Africa’s largest city at your leisure, before embarking the iconic Rovos Rail, the Pride of Africa, for a 9-night sojourn from Pretoria to Namibia’s Walvis Bay.
The meticulously restored antique train carrying no more than 72 guests, bills itself as “the most luxurious train in the world” and it is not hard to see why. A choice of Royal, Deluxe and Pullman suites in varying sizes offer up sublime vintage luxury, replete with dark-wood panelling, plush linens, beds that convert to sumptuous couches and writing desks stocked with monogrammed stationary. Elsewhere onboard, the Observation Deck is the perfect place to absorb dramatic African landscapes, while the Dining Car features heavenly cuisine showcasing the very best of local food and wine.
Journey highlights along the way include a stopover in South Africa’s Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s most famous diamond rushes; traversing the stark vistas of the Northern Cape to the Fish River Canyon; and a visit to Namibia’s Garas Park with its Quiver Tree Forest and the Giant’s Playground. As you continue onward through Namibia, there’s a chance to explore the lively, cosmopolitan city of Windhoek, the country’s capital, with its strong German flavour.
From here it’s a short flight to Sossusvlei, a stunning pan in the Namib Desert, for an overnight stay at Sossusvlei Lodge with its spectacular views over the desert landscape, followed by a night at Mokuti Lodge in the game-rich Etosha National Park, before re-joining the train as it makes its way across the Namib to the perfectly preserved 19th-century German Hansa town of Swakopmund on Walvis Bay.
Here, treat yourself to a night at the historic Strand Hotel Swakopmund, before departing for your onward private charter flight to the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast, where you’ll spend 3 nights at the award-winning Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge, booked out exclusively for Latitude 33’s guests. Revel in views of the of the Atlantic Ocean from its shipwreck-shaped chalets nestled between the dunes, and enjoy regular encounters with seabird colonies, Cape Fur seals, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, zebra, lion, giraffe oryx, springbok and even brown hyena.
Return to the Sossusvlei Dunes by private charter for the final 3 nights of your journey, staying at the incomparable &Beyond Sossusvlei Lodge – also reserved for Latitude 33’s exclusive use. A spectacular masterpiece of glass, rock and steel pavilions, the lodge extends out over an ocean of dunes and gravel planes, in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Spend your time exploring the NamibRand Nature Reserve by quad bike or 4×4 safari vehicle; keep an eye out for ostrich, bat-eared foxes and the mysterious ‘fairy circles’ which dot the landscape from a hot-air balloon, and enjoy dune dinners in dramatic desert locations under star-strewn skies with the Lodge’s resident astronomer, before departing for your flight home on 21 May 2021.
Departing 4 May 2021, Latitude 33’s 17-night exclusive Namibian Exploration by Trains, Plane and Automobiles journey is limited to just 20 guests, with prices starting start from $22,899.00 per person twin share, including all accommodation, return international economy class airfares from Australia, all meals and beverages aboard Rovos Rail, all meals, and selected beverages at both Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge and &Beyond Sossusvlei Lodge, and all transfers and baggage handling throughout the tour.
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