ROVOS RAIL LAUNCHES NEW ROUTE

Trail of Two Oceans

An east-west African adventure uniting the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

January 2018

 

In July 2019 Rovos Rail will set off on a new 15-day expedition traversing Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola. It will be the first time in history that a passenger train will travel the famous east-to-west copper trail on this route.

“To be able to introduce a new adventure after 29 years in operation is exciting and presents

me with a refreshing operational challenge,” says Rohan Vos, owner and CEO. “It’s taken over

two years to acquire permission and have our proposed itinerary approved by the respective

authorities. My team and I have flown across our borders on a few occasions to meet the

relevant officials, drive the route and conduct site visits in an effort to smooth the way as best

we can for our band of intrepid travellers who will hopefully join us on this expedition.”

This inaugural voyage sets off on 16 July 2019 from the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam (a city familiar to Rovos Rail as it has been running its 15-day Cape to Dar trip since 1993), and includes a game visit in the Selous Reserve, a fly-in two-night safari in the South Luangwa National Park (Zambia) and a city tour of Lubumbashi (DRC). Thereafter it joins the Benguela line for short walking tours detailing Angola’s recent history with journey’s end in Lobito. The voyage is available in reverse departing from Lobito (Angola) on 2 August 2019.

Rates, which start at USD$12 820 per person sharing, vary according to suite type and are fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, all alcoholic and other beverages, room service, laundry, an on-board historian and doctor as well as excursions and the fly-in two-night safari (accommodation, meals, bottled water and a limited wine selection). Not included are pre- or post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers.

Known for its adventurous spirit and exceptional train tours, this privately owned business has seven other journeys on offer that have been enjoyed by thousands of international travellers over the years. This impressive new voyage will be no exception and will certainly earn its place in the history books.

For enquiries/reservations: Alicia Taljaard • alicia@rovos.co.za • +27 (0) 12 315 8242

For media enquiries: Brenda Vos • brenda@rovos.co.za • +27 (0) 82 961 9433

www.rovos.com/journeys/dar-and-lobito

 RATES 2019 – 15 days: DAR ES SALAAM to LOBITO 16-30 July + LOBITO to DAR ES SALAAM 2-16 August.

 Pullman Suite US$12 820 *+$5 695     Deluxe Suite US$16 995 *+$7 385     Royal Suite US$22 190 *On request

RACK RATE ONE WAY PER PERSON SHARING INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals; all alcoholic and other beverages; 24-hour full room service and bar facilities; limited laundry service; guided excursions (where applicable); entrance fees as per itinerary; government tax; on-board historian and doctor (Dar and Lobito only). RATE EXCLUDES Pre- and post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers; staff gratuities; French Champagne; memorabilia purchases. INCLUDED in off-train accommodation on LONG JOURNEYS Accommodation; meals; bottled water and a limited wine selection at certain establishments; Golf Safari and African Golf Collage include green fees, carts and halfway house. EXCLUDED from off-train accommodation on LONG JOURNEYS Beverages (dependent); laundry; telephone calls. Rates and dates are specific. Please reconfirm with reservations@rovos.co.za. Departure/arrival times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.