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Tour trains and packages in Africa and the Mideast

Rovos Rail tour train at Capital Park Station, South Africa

Luxury tours and adventure travel itineraries in Africa and the Mideast feature classic routes and landmark destinations. Shown: Rovos Rail tour train at Capital Park Station, South Africa. Photo: © Garyth / Wikimedia Commons.

Namibia

Windhoek

Travel in comfort and style through savannah, bushveld and the world's oldest desert, the Namib. Windhoek to Swakeopmund or reverse: overnight includes deluxe sleeper/lounge compartment; gourmet breakfast and three-course dinner, bar lounge and Stardome Bistro; lion feeding and desert dune walks.

South Africa

Pretoria

The original Blue Train passes gold fields, farms and bush lands over two-day journeys between Pretoria/Johannesburg and Cape Town. The more recently added "Zimbabwe Spectacular" follows a three-day itinerary, via Valley of the Oliphants, between Pretoria and Victoria Falls. A two-day Valley excursion and Port Elizabeth services are also available.

Pretoria

The "Pride of Africa" presents the fabled Blue Train with a worthy challenger. In ten years, Rovos Rail has earned accolades for its palatial rolling stock and five-star service and amenities. Steam-driven rail "safaris" -- lasting from a single over-night to two weeks -- acquaint passengers with destinations ranging from Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania to the Garden Route along the Cape South Coast; the wildlife paradise of Mpumalanga and the natural wonder of Victoria Falls. Rail combos with lake cruise and/or air safari add-ons available.

Traveling by night leaves days open for exploring destinations as varied as Namibia, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls and Cape of Good Hope. Steam-driven rolling stock has been splendidly restored and updated with modern amenities. A number of online references are posted.

Kloof, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Among the sub-continent's oldest active railways, trains steam through the Valley of a 1000 Hills to the colonial station at Inchanga where a popular crafts market and several eateries are found.

Cape Town

Situated in the nature reserve at the southernmost reach of the Cape of Good Hope, the funicular crawls along its steep and curving track to Cape Point's rocky promentory. There riders disembark to view the sweep of False Bay meeting the Atlantic.

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