Africa aboard the Pride of Africa
With 36 spacious suites divided into 3 classes, Rovos Rail’s magnificent colonial style wood paneled carriages, seating up to 72 passengers, offer itineraries from 2 to 16 days across Africa (from €1,536 per person) .
One of the most memorable trips is to discover the treasures of Southern Africa. The first stop is Windhoek, a former German colony and capital of Namibia: it is advisable to stop in particular at the Lutheran Christ Church, the Ink Palace Gardens, the Independence Museum and the Craftsmen’s Centre.
Etosha National Park stretches out from Waterberg: 22,270 km² of salt flats and forested savannas, home to abundant wildlife (wildebeest, rhino, impala, elephant, etc.). After a short break in the Herero village of Otjiwarango, head to the cave paintings of Damaraland. Visit the old train station in Swakopmund and go to the lighthouse.
Depart south past Walvis Bay where flamingos and pelicans like to live. Then head into the ocher and red lands of the Namib Park, surrounded by the Naukluft Gorges. Other highlights of the trip: the ghost town of Kolmanskop (former diamond town), the Fisher River Canyon, Cape Town…
India aboard the Deccan Odyssey
The noble carriages of the Deccan Odyssey invite you on two journeys into the heart of mystical India (from €14,395). On the program for the Northern Region: Bombay (Open Air Laundries, Gateway of India, Crawford Markets, Gandhi’s House), Chittaurgarh (Temple and Citadel), Delhi Sadfar Jung (Mosque, Jama Masdjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun and Qutab Minar Tombs), Jaipur (Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Palace of Winds), without forgetting the Taj Mahal, the banks of the Ganges at Vârânasî, Darjeeling (the tea plantations, the Tiger’s Hill, the Toy Train and the Everlasting Snows of Kachenchunga) as well as Calcutta (the Black Hole, Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square, South Park Cemetery).
The magic works on the south side too… First of all there is beautiful Goa, known for its beaches and its architecture with Portuguese influences (Bom Jesus Basilica, Santa Catarina Cathedral). Then comes Kochi: the natural harbour, the Dutch palace, the Jewish synagogue. Follows Kanyakumari where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet, then Pondicherry.
In Chennai, visit the Fort St. George, the Basilica of San Thome and the National Art Gallery. To end the holidays: the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram and the city of Hyderabad (Charminar and the Shepherd’s Hill).
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