African Explorer - Namibia and South Africa by private train


For more than 20 years travellers have been discovering the most beautiful destinations in Southern Africa in comfort with this train. Starting with selected departures in 2015, the African Explorer will run exclusively for Lernidee Trains & Cruises on unique rail routes between Cape Town, Windhoek, Maputo and Victoria Falls.

The Jewel of the Desert (Namibia, South Africa) 14 Days

South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Guests are presented with ever-changing landscapes – without any domestic flights, time-consuming transfers and daily suitcase packing. The train covers long distances over night, while guests are slumbering in their private compartments. During the day there is ample time for excursions to famous and also to lesser known destinations, for encounters with the chequered history of the countries travelled and last, but not least, for extensive game drives. Journeys include overnights in comfortable sleeping compartments, breakfast and dinner in the on-board restaurant, an English speaking tour guide team and a comprehensive excursion programme, supplemented by on-board lectures and speciality meals. There is also an English-speaking doctor on board.

As with all our journeys by Private Train, guests also stay in lodges and hotels during the tour for some nights. Heavy luggage remains in the guests’ compartments on board.

The Private Train tour Jewel of the Desert features a unique route from Cape Town to the Augrabies Falls, to the Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz, Swakopmund and to the Spitzkoppe, before it finally reaches Windhoek. The journey’s highlights are a visit to the Namib desert with the Sossusvlei and to the Etosha National Park, where guests stay in comfortable lodges.