An Escorted Journey

Accompanied by Jeremy Paxman
Travel on exclusive Rovos Rail routing

Visit Victoria Falls with Special Guest Lecturer, Jeremy Paxman
We are delighted that award-winning journalist and presenter, Jeremy Paxman, will be joining while we are at Victoria Falls. Having spent eight years reporting from around the world for the BBC, he was then appointed as anchorman of Newsnight, a position he held for more than 25 years. He is the author of numerous historical documentaries and ten books including The English – Portrait of a People, The Victorians, Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British. Paxman’s knowledge and insight will offer guests a rare opportunity to unravel the intricate history of Zimbabwe with clear perspective whilst also watching the beauty of South Africa’s landscapes unfold.

Insider Knowledge with Paul Hubbard and Nicholas Schofield
Guests of c+l will also be accompanied by The Telegraph’s Archaeological guide, Paul Hubbard and Rovos Rail’s on-board historian, Nicholas Schofield.

Paul Hubbard is one of Zimbabwe’s most renowned guides. Archaeologist, university lecturer and book and journal editor, his works include Madzimbahwe of the Southwest: A guide to Khami, Dhlo Dhlo and Naletale and Zimbabwe, A Simple History, written with Mark Igoe. Hubbard’s profound knowledge of the country’s archaeology and history, together with his ability to deliver remarkably inspiring lectures, make this a highly anticipated journey.

Historical Consultant, Nicholas Schofield, is passionate about African history. Having lectured at Vista University, Mamelodi, he has been Rovos Rail’s on board South African historian for twenty-two years and is described as a ‘story-teller extraordinaire’.  Schofield’s charisma and knowledge of the country will awaken a new understanding of South Africa’s past.

Discover Incredible Landscapes in Hwange National Park
Traverse the great Hwange National Park, the largest in Zimbabwe, and uncover the spectacular vast, thriving wildlife with private guides. Lions, giraffe, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dog can all be spotted and the game reserve is also home to one of the world’s largest populations of elephant.  Endless scenery makes a dramatic backdrop whilst you watch lions stalk their prey or zebra and wildebeest drink from the watering holesExperience the magic of a safari and its importance to the African environment.

Enjoy Colonial-Style Luxury with Rovos Rail’s Exclusive Routing
Step back in time and board Rovos Rail’s glamorous carriages exclusively chartered for guests of c+l. Enjoy elegant décor and exquisite on board dining whilst journeying on an adventurous train track that will be used by us for the first time in ten years. Our longstanding relationship with Rovos Rail and the nature of this extraordinary trip mean that we are able to access this one-off routing exclusively, allowing passengers to discover the vast beauty of Zimbabwe and South Africa as if they were experiencing it for the first time. This spectacular trip goes from the magnificent Victoria Falls to the heart of Zimbabwe into South Africa.

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Itinerary

Accommodation

16th September – 17th September

The Victoria Falls Hotel

Located within walking distance from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Hotel is in the perfect location for those who really want to be in the thick of this spectacular natural environment. Although in a busy area, the hotel itself oozes charm and offers a tranquil retreat for all day explorers. Other than exploring the magnificent waterfalls which will keep you out and about for hours, there is plenty to do back at the hotel with a fantastic swimming pool, two tennis courts and an 18 hole golf course nearby.

17th September – 24th September

Rovos Rail

Experience the golden age of trains and luxury on Rovos Rail’s ‘Pride of Africa’. Travel through the heart of the South African bush on this beautifully restored Edwardian train. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every taste is catered for. In the evenings, guests come together for cocktails and fine dining and discussions about the day’s events.

Guides

Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire in 1950 and is an award-winning journalist and presenter. Beginning his career covering the troubles in Northern Ireland for three years, he spent eight years reporting from around the world for the BBC. In 1989, he became anchorman of the BBC’s news analysis programme, Newsnight, a position he held for more than 25 years.
He is the author of numerous documentaries including on the history of the British Empire, Victorian art and Churchill’s funeral. He is the author of 10 books, including The English – Portrait of a People; The Victorians; and Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British.

Paul Hubbard

Nominated in The Telegraph as ‘the best archaeological/historic/socio-political guide in the country’, there is not much that Paul Hubbard does not know about the history of Zimbabwe. Having worked variously as an archaeologist, university lecturer, book and journal editor, he continues his work as an Associate Researcher at the Natural History Museum in Bulawayo.  Published works include his latest books, both co-authored with Rob Burrett: “Madzimbahwe of the Southwest: A guide to Khami, Dhlo Dhlo and Naletale” and “The Matopos: a short history” as well as “Zimbabwe, A Simple history,” written with Mark Igoe.

Nicholas Schofield

Born in the Cape, Nicholas Schofield’s passion for African history is reflected in his work. Formerly a History lecturer of ten years at Vista University, Mamelodi, he then founded ‘The Expeditionary Force,’ a tour company specialising in historical and cultural expeditions in Africa. Schofield is now a historical consultant for Rovos Rail and has been for the past twenty-two years. He is described by Rohan Vos, Founder of Rovos Rail, as ‘our story-teller extraordinaire’.

Flights

To be confirmed. Flights for 2017 have not yet been released.

Pricing Information

+ Royal Suite: £5180 pp – SOLD OUT
+ Deluxe Suite: £3995 pp
+ Single Pullman Suite: £3790 pp – SOLD OUT

INCLUDES

+ Seven nights in a Rovos Rail suite
+ One night at The Victoria Falls Hotel
+ All food and drink while on the train
+ Luggage handling
+ All private guiding
+ All excursions as per itinerary
+ Return airport transfers

EXCLUDES

+ Return international flights
+ Travel insurance
+ Tips
+ Vaccinations
+ Any extras

Please view our booking conditions.

where you will go on the trip

1. Victoria Falls Hotel
2. Victoria Falls
3. Hwange Game Reserve + Bulawayo
4. The Matopos + Ceceil Rhodes's Grave
5. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
6. The Lowveld
7. Kapama Reserve
8. Mpumalanga
9. Pretoria Capital Park