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Recreate the romance of the golden age of
train travel on this panoramic rail journey
aboard the Shongololo Express. Starting
from Pretoria, travel across South Africa,
Swaziland (eSwatini), Mozambique and
Zimbabwe. Along the way join thrilling
wildlife safaris, absorb colourful colonial
and tribal history and marvel at the
ever-changing landscapes, from dramatic
peaks and fertile plains to lush forests.
Finish in Victoria Falls, where the mighty
Zambezi river divides Zimbabwe and
Zambia with its thundering falls.
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Early morning arrival in Johannesburg and
transfer to Pretoria. Overnight at the charming
131 on Herbert Baker (or similar). Afternoon
tour of Constitution Hill and the downtown
area for an insight into South Africa’s turbulent
history and Johannesburg’s bustling district
of Braamfontein. Cross the Nelson Mandela
Bridge and enjoy a spectacular view of
Johannesburg’s skyline. (N)
Check in at Rovos Rail station before taking
a tour of Pretoria. Discover the city’s main
highlights and visit Soweto township,
transformed from the apartheid era into a
vibrant, energetic hub. In the afternoon join
the Shongololo Express train in a Gold cabin*
for an 11-night journey through some of
Africa’s most picturesque landscapes. (B, D)
Full-day panoramic tour of Pilgrim’s Rest,
Bourke’s Luck potholes and God’s Window for
sweeping views of the lowveld. Rejoin the train
in Nelspruit and continue on to Malelane. (B, D)
Full-day wildlife viewing in the world-renowned
Kruger National Park, home to the Big Five as
well as cheetahs, hippos and wild dogs. In the
afternoon, depart for Mozambique. (B, D)
Wake up in Mozambique and take a tour of the colourful capital city of Maputo, an
architectural blend of African, Portuguese and
early colonial traditions. Return to the train for
afternoon tea and head for Mpaka in Swaziland
(eSwatini). (B, D)
This morning depart in vehicles from Mpaka
to discover the beauty of the tiny kingdom
of Swaziland. Take in the spectacular views
of the Ezulwini valley and the Komati river
and visit the Swazi market. Rejoin the train
in Kaapmuiden and depart for Hoedspruit in
Limpopo. (B, D)
Morning wildlife drive in Kapama Game
Reserve, South Africa, followed by a visit to
the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
The centre focuses on the conservation of
rare, vulnerable or endangered animals with
particular emphasis on cheetahs. Return to the
train for lunch as it departs for Tzaneen with
an overnight stop at Louis Trichardt. (B, L, D)
A day on board the train as you travel north to
Oreti in Zimbabwe. (B, L, D)
Drive to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a
Unesco world heritage site. This is the largest
ancient structure south of the Sahara and
second only to the Pyramids of Egypt in size
and grandeur. (B, D)
Full-day at Antelope Park. Optional extras
include canoeing, wildlife drives, horseback
wildlife viewing and a birdwatching cruise.
Upon return to the train, depart for Bulawayo.
Full-day tour of Matobo National Park with its
dramatic hills and rock formations. Visit the
grave of Cecil John Rhodes as well as Bushmen
caves hidden among the hills. Continue on to
Kennedy. (B, D)
Full-day wildlife viewing in Hwange National
Park, the largest wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe
and known for its prolific elephant, lion and
wild dog population. (B, D)
Disembark this morning at the Victoria Falls
station. Stay 2 nights at the landmark Victoria
Falls Hotel (Standard room†). Morning walking
tour of the falls. Evening sunset cruise on the
Day at leisure. Optional activities include a
scenic helicopter flight over the falls. Enjoy high
tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly home via
Johannesburg. Arrive the next day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
While on board the
train, all transfers and excursions are operated
as a group with other passengers who may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
The Shongololo Express offers the
itinerary in reverse without any changes to the
content of the tour. Please check the itinerary
when you board the train as this is subject to
change at the discretion of the operator. As
the train uses the national railway facilities of
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland (eSwatini)
and Mozambique, there is the possibility that the train could be delayed, stopped or
rerouted at any time. Daily activities could
therefore be shortened, altered or cancelled.
Upgrade to an Emerald cabin
from £795 (twin / double) or £415 (single).
Upgrade to a Stable wing
Signature room at The Victoria Falls Hotel from
£235 per person, or £465 single supplement.
The train travels
overnight between towns, allowing more time
to see the sights in each destination.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
The ‘Southern Cross Adventure’ is just one of
three rail journeys on the Shongololo Express
through some of Africa’s most culturally rich
regions and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The ‘Dune Express’ journey travels to the west
coast at Walvis Bay in Namibia, while the ‘Good
Hope’ itinerary combines key sites for both golfers
and non-golfers away from the main tourist trail.
Named after the millipede, with its long
cylindrical body, the Shongololo Express is a
comfortable way to see the sights, experience the local culture and go on wildlife safaris. A
member of Rovos Rail, the air-conditioned
carriages accommodate 72 guests in two
categories of simple yet comfortable en suite
cabins. Gold cabins are 7 square metres with a
bedroom and en suite bathroom (toilet, basin
& shower) while Emerald cabins are 10 square
metres with a bedroom, small sitting area and
en suite bathroom (toilet, basin & shower).
The train itself is of 3-star superior quality but,
akin with Rovos, the train offers 5-star levels
of service. Guests can relax in the bar car, the
lounge or watch the panoramic vistas pass by
from the open-air balcony of the observation
car at the back of the train. The two dining cars
serve dishes that draw inspiration from Africa,
accompanied by a selection of fine South
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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The spectacular Victoria Falls were 'discovered' and named by David Livingstone in 1855...