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, 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 AM Milner
in the suburb of Waterkloof. 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. (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, a hive of activity showcasing
colourful textiles and woodcarvings. 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. Relax in the air-conditioned
bar, restaurant or observation cars and watch the
spectacular scenery pass by. (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. (B, D)
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.
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†) known for its colonial
atmosphere. Morning walking tour of the falls.
Evening sunset cruise on the Zambezi. (B)
Day at leisure. Optional activities include a scenic
helicopter flight over the falls for a bird’s-eye view.
Enjoy high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly home via
Johannesburg (B). Arrive the next day. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch,
D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Recommended extensions include staying an extra
night at Victoria Falls, in Chobe National Park or in
Hwange National Park.
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 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 £775 (twin / double) or £395 (single)
Upgrade to a Stable wing
Signature room at the Victoria Falls Hotel from
£225 per person, or £445 single supplement.
The train travels between
towns overnight, allowing more time to stop to see
the sights in each destination.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
The Shongololo Express offers a variety of inspiring
rail journeys through some of Africa’s most culturally
rich regions and areas of outstanding natural
beauty. The exciting and diverse routes across
Africa combine the key sites with the more remote
treasures away from the main tourist trail, without
having to compromise on creature comforts. Named
after the millipede, with its long cylindrical body,
the Shongololo Express travels through the night,
allowing for more time to stop to see the sights,
experience the local culture and go on wildlife safaris.
A newly accrued member of Rovos Rail, the airconditioned
carriages accommodate 72 guests in
two categories of simple yet comfortable en suite
cabins. Gold cabins are 7 sq metres with bedroom
and en suite bathroom (toilet, basin & shower)
while Emerald cabins are 10 square metres with
a bedroom, small lounge and en suite bathroom
(toilet, basin and 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 African wines.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5008 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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...