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This panoramic rail journey aboard the
Shongololo Express offers an exciting
alternative to a self-drive or privately
guided safari tour. Starting from Pretoria,
travel by train across South Africa,
Eswatini (Swaziland), Mozambique and
Zimbabwe. Along the way join thrilling
game drives, 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 cascades.
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Early morning arrival in Johannesburg.
Afternoon tour of Constitution Hill and the
downtown area for an insight into South
Africa’s turbulent history and the bustling
district of Braamfontein. Cross the Nelson
Mandela Bridge and enjoy a spectacular view
of Johannesburg’s skyline. Then transfer to
Pretoria for an overnight stay at the charming
131 on Herbert Baker hotel (or similar). (N)
Check in at Rovos Rail Station before taking
a tour of Pretoria. 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, a
once thriving gold rush town; Bourke’s Luck
Potholes, strange cylindrical cavities formed by
erosion; and Graskop, which offers sweeping
views of the Lowveld. Rejoin the train in
Nelspruit and continue on to Malelane. (B, D)
Full-day wildlife drive in Kruger National Park,
home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as cheetahs,
hippos and wild dogs. In the evening, 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 and Portuguese colonial traditions. Return to the train for
afternoon tea and head for Mpaka in Eswatini
(Swaziland). (B, L, D)
This morning depart in road vehicles from
Mpaka to discover the beauty of the tiny
kingdom of Eswatini (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, particularly
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
Zimbabwe. (B, L, D)
Upon arrival in Oreti, drive to the Great
Zimbabwe Monument, a Unesco world
heritage site. This is the largest ancient
man-made structure south of the Egyptian
pyramids. (B, L, D)
Full day at Antelope Park, home to the ALERT lion
conservation program. Optional extras include
canoeing, wildlife drives, horseback wildlife viewing and a birdwatching cruise. Return to the
train and depart for Bulawayo. (B, D)
Full-day tour of Matobo/Matopos 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, L, D)
Full day of game drives in Hwange National
Park, the largest wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe
and known for its prolific elephant, lion and
wild dog populations. (B, L, D)
Disembark at Victoria Falls station then take
a walking tour of the falls. In the evening join
a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. Stay 2
nights at the landmark Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)
Day at leisure. Optional activities include a
scenic helicopter flight over the falls. (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.
During the rail
journey, 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, Eswatini
(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
Upgrades to an Emerald
cabin are possible, please contact our
specialists for details.
The train travels
overnight between towns, allowing more time
to see the sights in each destination.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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