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Shongololo Express offers three different train journeys throughout Southern Africa which are either 12 or 15 days in duration. Departing from either Cape Town, Pretoria or the Victoria Falls, this luxury train crosses through several countries allowing travellers to explore the most breathtaking sceneries Southern Africa has to offer: South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.

Air-conditioned vehicles are transported on the train to make sightseeing trips at each destination convenient and most efficient. Professional, multilingual tour guides accompany train passengers during the whole, scheduled excursions.

Tours:

  • Good Hope Golf Tour (15 days departures from either Cape Town or Pretoria)
  • Southern Cross Tour (12 days departures from either Pretoria or Victoria Falls)
  • Dune Express (12 days departures from either Pretoria or Swakopmund).

Good Hope Golf Tour (15 Days) / Cape Town to Pretoria and reverse

The 15-day Good Hope Golf Tour through South Africa and Swaziland provides a golfing and non-golfing itinerary. Departing from Pretoria, guests are taken through the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains to Nelspruit, the Kruger National Park and the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes as well as God’s Window. After exploring the scenic Panorama Route, the train continues its journey to the Kingdom of Swaziland, followed by the Hluhluwe Wildlife Reserve and the world heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

On day seven, the train arrives in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, where guests have the opportunity to visit the local markets followed by a battlefields tour of Spionkop. After a city tour in Bloemfontein, a visit to Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, travellers arrive in Oudtshoorn where they visit an ostrich farm and the not to be missed Cango Caves.

Traversing the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains, the Shongololo Express comes in Knysna, Garden Route, where travellers enjoy a lagoon ferry ride to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is followed by a spectacular meander along the Garden Route towards Worcester. On day 14, passengers travel by road over the mountain passes to the coastal town of Hermanus before arriving on the final day in Cape Town where a tour of the city awaits.

Golf Courses (optional): Nelspruit/Leopard Creek/White River, Nkonyeni Golf, Zimbali, Durban Country Club, Champagne Sports Resort, Kimberley Golf Club, Fancourt, Ernie Els Oubaai, Arabella Golf Estate.

Highlights:

  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Nelspruit
  • Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route: Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window
  • The Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Hluhluwe Wildlife Reserve
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Durban
  • Battlefields tour of Spionkop
  • City tour in Bloemfontein
  • Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum
  • Graaff-Reinet
  • Oudtshoorn (ostrich farm, Cango Caves)
  • Outeniqua Mountains
  • Knysna (Featherbed Nature Reserve)
  • Worcester
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Town.

Tour dates departing from Pretoria:

  • 1 February (Pretoria) - 15 February (Cape Town)
  • 4 October (Pretoria) - 18 October (Cape Town)
  • 31 January (Pretoria) - 14 February (Cape Town)
  • 3 October (Pretoria) - 17 October (Cape Town)

Tour dates departing from Cape Town:

  • 20 March (Cape Town) - 3 April 2018 (Pretoria)
  • 20 November (Cape Town) - 4 December 2018 (Pretoria)
  • 19 March (Cape Town) - 2 April 2019 (Pretoria)
  • 19 November (Cape Town) - 3 December 2019 (Pretoria)

Southern Cross Tour (12 Days) Pretoria to Victoria Falls and reverse

This 12-day train journey crosses through South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Starting in Pretoria, travellers are taken passed the Drakensberg Mountains to the Kruger National Park. Adventurous safari drives with strange wildlife encounter await here. The beautiful sights of the Panorama Route are visited which include Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window.

A city tour through Maputo, which is the capital of Mozambique, takes place on day four before crossing through the Kingdom of Swaziland. Guests may participate in a safari drive through the Kapama Game Reserve which is followed by a relaxing day on the train while it heads for the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a visit. A tour of the Antelope Park and the Matobas National Park, the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave, is scheduled for day nine and ten before continuing to Hwange where wildlife-viewing activities await. The final day of this journey takes train passengers to the magnificent Victoria Falls where traveller have the chance to participate in a tour of the village and the falls with an afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Highlights:

  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route (Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window)
  • City tour of Maputo
  • The Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Kapama Game Reserve (safari drive)
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Antelope Park and the Matobas National Park
  • Hwange National Park (safari drive)
  • Victoria Falls (tour of the village and falls)
  • Afternoon sunset cruises on the Zambezi River.

Tour dates departing from Pretoria:

  • 4 January (Pretoria) - 15 January (Victoria Falls)
  • 12 April (Pretoria) - 23 April (Victoria Falls)
  • 10 May (Pretoria) - 21 May (Victoria Falls)
  • 6 September (Pretoria) - 17 September (Victoria Falls)
  • 3 January (Pretoria) - 14 January (Victoria Falls)
  • 18 April (Pretoria) - 29 April (Victoria Falls)
  • 13 June (Pretoria) - 24 June (Victoria Falls)
  • 8 August (Pretoria) - 19 August (Victoria Falls)

Tour dates departing from Victoria Falls:

  • 18 January (Victoria Falls) - 29 January (Pretoria)
  • 26 April (Victoria Falls) -7 May (Pretoria)
  • 24 May (Victoria Falls) - 4 June (Pretoria)
  • 20 September (Victoria Falls) - 1 October (Pretoria)
  • 17 January (Victoria Falls) - 28 January (Pretoria)
  • 2 May (Victoria Falls) - 13 May (Pretoria)
  • 27 June (Victoria Falls) - 8 July (Pretoria)
  • 19 September (Victoria Falls) - 30 September (Pretoria)

Dune Express Tour (12 Days) Pretoria to Swakopmund and reverse

The Dune Express trip begins in Pretoria and takes 12 days. Guests explore the country of Namibia, which is known for its beauty, wilderness, the sunshine and seemingly endless space. The first stop of the journey is Kimberley where passengers visit the 'Big Hole' as well as the charming diamond mine museum village. The tour continues to Upington where a walking tour and wine tasting await.

Once the train crossed the border from South Africa to Namibia, travellers visit the breathtaking Fish River Canyon, which is second in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA. After that, the historical towns of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and Keetmanshoop are visited. Day seven of the trip offers an overnight stay at the Sossusvlei Lodge which is surrounded by the incredible dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park.

A visit to the Sesriem Canyon and the 175m-high star-dune “45” is also included. Then, Shongololo Express leaves the vastness of the Kalahari Desert and head to the city of Windhoek where a city tour is on offer. On day ten, passengers travel to the Etosha National Park with a planned overnight stay complete with exciting wildlife-viewing activities. This memorable train journey through South Africa and Namibia ends in the famous seaside town of Swakopmund.

Highlights:

  • Kimberley (Big Hole, diamond mine museum village)
  • Upington (walking tour, wine tasting)
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Tours of Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and Keetmanshoop
  • Stay overnight at Sossusvlei Lodge
  • Namib-Naukluft Park (dunes)
  • Sesriem Canyon (170m-high star-dune “45”)
  • Kalahari Desert
  • City tour of Windhoek
  • Etosha National Park
  • Swakopmund.

Tour date departing from Pretoria:

  • 7 June 2018 (Pretoria) - 18 June (Walvis Bay)
  • 16 May 2019 (Pretoria) - 27 May (Walvis Bay)

Tour date departing from Walvis Bay:

  • 22 June 2018 (Walvis Bay) - 3 July (Pretoria)
  • 30 May 2019 (Walvis Bay) - 10 June (Pretoria)
 
 

Shongololo Express Train Journeys Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

The 15-day Good Hope Golf Tour through South Africa and Swaziland provides a golfing and non-golfing itinerary.  Departing from Pretoria, guests are taken through the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains to Nelspruit, the Kruger National Park and the historical town of  Pilgrim’s Rest, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes as well as God’s Window.   After exploring the scenic Panorama Route, the train continues its journey to the Kingdom of Swaziland, followed by the Hluhluwe Wildlife Reserve and the world-heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

On day seven, the train arrives in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, where guests have the opportunity to visit the local markets followed by a battlefields tour of Spionkop.  After a city tour in Bloemfontein, a visit to Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum and to the historic town of Graaff Reinet, travellers arrive in Oudtshoorn where they visit an ostrich farm and the not to be missed Cango Caves.

Traversing the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains, the Shongololo Express arrives in Knysna, Garden Route, where travellers enjoy a lagoon ferry ride to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is followed by a spectacular meander along the Garden Route towards Worcester.  On day 14, passengers travel by road over the mountain passes to the coastal town of Hermanus before arriving on the final day in Cape Town where a tour of the city awaits.

Golf Courses (optional): Nelspruit/Leopard Creek/White River, Nkonyeni Golf, Zimbali, Durban Country Club, Champagne Sports Resort, Kimberley Golf Club, Fancourt, Ernie Els Oubaai, Arabella Golf Estate.

Tour dates departing from Pretoria:

  • 31 January 2019 (Pretoria) - 14 February 2019 (Cape Town)
  • 3 October 2019 (Pretoria) - 17 October 2019 (Cape Town)
  • 30 January 2020 (Pretoria) - 13 February 2020 (Cape Town)
  • 1 October 2020 (Pretoria) - 15 October 2020 (Cape Town)

 

2019 Rates: R87,900.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R111,750.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

2020 Rates: R95,400.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R121,250.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

*** Single Supplement + 50%

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch (where stated)
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Return transfers to golf courses (Good Hope only)
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board
  • Government tax

Excluded from the rate:

  • Lunch off the train (where stated)
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Course fees (Good Hope only; green fees payable in advance)
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights

 


 

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Children: We regret Shongololo Express cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
  • Subject to availability
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This spectacular 12-day journey starts in Pretoria and winds its way to the coast of Namibia, a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and seemingly endless space. First stop is Kimberley for a visit to the Big Hole and diamond mine museum village before continuing on to Upington for a walking tour and wine tasting.

After crossing the border, guests visit the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon, followed by tours of historical towns Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and Keetmanshoop. Day seven sees guests overnighting at Sossusvlei Lodge, surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park, with visits to the natural Sesriem Canyon and the 170m-high star-dune “45”.

The train then leaves the vast stillness of the Kalahari Desert for a city tour of Windhoek. On day ten guests travel to the Etosha National Park for an overnight stay with game-viewing activities before ending the journey in the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund.

Tour date departing from Pretoria:

  • 16 May 2019 (Pretoria) - 27 May 2019 (Walvis Bay)
  • 14 May 2020 (Pretoria) - 25 May 2020 (Walvis Bay)
  • 24 August 2020 (Pretoria) - 4 September 2020 (Walvis Bay)

 

2019 Price: R75,000.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R93,000.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

2020 Price: R81,400.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R101,000.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

Single supplement is 50%

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch (where stated)
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board
  • Government tax.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Lunch off the train (where stated)
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Children: We regret Shongololo Express cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
  • Subject to availability
BOOK NOW

This impressive 12-day journey between Pretoria and Victoria Falls stops at carefully selected locations in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Starting in Pretoria, this magnificent sojourn will spend the first few days taking guests east through the Drakensberg Mountains to the Kruger Park for game viewing and the historical areas of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. On day four guests tour Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, before moving on to explore the Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a game drive in the famous wildlife reserve of Kapama followed by a relaxing day on the train as it heads for the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a visit. On days nine and 10, guests tour Antelope Park and Matobas National Park, site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave, before continuing on to Hwange for game-viewing activities.

The final day has the train arriving in Victoria Falls where guests enjoy a walking tour of the village and the falls with an afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Tour dates departing from Pretoria:

  • 3 January 2019 (Pretoria) - 14 January 2019 (Victoria Falls)
  • 18 April 2019 (Pretoria) - 29 April 2019 (Victoria Falls)
  • 13 June 2019 (Pretoria) - 24 June 2019 (Victoria Falls)
  • 8 August 2019 (Pretoria) - 19 August 2019 (Victoria Falls)
  • 2 January 2020 (Pretoria) - 13 January 2020 (Victoria Falls)
  • 20 February 2020 (Pretoria) - 2 March 2020 (Victoria Falls)
  • 16 April 2020 (Pretoria) - 27 April 2020 (Victoria Falls)
  • 11 June 2020 (Pretoria) - 22 June 2020 (Victoria Falls)
  • 6 August 2020 (Pretoria) - 17 August 2020 (Victoria Falls)
  • 22 October 2020 (Pretoria) - 2 November 2020 (Victoria Falls)

2019 Rates: R75,000.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R93,000.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

2020 Rates: R81,400.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R101,000.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

** Single supplement + 50%

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch (where stated)
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board
  • Government tax.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Lunch off the train (where stated)
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Children: We regret Shongololo Express cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
  • Subject to availability
BOOK NOW

This grand 15-day journey offers a golfing and non-golfing itinerary with an amazing insight into virtually every well-known destination in South Africa. Starting in Cape Town with a city tour, guests then board the train and traverse the winelands to Worcester.

Travel by road over scenic mountain passes to Hermanus*, once a renowned whaling station, followed by a spectacular meander along the Garden Route to the natural paradise of Knysna* where guests enjoy a lagoon ferry ride to Featherbed Nature Reserve. Crossing the Outeniqua Mountains, guests arrive in Oudtshoorn to visit an ostrich farm and the incredible Cango Caves. After tours around the historic town of Graaff Reinet, Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum* and Bloemfontein, the city of roses, the train arrives at Spionkop* for a battlefields tour.

Day nine sees the train arriving in Durban* where guests can enjoy the markets or spiritual sites before visiting the world-heritage site, St Lucia Wetland Park. Then it’s on to explore Hluhluwe wildlife reserve and the Kingdom of Swaziland* after which this magnificent sojourn takes guests through the Drakensberg Mountains to the Kruger Park* and the historical areas of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. The final day sees the train pulling into Rovos Rail Station where guests continue on a tour of Pretoria or Johannesburg and Soweto.

*Golf Courses (optional): Arabella Golf Estate, Ernie Els Oubaai, Fancourt, Kimberley Golf Club, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club, Zimbali, Nkonyeni Golf Nelspruit/Leopard Creek/White River.

Tour dates departing from Cape Town:

  • 19 March 2019 (Cape Town) - 2 April 2019 (Pretoria)
  • 19 November 2019 (Cape Town) - 3 December 2019 (Pretoria)
  • 17 March 2020 (Cape Town) - 31 March 2020 (Pretoria)
  • 17 November 2020 (Cape Town) - 1 December 2020 (Pretoria)

 

2019 Rates: R87,900.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R111,750.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

2020 Rates: R95,400.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R121,250.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

*** Single supplement + 50%

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch (where stated)
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Return transfers to golf courses (Good Hope only)
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board
  • Government tax

Excluded from the rate:

  • Lunch off the train (where stated)
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Course fees (Good Hope only; green fees payable in advance)
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights

Terms and Conditions:

  • Children: We regret Shongololo Express cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
  • Subject to availability
BOOK NOW

This spectacular 12-day journey starts on the coast of Namibia, a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and seemingly endless space, and winds its way to Pretoria. First stop is Etosha National Park for an overnight stay with game drives before continuing on to Windhoek for a city tour. Day five sees guests overnighting at Sossusvlei Lodge, surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park, with visits to the natural Sesriem Canyon and the 170m-high star-dune “45”.

The train then travels into the Kalahari Desert where guests spend the next few days visiting the historical towns of Keetmanshoop, Kolmanskop and Lüderitz with a stop at the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon.

After crossing the border, guests enjoy a walking tour of Upington before travelling to Kimberley for a visit to the Big Hole and diamond mine museum village. Continuing northeast across the Highveld, the train arrives at journey’s end in Pretoria.

Tour date departing from Walvis Bay:

  • 30 May 2019 (Walvis Bay) - 10 June 2019 (Pretoria)
  • 28 May 2020 (Walvis Bay) - 8 June 2020 (Pretoria)

 

2019 Rate: R75,000.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R93,000.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

2020 Rate: R81,400.00 per person sharing (Gold) and R101,000.00 per person sharing (Emerald)

*** 50% single supplement

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch (where stated)
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board
  • Government tax.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Lunch off the train (where stated)
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights.


 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Children: We regret Shongololo Express cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
  • Subject to availability
BOOK NOW

This impressive 12-day journey between Victoria Falls and Pretoria stops at carefully selected locations in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. Starting in the Victoria Falls, guests enjoy a walking tour of the village and the falls, departing in the afternoon for Hwange. After game-viewing activities, guests continue to Matobas National Park, site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave, Antelope Park and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

The train then traverses Zimbabwe as guests enjoy a day at leisure on board. Day seven includes a game drive at the famous wildlife reserve of Kapama before guests continue on to explore the Kingdom of Swaziland. This magnificent sojourn spends the last few days taking guests through the Drakensberg Mountains to the Kruger Park for game viewing and the historical areas of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window.

The final day has the train pulling into Rovos Rail Station where guests continue on a tour of Pretoria or Johannesburg and Soweto.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Lunch (where stated)
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water on board
  • Government tax.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Lunch off the train (where stated)
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre- and post-tour transfers, accommodation and flights.

 


 

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Children: We regret Shongololo Express cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children over 10 pay the full rate.
  • Subject to availability
BOOK NOW

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