The 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 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.
Shongololo Express Train has air-conditioned vehicles that 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.
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 historic 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.
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This 12-day train journey crosses through South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Starting in Pretoria, travellers are taken past the Drakensberg Mountains to the Kruger National Park. Adventurous safari drives with strange wildlife encounters 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 days 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 travellers have the chance to participate in a tour of the village and the falls with an afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
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The Dune Express trip begins in Pretoria and takes 12 days. Guests explore the country of Namibia, which is known for its beauty, wilderness, 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 historic 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 heads 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.
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