African Rail Trips


Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Vic Falls - 3 Nov 2023 from Pretoria to Vic Falls

2023 dates are 3 Nov to 14 Nov from Pretoria to Vic Falls or 16 Nov to 27 Nov from Vic Falls to Pretoria

One can get return flight from Vic FAlls to Tel Aviv on Ethiopian

Shongololo Site


3-D walk through the train

VJV Site

Seems to be to book via VJV or do it myself which seems the best option . Would need to overnight in Pretoria and Vic Falls on 3 Nov 2023

Rovos Rail has acquired and upgraded the Shongololo Express, providing a special touring experience for visitors to Southern Africa. Accommodating 72 guests in comfortable cabins, the classic wood-panelled carriages takes you back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the romance of African exploration. This impressive panoramic journey through South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland), Mozambique and Zimbabwe is facilitated by 11 nights on the train avoiding long road journeys and offers a balance of cultural visits, spectacular scenery and game viewing in four contrasting countries of Southern Africa.

Day 1 Fly overnight direct to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Transfer to Pretoria for overnight at the 4-star Hotel Courtyard Arcadia. (D)

Day 3 View the Union Buildings, Church Square and Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. Visit Soweto and the Hector Petersen Memorial. Embark Shongololo Express for 11 nights. (B, D)

Day 4 Tour of the Panorama Route, including Pilgrim’s Rest, Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels and God’s Window. Depart for Malelane. (B, D)

Day 5 Full-day safari in Kruger National Park. Depart for Mozambique. (B, D)

Day 6 City tour of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Continue to Mpaka in the mountain kingdom of Eswantini (Swaziland). (B, L, D)

Day 7 Enjoy views of the Ezulwini Valley and Komati River, and visit Manzini and Mbabane. Depart for the Limpopo. (B, D)

Day 8 Morning game drive in Kapama Game Reserve and visit the Wild Dog and Cheetah Project. Overnight at Louis Trichardt. (B, L, D)

Day 9 A day on board as you travel north to Rutenga in Zimbabwe. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Drive to Great Zimbabwe ruins, the capital of the Bantu and Shona in the 11th-15th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Full-day at Antelope Park. Optionals bookable locally include game drives and a bird-watching cruise. Depart for Bulawayo. (B, D)

Day 12 Visit Matobo National Park including the grave of Cecil John Rhodes and bushmen caves. Depart for Kennedy Siding. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Full-day game viewing at Hwange Game Reserve, formerly the royal hunting ground of Matabele King Mzilikazi. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Arrive at Victoria Falls. Disembark for two nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel. Walking tour. Zambezi sunset cruise. (B)

Day 15 Day at leisure or optional helicopter ride over the Falls (12 mins, £150). (B)

Day 16 Return flight via Johannesburg or extend in Botswana for three nights. (B)

Day 17 Arrive Heathrow.




Cape Town to Dar es Salaam

Rovos Rail



11h00 Depart Cape Town Station on the Pride of Africa.
18h00 Arrive in Matjiesfontein and explore the quaint village. Dinner and overnight on the train.
(Breakfast 07h00-10h00 • Lunch 13h00 • Tea 16h30 • Dinner 19h30)


14h00 Tour of Kimberley’s Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum. Ten minutes after departing Kimberley a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of Lesser Flamingos (approximately 23 000). Travel from the Karoo to the Highveld. Dinner and overnight on board.


10h00 Arrive at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park, Pretoria. Enjoy a walking tour of the station and locomotive workshops (weather permitting) followed by lunch on the platform and a city tour of Pretoria at 14h15.
18h00 Depart for Zeerust in the North West Province. Dinner and overnight on board.


11h00 Disembark at Zeerust and transfer by coach to Madikwe Reserve for a two-night stay at TAU Game Lodge*. Lunch is served upon arrival at the lodge. Afternoon tea and game drive (approximately 3 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.


Enjoy an early morning game drive, afternoon game drive and other guest activities. Overnight at the lodge.


Early morning game drive followed by breakfast until 09h30.
10h30 Transfer to the train at with border formalities en route to Gaborone, Botswana.
13h30 Depart Gaborone and travel to Plumtree for border formalities and overnight.


Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes Gwaai and Dete along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – and along the eastern edge of the Hwange National Park where occasional sightings of animals can occur. The train heads for Thompson’s Junction for the overnight stop.


12h00 Arrive at the incomparable Victoria Falls and walk across to the hotel. Enjoy lunch.
16h00 Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Buffet dinner at Jungle Junction. Overnight at the hotel.


Day at leisure in the Victoria Falls with activities (tour of Falls, helicopter over Falls, elephant-back safari, walk with lions, whitewater rafting, bungee-jumping, golf, etc).
16h00 Depart Victoria Falls and cross the bridge to Livingstone, Zambia.


Day at leisure on board. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train travels across the Kafue railway bridge – a 477-metre long steel girder truss bridge of 13 spans each at 33 metres supported on concrete piers – towards Kapiri Mposhi and the start of the TAZARA railway line.


Enjoy a day at leisure on the train. Lectures will be given during the course of the morning and/or afternoon by the on-board historian. The train passes through Serenje and Mpika to Kasama.


08h00 Disembark at Kasama for a morning excursion to Chisimba Falls.
11h00 Depart from Kasama and travel towards the Tanzanian border.


09h00 Arrive at Makambako where guests may enjoy a stroll through the town – time permitting.
10h30 Depart and travel towards Mlimba. The train descends into the Rift Valley and through the Udzungwa Mountains as it negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment.
Day at leisure on the train with lectures by the on-board historian.


Game visit in the Selous Reserve (time permitting).
Travel towards Gwata for an overnight stop.


06h30 Depart Gwata in and travel in an easterly direction towards the coast.
07h00 Breakfast is served in the dining car/s until 09h30.
10h00 Arrive at journey’s end in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.





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