Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 1 night
Train - 11 nights
Victoria Falls - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

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A great rail journey through South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with 11 nights on the train, safaris, excursions and a stay at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel included

Introducing an improved itinerary mirroring the service on the iconic Rovos Rail, Shongololo Express now includes full board plus beverages on board and all lunches off board.

Rovos Rail, our long-standing partner, upgraded the Shongololo Express, providing a special touring experience. Accommodating 72 guests in comfortable cabins, the classic wood-panelled carriages take you back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the romance of African exploration.

This impressive panoramic journey is facilitated by 11 nights on the train between Pretoria and Victoria Falls, avoiding long road journeys and offering a balance of cultural visits, spectacular scenery and game viewing in four contrasting countries of Southern Africa.

Key Features

Rail Journey

Excursions Included

4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

Guaranteed Departure

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, L, D)

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

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

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

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

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Some walking over rough ground andt is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.


per person in a twin/double Gold Cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 3 £7695
February 28 £7795
April 11 £8195
June 6 £7995
August 8 £7995
September 5 £8045

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £2895

Accommodation Upgrades

Emerald Cabin £2495
Single supplement £3895

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus - On request
British Airways Club World - On request

Optional Excursions

Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls £150

Extension Options

Pre-Tour Extra Nights - Pretoria
Courtyard Arcadia (per night) £145
Single supplement £75
Arrival transfer add £45

Post-Tour Extra Nights - Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel (per night) £175
Single supplement £150
Departure transfer add £20

Extension - Botswana
Chobe Safari Lodge or Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge 
3 nights £825
Single supplement £265

Tour Only

Save £900 
Arrival transfer add £45
Departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights’ train and 3 nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 12 dinners, all drinks on onboard the train, itinerary as described, services of train director, guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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