Overview

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

INDIAN OCEAN TO VICTORIA FALLS BY SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS

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

Rovos Rail, our long-standing partner, has acquired and upgraded the Shongololo Express. We are delighted to maintain a special tariff for 2019, but into 2020 and beyond prices are going up for this popular itinerary, so early booking is recommended. This great journey is facilitated by 11 nights on the train avoiding the need for long road journeys and offers 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

6 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Guaranteed Departure

Group Size: 2 – 24

Day 1 Fly overnight direct to Johannesburg.

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

Day 3 Full-day tour of Pretoria, viewing the Union Buildings, Church Square, Voortrekker Monument. Visit Soweto and the Hector Petersen Memorial. Embark the Shongololo Express for 11 nights. Travel through the Drakensberg Mountains, known to the Zulu people as 'Barrier of Spears'. (B, D)

Day 4 Full-day tour including the Panorama Route, Pilgrim's Rest, Blyde River Canyon, The Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window. Depart Nelspruit for Malelane. (B, D)

Day 5 Full-day safari in the Kruger, one of the world's largest and best managed game reserves with an abundance of species including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, zebra, cheetah and hippo. Depart for Mozambique. (B, D)

Day 6 City tour of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique on the Indian Ocean, a blend of African, Portuguese and early colonial traditions. Continue to Mpaka in the mountain kingdom of 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. Depart for Tzaneen. 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. Optional excursions 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. Waterholes facilitate game viewing, especially predators, as wildlife congregates during the dry season (May-Oct). (B, L, D)

Day 14 Arrive at Victoria Falls. Disembark for two nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the world's great hotels, known as 'The Grand Old Lady of the Falls'. Walking tour of the village and the Falls, one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World'. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. (B)

Day 15 Day at leisure or optional helicopter ride over the Falls (12mins - £129). (B)

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

Day 17 Arrive Heathrow.

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

Notes

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

2019

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

Date Price
June 11 £5690
December 31 £5395

2020

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

Date Price
April 14 £5295
June 9 £4995
August 4 £5295
October 20 £5395
December 29 £5495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1795
(2020 £1895)

Accommodation Upgrades

Emerald cabin £795 
(2020 £895)

Single supplement £1995
(2020 £2195)

Flight Options

London/Johannesburg/London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £2295

Extension Options

Pre-Tour Extra Nights - Pretoria
Courtyard Arcadia (per night) £135
Single supplement £70
Arrival transfer £30

Post-Tour Extra Nights - Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel (per night) £165
Single supplement £140
Departure transfer £20

Extension - Botswana
Chobe Safari Lodge or Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge 
3 nights £795
Single supplement £225

Optional Excursions

Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls £129

Independent Arrival

Save £900 
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 11 nights' train and 3 nights' hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 12 dinners, 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 procrurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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