Overview

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

Spendology - Widgets

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, 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, 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.

Key Features

Rail Journey

Excursions Included

4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

Guaranteed Departure

Group Size: 2 – 24

A varied itinerary and excursion schedule with excellent guides made for a magical holiday

Johanna Lilley -
Indian Ocean to Victoria Falls by Shongololo Express

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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 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.

  • 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
December 31 £5395

2020

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

Date Price
February 18 £5295
April 14 £5295
June 9 £4995
August 4 £5295
October 20 £5395
December 30 £5695

2021

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

Date Price
April 13 £5595
June 8 £5595
August 3 £5895
October 19 £5895

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1995
(2021 £2195)

Accommodation Upgrades

Emerald Cabin £895
(2021 £995)
Single supplement £2295
(2021 £2595)

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) £145
Single supplement £75
Arrival transfer £30

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

Extension - Botswana
Chobe Safari Lodge or Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge 
3 nights £795
Single supplement £235

Optional Excursions

Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls £150

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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