On board the Shongololo Express, you travel comfortably at night, waking in a new place every morning. Professional guides and vehicles are carried aboard the train ready to take you sightseeing. There’s no need for constant packing and unpacking! The 12 day journeys traverse South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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Shongololo Express

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Day 1

Pretoria & Soweto Tour

Start your journey when you check in at Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. Today you'll have a day tour of Pretoria and Soweto. In the late afternoon transfer to Rovos Rail Station where your train departs for Nelspruit.

Day 2

Panorama Route

Today you'll enjoy a full day panorama tour of Pilgrim's Rest, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window. Late afternoon, you'll rejoin the train in Nelspruit and depart for Malelane.

Day 3

Kruger Park Game Drive

View the incredible wildlife of Kruger Park on a full day game drive. Return to your train in Malelane in the evening and depart for Mozambique.

Day 4

City tour of Maputo, Mozambique

Today in Mozambique, you'll go on a city tour of Maputo and return to the train for afternoon tea. In the evening, after border formalities the train heads for Mpaka in Swaziland.

Day 5

Kingdom of Swaziland tour

In the morning, depart in vehicles from Mpaka. Visit Ngwenya Glass, Mbabane and Manzini. In the evening, after border formalities at Tjaneni, rejoin the train in Kaapmuiden. Depart for Klaserie near Hoedspruit in Limpopo.

Day 6

Kapama Game Drive & Wild Dog & Cheetah Project

Enjoy a morning game drive in Kapama Game Reserve followed by a visit to the Wild Dog and Cheetah Project. Return to the train for lunch. The train departs for Tzaneen with an overnight stop at Louis Trichardt.

Day 7


Day on board the train travelling to Rutenge in Zimbabwe. Clear customs and immigration at Beitbridge.

Day 8

Great Zimbabwe Ruins Visit

In the morning, board vehicles and drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. In the evening, rejoin the train in Bannockburn. 

Day 9

Antelope Park Visit

Today will be a full day at Antelope Park. Optional extras include canoeing, game drive, horseback game viewing, elephant back riding and a bird watching cruise. Return to the train in the evening and depart for Bulawayo.

Day 10

Matobo National Park Visit

Enjoy a full day tour of Matobo National Park. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes as well as the bushmen caves. Return to the train in the evening and depart for Dete.

Day 11

Hwange Reserve Game Drive

Today you'll have a full day game viewing drive in Hwange Game Reserve. In the evening, depart for Thompson's Junction.

Day 12

Victoria Falls Tour

Arrive at Victoria Falls Station in the morning. Check out of train and walk across to Victoria Falls Hotel where your luggage will be stored. Explore Victoria Falls and and the village on a walking tour. Meet at the hotel for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and transfer back to Victoria Falls Hotel. 

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