Where does the train travel?
The Shongololo Express traverses through a number of countries in Southern Africa. These include Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, Graaff-Reinet and Durban in South Africa; Maputo in Mozambique; Bulawayo, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe; and Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in Namibia.
How long are the routes?
The tours offered are between 12- and 15-days long. The Good Hope tour is an enthralling 15-day journey travelling through South Africa. The Southern Cross is a 12-day trip that travels from South Africa to Zimbabwe, and the Dune Express offers an epic 12-day adventure from South African to Namibia.
What does a typical day on-board entail?
After a filling breakfast, guests will enjoy off-train excursions, which include city tours and guided walks. Lunch will then be had at a restaurant in the city or area where the train has stopped. Guests will then travel by train to their next destination, all the while relaxing at their own leisure. In the evenings, guests are treated to a delicious dinner.
What do the rates include?
The rate includes accommodation, dinner and breakfast, off-train excursions facilitated by a tour guide, and entrance fees at places of interest
What type of accommodation is offered?
Shongololo Express comprises of Emerald Double, Emerald Twin, Gold Double or Gold Twin cabins – all of which have en-suite bathrooms. The Emerald rooms are slightly larger than the Gold rooms and contain a small lounge area.
Where does the train depart from?
Shongololo Express departs from the Rovos Rail station, Capital Park, in Pretoria.
Are there luggage restrictions?
While there are no luggage restrictions, space on the train is limited so guests should not bring excess baggage. Luggage can be stored in your cabin under the bed or above the door.
What is the dress code?
The train has a relaxed atmosphere, so it is best to bring comfortable and casual clothing on your trip. It is advisable to pack warm clothing as the early mornings and evenings can be cold.
What should I pack?
- Light, comfortable clothing for the summer
- Warm clothing with a jacket for the winter
- Good walking shoes for off-train activities
- Camera with additional lenses and memory cards
What are the on-board and off-board activities?
Guests on board can take pleasure in sightseeing from the comfort of their suite, nursing a cold drink at the bar, reading a good book from the small library or simple relaxing in the lounge. Off-board activities include game drives, city tours, guided walking tours, golf excursions, and visits to places of interest.
What type of food can I expect?
The chefs on board are five-star chefs who serve three-star meals. You can look forward to traditional dishes as well as a variety of modern, cosmopolitan cuisines. A selection of South African wines can be enjoyed with meals.
What is the climate like?
The train travels to a number of different destinations and the climate changes from country to country. On the train, the temperature is regulated by an air-conditioning system which is on at all times.
Does the train run year-round?
Yes, the train runs year-round and journeys are available throughout the year. Please contact us for the set departure dates.
Is the train child friendly?
The train does not accommodate children under the age of 10, and children over the age of 10 pay the full adult rate. Please note that there are no child-minding services or child-friendly activities on-board.
Is the train wheelchair friendly?
Unfortunately, the train is not wheelchair friendly as the train’s layout is not equipped for wheelchair access.
Do I need any medication or vaccinations before I go on the train?
For all the journeys, it is advisable to take anti-malarial medication. A Yellow Fever or Medical Exemption Certificate is required if you are travelling to Tanzania. Please visit your medical practitioner before your Shongololo Express trip to discuss what medication you may need to take.
What currency is used and what languages spoken?
Only Rands may be used in South Africa and on the train, but both Rands and Dollars are accepted in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana. Staff on board the train speak English, and some may also speak the local languages such as Afrikaans, Xhosa and Tswana.
Is tipping expected?
Guests should tip at their own discretion. Those who wish to show their appreciation can ask for gratuities to be added to their final account or the amount can be handed to the train manager.
Does the train have WiFi and mobile reception?
There is no WiFi available on the train, and mobile reception is rather limited owing to the remote areas that the train travels through.
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