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  • Shongololo Express

In a bygone era, travelling by train was a way of life. Now, it remains a relaxing, enjoyable way to get to your next destination, and in some cases, a great travel experience on its own. Train travel also allows you to take in passing vistas while eating, reading, or simply relaxing.

In Africa, one can travel in style on either the Blue Train, linking Cape Town and Pretoria in 27 hours, or Rovos Rail, which offers an excellent selection of longer itineraries around Southern Africa and Eastern Africa, stretching as far as Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. Slightly less luxurious but still of a high standard are train tours with Shongololo Express, which offers a broad selection of journeys around Southern Africa.

Rail travel removes both the responsibilities of driving and the expense and carbon footprint of flying. It also helps cut down on accommodation costs, with sleeping berths available on overnight services.

Rail Travel Ideas

  • Signature South Africa: Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Kruger & More

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the magic and splendour of Southern Africa on this 12-day luxury journey of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll venture to the Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a by-gone era with 2 nights spent on-board the elegant Rovos Rail train.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,168
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Rail Travel Ideas, Safaris Worldwide, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam

    DELUXE | RAIL: This journey is one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Travel through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania combining the luxury of pre-war travel with modern touches.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 20,401
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Rail Travel Ideas
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Victoria Falls (or v.v.)

    DELUXE | RAIL: This journey takes guests from Pretoria westward to Botswana before crossing the border into Zimbabwe and on to the mighty Victoria Falls. This tour also operates in reverse.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 3,929
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Cape Town to Pretoria (or v.v)

    DELUXE | RAIL: Departing from Cape Town or Pretoria, stopping en-route to view Kimberley's 'Big Hole' and the Mine and Diamond museums, while enjoying the stark beauty of the Northern Cape.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 2,636
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail Dar Es Salaam to Lobito

    DELUXE | RAIL: Ride through the heart of Africa on this incredible luxury rail journey aboard the Rovos Rail. Travelling from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll head on safari game drives, tour Central African cities, and enjoy the unmatched luxury of the Pride of Africa as you pass through Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
    Tanzania See Trip Details
  • Rovos Rail: Pretoria to Walvis Bay or vice versa

    DELUXE | RAIL: Ride through the natural wonders of Southern Africa on this luxury rail journey aboard Rovos Rail. As you pass from South Africa to Namibia, you’ll explore diamond mines, hike through deep canyons and vast deserts, and head on safari game drives, all while enjoying unmatched luxury aboard your train.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    AU$ 15,439
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Rail Travel Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
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