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Shongololo Train, South Africa to Victoria Falls + Kruger Park + Mozambique

Shongololo Train: Pretoria + Kruger Park to Victoria Falls
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14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Shongololo Train South Africa Victoria Falls Kruger Park Mozambique

The luxury Shongololo Train journeys from Pretoria in South Africa to the mighty Victoria Falls, travelling via the Drakensberg Panorama Route, Kruger Park, Maputo in Mozambique, Swaziland, Kapama Game Reserve, Endangered Species Centre, Limpopo, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Matopos & Hwange Game Reserve.  4 departures per year in each direction. Gold/Emerald cabins.

Shongololo Train South Africa Victoria Falls Kruger Park Mozambique
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Shongololo Train, South Africa
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Pretoria + Soweto
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Kruger National Park
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Swaziland
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Kapama Game Reserve
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Great Zimbabwe
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Matopos National Park
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Hwanga National Park
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Victoria Falls
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Shongololo Train, South Africa
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Pretoria + Soweto
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Kruger National Park
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Swaziland
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Kapama Game Reserve
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Great Zimbabwe
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Matopos National Park
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Hwanga National Park
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Victoria Falls
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred 1-hour to Pretoria (now called Tshwane).
 
This city is the administrative capital of South Africa and is renowned for its jacaranda trees that flower from September to November.
Day 2
This morning transfer to Capital Park Station in Pretoria for 08.00 check in at the Shongololo Express.
 
After checking in, we leave the train and enjoy a morning tour of Soweto. With a population of over one-million people, this township was made famous by the apartheid laws. We pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere) and drive past the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace laureates - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. We then visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after one of the first students to be killed in the 1976 student uprising against the apartheid government.
 
We spend the afternoon in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, where we visit the Union Buildings. Designed by the famous English colonial architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and completed in 1913, the Union Buildings house the offices of the president and his ministers. Before leaving the capital behind, we visit the Voortrekker Monument that commemorates the ‘Great Trek’ undertaken by the Boer farmers in the 1830s.
 
In the afternoon we return to Capital Park Station and board the train, departing at 16.00 towards Waterval Boven. Relax and enjoy the elegance of train travel of a bygone age, as you settle in to your wood-panelled coach. This spectacular 12-day train journey starts in Pretoria and wends its way through the Drakensberg Mountains, Kruger National Park, Mozambique and the kingdom of Swaziland, before continuing via Limpopo province and travelling the length of Zimbabwe to your journey's end at the spectacular Victoria Falls.
 
Note: All meals on the train are included, but all lunches off the train are for your own account (unless specified). Laundry & beverages are also excluded. A relaxed atmosphere prevails on board, so comfortable clothing is recommended with good walking shoes for off-train excursions. Bring warm clothes for early mornings and evenings, especially if you are travelling during the winter months (June to August).
Day 3
This morning we disembark at Nelspruit in the province of Mpumalanga (meaning 'land of the rising sun') for a full day tour of the beautiful Drakensberg Panorama Route.
 
Our first stop is the village of Pilgrim’s Rest, a living museum and national monument. Gold was discovered in this area in 1873, attracting over 1,500 prospectors. Today many of the restored miner’s houses serve as shops and restaurants.
 
We also visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater and the Graskop Gorge, which offers spectacular views over the Blyde River Canyon. Here there is the option to take the lift down the face of the gorge to the forest below, where wooden walkways and suspension bridges meander threough an indigenous forest. From the top, on a clear day you can enjoy views over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique.
 
We rejoin the train in the late afternoon and depart towards Malelane.
 
Note: Graskop Gorge lift and lunch are for your own account.
Day 4
Today we disembark early at Malelane for a full day of game viewing in the world renowned Kruger National Park.
 
The Kruger National Park has 2-million hectares of unrivalled wildlife diversity. It is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and is home to an impressive number of wildlife species - including 147 different mammals, 507 species of birds, 336 different trees, 49 species of fish, 34 amphibians and 114 reptiles. It is also home to all the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.
 
Re-join the train in the late afternoon and complete customs formalities, as we depart towards Mozambique.
Day 5
We disembark this morning for a city tour of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, with included lunch.
 
Maputo is a city of contrasts, offering an exciting mix of cultures. Its architecture is a blend of African, Portuguese and early Colonial traditions with old Catholic churches side-by-side with mosques, fortresses, Victorian mansions and other buildings from a bygone era.
 
In the afternoon we return to the train. After completing border formalities again, we continue towards Mpaka in Swaziland.
Day 6
This morning we disembark at Mpaka to explore the small mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland - now called Eswatini.
 
This tiny kingdom covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa. We drive through the lush Ezulwini Valley, passing the Ludzidzini royal residence. We stop at Swazi Candles and also visit Mantenga Cultural Village. Here you can buy a wide variety of skilfully crafted woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb basketwork, for which Swazis are renowned
 
We rejoin the train in the afternoon and complete customs formalities, as we re-enter South Africa and travel towards Hoedspruit.
Day 7
Rise early today for a continental breakfast, before disembarking at Hoedspruit for a game drive.
 
Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, which is renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species including all the Big Five, over 350 different birds and a myriad of smaller species.Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, which is renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama is home to over 40 different mammal species including all the Big Five, over 350 different birds and a myriad of smaller species.
 
Afterwards we visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and threatened species. Founded on passion, the centre has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities which include the educating of surrounding communities, breeding, rehabilitation and anti-poaching.
 
We return to the train for lunch, before travelling towards Tzaneen and Louis Trichardt.
Day 8
Today is spent on the train, travelling through the vast Limpopo Province.
 
Located in the far northern part of South Africa, the landscape is very varied and ranges from tropical forests, bushveld and mountains, to semi-desert areas with small trees and flat open expanses.
 
Limpopo Province shares its borders with three neighbouring countries - Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique - so has much cultural diversity. It is divided into five regions, according to its main tribes. Capricorn is the central region predominantly occupied by the Bapedi people. Waterberg is the largest region, with a majority of Tswana people. Vhembe in the far north is dominated by Vhavenda and Vatsonga. The Mopani region near the Kruger Park is Vatsonga, whereas the Sekhukhuni region is dominated by Bapedi and Ndebele people.
 
We travel towards Messina for customs formalities and cross the border into Zimmbabwe at Beit Bridge before continuing to Oreti.
Day 9
We disembark at Oreti this morning for a guided tour of the stone buildings that comprise the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the remnants of a great African civilization. Lunch is included today.
 
Dating from around the 11th century, these iron-age ruins have been the source of much speculation over the years. Built entirely from stone, without any mortar, the site covers over 1,800 acres (7 square km). Some of the walls are up to 5 metres high and are still standing after so many centuries. Eight carved birds were also found here, an image of which can be seen on the Zimbabwean flag.
 
This huge fortress once housed over 25,000 citizens and engaged in silver and gold mining, as well as trading as far afield as China. View the Acropolis, the Great Enclosure and the Conical Tower, as well as many other structures in these impressive ruins that are the largest and oldest in Southern Africa, and are second only to the Egyptian pyramids in Africa.
 
In the late afternoon, we return to the train and depart towards Somabhula.
Day 10
After an early breakfast, we disembark for a full day of activities at Antelope Park.
 
Set in over 3,000 acres of open savanna grasslands, Antelope Park is a private game reserve that is a haven of tranquillity, welcoming guests and volunteer eco-tourists. It is home to the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation programme, which is a multiphase conservation initiative working to re-introduce the offspring of African lions bred in captivity, back into the wild.
 
A variety of optional activities are available including game drives, canoeing, horseback safari, elephant interaction and bird watching boat cruises (pay locally).
 
In the late afternoon we return to the train and travel towards Bulawayo.
Day 11
We disembark at Bulawayo for a full day tour to the dramatic Matopos National Park, with lunch included today.
 
The spectacular Matobo (meaning 'bald head') Hills are a range of granitic domes, spires and balancing rock formations, that have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion. Mzilikazi, the great Ndebele king who named this place, is buried here. It is also the home of the legendary Umlimo Rain Goddess.
 
Explore on foot these magnificent granite hills that are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can visit the final resting place of the diamond mining magnate and arch-imperialist, Cecil John Rhodes, whose grave at the summit of Malindidzimu – ‘the hill of benevolent spirits’ (or World's View) – is carved out of solid granite and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of boulders. You can also visit one of the more accessible ancient San Bushman cave paintings.
 
In the late afternoon we return to the train and depart towards Dete.
Day 12
After an early breakfast, we disembark at Dete for a full day of game viewing in Hwange National Park, with picnic lunch provided.
 
Covering a vast area of over 5,600 square miles (14,600 square kilometres), Hwange is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe and is the size of Belgium. Situated in close proximity to the arid Kalahari, this remote wildlife sanctuary is renowned for its enormous population of elephants, as well as vast herds of buffalo, zebra and giraffe. It is also home to many predators including lions, hyena and endangered wild dogs, which are thriving in the region. With over 100 different species of mammals, a marvellous wildlife experience is guaranteed. The bird life is also outstanding.
 
In the late afternoon we return to the train and depart towards Thompson's Junction.
Day 13
After breakfast we arrive at our journey's end – the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.
 
Located in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), where the borders of five African countries converge, the sheer scale of this vast international conservation project is difficult to comprehend. It encompasses a bewildering range of experiences, ranging from the mighty Victoria Falls to the lifeforce of the region, the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers.
 
We arrive at Victoria Falls Station around 10.00. After checking out from the train and storing our baggage, we walk across the road to the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel, where you can catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
 
Enjoy a walking tour of the village and explore on foot the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest, which offers magnificent views. In the late afternoon enjoy a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River where you may see hippos, crocodiles and abundant bird life. At the end of the day you will be dropped off at your hotel.
 
Note: We suggest you take your own raincoat for walking in the rainforest, as those on hire are well used.
Day 14
At leisure to explore the town of Victoria Falls on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
  
Many optional activities are available in this small town, where adrenalin seekers come to participate in adventure activities such as canoeing down the Zambezi River, white water rafting in the turbulent gorge below the falls (grade 5), abseiling and bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge.
Day 15
Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight home.