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Luxury train trip: Southern Cross from Pretoria

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This 12-day journey takes you through four countries, where you will have fantastic experiences every day. The Shongololo train runs between Pretoria and Victoria Falls and stops at carefully selected locations in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. After a comfortable night, enjoy a stunning view every day and a challenging program with excursions and game drives . You unpack your suitcase on day 1 in your own compartment. The train is your moving hotel from day one.

A trip with the Shongololo Express is a unique experience. The well-trained train staff and the multi-language guides will ensure that you do not miss anything on this trip. These train journeys are a luxury way to get to know a country. In this case you even get to know four countries! The crew and guides will ensure that every day is special, no matter in which country you are, inside or outside the train. The journey starts with a warm welcome and then continues silently into an unforgettable holiday where you only have to pack and unpack your bags once.

The excursions mentioned in the itinerary are carried out with an air-conditioned bus (you) and are included in the price. Train stays are based on bed, breakfast and dinner. Lunch on board the train is included where mentioned in the itinerary.

The price on our website is based on a stay in a Gold Cabin. You can also stay in an Emerald Cabin for an additional charge:

Train Coupé type:


From left to right: Emerald double, Emerald twin, Gold double, Gold twin. Click on the images for a complete description of the room types.

Departure dates:

2019: 13 June and 8 Augustus


From€ 6410/ per person
Victoria Falls National Park, Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park
Eswatini (Swaziland), Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa
  • Accommodation: Gold Cabin (upgrade to an Emerald Cabin possible)
  • Transport per trein
  • Meals based on dinner bed and breakfast
  • Lunch on board the train where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Coffee, tea and water on board the train
  • Mentioned activities and entrance fees
  • Flights and possibly visa
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and fees
  • Drinks
  • Lunch outside the train
  • Supplement possibly upgrade cabin
dinner bed and breakfast
train cabin
Children under 10 years old are not allowed. Children from 10 years pay the adult price
Shongololo Express uses the rail network of Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique. It may therefore occur that a delay occurs or that a different route must be chosen. The activities depend on the circumstances and can be shortened, adjusted or canceled.
Day 1: Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto -

You are expected in the morning at 8 a.m. at the Pretoria station where your luggage will be loaded. You leave at 9:00 AM with a bus (you) for a city tour through Pretoria and the township Soweto.

Gauteng is the economic heart of South Africa and the province where the major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria are located. You are visiting a number of important places in Pretoria and Soweto today.

With more than a million inhabitants, Soweto is the largest township in South Africa. You pass the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and drive through the only street in Africa where two Nobel Prize winners once lived: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president Nelson Mandela. You will also visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial in memory of this student who died in 1976 in the fight against the legislation of the Apartheid regime.

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. Here you will visit the Voortrekker Monument and museum. You also take a look at the Union Buildings from where the president and government work. This impressive building with a beautiful terrace garden was completed in 1913 and is a design by the British architect Sir Herbert Baker. In the garden in front of the Union buildings is a large statue of Nelson Mandela.

The train leaves for Nelspruit at 16:00.

Day 2: Panorama Route -
Day 3: Kruger National Park -
Day 4: Maputo, Mozambique -
Day 5: Swaziland -
Day 6: Kapama Game Reserve -
Day 7: train trip to Zimbabwe -
Day 8: Great Zimbabwe -
Day 9: Antelope Park, Gwetu -
Day 10: Matobo National Park -
Day 11: Hwange National Park -
Day 12: Victoria Falls -


p.o.a. = Price on request

Prices per person based on 2 travellers

Contact us for a proposal in case you are travelling with more or less travellers and/or kids.

All prices subject to availability and changes.


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