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Train trip: the Dunes Express to the west

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This wonderful trip by rail takes you through and past special places in South Africa and Namibia.
The luxurious Shongololo train runs between Pretoria and Swakopmund. From the vast savannah of South Africa to the rugged coast of the Atlantic, the train stops at carefully selected locations. The canyon, cities, deserts and wildlife will surprise you with their beauty along the way. Bed, breakfast, dinner and carefully selected activities are included. You spend 1 night at Etosha N.P. and 1 night in the Namib-Naukluft Park.


A trip with the Shongololo Express is still seen as a unique experience. The well-trained train staff and the guides who speak several languages will ensure that you will not miss anything during this trip.

These train journeys are a luxury way to get to know a country. In this case you even get to know two countries: South Africa and Namibia! Countries with unparalleled beauty, wide views and beautiful sunsets. The silence in the desert landscape and African wildlife will make this trip very special. 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. You will spend a night at a lodge in Sossusvlei and a night at Etosha National Park. This way you can quietly enjoy these special places without having to drive unnecessary kilometers to and from the train.

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. Lunches on board the train are 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:
16 May 2019


From€ 4203/ per person
Namibia, South Africa
  • Accommodation: Gold Cabin (upgrade to an Emerald Cabin possible)
  • Transport per train
  • Meals based on dinner bed and breakfast
  • Lunches on board the train where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Coffee, tea and water on board the train
  • Mentioned entrance fees and activities
  • Flights and possibly visa
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses and fees
  • Lunch outisde the train
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to (wild) parks not mentioned
  • Supplement possibly upgrade cabin
dinner bed and breakfast
train cabin
Children under 10 years old are not allowed. Children from 10 years old pay 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. Note: From now on you are no longer allowed to take plastic bags to the national parks. All bags are taken at the gate.
Day 1: depart Pretoria -
At 2.30 pm the Shongololo Express departs from the Rovos Rail station in Pretoria towards Kingswood where you will spend your first night on the train tonight.
Day 2: Kimberley -
Day 3: Upington tour & winetasting -
Day 4: Fish River Canyon -
Day 5: Lüderitz and Kolmanskop -
Day 6: Keetmanshoop -
Day 7: Sesriem/Sossusvlei -
Day 8: Dune 45, Namib Naukluft Park -
Day 9: Windhoek -
Day 10: Etosha National Park -
Day 11: Etosha National Park -
Day 12: Swakopmund -


p.o.a. = Price on request

Prices per person based on 2 travellers

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All prices subject to availability and changes.


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