Itinerary

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: Eastbound

Discover Africa by Rail

Experience Africa’s stunning and expansive landscapes in style aboard the luxurious Shongololo Express.

Your first-class safari adventure will see you taking one of six scenic routes across the plains and undulating hills of South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Enjoy delicious modern and traditional cuisine before retiring to the bar to sample distinguished South African wine, and feel the wind blow through your hair on the open-air balcony in the observation carriage at the back of the train. Dedicated to maximising your expedition time, the Shongololo Express travels throughout the night, arriving at a new destination each dawn.

Accompanied by your professional guides with a wealth of knowledge at their disposal, you’ll be sure to get the most from your daily excursions. Track the mighty Big Five on safari through Etosha National Park. Explore houses knee-deep in sand at the eerie ghost town of Kolmanskop, once a thriving mining settlement, now abandoned and reclaimed by the Namib Desert. Hike your way through the awe-inspiring ravines and soaring rock faces of the vast Fish River Canyon, spotting leopards, timid Springboks and Hartman zebra. Admire the European-inspired architecture of Namibia’s thriving capital Windhoek. Observe seals and penguins in the charming Luderitz harbour town, and admire the otherworldly ‘upside down’ flora and extraordinary rock formations of Quiver Tree Forest.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Seeing Africa by train
  • Spotting the Big Five in Etosha National Park
  • Exploring the second largest canyon in the world
  • Drinking delicious wine from a South African vineyard

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
12 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Government tax
  • Included in off-train accommodation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals at lodges/hotels/clubs/resorts
Not included
  • Lunches off the train
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Excluded in off-train accommodation:
  • All beverages
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Namibia

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Game viewing at Etosha National Park
    • Visit the Trans-Namib transport museum
    • See the Sesriem Canyon
    • Climb the giant sand dunes in the Namib desert
    • A day tour of the ghost town at Kolmanskop
    • See the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon
  • South Africa

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Wine tasting at Belazel brandy and wine cellar
    • Visit the big hole and diamond museum at Kimberley
    • Arrive in to a private train station in Pretoria