Shongololo Express - Dune Express: East bound

Discover Africa by Rail

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When the indigenous people of the southern continent observed the first trains in Africa, the lines of rolling stock passing on the distant horizons recalled the profile and sinuous movement of a creature they called Shongololo, meaning ‘millipede’.

Recently purchased by Rovos Rail, the Shongololo Express is a First Class experience from Rovos who have an enviable reputation in delivering excellent service and attention to detail. Travelling comfortably and securely during the night, Shongololo Express trains save guests precious holiday time, arriving each dawn at a new destination.

Professional multi lingual guides are ready to take guests on inclusive scheduled excursions. Their experience and wealth of knowledge assist passengers to gain the most from each day's programme. The journey is all about the destinations and excursions with less emphasis on the train experience though this does not lessen the comfort and style. Meal times do not require a dress code and lunches are not included as these can be purchased on the excursion that day.

Guests are accommodated in smart en-suite cabins with double or twin beds with two historically appointed dining cars setting the scene for meals. Modern and traditional local cuisine is on offer with a selection of distinguished South African wines available. Guests can also relax in the bar car, small smoking lounge or the observation car with an open-air balcony situated at the back of the train. 

The Shongololo Express offers 6 routes of between 12 and 15 exciting days traversing and exploring South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Simply ask you Destination Specialist about the various options. Below is a one of the available routes leaving from Pretoria in South Africa and finishing in Swakopmund in Namibia.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Seeing Africa by train
  • Be sure to game view in Etosha National Park
  • See the second largest canyon in the world
  • Drinking delicious wine from a South African vineyard

Sample Itinerary Summary

Not quite your cup of tea? Our Destination Specialists can tailor any part of this itinerary or create one from scratch just for you.

12 days
Destination Breakdown
Group basis, Escorted
  • 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 & wine cellar
    • Visit the big hole and diamond museum at Kimberley
    • Arrive in to a private train station in Pretoria