The newly revamped Shongololo Express snakes like a gleaming green-and-cream millipede – the animal for which it was named – across the southern African countryside. Acquired recently by Rovos Rail, this locomotive received a major overhaul and is today the casual yet still impeccably elegant little sister to the opulent fleet of romantic trains run by this prestigious company.
Choose from three itineraries ranging from 12 to 15 days that traverse South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Each can be done in reverse and are designed to spend more time stationary at night to ensure restful sleep. whilst off-train excursions feature minimal road travel.
The Shongololo Express features 40 passenger cabins, all ensuite, with double or twin beds. Meals are taken in two elegant dining cars, while passengers can unwind with a post-dinner drink in the bar or comfortable observational car at the very back of the train, fitted with an open-air balcony.