Shongololo Express

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.

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.


Where to board the Shongololo Express

The main Rovos Rail station is located in Pretoria; in other cities such as Cape Town, stations used are the nationally owned and operated facilities. Your agent will advise you precisely from where your train will depart.

Activities on the Shongololo Express

  • Off-train sightseeing tours as per itinerary

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Shongololo Express Highlights

  • Relive the romance and elegance of early train travel
  • In the relaxed yet sophisticated Shongololo Express
  • Enjoy fine dining and South African wines on board
  • Embark on off-train excursions with minimal road transfer time
  • Sleep in comfortable cabins with private ensuite facilities

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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.

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South Africa Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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