Experience the adventure of train travel
The African Experience of a Lifetime
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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 - the millipede.
Shongololo Express began
operations in 1995 to provide a very special touring experience for visitors to
Southern Africa. Shongololo tours traverse seven countries on the southern
African continent: South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia
Just as the ocean cruise, our very special rail cruises take care of our
guests' every need. All your requirements for a superb holiday are provided:
transport, accommodation, meals, recreation, sightseeing and - what a pleasure
- you need to unpack and only pack once.
The trains travel comfortably and securely during the night to the next stop on
the itinerary and you awake each morning to a fresh vista on Africa and the
anticipation of new and exciting adventures. In this way Shongololo guests can
make the most of every precious holiday hour.
Each train carries a fleet of air-conditioned Mercedes Benz touring vehicles
with professional guides on board (English, German, Dutch or French speaking)
who are ready to take guests on inclusive scheduled off-rail activities to
experience the unique sights of the area. For the more adventurous there are
also specialized activities from ballooning, to elephant riding to scuba diving
available at many locations.
The chefs offer South African menus that include Cape Dutch and Malay recipes
as well as authentic African dishes. Meals are complemented by a selection of
delightful and distinguished South African wines. It is the aim and the
pleasure of every staff member on board to provide you with friendly and
Should you wish to find out
more about the wonderful Shongololo Express or book this or any other journey
please do contact us, we will be more than happy to help with your enquiry.