Shongololo Express – Southern Cross Tour

This is an impressive panoramic 12-day journey between Pretoria and Victoria Falls with excursions and stops at carefully selected locations.It visits South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

11 Nights


$ 5,945 (PPS)


The Shongololo Express, based at Pretoria Railway Station, is the sister brand of Rovos Rail. It focuses on multi-day luxury train excursions at a more affordable 3+ star standard. The Southern Cross tour is an impressive panoramic 12-day journey between Pretoria and Victoria Falls. It stops at carefully selected locations in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Starting in Pretoria, this magnificent sojourn spends the first few days taking guests east through the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to the Kruger National Park for game-viewing and the historical area of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. On day 4 you tour Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, before moving on to explore the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland. Next you head out for a game drive in the famous wildlife reserve of Kapama. Then followed by a relaxing day on the train as it heads for the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for a visit.

Next you visit Antelope Park, set in 3 000 acres of open savannah grassland, as well as Matobo National Park and site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Then travel alonside  Hwange National Park before stopping for another safari. Finally on the last day the train arrives in Victoria Falls where guests enjoy a walking tour of the village. And the undoubtedly majestic thunderous Falls with an afternoon sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River.

Accommodation on Shongololo Express

72 guests are accommodated in 2 categories of en-suite cabins, each with double or twin beds: Gold Class and the slightly larger Emerald Class. Two dining cars set the scene for meals. Modern and traditional local cuisine is on offer with a selection of distinguished South African wines available. You can also opt to relax in the bar car, smoking lounge or the observation car with its open-air balcony at the back of the train.

The Accommodation:

Each train has its own observation, bar, dining and accommodation carriages. As in any hotel, bedding and towels are provided and cabins are serviced daily. The en-suite double or twin cabins have adequate storage and the small closets are equipped with hangers and shelves. You have 2 options of accommodation:

The Emerald Cabins: has a double bed with small lounge area & en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabin is 10 sqm and the bed 190 long x 150 cm wide (double bed size).

The Gold Cabins: it has a double bed and en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet and basin. The cabin is 7 sqm and the bed 190 x 190 cm (King sized bed). Both the Emerald and Gold cabins have a Twin option as well.

Available in reverse

Pre- and Post train tours: Individually tailored packages are available upon request. Included in the rates is the accommodation off the train.
Options around Johannesburg include the Cradle of Humankind, Lesedi Cultural Village, the Apartheid Museum and the World of Beer, for example.


Shongololo Express – Southern Cross Tour at a glance

PRICE FROM $ 5,945 (PPS)

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Africa Travel Specialist

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An idea of price

All our itineraries are merely samples of what we can arrange. Virtually every trip is tailor-made for you. The exact price of our sample itineraries depends on the time of year and accommodation used. This is merely a guideline.

It excludes regional flights to the start and end of the itinerary (as these may vary depending on where you fly into Africa). But it includes an estimate of any flights WITHIN the itinerary. Contact us for a quote including any regional flights needed.

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$ 6,615
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This Itinerary
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Average Of
$ 6,615
This price is based on the Gold Suite
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$ 9,067
This price is based on an Emerald Suite


Accommodation on a dinner, B&B basis, excursions with a qualified tour guide, entrance fee as per itinerary, government tax


Lunches off the train, All beverages, Laundry, Gratuities, Visas, Travel Insurance.