There are three different train journeys for the rail enthusiasts or for those wanting to get to various locations in a gentle fashion.
Take a little time out of your holiday and enjoy the luxury of the Blue Train as it travels between Pretoria and Cape Town or Pretoria and Durban – depending on how much time you have. Enjoy the ultimate experience in African rail travel with accommodation in luxury suites and fine dining under the guidance of your own butler!
A 27 hour journey covering 16000kms of diverse and spectacular scenery with a stop-over in Kimberley on the southbound run and Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion on the northbound trip.
Enjoy a totally unique experience aboard Rovos Rail, recapturing a by-gone era of steam.
For the real rail enthusiast it is important to know that wherever practical the trains may be drawn by any one of the five vintage steam locomotives. Where facilities no longer exist, diesel or electric locomotives will be used. However, Rovos Rail will endeavour to ensure that arrivals and departures in Pretoria are steam hauled.
Offering a selection of varied journeys ranging from 24 hours to 2 weeks this mode of old fashion luxury covers destinations from the Cape to Dar es Salaam, to exploring Victoria Falls and desert landscapes in Namibia, the cane fields of KwaZulu Natal to the Garden Route. Step aboard the loving restored wood paneled coaches – sit back and relax on five star cuisine and enthuse on some of the most incredible scenery imaginable as it unfolds through the windows. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of yesteryear as privileged travellers experienced the thrills and magic of Africa in an elegant fashion.
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With the introduction of trains into Africa the indigenous people likened them to a Shongololo – a millipede This train began its life in 1995 and provides a unique touring experience for its passengers. Leave your car and worries behind and enjoy living aboard a fully serviced hotel train visiting 7 fascinating and vastly diverse countries in complete comfort. The various itineraries offer visitors a wide choice of land excursions and specialised activities along all the routes as the train carries its own fleet of air-conditioned activity vehicles and professional tour guides. Many of the excursions are included and for the more adventurous there are optional extra activities to choose from.
Shongololo Express operates four fabulous Adventure Tours that traverse great stretches of southern Africa from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Shongololo Express travels to seven countries on the southern African continent:
South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.
Discover Africa on the Shongololo Express
Approx. 3 hours drive from Durban is the battlefield site of Rorke’s Drift where in 1879 100 British soldiers held off an army of 4,000 Zulus – an action which led to 11 Victoria Crosses being awarded for bravery – the most ever presented for a single battle. Close by is the Isandlwana Battlefield where earlier 25,000 Zulu warriors inflicted a major defeat on the British army and where Lieutenants Melville and Coghill lost their lives saving the Queen’s Colour of their regiment. The area of KwaZulu Natal is also known for its many Anglo/Boer battle sites – i.e. Battle of Blood River, Battle of Talana, Battle of Colenso, Battle of Spionkop, Battle of Ladysmith. Tours are generally pre-booked through the hotels in groups or private tours can also be arranged
Whale watching – Hermanus – July to November
Hermanus, approx. an hours drive from Cape Town is one of the best places to watch the enormous Southern Wright Whales – the season being July to November. Walker Bay boasts the only whale-crier in the world – alerting visitors of whale presence in its waters.
Sun City provides varying categories of accommodation for those who want to gamble, see a show or enjoy a short family break. Facilities include a man-made beach with wave pool, several championships golf courses, water sports and all within a short drive of the Pilansberg Game Reserve. This Big 5 reserve lies in the crater of an ancient volcano and one of the ways to game view other than by vehicle or on foot is by hot air balloon.
Gourmet dining and quality wines.
Spend at least 2 days in the winelands region encompassing Stellenbosch & Franschhoek. Driving into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names and are usually complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and luscious vineyards. There are a variety of cellars, from small boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, and large cellars that offer organized tours and conducted tastings.
Of all the towns founded in the Cape during the period of control by the Dutch East India Company, Stellenbosch is one of the best preserved. It is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town and is situated 11 metres above sea level on the banks of the Eerste River. Stellenbosch has become known as ‘the town of oaks’, these trees being abundant. Some of the oaks have been proclaimed national monuments. Commander Simon van der Stel, governor of the Cape at the time, established a new agricultural settlement here in 1679. The town, founded in 1685, was named after him.
The Gourmet Capital
Eight of South Africa’s “Top 100” restaurants are in Franschhoek – the gourmet capital of the country. Leading chefs create everything from world-class cuisine to light meals using the freshest produce of the valley, complemented by the wonderful local wines. Linger a while and savour the hospitality, ambience and variety of the many great restaurants.
New regulations for children travelling to and from South Africa
New regulations relating to children who travel to and from South Africa will come into effect 01 June 2015. These new regulations were promulgated in terms of the South African Immigration Amendment Act of 2010 and define children as persons under the age of 18.
For more information also visit the Department of Home Affairs South Africa website: www.dha.gov.za/
For customers resident in the UK you can also request further information by contacting the South African High Commission.
Tel: +44 20 7839 5198
Or in person at South Africa House.
Details for the South African Consulator information can be found at the following website URL: www.southafricahouseuk.com/