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Southern Africa Rail Adventure | Goway Exclusive

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,649

FIRST-CLASS | RAIL: Experience, on a relaxing train journey, 4 different countries, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland while taking in Victoria Falls, enjoying several game drives in 3 different wildlife parks including Kruger, exploring canyons, old mining towns and visiting Pretoria, Johannesburg and Maputo, Mozambique’s capital.


Explore Southern Africa over 15-days with stops in four countries on this first-class trip from Pretoria to Victoria Falls. Go on safari in some of the best parks South Africa and Zimbabwe have to offer, and visit Swaziland and Mozambique, all while enjoying comfort aboard the Shongololo Express.

After an easy first day to shake off any jetlag, take a tour of Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. You’ll also visit Soweto, a famous township that’s now home to a million people, and played a pivotal part in the downfall of Apartheid. Then, it’s all aboard the Shongololo Express with a full panorama tour of Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window, and more. Your next stop is Kruger National Park, the most famous wildlife reserve in South Africa, for morning and afternoon game drives.

Cross into Mozambique and visit Maputo, one of Africa’s most vibrant cities, with a mix of African and Portuguese influences. Then embark on a full-day tour of one of Africa’s smallest countries, Swaziland, learning about its unique history including a trip to the Swazi market, and stops at some incredible viewpoints.

Your next destination is Kapama Private Game Reserve, followed by the Wild Dog and Cheetah Project to learn about its work to preserve these beautiful predators. Crossing into Zimbabwe, stop to explore Great Zimbabwe, the largest ruins site south of the Sahara. Then explore the best of Zimbabwe’s game parks, including Antelope Park, Motabo National Park, noted for its Bushman caves, and Hwange Reserve, famous for its lions.

Save the most awesome sight for last Victoria Falls is still the world’s widest single sheet of falling water, and one of the most spectacular sights on Earth. Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, and explore the area with the use of a complimentary shuttle. Enjoy a farewell dinner with storytelling and traditional entertainment before your onward flight.


 

 

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Accommodation in Victoria Falls

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    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge



    Bordering the Zambezi National Park, this deluxe Safari Lodge is situated just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls, 24km from Victoria Falls Airport. Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloakroom and balcony on one level and a bedroom and …

    Bordering the Zambezi National Park, this deluxe Safari Lodge is situated just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls, 24km from Victoria Falls Airport.

    Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloakroom and balcony on one level and a bedroom and en-suite bathroom upstairs. Decorated in lavishly coloured ethnic fabrics and fittings, all rooms boast the highest level of sophistication and comfort. Each has its own private balcony overlooking the Zambezi National Park, while most overlook the central waterhole.

    The complimentary shuttle service gives guests an ideal base from which to explore the Victoria Falls themselves, and the many nearby attractions. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at the on-site waterhole. This can be viewed at close quarters from a game hide or on the viewing platform.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,649

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Day 1

OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Sheraton Pretoria Hotel

The Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is situated within the heart of South Africa's dazzling capital city. With sweeping views that command all of Pretoria, exquisite marble flooring, and custom-designed furnishings, this hotel exemplifies beauty and service excellence in the Jacaranda City. Step out of the doors and into a world of authentic South African culture, art, architecture, and design.

The Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is mere steps away from the Union Buildings and its magnificent gardens. Perfectly situated within the core of this beautiful city, and within the immediate vicinity of more than 100 embassies, the SA Reserve Bank, and most government ministries, not to mention a host of tourist hot spots.

The Magnolia Restaurant is open for all day dining for sumptuous buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a light meal alternative the ever-lively Tiffins Bar & Lounge caters for all tastes.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sheraton Pretoria Hotel

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    Sheraton Pretoria Hotel



    The Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is situated within the heart of South Africa's dazzling capital city. With sweeping views that command all of Pretoria, exquisite marble flooring, and custom-designed furnishings, this hotel exemplifies beauty and service excellence in the Jacaranda City. Step out of the doors …

    The Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is situated within the heart of South Africa's dazzling capital city. With sweeping views that command all of Pretoria, exquisite marble flooring, and custom-designed furnishings, this hotel exemplifies beauty and service excellence in the Jacaranda City. Step out of the doors and into a world of authentic South African culture, art, architecture, and design.

    The Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is mere steps away from the Union Buildings and its magnificent gardens. Perfectly situated within the core of this beautiful city, and within the immediate vicinity of more than 100 embassies, the SA Reserve Bank, and most government ministries, not to mention a host of tourist hot spots.

    The Magnolia Restaurant is open for all day dining for sumptuous buffets at breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a light meal alternative the ever-lively Tiffins Bar & Lounge caters for all tastes.

    Facilities

    • Accessible Facilities
    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Concierge Service
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Front Desk Services
    • Gift Shop
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Newspaper in Lobby
    • Newspapers
    • Newsstand
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shoeshine Stand
    • Valet Dry-Cleaning

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Day 2

Pretoria Hotel to Rovos Rail (Capital Park)

Duration30 Minutes

Pretoria and Soweto Tour

08.00am Check-in at Rovos Rail Station, Pretoria.

09.00am Tour of Pretoria and Soweto.

04.00pm Transfer to Rovos Rail Station. Train departs for Nelspruit.

Gauteng is the economic power house of the Southern African region and home to some of Africa's greatest cities. The name of the province is a Sotho word meaning "Place of Gold", which is very suitable since much of the wealth of Gauteng has derived from this precious metal.

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. You will visit the Union Buildings designed by the famous colonial English architect, Sir Herbert Baker. Completed in 1913, it now houses the offices of the President and Ministers. The buildings overlook the city towards the once fortified hills to the south. A grand bronze statue of "Oom Paul (Kruger)", the patriarch president of the ZAR or old Transvaal Republic, surrounded by his Boer fighters, dominates Church Square, at the centre of the city. Before leaving the capital behind, we visit the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek of the 1830s.

Comprising one million people, Soweto was made famous by the laws of Apartheid. You will pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere) and also drive past the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace Laureates - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. You will visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after the first student to lose his life in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration11 Nights
Accommodation

Shongololo Express

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  • Shongololo Express



    Just like an ocean cruise, from the moment guests join the train, all their comforts are taken care of from accommodation, meals, recreation and sightseeing and - what a pleasure - there is only the need to unpack and pack once. The trains travel comfortably …

    Just like an ocean cruise, from the moment guests join the train, all their comforts are taken care of from accommodation, meals, recreation and sightseeing and - what a pleasure - there is only the need to unpack and pack once.

    The trains travel comfortably and securely during the night to the next stop on the itinerary and guests awake each morning to a fresh vista on Africa and the anticipation of new and exciting adventures. In this way Shongololo Express guests can make the most of every precious holiday hour.

    The chefs offer menus that represent the many culinary influences of the region include Cape Dutch and Malay recipes as well as authentic African dishes. Meals are complemented by a selection of specially selected South African wines. It is the aim and the pleasure of every staff member on board to provide guests with a friendly and efficient service.

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Day 3

Panorama Route

9.00am Full-day panorama tour of Pilgrim's Rest, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window.

5.00pm Rejoin train in Nelspruit and depart for Malelane.

In 1873, gold was discovered in the area around the quaint town of Pilgrim's Rest, now a living museum and national monument. The find attracted 1500 diggers and today, many of the restored miners' houses serve as shops. Further along the escarpment we find the great Blyde River Canyon, a gorge 26km in length and 800m deep, carved into the face of the escarpment. The Three Rondavels, three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon and resembling African huts, present an unforgettable sight. Bourke's Luck Potholes are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater. From the vantage point of God's Window we gaze across the sweeping landscape of the Lowveld, where subtle fragrances of the lower region rise to merge with the crisp winds of the Highveld.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Kruger Park Game Drive

8.00am Full-day game drive in the Kruger Park (open-air vehicles optional).

6.00pm Return to the train in Malelane and depart for Mozambique.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. Its 2 million hectares are unrivalled in diversity of life forms and the park is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques. The park is home to an impressive number of species: about 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 species of mammals. Game drives are conducted in our air-conditioned vehicles; open-air vehicles optional.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

City Tour of Maputo, Mozambique

9.00am City tour of Maputo, Mozambique.

3.30pm Return to the train for afternoon tea.

6.00pm After border formalities the train heads for Mpaka in Swaziland.

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique is a city of contrasts and offers an exciting mix of cultures. The city swings along to a beat like no other in Africa offering true African hospitality. Its architecture is a blend of African, Portuguese and early Colonial traditions with old Catholic churches side-by-side with mosques, fortresses, Victorian mansions and other buildings from a bygone era. Along the colourful beachfront there are many cafés and restaurants that specialise in Indian Ocean cuisine with its emphasis on the freshest seafood dishes prepared in traditional African-Portuguese ways.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Kingdom of Swaziland Tour

8.30am Depart in vehicles from Mpaka. Visit Ngwenya Glass, Mbabane and Manzini.

6.45pm After border formalities at Mpaka, depart for Klaserie near Hoedspruit in Limpopo.

The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country in Africa. Travel to Manzini enjoying amazing views of the Ezulwini Valley and the Komati River en route. This excursion into Swaziland will introduce you to everyday life in Africa's smallest kingdom. The Swazi Market is a bustling hive of activity and displays a wide variety of skilfully crafted woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb basketwork for which Swazis are renowned.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Kapama Game Drive and Wild Dog & Cheetah Project

7.00am Morning game drive in Kapama Game Reserve followed by visit to the Wild Dog and Cheetah Project.

1.00pm Return to the train for lunch. The train departs for Tzaneen with an overnight stop at Louis Trichardt.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Day on Board en Route to South Africa

Day on board the train travelling to Rutenge in Zimbabwe. Clear customs and immigration at Beitbridge.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Great Zimbabwe Ruins Visit

9.00am Board vehicles and drive to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.

5.00pm Rejoin train in Bannockburn.

Largest monument in Africa south of the Pyramids Great Zimbabwe, a hugely impressive monument situated on the south-eastern edge of the central plateau is the largest pre-colonial monument south of the Egyptian pyramids and is a celebrated achievement of the African people. Magical fables such as the story of King Solomon's Mines find their origins here amongst the ruins of an ancient city built by the Rozwi people. Discover how these ancient people lived and mined gold and silver, which were ultimately taken out of Africa by Arabic and Portuguese traders. The tour is followed by lunch at the Great Zimbabwe Hotel (guests' own account), after which we travel through attractive granite hill country to Rutenga.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Antelope Park Visit

9.00am Full day at Antelope Park.

Optional extras include canoeing, game drive, horseback game viewing, elephant-back riding, bird-watching cruise, walk with lions.

5.30pm Return to the train and depart for Bulawayo.

Wildlife abound in Antelope Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Matobo National Park Visit

9.00am Full-day tour of Matobo National Park. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes as well as Bushmen caves.

6.00pm Return to the train and depart for Dete.

"Matobo" means 'bald headed ones' and aptly describes the dramatic hills and granite rocks of this area. Highlights include a visit to the burial place of Cecil John Rhodes, who gave Zimbabwe its previous name of Rhodesia. Afterwards, we will go and visit one of the more accessible bushman caves, of which there are many hidden amongst the hills.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 12

Hwange Reserve Game Drive

6.30am Game drive in Hwange Game Reserve.

6.00pm Depart for Thompson's Junction.

Situated in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the nation's largest wildlife area and contains a variety of animals and bird species, but is most well-known for its prolific lion population. Covering 1 462 000 hectares, Hwange is roughly the same size as Belgium.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 13

Victoria Falls Tour

10.00am Arrive Victoria Falls Station. Check out of train and walk across to Victoria Falls Hotel (luggage will be stored here).

11.00am Meet for a walking tour of the village and the falls.

4.00pm Meet at the hotel for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

6.30pm Transfer back to Victoria Falls Hotel. Tour ends.

Forming the largest single curtain of falling water on earth (on average the curtain is 92m deep), the Victoria Falls' 500m plume of spray can be seen from as far as 70km away. The sound of the water can also be heard from kilometres away and up close this muted 'thunder' becomes a roar. In full flood, over 550 million litres of water per minute cascade over the brink. The vast width of the Falls, extending 1 708m, allow for many safe vantage points from where you will be able to get different views of the roiling water as it crashes into the gorge and whose constant spray maintains the rain forest. The forest is an attraction on its own with many of the trees marked to help identification. These include fig, mahogany, date palm, milkwood and ebony. The bird life is prolific and species that may be seen include the colourful sunbird and large trumpeter hornbill. Craft and curio shops abound with enough variety for everyone to find something to take home as a souvenir.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Victoria Falls Hotels to Victoria Falls Hotels

Duration0 Hours

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Bordering the Zambezi National Park, this deluxe Safari Lodge is situated just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls, 24km from Victoria Falls Airport.

Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloakroom and balcony on one level and a bedroom and en-suite bathroom upstairs. Decorated in lavishly coloured ethnic fabrics and fittings, all rooms boast the highest level of sophistication and comfort. Each has its own private balcony overlooking the Zambezi National Park, while most overlook the central waterhole.

The complimentary shuttle service gives guests an ideal base from which to explore the Victoria Falls themselves, and the many nearby attractions. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at the on-site waterhole. This can be viewed at close quarters from a game hide or on the viewing platform.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

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    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge



    Bordering the Zambezi National Park, this deluxe Safari Lodge is situated just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls, 24km from Victoria Falls Airport. Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloakroom and balcony on one level and a bedroom and …

    Bordering the Zambezi National Park, this deluxe Safari Lodge is situated just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls, 24km from Victoria Falls Airport.

    Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloakroom and balcony on one level and a bedroom and en-suite bathroom upstairs. Decorated in lavishly coloured ethnic fabrics and fittings, all rooms boast the highest level of sophistication and comfort. Each has its own private balcony overlooking the Zambezi National Park, while most overlook the central waterhole.

    The complimentary shuttle service gives guests an ideal base from which to explore the Victoria Falls themselves, and the many nearby attractions. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at the on-site waterhole. This can be viewed at close quarters from a game hide or on the viewing platform.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 14

Boma Dinner - Excluding Transfer

This evening you will enjoy a rather unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes, is accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (story teller) and a local witchdoctor who is available for fortune telling.

Duration2 Hours
Day 15

Victoria Falls Hotels to Victoria Falls Airport

Duration10 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2022: 04 August

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights accommodations aboard Shongololo Express in Gold Cabin
  • Shared Arrival Airport transfers in Johannesburg
  • Shared Departure Airport transfers in Victoria Falls
  • Shared transfers to / from Rail station
  • 3 nights accommodation in first-class hotels
  • Shared tour of Pretoria and Soweto
  • Shared guided tour of Pilgrims Rest, Bourkes Luck Potholes, and Graskop
  • Shared full day game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Shared city tour of Maputo
  • Shared visits to Swazi Candles and Mantenga Cultural Village
  • Shared morning game drive in Kapama Reserve
  • Shared visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
  • Shared tour of Great Zimbabwe Monument
  • Shared tour of Matopos National Park and bushmen caves
  • Shared visit of Cecil John Rhodes' grave
  • Shared full day game drive in Hwange National Park
  • Shared walking tour of Victoria Falls village and the Falls
  • Shared sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Boma dinner and drum show
  • Entrance fees
  • South Africa VAT
  • Tea, coffee, bottled water while on-board Shongololo Express
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 12 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly indicated as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Price is per person based on twin/double, subject to availability and current exchange rates. Pricing reflects discount for departure on August 4'22. Discount valid on Twin / Double on 4 Aug departure only. Savings listed are the total savings per person based on twin/double occupancy. Please visit trip page for full terms and conditions. CST#2070685-20. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. BC#833-0 / ON#1532989 3284 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 3M7.

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