Shongololo Express began operations in 1995 to provide a very special touring experience for visitors to Southern Africa. A fully serviced travelling hotel train, where like-minded people from all over the World meet; Shongololo is a journey like no other. Additionally, the train travels at night, which means you awake each morning to a new and exciting view. Safari trains offer unbeatable value for money as well as comfort; with special safari vehicles on board, unloaded at each destination for day tours. No more packing and unpacking, with Shongololo your hotel travels with you.
This spectacular 12-day journey starts in Pretoria and winds its way to the coast of Namibia; a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and seemingly endless space. First stop is Kimberley for a visit to the Big Hole and diamond mine museum village before continuing on to Upington for a walking tour and wine tasting. After crossing the border, guests visit the Fish River Canyon, followed by tours of historical towns Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and Keetmanshoop.
Day seven sees guests overnighting at a Sossusvlei lodge, surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park, with visits to the natural Sesriem Canyon and the 170m-high star-dune “45”. The train then leaves the vast stillness of the Kalahari Desert for a city tour of Windhoek. On day ten guests travel to the Etosha National Park for an overnight stay with game-viewing activities before ending the journey in the quaint seaside town of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Available in reverse.
"Delivers above and beyond every time"
Graham, James Street Travel & Cruise, WA
The train departs from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Kingswood for our overnight stop
Day 2Kimberley – Upington
Visit the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum in Kimberley. Return to the train in Kimberley and depart for Upington. Enjoy lunch on board
Day 3Upington – Holoog
Morning tour of Upington and wine tasting at Bezalel Brandy & Wine Cellar. The train departs Upington for Nakop for border formalities with Namibia. Enjoy lunch on board. Overnight Holoog.
Day 4Holoog – Aus
Morning visit to the Fish River Canyon, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Return to the train and depart for Aus for overnight. Enjoy lunch on board.
Day 5Aus – Keetmanshoop
Full-day tour of the ghost town Kolmanskop and Lüderitz, well known for its colonial architecture and wildlife. The train departs for Keetmanshoop for overnight.
Day 6Keetmanshoop – Mariental
Morning tour of Keetmanshoop. See the Giant’s Playground with its 20km-long dolerite dykes as well as Quiver Tree Forest, home to 300 species of the Aloe dichotomy. Return to the train and depart for Mariental. Enjoy lunch on board.
Day 7Namib Naukluft Park
Transfer to a Sossusvlei lodge in the Namib Naukluft Park. Visit the Sesriem Canyon, shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab River. Overnight at lodge.
Day 8Namib Naukluft Park – Rehoboth
Enjoy sunrise from Dune 45 followed by brunch at the lodge. Take a scenic drive through the Namib-Naukluft Park. The train departs for Rehoboth for overnight.
Day 9Windhoek – Otjiwarongo
City tour of Windhoek. See the Trans-Namib Transport Museum, the Alte Feste (Old Fortress), the Evangelical Lutheran Church – a striking landmark – and the Namibia Craft Centre in the old Breweries Building. Return to the train and depart for Otjiwarongo. Enjoy lunch on board.
Day 10Etosha National Park
Transfer to a lodge in Etosha National Park. Enjoy game-viewing activities. Overnight at lodge
Day 11Etosha National Park - Kranzberg
Enjoy a morning game drive before checking out and returning to the train. Rejoin the train in Otjiwarongo and depart for Kranzberg for overnight.
Day 12Arrive Walvis Bay
Arrive at Walvis Bay Station where your tour ends. Check out of the train.