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 grand 15-day journey offers an amazing insight into virtually every well-known destination in South Africa. Starting in Pretoria, this magnificent sojourn will spend the first few days taking guests through the Drakensberg Mountains to Nelspruit, the Kruger Park and the historical areas of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Then it’s on to explore the Kingdom of Swaziland, Hluhluwe wildlife reserve and the world-heritage site, St Lucia Wetland Park. Day seven sees the train arriving in Durban where guests can feel the rhythm of Africa at PheZulu Safari Village.
Next, guests will enjoy city tours of Bloemfontein, the city of roses, Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum, and the historic town of Graaff Reinet. Later, you will arrive in Oudtshoorn to visit an ostrich farm and the incredible Cango Caves. Traversing the Outeniqua Mountains, the vehicles arrive in the natural paradise of Knysna where guests enjoy a lagoon ferry ride to Featherbed Nature Reserve followed by a spectacular meander along the Garden Route towards Ashton. On day 14, guests travel by road over scenic mountain passes to Hermanus, once a renowned whaling station, before arriving on the final day in Cape Town for a tour of the Mother City. Available in reverse.