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custom touring shongololo express

The well know South African train, the SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS, was purchased by ROVOS RAIL in January 2016 and has undergone a facelift. The train has been repainted in green and cream and an additional dining car plus an observation car have been added. The accommodation of six Emerald Suites (± 10sqm) and 30 Gold Cabins (± 7sqm) remains the same.

The journeys have been redesigned with more stationary time at night and less road time spent on the excursions. Golf has been introduced to the Good-Hope trip, with courses such as the Arabella Golf Estate, Ernie Els Oubaai, Fancourt, Champagne Sports Resort, Durban Country Club, Zimbali, Royal Swazi and Leopard Creek being available to golfing guests, while exciting excursions are included for non golfers.

Book your seat today on a memorable holiday journey in South Africa and Namibia: Custom Touring will arrange everything for you: airport/train station transfers, extra hotel nights accommodation, domestic flights and whatever additional private touring you would like to include in your itinerary. Make up a party of friends and we will customize an amazing adventure for you.

ROVOS RAIL & SHOGOLOLO EXPRESS  COVID-19 TESTING PROCEDURES                                            NOVEMBER 2021 - VALID FOR DEPARTURES FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 

ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT VACCINATION CERTIFICATES FOR ALL JOURNEYS AND CHARTERS
Exceptions: A valid medical exemption or children under 12 years old.
TESTS ARE STILL REQUIRED IF YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED OR HAVE HAD COVID-19 BEFORE

The parameters we have set for testing are necessary in order to adhere to international guidelines, the border requirements of the countries through which we travel and to protect all guests and staff along with those who may not be vaccinated due the above exceptions. It is still possible to contract Covid-19 if you have been vaccinated or have had Covid-19 before. We have minimised testing wherever possible and have ensured maximum convenience by organising testing along the routes. Tests include PCR, RAPID ANTIGEN and/or RAPID ANTIBODY depending on the journey and vaccination status. Note that a vaccination will not cause a positive result for a PCR or antigen test as these tests check for active disease. If an individual has not been vaccinated due to the above exceptions, we may require a rapid antigen and antibody test. The antibody test’s goal is to detect if an individual is infectious from a current infection and the antigen test may determine if an individual is in the throes of an infection. The onus is upon the guest to ensure they have the required test results before the journey’s departure. Please see the WHO website for more information.

ALL TESTS ARE FOR THE GUEST’S ACCOUNT WHETHER TAKEN AT A TESTING FACILITY OR WITH ROVOS RAIL
For journeys across borders, Rovos Rail has organised testing along the route. Nurses will carry out testing on board the train or at lodges/hotels. For tests taken at our departure lounges or along the route, paperwork and payment will take place on the day of departure. Tests are charged for by cash and/or credit card dependent on the journey requirements.

Please ensure you have the correct payment at departure. Rates are subject to change and will be confirmed before travel.

WE REQUIRE NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS AND/OR VACCINATION CERTIFICATES PRESENTED AT CHECK-IN or emailed to your agent or [email protected] before the journey’s departure. Text messages are not accepted. 

SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS - SOUTHERN CROSS JOURNEY - 12 DAYS
PRETORIA - VICTORIA FALLS

A panoramic journey between Pretoria and Victoria Falls. Travel across the Drakensberg Mountains to join the Panorama Route with game viewing in Kruger National Park. Tour Maputo, capital of Mozambique, before exploring the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a game drive at Kapama and a visit to the Great Zimbabwe Monument. Tour Antelope Park and Matopos, site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Continue to Hwange for game viewing before arriving in Victoria Falls for a walking tour of the village and the thunderous falls. End with a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

Detailed itineraries available on request.

Shongololo Express Pretoria to Vic Falls

PRETORIA to VIC FALLS RATES & DATES
Per person sharing

2022
Gold  Cabin          R 116,000
Emerald Suite       R 159,000
Single supplement: +50%

Pretoria to Victoria Falls Dates - 2022
14 - 25 Apr, 10 - 21 Jun
05 - 16 Aug, 16 - 27 Sep

Victoria Falls to Pretoria Dates - 2022
28 Apr - 09 May

SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS - GOOD HOPE / GOLF JOURNEY - 15 DAYS
PRETORIA - CAPE TOWN or REVERSE

A grand adventure offering amazing insight into well-known destinations across South Africa. Starting in Pretoria, travel across the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to visit the historical Panorama Route*. Enjoy a game drive at the world-famous Kruger Park* then explore the Kingdom of Swaziland*, Hluhluwe wildlife reserve and the world-heritage site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park*. After tours of Durban’s botanical gardens*, Bloemfontein (the city of roses) and Kimberley’s Diamond Mine Museum* (centre of one of the world’s famous diamond rushes), arrive in Oudtshoorn* to visit an ostrich farm and the incredible Cango Caves. Traverse the Outeniqua Mountains to the natural paradise of Knysna* for a lagoon ferry ride followed by a spectacular meander along the Garden Route towards Worcester. 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.
*Optional Golf Itinerary: Leopard Creek/White River/Nelspruit, Nkonyeni, Zimbali, Durban Country Club/Beachwood/Zimbali, Champagne Sports Resort, Kimberley Golf Club, Fancourt, Ernie Els Oubaai/Pezula and Arabella (additional) 

Detailed itineraries available on request

Shongololo Express Cape Town to Pretoria

2022 RATES & DATES
Per person sharing:
Gold  Cabin          R 129,500
Emerald Suite       R 179,000
Single supplement: +50%

Cape Town to Pretoria Dates
29 Aug - 12 Sep 2022
21 Nov - 05 Dec 2022

SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS - DUNE EXPRESS JOURNEY - 12 DAYS
PRETORIA - WALVIS BAY or REVERSE

A spectacular odyssey starting in Pretoria and winding its way to the coast of Namibia, a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine and seemingly endless horizons. First stop is Kimberley to visit the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum village before continuing across the Karoo to Upington for a walking tour and wine tasting. After crossing the border, visit the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon, followed by tours of historical towns Lüderitz, Kolmanskop and Keetmanshoop. Enjoy a night 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”. Leave the vast stillness of the Kalahari Desert for a tour of Windhoek and an overnight stay in Etosha with game-viewing activities. Arrive at journey’s end in the seaside town of Walvis Bay.

Detailed itineraries available on request.

Shongololo Express Pretoria to Walvis Bay

2022 RATES & DATES
Per person sharing:
Gold  Cabin          R 116,000
Emerald Suite       R 159,000
Single supplement: +50%

Pretoria to Walvis Bay Dates - 2022
24 Mar - 04 Apr

Walvis to Pretoria Bay Dates
25 Mar- 05 Apr, 26 May - 06 Jun
11 - 22 Nov

SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS - AFRICAN TRILOGY - 15 DAYS
PRETORIA - WALVIS BAY

This panoramic 15-day sojourn winds its way across Southern Africa from the Indian Ocean in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west. Starting in Pretoria, descend the spectacular escarpment to the world-famous Kruger Park for a game drive. Explore the Kingdom of eSwatini followed by a game drive in Hluhluwe wildlife reserve and a tour of Durban and its botanical gardens. Traverse the Valley of a Thousand Hills and the imposing Drakensberg Mountains to visit the 1870s mining village of Kimberley, centre of one of the world’s notorious diamond rushes. Continue through the semi-desert region of the Karoo to Upington and the Fish River Canyon, second in size to the Grand Canyon. Cross the untamed beauty of the Kalahari Desert to see the Quiver trees at Garas Park, home to roughly 300 specimens of the Aloe dichotomy. Take a short flight to Sossusvlei for a lodge stay surrounded by the dramatic dunes of the Namib-Naukluft Park. Enjoy desert drives, a bush dinner and breakfast near Deadvlei where camel-thorn trees contrast against the white-clay pan floor. Visit Namibia’s lively capital, Windhoek, and a cheetah conservation project before overnighting in the game-rich Etosha National Park. Leave the vast stillness of the Namib Desert for the wild Atlantic coast and journey’s end, Walvis Bay.

2022 RATES & DATES
Per person sharing:
Gold  Cabin          R 175,000
Emerald Suite       R 230,000
Single supplement: +50%

Pretoria to Walvis Bay Dates
29 Sep - 13 Oct 2022

 

Detailed itinerary available on request

Rates one way per person sharing include:  Accommodation; all meals; all beverages on board; room service; limited laundry; excursions accompanied by a qualified guide (where applicable); entrance fees as per itinerary; government tax. Rates exclude: All off-train beverages; international/French Champagne; gratuities; personal expenses; visas; travel insurance; pre- and post-train transfers, accommodation and flights. Included in off-train accommodation: Flights to/from Sossusvlei; overnight bag; accommodation; meals; water, tea/coffee and breakfast juices. Excluded from off-train accommodation: All other beverages; laundry; personal expenses.

Gold Double
Gold Twin
Lounge Car
Emerald Double
Emerald Twin
Dining Car