Shongololo Press Release, 08 March 2005
Since its establishment in 1995, Shongololo Express has operated 16-day train Adventures to every corner of the southern continent. Named the Good Hope, the Southern Cross and the Dune, these tours give guests the opportunity to savour and absorb all the sights of the land through which they travel. Where there is much to see and explore, the train stays over for one or more days before moving on to the next stop. By applying its wide experience in the region, Shongololo is able to offer guests itineraries that are well crafted by its own professional staff using the best of local expertise and facilities along the way.
Shongololo’s knowledgeable multi-lingual guides and customised air-conditioned Mercedes vehicles are carried on board the train, a feature unique to this operator. They are at the ready to take guests to see and experience whatever is unusual, beautiful or historic in the locality and no time is wasted in transferring from rail to road and back again.
One of these spectacular trips, the Southern Cross Adventure, travels between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg winding its way through six countries – South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Of course, the order of stops depends on whether one takes the northbound or southbound route, but whichever you take you will experience the magnificence and great beauty of the Victoria Falls, the rainforest and Botswana’s Chobe National Park with its famous lions, and see hippo, crocs and abundant bird life while cruising on the Chobe River. Traveling on, observe the lifestyles of the local people and the dramatic scenery of the region with its huge Baobab trees. An excursion into the giant Hwange Game Reserve, a visit to the Matobos Mountains, and the fabled ruins of Great Zimbabwe, oldest medieval city site south of the Sahara, are all en route.
Spend two days at South Africa’s renowned Kruger Park, perhaps the most successful wildlife reserve in the world, to see first hand the amazing animal heritage of southern Africa and then on to Maputo in Mozambique, the old coastal town that swings to a unique Afro-Latin beat. Back in South Africa, drive the beautiful Panorama Route, spend a day in the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland and arrive in ‘Egoli’, Johannesburg, the city founded on gold. Enjoy the city lights and historic sites of the metroplex that includes Pretoria, the capital as well as the famous – and infamous – city of Soweto. All these things a part of one magnificent ramble through South Africa.
Off-rail excursions take place every day and a great variety of sights, scenery and activities are on the schedule. Depending on the package taken, some of these off-rail activities are included in the price while others can be purchased optionally while on tour. More exotic or extensive activities such as an open vehicle safari in a national park, a canoe adventure, quad biking or hot air ballooning, to name a few, are interspersed in the three Adventure itineraries and are also for optional purchase en route.
Without doubt, a train safari is the most convenient, economic and comfortable way of seeing southern Africa. Unpack on boarding and only pack again at the end of your tour. Good food, good service, and good fellowship are all part of your traveling ‘hotel’. You can be assured of the same excellent service and great atmosphere on every Shongololo journey.
Issued by Shongololo Express