When the indigenous people of the southern continent observed the first trains in Africa the lines of rolling stock passing on the distant horizons recalled the profile and sinuous movement of a creature, they called Shongololo – the millipede.
Shongololo Express began operations in 1995 to provide a very special touring experience for visitors to Southern Africa. Shongololo tours traverse nine countries on the southern African continent: Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania.
Just as the ocean cruise, our very special rail cruises take care of our guests’ every need. For duration on board all your requirements for a superb holiday are provided: transport, accommodation, meals, recreation, sightseeing and – what a pleasure – you need to unpack and only pack once.
The trains travel comfortably and securely during the night to the next stop on the itinerary and you awake each morning to a fresh vista on Africa and the anticipation of new and exciting adventures. In this way Shongololo guests can make the most of every precious holiday hour.
Shongololo's different train classes
Emerald Class - Cabins are air-conditioned, with private shower, toilet and lounge area.
Gold Class - Each cabin has a private shower and toilet.
Ivory Class - Each cabin has a hand basin with running water. Shower and toilet facilities are shared amongst a maximum of 8 cabins.
Each train carries a fleet of air-conditioned Mercedes Benz touring vehicles with professional guides on board (English, German, Dutch or French speaking) who are ready to take guests on inclusive scheduled off-rail activities to experience the unique sights of the area. For the more adventurous there are also specialized activities from ballooning, to elephant riding to scuba diving available at many locations.
The chefs offer South African menus that include Cape Dutch and Malay recipes as well as authentic African dishes. Meals are complemented by a selection of delightful and distinguished South African wines. It is the aim and the pleasure of every staff member on board to provide you with friendly and efficient service.
Shongololo Express has designed four product ranges to satisfy different time frames as well as a variety of locations, tastes and interests. Shongololo will give you a delightful and adventure filled experience whether you have just a weekend, 10 days or a couple of weeks. Charters are also available for special interest groups, conferences, incentives etc.