Travel by night, see Africa during the day… that’s the pattern followed by visitors to South Africa who ride the Shongololo Express, a unique South African cruise-train that carries its own fleet of minivans that are used to take passengers on daily guided sightseeing drives. Travelers booking with Goway’s AFRICAExperts on the 17-day ‘Good Hope’ departure November 8, 2011, enjoy 2 free nights at the deluxe Taj Hotel in Cape Town, plus a special themed dinner. Prices start from $6,059 pp.
The train operates two 17-day trips. The Good Hope, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town, or vice versa, is a comprehensive tour of South Africa that includes all of the great sights including Kruger National Park, Zululand, the Drakensberg Moun-tains, Klein Karoo, the winelands and the spectacular Garden Route.
Six countries are visited on the Southern Cross route that starts in Johannesburg and ends at Victoria Falls, or vice versa. The route passes through Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana and includes visits to Kruger National Park, Bulawayo, Matobo National Park and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, and Chobe National Park in Botswana.
The Shongololo Express uses classic 1950s carriages with accommodation in four two-person categories: Emerald, Commodore and Gold cabins have ensuite facilities; Ivory cabins have shared facilities. Breakfast and dinner, prepared on board, are served daily in the restaurant carriage, with lunches at guests’ own expense during daytime excursions. After traveling through the night, the air-conditioned touring vehicles are off-loaded each morning and guests may choose from several included day trips daily conducted by an experienced guide, or elect for exciting optional tours that can be booked and paid for on board the train.
Goway’s Africa and Middle East travel planner is available by contacting them toll-free or by email.