Shongololo Express

Rovos Rail's station, Pretoria

Part of the South Africa Safari & African Safari Collection

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.

The Shongololo Express, based at Rovos Rail’s station in Pretoria, began operations in 1995 to provide a very special touring experience for visitors to Southern Africa. The three journeys of between 12 to 15 days offer tours that traverse South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

72 guests are accommodated in two categories of comfortable en-suite cabins with double or twin beds. Two historically appointed dining cars set the scene for meals, which are taken in one sitting. Modern and traditional local cuisine is on offer with a selection of distinguished South African wines available. Guests can also relax in the bar car, small smoking lounge or the observation car with an open-air balcony situated at the back of the train.

We look forward to welcoming you on board.

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Classic Southern Africa Four-Country Train Journey (12 days)

$ 7,325

£ 5,476

R 116,000


per person

12 days

Shongololo Express Details

Included in your stay

Meals: All meals
Drinks: All drinks
Activities: 3 safari activities per day

Shongololo Express Map

Shongololo Express's location in Pretoria on Google Maps