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Shongololo Express Introduction


  • Dining Car
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  • Shongololo Lounge - a great way to experience a South African vacation.

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". 

Since 1995 Shongololo Express has been offering one of the most interesting, unusual and value-packed ways to explore Africa... aboard a fully serviced traveling hotel train. began operations in 1995 to provide a very special touring experience for visitors to Southern Africa.

Just as the ocean cruise, this 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.

You'll meet like-minded people from all over the world. Socialize, tour or relax as much as you want to and be rocked gently through the night to the rhythm of the tracks. By travelling at night, you awake each dawn to a different, exciting destination and have the whole day to explore the sights and sounds of a new environment.

Daily breakfast and dinner is also included. Each night you will dine on uniquely African cuisine from Cape Dutch and Malay to authentic African dishes.

Your home aboard the train is a simple yet comfortable twin bedded compartment. You'll find a shower and bathroom just down the corridor and there's more than enough storage. Life aboard is informal and more importantly, no packing and unpacking as your hotel travels with you.


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