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Shongololo – The Good Hope Train

South Africa

from £6,099 per person
2 passengers 18 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required
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  • Small Group < 18 Small Group 18 or less
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door

Adventures await you...

Experience South Africa from the Shongololo Express, crossing the country from east to west – through the Drakensburg Mountains, Swaziland, Durban and on to Cape Town. During your 18-night holiday you’ll spend 14 nights on board, punctuated by excursions to God’s Window, Kimberley’s Big Hole, the battlefields of Ladysmith and Knysna, plus game drives in Kruger and Hluhuwe. A night in Cape Town provides the finale…

Including...

2 nights in hotels, 14 on board the Good Hope Train and 2 in flight

34 meals: 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 15 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Full-day tour of Pretoria and Soweto
  • Full-day tour of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window
  • Full-day game viewing in Kruger National Park
  • Visit to Swazi Candles, Mbabane and Manzini
  • Full day game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
  • Boat cruise of iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Durban City tour and uShaka Marine world
  • Battlefields tour including Wagon Hill and Siege Museum
  • Kimberley Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole
  • Wine tasting in Worcester
  • Visit to Cango Caves and an ostrich farm
  • Wine tasting in Knysna

Use of audio headsets on guided tours


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Day 1 UK-Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Depart for your overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Gauteng Province South Africa Africa

Day 2 Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Transfer from the airport to your Johannesburg hotel where you stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Maslow Hotel (4Q). D


Day 3 Pretoria

Shongololo Express

Transfer from your hotel to Pretoria railway station where you check in for the Shongololo Good Hope. Look forward to a full-day tour of Pretoria and Soweto before joining your train and departing for Nelspruit where you will stop overnight. B, D

Gauteng Province South Africa Africa Pretoria

Day 4 Nelspruit (for Drakensberg)

Gods Window

A full-day tour takes you into the district of Mpumalanga, stopping at God’s Window, a vantage point high up on the Drakensberg Escarpment, plus the rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the ‘ghost village’ of Pilgrim’s Rest. Rejoin your train and continue to Malelane. B, D

Nelspruit Mpumalanga South Africa Africa

Day 5 Malelane (for Kruger National Park)

Kruger National Park

Look forward to a full-day of game viewing in Kruger National Park, one of the biggest and oldest game parks in South Africa. Watch out for wildlife including the famous ‘big five’. Rejoin your train and stop overnight at Mpaka in Swaziland. B, D

Kruger National Park South Africa Africa

Day 6 Mpaka (for Mbabane), Swaziland-Hluhluwe, South Africa

Visit Swazi Candles – a centre where you see displays of decorative candles, woodcarvings, textiles and the superb basketwork for which the Swazis are renowned, and Mantenga Cultural Village. Return to your train and travel to Hluhluwe in South Africa.

Mbabane Swaziland Africa

Day 7 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Hluhluwe Game reserve

Enjoy a game drive in one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa. Lookout for animals from rhino to wild dogs and the big five, as well as birds in this exciting park. Return to your train and continue to Empangeni. B, D

Hluhluwe Game Reserve Kwazulu Natal South Africa Africa

Day 8 Empangeni (for iSmangaliso Wetland Park)

iSmangaliso Wetland Park

This wetland park – formerly known as Greater St Lucia Wetlands – is a protected area and home to a large population of hippos and crocodiles, plus a wealth of plant and animal life. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site on boat cruise before returning to your train and departing for Durban. B, D

iSimangaliso Wetland Park St Lucia Kwazulu Natal South Africa Africa

Day 9 Durban

Disembark for a Durban city tour, and a visit to the botanical gardens.

Afterwards, continue to uShaka Marine World (entrance fee not included) and then by train to Ladysmith. B, D

Durban Kwazulu Natal South Africa Africa

Day 10 Ladysmith

Ladysmith

A battlefields tour reveals the history of the area.

You’ll visit the Siege Museum with its displays relating to the Siege of Ladysmith and the Anglo Boer War, plus Wagon Hill – the site of the battle in 1900. This afternoon, perhaps join a game drive or just relax.

Afterwards, your train departs for Bloemfontein. B, L, D

Ladysmith Kwazulu Natal South Africa Africa

Day 11 Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein

Tour Bloemfontein, and learn about the  Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 at the fascinating Anglo Boer Museum. Continue by train to Kimberley. B, D

Bloemfontein Free State South Africa Africa

Day 12 Kimberley

Big Hole

Visit the Kimberley Mining Museum, housing the world’s largest uncut diamond, an open-air museum, plus the ‘Big Hole’ – the world’s biggest hand-dug excavation, made in search of diamonds! Afterwards, visit the William Humphrey Art Gallery and the McGregor Museum. Depart for Graaff Reinet, travelling through the unique and beautiful scenery of the Karoo region. B, D

Kimberley Northern Cape South Africa Africa

Day 13 On the train

Enjoy a day at leisure on board, enjoying all your meals on board. B, L, D


Day 14 Oudtshoorn

Cango Cave

Visit an ostrich farm at Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘ostrich capital’. You’ll also visit the Cango Caves with their vast caverns and stalactite formations. Drive through the Outeniqua Pass to rejoin your train in George, with dinner at the Fancourt Golf Estate tonight. B, D

Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa Africa Cango Caves

Day 15 George (for Knysna)

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Drive to Knysna, a coastal town separated the Indian Ocean by a lagoon in a natural amphitheatre of hills, and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Alternatively, enjoy some shopping in town. Rejoin your train and depart for Buffeljagsrivier. B, L, D

Knysna Western Cape South Africa Africa

Day 16 Hermanus

Hermanus

A scenic drive takes you to Hermanus, a coastal village known for its whale-watching opportunities. Transfer to a wine estate in Worcester for a tasting before returning to your train for a farewell dinner. Depart for Cape Town. B, D

Hermanus Western Cape South Africa Africa

Day 17 Cape Towm

City Hall, Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town station and disembark.

Enjoy a tour of some of the city’s highlights, before transferring to the locally rated 5-star Table Bay Hotel (5Q) where you stay overnight.  B


Day 18 - 19 Cape Town-UK

Transfer to Cape Town airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B


Shongololo – Good Hope Train

Experience South Africa from a different perspective as you travel aboard Shongolo’s Good Hope train, crossing the country from east to west. During your 18-night holiday, you’ll spend 14 nights on board your train – the perfect way to see this beautiful country. Look forward to dining in the period-style dining cars, enjoying a choice of cuisine and South African wines, relaxing in the bar car or modest smoking lounge, or watching the country pass by from the observation car and balcony. At the end of each day, the train will stop, allowing you relax and sleep peacefully in your ‘Gold’ category en suite double or twin cabin, equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe, and hairdryer. To complete your South African adventure, you’ll also spend two nights in hotels at the start and conclusion of your journey.

Please note

Sightings of wildlife on game viewing excursions cannot be guaranteed.

Shongololo – The Good Hope Train

South Africa

from £6,099 per person
2 passengers
18 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required
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Shongololo – The Good Hope Train

South Africa

from £6,099 per person
2 passengers
18 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £155 if not required