Luxuszugreise Shongololo-Express Southern Cross - Südwärts

12 Tage | ab ZAR 75.000 pro Person | Buchungscode: Z49

Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) - Südafrika (Pretoria) 2.500 km

Diese eindrucksvolle 12-tägige Panoramafahrt zwischen den Victoria Fällen und Pretoria hält an sorgfältig ausgewählten Stopps in Zimbabwe, Mosambique, Swasiland und Südafrika. Vor dem Start bei den Victoria Fällen, genießen die Gäste einen Spaziergang durch den Ort und zu den Wasserfällen. Nachmittags geht es dann los in Richtung Hwange. Nach diversen Tierbeobachtungen geht es weiter in den Matobo National Park, in dem sich Cecil John Rhodes Grabstätte befindet, den Antelope Park und die Great Zimbabwe Ruinen. Nun durchquert der Zug Zimbabwe, während die Gäste einen entspannten freien Tag an Bord genießen können. Tag 7 beinhaltet eine Safari- Tour zum berühmten Tierreservat Kapama, bevor es für die Gäste weitergeht um das Königreich Swasiland zu erkunden. Diese großartige Reise führt die Gäste in den letzten Tagen durch das Drakensberg Gebirge zum Kruger Park, wo die Möglichkeit der Tierbeobachtung besteht und dann weiter zu den historischen Stätten von Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes und God’s Window. Am letzten Tag fährt der Zug dann in den Bahnhof von Rovos ein, wo die Gäste sich auf eine Tour durch Pretoria und Soweto begeben.

Auch umgekehrt buchbar: Südafrika (Pretoria) - Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)


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Höhepunkte der Zugreise im Shongololo-Express Southern Cross - Südwärts

  • Victoria Fälle
  • Kruger Park
  • Maputo
  • Manzini
  • Kapama Game Reservat
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruinen
  • Antelope Park
  • Matobo National Park
  • Hwange game Reservat

        Reiseleistungen

        Im Reisepreis eingeschlossen sind:

        • Unterkunft auf Basis von Abendessen, Bett und Frühstück
        • Ausflüge begleitet von qualifizierten Reiseführern, Eintrittsgelder
        • Regierungssteuer
        • bei Unterkünften außerhalb des Zuges: Unterkunft und Mahlzeiten in Lodges

        Nicht im Reisepreis enthalten:

        • Mittagessen außerhalb des Zuges
        • sämtliche Getränke
        • Wäscherei-Service
        • Trinkgelder, Visa, Reiseversicherung

        Termine und Reisepreise 2019

        17.01. | 02.05.2019

        27.06. | 19.09.2019

        03.10.2019

        Kabine Offizieller Reisepreis pro Person Zuschlag Einzelbelegung
        Gold Cabin ZAR 75.000 ZAR 37.500
        Emerald Cabin ZAR 93.000 ZAR 46.500




        Termine und Reisepreise 2020

        16.01. | 05.03.2020

        30.04. | 25.06.2020

        17.09. | 05.11.2020

        Kabine Offizieller Reisepreis pro Person Zuschlag Einzelbelegung
        Gold Cabin ZAR 81.400 ZAR 40.700
        Emerald Cabin ZAR 101.000 ZAR 50.500




        Reiseroute

        DAY 1 – VICTORIA FALLS
        10:30 Meet at Victoria Falls Hotel. Luggage will be taken to the train by Shongololo staff.  
        11:00 Enjoy a tour of the Victoria Falls.
        16:00 Reception at Victoria Falls Hotel.
        17:00 The train departs for Dete.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        The little station of Victoria Falls was first reached by railway in June 1904. Old colonial buildings, bougainvillea and palm trees against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls Hotel form a charming oasis of soft sweetness after the rugged dryness of the landscape. The Victoria Falls is one of nature’s great revelations on a par with the Grand Canyon, Mount Everest and an erupting volcano. It is believed that there have existed no less than seven different Victoria Falls over the past two million years. These cascades correspond to the lower gorges of the Zambezi. The present falls is wearing from Devil’s Cataract northwards, eroding the softer material behind the present basalt base of the falls. When eventually all the soft matter has been removed, the Victoria Falls will move back, a fresh gorge will yawn and where the falls are now will become a new site for tourists. Although just over a mile long (1.7km), the falls are broken up by various small islands, including LivingstoneIsland. At their deepest, the falls are 108m deep at Rainbow Falls.

        DAY 2 – HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
        05:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        06:30 Full-day game drive in Hwange National Park with a packed lunch (provided).
        16:00 Return to the train.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        18:00 Depart for Bulawayo.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        Situated in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the nation’s largest wildlife area and contains a variety of animals and bird species, but is well-known for its prolific lion population. Covering 1.462.000 hectares, Hwange is roughly the same size as Belgium.

        DAY 3 – MATOPOS NATIONAL PARK
        07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        09:00 Full-day tour of Matopos National Park with lunch. Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes as well as bushmen caves.
        16:00 Return to the train.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        18:00 Depart for Dabuka.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        Matopos, meaning ‘bald heads’, was the name chosen for the area by the Ndebele King, Mzilikazi. He is buried in the Matopos hills just a short distance from the park. It is an apt description of the dramatic hills and granite rocks of this area. The park is also the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave at the summit of Malindidzimu – ‘hill of benevolent spirits’. He referred to this hill as having a view of the world. His grave is carved out of solid granite and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of boulders. A visit can be made to one of the more accessible bushman caves, of which there are many hidden amongst the hills.

        DAY 4 – ANTELOPE PARK
        06:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        08:00 Depart for a full day at Antelope Park. Optional extras include canoeing, game drives, horseback game viewing, elephant interaction, bird-watching cruises and so on (see price list).
        15:00 Return to the train. Depart for Bannockburn.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        Set in over 3.000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is a unique game reserve and a haven of tranquillity welcoming guests and volunteer eco-tourists alike. It is home to the world-famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation programme, which is a multiphase lion conservation initiative. It is Africa’s first genuine programme working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.

        DAY 5 – GREAT ZIMBABWE MONUMENT
        06:30 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        08:00 Transfer to the Great Zimbabwe Monument for a tour with lunch.
        17:00 Return to the train. Travel towards Beitbridge for border formalities. Cross the bridge to Messina for South African border formalities.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        Travel through attractive granite hill country to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, a hugely impressive monument situated on the southeastern edge of the central plateau and the largest precolonial monument south of the Egyptian pyramids. A celebrated achievement of the African people and a place where magical fables such as the story of King Solomon’s Mines find their origins amongst the ruins of an ancient city built by the Rozwi people. Discover how these ancient people lived and mined gold and silver, which were ultimately taken out of Africa by Arabic and Portuguese traders.

        DAY 6 – LIMPOPO PROVINCE
        07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until 10:00. Day on board as the train traverses Limpopo.
        13:00 Lunch is served in the dining cars.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars. Travel towards Hoedspruit.
         
        Limpopo Province is located in the far north of South Africa and shares borders with three neighbouring countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. For this reason, the province is also known as the gateway to other African countries and also shares provincial borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Northwest. The Limpopo landscape varies from one area to the other from tropical forests, bush and shrubs to semi-desert areas with small trees and bushes and mountains to flat land. Limpopo is divided into five regions, strategically located according to the cultural inhabitants. Capricorn is the central region predominantly occupied by the Bapedi people. Waterberg is the largest region with a majority of Tswana people. Vhembe in the far north is dominated by Vhavenda and Vatsonga. The Mopani region near the Kruger Park is Vatsonga whereas the Sekhukhuni region is dominated by Bapedi and Ndebele. Limpopo is the only province in South Africa with more than two cultural groups staying together in their original habitat in harmony. Other ethnic groups include English and Afrikaans people.    

        DAY 7 – KAPAMA RESERVE & HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTRE
        05:00 Continental breakfast is served in the dining cars until 05:30.
        05:30 Game drive in Kapama Game Reserve followed by visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
        12:00 Return to the train for lunch. Depart for Mpaka.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species including the Big Five, approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species. The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species. Founded on passion, the centre has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities such as the educating of surrounding communities, tourism, breeding, rehabilitation and anti-poaching, to name a few.

        DAY 8 – SWAZILAND
        07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        08:30 Disembark at Mpaka. Transfer (90 minutes) to Swazi Candles, Mantenga Cultural Village and Mantenga Lodge.
        14:15 Return to the train (75 minutes). Depart for Maputo.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        The tiny kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17.000 m2 making it the second smallest country in Africa. Experience the vibrant Swazi Candles’ creative handmade product range. Continue through the Ezulwini Valley to Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum of old traditions representing a classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1800s. With the traditional artifacts on display, the village illustrates many facets of the ancient Swazi way of life: social, economic and religious.

        DAY 9 – MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE
        07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        09:00 City tour of Maputo, Mozambique.
        15:30 Return to the train. Travel to Komatipoort in South Africa for border formalities.
        16:30 Tea is served in the lounge and observation car.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars en route to Malelane for the overnight stop.

        Capital of Mozambique, Maputo is a city of contrasts offering an exciting mix of cultures. Its architecture is a blend of African, Portuguese and early Colonial traditions with old Catholic churches side-by-side with mosques, fortresses, Victorian mansions and other buildings from a bygone era.

        DAY 10 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
        05:30 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        07:00 Full-day game viewing in the Kruger Park.
        18:00 Return to the train. Depart for Nelspruit.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        The famous Kruger Park has 2-million hectares of an unrivalled diversity of life forms. It is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals including the Big Five.

        DAY 11 – PANORAMA ROUTE
        07:00 Breakfast is served in the dining cars until departure.
        09:15 Full-day tour of historical areas Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonderview.
        17:00 Return to the train. Depart for Witbank.
        19:30 Dinner is served in the dining cars.

        Pilgrim’s Rest is a living museum and declared a National Monument. Gold was discovered in this area in 1873 attracting 1500 prospectors. Today many of the restored miner’s houses serve as shops and restaurants. Bourke’s Luck Potholes are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve has the most spectacular viewpoints overlooking South Africa’s Lowveld, so-named because it is much lower than the high escarpment along which the Panorama Route runs.

        DAY 12 – PRETORIA & SOWETO
        08:30 The train arrives at Rovos Rail Station. Check out of train. Luggage will be stored at the station.
        09:00 Enjoy a tour of Pretoria and Soweto.
        16:00 Return to Rovos Rail Station. The journey ends.

        Soweto comprises one-million people and was made famous by the Apartheid laws. Pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere) and the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after one of the first students to be killed in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government. Spend the afternoon in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, visiting the Union Buildings. Designed by the famous colonial English architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and completed in 1913, the Union Buildings house the offices of the President and Ministers. Before leaving the capital behind visit the Voortrekker Monument that commemorates the ‘Great Trek’ of the 1830s.