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Journey through some of Zimbabwe and South Africa's most breathtaking areas with this fantastic safari tour with East Cape Tours. You will have the chance to experience Victoria Falls - one of the wonders of the world, indulge in exquisite cuisine, and much more. You will also get to visit Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, and the city of Buwalayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe.
The Pullman Suites are equipped with a comfortable sofa-seat during the day with a conversion to double or twin beds for the evening, and also have an en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-paneled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodeled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers, and shaver plugs.
The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort, and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
Arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) where East Cape Tours will meet and transfer you to Victoria Falls. At 17:00, you will depart Victoria Falls Station and travel in a southeasterley direction towards Zimbabwe’s largest reserve, the Hwange National Park. Dinner will be served at 07:30 in the dining cars en route to Kennedy Siding for the overnight stop.
There will be an early wake-up call at 05:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast. At 06:00 a.m., you will disembark for a game drive at the Hide. Brunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. After that, you will travel along one of Africa’s longest stretches of straight railway line to Bulawayo. At 07:30 p.m., dinner will be served en route to the border at Beitbridge.
Breakfast will be served at 07:00 a.m. as the train leaves Baobab country, traveling in a southerly direction. At 01:00 p.m., lunch will be served as the train crosses the Tropic of Capricorn towards Warmbaths and Nylstroom. You will have dinner at 07:30 p.m. as the train passes the edge of the escarpment.
Breakfast will be served from 07:00 until 09:30 am. At 10:00 a.m., you will arrive at journey’s end in Pretoria.
Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, has some of the most breathtaking views you’ll encounter on the African continent. From the wild banks of the Zambezi River, and the animals that call the banks home, to the world-famous spray and exceptional Victoria Falls activities offered in the area, a trip to the falls is nothing short of exceptional.
The Victoria Falls' history is multi-dimensional and shapes how you experience this natural wonder today. For many years, travelers have been wowed by the unearthly beauty of the magnificent falls. As Doctor Livingstone once said many years ago, when gazing upon the Victoria Falls, he saw “scenes so lovely they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
The massive sheet of falling water and the spray it produces is both mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. The dense rain forest on the Zimbabwean side of the falls is an enigma. Housing over 400 plant species and teeming with small antelope, primates, and birds, it is reason enough to visit.
The nearby Victoria Falls National Park, and the towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone, offer additional pleasures to the discerning visitor. Here, you can enjoy an excess of adventurous and nature-based activities, from laid-back walks and cultural trips, to the adrenaline rush of rafting and bungee jumping.
The Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest game reserve, covering an extensive area of approximately fourteen and a half thousand square kilometers. It’s a gorgeous expanse of natural fauna and flora and is found in the north-western corner of the country, just south of the ever-impressive Victoria Falls. In fact, the park is only an hour from this huge and natural flow of water.
The Hwange National Park is therefore the ideal choice if you would like to combine a safari trip with the wonderful experience of seeing the Victoria Falls. The park is linked to Victoria Falls by a main road that heads towards Bulawayo, and is also nearby to Dete, a small, but developing railway town.
Hwange was established in 1928 and was formerly known as the Wankie Game Reserve. A while later, it also became an official national park of Zimbabwe. In earlier days, the area was home to a significant number of San (bushmen) people, who moved from place to place and hunted. They were, however, displaced by other African tribes who proved stronger in later years, for example, the Matabele tribe, led by chief Mzilikazi.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this safari. Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests’ every need is catered for. There’s an accent on fresh local ingredients and traditional dishes such as game are a specialty.
Breakfast is between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m., lunch at 1:00 p.m., tea at 4:30 p.m., and a formal dinner at 7:30 p.m. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.
Please book your flight to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Cape Tours will pick you up from Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe and drop you off at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in South Africa.