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South Africa to Namibia by Shongololo Express Rail

Kimberley, Upington, Namib Desert, Etosha & Walvis Bay

Best time to travel
Apr – Nov
Ideal length
15 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€10,499 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Johannesburg and home from Walvis Bay.
  • All private transfers, guiding requirements and border crossing formalities.
  • 12-night journey aboard the luxury Shongololo Express including a night in Sossusvlei and Etosha.
  • One night pre-train overnight journey in Pretoria and three night post-train journey in Swakopmund.
  • Tailored excursions throughout your train journey from Pretoria to Walvis Bay, including historical tours, desert excursions and game drives in Etosha National Park.
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Shongololo Express Emerald Double_
The cabins are refined and spacious offering passengers privacy and comfort with double beds and fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard.
Shongololo Express Dining Car
Enjoy fine dining with spectacular views in the opulent dining car.
Shongololo Express Club Lounge
The club lounge is the perfect place to relax and mingle after a day of exploration. Enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.
Shongololo Express
Spectacular scenery from The Shongololo Express


Explore the wonders of South Africa and Namibia as you embark on a guided touring experience aboard the luxury carriages of the Shongololo Express. Relive the luxury of a bygone era as you marvel at the world-class service of the celebrated train. Throughout your experience, discover some of Africa’s most celebrated destinations including The Kimberly Mine, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and the wildlife-rich plains of Etosha National Park. This suggested itinerary finishes with a stay along the sandy shores of Swakopmund.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival, your private driver will transfer you to the city of Pretoria. Spend one night in a boutique property and catch up on some relaxation by the garden pool. In the morning, you will privately transfer to Pretoria Station.

Board the luxury carriages of the Shongololo Express.

Your home for the next 12 nights, check-in to your luxury cabin and explore the various carriages of the train. Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea and relax before a formal dinner where you’ll get to mingle with fellow guests.

Shongololo Express Dining Car
Travel by rail through South Africa’s historic sites.

Your first three nights will be spent journeying through South Africa. You will embark on guided tours of Kimberley’s Big Hole, Upington’s historical sites and Orange River. You’ll also enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Visit Kimberley Hole during your luxury South Africa rail holiday
Cross the border into the marvellous landscapes of Namibia.

Your first encounters with Namibia will include exploring the imposing Fish River Canyon, the ghost town of Kolmanskop and Lüderitz, home to wildlife like flamingos, penguins and the legendary horses of the Namib Desert.

Flamingos on luxury holiday to Namibia
Continue your journey discovering unique landscapes along the way.

Embark on guided tours of Keetmanshoop and Garas Park before you leave the train for a night in Sossusvlei. Set out on scenic drives and tour Deadvlei and Sesreim Canyon. Take amazing photographs as the desert’s light changes throughout the day.

Visit Sossusvlei during your luxury Namibian holiday
Reboard the luxury carriages and journey towards Windhoek.

Continue to enjoy life aboard the glamorous train, enjoying afternoon tea, spending evenings sampling delicious seasonal cuisine and nightcaps in the bar. We’ve also arranged a stop in Windhoek for a guided tour.

Shongololo Express Club Lounge
Arrive in the wildlife-rich plains of Etosha.

Disembark the train for a night spent in a safari lodge of Etosha. Adventure through the celebrated national park on guided game drives and witness marvellous scenes of wildlife like leopard, lion and elephant.

Elephants in Etosha National Park on luxury Namibian holiday
Disembark in Walvis Bay.

Your train journey comes to an end in Walvis Bay. We will privately transfer you to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where you’ll spend three nights. For your final adventure, we’ve arranged a privately guided living desert experience.

Spend the last three nights of your luxury holiday to Namibia in Swakopmund
Privately transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Shongololo Express Club Lounge

Shongololo Express

Relive the opulence of a bygone era as you board the elegant carriages of the Shongololo Express. Classically decorated with wood-panelled coaches and dark leathers, the train combines old-time luxury with modern comforts.

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Mokuti Etosha Lodge

On the eastern doorstep of world-famous Etosha National Park lies Mokuti Etosha Lodge, a flagship of Namibian safari hospitality. This spacious lodge is decorated with Namibian crafts and rich fabrics.

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Strand Hotel Swakopmund

Strand Hotel Swakopmund is situated on the beach promenade and offers wonderful views of the ocean. There are many exceptional dining options to choose from within the hotel.

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Sossusvlei Lodge

Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, and much more.

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