Photo Blog from the Shongololo Express 2017

from Jenni Shallard

Tour Member: Jenni Shallard

I found my cure for a quick cancer recovery on my journey through Africa on the Shongololo Express with Tours Direct... just get outta bed and get out there travelling!... such a wonderful way to leave your troubles behind and get on with living.

22 sensational days of which 12 magical days were spent on the luxurious Shongololo Express “Southern Cross – Pretoria to Victoria Falls” train trip. The friendly staff, beautiful carriages, delicious food & well stocked bar made this a train trip to remember. I’ll never forget travelling along the tracks, eating breakfast in the beautiful dining car, chatting with friends made on the trip as a graceful giraffe passed by, just outside our window.

The tour was a lovely mix of fabulous animals in a wide range of National Parks, ancient history with bushman paintings and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, of locals selling their crafts at markets through to the fascinating stories of real life in Africa from our outstanding local guide PJ.

Once ensconced in the grand old lady which is Victoria Falls Hotel the optional extras were abundant. Having already done the Bungee jump and White water rafting down the Zambezi many years prior on an altogether different kind of African trip!.. tenting in our overland truck trip. My 82 year old Mum and I decided to fly over Victoria Falls by helicopter, what an extraordinary way to see an extraordinary view!

Then down to Cape Town to finish the trip off. Lucky for us the table cloth was up so Table mountain loomed majestically above the city all the time we were there... so much bigger and closer than I had imagined. Unfortunately the cable car to the top was under its annual repair but that didn’t stop my sister walking through the wild flowers on the mountain and almost getting to the top.

Yet another fabulous family trip for our travelling trio... Thank-you Tours Direct and Thank-you Africa.

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