Elegance and opulence marked the age of the steam train. Beautiful classic steam locos and carriages have been lovingly restored by Bushtracks Africa and Rovos rail, and marry vintage luxury with a modern fine dining experience to recreate moments of bygone romance.

The train comprises five carriages; Two Dinning Cars, a Kitchen Car, Lounge Car and an Observation Car with Steam Locomotives 10th Class 156 and 12th class 204 built by Northern British Locomotive works in the 1930’s. Loco 156 was renovated by the famous Wildlife Artist David Sheppard and in 1971 donated to Zambia National Heritage and restored again by Bushtracks in 2005. The Beautiful Wembley Dinning Car was built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and went on display in London at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. It was shipped to the Union and entered service on 19th May 1926. In honour of its exhibition duties it was renamed the Wembley.

 

General information:

The Victoria Falls Bridge Run:

  • This service runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for FITs and groups with a minimum of 2 pax 

  • Maximum number – 92 pax 

  • Private hire – minimum 50 pax 

  • The train will travel on the “Cape to Cairo” mainline which will then take it to the Victoria Falls Bridge. Once on the mainline the train leaves the outskirts of Livingstone and travels into The Victoria Falls World Heritage Site. Game such as elephant and antelope are often spotted en route to the border post. 

  • Dress Code: Smart casual 

  • Children pay full rate(not advisable for children under 12) 

  • Guests will be required to carry their passports for identification purposes only – this will not affect guests’ visa status so passports will not be stamped. 

  • The train will stop on the bridge for approximately 20 minutes and guests will have a chance to disembark from the train at this point. 

  • A five course set dinner will be served at the Palm Grove siding before heading back to the Bushtracks siding. 

  • Special dietary requirements need to be communicated in advance. 

 

The Mulobezi Line Run:

  • The train will run on the Mulobezi line on other days with a minimum of 30 pax.

  • Maximum number – 92 pax

  • Private hire – minimum 50 pax

  • The Mulobezi railway line runs through the heart of the Zambezi River Valley. The train will set off through Dambwa Township and on up the Mulobezi Line. The railway line runs parallel to the Zambezi River and sunset will be enjoyed while travelling through the Mosi-Oa-Tunya Game Park (wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed).

  • The locomotive ‘runs around’ at Sinde Siding providing photo opportunities depending on light.

  • The train pushes further on from Sinde Siding to stop for a five course set dinner, with dessert being served on the return journey to Livingstone.

  • Special dietary requirements need to be communicated in advance. Minimum number of pax on a non-run day is 20 pax.

 

Excursion Includes:

  • A welcome drink on arrival at Bushtracks Siding 

  • Pre-dinner drinks

  • A set, five course dinner provided by Sun International’s Royal Livingstone Restaurant and Chefs. 

  • When booking please inform reservations if there are any dietary requirements.

  • Wines, beers and soft drinks.  There is a cash bar if guests wish to purchase spirits

  • Photo opportunity in front of the train

  • Return transfers from hotels within Livingstone

 

What you need to bring

  • Camera

  • Train ticket

  • Passport if traveling on the bridge route

  • A warm jacket in the winter time



Pick up times from the Royal Livingstone Hotel (other lodges - time may vary)

  • 1st November – 31st March – Summer Bridge Route on a Wednesday and Saturday

    • 16h30 - returning ±21h30 to hotel

  • 1stApril – 31st October – Winter Bridge Route on a Wednesday and Saturday

    • 16h00 - returning approximately ±21h00 to hotel

 

  • Any other day using the Mulobezi railway line route

    • 17h00 - returning ± 21h30 to hotel

 

NB the Border between Zambia and Zimbabwe Closes approximately 22h00.  Please ensure the correct visa has been purchased when doing this activity.

Elegance and opulence marked the age of the steam train. Beautiful classic steam locos and carriages have been lovingly restored by Bushtracks Africa and Rovos rail, and marry vintage luxury with a modern fine dining experience to recreate moments of bygone romance.

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