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South Africa/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/Eswatini

Southern Africa by Train: South Africa, Mozambique, Eswatini & Zimbabwe

On an epic train trek across four nations in southern Africa, learn about life and culture in small African villages and capital cities and visit national parks and reserves for safari.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22912RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
10,299
Flights start at
1,325
South Africa/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/Eswatini

Southern Africa by Train: South Africa, Mozambique, Eswatini & Zimbabwe

On an epic train trek across four nations in southern Africa, learn about life and culture in small African villages and capital cities and visit national parks and reserves for safari.
Length
16 days
Starts at
10,299
Flights start at
1,325
Length
16 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
10,299
Flights start at
1,325
Program No. 22912RJ

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DATES & PRICES

Gold Cabin Emerald Cabin
Accommodation Details

Gold Cabins are approximately 6 x 12 feet and feature either twin or double beds. They include an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Accommodation Details

Emerald Cabins are approximately 6 x 16 feet and feature either twin or double beds. They include a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Jan 3 - Jan 18, 2023
Gold Cabin 10,299
Emerald Cabin 12,899
Feb 28 - Mar 15, 2023
Gold Cabin 10,299
Emerald Cabin 12,899
Apr 11 - Apr 26, 2023
Gold Cabin 10,299
Emerald Cabin 12,899
Jun 6 - Jun 21, 2023
Gold Cabin 10,299
Emerald Cabin 12,899
Sep 5 - Sep 20, 2023
Gold Cabin 10,299
Emerald Cabin 12,899
Nov 1 - Nov 16, 2023
Gold Cabin 10,299
Emerald Cabin 12,899

DATES & PRICES

Gold Cabin Emerald Cabin
Accommodation Details

Gold Cabins are approximately 6 x 12 feet and feature either twin or double beds. They include an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Accommodation Details

Emerald Cabins are approximately 6 x 16 feet and feature either twin or double beds. They include a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Jan 3 - Jan 18, 2023
Gold Cabin 12,769
Emerald Cabin 16,209
Feb 28 - Mar 15, 2023
Gold Cabin 12,769
Emerald Cabin 16,209
Apr 11 - Apr 26, 2023
Gold Cabin 12,769
Emerald Cabin 16,209
Jun 6 - Jun 21, 2023
Gold Cabin 12,769
Emerald Cabin 16,209
Sep 5 - Sep 20, 2023
Gold Cabin 12,769
Emerald Cabin 16,209
Nov 1 - Nov 16, 2023
Gold Cabin 12,769
Emerald Cabin 16,209

At a Glance

This epic journey will take you through four countries in the southern tip of Africa to meet local artisans and animals alike and to see incredible landscapes and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Board the Shongololo Express in Pretoria and ride the rails to the stunning cliff-tops of Blyde River Canyon. Stop in Mozambique and Eswatini along the way to visit local markets and monuments, and visit three national parks and two game reserves to learn about conservation and see wildlife roaming across savannahs and rocky hills. End your journey in Zimbabwe, home to the cascading waters of Africa’s greatest waterfall and the historic Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Standing for extended periods, potentially bumpy 4x4 rides. Walking two miles, often on uneven terrain with no handholds. You must be agile and wear shoes with good gripping soles. Due to the rough train tracks in southern Africa, the train sways and rolls, with the potential for sudden jerks, stops and starts, which can make walking in the train tricky. The train will continue to travel at night for periods of time, which results in squeaking and creaking noises, as well as swaying. Long rides in open-air safari vehicles, requiring stamina and stability getting in/out of vehicles. The train may be delayed to factors beyond our control, which may alter the schedule of events. Please be flexible in timing and daily itinerary.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Catch sightings of “The Big Five,” lions, buffalo, leopards, rhinos and elephants on 4x4 wildlife safaris in three national parks and a game reserve.
  • Learn about 20th-century South African history and the country’s new era of hope and freedom as a democracy during visits to Soweto and Pretoria.
  • Visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the largest ancient monument south of the Egyptian pyramids, and Victoria Falls – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

General Notes

Please refer to the day-to-day itinerary on the Road Scholar website or contact the Program Provider if you plan on booking your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates. Due to the special nature of the program, we regret that we are unable to match solo participants with roommates. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Lisa Reed
Lisa Reed was born in Zimbabwe, spent her school years in South Africa, and now lives in Botswana. She has worked or visited most Southern and East African safari destinations, and has managed safari camps on her own and with others since being in Botswana. Lisa has a natural affinity with adults and children, and enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge to the next generation. She has been leading safaris for Road Scholar for more than 15 years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Helen Malisan View biography
Helen Malisan’s passion for exploration began in high school when she visited Italy, her ancestral country. After completing her final year at school, she immediately joined South African Airways where she worked for 10 years. In 1993, her love for nature and South Africa inspired her to complete the necessary courses to become a wilderness excursion leader, spurring her career as a safari leader in Namibia and Zambia. Helen says her interest in people, nature and animals inspires her work.
Profile Image of Lisa Reed
Lisa Reed was born in Zimbabwe, spent her school years in South Africa, and now lives in Botswana. She has worked or visited most Southern and East African safari destinations, and has managed safari camps on her own and with others since being in Botswana. Lisa has a natural affinity with adults and children, and enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge to the next generation. She has been leading safaris for Road Scholar for more than 15 years.
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Johann Roscher View biography
Johann Röscher was born in South Africa and grew up on State Forestry stations along the coastal belt of the Cape Province. He joined the military and studied at the North West University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. After traveling through the Middle East and Eastern Europe, he returned to South Africa to work as a socio-political researcher. Disillusioned with city life, Johann decided to change careers and lead safaris. He’s been taking groups on safaris in Kalahari and Okavango Delta for 17 years, and he’s never been more content with his choice to move to that beautiful and remote region.
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Mark Geraghty View biography
Mark Geraghty was born in Ndola, Northern Zambia where his father was stationed in the British Army. He grew up in Zambia, until his family moved to Harare, Zimbabwe. Not only has Mark traveled extensively throughout Southern Africa, but he has also spent time in Kenya and the Congo. His marriage into a prominent Zimbabwean family sparked an interest in Africa’s early history, specifically the “Scramble for Africa.” Mark is a passionate storyteller with a piercing insight and great sense of humor.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Last Elephants
by Colin Bell & Don Pinnock
African savanna elephants--among the most magnificent and beloved of our fellow mammals--are an extraordinary, social, and intelligent species. The Last Elephants, an homage to these animals and a clarion call for their preservation, is based upon a shocking finding: savanna elephant populations across Africa are being decimated, with two to three murdered every hour for their ivory. Without action, these elephants soon will vanish from our world. They are a species in imminent danger of extinction, and it is up to us to save them.
Lonely Planet Southern Africa
by Alan Murphy
This hefty practical guide to the nine nations of southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland (Eswatini), Malawi, Mozambique and Lesotho, is ideal for independent travelers on a multi-country tour.
The Safari Companion
by Richard Estes
An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.
Into Africa, The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
by Martin Dugard
A nicely paced tale of the Scottish explorer and Stanley's headline-grabbing efforts to locate him. Dugard has done his homework well, drawing on a wide variety of sources to paint a lively and nuanced portrait of the two men.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
by Alexandra Fuller
A candid coming-of-age memoir set during the Rhodesian Civil War. Fuller's parents moved from England to Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe) in the early 1970s.
Africa, a Biography of the Continent
by John Reader
With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.
Killing for Profit
by Julian Rademeyr
A terrifying true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise . . . On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin. This is the chilling story of a two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld where merciless syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize. It is a tale of greed, folly and corruption, and of an increasingly desperate battle to save the rhino - which has survived for more than 50 million years - from extinction.
Sleepwalking Land
by David Brookshaw (Translator), Mia Couto
Written by a native Mozambican in Portuguese, this highly-acclaimed novel of turmoil and civil war is rich with magical realism.
South Africa, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Isabel Balseiro (Editor), Tobias Hecht (Editor)
This diverse collection of short stories reveals South Africa through the eyes of its writers, including Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Alan Paton.
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.
Southern Africa Map
by Nelles
Scaled at 1:2,500,000, this shaded relief map covers South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and southern portions of Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.
No Future Without Forgiveness
by Desmond Tutu
Winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, Desmond Tutu writes with insight and compassion in this memoir of his work for reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa.





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