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Steam Train Trips

Travel Back in Time...Revelling in The Romance of The Steam Train Era

Bushtracks Express Steam Train

Bushtracks Express Steam Train on the Victoria Falls Bridge


Victoria Falls is synonymous with tourism and adventure... with fantastic activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter flights, etc. However the Bushtracks Express Steam Train "is an indulgent luxury fine dining experience going back in time to the age of romantic steam train travel" (Bushtracks).

What better way to do this than in the comfort of a fully refurbished authentic first class steam train, viewing Africa the way it would have been done over one hundred years ago.

The Steam Train...

A 1952 14a Class Locomotive 512 heads up the Club car, Dining car and Observation car, which have been beautifully restored by Rohan Vos of Rovos Rail. Well-trained staff, dressed in crisp white colonial attire, synonymous with the steam train era are ever attentive to passengers. The cuisine, provided by the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, is superb.

We think this Steam Train Trip will appeal to those who want to be spoilt with luxury, revel in nostalgia of a bygone era and see Victoria Falls in a completely unique way.

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The Dinner Run

The old fashioned sunset steam train journey begins with a trip to the impressive Victoria Falls Bridge, a historical landmark that was completed in 1905 and the second most visited landmark in this area.

You meet at the Victoria Falls Train Station (directly opposite the grand and colonial Victoria Falls Hotel) and board the train via the red carpet, setting the opulent tone, making you feel very important. 

Once everyone is aboard the old steam locomotive fires up and puffs its way along to the Victoria Falls Bridge. Relax in the luxury and comfort of the lounging car taking in the sights and sounds of Africa. Depending on how much game can be seen while in the park, the train should reach the bridge before sunset.

The train stops on the Bridge and if you wish you can disembark and wander along on this historical landmark. If not... just stay on board and enjoy drinks and snacks, while feasting your eyes on the breathtaking vista in front of you.

Cecil Rhodes whose vision it was to build the bridge, insisted that it be positioned so that passengers travelling in the train would feel the spray of the Victoria Falls falling on their faces.

The waterfall is close... you can see and feel it. This is a sunset adventure with a difference.


Amuse Bouche

Roasted beetroot salad, crumbed mozzarella, feta cheese, micro greens and citrus greens

Soup of the day

Braised lamp shoulder, mash, roasted root vegetables, Mint jus

Chocolate mousse, berries, meringue

Tea/Coffee and petit fours

After the bridge run, you will board the train again for the leg down to Jafuta Siding where you will arrive at 8pm (winter) or 8:30pm (summer). A delectable 3-course meal and more drinks will be served on this part of the trip, before the train takes you back to the Victoria Falls Train Station where you will arrive at 9:30pm (winter) or 10pm (summer).

More Details

A selection of light snacks and drinks, provided by the Victoria Falls Hotel, are served. (local beers, wine, G&T’s, minerals, cordials). Premium beverages are available but are not on the ticket price. A 3-course dinner will be served while at Jafuta Siding.

Depart Victoria Falls Station - 17h00 (winter) or 17h30 (summer) every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Tour duration is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.

The High Tea Safari

On the same locomotive, you can enjoy an afternoon High Tea trip for a truly classic and indulgent experience. The train leaves the Victoria Falls Station and takes you around to the Victoria Falls Bridge, where you disembark and take in the depth of the Zambezi River gorge from the Victoria Falls on one side to the distant Victoria Falls Hotel on the other side.

From the bridge, the train takes you into the Jafuta Conservancy, where high tea will be served as you absorb the surroundings, perhaps catching sightings of wildlife along the way and at the siding.

"Sit back, relax and enjoy the romance of the African Bush while you steam through the wilderness"


The High Tea Safari run each Saturday afternoon, and the duration of the trip is 3 hours (departing at 15h00 and returning at 18h00).

There will be a variety of drinks and classic high tea finger foods on offer during this unique safari.

This trip is only confirmed for 50 people.

Watch this short video for a small preview of the steam train dinner run:

What you Need to Know

• Price does includes collection and drop off from your hotel
• Children pay the full adult rate, while children under 2 do not pay. See our Price list for the latest Steam Train Trips price
• Dress code is smart casual - no shorts
• Smoking is only permitted on the outside deck and not inside any of the carriages

Other Steam Train Trips

On the other side of the bridge, the Royal Livingstone Express steam train experience offers a similar superb trip, taking you to the Victoria Falls Bridge in time for the sunset, and then into the bush for a 5-star meal courtesy of the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Contact us for more information on this trip.

Epic Steam Train Journeys to Victoria Falls

From South Africa, Rovos Rail offers 3 nights in a luxurious 5-star steam train, as well as a much longer 11 day and four country experience on the 3-star Shongololo Express. Get to Victoria Falls by train!

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Client Testimonials

by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.

All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
Thanks again!
All the best

Memory I will not forget
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Hi Jane
Hope you are keeping well.I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.

Fantastic Itinerary
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
Dear Boo
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.
Best wishes

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