Steam Train - Zambia
Fine wining and dining aboard The Royal Livingstone Express as you travel from Livingstone to the Victoria Falls Bridge in Pullman style coaches which have been lovingly restored to their former glory
Steam Train Trips
Royal Livingstone Express Dinner Run
The Dinner trip aboard the Royal Livingstone Express is a combination of a fine dining experience and a sight-seeing journey. Complete with a smart dress code, passengers have a classy adventure to the Victoria Falls Bridge to watch the gorgeous African sunset and marvel at the sight of the largest waterfall in the world, before heading back along the newly refurbished Mulobezi railway line to Livingstone town in a most beautiful and romantic steam train. This activity brings a whole new meaning to the word indulgence!
The Steam Train has scheduled runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (although trips for other days of the week can be arranged). Guests are picked up from the Day Activities Centre at the Royal Livingstone Hotel at about 16h00 and transferred to the Bushtracks siding. After the photo opportunities of this exquisite steam train, it's time to board - drinks and snacks are served soon after. The locomotive makes its way to the Victoria Falls Bridge from the siding. Along the way, guests will likely spot a few of the large herbivores such as elephants and impala. After 20 to 30 minutes on the bridge, it's time to head back into Zambia, through the township and onto Palm Grove Siding.
The dinner bell will sound and the train manager will lead guests to the dining carriage where a five-course dinner, prepared by the staff at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, will be served. Guests return to Bushtracks siding and at about 21h00 and are transferred back to their hotel.
The Seasonal Lunch Run
The Lunch Safari runs on a seasonal basis, and only on Sunday afternoons. Outside of the season, it may be booked as a group excursion. It is a family friendly trip catering to all ages. The lunch safari takes guests into the national park, taking breaks by the water source within the park, offering game viewing opportunities different from the evening trips.
The train departs the station at 11am and returns guests at 2pm. The lunch will be served on-board the train, catered by the Royal Livingstone Hotel. A selection of starters and desserts will be served by trolley, and the main course will be a fixed plating. Welcome drinks and local wines and beers will be included in the rate. The menu is as follows:
The Mulobezi Run
On alternative days, instead of going to the Victoria Falls and the Bridge, the Royal Livingstone Express sets off through the Dambwa Township and up the Mulobezi railway line. This line takes guests into the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, which runs parallel to the Zambezi River. The trip begins at the Bushtracks Siding with a welcome drink in the late afternoon. Then the train begins its journey into the park as the sun sets. The scenery in the park and the game-viewing makes this a unique trip in the Victoria Falls area. The locomotive goes onto Sinde Siding which is a great place for photographs when the light is right. The train pushes further on from Sinde Siding to stop for a five-course dinner, with dessert being served on the return journey to Livingstone. The trip ends at 21h00 and guests are transferred back to their hotel.
What you will need to know
• Dress - smart casual
• We do not advise young children (younger than 12 years old) going on the train trips as they can get a bit too long for them, and they may disrupt other passengers
Other Steam Train Trips
On alternative days, you can take one of the steam train trips on the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) side of the bridge, and these include Dinner, Canapé and group High Tea trips. For more information on those, contact us.
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!