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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

The Royal Livingstone Express steam train in Zambia near Victoria Falls

The Royal Livingstone Express - Zambia

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 Wednesdays and Saturdays (although trips for other days of the week can be arranged), and starting in March 2018, the schedule will also include Mondays. Guests are picked up from the Day Activities Centre at the Royal Livingstone Hotel at 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 and make the switch to the Mulobezi line which runs parallel to the Zambezi River.

Dining Car on the Royal Livingstone Express in Zambia, near the mighty Victoria Falls

Dining Car on the Royal Livingstone Express

The dinner bell will sound and the train manager will lead guests to the dining carriage where a four-course dinner, prepared by the staff at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, will be served. Guests return to Bushtracks siding and at about 20h00 and are transferred back to their hotel.


Menu 1
Amuse Bouche
Cold Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Dill
Grilled Vegetable Roulade served with Pumpkin Chutney, Lettuce
Bouquet and Balsamic Reduction
Middle Course
 Bream Fillet on Creamy butternut
Braised Game Shoulder served on onion and Corn Mash potatoes with wilted Bondwe and pan-fried Baby marrow
Vanilla Pannacotta served on Fruit minestrone with coconut milk reduction ​
Tea / Coffee and Petit four

Menu 2
Amuse Bouche
Cold Cauliflower and Coconut milk soup
Salmon fish cake served with homemade sweet chili sauce and pickle beetroot Carpaccio Salad
Middle Course
Mushroom Risotto
Slow-roast shoulder of lamb with anchovy and rosemary served on a Spinach and roasted almond Polenta cake and Balsamic Jus Dessert
Individual lemon tart with Lemon sorbet and red Fruit Coulis
Tea / Coffee and Petit four


The Royal Livingstone Collection 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
The Royal Livingstone Collection 2012 Cape Blend
Mosi Lager Castle Lager
All Soft Drinks


Sparkling wines and spirits


What you will need to know

• Dress - smart casual
• Children pay full price
• The scheduled runs are on Wednesdays and Saturdays
• A minimum of 2 guests is required
• Transfers are from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and Day Activities Centre. If you are staying in a hotel in Livingstone town, you will need to organise a transfer or taxi to the hotel.
• All passengers MUST have their tickets (with indemnity form behind it) before boarding
• Snack, dinner and drinks are included in the price, but a cash bar available for spirits


• We do not advise young children going on the train trips as they can get a bit too long for them, and they may disrupt other passengers
• Children pay the full fare for the train ride

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 and High Tea trips. For more information on those, contact us.

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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.

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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.
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