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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). 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.

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 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.


Indonesian Chicken Sate with sweet chilli
Smoked Salmon rosette, wasabi, ginger on potato blinis

Amuse buche
Tuna ceviche
Cucumber ribbons and avocado pear puree with lime curd

To Start
Butternut volute

Main course
English fillet Wellingston with red wine jus & béarnaise sauce served pink
Steamed Seasonal vegetables

Duo of dark and milk chocolate Mousse with Almond Florentine
Wild berry & Cointreau compote

Tea or coffee
with friandes


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

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:


To Start - Trolley with a selection such as
• Smoked bresaola, Onion, Apple & cucumber Salad
• Salad niçoise Served with Aioli dressing
• Coronation chicken salad
• Potted Shrimps
• Iced cucumber Soup
• Choban salad topped with Feta cheese and Kalamata olives, Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, long green peppers, onion, and flat-leaf parsley

Main Course
• English fillet Wellington with red wine jus & béarnaise sauce
• Braised carrots with caraway seed & coriander
• Cauliflower and cheese sauce
• Roast herbed potatoes

Dessert Trolley With a Selection Such As
• Traditional English trifle
• Lancashire custard tart
• Traditional dark chocolate mousse
• Manicured fruit salad
• Lemon Sallibab with lady finger biscuits


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
• Children pay full price
• The scheduled runs are on Wednesdays and Saturdays
• A minimum of 2 guests is required
• If you are wanting this trip while staying in Zimbabwe, you may need to get a visa. Please ask us about this when you make your booking enquiry.
• Transfers are included if you are staying in hotels or lodges within the Livingstone Town limits or the Royal Livingstone, Avani, David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Waterfront Lodge
• 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 and sparkling wines


• 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
• 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, 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!

Get to the Victoria Falls by steam train on the oppulent Rovos Rail adventure

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