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Elephant Express

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Fast Facts


  • Unique safari railcar
  • Lunch included
  • Transfer between camps
  • Suitable for all ages

Elephant Express

Experience a unique transfer into southern Hwange on the Elephant Express Train

Built from a unique railcar in 2015, the Elephant Express is beautifully and ingeniously designed to re-invent safari transfers between our camps in southern Hwange National Park. 

The Elephant Express makes daily return trips between Ngamo Siding, near Bomani Tented Camp and Camelthorn Lodge, and Dete Railway Stataion near Hwange Main Camp. 

The railcar carries up to 22 passengers in a safari style carriage with open sides, an engine at the front and back, and specially trained drivers. There is individual seating at teak tables and a chemical loo on board. 

Soft drinks, wine, beer and snacks are provided and lunch is served whilst the railcar is stationary, before the return trip. There are wide spacious aisles allowing free movement of guests to move about the carriage and spot wildlife. A professional guide is on board to answer questions, and make the trip as enjoyable and unique as possible. 

The Elephant Express train transfer is only available to guests of Bomani Tented Camp, Camelthorn Lodge and Jozibanini Camps. 

Get in touch with us

UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

    Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

  • All the facts
  • The Elephant Express is available for transfers as follows:

    Victoria Falls to Dete Railway Station by road 1.5hrs to 2hrs. Connect to the Elephant Express at Dete Railway Station and transfer to Ngamo Siding for Bomani and Camelthorn Camps 2 - 2.5 hrs

    SAFETY FEATURES

    • The Railcar is designed to travel both forwards or backwards with an independent engine and a gearbox at each end.

    • There are sidings every 10km to allow for traffic to pass.

    • Drivers have over 30 years of experience of driving on the rail line next to Hwange National Park.

    • There is 25km of visibility from either end and the drivers are in constant contact with other trains and traffic control.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Please note that the Elephant Express runs according to daily scheduling specified by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and as such may be subject to delays and cancellations, which are beyond our control.

    • Times are set daily and communicated to the incoming and outgoing road transfers.

    • Timings are important to note when planning transfers. We advise that guests should include a night in Victoria Falls or Hwange before taking this transfer on arrival off a flight or departure to a flight, to allow for any Zimbabwe Rail delays that may ensue. We understand this is not always possible but wanted to highlight the possibility of potential delay and after feedback from previous guests. Please exercise great caution when using the Elephant Express to link with regional and international air travel. We highly recommend that you do not use this transfer when arriving or departing by air.

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  • CHILDREN

    • No children under 7 years.

    • Children are charged at the same rates as adults.

    • Children must be accompanied by adults.

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

The Elephant Express is available for transfers as follows:

Victoria Falls to Dete Railway Station by road 1.5hrs to 2hrs. Connect to the Elephant Express at Dete Railway Station and transfer to Ngamo Siding for Bomani and Camelthorn Camps 2 - 2.5 hrs

SAFETY FEATURES

• The Railcar is designed to travel both forwards or backwards with an independent engine and a gearbox at each end.

• There are sidings every 10km to allow for traffic to pass.

• Drivers have over 30 years of experience of driving on the rail line next to Hwange National Park.

• There is 25km of visibility from either end and the drivers are in constant contact with other trains and traffic control.

PLEASE NOTE

• Please note that the Elephant Express runs according to daily scheduling specified by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and as such may be subject to delays and cancellations, which are beyond our control.

• Times are set daily and communicated to the incoming and outgoing road transfers.

• Timings are important to note when planning transfers. We advise that guests should include a night in Victoria Falls or Hwange before taking this transfer on arrival off a flight or departure to a flight, to allow for any Zimbabwe Rail delays that may ensue. We understand this is not always possible but wanted to highlight the possibility of potential delay and after feedback from previous guests. Please exercise great caution when using the Elephant Express to link with regional and international air travel. We highly recommend that you do not use this transfer when arriving or departing by air.

CHILDREN

• No children under 7 years.

• Children are charged at the same rates as adults.

• Children must be accompanied by adults.

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