African vacations are oft an exhilarating mixture of sight-seeing, game spotting combined with sporting activities across both provincial and country borders. These exhilarating holidays are surely very pleasing but seldom depict relaxation.

Luxury trains like Rovos Rail, Blue Train and Shongololo Express allow the holidaymaker for total carefree travel to and from the vacation destinations.

The luxury trains vary in routing and pricing but all possess that pristine elegance required to be classed superior.

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Global Leisure and Backpacking provides travellers with Accommodation, Meals and Transportation to the most exclusive destinations in Africa.

All participants are required to have their own medical, travel and liability insurance.

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As time meanders from the 19th Century towards the dawn of a new era, a dream was born. A dream harnessing steam technology linking Africa’s vast south to the north. From this dream, the Blue Train was manifested. The Blue Train now traverses South Africa with its breath-taking scenery in a manner that befits the mystique that has grown around it.
Kings and presidents have indulged on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. From love-struck honeymooners, to adulated celebrities. And even ordinary folk who romanticize about a life of spectacular luxury, a life that has seemed tantalizingly out of reach. Until now... Welcome aboard The Blue Train. Your unforgettable experience is about to begin…


Rohan Vos received permission to run a train on the national rail network in 1986. The first locomotive, Bianca together with her seven carriages were rebuilt in 1987.
This luxury train offers passengers the possibility to be comfortably ferried throughout Africa, while contentedly observing the outside from within their luxurious cabins, the plush saloon, the elegant dining cart or the open air conservation cart.


The many indigenous people of the Southern African continent familiarize the moving carriages of the train as a millipede; hence in 1995 Shongololo was founded. This is an exceptionally pleasing and majestic way to experience the Southern African continent.
The elegant cabins come in various sizes from the larger Emerald Double to the less grand, Gold Twin catering for the differing perceptions.

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