Sun International’s Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls introduced a new luxury train service, the Royal Livingstone Express. It’s an antique locomotive that combines the elegance of early 20th century rail travel along with panoramic views of the Zambezi Valley. Guests journey to the past with a railway experience in which fine dining meets the Zambia bush and opportunities abound to spot white rhino, buffalo, elephant and other African wildlife.
The locomotive consists of two dining cars, a fully equipped kitchen car, a lounge car, and an observation car for viewing scenery. The wooden interiors are softly lit by individual lamps on each table, lighting the crystal glassware, silver cutlery and damask linens. For $150 per person, Wednesdays through Saturdays, a six-course dinner is prepared by the Royal Livingstone Hotel chefs.
The trip departs near the hotel and takes approximately three hours, covering 12 miles. David Shepard, a renowned wildlife artist, renovated this locomotive to its working condition and donated it to the National Heritage Conservation Commission, which then teamed with Sun International Zambia and Bushtracks Africa.
The train was originally on display in 1924 at the British Empire Exhibition in London and was later used to pull logging carriages on the Mulobezi Line. Sun International Hotels & Resorts is Africa’s largest tourism and leisure group operating resorts and luxury hotels in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and Swaziland. In November 2007, Sun International Resort at Port Ghalib on the banks of the Egypt’s Red Sea joined Sun’s portfolio (http://www.discoverportghalib.com/)