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Last updated: 16 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

Cecil John Rhodes dreamt of a railway from Cape to Cairo, crossing Victoria Falls’ famous bridge. His tracks never made it that far, but you can still relive the glamour of colonial train travel as this historic steam train runs through the Zambian bush.

Carriages are decorated in a plush colonial style, and as the locomotive chuffs through the game-rich Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and across the Sinde River, you’ll have the chance to spot antelope on the hoof. After toasting the sunset on the iconic Victoria Falls bridge, a five-course set-menu dinner is served.

Price from: £150
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 4 hours

Getting there & doing it

The train departs from ‘Kilometre 0’ of the Mulobezi Line. Groups can book the train for a private ‘Victoria Falls Bridge Run’; this includes drinks and snacks on the famous railway bridge across the Batoka Gorge. The dress code for the train is strictly smart-casual, and no shorts are allowed.

When to do it

Trains run all year round, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hotel pick-up is around 5pm (varies by time of year), returning around 9pm.

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Sussi & Chuma

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park , Southern Province, Zambia[2 miles]

Stylish luxury safari lodge offering in a pristine wilderness setting on the Zambezi, with a villa for families and uber-romantic treehouse suites. 20 minutes from Victoria Falls.

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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[6.2 miles]

A five-star hotel with an unrivalled Falls location, luxury rooms and modern facilities… at a price.

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Zambezi National Park, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)[6.9 miles]

A contemporary, luxury lodge in an enviable location on the banks of the Zambezi River, a short way upstream from the Victoria Falls.

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Ilala Lodge Hotel

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[7.1 miles]

Cosy boutique hotel with an authentic African feel, right on the doorstep of the Victoria Falls.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Cruise on the Zambezi

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[5.3 miles]

Scenic cruises and game spotting on one of Africa’s greatest rivers, just made for sundowners.

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