Shongololo Express


May 13th, 2003, 05:54 PM
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Shongololo Express

Flying from Sydney, Australia to Johanasburg. Looking for any information on proposed tour through six countries, over an eleven day period, on the Shongololo Express, Jo'berg. to Victoria Falls.
Also wanting to do winery tours and spend a few days in Maruritius.
Also, best time to visit for above. Many thanks. Sherri.
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May 14th, 2003, 05:10 AM
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1. Having done that Sydney/Johannesburg flight you are warned - it's a toughie, and the jetlag will take days to wear off. I mention this as it will impact on your energy for at least the first few days.
2. Looking at the areas you mentioned you will need something more like a month!
3. The Shongololo Express runs the Southern Cross route which goes from Jhb to Swaziland, Mozambique, back into SA, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and ends back in Zimbabwe. I point this out as some people (including me!) would be hesitant to travel into Zimbabwe in the forseeable future. Not so much for personal safety but rather ethical reasons. This is over a 16 day period.
4. The wine route and Cape Town need a few days to do it justice.
5. The best time of year for all these areas is either spring or autumn, that way avoid wet Cape winters and hot highveld summers.
6. Have not been to Mauritius yet (despite trying to convince the boss that we need to hold a conference there!) so can't comment. You may have better luck on this location if you post a question under that section.
7. If you particularly want a beach experience, and find that Mauritius is a bit too far, then you can have a stunning beach holiday in South Africa on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
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May 19th, 2003, 07:57 PM
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Thanks for the detailed response. Agree with schedule we should give Zimbabwe a miss. Will keep seaside and wine info. and look for game viewing alternatives.
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