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The Steam Train

The Steam Train

The train itself is a 1928 12th class or 1953 14a class Garrett steam train with four coaches (2 dining coaches and 2 lounge coaches carrying a total of 92 passengers) and aptly named the David Livingstone Lounge 1 and 2.

The train sets off at sunset from the Palm Grove siding on the Livingstone side of Victoria Falls and does a short run to the centre of the Victoria Falls bridge.  With the gentle clack, clack, clacking across the railway lines and the puffing steam drifting overhead, this picture perfect train stops at the centre line for a glass of sparkling wine. In the close distance rises the spray from Victoria Falls and this famous natural seventh wonder of the world can be appreciated through binoculars, camera or the naked eye.

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What happens on board?

Victoria Falls bridge

Departure times:

The Sunset Bridge run operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday all year round departing from Palm Grove siding, just off Mosi-Oa-Tunya road.

Summer (September to April):

Pick up from Livingstone accommodation 16.00 to 16.30, returning at approximately 18.30

Winter (May to August):

Pick up from Livingstone accommodation/DLSL: 15:30 to 16:00, returning at approximately 18.00

The train departs from Palm Grove siding at 17.00. Clients driving directly to Palm Grove need to be there at 16.50.

Additional information

  • The train is permanently stationed in Zimbabwe
  • The train technical operators are Mr Sandro Bernardini and Mr Stan Mukorombindo
  • Guests will be transported (to and from) the Palm Grove siding from the reception area of the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa as well as Livingstone accommodation in an air-conditioned shuttle bus. This transfer is included in the price of the train ticket.
  • The entire trip lasts more or less 2 hrs
  • There is electricity and refrigderation on board
  • There is a fully stocked bar on board the train
  • The train is not air-conditioned but all windows open wide
  • There is always a first aider on board the train and emergency plans are in place. Fully stocked first aid boxes are on board.
  • A safety orientation is conducted before the train departs Palm Grove siding
  • Serviced fire extinguishers are in place on all coaches
  • We recommend taking passports with you (immigration sometimes want to see them, but they will not be stamped and no visa's are required).
  • Cloak rooms are available on the train
  • Fresh water is supplied in the train's cloakrooms but should not be drunk by guests

Food and beverages
The menu and beverages are included in the price of the train ticket and is waiter served

In summer:
Welcome beverage on arrival (mint iced tea)
Crisps with savoury dip, nuts, biltong sticks, selection of crudites and a dip
Standard local spirits, beer, house wine and soft drinks
* local sparkling wine served on the bridge

In winter
Welcome beverage on arrival (gluehwien-warm)
Crisps with savoury dip, nuts, biltong sticks, soup of the day (served in a mug)
Standard local spirits, beer, house wine and soft drinks
* local sparkling wine served on the bridge

All that's left to do is just to come on board and enjoy!

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