Photo: Victoria Falls Steam Train Co. With an exciting agreement between Zambia and Zimbabwe in place, the Victoria Falls Steam Train Company has developed a unique and historic activity for visitors at this wonderful destination. The authentic steam train No. 512 is a class 14A Garratt and one of the last of its kind still in use in Africa.
This steam locomotive was designed and built by Beyer Peacock in the United Kingdom at Manchester in 1953. The train consists of a boiler with a steam engine mounted on either side plus vintage carriages which offer dining, bar and lounge facilities with different configurations depending on requirements.
The Steam Train ExperienceAll tour options depart from the station opposite the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe. The steam train crosses the historic river bridge and travels into the adjacent Big Five Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. Half way across the bridge the train stops so that guests can admire the spectacular views while enjoying chilled refreshments and delicious gourmet delights.
The Victoria Falls Bridge is over 100 years old and built across the mighty Zambezi River which is the natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The bridge, which is 111 metres (364 feet) above the water, is actually 'no man's land'. From the carriage you will experience full views of the Victoria Falls and a stunning sunset if you cross at the end of the day.
The Sunset Bridge RunSundowner memories with Victoria Falls as your back-drop, are made of this! Enjoy a 2 hour trip which includes bubbly and gourmet canapés at sundown on the bridge and a return journey via the Zambezi National Park.
The Moonlight Dinner RunThe evening begins with sundowners and delicious treats on the bridge at sunset followed by a gourmet dinner in the Zambezi National Park - this can also be a themed event with entertainment. Dinner is served in the carriages or under the night skies.
Zambezi Lager Party ExpressAll aboard the party carriage which has its own bar on a scheduled Sunset Bridge Run. This option is truly affordable as all drinks are included in the ticket price.
The African Safari DinnerGet your cameras ready for wildlife viewing at sunset in the Zambezi National Park. This journey begins with welcome drinks on the station platform before you travel to the park enjoying champagne and canapés along the way. In the park the train stops so you can take pictures of any passing wildlife. Later you will enjoy a bonfire, traditional African entertainment and a gourmet dinner.
The TramThe quaint Victorian Tram takes a gentle turn through town, passed a wildlife area and the rainforest for 20 minutes before going onto the bridge, where it stops mid way for views of the falls. This journey can be combined with a rainforest tour, an historic bridge tour, refreshments at the Bridge Cafe and bungee jumping demos. You can also experience the adrenalin rush of a bungee jump, bridge slide (child friendly) or bridge swing, before your return tram journey.
Steam Train JourneysThere are 4 exciting tour options to choose from, or you can join in on a planned event such as a Christmas Eve, New Year or Valentine's Day celebration. The train is also available for corporate and private functions, or how about an unforgettable wedding reception? Toast to your new life together aboard this elegant and romantic vintage train and then celebrate at a function in the Zambezi National Park.
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