Bushtracks Steam Safaris : Itineraries & Dates

Departure Times

Royal Livingstone Express

In order to be in time for the sunset on the bridge there are two set departure times dependent on the season being:

  • Monday, Wednesday & Saturday

Itinerary

  • Summer (S)- 1st November to 31st March 2019.
  • Winter (W) - 1st April to 30th October, 2019.
W 4:30 pm / S 5:00 pm Transfers Guests will be picked up from their hotel in Luxury Bushtracks Vehicles and given a short road transfer to the Bushtracks Station. A safety brief will be given by the Bushtracks guide en-route to the station.
On arrival at the station, the locomotive will be ‘in steam’ thus giving great photographic opportunities to anyone who wishes.
Guests will be welcomed aboard on a red carpet and presented a drink, boarding the train through the Lounge
Car where more drinks and canapés will be on offer.
W 5:00 pm / S 5:30 pm Train departs Bushtracks Station The train departs the station and manoeuvres
through several switches onto the mainline, pausing at Platform 1, Livingstone Station for the driver to pick up
the authority to ‘occupy’ the mainline to The Victoria Falls Bridge.
The train then begins its journey to The Bridge
through the famous Victoria Falls World Heritage Site and Game Park. Wild animals such a elephant, kudu,
impala and duiker can occasional be seen en-route to the bridge. The train pauses at the Zambian Border
post so the guard can deliver the train’s ‘manifest’ to the authorities and then continues its journey to the bridge.
Sunset on The Victoria Falls Bridge The train enters the bridge in time for sunset. Guests may alight from the train and get a chance to wander around the bridge, climb into the locomotive, on permission of the driver and get some great photo shots of The Victoria Falls and the sunset, weather depending. The train departs the bridge back onto Zambian soil after approximately 20-30 minutes waiting on the bridge.
Palm Grove Siding A short distance from the bridge the train pulls into Palm Grove Siding where the dinner bell will sound and the train manager will announce dinner and lead guests through to the dining carriages, where a five course meal, lovingly prepared and served by The Royal Livingstone Hotel’s team, awaits.
Pudding is served As the final course of dinner is served, the locomotive sounds its whistle and begins its journey home, negotiating its way through several switches back to the Bushtracks Station.
Depending on the group size the journey finishes at approximately 8:30 — 9:15 pm where Bushtracks vehicles are waiting to take guests home to their respective hotels.
Please note that the Zimbabwe/Zambia border closes at 10:00 pm allowing enough time to transfer Zimbabwe. Guests back to their respective hotels in Victoria Falls.

Bushtracks Express

In order to be in time for the sunset on the bridge there are two set departure times dependent on the season being:

  • Tuesdays & Fridays

Itinerary

  • Summer (S)- 1st November to 31st March 2019.
  • Winter (W) - 1st April  to 31st October, 2019.
W 4:00 pm / S 4:30 pm Transfers Guests will be picked up from their hotels by our luxury Bushtracks vehicles and transferred by road to Victoria Falls Station. A safety brief will be given by the Bushtracks guide en-route to the station. Tickets (including an indemnity on the back) will be issued to all guests.
W 4:30 pm / S 5:00 pm Welcome  On arrival at the station, a welcome drink will be offered by The Victoria Falls Hotel. A red carpet will lead guests to the train and the locomotive will be ‘in steam’: the perfect photographic opportunity. (NB: children are fascinated by the train, but should not be encouraged to approach too near to the train as it is a moving vehicle and can be dangerous!)
W 5:00 pm / S 5:30 pm Train departs Victoria Falls Station The train will depart Victoria Falls Station and chuff its way through the Victoria Falls Game Park to the border. The train will pause at the border so a ‘general declaration'can be given by the train guard to the immigration authorities and then continue to the bridge.
W 5:50 pm / S 6:20 pm Arrive on the Bridge The train will arrive on the bridge between these times, depending on the game that has been viewed en route. Guests may alight from the train once on the bridge for some tremendous photo opportunities of The Victoria Falls, the train, the bridge and the sunset. Permission must be sought from the driver for photographic opportunities of the locomotive.
W 6:40 pm / S 6:50 pm The train will depart the bridge for its journey back to Victoria Falls Station where the train will refill with water. It goes on to slowly chug to Jafuta Siding, servicing light snacks, followed by a gourmet meal and drinks, courtesy of the prestigious Victoria Falls Hotel. 
W 7:50 pm / S 8:30 pm  The train stops at Jafuata conservancy
W 8:20 pm / S 9:00 pm  The train makes its return journey to Victoria Falls Station Platform
W 9:00 pm / S 9:40 pm The train will arrive at the Victoria Falls Station Platform where a Bushtracks transfer will be waiting to take the guest back to their hotels.

 

(Please note Victoria Falls Bridge Runs are subject to traffic and although departure times are requested and confirmed in
writing from Zimbabwe Railways Ltd, they cannot be guaranteed due to congestion on the line.)