Ex­press jour­ney

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - LONELY PLANET’S TOKYO -

EX­PE­RI­ENCE a very spe­cial tour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence aboard the Shon­gololo Ex­press as it winds its way be­tween Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The 12-night Good Hope train jour­ney of­fers an amaz­ing and com­pre­hen­sive view of South Africa, in­cor­po­rat­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery must­see sight and high­light.

As the train trav­els the length and breadth of the coun­try, guests can en­joy the great va­ri­ety of land­scapes, shore­lines, cul­tures, life­styles and cui­sine that the South African rain­bow na­tion has to of­fer.

Just like an ocean cruise, from the mo­ment guests join the train, all their com­forts are taken care of from ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, re­cre­ation and sight­see­ing and they only need to un­pack and pack once.

The trains travel com­fort­ably and se­curely dur­ing the night to the next stop on the itin­er­ary and guests awake each morn­ing to a fresh vista, and new and ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures.

Each train car­ries a fleet of tour­ing ve­hi­cles with pro­fes­sional guides who take guests on in­clu­sive sched­uled tours to ex­pe­ri­ence the unique sights of each area. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous there are also tour add-ons from hot air bal­loon­ing to ele­phant rid­ing to scuba div­ing.

Chefs of­fer South African menus that in­clude Cape Dutch and Malay recipes as well as African dishes, com­ple­mented by lo­cal wines.

Ad­ven­ture World guests can save up to $2568 per per­son off the 2013 Good Hope rail jour­ney cost. Con­di­tions ap­ply.

Prices start from $4442 per per­son in­clud­ing flights with South African Air­ways. Con­di­tions ap­ply. Call 1300 295 161 or visit www.ad­ven­ture­world.com.au BRIS­BANE-based Back Track of­fers two clas­sic sa­faris in com­fort and style. Both op­er­ate in south­ern African coun­tries in the best sa­fari months.

Back Track high­lights the fun and ro­mance of be­ing on sa­fari.

Learn more at a sa­fari in­for­ma­tion night at 6.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22 at Back Track, first floor, 132 Wick­ham St, For­ti­tude Val­ley. Call 3850 7600

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