Days of Operation
Whilst the second locomotive is being restored, the train operates guaranteed departures for individual travellers on a Wednesdays and a Saturday. Should the demand require, it may also operate on other days of the week. It will also operate any day of the week, if available, for group bookings or private hire.
When Locomotive 204 is restored, the train will have the capacity to operate seven days a week. This will be subject to demand and the operating environment.
5:00 pm - Guests will be picked up from the Royal Livingstone in luxury Bushtracks vehicles and given a short road transfer to the Bushtracks siding, formerly the Old Mulobezi Railway Offices, otherwise known as ‘Kilometre 0’ of the Mulobezi Line. A safety brief will be given by the Bushtracks guide en-route to the station. Tickets (including an indemnity on the reverse) will be issued to all guests. On arrival the train will be stationed at the siding with the locomotive ‘in steam’ for photo opportunities. Guests will board the train through the Lounge Car where drinks and snacks will be offered.
5:30/5:45 pm - The train will depart and move directly onto the Mulobezi Line, travelling through a high density suburb of Livingstone called Dambwa and onto the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while the sun begins to set. (Please note children are fascinated by the train, however they should be discouraged under all circumstances from approaching too near the train as it is a moving vehicle and can be dangerous).
Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park - The train will pause at the entrance to the game park. There is the possibility to view some of the game in the park that includes: elephant, white rhino, buffalo as well as giraffe, zebra, hartebeest, bushbuck, impala, warthogs, baboons and monkeys.
Locomotive ‘Run Around’ and Dinner is served – Having traversed the National Park, the train exits from the Western Gate boundary and crosses the Sinde River, a tributary of the Zambezi. The locomotive then detaches itself from the front of the train and ‘runs around’ to the back of the train using the Sinde Siding and re-attaches itself on to the Observation Car, giving guests wonderful views of the locomotive in action. Depending on the time, the train manager will announce dinner and lead guests through to the dining carriages, where a five course meal, lovingly prepared and served by Sun International’s Royal Livingstone team, awaits.
9:00/9:30 pm - The train will draw into the Bushtracks Siding. A Bushtracks guide will be waiting to transfer guests back to the hotel.
Pick Up Times
Summer: September to March:
5:00 pm Pick up from the hotels
5:45 pm Train departs Bushtracks siding
9:45 pm Return to the hotels
Winter: April to August:
5:00 pm Pick up from the hotels
5:15/5:30 pm Train departs Bushtracks siding
9:30 pm Return to the hotels
Maximum Numbers: - Dinner
The Royal Livingstone Express accommodates up to 92 guests for dinner.
Maximum Numbers: - Drinks & Snacks
Using all five carriages, the train can accommodate 160 guests for snacks and drinks.
Private Hire and Groups
The train will be available for private hire for groups and incentives and special occasions. The routes and rates will vary according to the tailor-made needs of the group. Maximum numbers will vary according to the requests of the group, e.g. if only drinks and snacks are required, the train can accommodate 160 guests using all five carriages.
Victoria Falls Bridge Run
The Royal Livingstone Express can do the ‘Victoria Falls Bridge Run’ for drinks & snacks on the bridge, followed by dinner in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park or drinks and snacks only. However please note that the bridge incorporates the main line which is a busy line and passenger trains do not get preference. Therefore timings cannot be guaranteed.
Seating Configuration of the Dining Cars
92 guests seated for dinner. There are:
• 17 tables of 2
• 13 tables of 4
• 2 tables of 3
All tables are fixed and cannot be joined to make bigger group tables
Smart casual, no shorts.
Smoking is permitted on the outside balcony of the Observation Car. Smoking is not permitted in any of
All guests must a valid train ticket that also includes the indemnity on the back in order to board the train.
Paraplegic Facilities ·
The carriages date back to the 1930’s and therefore a wheelchair cannot fit through the entrances. The lavatories are also not big enough for wheelchair access.
The station does not include a ramp.