Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Victoria Falls: Launch of The Bushtracks Express


Bushtracks Africa is proud to announce the launch of The Bushtracks Express - our scheduled Victoria Falls Bridge Run starting on Tuesday 1st March 2016 from Victoria Falls Station, Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe train will run every Tuesday and Friday for pre dinner drinks & canapés to the Victoria Falls Bridge and back. This is in addition to our existing train operation, the well-known Royal Livingstone Express that operates from in Zambia, Livingstone and was recently voted as one of the top "Five most fabulous Train Journeys" in the world on Yahoo Travel.

The train offers discerning guests the ultimate pre-dinner experience going back in time to the age of Steam train travel twice a week with a minimum of two guests. For groups up to 80 guests, the Bushtracks Express has the flexibility to design your own route to The Victoria Falls Bridge or Jafuta Siding or even further afield to Dibangombie Siding.

The Train;
The Bushtracks Express consists of three carriages beautifully restored by Rohan Vos of Rovos Rail and pulled by a 14a Locomotive 512. The train is fully air-conditioned and configured from the front as follows;

Loco 512 is a 14a Class built in 1952 by Beyer Peacock in England and was in service from 24th November 1952 to 1994. Bushtracks is currently restoring the locomotive to full working order.
The Club Car - Carriage No. 14661 otherwise houses the small lounge and bar and also the kitchen. This can be used as a pre-dinner drinks private venue for approximately 10-12 guests.
The Dining Car - Carriage No. 197 is the sister to the famous Wembley Dining Car, built in 1923 and forms part of The Royal Livingstone Express. No. 197 has the original fans and the 7x4 and 8x2 table configuration
The Observation Car - Carriage No 225 houses a bar and veranda viewing deck, Please note smoking is only permitted on the outside deck and not inside any of the carriages.

Days of Operation (commences 01 March 2016)
Scheduled Departures for FIT & Small Groups:
Tuesday and Friday are the set departure dates for the train that gives the flexibility to book individuals and small groups. The Minimum number of guests is Two on the set departures.

Groups, Incentives and Private Charter
The train is available for private hire for groups and incentives and special occasions. The minimum number is 30 paying guests. Exclusive Private Charter has been reduced to 50 paying clients.

Steam Train Menu
Dry snacks
°    Crispy Root vegetables chips, Roti crisps With Hummus and balsamic vinegar foam.
Cold canapés
°    Goats cheese rounds with honey, walnuts, rocket and semi dried tomatoes.
°    Chicken liver brûlée with garlic crostini.
°    Smoked salmon rosettes, capers, cream cheese, blinis.
Hot canapés
°    Crocodile sausage rolls.
°    Mini Yorkshire pudding filled with beef fillet, broccoli, horseradish sauce.
°    Herb crusted lamb cutlets.
°    Tempura deep fried prawns, sweet chili sauce.
Dessert canapés
°    Fruit kebabs
°    Cheese cake
°    Passion fruit Créme Brule

Planned Itinerary:
Summer / Winter Timings

4:30 / 4:00 pm - Guests will be picked up from their hotels in Luxury Bushtracks Vehicles and given a road transfer to Victoria Falls Station. A safety brief will be given by the Bushtracks guide en-route to the station. Tickets will be issued to all guests that include an indemnity on the reverse.

5:00 / 4:30 pm -(or thereabouts depending on which hotel the guests are staying in) On arrival at the station The Victoria Falls Hotel will offer a welcome drink. A red carpet will lead guests to the train and the locomotive will be 'in steam' thus giving a photographic opportunity to anyone who wishes.

(Please note children are fascinated by the train however they should not under any circumstances be encouraged from approaching too near to the train as it is a moving vehicle and can be dangerous!)

5:30 / 5:00 pm - The train will depart Victoria Falls Station and puff 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.

6:15 / 5:45 pm - The train will arrive on the bridge depending on what game has been seen en route. Guests may alight from the train if they wish and tremendous photo opportunities or The Victoria Falls, the train and sunset await. The locomotive may be accessed by guests for photographic opportunities on permission of the driver.

7:00 / 6:30 pm - The train will depart the bridge for its journey back to Victoria Falls Station.

7:30 / 7:00 pm - the train will arrive at Victoria Falls Station and guests will disembark.
Rates, Terms and Conditions: Standard Bridge Run rate: US$ 120.00 per person
Includes: Transfers from any hotel within Victoria Falls city limits to Victoria Falls Station by Bushtracks Africa; Welcome drink on arrival; Drinks & Canapés by The Victoria Falls Hotel; South African Wines, local beers and soft drinks throughout the trip.; Return Transfers to the hotel.
Not included: Premium spirits or cigars Transfers to lodges or hotels outside of the City Limits.

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