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Refurbished colonial-era carriages aboard the Stimela Star

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Zimbabwe's Stimala Star offers discerning travelers a truly unique, memorable way to arrive on safari in Hwange National Park. The recently refurbished Stimela, meaning "train" in the local language, is an overnight sleeper train that links with the regular Victoria Falls to Bulawayo passenger train, transporting guests in old-fashioned style overnight from Victoria Falls Falls to Hwange National Park. The carriages date back to the post-WWII era, and have been lovingly restored to evoke the glory days of leisurely train travel but in true vintage yet modern comfort.

The train's cabins carry a maximum 24 passengers in either twin- or single-bed coup├ęs with shared bathrooms at the end of each sleeper car.

Riders are treated to both dinner and breakfast, as well as refreshments and midnight snacks for those night owls. Following dinner guests can enjoy an entertainment program put on by Stimela's trained safari guides before retiring to bed, rocking to sleep in a way that is unique only to train travel.


-10 twin and 4 single cabins
-Overhead fans
-Electric lighting
-Shared flush toilets and shower facilities
-Overhead luggage rack
-Dinning car

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Refurbished colonial-era carriages aboard the Stimela Star Settle in aboard the Stimela Star for a unique experience Dining carriage aboard the Stimela Star Relax in your refurbished old-world carriage


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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