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Launch of Bushtracks Express

By Ilala Lodge on March 10, 2016

On March 1, 2016, luxury tour operator Bushtracks Africa launched The Bushtracks Express – a scheduled Victoria Falls Bridge run on a beautifully restored steam train. Departing from the Victoria Falls Stations, each Tuesday and Friday at 16h00 and 19h00, it will provide an unforgettable experience of watching the sun set from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

Bushtracks Express
Whilst on board, guests will be treated to a range of mouth-watering hot and cold canapés and tantalising pre-dinner drinks. An enticing snippet of menu for The Bushtracks Express can be found below:

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, and horseradish sauce.
•    Herb crusted lamb cutlets
•    Tempura deep fried prawns, sweet chili sauce

Dessert canapés
•    Fruit kebabs
•    Cheese cake
•    Passion fruit Crème Brule

Pulled by a 14a Locomotive 512, The Bushtracks Express features three stunningly-restored air-conditioned carriages which accommodate a grand total of 80 guests: the Club Car, the Dining Car, and the Observation Car.

Train Victoria Falls


Seating between 10 and 12 guests in ultimate seclusion, the Club Car contains a small lounge and bar, as well as the kitchen. Next up, sister to the renowned Wembley Dining Car on The Royal Livingstone Express, The Dining Car features seven four-seater tables, and eight two-seater tables. Wide windows border the carriage, allowing for gorgeous views of the mighty Zambezi River below. Dark wood tables and furnishings, crisp white linen and only the finest silver cutlery, create an atmosphere of stylish sophistication.

Victoria Falls News


Last, but not least, is The Observation Car, which houses a vibrant bar, and outside viewing deck.

The Bushtracks Express joins Bucktracks Africa’s highly successful, The Royal Livingstone Express, which was voted one of the top “Five Most Fabulous Train Journeys” in the world by Yahoo travel.

During the winter months (April – August), the train will depart from The Victoria Falls Station at 16h00 and return again at 19h00, while during summer (September – March) it will leave at 16h30 and return again at 19h30.

Victoria Falls Bridge Run
Price: US$ 120.00 per person

This price includes drinks and canapes, transfers from any hotel within the Victoria Falls town, as well as return transfers.

To find out more about The Bushtracks Express, visit the activities desk at Ilala Lodge Hotel, or email

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