Fine dining is redefined when the venue is the dining car of a 1920’s steam train, in the middle of the Zambian bushveld.
The Royal Livingstone Express is a joint venture between Bushtracks Africa and Sun International. This unique dining experience is fully inclusive and guests are transferred from all over Livingstone and the surrounding lodges to the old Mulobezi Line Offices in Livingstone town.
Walking up to the train on a red carpet sets the mood for this must-do experience. Each guest is personally greeted and offered a welcome-drink as they board the immaculate vintage first-class Lounge carriage.
The Royal Livingstone Express consists of five carriages, restored by Rohan Vos of Rovos Rail and these include two dining cars, a club/kitchen car, lounge car, and an observation car and is pulled by either a 10th class No. 156 or a 12th class No. 204 locomotive.
Once all guests are aboard the journey commences through Dambwa suburb towards the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, running parallel to the Zambezi River. Drinks are served while you do game watching from the comfort of your seat in one of the lounges or from the observation car. Once the sun has spectacularly set, the train manager invites the guests to dinner.
The dining cars are clad in gleaming wood panelling and soft lamplight enhances the elegance of the silver cutlery, crystal glassware and damask linen. Once seated, course after delicious course appear as if by magic. The service on the train is impeccable and the food simply divine. (Be sure to come hungry!)
During the six-course dinner the train pushes back towards Livingstone and all too soon arrives back at the Mulobezi Siding at about 21h30 where happy guests disembark and are transferred back to their hotels.