Stimela Star twin cabin

Stimela Star

Travel in 1950s style about the Stimela Star, enjoying food, drinks and hospitality on this sleeper train from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park.


  • Sleeper train from Victoria Falls to Hwange
  • Restored 1950s carriages
  • Dinner, midnight snacks, breakfast and drinks included
  • Compact cabins
  • Maximum of 24 passengers

Stimela Star provides an excellent way of travelling from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park. From the moment you board you are treated to fine hospitality, as you are served welcme drinks while staff take your luggage to your cabin. With dinner, drinks and breakfast included, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the ride.     

The name 'stimela' means train, and is onomatopoeic evoking the rhythm of a steam train. This is especially apt as the train is made up of restored 1950s rolling stock, giving it an authentic vintage feel. Nothing is hurried on board. After the initial welcome you are shown to your cabin, cosy and compact, yet with ample storage room, and access to the toilets and shower at the end of the carriage. Pre-prandial dinks and nibbles are served following the train's departure from Victoria Falls, as you get to know fellow passengers, after which you sit down to a leisurely three course dinner in the dining car. Later you make your way to the lounge car for coffee and a nightcap, where you hear stories about the heyday of train travel in Zimbabwe. 

Retire to yoru cabin and enjoy the restful sound of the train as you drift off to sleep. By the time you awake you are at the historic railway station at Dete near Hwange National Park. Breakfast is a combination of hot and cold dishes to set you up for the day ahead, and all too soon you are on your way to your accommodation in the [ark, and the next stage of your holiday.  

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Client Rating for Zimbabwe 5/5 from 3 reviews

An experience! The coaches (sleeping car and dining car with a saloon) date from the early sixties and in their heyday were undoubtedly splendid. They are now shabby chic. The host is a very jolly man who works exceptionally hard to make sure you have a good time. It helped that besides ourselves the only other group were a very friendly party of 5 Australian ladies of a certain age who were on a school reunion and could represent their country as a female drinking team. Food was excellent. The carriages are decoupled at Dete and there was lot of shunting them around during the night-without this we would have rated it as excellent.

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Stimela Star

Stimela Star twin cabin

Travel in 1950s style about the Stimela Star, enjoying food, drinks and hospitality on this sleeper train from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park.

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