Instead I had a breakfast of items I had bought in the well-stocked Pick and Pay supermarket in the centre of Bulawayo.
Bulawayo to Victoria Falls by train Harare to Bulawayo by train Other domestic train routes in Zimbabwe South Africa to Zimbabwe by train Botswana to Zimbabwe by train Zambia to Zimbabwe by train Namibia to Zimbabwe by bus Things to do & see in Vic Falls & Bulawayo Hotels in Vic Falls, Bulawayo & Zimbabwe This classic overnight train is the way to reach Vic Falls from Bulawayo, even though (given Zim's economic situation) it's now getting very down-at-heel.
But don't be put off, ignore anyone telling you to spend a night in a cramped bus seat (or worse, fly), don't miss this amazing rail travel adventure, a classic piece of history with British-built coaches, some with wood-panelled interiors, dating from 1952 & 1958.
The blind in my cabin did not work but the windows in the cabin and in the corridor easily opened for taking photographs/taking in the scenery.
I note a recent correspondent managed to getting bedding this was not available on my train so I wonder whether if it depends on the crew or which of the two trains you are on.
In 1st class, 2 passengers travelling together will normally be booked into a 2-berth coup, whereas a solo traveller will be booked into a 4-berth compartment with passengers of the same sex.
If you pay for two tickets (perfectly affordable, given the fare) you can have sole occupancy of a coup.
The coaches were in OK condition when I travelled myself in 2001, but admittedly have been let go a bit lately and are now fairly decrepit, given Zim's economic circumstances.
I'm not clear if the wood-panelled 1952 cars are still used, most recent reports have included photos of the 1958 cars. Back to top Traveller Erik Pierson rode the train in late 2017: "We bought first class tickets around lunchtime and got a 2 bed compartment. A man even made our beds for us before the train left.
I awoke in the morning at Thomson junction at around 6.30am.
I had hoped for a cup of tea in the diner but the guard told me it was shut.
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