150 local industry professionals celebrate the revitalization of the Victoria Falls Steam Train, currently under refurbishment with the support of new investors.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 19 December 2011 –The “new” Victoria Falls Steam Train owners, Phil Steele and Alan Marais, hosted 150 local tourism stakeholders on a sundowner jaunt revealing the renewed energy this is now ‘driving” this gracious old train. Coming to a halt in the middle of the famous Vic Falls Bridge, passengers disembarked to enjoy a celebratory glass of bubbly against a backdrop of the exceptional, panoramic view of the Falls, only possible from that angle.
The train has two lounge cars for discerning leisure travellers to enjoy inclusive snacks and drinks. The two diners and one unfurnished bar carriage also afford a host of settings for teambuilding, conferences and incentive groups. Various services complimenting this unique mode of “transport” include catering by a choice of hotels; gentle to heart-stopping adrenalin activities, game encounters and themed bush dinners.
The exterior has been repainted in the traditional colours of the National Railways of Zimbabwe. Next, the Softs and restoration of the irreplaceable wooden fittings will ensure a “venue” that fitting with an era dating back to 1904, when the Bridge was opened.
The website facilitates online bookings for scheduled trips to the Bridge on Wednesdays and Saturdays but will also feature a calendar of monthly wine tasting excursions, themed dinners, the March Charity Run and in April, the Steam Train Golf Classic.
Chairman of the Steam Train company, Phil Steele, visibly pleased about the enthusiasm of the local community, says that “the new injection of cash, energy evident in the calendar of gourmet and other events scheduled for 2012; will ensure that the train becomes a popular “must do” when visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.”
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