Sunday, February 8, 2009

Travel by Train in SA

Have you recently travel by train in SA. Well I have in July 2008 and what I thought to be a stress full experience turned out to be relaxing and fun. We were traveling on the Thosholoza Meyl from Johannesburg to Cape Town with 40 children. First to get the tickets for a big group like that was fun. Although it was booked long before the time they still had to print the tickets one by one when I asked for it and nobody seems to be in a hurry. But if you travel this way you must never be in a hurry it takes about 25 hours to get to Cape Town. Make sure you book on the train with the sleeper couches and not the sitter one. That one is like sitting in a bus non stop and I will not suggest it. It cost us R420 return and bedding on the train was in the region of R40 but we were using our own sleeping bags. At first traveling through the stations of  Johannesburg’s suburbs was not very scenic but once you out of the city you see South Africa from a another angle. The route takes you also through the longest railway tunnels in South Africa.


The food on the Train is very good and fairly cheap. Sitting in the dinning car having something to eat and drink as the landscape around you change is something I can not explain to you. The sounds on the rails make you sleeping at night so much sweeter. No traffic to worry about you can just relax. Off course with 40 children the fun never stops on the Train.

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If you want to do it in more style and much more expensive (from R9999 to R17000) and luxuries way, take the Blue Train we past it on the route or shall I say they passed us in the luxury of a five star hotel. Less expensive is the Premier Class at R1380 to R4900 doing the same route.


This photo’s was on that fun trip.




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International Railway Traveler said...

Willie: Sounds like you and the kids had a great time. I'm CEO of The Society of International Railway Travelers, a U.S.-based agency specializing in rail travel. I took the Blue Train and Rovos Rail in 1998 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. But I understand the Blue Train has gone through a number of changes. Can you tell me what the experience is like today? We've sent clients on it, and they've all loved it, but I'd love to know your thoughts. Thanks, Owen Hardy, CEO, SIRT.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot the link. LOL


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meggie said...

I would love to visit your country & travel on the train. I think I would prefer no children!