I had the priviledge of going on this train 31 december with my family. After reading some of the reviews I prepared myself for disappointment...well ,how wrong can one be!
This truly was a magnificent journey.
The cabins were comfortable, spacious (for a train...) ,and suitably appointed.
The food was terrific, no complaints whatsoever....seriously,this is not the blue train...and you certainly aren't paying the price of the blue train (or orient express for that matter) so not sure what other reviewers were expecting???
% course dinner, three course lunch, generous breakfast,as well as snacks upon departure...not bad for R2200 per adult and R1100 per child...not bad at all!!!
Plus add to that the most magnificent scenery imaginable, and you have a truly unique experience.
Life is so fast these days..what better to do then switch off your cell phone, lie back in your cool cabin, relax,read, and et someone else do the driving.
My only regret was that I flew back to Cape town as opposed to doing the return leg on the train!
Some concerns: The aircon in the dining cars sucks..plain and simple..surely this cannot be hard to fix??Mercifully it worked like a charm int he cabins
-When you arrive at park rd station in Jhb,it's kinda fend for yourself and hope for the best..not ideal if you have lots of luggage.
This is 30 year old rolling stock that has been given a facelift..Given the circumstances the staff make an amazing trip of it...I loved every minute of it,and highly recommend you do this trip...just mange your expectations accordingly, and go with the flow,and most of all..relax and enjoy the clickety clack....
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