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14/08/2016
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Don't miss any updates from Shosholoza Meyl long distance sleeper trains. http://bit.ly/19gfgC9

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Hi Gareth, Our children’s car “landed” safely in Johannesburg yesterday. Thank you for the professional service and safe transport of the Golf. We really appreciate it. Kind regards Lileen van der Vyver
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You can book Shosholoza Meyl trains via the mobile #app on your phone! http://southafricanrailways.mobapp.at pic.twitter.com/D2qL2YdEsY
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Terry Worley wrote and sent picture (click to enlarge): Train to Cape Town on the Shosholoza Meyl: A train trip to the Cape is indeed a pleasant way to travel - no tolls, no potholes, no crazy drivers and no getting lost like Helen and I are apt to do occasionally. Many thought I was a bit mad to take a train overnight. “But it must be dangerous, horrible and dirty? Rather drive” was the cries we heard. But I was adamant. Not having been on a train in SA since the army (and you can’t count that as I did not buy the ticket) I was curious to give it a go. We left Jo'burg Station at 12.30 on Tuesday. Park Station is not too bad – it is actually quite organised although the staff is a bit grim. I was pleased to see that the green cabins have given away to a more palatable lilac. The train staff were friendly and accommodating. The porter suggested we do not drink the water provided from a basin in our compartment but it is fine to wash in. The train chugged out towards the west Rand and Liam could not contain his excitement. This was his first train ride. The 10 coach train did not leave Jo'burg full but would be full by the time we reached Kimberley, explained a well dressed conductor. At only R7, coffee and tea available from the dining car, was a bargain. Sweets, liquor and other goodies are also available and you are allowed to bring your own food. Shortly afterwards a porter came round to ask if we wanted bedding. It cost R50 a person and he made up the bed exquisitely short after sunset. The train charged through Potch and other small towns before a longer stop at Klerksdorp that coincided with supper and sunset. Very pleasant indeed. Reasonably priced, filling meals – from fish and chips, beef stew, lasagne, desserts – very nice. After that it was shower time. Yes note showers, and very adequate. Night was falling fast as we struck out into the great west. Porters came round regularly to sweep the corridors. The other passengers – totally on board about 200 when we reached Cape Town – were all pleasant and there was security on board – not that it was needed. Later, we settled down for the night and woke up briefly at the Kimberley stop. We woke up at 5.45 am just in time to hear a lady knocking on our door with an offer of coffee/tea. It was raining in the Karoo – making for a delicious sunrise! By the time we reached Beaufort West it was breakfast time and the rain was teeming down. There was a long stretch to Touwsriver when we got out for a leg stretch and Liam ran around. Later, the scenery changed dramatically following an exciting trip through a longish tunnel. De Doorns followed and into the wine country. Next stop was Wellington where an extraordinary large squatter camp hugs the railway line. Then Cape Town. Just over two hours late – due to a hold up in the Karoo, we were told – but no matter – it was about 5.30 pm and fine. While the Shosholoza Meyl offers great travelling (cost about R600 each on tourist class) the country’s railway infrastructure looks sad. Too many stations are in desperate need of a lack of paint. Signs are peeling away (Befrt Wt) and overhead bridges are crying for a scrub down to get rid of graffiti. Railway lines seem to the targets of litter bugs which spoils the lovely country side one gets to travel through. However, we will do it again. Great time!
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FYI ~ on Premier Classe, all your meals are included in the fare. #ttot #visitsouthafrica #railways
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FYI ~ Premier Classe passengers sleep in single and 2-berth coupes. #ttot #SouthAfrica #MeetSouthAfrica
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