Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

Garden Route Steam Train

The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe is one of Africa’s great experiences – it’s an awesome trip. Start with a stroll around the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George and explore rarities like the train in which President Paul Kruger conducted the affairs of the Transvaal Republic at the end of the South African War. Then board the train (first class only) and, with a toot on the whistle you’re off. Enjoy the bridge crossings at the Malgate and Gwaiing Rivers, the farmlands with the Outeniqua Mountains in the background and then that amazing vista over Glentana and the Indian Ocean. Through a tunnel and out again to a sweeping view all the way across Mossel Bay to the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse. Keep your eyes on the water, looking for whales and dolphins. Across the Great and Little Brak River Lagoons, through a fynbos reserve and past Hartenbos and then through the eerie, deeply atmospheric Voorbaai Yards, the largest steam locomotive maintenance workshop in the country, great rusting hulks and fading carriages aching with stories and the dramas of an almost forgotten time.

Enjoy the final run into town with steam billowing and whistle blowing, the sea and the beaches and Mossel Bay’s famous caravan parks to the left as you roll to a gentle stop at the Dias Museum Station.

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