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AllyB

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  • Added on: February 25th, 2009
What is everyone's opinions of city to city overland trains in SA? I've read mixed reports, some fine some not?

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They're not particularly comprehensive and certain routes are not considered safe. It all depends on where you're travelling and who with. Once there's a couple of you, car hire is def the way to go. Otherwise the Baz Bus goes to the standard backpacker places in the WEstern and Eastern Capes and KZN, though it's pricey...

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  • Added on: February 27th, 2009
the shosholoza meyl tourist class (see www.spoornet.co.za) are fine. no safety probs!
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tc_seb wrote:the shosholoza meyl tourist class (see http://www.spoornet.co.za) are fine. no safety probs!

use this link rather... the one above is the freight train link. Also, because of 2010 coming up, the train network in SA is getting an upgrade with new stations and better secruity... so i think you should be fine :)
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  • Added on: July 9th, 2009
All those links are out of date. Rather use

www.shosholozameyl.co.za

There is a good explanation of the various classes of trains in SA on WikiTravel Cape Town (see "Get in") or WikiTravel South Africa (see "Get around"). The SA page also has an up-to-date route map.

For a list of virtually every train in SA (public, private and tourist) check out the SA Rail page.

The best explanation of how to travel around SA by train can be found at The Man in Seat 61, a fantastic site.

Regarding safety : long-distance trains in SA are perfectly safe, even for single women travellers. They are way more comfortable than any long-distance bus. Many long-distances buses in SA are themselves prone to (often fatal) accidents.
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Hi, I hope you had a great vacation and enjoyed the train ride in South Africa.

We went to Cape Town for three weeks with my family in last year. It was such a lovely and pleasant holiday trip to South Africa. I would recommend to take the train from Johannesburg to Cape Town and you will stand out from the tourist crowd. It is completely safe and very comfortable.



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