Enjoy a leisurely but efficient luxury train ride from Johannesburg to Durban return, or Johannesburg to Cape Town return.
Forget airport delays, rush hour traffic and cramped airline seats and cushion yourself in elegant comfort as you soak up the stunning views of sea, mountains, deserts and plains. The Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe train accommodates 126 guests, but the service accent on board is on the personal touch. The various sleeping coaches are well appointed with quality bedding, gowns and toiletries, and there’s always a telephone handy to order room service. The routes available through Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe rail tours are Johannesburg to Cape Town and Johannesburg to Durban, and now a Port Elizabeth run too. The Johannesburg to Cape Town run takes approximately 25 hours and departs from Johannesburg Station every Thursday and Sunday, and the return runs from Cape Town are on every Tuesday and Saturday.
The 14-hour overnight trip between Johannesburg and Durban is a great convenience for both business types and holidaymakers. Go to sleep, wake up and you’re there. There’s no rushing, no traffic jams, no airport delays, no miserable cramped airline seats. There’s a smoking lounge on board, a plasma screen television hook-up and DVD player. If you can tear yourself away from the stunning scenery outside the windows, there’s also an on-board spa where you can enjoy a full body massage, a foot massage, or a shoulders, neck and back massage. There’s even a fully equipped conference facility for up to 20 delegates, and after the day’s work is done, the coach transforms into a funky dance venue for some serious relaxation.
But it’s guaranteed that the natural sights outside this grand train will keep you riveted.