Railways Africa publishes JB Train Tours’ announcements to demonstrate the continuing popularity of touring by train, a fact that government touring bodies seem unable (or determined not) to grasp. This is not a paid advertisement! No point in paying to advertise this impressive list of excursions when most are already fully booked!
Victoria Falls (passport needed)
“We have negotiated discounted rates with Shongololo Express on five of their six train tours in 2013 to Victoria Falls. Five en-suite cabins sleeping two in single beds available per tour.
“One can either travel northbound (Gauteng to Vic Falls) or southbound (Vic Falls to Gauteng) by train, and fly in the other direction. Places to be visited en route include: Zimbabwe National Monument (Zim ruins), Antelope Park, Matopos National Park, Bulawayo, Hwange Game Park, as well as visits to Chobe in Botswana and Livingstone in Zambia. R12,879 per person sharing. (Only applicable to SADC countries’ citizens & residents). Includes one-way train trip (but not air return), accommodation on the Heritage Train, meals per day, bus transport during excursions, entry fee to scheduled excursions, and tour guides.
Africa Bike Week
The annual Africa Bike Week (ABW) www.africabikeweek.com for Harley Davidson (HD) motorbikes tales place in Margate KZN during April 2013. JB Train Tours are again hosting a train tour for HD’s from Cape Town to this event -Harley Davidson are celebrating their 110th year
Namaqualand Wild Flowers
Two of the eleven train tours from Jo’burg to the spectacular flowers in Namaqualand are already fully booked. On two of the seven-day tourist class train tours, passengers take their motorbikes with them on the train and then bike into the flower areas. Two of the tours are by upmarket Premier Classe train.
One of the 10-day Namibian train tours in 2013 is sold out! Another has been organised from 19 to 28 August 2013. At this stage, limited space is left on only three of the seven-day Namibian tours – 24-30 June, 5-11 August (this has been added due to demand) and 9-15 September 2013. The others are sold out!
30th annual Oyster Festival in Knysna
Train tour from Jo’burg to PE then bus to Knysna. Accommodation is in the Log Inn www.log-inn.co.za in the centre of town, close to all the activities. Tour dates: 30 June – 6 July 2013. From R4,450 pp sharing.
Top Gear Festival in Durban
Train tour from Jo’burg to Durban for fans to the second “Top Gear Festival” to be hosted in South Africa. From R2,100 pp, 14-17 June, accommodation and transport in Durban included. www.topgearfestival.co.za
JB Train Tours’ special offer until April limited to SADC citizens – a four-day tour on the Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town from R9,999 per person sharing. Package costing less than normal train fare includes safe parking, overnight on the train, all meals on board, two night’s’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, certain meals in the destination city, hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, transfers, also one-way flight between Cape Town and O R Tambo.
Route 62 Motorbike-on-Train tour
The inaugural Motorbike-on-Train tour from 19-25 April 2013 to Route 62 in the Eastern & Western Cape, returning by Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria, is fully booked.
Depart from Jo’burg with your bike on the train for Goudini near Worcester for the annual BMW BikeFest. From R1,320 pp sharing Fully booked
Buffalo Rally: Depart from Jo’burg with bike on the train for Beaufort West and ride to Mossel Bay. From R4,200 pp sharing per trip. Fully booked
Two Oceans Marathon:
Depart from Jo’burg by train to Cape Town and participate in the most spectacular road ultra marathon and half marathon in South Africa. Accommodation 27 Mar-1 Apr 2013. R3,990 pp sharing. Fully booked
Namibia: Windhoek to Windhoek
Depart from Windhoek’s historic railway station and travel on the luxurious Desert Express train. Visit Swakopmund, Omaruru, the Namib desert, Dune 7, Goanikontes, Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Henties Bay, Cape Cross and much more. 25-31 March 2013. R18,200 per couple sharing. Fully booked
Cape Town Jazz Festival
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to Cape Town by train. Enjoy the annual Jazz Festival with international artists. Stay in a hotel close to the event and have fun in the Mother City. 3-8 Apr 2013 (six days). From R4,350 pp sharing. Fully booked
Namibia: Windhoek to Windhoek seven-day tour
Depart from Windhoek’s historic railway station and travel on the luxurious Desert Express train. Visit Swakopmund, Omaruru, the Namib desert, Dune 7, Goanikontes, Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Henties Bay, Cape Cross and much more. 1-7 April 2013. R18,200 per couple sharing. Fully booked
Garden Route: Jo’burg to PE to Knysna
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to Port Elizabeth by train. Continue by luxury bus to Plet, Knsyna, Wilderness, Tsitsikama, George, Oudtshoorn and Meiringspoort before joining the train again in Beaufort West. 12-18 May 2013. From R6,350 pp sharing
Depart from Johannesburg and travel by train to Durban. Register for the race, sleep in Durban and do the “up” run to Pietermaritzburg. Supporters welcome. Return by train to Jo’burg. 31 May-3 June 2013. From R1,850 pp.
Namibia: Windhoek to Windhoek 10-Day tour
Depart from Windhoek’s historic station and travel on the luxurious Desert Express train. Visit the Fish River canyon, Quiver Tree Forest, Seeheim, ghost town Kolmanskoppe, Luderitz, Swakopmund, Omaruru, “Vingerklip”, the Etosha Pans and Game Park, the Namib desert, Dune 7, Goanikontes, Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Henties Bay, Spitzkoppe etc. 24 May-2 June 2013. R19,900 per person sharing. Fully booked
JB Tours put it in a nutshell:
“When you do your holiday planning you have to plan for your fuel, wear & tear on the car, toll fees, speed fines, breakdowns, overnight accommodation en route, meals, and much more. When you travel with JB Train Tours, all these expenses are included in the tour price PLUS you get the following free of charge: A tour guide helping you to get the maximum out of your tour, a safe ride, no getting lost, no further planning, visiting places you did not know about, hands-on information and much more. Think about it.”