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Travelling is not about the destination. It is about the journey. There are much quicker ways to get from one point to the next, yet train travels at a slow pace phases out the daily life hustle and bustle rush hour chaotic streams.
It is the ideal escape getaway, savouring moments on the pathway reaching the desired destination.
Trains are a differing dimension, gradual travel embracing experience realms of the beyond.
Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam with Rovos Rail
The epic journey takes a full fourteen days. The pride of Africa trip passes through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe before reaching Tanzania.
A chance to experience diamond towns, historic villages, game reserves as well as Victoria Falls.
The high point is Great Rift Valley where there are dramatic viaducts, switchbacks and tunnels. There is also a twenty-eight day Cape to Cairo journey every two years.
South Africa – Blue Train Journey
The Blue train in South Africa is the most famous and has been dubbed as a 5-star hotel on wheels.
The meals, wine, accommodation with scenery along the 994-mile journey leaves from Pretoria taking off to the motherland of Cape Town takes about twenty-seven hours. This comes with stopovers.
There is also a trip from Pretoria to Durban at certain times during the year. This train journey with exclusive silk lines and bathroom gold fittings, cuisines by top chefs and nature scenes from the window is the ultimate experience in Africa
Namibia’s Desert Express
The Desert Express is a train for tourists between Windhoek and Swakopmund as well as Walvis Bay. There are excursions to the Etosha National Park. The elegant dining room is well equipped and conference facilities are on offer as well.The Desert Express in convenient modern and beats the desert heat.
Nairobi’s Jambo Kenya Deluxe
The Jambo Kenya Deluxe is a route between Nairobi and Mombasa. The overnight leisure trip from city to coast, savannah giraffes, zebras and ostriches are spotted while savouring gourmet cuisine and fine wines. Comfortable sleeping berths epitomizes the deluxe of the journey
Tanzania to Zambia with TAZARA
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA): Kilimanjaro and Mukuba express are passenger trains operating on TAZARA. It runs for 1860km between Dar Es Salaam and Zambia
Running a few times each week, the journey takes approximately two days and nights. This is for intrepid travellers with little concern for luxury or punctuality. The spectacular scenery makes up for delays and service
Tunisia’s ‘Lezade Rouge’
This antique ‘Lezade Rouge’ tourist train, runs daily into Atlas mountains foothills in the south of Tunisia.It passes through mining countries on the route from Metlaoui to Redeyef with periodic views. The journey is an hour long in each direction
South Africa’s Shosholoza Meyl
An alternative for budget travellers Shosoloza offers intercity journeys between Johannesburg and each major city. The pleasant journey takes the exact same route as luxury trains and costs less than $100. The trains are not elegant but comfortable and save flight hassles between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Travel overnight between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Rail features the classic 1950s-era British coaches with interiors of wooden panels. Elephants and baboons wander around in great sightings
Mauritania’s Train du Desert
Mysterious Mauritiana unravels in a 2 story passenger carriage, Train du Desert.Guest spend time at excursion spots like Chinguetti , the holy city the Azougui oasis, Ben Amira rock monolith.
The province of Kwa Zulu Natal provides opportunities to experience African culture in authentic first hand Zulu township and cultural tours.
Facts about township matters
The cultural rich etiquette of the soul of South Africa in townships can hardly be rivalled.
Township tours in Durban weave into the rhymes which were pathways for leaders like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. And an adventure to remember with an unforgettable ‘Shisanyama” (barbecue) mouth watering feast.
Townships were initially established under apartheid rule.
Non-whites were forbidden to own or live in property in exclusively designated white areas and confined to underdeveloped settlements.
Townships are this day and age are predominantly black or non-white people. Since democracy, the settlements have been developed and upgraded. They are now kaleidoscope suburbs capturing the essence of resilient people. The social vibe and energy is the hub of creativity and small businesses.
The oldest township in KZN is KwaMashu. Renowned for ethnic arts scene a tour in the mesmerizing location captures the essence of unique culture with a flair.
Experience life of KwaMashu residents and the neighbouring townships of Ntuzuma and Inanda. Get into the vibe and release into contemporary Kwaito style dance moves or varieties of hip hop and pantsula.
Get into the art vibe with drama performances and Mashkandi, the traditional music of the Zulu.
Experience herbalists and healers
Feel the spirit of true ‘Ubuntu’, the spirit if humanity in Umlazi the second largest South African township
Umlazi epitomises “African-ness” with its pulsating energy and vibrant culture.
Feel, taste and see the spirit of Africa in true essence
In 1967, The National Party established it as a black township. In this day Umlazi has emerged into a buzzing township in South Africa filled with shebeens, ”Shisanyama” as well as jazz venues, popular for international tourists.
South Africa – few can rival South African soul in the townships. Today we explore Kwa-Zulu Natal. Walking the paths of some of the greatest leaders.
It’s another world and another time. This is part of the old Africa, where the amaZulu ruled unchallenged, a place of beaded headdresses and rawhide shields, beehive huts, and a lifestyle that properly belongs to the great age of Shaka.
Gain an insight into the amaZulus’ traditional way of life their beliefs, crafts, songs and dances at Shakaland, the open-air museum near Eshowe
This is the oldest town in Zululand. Shakaland is also the oldest Zulu Cultural Village in Zululand, originally built as a scenery for the movie “Shaka Zulu”.
It’s been converted into a Zulu homestead with thatched beehive houses arranged in a circle around the central cattle kraal. Visitors stay in beehive houses, with all the modern conveniences.
The village overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake offers the true Zulu cultural experience and traditions, including pottery, beadwork, beer making and tasting as well as magnificent foot-stomping, ground shaking demonstrations of traditional Zulu dance.
Assegai-wielding warriors will teach you how to fight. You can also witness the age-old methods of making spears and shields, skills that are to a large extent disappearing. This is one of the few men who still know how to make the broad stabbing spear introduced by King Shaka. A memorable part of the tour is the spear throwing and stick-fighting demonstrations.
The Memorable Adventures of Zululand
The Kwa-Zulu Natal province is rooted in the legacy of the Zulu nation. There are ample opportunities to explore the fascinating world of the Zulu’s.
There are many private as well as provincial game reserves showcasing the abundance of biodiversity in the region. You get an authentic safari experience and a historical viewpoint through the battlefield routes of the historical town, Vryheid which has tea plantations and cattle ranches,
The Battlefields Route is significant as it was is where there were historical clashes between Zulu, Brit, and Boer (farmer). The Kwa Zulu Natal battlefield region extends from Thukela river at Dolphin coast to Richards Bay further in the north to Paulpietersburg.
Paulpietersburg is 50hm to the north and links the inland of South Africa with the coast of Zululand. This town is widely known for sulfur springs and therapeutic spas.
The major attractions are Zulu culture, birdlife, and many nature and game reserves.
Zulu culture is all over South Africa, but not as poignant as the Zulu kingdom.
Visitors can feel and taste true Zulu hospitality in dance, food, and song. There is an opportunity to become part of authentic Zulu weddings, assist with chores in the village and even visit a local sangoma (traditional healer).
You can take an ox-wagon visit to the Zulu beehive huts. Or even explore local shebeens, traditional medicine outlets. You get to learn how locals adapt age-old traditions into modern living.
A Zululand heritage experience is by stopping at Melmoth ‘where the legend King Shakas was born ‘the Valley of Kings’
The Emakhosini Valley is the site of graves of many Zulu Kings
The Zululand Birding Route has 650 recorded species of birds. The Dlinza Nature Reserve is a popular spot for birding.
Vast nature and game reserves from subtropical forest reserves along the coast as well as game reserves further north