Here are a few really practical tips for travel on South Africa’s tourist class Shosholoza Meyl trains. We are seasoned travelers and share our experiences with you.
Prasa operates two long distance trains:
- Premier Classe, a luxurious travel experience
- ShosholozaMeyl, a tourist class train
These travel on rails owned by another company, power comes from yet another. Sometimes, there are delays caused by power failures or speed restrictions. Also, freight services are given preference and this is not the fault of Prasa who operate passenger trains only. It is no different from aircraft delayed for hours because of operational variables. Please be considerate, take this into account. Also see the media statement from the Minister of Transport.
An Italian friend, Giulia Raciti, is a seasoned traveler and tour guide who hasn’t seen home for seven years. She has experienced public transport – buses, aeroplanes, ships and trains – in numerous countries. She views a train delay of three hours as international average.
Go with the flow. Don’t pack the go. Sit back, relax, you will get there.
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