I’m back in the USA, and using my free jet lag induced time to write a new blog. For this one, we’ll visit South Africa and the scenic train ride from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
I had the opportunity to visit South Africa a few years back. The main purpose was to run the Cape Town Marathon, for whichI had been training for for several months. I decided to get creative and fly into the country via Johannesburg, and fly out of the country via Cape Town. I could then explore Johannesburg for a few days and do some additional training runs, then I could rest on the train and in Cape Town prior to running the actual marathon.
If you’ve never traveled cross-country via train, I highly recommend it, especially in a scenic country like South Africa. There’s just something nostalgic about journey by train that is lost when you travel above the clouds. The tickets for Shosholoza Meyl were relatively inexpensive for the Premier Classe sleeper train, and I had plenty of time to kill, so I thought ‘why not?’.
Sadly, last year one of their trains was struck by a truck and seven cars were derailed, resulting in the death of 6 people and dozens of injuries.[src] Rare events such as this, still wouldn’t discourage me from making the trip, as I am still much more statistically likely of dying in a automobile accident.
Some day I’d also like to cross the Atlantic ocean by ship, like people did before airplanes took over.
Below are a few short videos I grabbed with my phone. You might want to mute the audio on some of them if the wind rushing past the mic gets too loud.
Welcome message from the conductor
A bit of the landscape
Going around the bend
Video shot at sunset
Thanks for dropping by! I hope that you enjoyed my travel photos and commentary, and will return for more travel content in the future.