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Diaz Express

Mossel Bay, South Africa
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About Diaz Express
The Diaz Express provides a scenic rail experience between Hartenbos and Great Brak River in the Garden Route of South Africa. The railway line is winding through a tunnel, over bridges, past precipices and indigenous plant life, with beautiful views over the Indian Ocean. Coupled with this excursion, is the fine cuisine and wines of the Transkaroo restaurant, in the old station building.
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LeratoL wrote a review Apr 2022
Centurion, South Africa13 contributions2 helpful votes
It was an enjoyable family experience. Booking for the excursion was relatively easy, the owner was very easily reachable via WhatsApp or email. The train runs at about 30km an hour with some incredible views over Mosselbay. We stopped at Seeplaas for 1h30 for breakfast which is a lovely spot with delicious food, a play area and amazing views.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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ABrodrick wrote a review Dec 2020
26 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a very pleasant journey from Mossel Bay to Groot Brak River station in a 3 carriage train. (They used this trains to maintain railways)
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Job Sithole wrote a review Nov 2020
Lydenburg, South Africa17 contributions3 helpful votes
We booked an afternoon trip through their user-friendly website. Pierre was very helpful in sending booking reminders and Google map through e-mail and watts-up. Covid-19 protocols are followed before boarding the train. The trip is through a scenic route. The two drivers are friendly too. One minor setback was a leaking roof in our coach.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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sonjabasson5 wrote a review Sep 2020
Mossel Bay, South Africa294 contributions29 helpful votes
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We enjoy it very much. However they can improve. Give some comment, with a small speaker system, of the surroundings and what these train power vans were used for and so forth. Obviously these train drivers, already over age to work, and still have a love for their job to still want to do something like this. They are under restrictions to not have more than 3 vans, such a pity. This can be a huge tourist attraction. I also agree that we also did not where the train start in Hartenbos, the station have another name. With this said, we still had a relaxing time and the OpiSpoor Pub and Grill in Grootbrak were we had lunch, had very good food.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Bruce G wrote a review Feb 2020
Moscow, Russia306 contributions103 helpful votes
It took us a while to locate the station from which this "Diaz Express 'Train'" would depart! Once found, we bought tickets and waited for the 'Train' to arrive! 20 minutes later, we were told that the 'Train' would wait for us. What happened was a tiny diesel 'cabin' pulling a second identical 'cabin' puttered into view and pulled to a halt at the platform… it was empty! We were at the terminal. There were 2 rows of seats in each 'cabin,' which were uncomfortable and hard. We took the front seats… and waited! Eventually we started… it was noisy and travelled at a meagre 15-20kph. Views were listed, as we travelled on a rail line hiding in a rail gorge, that occasionally revealed a view to the sea! About 30 mins later, we pulled into a rail yard and stopped… for 2 hours!!!! allowing some passengers to buy a lazy lunch with wine before returning to the train to continue another 15 minutes, the turning round to go back top the terminal. Almost a complete waste of time and money! Not worth going on!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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