We decided to travel from Jo'burg to CT and enjoyed the journey. We were late leaving Jo'burg (90 mins) but once on the train it was good fun. Our compartment was comfortable and we really enjoyed the scenery once we left Jo'burg behind, the publicity bumph and glossy brochure are rather misleading, e.g. we were provided with 2 threadbare hand towels and the promised 'fluffy gowns' never materialised, the train manager, Gary explained that the 'stuff didn't come back from the laundry' - I don't care - they mustn't promise and then not deliver, Gary however, managed to find some somewhere after I made a fuss!
Dinner was okay, but chipped glasses are not (no replacements!) and breakfast could include some fresh fruit - this is SA in midsummer for goodness sake.
Unfortunately due to a derailment, we reached our hotel in CT 7 hours late (without any food since lunchtime) but on the whole we enjoyed the experience and would probably do it again! I do feel that the train could do with a good spring clean - there's not much point in having viewing windows if they are covered in sticky/sweaty marks!
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