Cape Town to Johannesburg in 26 hours, private sleeper compartment for two persons,
licensed restaurant,... for around 600 Rand ... its a great deal with the opportunity to watch this amazing country - but dont forget - TIA!
Took the mycity bus - its main station is in easy walking distance to the train station.
We were early at the station and sat outside and enjoyed a nice breakfast from one of the many vendors - the check in was easy, the staff friendly and the train left almost on time.
Our compartment was very small and we made ourselves a home in a few seconds (the little sink can be turned into a table, the bunk bed makes a great couch) - I had read so many bad reviews, we were equipped for the worst...sleeping bags, water, food - we had everything...
...when I walked around I saw that most of the travellers were similar prepared, food, drinks and cushions were wherever I looked - a relaxed atmosphere
Nevertheless we went to the restaurant (you cannot lock the compartment from the outside - so we asked our neighbours to have an eye on it, no problems here..) and had something to eat and drink (they offer burger and co - more or less what you would find in a bar - the prices are completely ok and it wasnt crowded as we had expected) - and enjoyed the scenery the windows are big and you have a wonderful view (drawback of the 2bed-compartment - small window)
After a good nights sleep we got up early - didnt wanna miss a thing - the train arrived late, we had lots of time - you shouldnt take it if you have a flight to catch !
good: the staff tried to keep the toilets nice and clean during the whole trip - and made a good job - everyone was really friendly
not so god: showers - they didnt look to inviting, we dicided not to enter
- be careful when you open the windows when coming nearer to JHB - we saw people from the train throw candy to the kids...but sometimes a not so happy child will also throw something - a stone..
...the restaurant separates the sleeper compartments from the seated passengers - and I am pretty sure that the seated people are not allowed in the sleeping wagons, we witnessed a brawl with security about that
Its a long journey and many things can go wrong, but if you have some time and come prepared (and have a bit of luck) -its simply excellent!
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