People on holidays in South Africa should make sure they take a trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the Trans-Karoo train if they get the chance.

People on holidays in South Africa should make sure they take a trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the Trans-Karoo train if they get the chance.

This is the advice of Andrew Eames, writing for the Observer, who said that he did this as an alternative to the more expensive Blue Train, as well as because he prefers the train to taking an internal flight.

This is because he enjoys meeting fellow passengers and taking in the scenery that would be missed if flown over, he said.

On the trip, the passengers are treated to views of swamps and plains, home to zebra and impala which run from the noise of the train.

There is also the chance to soak up the sight of the beautiful Cape wineyards when getting closer to Cape Town.

“I like waking at intervals to watch lights flash past, or to find the train becalmed in a siding and to speculate how far we’ve got and what lies ahead,” said Mr Eames.

People hoping to take the Trans-Karoo could consider booking flights with Virgin Atlantic.

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