Diaz Express
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Albert B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We got a message a day before, that due to the bad weather an inspection was needed on the rails.
So we got an offer to replace it to the afternoon. This didn’t fit in our schedule so I asked my money back. Didn’t get any response 😡. That’s why we give them only 1 star.
Written 26 October 2023
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JerryC1952
Hampshire, UK30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Whilst the trip along the coast was scenic, I think that there was so much more that could be offered.
The 'guide' gave, over a somewhat crackly intercom, only a few snippets of information about the area and the history of the rail-line in English. There did appear to be more information in Afrikaans but, given that the English ability of the 'guide' seemed limited, perhaps that was the reason.
It seemed in some ways as though the primary motive for the rail-line was that some 'older' enthusiasts enjoyed playing at 'trains' and the Diaz Express gave them this opportunity.
Best part was the breakfast stop at Seeplaas - great food in a fabulous position overlooking the bay.
Written 20 March 2023
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IAN
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you think professional and sleek....forget it! This could really be a great experience if they jazzed it up a bit and were more customer friendly. No great welcome when you arrive, just two guys running around with clipboards and menus to order food at the lunch stop, (not sure why, it took as long as a normal order when we got there) uttering "name" and checking a clipboard. We were half an hour early but were ushered into car two, and given seats on the bush side. Car was full with a large group which made it very noisy, but that's what groups do. Cars were clean inside but dirty outside with dust and bird droppings. Interesting journey with great sea views from the other seats, but surely "when we turn the train around" we will be on the sea view on the return. WRONG. they don't turn the train, they flip the seats over to face the other way with a strict instruction to stay in your same seats. My disagreement regarding this was brushed off dismissively, with why should they give up their seat for you!! I did not chose my seat, was not given an option, and when you "turn the train around" as in your blurb, I assumed it meant that. My window was tied closed with a belt and we then sat with our noses to the front window with the fortunately only 22 degree sun. We got sunburnt and could get no photos of the sea views as there is no room to stand and get to the side window and the car as chock a block. Pity, it could be great.
Written 24 February 2023
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Mark H
46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Probably one I would avoid. We were in the middle of the 3 cars with other Europeans. The driver told people bits about the area, but only in African. 20 minutes into the train journey we stop at a shack on the middle of nowhere for a pre order expensive sandwich for 90 minutes.

We continue for another 45 minutes turn round on a bridge and back again. Most of the time you could only see bushes. Some nice views, but not that many.

One I would avoid.
Written 3 February 2023
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Kirsten E
17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Small noisy train, one hour one way and then stops, driver goes to the back of the train and an hour home. Some nice bits overlooking the ocean but mostly through bush. Nice way to see some of Mossel Bay and beautiful stop overlooking the ocean. Wouldn't do it again but elderly may enjoy it more!
Written 11 November 2022
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DianevanVuuren
Durban, South Africa194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A lovely train trip through Hartenbos and Mossel Bay. Stop off at the Oppispoor Pub and Grill at Groot Brak Rivier for lunch, then up to the Maalgate Bridge, spectacular scenery looking down on various suburbs and the ocean, plus having seen whales as well frolicking in the sea. Definitely worth the trip.
Written 15 September 2022
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LeratoL
Centurion, South Africa26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
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.

Written 20 April 2022
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ABrodrick
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
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)
Written 16 December 2020
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Job Sithole
Mokopane, South Africa36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
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.
Written 8 November 2020
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sonjabasson5
Mossel Bay, South Africa277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
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.
Written 29 September 2020
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