These past holidays we took the Twincesses on their very first train ride.
The Holiday Express is in the business of creating memorable train trips for families to some awesome sites in KZN.
They operate all year round, and offer trips to Shongweni (with a visit to the famed Shongweni Farmers Market included), and Scottburgh.
Special festive train rides also included trips to Sugar Rush Park on the north coast and a trip to Pietermaritzburg.
Trips for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are also in the pipeline and I’m sure spaces will fill up quickly.
Our trip began with a 7am registration at the comfort of the Premier Lounge in Durban Station. There was safe, secure parking located right at the entrance to the Lounge for a mere R10 per day.
The Twincess were thoroughly excited about their first train ride, so everything felt like a big adventure.
Angela and her team greet you warmly at the registration desk and we were soon led by the enthusiastic team to the train platform. The train was comfortable with leather seats and we secured a family table which allowed us to fully relax. We packed some snacks and breakfast items for the girls although light refreshments and drinks are available to purchase on the train.
The train took off promptly at 8am much to the delight of the girls… and we had so much fun on board!
I packed some colour-in books and puzzles for the journey to keep the girls from getting bored… although they didn’t seem to tire of looking out the huge windows at the scenery whizzing past
The highlight for me was definitely the Shongweni market! It was full of amazing crafts and delicious food stalls! I could have happily spent all day walking amongst the diverse displays, and letting the Twincesses play with the giant soap bubbles.
We left the market for the short bus ride back to the train and the girls promptly fell asleep in their seats, exhausted from excitement and play.
We reached Durban around 1pm, giving us plenty of time to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at home.
All in all: I would highly recommend the Holiday Express train trips for families, young and old! It’s something different, it’s safe, clean and thoroughly enjoyable.
Tickets are R200 for children and R250 for adults. But we purchased a family combo ticket at R800 for 2 adults and 2 children.
Find info and upcoming dates here: www.theholidayexpress.co.za