Garden Route Tours, The famous Choo Tjoe Steam Train

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Garden Route Tours, Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

In earlier years, the famous Choo Tjoe Steam Train was a popular locomotive running between a number of towns on our Garden Route tours along the coast of South Africa. The views of the Indian Ocean were endless as it the train tracks ran through mountains and coastal areas, over bridges and through magnificent mountain cliffs and rocks. The Choo Tjoe used to form part of most Garden Route tours in past years, where you trip would have been replaced with train track instead of the N2 road.

Unfortunately due to the high rainfall in the Garden Route, the Choo Tjoe tracks were covered in mud and rocks and the repair and recovery process were simply to high. The train service has therefore been discontinued. This proved to be a very sad day in the South Africa tourism industry as a highlight of most Garden Route tours were now canceled forever... or until a financial miracle happens.

The Choo Tjoe offered guests scenic 52 kilometer train tours exploring the Garden Route from a different angle. After some serious flooding throughout South Africa in 2006, the tracks were covered and damaged so much that the repair costs simply spiralled out of control. The line between George and Mossel Bay was opened in the very early 1900's. Construction on the railway line continued and reached Oudtshoorn in 1913.

The tracks on which the Choo Tjoe ran can still be viewed and the train can be found in the transport museum of George. Our private Garden Route tours provide an opportunity to stop in George and The Transport museum of South Africa should there be guests who wish to visit this historical gallery. A stop at this museum is a specialized stop and time will have to be made for it.


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