Route Tours, Outeniqua Choo Tjoe
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.
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.
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.
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.