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The Special Holidays Blog from MirandasBeach is about those unusual, luxury and special holidays that so many of us are searching for. That family holiday with a twist of adventure, the railway journey of a lifetime or a romantic couple of weeks up a treehouse in Kenya.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Africa Train Holidays

Table Mountain seen from the Blue Train, South Africa, CapetownYou may be a bit put off, emulating the upper class Brits by travelling in luxurious style around the African colonies. But nowadays you can feel better about putting some much needed cash into the coffers of some of the world's poorest nations while taking in some breathtaking scenery and maybe just having the ride of your life. Most African countries have pretty comprehensive railway systems but the services vary greatly. Southern Africa and Eastern Africa have the best rail network coverage. If you are travelling in West and Central Africa then the service will inevtably be more sporadic, but some of the train trips are definitely worth the wait. including one from Dakar in Senegal to Bamako in Mali is currently running every 8 or 9 days, to no set schedule. Dakar station can advise you of the next departure a few days beforehand.

Travelling around Morocco on the train is also easy and most trains offer berths, 1st and 2nd class - the same applies to Egypt. South Africa boasts some of the most luxurious train services including the famous Blue Train and you'll see when you click the links below that a lot of the luxury train travel in Africa is focused on Southern Africa where the heritage is deep and some of the rides just fantastic.

Go2 Africa - Luxury Train Travel

Vantage World Travel - African Rail Adventures
Book In Africa - Train Tours

And then of course there is Mike Smith's great Seat61 which has invaluable worldwide train information.

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