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EEvery day in scenic South Africa ends with a horizon to look out on. No matter which province you’re in, you’re always right around corner from something breathtaking… something that will leave you incapable of saying anything other than “wow”.
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The first Cherry Festival was held in 1968 and is the longest-running festival in South Africa. You can indulge on fresh, succulent cherries – harvested from October to December. The festival stretches over three days and attracts up to 30 000 people. The festival offers quality family shows and activities such as the herding of sheep, horse rides, camel rides, helicopter flips, steam train rides at Sandstone Estate, and tours through the town to see the beautiful sandstone buildings and architecture. Ficksburg is situated on the scenic landscape of the eastern Free State, nestled between the foot of the Imperani Mountain and the banks of the Caledon River. It is known as the cherry capital of the world, and to celebrate this fact, the town hosts the annual cherry festival. It is the largest cherry-producing area in South Africa, and the first successful cherry trees were planted in this area in 1905.
Sterkfontein Dam Reserve is a place of rugged and steep crevices silhouetted against the skyline and mountain slopes, snuggly covered with a thick grass blanket.
If you have ever wanted to experience an adventure by a steam locomotive, then this day trip from Joburg to Magaliesburg and back again will charm you with the romance of days gone by.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, forms part of the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and features on the scenic Panorama Route.
Imagine taking a game drive as the sun sets on the African plains, or how about daring yourself to a thrilling adventure that’s sure to get your heart racing.
There's something so peaceful, adventurous and yet cosseting about luxury train travel in South Africa, and the Shongololo Express is no exception.