DIAZ EXPRESS

A RAIL EXPERIENCE WITH A DIFFERENCE

WELCOME TO DIAZ EXPRESS

All aboard the Diaz Express, a fun rail experience for the whole family run on the existing Transnet rail network in the Garden Route region of South Africa, between George and the seaside resort of Mossel Bay.

Hartenbos, a popular tourist destination, serves as the main point of departure with excursions to a variety of attractions including the ever popular Santos Beach, Great Brak River, Glentana and Maalgate.

All excursions have lovely views over the Indian Ocean (with a ringside seat for whale watching during the season), river estuaries and the indigenous plant life of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

WHERE TO GO

A variety of attractions in the Garden Route

SANTOS

During school holidays the Diaz Express provide a shuttle service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between Hartenbos station and Santos beach near the centre of Mossel Bay. During the December school holiday we do these shuttle trips daily, except for Sundays.

Santos has brilliant ocean views and easy access to the town’s shops, banks, restaurants, information centre, historic sites, museum and with all the quayside restaurants within walking distance.

The one way tickets cost R 40 pp for adults and R 30 for children under 12. No bookings – first come, first served

Santos Beach

Santos, one of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches, is named after a German schooner, the ‘Santos’ that sank off its shores. The beach is located at the heart of the Southern Cape town of Mossel Bay. It is wide and sandy, with brilliant ocean views and easy access to the town’s shops, restaurants and many historic sites. This beach earned its prestigious Blue Flag status for its strict control of water quality, efforts at environmental education, sound environmental management and safety record. As well as being a popular swimming beach, with sea temperatures that are a comfortable 20 to 22 degrees Celsius during the summer months and 13 to 14 degrees Celsius in winter, the beach has lifeguards on duty between November and January.

Santos Beach is also a favourite launch site for paddle skis and a range of other water spots, including surfing, boating, diving and angling. The rocky outcrops along the beach are home to rock pools full of interesting sea creatures, as well as oyster beds. Santos Beach also forms part of South Africa’s Whale Route, with southern right whales sheltering in the bay between May and October. The whales are often clearly visible from the beach, along with dolphins and even seals.

Dias Museum Complex

Close to the Santos beach is the world renowned Dias Museum Complex named after Bartolomeu Dias, the master mariner and first explorer to set foot on South African soil in Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. A life-size replica of his caravel can be visited in the museum.

The museum is situated near the beach, shops, restaurants, banks and the tourist information centre. Inside the Maritime Museum is a shop where postcards, stamps, books, souvenirs and small gifts can be bought.

Mossel Bay Harbour

While strolling along the Mossel Bay Harbour Wall you can admire the art on the wall and sometimes even spot the fish swimming below or do Whale watching from the wall during the season. There are various activities for you to enjoy including a trip to our famous Seal Island per boat. There is also a variety of fishing charters along the harbour wall where you can book your fishing adventure.

Last, but not least you can enjoy some quality seafood at one of the seafood restaurants situated on the Harbour.

SEEPLAAS

We stop for an hour at Seeplaas, a boutique coffee shop/art gallery with a stunning ambience, beautiful views over the sea and the art work of Kenny Maloney.

GLENTANA

Experience the lovely views over the Indian ocean, the river estuaries, the bridges, the tunnel, as the railway line meanders high above the seaside resorts.We stop for an hour at Seeplaas, a boutique coffee shop/art gallery with stunning ambience and art works.We travel on to the Glentana viewpoint to admire the stunning view over the “Bay of Mussels” above Glentana. There we turn back to Great Brak River and stop for two hours to enjoy lunch at either the Transkaroo restaurant in the beautiful old station building, or light lunches at the Opispoor Pub & Grill, also on the station premises. Or have your own picnic on “The Island”, with it’s basic but clean toilet facilities.

MAALGATE

We depart at 13:00 from Great Brak River to the Maalgate bridge erected in 1907 where we stop briefly to admire the scenery. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the scenery around this monumental bridge.

GENERAL AND BOOKING DETAILS

Excursion Information

Excursions can be customised for groups that prefer to do so, provided that bookings are made in advance. Excursion availability is subject to Rail Safety Regulations for the day, but in the event of a cancellation, passengers who have paid will be refunded in full.

Bookings & Payment

Bookings are essential and bookings for a specific excursion close 48 hours prior to the event. We accept electronic transfers and direct deposits and a 50% deposit will guarantee your seats on the trolleys.

BANK DETAILS

Bank ABSA George

Account Holder DIAZ EXPRESS

Account Type Cheque

Account Number | 40 8542 6190

Branch Code 632005

For Bookings

082 450 7778

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For General Enquiries

 082 450 7778

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WHEN TO GO

Various exciting routes scheduled on different days

PLEASE NOTE
The Diaz Express schedules are valid until 31 December 2017.

Please contact us for more information.

THE HARTENBOS – SEEPLAAS EXCURSION

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Hartenbos

09:00

Seeplaas

09:45

BREAKFAST

Seeplaas

11:15

Hartenbos

11:45

A RETURN ticket costs R120 per person and R100 for children 12 years and younger.

Special arrangements can be made for corporate events, groups, schools and churches.

Food and Beverages at restaurants for own account.

Departure times might change, depending on public interest.

Our excursions are dependent on group sizes of at least 20 to make it economically viable for us.

BOOK NOW ONLINE TO AVOID DISAPOINTMENT!

THE HARTENBOS – MAALGATE  EXCURSION

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Hartenbos

12:00

Great Brak

12:45

LUNCH

Great Brak

14:45

Maalgate

15:30

Maalgate

15:45

Hartenbos

17:30

A RETURN ticket costs R150 per person and R120 for children 12 years and younger.

Special arrangements can be made for corporate events, groups, schools and churches.

Food and Beverages at restaurants for own account.

Departure times might change, depending on public interest.

Our excursions are dependent on group sizes of at least 20 to make it economically viable for us.

BOOK NOW ONLINE TO AVOID DISAPOINTMENT!

HARTENBOS & SANTOS

ONLY DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

December School Holidays: Every day from Monday to Saturday (excluding Sundays and 16 December)

Other School Holidays: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Hartenbos

10:00


11:30


13:00


14:30


16:00

Santos

10:35


12:05


13:35


15:05


16:35

Santos

10:45


12:15


13:45


15:15


16:45

Hartenbos

11:20


12:50


14:20


15:50


17:20

A ONE WAY ticket costs R40 per person and R30 for children 12 years and younger.

No bookings; first come, first served

Departure times might change, depending on public interest.

GET IN TOUCH

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Thank you for your interest in contacting Diaz Express. To get in touch with us please fill in the form or contact us on the number provided.

Hartenbos Station, Port Natal Avenue, Hartenbos

082 450 7778

www.diazexpress.co.za

HARTENBOS DEPARTURE POINT

SANTOS DEPARTURE POINT