a rail experience with a difference
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 the seaside resorts of Great Brak River and 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, Little Brak River and Great Brak River.
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.Rate us on tripadvisor
a variety of attractions in the Garden Route
The Diaz Express excursions are departing from Hartenbos to various destinations in the Southern Cape.
Mossel Bay, a popular tourist destination, serves as one of our departure points with excursions to a variety of attractions including the ever popular Blue Flag Santos Beach, The Dias Museum Complex and the Mossel Bay Harbour.
All three of these attractions have great seafood restaurants where you can enjoy friendly customer service and chat with some of the locals. A trip to the famous Dias Museum containing a life-size replica of the Dias caravel, or a walk along the decorated harbour wall, that has become somewhat of a tourist attraction due to the art on the wall, will definitely make for a great day.
Another option is to relax on the famous Santos beach or have a drink while overlooking the ocean from the deck of the Santos Express.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the riches of the Indian Ocean, the Cape fynbos, and the Outeniqua Mountains; dine sumptuously at Great Brak River or just enjoy the panoramic sea and beach views.
This excursion can be customised to suit any requirement. Tour groups can do a one way scenic route and have the tourbus pick them up at the other end; or do the return trip from Hartenbos station to Outeniqua and back again.
Another option is to stop at Klein Brak River or Great Brak River and experience the local cuisine and wine tasting in idyllic surroundings.
Great Brak River is a quaint village which nestles midway between George and Mossel Bay. Sweeping panoramic views complement the outstanding characteristics of this jewel of the Southern Cape. In a beautiful old railway station, beside a quiet lagoon, the Transkaroo restaurant dishes up plates full of passionately created South African cuisine. A customised food/wine pairing menu is available, especially for Diaz Express clients.
The vaulted wooden ceilings, delicate ostrich egg chandeliers, tasteful interior and a crackling fire for those cold wintery days all contribute to the warm and cosy atmosphere. Rustic wooden benches outside under lovely shady trees are perfect for al fresco dining on a deck with a view over the lagoon.
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 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 | ABSA George
Account Holder | DIAZ EXPRESS
Account Type | Cheque
Account Number | 40 8542 6190
Branch Code | 632005
two exciting routes scheduled on different days
This Diaz Express schedule is only valid till November 2016. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Please contact us for information with regards to schedules and prices.
The tickets cost R150 per person (Return) and R120 for children under 16. (Free for children under 2 years)
The tickets cost R100 per person (Return) and R80 for children under 16. (Free for children under 2 years)
The cost is R40 per person (one way) and R30 for children under 16. (Free for children under 2 years)
Thank you for your interest in contacting Diaz Express. To get in touch with us please fill in the form below or contact us on the number provided.
Port Natal Avenue, Hartenbos, Diaz Express
082 550 9727 | 082 450 7778