Connect with us

Attractions

The Holiday Express Train Ride Experience

Published

on

We sent our contributor, Shelley Ferreira to experience a train trip with The Holiday Express to the Shongweni Market!

———

My best memory of travelling on a train was when I took a trip from Durban to Cape Town with my family when I was just 11 years old. I remember being so excited, running from carriage to carriage with friends I had made on board. There was just something about trains that made the experience super exciting!

So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when being given the opportunity to catch The Holiday Express train to the Shongweni Market! I had also never been to the market, too – which I have no idea why!

Arriving at the Durban Station, we mingled a bit and relaxed with a good cup of coffee before we were told it was time to board the train. We picked our seats and got ready for the trip to begin. I was surprised at how comfy the chairs on the train were with proper recline seats!

As the train left, I immediately ran to the window to snap pictures like an excited little kid. I kept pointing to Nick everytime I saw something interesting!

When we arrived at Shongweni Station, we were transferred to the market via a bus. I was impressed with the size of the Shongweni Market, with so many stalls, a huge selection of food, decor and clothes. I was in pure heaven! I also noticed that a lot of people had brought their furballs with them, which made me think to take my little chihuahua with me next time.

We grabbed a bite to eat the market and walked around. Before we knew it, It was time to head back to the bus for our transfer back to the train. I was sad to be heading back home, but also couldn’t wait for the ride which was the most exciting part of the whole experience!

All in all, the train itself was an incredibly epic adventure! There’s even a bar on board, with snacks and beverages available. I’m so looking forward to the next one with The Holiday Express, that’s for sure!

SCOTTBURGH

We sent our second contributor, Candice Buckle to review the trip to Scottburgh on a Sunday morning. Here’s what she had to say:

On Sunday, mom and I went for our first travel adventure together, taking the Holiday Express train and heading south to Scottburgh. There’s nothing quite like hanging out with your mother. She’s basically you, just older and wiser and with a larger collection of stories.

As we boarded the train, parked in the eerie, speckled station, we were greeted by friendly staff who made the entire journey that much more pleasant. They made jokes, offered to relieve us of the burden of taking selfies, and showed us the way to hot chocolate and other decadent snacks. Against a background of jiving music, my mother and I sang along as we set off for our journey.

I listened the whole way there as my mom told me about her childhood, most of which took place in the areas we were passing. I also learnt that my great, great, great grandfather was the station master at Montclair station, which I thought was pretty cool. Although mom didn’t have a lot herself, she would hide her clothes from her less well-off friends when they came to visit, so they wouldn’t feel inadequate.

She told me how her best friend and her 5 siblings all drove around in a beat up Kombi, its floor devoured by rust so you could see the road beneath your feet as you drove. She thought car trips with them were such fun. I think my mother may be one of the most fascinating human beings on this planet because of the little details she finds fascinating herself. She’s also incredibly humble and of course, somewhat hilarious.

On route, we were reminded of just how destitute some parts of our country are. Not that we ever forgot, but sometimes it takes seeing it in person for it to hit home, us two now Umhlanga residents. We saw piles of colourful litter towering towards the sky, complementing the graffiti splattered on the walls. We saw people taking shelter under tents and plastic bags. It was both humbling and sad.

As we neared off to Scottburgh, the sand and seas stretched out on the left of us and we were amazed at the natural, untouched beauty of our coastline.

When we arrived, we decided to head straight for the beach. It was an overcast, breezy day, but I’ve always liked this weather for everything feels open and honest, with no guise-like sun to obscure the view. We ate seafood at John Dory’s, and then sat on the rocky shore and looked pensively into the ocean. We then hiked up the hill to the Blue Marlin hotel where we slurped on milk shakes before boarding the train once more.

The Holiday Express is an ideal family trip – whether it’s just you and your mom, or the whole family. It’s also perfect for couples looking for an unique date activity!

Follow The Holiday Express on Facebook to keep up to date on their next destinations:
www.facebook.com/theholidayexpresstrain

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Attractions

Drakensberg Hikes with PathFinders_SA

Published

on

Explore the Drakensberg mountains with PathFinders_SA!

The purpose of PathFinders_SA is to provide more people with the opportunity to experience the majesty of the mountains and all they have to teach us. They achieve this through offering guided adventures in the Drakensberg, South Africa: their guides are qualified and registered with CATHSETTA. PathFinders_SA offer both calendar hikes (pre-planned adventures that any individual or small group may join) as well as customised group trips. We are able to guide anywhere in the Drakensberg, and are not limited to a few commercial routes. However, here are some of their community favourites:

Mnweni Circuit
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 30km, 1500m elevation gain
Level: intermediate
Cost: R2000pp including permits, guide and tents


Mnweni Circuit

Mafadi
Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 52km, 1800m elevation gain
Level: intermediate to advanced
Highlights: Highest peak in South Africa
Cost: R2500pp including permits, guide and tents

Pillar Cave
Duration: 2 days
Distance: 5km
Level: beginner. Suitable for children
Cost: R1200pp including permits, guide and dinner and breakfast on the mountain


Pillar Cave

Rhino Peak
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 21km
Level: intermediate (2days), advanced (1day)
Cost: R1000pp including permits and guide


Rhino Peak

Didima Circuit
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 35km
Level: intermediate to advanced
Highlights: Tseketseke Hut and Roland’s Cave
Cost: R2200pp including permits, guide and tents


Roland’s Cave

Amphitheatre Adventure
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 12km
Level: beginner to intermediate
Cost: R2500pp including permits, shuttle to the start and guide


Amphitheatre

For more information or to book your next adventure, connect with us:

Website: www.pathfinderssa.com
Instagram: @pathfinders_sa
Call: 071 411 0768
Email: pathfinderssa@gmail.com

 

Continue Reading

Attractions

Eight Larger-Than-Life Monster Jam® Trucks are Heading to SA

Published

on

By

Less than a month to go until Monster Jam® races back to South Africa.

American-based Feld Motor Sports, Inc, a subsidiary of Feld Entertainment, and leading local promoter, Showtime Management, together with partners McDonald’s South Africa (SA) and SuperSport together with regional radio media partners KFM 94.5, 947 and East Coast Radio are pleased to announce the full Monster Jam truck and driver line-up.

Monster Jam starts in Cape Town at the DHL Stadium on Saturday, 22 April followed by FNB Stadium Johannesburg on Saturday, 29 April and ending at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 06 May for one exciting event only at 6pm in each city. In addition, Monster Jam also features breath-taking Freestyle Motocross (FMX) exhibitions. This is unbeatable full-throttle fun for the entire family. The popularity of Monster Jam in South Africa has resulted in Pit Party tickets being sold out across all three cities in record time! Event tickets are still on sale exclusively from www.showtime.co.za or www.ticketmaster.co.za the official Monster Jam SA ticketing agent. But hurry, get into gear, seats are selling fast!

The line-up of eight Monster Jam trucks features multiple fan favourites such as the legendary Grave Digger®; Max-DTM, the futuristic SUV celebrating 20 years of Monster Jam action; mighty Megalodon®; the raging bull, El Toro Loco®; Monster Mutt® Dalmatian remembered for its massive floppy ears; the ever-popular Zombie™; regular Monster Jam World Finals competitor®, Blue Thunder®; and making its South Africa debut, Earth Shaker®. The design of the Earth Shaker truck pays homage to the trucks, machines, and construction crews that build Monster Jam tracks all over the world. Even the driver’s fire suit was created with a construction crew theme.

The all-star international drivers competing in SA are 2019 Monster Jam World Finals Speedster Champion Matt Cody (Grave Digger); Blake Granger(Max-D), the 2019 Monster Jam World Finals ATV Racing Champion; off-road short course champion and rising star Monster Jam star, Brandon Arthur (El Toro Loco); Myranda Cozad (Monster Mutt Dalmatian), Chelsea VanCleave (Zombie), successfully transitioning from racing dragsters to racing Monster Jam trucks; Tony Ochs (Earth Shaker) winner of the 2019 Arena Freestyle of the Year trophy; and Camden Murphy (Blue Thunder) winner of the 2022 Monster Jam Fan Favorite Driver of the Year. Charlie Pauken, who previously drove Grave Digger at the 2019 Monster Jam SA tour, returns to South Africa behind the wheel of Megalodon. Charlie won the 2010 Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle trophy driving Monster Mutt and has also won Monster Jam Stadium Series Championships in 2018 and 2020.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 4,500 kg machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 110 kilometers per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.

One of two female Monster Jam drivers competing in SA, Myranda Cozad loves being behind the steering wheel, be it an ATV, drag racing car or her Monster Mutt Dalmatian truck! Myranda started her career in 2016 and says her driving style “has become more and more aggressive. I love to get big air and keep the fans on the edge of their seats!” Fellow female Monster Jam driver is Chelsea VanCleave, currently competing in and seeing success during her rookie season with Monster Jam. Chelsea entered Monster Jam with plenty of motor racing experience and knowledge, both behind the wheel and under the hood. Chelsea graduated Monster Jam University where she honed her two-wheel skills and mastered hitting sky wheelies.

Tony Ochs, a 7-year veteran with Monster Jam, will make his South African debut later this month. He has been able to use knowledge from his time as a certified Apache helicopter technician and as the stunt motorcycle crew chief for Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe LIVE! to master driving these mechanical Monster Jam beasts. Ochs is looking forward to visiting South Africa and to showing his competition skills.

Standing four metres tall and four metres wide, the custom designed Monster Jam trucks are powered by super-charged engines delivering more than 1,500 horsepower. With tyres 1.7 metres tall, a Monster Jam truck can jump as far as 43 metres in length.

South African fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Engineered to perfection, Monster Jam trucks push all limits in Freestyle, Skills and Racing competitions.

It is not long now until Monster Jam is back in SA! Limited seats available. Avoid disappointment, book now only at www.showtime.co.za or www.ticketmaster.co.za. Ticketmaster is the only official Monster Jam SA ticketing agent. There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to a Monster Jam event is not guaranteed.

Please note the following important information. Children under 3 years are not permitted. Strictly no unaccompanied minors. Fans are encouraged to wear earplugs or earmuffs in order to let your family enjoy the fun while reducing the exposure to high levels of noise. Professional cameras are not permitted. See entry guidelines on the relevant stadium’s website.

For more information on Monster Jam log onto MonsterJam.com, follow Monster Jam on our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. #MonsterJamSA. Subscribe to the Monster Jam YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/MonsterJam

Continue Reading

Attractions

TYRELIFE SOLUTIONS PARTNERS WITH THE GREAT OUTDOORS EXPO 2023

Published

on

By

B-Active Events SA is proud to announce that TYRELIFE Solutions is the headline partner of the 2023 Great Outdoors Expo being staged from the 24th to the 26th of March at Suncoast in Durban.

The exciting and much anticipated TYRELIFE Solutions GREAT OUTDOORS EXPO is back after a 3-year Covid hiatus. The 2023 EXPO ventures to a new venue, SUNCOAST, right on Durban’s beautiful beachfront.

The 2023 TyreLife Solutions Great Outdoors Expo is a blend of truly African outdoor products and experiences combined with unique African brands that will prepare you to experience Africa the way it was mean to be seen. The 2023 Expo will run for 3 days during Durban's best weather season of March, giving our outdoor exhibitors and attendees a warm and unique experience.

The new Expo venue at Suncoast gives the TYRELIFE Solutions GREAT OUTDOORS EXPO easier accessibility and greater exposure to the province of KZN. The centrally located venue is safe with easy access to the M4, N3 and greater Durban.

“The decision to be this year’s Title Sponsor at the Great Outdoors Expo was a no-brainer for TyreLife Solutions. With an entrenched heritage in off-road travel solutions, TyreLife sees the Great Outdoor Expo as a like-minded partner in promoting family togetherness and our outdoor way of life. And, let’s face it, there’s no better way to rope a family together than on the open road.

We’re confident the show will be another great success and look forward to showcasing our leading automotive brands. By dealing directly with manufacturers such as Cooper Tires, Mickey Thompson, MOMO and Dirty Life Wheels, who exclusively supply TyreLife Solutions, we’re able to provide competitive prices through our online, mobile-friendly wheel and tyre store: www.tyrelife.co.za

So, come join us at Suncoast in March 2023, visit our stand and meet our wheel & tyre experts, who can accurately advise you on what’s best for your vehicle and your family’s safety. See you there” says Georg Schramm, CEO of Tyre Life Solutions.

“The exciting Partnership with TyreLife Solutions gives the Expo the backing it needs to be the biggest and most inclusive Outdoor Expo in KZN. It’s the perfect fit for us and our exhibitors and we are proud to have them onboard with us. The Expo has already sold over 60% of its stands in the last few months and the Expo is excited to welcome all the visitors from around KZN to Suncoast in March 2023”, says Damian Bradley, CEO of B-Active Events.

The 2023 Tyrelife Solutions Great Outdoors Expo is a blend of amazing outdoor products and experiences combined with unique brands that will awaken your adventurous side!

Stands and activations expected in 2023:
Offroad Vehicle Accessories
Offroad and road Vehicles
Caravans and Camping trailers
Outdoor Accessories
Camping Equipment
Sports Cars
Super modified vehicles
Kids Entertainment
Stage activites / Live Music
4×4 Demostrations
Chilli Eating Competition
Beer and Gin Bars
Local unique food stands
Crafters and wood work
Flea Market
Boats and water craft displays
Motorbike dislays
Vintage Cars
Mountain Bikes / Road bikes and Accessories
Sports Equipment
Paintball and Xtreme Archery
PLUS LOTS MORE…

The new Expo venue at Suncoast gives the GREAT OUTDOORS EXPO easier accessibility and greater exposure to the province of KZN. The centrally located venue is safe with easy access to the M4, N3 and greater Durban. We look forward to staging over 200 unique and entertaining stands from across Africa in Durban in 2023.

To book your stand, or to buy your gate tickets, go to the Expo website www.goexpo.co.za or contact the organisers on 067 198 6737 / jose@bactive.com

Online Public Entry fees are: R80.00 per Adult, FREE for Kids 12yrs and under, R50 for Students and Pensioners.
Ticket Sales at the EXPO GATE will be R100.00 per adult and R50.00 per Student and Pensioner. Online Ticket sales are open. Book on the link below.

See you there!
Website: www.goexpo.co.za
B-Active Events website: www.bactive.com

Continue Reading
Advertisement

We Are Social

Trending