The 5742 railway line from Tanzania to South Africa runs the world's most luxurious train. The Orient Express nostalgic train money in the spirit of the curious traveler who spend the day 14 day, the lions, elephants freely wander through the park, the world's highest waterfall passes the coast.
Railways are the most important tools to change our world. How the internet provides new horizons today, railways also produced similar results in the 19 century. The opening of the first long line between Liverpool and Manchester at the 1830 heralded a different future for mankind. The railroad combined the villages and made the town, then the city. He created new cities. He left behind deep traces in literature, music and cinema.
In the second half of July, with the Turkish traveler group 35, we met the most luxurious train of the world called en Africa's Pride “and five countries between Dar es Salaam and Cape Town. We have almost crossed Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
On the 14 day trip the 3 is seen on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Selous National Park, Victoria Falls and the Western and Eastern Cape Region Flora Field. If you wish, you can add Robben Island off Cape Town as a fourth place.
SAFARI in TRAIN
The trip begins in the city of Dar es Salaam (Dar es Salaam) in Tanzania. When we arrive at Tazara Railway Station, which is completed by the Chinese in 1976, we are welcomed with band and red champagne. In the afternoon we pass through the Selous National Park in Tanzania's UNESCO World Heritage Site. The train is slowing down in the park where the land vehicles cannot enter. We observe the natural life from the four-hour cruise car. Remote giraffes, flocks of African mandala are seen.
In the English and Turkish seminars on the train, many details about the continent are described: Geography, history, Great Rift Valley, explorers, the status of the countries on our route, colonists, diamond empire, national liberation struggles, Apartheid, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko…
THE MUZİP SUAYGIRI of the VICTORIA WATERFALLS
On the third day we leave the train and take the bus to Chisimba Waterfall, which is 30 kilometers away. On the fifth day, when the train to derail from Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, derailed, there is news that the train got off the road.
Adventure started. They say it's going to take a day. We must be in Victoria Falls that day. We immediately produce a solution and fly from Lusaka to Victoria Falls. According to the program we will stay at the hotel for one night. Victoria Falls Hotel was built on the 1904 for the team that built the Victoria Bridge. Great ambience. Examples of British colonial architecture. He's looking directly at the Victoria Falls Bridge. Remote waterfalls appear in the form of smoke rising in the form of smoke.
Explorer The waterfalls that Livingston called the waterfall Victoria call Mosi-oa Tunya (Roaring Smoke). He entered the UNESCO List under this name. On that day, we immerse the sun on a boat trip on the Zambezi River which creates waterfalls. The hippopotamus seems to be demonstrating to us. We try to photograph open mouths, but it's hard to catch open. In the meantime, we encounter many different birds and crocodiles.
OUR TRAIN IS ON THE GATE OF THE HOTEL
The next day, we go for a walk on the four-kilometer waterfall track. Like the "staff member" next to the Rainbow Observation Terrace. We see the Main Waterfall, Livingstone Island, Rainbow Rye, Victoria Bridge. Gürleyen Duman is the widest (108 meters) waterfall flowing from the highest source (1700 meters). What power, what a great source of life, Victoria is the best place to perceive this…
Some of our friends join the waterfall tour with helicopters, some of them take part in the tour with lions. In the evening, the train rides over the rails coming to our hotel. Right in front of the door. We leave the hotel and take the train with champagne and red carpet. It is hard to believe!
Some time after entering Botswana, our train stops near Francistown. There is a surprise: short safari. In the farm we go with special vehicles, we meet giraffes as well as “Capucino”. The value of these humps with Indian origin is about 100 thousand dollars in breeding. Money copies as they mate. The food in front of it adjusts oxygen in the blood, it has a feature that cools the skin in hot, warms in the cold, kidnaps mosquitoes…
AFRICAN'S FIVE PEOPLE IN ONE
On the morning of the ninth day we went down in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, and left our train for two days. We went to Madikwe Animal Park for two nights in the Republic of South Africa. We settled in a five-star hotel. We'il go on safari four times. The pond in front of the hotel is even in the observation area. Buffalo, elephant, baboon monkeys, rhino, different birds, reptiles are coming.
We're very lucky. We see a lion on the first safari. She hunted a great piece of paper, ate some of it. She lies backwards with the skewer. His paw is on his prey. He doesn't care about us.
Then we see a large herd of African buffaloes. Impala, kudu, antelope, deers ... They are everywhere. Birds: nightingale, canary, hawk, eagle, big-beaked "hornbill", ostrich, woodpecker ... We see a spotted hyena while sailing through different plants, trees broken by elephants.
75 One thousand hectares of Medikwe is one of South Africa's five largest animal parks. Sapa is a place to visit because it is a little less natural. Gör Five Greats of Africa le, ie elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard can be seen without much search.
On the 11th day, we return to our train in Zeerust by bus. Again, we are met with red carpet and champagne. We move to Krugersdrop. The next day we get off at Centurion and visit Pretoria: The Pioneers Monument, Church Street, Church Square, Bazaar, the Unity Building by Herbert Baker, one of the two architects who built New Delhi in 1911-1931… Then Rovos Rail's 240 We examine the historical locomotives and wagons at the acre private station and get informed about the trains.
On the 13th day, two kilometers before the famous diamond city Kimberley, we see pink flamingos on Kamfers Dam on the right. This is one of the rare wetlands of Africa. 23 thousand flamingos lived. From a distance, they look like a pink island. Then we visit the Museum with the Big Pit in Kimberley. We witness the adventure of the diamond. We photograph the historical diamond mine pit opened by 50 thousand people. It was once 463 wide and 240 meters deep… 14,5 million carats (2,7 kg) of diamonds were found.
THE LAST SURPRISE
The last morning before our train arrives at Matjiesfontein. He takes down a five-kilometer walk to the village. Matjiesfontein, the historic village of the Age of Victoria. The entrepreneur Jimmy Logan opened the restaurant and introduced the village. Olive Schreiner, a social reformer and feminist, who became famous for his book bir The Story of an African Farm Afrika also lived in this village for a while. His correspondence with William Gladstone, George Bernard Shaw, announced the name of the village to the world.
We are on the way back now. Suddenly everything is changing. Mountains, hills, plains begin. Of course, long tunnels. One of these is 13,5 kilometers… When we come to Worcester, the Eastern and Western Cape District Flora Area on the UNESCO List begins. Awesome beautiful views. Everywhere is lush. Wide vineyards, wineries. And Cape Town Station… We get off the train. This time, the owner of the train welcomes us with his wife. They're all shaking hands. While we are waiting outside to wait for our suitcases to arrive and be placed on buses, let's see what helps the staff, who owns the world's largest functioning train collection (7 of them are steam, 16 locomotives and 84 historical passenger wagons) and their personnel carrying our suitcases. So he does “ubuntu”…
This journey is full of surprises from beginning to end! ..
ORIENT EXPRESS NOSTALGIA TV, MOBILE PHONE, COMPUTER PROHIBITED
The train compartments are furnished like a five-star hotel room: WC, shower, air conditioning, minibar, work table… Windows open to the bottom, smoking is free in the compartment. One of the two restored food wagons is 1924 and the other is 1936. One-third open last wagon for observation, photography…
Rovos Rail, the operator of the train, carried the art-deco railway atmosphere of 1920s to the present day. She is trying to maintain her approach towards Orient Express. The menus, the presentation of those days. In the restaurant wagon evening men's suits, women can enter the evening dress. No TV on the train. Public areas of laptop, mobile phone prohibited. Inexpensive drinks of the minibar, beautiful African wines in the dishes, tea served with cake, dress washing included in the price.
COUNTRIES WERE NOT AGREED IN THE RAY RANGE CAPE - CAGE LINE HAS NOT BEEN REALIZED
The railway line from North to South Africa will be one of the greatest dreams of humanity for nearly 150 years. The line from Cape Town to Cairo still could not be completed. It's pretty hard to realize.
150 has not been able to unite them even though some railway lines were opened in Egypt and later in South Africa.
This dream belongs to Cecil J. Rhodes, who established a large diamond empire in South Africa at the end of the 19 century. Mr. Rhodes, the idea of a great British Empire from Cape to Cairo, the idea was put forward.
The first railway in Africa was built in 1854 between Alexandria and Cairo. It even used standard rail spacing of 143,5 centimeters. The standard stems from two-wheel lengths of horse-drawn cars in the Roman period.
After 1860, railways in South Africa have been used to make the 106,7 centimeter rail range cheaper. In the following years, this track range continued until Tanzania.
At that time, the Germans used the 100 rail range when laying railroads in the eastern and central regions of Africa. In Sudan, the valley Halfa and Khartoum returned to the 106,7 centimeter rail range.
As a result, the Cape-Cairo Railway dream was defeated by the rail-range battle.
A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE: UBUNTU
During our train journey in Africa, we witnessed boyunca Ubuntu Afrika. This is a lifestyle, world view, ethical approach that is valid in almost all of Africa. It expresses solidarity, sharing, living together.
Probably a word originating from the important languages of South Africa, Bantu. “I am because we are” or “I am because we are”.
This concept can be "botho" in Tswana, "uMunthu" in Malawi, "utu" in Kiswahili, "unhu" in Shona. But the essence is the same in all countries. An example circulating on the internet these days: “The anthropologist working in Africa teaches the children of the tribe a game: He will eat the fruits as the first prize to reach the fruits he places under the tree. I told them, 'Come on, start now! The first one will take it. ' At that moment, all the children hold hands, run, reach under the tree together and start eating fruits together. The surprised anthropologist asks why they did so. They give the following answer: We made 'ubuntu': If we were racing, one person would win. How can he eat that fruit when the others are unhappy? We made ubuntu, we all ate…
Source : the site www.hurriyet.com.tr