All aboard the Holiday Express

2018-11-20 06:00

THE thing about trains, it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to accept the challenge of trying something new, and just get on.

The Holiday Express, operating the modern KZN Business Express, has arranged several superb family-orientated one-day train outings to the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, Scottburgh, and North Coast. From December 16, they will also be offering trips to the ever-popular Sugar Rush Park, Salt Rock Beach, Ballito Cable Ski Park, Litchi Orchard, Flag Animal Farm and Ballito Breweries. Six destinations, one train trip — your choice!

The Holiday Express departs conveniently from the security of the Premier Lounge, Durban Station (Jelf Taylor Crescent) with its own private access escalators and platform. Convenient, boom-protected parking is available immediately outside the lounge. Travelling time is approximately one hour to Shongweni or Scottburgh / North Coast, 90 minutes. A selection of refreshments is always available on board, satellite bars per carriage and friendly cabin crew looking after your every need.

The Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market is home to very nearly 200 stalls, more than half of which offer delectable food and outstanding fresh produce. It is their goal and passion to help people realise the importance of buying fresh and buying local. The Market is 100%-wheel chair accessible, and their child-friendly, soft play area for kids under four is free of charge, allowing moms and dads to shop with peace of mind.

North Coast trips — Sugar Rush Park is a family-focused destination which caters for everyone, from tiny tots to grans and gramps. Their goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family, by encouraging fun outdoor activities such as riding and running, or just plain jungle gym climbing. The magic of Sugar Rush is their wide-open spaces, secure parking, refreshment facilities and a host of activities to keep all members of the family actively involved.

Scottburgh Beach is an outstanding family beach, so what are you waiting for, surfs up! There is a lagoon nearby where you can splash around in or spend the afternoon canoeing (canoes are available for hire). At certain times of the year you will often see people abseiling and orbing. This is a great surf spot for beginners or a novice surfer (boards available for hire). For those not quite ready for that, why not grab a body board and ride the waves in.

You will find yourself overwhelmed with the choice of restaurants, take away joints and bars available to grab refreshments. While you are out of the water, why not peruse around the many surf shops and look at the great gear for your next surf, or perhaps some new beach wear.

Why not consider booking The Holiday Express for your next party, family outing, corporate or year-end event? Group reservations for up to 350 people can be accommodated, or individual carriages can be reserved exclusively for smaller groups of between 15 and 30 people per carriage. Tailor-made packages can be discussed to suit your own specific requirements and budget.

A super special trip is planned for December 7 — Ticket to Ride to the Scottburgh with various packages — Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Festive train trips are scheduled for December 16, 17, 22, and 29 to Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market; on December 21 and 28 to North Coast; and to Scottburgh on December 19, 21, 26, 27 and 30.

For any further information and all the different train trips scheduled and their dates, please visit or, to reserve your tickets, e-mail



Win win win

The Fever newspapers, in conjunction with The Holiday Express, will be giving away a family set of tickets (two adults and two children) to one lucky reader. To win, log onto the Hillcrest Fever Facebook page, like the page and tag three friends in the post. A winner will be chosen via a random draw. Competition closes on Friday, November 30. T’s & C’s apply.


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