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 Post subject: Round in Nine -tours
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:45 pm 
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During 1923, the first large group of tourists started visiting the Sabie Game Reserve, but only as a part of the South African Railways popular "Round in Nine" tours.

The tourist train used the Selati railway line between Komatipoort on the Mozambican border and Tzaneen in Limpopo Province. The tour included an overnight stop at Sabie bridge(now Skukuza) and a short walk escorted by armed rangers into the bush.

It soon became the highlight of the tour and it gave valueable support for the campaign to proclaim the Sabie Game Reserve as a national park, which is now known as the famous Kruger National Park.

Does anybody know why the train stopped operating when it was so popular?


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 Post subject: Re: Round in Nine -tours
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I think it was stopped at the outbreak of WW2 - I will consult the authoritative book "African Eden" by James Stevenson Hamilton and report back .

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Thanks Ndloti.


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 Post subject: Re: Round in Nine -tours
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ndloti wrote:
I think it was stopped at the outbreak of WW2 - I will consult the authoritative book "African Eden" by James Stevenson Hamilton and report back .


I could not find a reference to why they were discontinued in the 2 books I consulted .

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I found some interesting info Here

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 Post subject: Re: Round in Nine -tours
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Very interesting history of the Selati train Elsa.

After reading the history i m getting mixed feelings. Like if the train would had still been in existance the journey would had been most memorable one. But the other side is if the train still operated if could had caused so much damage to the park.

What do you feel guys after reading the interesting facts of the Selati Train?


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I read many interesting facts in the book "Neem Uit Die Verlede" by Dr U de V Pienaar , there were numerous collisions with animals and some resulted in accidents .
Did anyone know that on 1 Jan 1960 (I must confirm the year and fatalities) 13 (?) people were killed in a train accident in KNP ?

There is a big chances of fires being caused by electric diesel & steam engines , aesthetically they and the related infrastructure do not suite national parks .
In my opinion the same applies to most luxuries & commercial ventures such as hotels disguised as lodges , take away restaurants , tar roads , etc , etc .

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As visiting by private vehicles became more popular, it probably got superceded.

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Ndloti: Is there English translation of the book? Would love to read it. The driver still sometimes visits to polish the train and i m sure he would have lot many stories to tell. Hope to meet him some day when i m in KNP :)

Bush Baptist: very true. Cars can reach where trains cant.


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rakesh wrote:
Ndloti: Is there English translation of the book?


No , it has not been translated . It is an excellent book , but at 600 + pages covering a lot of SA history .

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