Makadas #makadas

A peek into South African rail history.

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The name of a rural rail service, first seen between Hutchinson and Calvinia in the Great Karoo desert of South Africa in 1917.

A second Makadas was implemented from 1925-1982 between Touwsriver and Ladismith.

There is much speculation about the origins of the name and, as there is no proof either way, the topic is shelved here. Opinions are just that.

An honourable endeauvour is the revival of rail travel in South Africa. There are various heritage trains and there is interest in reviving the Touwsriver – Ladismith Makadas. Steam trains are revived, a prime example would be www.ceresrail.co.za

Photo: Blackie, South Africa’s first steam locomotive circa 1859

The railway line from Cape Town reached Worcester in 1876, Touws River, then known as Montague Road, in 1877 and Matjiesfontein in 1878.

A Magic Journey on The Blue Train

Nadine excels in telling us about her excursion on Africa’s very best train, also many times rated as the world’s very best.

I just love a well-written article, especially when it tells the reader about an adventure in a hard-to-reach spot. Nadine excels in telling us about her excursion on Africa’s very best train, also many times rated as the world’s very best. Read about this great journey here http://goo.gl/UguRq2

Be AwethentiQ on #TheBlueTrain

Our company, AWETHENTIQ, is authorised agent for The Blue Train. Over and above acting as booking agent, we also arrange safari’s, visits to game reserves, hotel and farm stays, wine & brandy tours, helicopter flights, airline reservations, etc.

We are AwethentiQ – a combination of awesome, authentic and unique. We only promote what we have experienced ourselves.

In our team:

  • Karen – Photographer
  • Amanda, Tour Guide
  • Pieter – Director, Blogger

Our company is authorised agent for The Blue Train. Over and above acting as booking agent, we also arrange safari’s, visits to game reserves, hotel and farm stays, wine & brandy tours, helicopter flights, airline reservations, etc.

We do regional day tours in the Western Cape and guided walking tours in Cape Town CBD area.

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Which Mobile On #Travel? 

Try beat my R599 FreeMe package.

I am what I prefer to call a #permatourist. My own invention.

See, living in Cape Town, South Africa, opens up opportunities every single day. Anyone ever getting bored here, must be missing a gene. So much to see and do, the bulk of it for free. Yep. Mahaila. Pasella. No charge.

In my “job” as travel writer and events reporter, publishing to social media has to be instant. For that, great connectivity is essential. And video devours data.

I travel with three devices and four different SIM cards. My wife has one device. We have Vodacom, Cell C, MTN and Telkom Mobile.

The device with the very best signal ability is a R199 iTel dual-SIM from “PEP Tique.”  The second best is a Huawei LTE mobile hotspot, third is a Mobicel tablet costing R899. Excellent service also came from an old R599 Alcatatel One Touch Pop2. It sounds like a kiddies happy meal toy but had great connectivity and was excellent as a wireless hotspot.

Less great connectivity came from high-end smartphones. We did swap around SIM cards to test all fairly.

The test route took us up to 1,333 km in each direction, a total of fourteen such journeys on different trains. We did fourteen long-distance journeys.

While Vodacom had the best signal coverage, the same cannot be said about its usability. It reminds of the guy pitching up for work but then don’t get much done.

Cell C had better voice connectivity than the others but data throughput suffered.

MTN. If I had something good to say, I would have. During a fortnight stay in suburban Klerksdorp, as during a week in Beaufort West, signal seemed okay but connectivity just failed. GSM. WCDMA. Auto settings. Nyet.

That leaves us with dear old Telkom, on FreeMe plans. Usable for a little over 1,000 km of the entire distance, a clear winner. Useless when roaming through MTN, especially. On its own legs, a better proposition.

Which is why I bought a FreeMe bundle at Telkom V&A Waterfront today and paid R599 for 20GB data. I also received 10GB night data plus 10GB TelkomConnect WAP2-secured WiFi. And 1,500 all networks minutes plus 300 Telkom or Telkom Mobile numbers. Plus 500MB for things like Viber, Whatsapp, etc. Oh, then R600 all networks calling for seven days as yet another bonus.

With its proven reliability, Telkom Mobile FreeMe is a no-brainer. I switched when 8ta was new and saw how service improved, especialy after becoming Telkom Mobile and more infrastructure was employed.

Try beat my R599 FreeMe package. 

Travel is in our blood

Travel and I are inseparable twins.

We travel on two main line trains, cover 2,500km in three days. Upon our arrival back at home, we pause before putting our bags down, look at each other and say almost in one voice: “Do we put the luggage down, or do we go again?”

That defines us – Pete & Karen. As for myself, I traveled since I was a newborn baby. It is in the fibre of my bones, in the marrow. Travel and I are inseparable twins. Karen is no different. 

What we present here, is from first hand experience. AwethentiQ.