GEOREGE NEWS - The Outeniqua Power Van has changed its route due to fire damage to the railway line in November, but don't despair - the van is still powering its way to the scenic Great Brak River village and seaside resort.
About 4 000 sleepers between George and Oudtshoorn will have to be replaced and the mountain line will be closed for some time.
The van still departs from the Outeniqua Transport Museum in Mission Road in George but will now travel to the Great Brak River station, where guests can enjoy a picnic at the Opispoor Station Restaurant.
En route to Great Brak the power van crosses the Gwaing and Maalgate bridges, passing dairy farms along the way. From Glentana the rail trip offers a stunning sea view with coastal fynbos growing along the tracks.
The entire trip, including the picnic stop, takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The van travels every day except Sundays and the tarrif is R170 per adult and R150 per child (3-15 years). Groups of up to 20 can be accommodated.
Office hours are Monday to Saturday 08:00-14:00 and booking and confirmation is essential. SMS or Whatsapp 082 490 5627.
'We bring you the latest Garden Route news'