The Garden Route and the Little Karoo Hotels

Santos Express Train Lodge

  • Munro Rd., Santos Beach
  • Mossel Bay


  • All the cabins face the sea
  • Town center is a 10-minute walk away


  • Compartments are a bit cramped
  • You need to supply your own towel and soap
  • No a/c

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

And now for something completely different: In an old train parked on the beach, this lodging uses real train compartments for accommodations. Most of the compartments are not exactly luxurious but the location is hard to beat. Book way ahead to secure one of four Royal Suites, located in two vintage coaches with authentic wood panelling, which have en-suite bathrooms and private, sea-facing balconies. If you're on a really tight budget, there's a 16-bed dorm with a self-catering kitchen. The restaurant (¢–$) is almost always busy and serves the usual fish, steak, and burgers. You'll also find a good range of traditional South African dishes, such as bobotie (a dish of spicy ground meat with savory custard topping) and waterblommetjiebredie (water-flower stew)—don't knock it till you've tried it.

Hotel Information


Munro Rd., Santos Beach, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, 6500, South Africa



Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 27 compartments, 16-bed dormitory, 1 Caboose, 4 Royal Suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 03/07/2016

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