Our Story

Discover the Santos Express Train Lodge, an authentic train parked on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay, offering a genuine experience with cabins oriented towards the sea, presenting breathtaking views and a refreshing sea breeze. Established on December 1, 1994, the lodge initially focused on accommodation, utilising decommissioned coaches reminiscent of the seventies’ Transkaroo first class style.

Overlooking the ocean, our genuine train setting, paired with the history of two wooden coaches, creates a unique ambiance. These were built in 1919 and 1921 respectively, then transported by ship from England to South Africa where they served a luxury rail company until they were decommissioned and made their last journey by rail to join our fleet in December 2013 now boasting a colonial feel, authentic woodwork, private sea-view decks, and ensuite facilities.

The lodge expanded to include a restaurant, bar, and upgraded accommodations, aiming to provide the complete experience of staying and dining in an authentic South African train.

A setback in August 2007, with a fire destroying the train restaurant and offices, led to a resilient effort to reconstruct and restore the authentic atmosphere.

Our commitment extends beyond providing unique accommodations; we aim to preserve transport heritage. The current owner, involved since 2001, shares a passion for trains and history preservation. Recognised with the Sanlam Top Destination Award for Ungraded Lodge in 2016 and 2017, the Santos Express Train Lodge continues to attract national and local celebrities while contributing to the rich tourism appeal of the Garden Route.

Why You'll Love Santos Express Lodge

Breathtaking Views, Feet on the Beach
Take a 30-meter stroll, and immerse yourself in the pristine waters of the blue flag Santos Beach. All our facilities offer captivating bay views.
Authentic nostalgic rail travel experience
Santos Express Lodge is a genuine train situated on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay with all cabins facing the sea.
Free High-Speed Wireless Internet
We want you to be able to stay in touch with family and friends, keeping you updated seamlessly.
Best Restaurants & Bars
Our Fork & Train Restaurant, offering seafood and traditional cuisine, along with the Pub, Sushi Bar, Pizza Deck, and Beach Bar on the outside deck, has earned accolades for excellence.