A tragic episode out of Grahamstown's past. This was, at the time, the worst disaster in peace time history in South Africa. We visit the bridge site and experience the ambiance of the area and visualize the enormity of the accident. Marvel at the engineering and construction of this mighty railway bridge. Gaze down into the the breathtaking chasm, experience the loneliness the brooding atmosphere of the gorge. Hear the stories of bravery and heartbreak, of courage and fearlessness, the miraculous escapes and weird incidents. Stand at the bridge and visualize the rescue attempts. Discuss over refreshments what this disaster must have taken out of the community. Leave the tour with vivid memories and a booklet on the disaster as a keep sake of your visit to the Blaauwkrantz Railway Bridge.
Duration: 2hrs 30 minutes
Start: Victoria hotel, New Street, Grahamstown
End: Victoria Hotel, New Street, Grahaamstown
Dress: Comfortable clothing, hats and walking shoes.
Walking distance: 500 metres along a railway track.
Cameras and binoculars recommended.
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