Cape to Cairo -- by trains. Travelogue documentary.

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Neil Shaw

Neil Shaw

3 yıl önce

Shortly pre-covid, I travelled solo on the classic Cape Town to Cairo route using trains as much as possible. Along the way I interviewed people on each train on subjects ranging from cross-border trade to the historic context of this train route.
As of 2023, post-covid, there are no long-distance passenger trains running in South Africa, Zimbabwe (nor in Botswana and Namibia), and Sudan is in a state of war, so the Cape to Cairo by train route is not currently feasible.
Read about all my African travels in my book, "African Traveller: Twenty years of adventures as a documentary filmmaker" --

@Crimsun1989 Yıl önce
Your videos are so horribly under viewed...this is one of the best train journeys I have seen.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your comment!
@MichaelTaylor-ei7es 4 aylar önce
I agree! Beautiful!
@gilbertgrape9779 4 aylar önce
@smashmabel 3 aylar önce
I agree. This was really great. Thank you.
@MrTheChosenOne23 2 aylar önce
thought exactly the same! Such a welcoming change to the typical youtube travel vlog.
@rwardel 8 aylar önce
Neil: what a wonderful film, so different from much of what social media generates! While you honestly share a part of yourself you're not self-absorbed and self-congratulatory like so many vloggers. You're interested in the people you meet and the places you pass through, rather than the superficial details of the transport itself. Thank you for reminding me of some past travel I've done, and for inspiring me to continue to be truly adventurous even as I get older.
@NeilShawTravels 8 aylar önce
Thanks very much for your comments. I appreciate it. Look out for my next rail travel adventure video -- out in April! Bon voyage.
@rhodiamann9057 5 aylar önce
I was born in Kenya 80 years ago and still live here. An overnight journey on the old Nairobi to Mombasa train was an exotic affair, filled with excitement and adventure. The new Chinese train does get you there, but all the romance has gone.....alas!!
@graceweiss3813 5 aylar önce
I agree!!! We did the Nairobi to Kisumu route often and I loved it. It's one of the losses in life that I still lament about
@isaacmugunda8370 3 aylar önce
​@@graceweiss3813Nairobi Kisumu train is back and strong
@francismadoshi8529 3 aylar önce
Mwanza to Daressalaam by train in Tanzania 🇹🇿 was thrilling as a student! Now fhey are constructing an SGR whose speed will be 160 miles per hour!!
@waltermungai 3 aylar önce
Some Kenyans have become very negative, we enjoyed travelling by the SGR, we travelled about 3 times, the old rail way was not exotic at all, very slow if anything.
@ventureted 3 aylar önce
What was life like in Kenya when you were a boy/young man? Did many tourists travel there? Was it more rural then? Was it safe politically and in regards to crime?
@siddd88 Aylar önce
The sentral Africa's scenes in this video is like u r filming in the 80's-90s. It's 2020's already n the living is still that way. It's like u go to another time frame. What a unique culture. Well preserved at least to see n experience and it's a gems at the same time that we can travel to somewhere different atmosphere. This is what we look for in travel. Beautiful.
@di_har 7 aylar önce
What an epic journey 🚂 I wish I have the courage to do it too. The best part was you trying to have genuine human interaction with your fellow travelers 👑 You just seem like a kind, genuine guy. It shows in your eyes - they're like pools of calm, clear blue water! May God bless your upcoming journeys and keep you safe🧳☘️
@NeilShawTravels 7 aylar önce
Thank you for your comment! Best wishes to you.
@activity1 4 aylar önce
Can't agree more 👏
@chrisherd991 2 aylar önce
Your shots of the train museum brought back memories of a train journey from Lusaka to Bulawayo in 1967 with a Garrett steam engine doing the work. The rest of the trip was direct to Cape Town using Diesel/Electric.
@OmerTamer 6 aylar önce
Thank you, Neil, to you and travellers like you who go thru the hardships of the roads and make it possible for us to see the wonders of the world in the comfort of our sofas.
@michaelrossi6733 5 aylar önce
The part in Mozambique was fascinating. I did a long train journey across Kazakhstan last year, which was pretty epic. Interestingly I travelled in one direction (from Almaty westward) on an old Soviet train, which was fascinating. The return journey back to Almaty was on a Spanish built train - certainly smoother and quicker, although less interesting than the older train
@aungmyintoo4635 3 aylar önce
This really a good video, you speak to local people, share their experience and the journey is really educating us all.
@peterjd5689 Yıl önce
This video was a real inspiration. I really want to do this trip one day, if possible. At age 71 it might be too much, but I have always thought of Cape Town to Cairo as the ultimate journey.
@panadocoughsyrup 4 aylar önce
You only live once, good sir. It is hypocritical for me to say as I am a young adult with my whole life ahead of me, but it’s never too late to give it a try.
@coetzersharon1249 4 aylar önce
Ea by train would be awesome
@Calamitytoo 2 aylar önce
Please do it if you have the chance! 💕
@markryan4873 2 aylar önce
Try Mombassa to kasese in western uganda. Stops on the way are very interesting and try to get to fort portal and bundibugio sorry maybe bad spelling on the last. Areally doable trip across varying altitude and landforms. There are a few wildlife parks within easy striking distance at several stops along the way. Hope this helps.
@LCSophia 4 aylar önce
What an epic journey! Thank you for sharing this inspiring, educational, moving...Beautifully narrated and artistically made, you manage to take us with you from the first moment. Hope we can see more of these journeys through your gaze at the world...Keep up this excellent work!
@davidespingel1223 Yıl önce
I wanted to do the same trip but from Cairo to Capetown in 2000. My travel agent told me it was unsafe and some tracks were under repair. So I opted to do a Overland trip on a Overland truck from Nairobi to Harare, Zimbabwe. I then traveled from Harare to Capetown on buses and taxi. I took a train from Capetown to Johansburgh by train. On my other trips I have covered Egypt and many of the North, East countries. My journey’s through Africa which have been quite a few have been the most memorable in my life. There are still a few African countries I still wish to visit.
@andrewjones4773 Yıl önce
The train from dar es salaam to Arusha via Moshi is now running. And last week they started the Nairobi to Kisumu. There is also a train now from Nairobi to Nanyuki.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Interesting. Thanks for the update.
@jamesrowlands8971 4 aylar önce
@@NeilShawTravels what happened to the long distance trains in South Africa?
@NeilShawTravels 4 aylar önce
@@jamesrowlands8971 Good question. Vandalism and theft of infrastructure, management issues, crumbling and aging infrastructure, the global shift to road transport...
@jamesrowlands8971 4 aylar önce
@@NeilShawTravels that's a real pity. I hope there's some prospect of it returning. We've lost rail lines and services in Australia too. But usually to "economic rationalisation", which tends to turn out to be short sighted.
@williamcarrington61 3 aylar önce
Nanyuki , visiting during Uhuru as a soldier from Bahrein in The Persian Gulf. As protection for civilians but we had no weapons ! But independence was not problematic.
@r.briquet1117 2 aylar önce
A really great video ! To be honest, I had no idea it was possible to travel that much by train in Africa... it's unfortunate to see that so much changed since 2018 though, with some of the lines disappearing and the situation of most countries not improving at all ...
@delzworld2007 2 aylar önce
Superb travelogue. Being an inveterate train traveller myself, I totally agree with your sentiments and comments. I have many fond memories of around 50,000 km, by trains in India during 4 long visits there over the years. Also in Eastern Europe shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It seems as far as security and punctuality go, India is a stroll in the park compared to Africa. How good it would be if Africa could get it together some day.
@eframellenbogen 2 aylar önce
Excellent work and inspiring trip. Thanks for taking the time to make and share your documentary.
@timeisup6844 2 yıl önce
Oh man..What a journey and experience you had..I cannot thank you enough for sharing those moments with us..Lots of love and respect from India!!👍👍
@NickP1972 4 aylar önce
When I saw the topic in my TRshow feed, I thought I'd watch the first couple of minutes and get the gist. The content was so interesting and well delivered, I couldn't turn it off. This is one of the best rail docos I've seen. Excellent footage, commentary, interviews etc. Thank you for excellent production.
@SonnyGreenwichJr 5 aylar önce
Thank you so very much for this great travel film. I never considered the great train ride that is Cape to Cairo, only the Trans Siberian. But of course, the trains run through all the continents! Awesome and inspiring, Neil! From warm yet cloudy Ireland! ☘💪🏽👀👍🏽☘
@gregoryvozar6236 4 aylar önce
Thank you for your open & real travel experiences through Africa. I’m grateful YT finally put this video into my mix. This is the reason one travels-meeting and interacting with people, coming to know and learn from them. Bravo!
@jusi82 Aylar önce
Niel, I love taking trains, one of my favourite ways to travel. I have made some amazing travel journeys such as the Trans siberian train from Beijing to Moscow, Moscoow to Berlin, 30 days of travel on different European routes. Tried a couple of times Euro Star from Paris to London. Malaysia to Singapore , Bangkok too Sura Tani in Thailand . Train journey in Pakistan from Karachi to Lahore. I always use trains in China where I am based. My experience on the train from Toronto to New York and then from Washington to Miami was exceptional. I also enjoyed the train journey from New York to Montreal. Traveling on train Iran from Tehran to Mashad was also life time memory. I really enjoyed this journey and hope one day I will be able to travel on this journey.
@stevemurfitt4746 4 aylar önce
OMG what a fantastic video, so inspirational. What a journey. I would love to have the courage to do something like that.
@bandariyah8652 Yıl önce
Incredible journey, certainly not an easy one but great coverage
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
@Mrfrontrow 3 aylar önce
THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY INSANE!!!!! You are one of the all time great travelers. I enjoyed this immensely. All the best to you.
@GertjanZwiggelaar-mo4tz Aylar önce
Well done, mate. Thanks for sharing your journey with me. I enjoyed every moment. Too bad it was only 52 minutes and 12 seconds. There is so much more, I'm sure. You likely could have presented two hours and we would be watching every moment because, like so many of us, most of us are not able to travel to Africa and experience that part of the world. Most of us are working jobs, supporting families and life styles, paying mortgages and so forth which makes people like you so special because you have the means and are willing to take the time to edit an entertaining, informative documentary of your travel through a piece of East Africa to share with we who are essentially couch bound and must view the world vicariously. Watching this presentation was time well spent.
@janakiramnallamothu3020 5 aylar önce
Indeed a challenging Journey, but, have to admit worth remembering a lifetime with all the memories you had along the way, esp the people you met and their stories. The geography and a small glimpse at the cultures. Africa as a whole is a beautiful continent, credit to a TRshowr called @umatelugutraveller an Indian who went to work in Mali and later turned into a full-time TRshowr and covered most of Africa. It is through his videos my view towards Africa completely changed. I hope in the future Cape to Cario Rail Network becomes seamless.
@cricciethcastle5077 2 yıl önce
Neil - thank you for such a wonderful film. It re-awakened deep memories of my own travels in Africa. One of my teachers said to me: "There are Trippers, Tourists, and Travellers". You are a true Traveller.
@johnhermann8121 Yıl önce
How wonderful was this video! I had never thought it possible to even attempt to travel by train from Cape Town to Cairo! I really hope that the new East African railway network is actually constructed, so that it will be possible to travel by train from Nairobi to Addis Ababa and on to Khartoum. How wonderful that would be. It was very interesting to see how rail travel in Egypt has changed: fairly fast, comfortable train all the way from Aswan to Cairo now! How different it was in 1976. Thank you, Neil, for making this journey, and filming it. Very much appreciated.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Glad you enjoyed it!
@berits.2346 4 aylar önce
Oh, the trains in Egypt weren't all that exciting in 2000 either. But the people always are. I remember one time, a cargo train full of sugar cane would drive paralell to us, do litterally everone was hanging out of the windowns and ripped out raw sugar cane to then pealed it and ate it. Except me, who just grinned at the show, do they offered me some and showed me how to peal it. Great fun.
@pacificdream5152 Aylar önce
Thank you for this video and you are an incredible person. This journey is truly a challenge and good to see that you completed it despite of all the hurdles. I've lived in Uganda and there is no railway system here. Hopefully EAC will build the railway line
@serge9808 Aylar önce
What and incredible amazingly video and journey Neil; so far this has been the most interesting trip I've seen. I'm from South America, but my experiences an adventures I found in your home country, South Africa, then Mozambique, Lesotho, and Namibia. As you narrate in this clip, I remember my two times in Africa, and this brought all my good, and "challenging" adventures and the people I met. I've got no words to say thank you for this incredible adventure, I personally might attempt one day.
@rhrh7779 3 yıl önce
What an amazing journey. Thanks so much for sharing all your experiences from Cape to Cairo.
@NeilShawTravels 3 yıl önce
I'm glad you enjoyed it...
@piotrkeczar9139 Yıl önce
@@NeilShawTravels Hello, please write me what time does the sun rise and set on December 13, 2021 in Cape town? Thank you :)
@DryBones111 2 aylar önce
This was an incredibly entertaining and relaxing journey to watch. I am glad TRshow recommended it to me!
@maureensurdez7841 3 aylar önce
So well done sir. I am happy that you persisted and gave it a second try all the way up through Africa. I took a trip from Saudi Arabia Jeddah to Istanbul and like your train trip or at least one leg of it. It was supposed to last just 24 hours out 57 hours later we just passed the border into Turkey not where we were going in a civil but we were stopped robbed in Syria etc. it was quite an adventure and so I'm looking at this with lots of memories well done well done.
@emiliayonekokumata7167 2 aylar önce
O loved your interactions with locals and other adventurers. You show the real land, not the produced documentários for tourists. Thanks! Watching from Brazil, your Portuguese was good!
@dylangRodin Aylar önce
My grand father did the Cape to Cairo rally. Not sure how many..... But this triggers a long hidden memory..... 🙌 Love it!!!!! Have down loaded will watch this evenong💐💥💐
@johnraath5009 4 aylar önce
Neil - this video was pure inspiration for me. Thank you so much for sharing. More than a train journey through our enormous continent....a journey of life!
@thelovefortravel Yıl önce
I loved this documentary. I often wondered if a Cape to Cairo trip is possible by rail.
@amirhussain4558 Yıl önce
Amazing journey . Please do more of such journeys . Love from India !👍
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
I will!!
@MrMannyfresh78 3 aylar önce
What a treat it was to find your channel while recovering from foot surgery. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you.
@AidahNamukose 29 gün önce
This is so beautiful and authentic and an important documentary. Great bravery and creation 👏🏾
@johnmueter378 4 aylar önce
Thank you, Neil, for sharing your journey with us. I have done my share of "rough traveling" in the past, but I couldn't do it now. We got to experience Africa vicariously through you.
@peterbrameld696 3 aylar önce
thank you for sharing your adventure with me, for 15 years, I worked throughout English-speaking Africa, after liberalisation, I live for two years in South Africa, so I know the continent quite well and your journey brought back happy memories, now at 80 years old with terminal prostate cancer it is so nice to forget my pain with presentation such as yours. Thank you for bringing pleasure to an old man, I wish you well in your future travels, Peter
@NeilShawTravels 3 aylar önce
Hello Peter. Thanks for your message. I am glad you enjoyed the armchair travel. Best wishes to you. Neil.
@rosemaryk4998 Yıl önce
Neil, this was so lovely to watch. I really want to embark on this route one day.
@brunosmith6925 5 aylar önce
In 1963, my family travelled from Ndola to Cape Town by train. Then aged 7, it was a fantastic adventure for me. It took 5 days, and the train crossed the Vic Falls bridge but we went through what was then Bechuanaland (Botswana), then on to Kimberly before the great traverse of the beautiful Karoo. Back then (Colonial times) the trains were fantastic and all pulled by steam engines. On one leg we had two locomotives pulling the carriages of what was a very long train (combined passenger and freight). I recall staff in starched-white jackets serving excellent food in the dining cars and mealtimes were announced by a waiter pacing through the carriages chiming a gong - a sort of xylophone with 5 keys. One hopes that African countries will manage to revive these journeys and encourage tourism, because these journeys are unique.
@lesliedeneault4633 4 aylar önce
That must have been a wonderful trip for a 7yr old. But, alas , no offense to you and your probably wonderful family. All I can think of when you describe the staff in 1963 is, underpaid, abused workers. Sorry for this sad, awful memory back in time. Have a wonderful day and please, try not to let my negative comment hold you back from sharing your beautiful memories through life. Thank you , Dankie, Toda raba, stay safe and yes, always enjoy life to the fullest 💗🌍
@brunosmith6925 4 aylar önce
@@lesliedeneault4633 No offence taken Leslie. You're probably right when it comes to underpaid and undervalued workers in SA back then. In fact, it is a phenomenon very much current in SA. The poor - hopeful after 1994 - remain poor and neglected. And the future for them is bleak.
@lesliedeneault4633 3 aylar önce
@@brunosmith6925 Everyone I know, says and feels the same way. The once beautiful RSA is going downhill fast since De Klerk left office. It was very noticeable when I returned after 4yrs of being out of the country from 1991 - 1995. I am truly saddened by what is happening. Thank you for not taking offence to my first response. Have a great day and please stay safe.
@MasterABB6 3 aylar önce
Just came across this movie and had to subscribe and save it. This is what mature and thoughtful presentation means. Neil - thank you so much. I mean it’s awesome. Great that you’re sharing it with us.
@dot10k 3 aylar önce
What a great journey. Thank you for filming your trip and sharing it with us. I enjoyed all of it and look forward to future adventures. Subscribed.
@kalmankozma7182 3 aylar önce
What an incredible journey! You made it seem like train travel is not so difficult in Africa after all. I wonder if anything has changed post-pandemic.
@seancambeulful 4 aylar önce
Wow, what a journey! Thank you for taking us along!❤
@allfix273 5 aylar önce
Thank you Neil for opening up our eyes to our beautiful continent. You might have started thing here.
@jamesmunene8999 2 aylar önce
I loved this documentary coz it's so different from others. Surely it's new way of tourism. I also wish that Africa can partner and develop interconnections through trains.
@sheilahadden302 2 aylar önce
What a wonderful film, and way to travel Africa. This is a trip I would have loved to have done in my younger years. Thank you.
@BruceM8 Yıl önce
I found your video mesmerizing. Thanks for making it. The sights, the focus on both the trains and the people along the way, the musical background you added--all made for a fascinating journey for us viewers. Your courage and willingness to engage with locals across the journey really added so much. My next video will be your 7 east African islands, which sounds very much like a trip I hope to take this May, though mine will be a formal tour, so I'm excited to view it.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks, I appreciate your positive comments! "Safari N'Jema" (Have a good journey)!
@erijaqrab5480 2 yıl önce
I admire the courage of this gentleman. Once I thought about travelling from Algeria ro South Africa on a VW in 1978, it is good that I did not do it because most likely I would have failed within a few hundred if not 1000's miles. I could not have fixed the vehicle, perhaps there were no gas (petrol) stations on the way over there, and above all there were no road from Algeria to South Africa. A lot has changed during the last 40 years, but not that much, but wait, people are still nice & friendly. Go, if you can unless you are an old person (+75) and only if this Virus goes away.
@iangame7234 5 aylar önce
I just watched this and saw straight away that it was a professional piece of work. I have done some of the same journey about 60 years ago 😂 so you can guess my age. Great to see the actual experience of travelling in Africa. Thanks for sharing.
@lesliedeneault4633 4 aylar önce
Thank you for this wonderful video. I am so impressed with anyone who dares to travel by train through Africa, just to show us the beauty of this Country. If I have to be honest, there were times I was fearful for your life, but you stuck it out and have one hell of a beautiful tick on your bucket list of adventures. Thank you once again for showing me what I am losing out on due to stupid fear. Dankie 💗🌍
@uncinarynin Yıl önce
Watching this in 2022, a whole new kind of obstacles have come up meanwhile. I may be living in a beautiful country but I'm a traveller at heart and I really enjoy gliding by train through unknown lands. As you have shown, Africa is transforming quickly. On the one hand things are improving, on the other hand there are new tensions. In just a few years Egypt's railways will look very European just as those of Morocco already do, but with a bit of Russian and Chinese mixed in if I have followed the orders. Having been a few times to Africa (Egypt and South Africa, do the Canarian Islands count?) I'd love to see more of it. And perhaps bring enough time to stay a bit longer where it's interesting to be.
@craigdickens791 Yıl önce
I just watched this on my TV in Michigan on Christmas day... This is a fabulous video, thank you so much 🇿🇦👍🇺🇸
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your comments! Cheers mate.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
@@nicolepaloms3509 I don't believe Africa is a dangerous continent, nor did I say that in my travelogue. I was concerned about safety in South Africa, my country, and a country which I know well. That is all and that was my only point.
@lesliedeneault4633 4 aylar önce
@@NeilShawTravels You did a wonderful job taking us on this wonderful journey, many of us could never afford and , are too scared to take. So, please don't take negative comments to heart. I was born in Cape Town, RSA. Left 27 yrs later, 33ys later, I know that South Africa has gotten very, very dangerous, just like the rest of the world. My family still lives in and across Cape Town, so yeah, to hell with the negative comments from others. You know your Country, thanks again.
@prakashonbasics3670 4 aylar önce
It was a great pleasure travelling along with you on this journey. The informal simplicity of the presentation was very touching. ...and the different music every time made the transitions so meaningful. Looking forward to seeing your other videos. By the way the growing stubble lent a good travel touch.
@adeshsaxena9063 Yıl önce
congrats on completing this tricky mission, esp it seems since you are a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. You must have believed in your mission to make it thru and thru overcoming a few perils, anxiety bouts and asthma. Your journey is inspirational and glad it was screened at a film festival.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks a lot for your comments! True about a few perils, anxiety bouts and asthma!
@elisabetecoutinho6774 3 aylar önce
❤; Obrigada por essa jornada de muita humanidade; Sou brasileira e tenho um pé na Mãe Africa.
@NeilShawTravels 3 aylar önce
Um prazer.
@peixotojordana 10 aylar önce
Simplesmente sensacional, fiquei muito feliz em encontrar esse épico documentário.
@NeilShawTravels 10 aylar önce
@thomaslusk7621 Yıl önce
I've always been fascinated by the railways if Africa , Thank you for sharing this with us.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Glad you enyoyed it!
@theoztreecrasher2647 3 aylar önce
A former school friend did the run from Cairo to Capetown by bus about 50 years ago after he graduated from University. Interesting to see the changes (and similarities) from those times. I was never able to replicate the journey when I was able to start travelling later in life. Made the trip as far South in Egypt as Abu Simbel on 1 occasion but was prevented from visiting the Meroitic, Kushitic, Axumite and later Abyssinian Kingdom sites by the interminable wars in the region. Still them's the breaks. I, at least, could enjoy a peaceful existence in my own country. The poor folks there just had to endure the nightmares.
@omnitrus 2 aylar önce
We enjoyed watching this video !It is so true that you should keep moving !Once you have traveled to different countries , it is difficult to stop .
@user-qb7md2hl5k 2 yıl önce
Fantastic adventure , well presented
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
@santoshsco Yıl önce
TRshow recommended this documentary , what a journey it has been Neil . Thought Moscow to valdiovostok was the longest train journey on earth , never knew people did this route across Africa.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
I am glad you enjoyed it!
@dadodydo 26 gün önce
An amazing journey. Absolutely extraordinary. I myself love trains and train journeys. Thank you.
@montgomerykgatlhane6638 4 aylar önce
This is so interesting to watch, im already halfway through the video, but im in absolute awe. Honestly this takes me back to those childhood memories having to travel with my mom to and fro Pretoria (before the starting point of the Shosholoza meyl was to moved permanently to Johannesburg) to kimberley, festive seasons were never the same, for the long steal worm would have engulfed us inside, enjoying lunch mom would have definitely prepared for us for the entire journey just until we reach Kimberley station, and making our way to Barkley West after getting off the train (still to see family). those are some of the fondest memories that i would not part with nor. I've since started working, bought my first car, still making that journey, but i would do anything to embark on those long hours ride on a train...absolute love. thanks for sharing this video, you've touched my heart my heart deeply, bringing that smile on my face "Again" 😊❤❤❤😊
@y34r Yıl önce
Connecting with people, willingness to listen to their stories. It’s rare qualities these days. People with social media often times are self-absorb minded. But your video are different, or should I say it’s old schooled, like documentary from 80s - 90s that it was used to be. So thank you for sharing your journey with us.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your comment. I am old enough to have grown up and been inspired by the travel documentaries from the 80s and 90s!
@dmitryche8905 9 aylar önce
I would love to watch an extended version of this video. I noticed that there is no timing, how long does each train-trip take?
@simonmasters3295 8 aylar önce
@@dmitryche8905 Maybe time loosens its grip. For my part I am asking when was this filmed? Answer 2018.. Bulawayo looks like downtown US somewhere in 1965! I love the understated style of this travel film.
@chrisgodfrey2742 2 aylar önce
@NeilShawTravels, I have loved this travelogue, and would love to know names of some of the travel doccies that inspired you. So many lately are just seriously noisy garish shoutathons.
@Dogsnark 3 aylar önce
Great travel video. This trip would be more treacherous now than when you did it. Unfortunately, so much of the world is becoming more dangerous, not less.
@Cebo88 Yıl önce
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. What I've taken from it is that I have to keep moving.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your comments! Cheers.
@crosenvold1 Yıl önce
Very well made video and amazing journey. Thanks for uploading. You have a very high (positive) comment/subscriber ratio meaning that your video really makes a great impact on the viewers.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your comments!
@johnkearns7381 3 aylar önce
Superb....thank you for opening up so much of the world. Keep going, Neil...
@thecaveofthedead Yıl önce
Thanks so much for making this Neil. I'm also a Capetonian and would love to do this trip one day. Hopefully the rail improvements will soon make it possible to do entirely by rail. That's one thing you can say for Chinese involvement: if we're going to have another country exploit this continent as so many have before, at least it's one with an understanding of and commitment to rail travel.
@notsocrates9529 8 aylar önce
@shaunbdunn9764 4 aylar önce
This is beautiful. I so admire the respect in which you engage with people you meet. You speak from the heart and it’s a magic that people seem to connect to. 👍👍. Oh yes our continent is beautiful. 😊
@ayu-fq4xm 2 aylar önce
What an amazing journey and film, you've inspired hundreds of thousands of people!
@schlollepop Yıl önce
What a great journey! I can only envy you. Was astonished to see that the rail network in the southern half of Eastern Africa is much more extensive than further north. Would never have expected that one can go all the way from South Africa to Kenya by rail.
@tishamorgan8388 Yıl önce
What an amazing trip. I do hope you get the opportunity to keep traveling!
@alemond6796 3 aylar önce
As a resident of Hawaii with a lot of luxury, I really enjoyed watching this. In fact, I had to watch it three times. I was able to watch a part of the world that I am not familiar with.
@jameshaddan8538 3 aylar önce
What an amazing journey. Thanks for filming it and sharing. I’ll be traveling to Cape Town next year and probably to Victoria Falls. While it’ll be a much more sedate journey, I’m really looking forward to visiting Africa for the first time. Oh, and subscribed to your channel - your content looks wonderful.
@charsbob Yıl önce
A 21st Century Odyssey. This is still a place where travel can be not only adventurous, but even a bit dangerous. One of the impressive parts of the trip is the kindness shown to Neil by everyday Africans. I'm also impressed by the immediacy of the video. I can almost smell the dust, feel the heat, share the concern when things go wrong. That's great filmmaking. Neil, may you never stop traveling, or telling travel stories.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your feedback....
@HermanLabuschagne 5 aylar önce
This was one thoroughly enjoyable video. Probably because it was so authentic and unpretentious. Africa is like bilharzia. Once it gets into you it never really goes away. Thank you for sharing with the world.
@maxbailey7129 5 aylar önce
Very interesting and informative journey. I expect it took much planning but it gave others a sight of a different world. Thank you!😀
@catholiccrusader5328 Yıl önce
Neil is one brave dude and I congratulate him.
@linogalveias 3 aylar önce
such a work of anthropology, culture, history... a beautiful documentary with beautiful people, full of stories, personal histories... landscapes... very nice portuguese too
@veralockie5619 4 aylar önce
this is so wonderful !!! so many memories of these trains !! bless you Neil !!
@dinogovender5074 3 aylar önce
Thank you for sharing your experiences. Most enjoyable. I would love to do such a journey.
@isaacmugunda8370 3 aylar önce
Awesome video.. As you noticed,the old and new railway in Kenya kinda run co-currently but the old one is now more of cargo train
@ashdrive Yıl önce
Truly a fantastic video, I love my travel but fallen short of people like you who share your experiences in being more adventurous...
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Glad you enjoyed it.
@seustaceRotterdam Aylar önce
Neil, wow what a wonderful video. I am fascinated with the sudden cultural change in Sudan!
@philshallat9043 2 aylar önce
This was fascinating. I, too, love train travel and the thought of witnessing what such a journey might be like made for compelling viewing. You have a relaxed and sincere style and an open vulnerability that is😂, as others commentators have pointed out, a refreshing change from the usual bombast of so many other bloggers. I would happily watch more of your videos.
@philshallat9043 2 aylar önce
This is a comment on my comment just to say I have no idea how that annoying emoji got into the text.
@Norwaykarlsen 4 aylar önce
Neil, really enjoyable to follow your travels. Great storytelling. Will for sure follow your next adventure.
@jimdavids6708 5 aylar önce
Lovely journey, well narrated. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
@joebikeguy6669 5 aylar önce
Really nicely done! Your writing, editing and narration style really fit with the pace of the journey Enjoyable and educational too. Good luck with the channel. Best regards Neil.
@ralphrichardlindsay 7 aylar önce
We would like the train from Cape Town to Walvis Bay to run again!
@user-gk6xu5qs8x 4 aylar önce
Hi Neil, thank you very much for your efforts, this is a trip worth participating. Very fruitfull journey about learning different cultures. I am so impressed with this video. How can one take this trip from Cape to Cairo. I would like to participate on this trip one day. Very lovely trip.
@ayanangshunayak6731 Yıl önce
Your video has a poetic quality. Your journey seemed almost meditative. Should be seen by a lot more people. It's good. I enjoyed. Thank you so much and best wishes for the future.
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
Thanks for your comments!
@vnvkv Yıl önce
Amazing journey, fantastic experience. Thank you for making and sharing this film
@NeilShawTravels Yıl önce
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
@silverghost5752 15 gün önce
Very refreshing in terms in terms of content and approach. Best part is, you tell a story without narrating it; you give a message without intending it. The slow Chinese takeover of East Africa is a chilling reminder of how an unscrupulous country exploits the weaknesses of poor and underdeveloped economies to their advantage. All said, enjoyable and eye-opening. Thanks.
@jamesmolloy6430 3 aylar önce
Really enjoyed this, well-made and well-edited. Would be interesting to hear your must-sees and must-avoids (if any) for this route.
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