The World's Scariest Train Rides
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Train, South Africa
The Ride: This Garden Route train’s scariest episode occurred during its construction in 1908, when a temporary wood bridge collapsed into the Great Brak River (bringing a locomotive with it). Though it’s a much sturdier operation these days, you’ll still catch your breath crossing the Indian Ocean on the 118-foot-high Kaaimans Bridge. The rest of the journey, which brings you past picturesque resort towns, the St. Blaize lighthouse, and the roaring Gwaiing and Malgate rivers, is more soothing.
Insider Tip: When the train arrives in Mossel Bay, at the Dias Museum Complex, step inside to mail postcards back home from the official box on the “Old Post Office Tree,” a centuries-old milkwood tree that was used by Spanish explorer João da Nova in 1501 to hold important letters.