Apple Express Learning Experience On
Thursday 23 September, learners and teachers from twenty schools in
Port Elizabeth and eight in Uitenhage enjoyed a successful trip on the
Apple Express, the longest narrow gauge steam train in the world that
is still in operation, as part of the Tourism Month programme.

A total of 180 passengers undertook the scenic journey to Loerie while
learners were taught how to make jewelry with beads, interactive
drumming and an exhibition of Khoi and the San culture.

Mr Mervyn Jacobs, Tourism Teacher at Chapman High School, considered
the day’s event as a highlight of the year for the learners who have
tourism as a subject.

“They are now exposed to one of our few attractions in Nelson Mandela
Bay. The learners really enjoyed it and it is definitely an
unforgettable experience for them.”

According to Siphosihle Mkoko from Douglas Mbopa Senior Secondary
School in Motherwell the day was interesting since she learnt about
different cultures that shares commonalities.

“It was a nice journey on the Apple Express and I will definitely
encourage people in my community and school to also undertake the trip
to Loerie,” she added.

Melisizwe Petrus from Limekhaya High School in Uitenhage says the day’s
event taught him that people should get more involved in tourism so
that the industry can grow.

The trip on the historic Apple Express gave me a practical experience
of what I have learnt in Tourism classes during the year which focused
largely on the improvement of the environment and the importance of
understanding sound tourism activities.

The day, which focused on marketing the Apple Express amongst local
residents, was made possible by the East Cape Tourism and Parks Agency,
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the
Department of Education and the National Lottery Distribution Trust

Mandela Bay Municipality Contacts
(Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage
and Despatch).

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