TransNamib’s star-liner coach, which should be its business/first class section, has become home to cockroaches that compete for food and seats with the passengers.
Following numerous complaints from the public, The Villager sampled the Windhoek-Walvis Bay journey.
It was one bugged-out train ride.
Travellers are greeted by an intrusion of cockroaches and dusty seats.
The vile insects pour from air vents and dropped from the ceiling about 15 minutes into the journey.
Cockroaches on the Star-Liner are now used to human beings and defy their natural instinct of hiding at the site of a person. Instead, they bite, and often behave like human beings as they are good tricksters, who wait until a passenger falls asleep before they can pounce.
They can bite passengers, they can surreptitiously get into luggage, and they can be seen crawling on seats, windows, side panels and even on people until the train stops at its final destination.
The little creatures run from every dark corner of the seats to the next and have even infested the bathroom.
The trip is a total rip-off to travellers who look forward to the comfort it promises to offer at N$143.
One wonders what the economy class travellers endure at N$81 per trip.
The only advantage first class travellers have is more leg-room for the 10 to 12-hour ride; but even that is overshadowed by the fact that they sit next to windows that do not close properly, leaving them vulnerable to the temperatures of the dawn and dusk.
The air-conditioners also do not work because it gets too hot just before departure. And the seats that should also serve as beds are broken, even in the first class division. They neither lean back nor forward and their arms are very unstable. After two weeks of waiting, TransNamib had not responded to our questions about their services until the time of going to the press.