Day tripping Cape Town: Train adventures to take you back in time

2016-10-19 20:00 - Ra-ees Moerat
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Cape Town – Luxury may be an appreciated attribute to train travelling, but the scenic offerings are priceless... especially in the Cape region. Waves of wildflowers, fresh rivers, waterfalls and sophisticated mountains completes the region like a puzzle. The best way to experience and explore these offerings, are by means of special train travelling!

Here are the two prominent special train offerings in Cape Town: 

Ceres Rail Company 

Whilst the opportunity to time travel is not (yet) available to us, the opportunity to feel as though you have travelled back in time, to enjoy an Olde Worlde experience on board an authentic vintage steam train is on offer, and is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The Ceres Steam Train, operated by the Ceres Rail Company, offers a distinctive, family friendly excursion that will see passengers relaxing in comfort whilst travelling through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Witzenberg region.

It is quite obvious that this unique train experience is based on offering the most scenic landscapes en route from Cape Town to Ceres. Never-ending wheat fields, blankets of canola and wildflower fields, canals and a waterfall, thrilling tunnels and impeccable views of rock are all visible on the rail-route. 

The complete trip takes approximately four and a half hours to and from the Ceres Golf Estate and passengers get to enjoy the complete coffee shop, bar and lounge area on board. 

The departure point for the trip is opposite the Royal Cape Yacht Club situated in Table Bay Harbour, right next to the V&A Waterfront.

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Source: Wayne Nauschutz

Details at a glance:

The Ceres Steam Train runs every second weekend and the costs per one way trip are as follows:
Adults 13y+ – R400pp
Children 2y-12y – R250pp
Infants 0-2y – free of charge since they will be on laps

The dates for the remainder of 2016 are below:

Fridays: 14 Oct | 28 Oct | 11 Nov | 25 Nov | 9 Dec | 30 Dec |
Ceres to Cape Town: departing 10:30am

Saturdays: | 1 Oct | 15 Oct | 29 Oct | 12 Nov | 26 Nov | 10 Dec | 31 Dec |
Cape Town to Ceres: departing 07:30am
Lunch at Ceres Golf Estate (additional cost: R150pp adults / R50pp children)
Ceres to Cape Town: departing 14:00pm

Sundays: 16 Oct | 30 Oct | 13 Nov | 27 Nov | 11 Dec | 1 Jan ‘17|
Cape Town to Ceres: departing 09:30am




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Tourism train metrorail

Travelling by train on the Southern Line Tourism Route is fun and unique, to say the least… and it’s much more affordable than what you might think. 

You get to experience the joys of a rocky coastline trip while watching whales frolic from your coach. Whether you are the adventurer-loving or culture-vulture type, this trip would be a delightful experience either way as it comes with Hop-on-and-off options, which allows you to see so much more. 

The Southern Line Tourism Route stops between Cape Town and Simon’s Town include: 

  • Cape Town
  • Observatory
  • Newlands
  • Muizenberg      
  • Kalk Bay
  • Fish Hoek
  • Simon’s Town

On the Cape Peninsula tour you’ll be able to see some of Cape Town’s highlights such as Cape Point, Boulders Beach penguin colony, Simons Town and also, the small fishing village of Kalk Bay. 

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