Train travel in South Africa
  • We will be in South Africa for a week in December arriving in Cape Town and leaving from Jo'burg. We want to go on the Premier Classe train but I can't find a secure way to book it - any ideas?
    Also what else is recommended, we want to visit the winelands but probably not drive ourselves.
  • Best bet is check www.tourismcapetown.co.za/ You will find them well informed with plenty of ideas for things to do in/around Cape Town. Apart from the winelands (which with a rental car are much more fun and flexible to explore than going with a tour operator) there is the Cape Town V&A Waterfront, Robben Island trips (where Mandela was imprisoned), a great day drive around the Cape Peninsula (again best in rental car) and of course a trip up Table Mountain in its famous revolving cable car.

    Google car rental in Cape Town. For inexpensive rentals try Dayway Car Hire at info@dayway.co.za otherwise all the Big Guys are here - Avis, Hertz, Budget, EuropCar etc.

    Cape Town Tourism should have info on good trains to Jo'burg too.

    Your only hassle will be that December is a busy tourism time in and around Cape Town. Prices are up and you need to book early. Otherwise enjoy our "Mother City" It's the best place in the world!!
  • For info on trains Cape Town to Jo'burg check http://www.seat61.com/SouthAfrica.htm It's all there. Good luck!
  • I would rent a car and self-explore the winelands over the course of a day. It is very beautiful and safe to drive on your own steam. Much more conducive than on a large tour.

    The train between Joburg and Cape Town is also a pleasant and scenic experience. Not quick or cheap though. Premier class will cost at least R2000 one way. If you want to book it securely, contact the peopel at www.Go@Africa.com - they are based in Cape Town and give excellent service. Please tell them we wordtravels sent you!

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