Ashley: Cape Town & Blue Train, Africa

By September 28, 2019 October 30th, 2019 Africa, Travel Stories

The port city of Cape Town sits on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain on South Africa’s southwest coast. Cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela.

Comprising of accommodation, retail stores, dining, leisure and entertainment, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront is a great experience. An afternoon drink at Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House whilst soaking up the local music and striking views of Table Mountain is something I can recommend!

The standout feature of my luxury B&B style accommodation, Tintswalo at Boulders, was the unobstructed views over Boulders Beach with its internationally famous colony of endangered African penguins.

The Cape Town region has something for everyone from the magnificent wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to Robben Island Museum. You could easily spend a week in Cape Town and still only scratch the surface.

The next and final part of my adventure was on board the famous Blue Train, travelling 1,600 kilometres from Cape Town to Pretoria. The Blue Train is unique, combining the luxury of the world’s leading hotels within the charm of traditional train travel. After boarding and sampling the wide variety of cocktails it was time for dinner.

Dinner on the Blue Train is a formal affair, however after travelling for a week my suit was completely crushed, no problem – the attentive staff had it sorted, just one of the many examples of the fabulous service provided on the train.

As I walked into the dining room, I felt a little like James Bond! The food was outstanding and guests were laughing and sharing stories of their own African adventures, I’m assuming all feeling like they had just walked onto the set of a James Bond movie too! Or was it just me?

Upon arriving in Pretoria, the administrative capital, I was transferred to the Soweto township in Johannesburg. This was a confronting experience to see the way people live in these communities and to learn about the apartheid history. Mandela House is also in Soweto and is where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962.

I have never been to a place that I wanted to return so much. The welcoming people and spectacular wildlife will be in my memories forever.

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