Discover the Forgotten Route on this train tour of the Karoo – South Africa’s semi-desert region known for its historical and geological importance.
• Hop on hop off tour of Cape Town
• Traditional South African BBQ
• Robben Island and township tour
• Train trip through the Karoo
• Stargazing while winetasting, dining and singing with the locals
• Experience real old South African “dorpies”
16 DAYS/16 NIGHTS
Price: ZAR 10,200
Tour Code: CCT
• Airport transfer
• 19 nights’ dorm accommodation
• Transfers in & out of Cape Town
• Transfers to and from activities
Day 1 – Dinner
Day 2 – Breakfast
Day 3 – Dinner
Day 4 – Breakfast
Day 2: Walking tour OR Hop-on-hop-off bus tour
Day 3: Robben Island and township tour
Day 4&5: Forgotten Route Tour train ticket,
• all entrances to tour activities
• bizarre bus tour, stargazing, music
• accommodation for the night, limited drinks and snacks, wine and port tasting
• Return to Cape Town.
• Placement – level test
• All materials
• End of course certificate
• Teachers are all highly qualified CELTA (Cambridge) teachers
• Small classes of max 12 per class
• Free Net Languages online
• English courses whilst studying with ih Cape Town
You are welcomed at the airport and taken to the SaltyCrax Backpackers in Table View. The hostel is within walking distance from all bars, restaurants, the beach, shops and transport terminals. Table View is famous for kitesurfing, water sports and its amazing views of Table Mountain from Kite Beach. In the evening you will meet the staff and other guests. A traditional South African meal is cooked on the fire. You will spend the night in 4-star accommodation
After breakfast your friendly local guide will give you a brief lesson on using Cape Town’s public transport and will accompany you by bus to the Cape Town city centre. You have the following options: Walking tour or hop on hop off bus pass
Robben island and township tour
Explore the culture and history of townships. Meet the locals, visit a crèche and drink home- brewed beer. This is a must for anyone who wants an authentic view of South African life. After spending the morning in the local townships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island.
Depart from Cape Town on the famous TransKaroo train for a two-day trip on the “Forgotten Route”. You’ll visit iconic landmarks and Anglo-Boer battle sites as well as experience true South African culture and share stories with local winemakers and musicians of the Karoo plains. In little towns, known as “dorpies”, you can taste local produce, ride through majestic mountains and sense the weird and wonderful of this historic route with ghost tours, stargazing, myths and legends.
You will visit the Klein Plasie Museum and experience how the people lived hundreds of years ago. You’ll stop in the desert oasis of Matjiesfontein, a town frozen in time, where you will experience one of the weirdest museums in Africa, a bizarre bus tour with a BBQ (braai) under the stars. Finish your day off with a traditional ghost tour and some honky-tonk around the pub piano.
After breakfast you will visit a biltong (the most famous of our local delicacies) factory and then a trip through the stunning Seweweekspoort Pass to Ronnie’s Sex Shop! A lunch stop with winetasting takes place in Bonnivale before you head on back to Cape Town able to admire amazing landscapes.
DAY 6 – DAY 19
The week is spent on your Standard English Course. Lessons are held from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 12:40pm.
Accommodation can be upgraded to doubles or en-suites at your own expense.
Activitiy / tour days may be taken over weekends in between the language course, before or after.