Cape Town

After passing Paarl, passengers on the African rail tour will catch their first glimpse of Table Mountain. Providing the breath taking backdrop for the journey’s last stop, Cape Town, Table Mountain is the Western Cape’s most prominent landmark and a true icon.

As the mountain looms closer, the sweeping Cape Town vista and exquisite city scape come into clear view, giving passengers their first taste of the magnificent Mother City – a name given to the city by the Dutch who were the first Europeans to arrive at the foot of Africa in 1652.   
 
Rich in historical significance and peppered with incredible attractions and historic architecture, passengers disembarking the luxury train journey needn’t travel far from the Cape Town train station to experience the cosmopolitan sights, smells and sounds of the Mother City – the art and culture hub of South Africa.
 
Castle of Good Hope

Just a stone’s throw away from the railway station lies the Castle of Good Hope, a grand Vauban-style fort built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company. Enter through the unyielding gates and immerse yourself in a historical hub where the damp dungeons still carry a sense of despair and the preserved Colonial architecture speaks of an era long gone. As the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope is a must-see attraction.
 
Table Mountain Cable Way

Get better acquainted with majestic Table Mountain by taking a trip up the cable way. The modern cableway whisks visitors away to the scintillating summit of Table Mountain in under ten minutes while the cable car’s rotating floor treats you to 360 degree views of the city.
 
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The famous V&A Waterfront is another Cape Town landmark not worth missing. A unique shopping experience, entertainment hub and atmospheric harbour welcome visitors from all corners of the globe and makes the waterfront one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions. African-chic architecture, weathered tug boats and a world-class shopping centre combine to appeal to everyone from the international jetsetter to the easy Cape Town local.
 
Robben Island

Several kilometres off the sparkling coast of Cape Town lies the historically rich Robben Island. The island is home to the prison which held South Africa’s most famous resident, former president Nelson Mandela, alongside other political prisoners who spend decades incarcerated during the turbulent Apartheid era. The V&A Waterfront is home to a number of charters and tour boats that offer visitors daily trips to Robben Island.  
   
With so many attractions worth seeing, Cape Town offers all who visit an exquisite experience packed to the brim with rich, historical charm, world-class tourist experiences and a melting pot of fascinating culture.