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2 Days Wine Flies | The Forgotten Route | Train to Karoo


Cape Town - City - Karoo - Western Cape - Worcester - Matjiesfontein - Montagu - Cape Town - City

The true story of a forgotten route from early explorers into the wild undiscovered, REAL South Africa. It’s now a journey that you can experience…

Depart from Cape Town on a two day adventure into the Karoo with the legendary Trans Karoo train, visiting iconic landmarks, and Anglo-Boer battle regions. Experience true SA culture and share stories with local winemakers & musicians of the Karoo plains.

Taste the local produce, drive through majestic mountains and sense the weird and wonderful of THE FORGOTTEN ROUTE.




The tour departs from the Tourism Information Centre in Cape Town at 8:30 am, we do a short city walk and make our way to the Kimberley Hotel (official departure point in the old days to the mining fields) before we depart to Rawsonville on our bus where we meet the Le Roux family for a spot of wine tasting at their boutique estate. 


We board the train at Worcester and travel by train between Worcester and Matjiesfontein. On the only road that leads in and out of Matjiesfontein, you’ll find a coffee shop, a museum (which our passports gained us free entry into after dinner on our wacky night stroll), an out-of-service two-pump Shell Petrol Station, the Laird’s Arms pub and the Rietfontein Nature Reserve, our evening lodging. 

We join John the entertainer for a bizarre bus tour of the town, some honkey tonk in the pub followed by dinner catered for at our lodging, ending of the evening with a night visit to the quirky underground museum.

On Saturday after a fancy breakfast at the Lord Milner Hotel, we visit the famous graveyard before heading to the quaint town of Montagu via the picturesque Koo Valley in our bus. Lunch is at Oupa Batt’s store, a general trading store servicing the local community since 1915, where we’ll get to meet the family, have a behind the scenes look at their biltong and other delicacies production before sitting down for a spread of freshly baked farm bread with home made jams and cheese before indulging in a variety of potjies (2) served usually with rice or stamp mielies, followed by desert which always remains a surprise till we arriveJ


Our last stop is at a local Olive estate where we will meet the owner and taste their various products.

We make our way back on our bus to Cape Town where we end the tour at the Cape Town Tourism Offices. 

Updated itinerary September 2017


Inclusions & Exclusions

What it includes:
- Supper on day 1 and Breakfast on the 2nd morning.
- Lunch for own account.
- Short guided walk of Cape Town’s history.
- All entrances. Return transport.
- Train ride into the desert Karoo.
- Old war sites & Bizarre local bus tour
- Accommodation in twin/double room.
- Bizarre night walk, guided stargazing, and live local music. 
- Wine tasting of the local area. 
- Typical SA towns: Worcester, Matjiesfontein, Montagu. 
- Qualified guide. 
- A memorable experience unlike any other of the true South Africa.


Extra information

*Tour Departs Fridays. Other days on request.

No card facilities on the train for lunch.
3-Course lunch available at Oupa Batts from R110.00 per person