Few things are more romantic and enjoyable than a steam-train ride through the countryside… And with the Ceres Steam Trains (namely Jessica, Bailey and Red Devil), you get the full train experience, complete with travelling comforts.
Says Derick du Toit, co-founder of the historic Ceres Rail Company: “The ride to Ceres is one of the Cape’s most scenic routes and has the added bonus of running through the Ceres Golf Estate to the Demeter Station.”
Choo choo your way to Ceres
This family-friendly trip – which runs every second weekend until 1 January 2017 – departs from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, near the V&A Waterfront and takes you through the Witzenberg region, past vineyards, olive groves, majestic mountains and fields of wheat and canola to the fruitful and beautiful Ceres Valley.
Once on your way, you’ll enjoy comfortable lounge cars, hot beverages and savoury snacks in the Dining Car, or beer, bubbly, wine and soft drinks in the Bar Car. (To be paid for separately.)
For lunch, you can enjoy a buffet-style lunch (please notify them of any dietary requirements in advance) at the Ceres Golf Course, be advised of an additional cost of R150 for adults and R50 for children. Bring cash, as there is no card machine on board, and no food or drink is allowed to be brought on to the trains.
The trains depart from Cape Town bright and early (please check departure times for each trip on the website, as these vary according to the day) for a midday arrival in Ceres. After that, passengers may lunch or explore the Ceres Golf Course before it’s time to head back to the Mother City in time for a 6:30pm arrival.
Please note There’s been a lot of discussion about the cost of the Ceres Steam Train. We have contacted Ceres Rail for an explanation, and have not heard back from them. If you would like to email them directly, do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.