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Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Stellenbosch might be linked to Cape Town with tourist train

Cape Metrorail is exploring the possibility of establishing a scenic rail tourism route to Stellenbosch similar to the Simon's Town train tours, the rail operator said yesterday.

Regional manager Mthutuzeli Swartz said the increase in the number of international tourists wanting to travel by train was one of the main reasons behind the initiative.

"It is early days, but indications are that we may be able to replicate the Simon's Town tourist route in Stellenbosch and the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Several proposals are being considered and the potential and feasibility of each are being investigated," he said.

Earlier this month the rail operator tested the initiative when they took a group of international tourists on the luxury tour train. The guests boarded the train on Cape Town station to Stellenbosch where they toured the area and visited local museums and other landmarks.

A lunch at a local restaurant was also offered.

Marinda Holtzhausen, marketing manager of Stellenbosch 360, a local tourism agency, said the aim of the initiative was to "take tourists into hearts and homes of the community".

"Visitors to Stellenbosch would have plenty to do in the town, and the rich history of the town makes it a great attraction," Holtzhausen said.

Pietman Retief, mayoral committee member fir Tourism on the Stellenbosch council said: "The municipality will assist by promoting the service and we will get our tourism office to get actively involved."

Cape Times

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