Cape Town to Matjiesfontein

Train & Bus Tour Package

Kontrei Traveller invites you to join us with JB Tours as your host on one of our NEW train & bus tours to the ever popular hamlet of Matjiesfontein in the Karoo. This small village, owned by one person and kept in splendid immaculate condition, is one of those places you just HAVE to visit once in your life – to later go back for more. This 3-day package is ideal for a weekend break-away into yesteryear, with good food, fresh air and a train trip on a nostalgic route.

When departing from Cape Town, the route goes via Bellville, Paarl, Wellington, Hermon, Gouda, Tulbagh Road and Wolseley into the Breede River valley to Worcester. Then further Northwards into the Hex River valley, pass De Doorns and Orchard, through four tunnels and pass a solar farm, then Touwsriver and into the Klein Karoo to Matjiesfontein – a 6 hour trip by train.

Enjoy two nights at Matjiesfontein and other entertainment offered on site. You’ll travel on the Trans Karoo Tourist Class train, sleep in the motel rooms and return by charter bus back to Cape Town after two nights. This is a brand new tour put together for the people from the Western Cape who’d like to explore the beauty of the region on the less travelled rails and routes. Passengers can join en route at stations as well. This tour package is ideal for groups, families, clubs, friends and couples.

For most people Matjiesfontein is just the little town next to the N1 highway. Travel with and explore this historic Victorian town with its rich history. Visit the Motor museum, Railway museum, old pub, historic post office, drive on the London bus, singalong in the pub with its long wooden counter where music comes from the ‘ Honky Tonk’ piano. There is also an old grammaphone record player to play music from the renowned days. If you are ‘lucky’ you might get a visit from the ghost of Matjiesfontein knocking at your door in the late evening…

Take the trip on your own or bring friends with to make it a memorable weekend getaway or meet with your company with a training, planning or budget session. The ideal place to use for a motivational session.

Tour dates & Number:

Friday to Sunday 8th to 10th June Mat 1
13th to 15th July Mat 2
24th to 26th August Mat 3
7th to 9th September Mat 4
26th to 28th October Mat 5
9th to 11th November Mat 6

Sunday to Tuesday 6th to 8th May Mat 10
27th to 29th May Mat 11
24th to 26th June Mat 12
23rd to 25th September Mat 13

All tours are three (3) days long.
Departure Times: Cape Town 10:00 Platform 24 Day 1
Bellville 10:30 Platform 1 Day 1
Wellington 11:36 Platform 1 Day 1
Matjiesfontein 10:30 Hotel Day 3

Arrival Times: Matjiesfontein 15:30 Hotel Day 1
Worcester 12:30 Station Day 3
Cape Town 14:30 Station Day 3

Please note that running times are not guaranteed. Trains often run VERY late.

Tour price: R2990 per person sharing Two persons per motel room R4290 per person sharing One person per motel room Children 3 – 9 years will pay R200 per child less than the above tour price. Children 0 – 2 years will travel free of charge if sharing a bed and seat on bus with parent.

Deposit: A R1000 per person non-refundable deposit will secure your place. The balance must be paid by latest six weeks before departure date. If NOT paid, your place will be cancelled automatically.

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