2018 NAMAQUALAND FLOWERS UPMARKET
TRAIN AND FLIGHT
TOUR PACKAGE
 

Two persons per compartment and
same two persons per hotel room
OR
One person per coupe and same
person per hotel room

Full inclusive of flight and train
R15 950 pp sharing
R18 580 single

Excluding train to Cape Town with
flight back to Johannesburg
R12 550 pp sharing
R15 180 single

Excluding flight to Johannesburg
R14 450 pp sharing
R17 080 single

NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
OF R6 000 pp IS REQUIRED
TO SECURE BOOKING.

SCRAPBOOK ADDITIONAL COST:
R1650 per Scrapbooker

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
Prices may change without prior notice and are subject to availability.

 

The pace of the train tour is slow and convenient. We don’t rush from Point A to Point B, but we still visit all the places worthwhile seeing. You will discover interesting places you’ve never heard of before!

On June 1st, 2006, Transnet announced that no more Charter trains would run from 1 January 2007. Hence, alternative means of taking passengers to their holiday destinations. The main difference now is that once we arrive at our destination, we sleep off the train and travel on the scheduled Shosholoza Meyl trains.

The tour company now utilises Shosholoza Meyl’s (the government’s train & service provider) Tourist Class trains. i.e.: The Trans Karoo, Trans Orange, Trans Natal & Algoa, as well as the upmarket Premier Classe train, the luxurious Shongololo Express train (belonging to Rovos Rail) as well as the legendary, famous and ultra-luxurious Blue Train.

 

A travel journal designed by Glenda Viljoen to be completed during the tour. Product and kit contents will be designed specifically for the tour. There will be time set aside each day for those who would like to join the sessions to scrapbook their journey. The cost of the scrapbook component is additional to the train bus tour.
Detailed class information and requirements will be emailed closer to the the time.

Glenda Viljoen, one of the leading doyens of the paper craft industry in South Africa, will be teaching during the tour.

Her primary goal is to take scrapbooking on a never ending journey beyond mundane, repetitious themes and content to an ever upward attainment of new and exciting layouts and new ideas. She is a certified Ranger Instructor, enabling her to educate and inspire others in the use of inks, stains, paints, embossing products and techniques.

She designs layouts and teaches classes at major events and personalized classes as well as retailer education classes for the largest local scrapbook distributor in South Africa, Trocraft.

In June 2016, in partnership with Trocraft, she launched her own collection, Penelope Dee...South African manufactured papercraft products.

She has never lost sight of the purpose to leave a legacy of memories while enjoying the creative journey..

 
 

This is an inaugural upmarket Premier Classe Train & Flight tour package to the beautiful Namaqualand on the South African West Coast. It is at the end of the rainy season and the flowers will be in its splendid beauty. There is nothing else like this natural phenomenon. The flowers are normally in abundance, the variety and colours almost unlimited, the ‘veld’ lush and the weather good. The flower season promises to be good. During this tour we’ll travel wide and far, not only to see the daisies but to experience the region, the people, the small towns and the villages.

We are going to be taken to places where tour groups normally don’t go. Just think about places like Paternoster and Darling. You will do some wine tasting and take pictures of a magnificent waterfall. Walk in the ‘veld’ with flowers from horizon to horizon. Bend your knees and discover small and tiny flowers. We’ll travel on the luxurious Premier Classe train, sleep in reputable hotels and travel by a charter bus before returning by flight. In practice it means that we’ll be two days longer in Namaqualand compared to train-only tours.

 
 
TRAIN INFORMATION  

The tour company now utilises Shosholoza Meyl’s (the government’s train & service provider) Tourist Class trains ie: The Trans Karoo, Trans Orange, Trans Natal & Algoa, as well as the upmarket Premier Classe train, the luxurious Shongololo Express train (belonging to Rovos Rail) as well as the legendary, famous and ultra-luxurious Blue Train.

Alcohol on the train: Passengers are allowed to bring their own alcohol onto the train but may only consume it in their compartments. It may not be taken to the dining car or any other public areas. Beer, cold drinks, wine and hard liquor are for sale on the train at the tuck shop in the dining car. No ice is for sale. Please bring your own.

Firearms, pets, Hi-Fi’s, radios, TV and drugs are not allowed on the train. Wi-Fi and TV are not available on the train. Smoking on the train is not allowed.

Porters: The availability of porters at stations is VERY limited. Many stations do NOT render such a service anymore. If a porter is used (at the station or at hotels), it is custom to tip R5 - R10 per item being carried or transported. This is for the account of the passenger. Note: The porter carrying your luggage from your car into the station is NOT allowed onto the platform. A different porter will take over the duties. You then have to tip both porters.

There is security staff working on the train.

Pregnant Passengers: “Shosholoza Meyl" takes no responsibility for pregnant female passengers whilst travelling on Shosholoza Meyl trains. Women more than 6 months pregnant, may not travel on a Shosholoza Meyl train, unless in possession of a doctor’s certificate declaring her fit to do so. Where a pregnant female passenger does travel on a Shosholoza Meyl train this will be at her own risk.” (Sho Meyl Sales and Reservation Policy, Version 2.1, 30 November 2006). the tour operator subscribe to the above.

Cellphones: Cellphones can be used on the train and reception is available on most routes. There is unfortunately not 3-point plugs available on all the trains.

Unruly passengers: The tour operaor, SCRAPBOOKEX and Shosholoza Meyl reserve the right to terminate the tour of any Traveller who wrongfully or unlawfully fails to adhere to the reasonable instructions of an appointed tour guide or train official and / or causes any wrongful disruption, disturbance or nuisance to any other traveller, tour group or service provider or cause any damage to property or person.

 
Bus Transport  

Only use of reputable bus companies with good safety records and back-up services in place when needed. Comfortable luxury buses are used. The bus will NOT have an on board toilet, but we stop a sufficient number of times for smoke breaks and toilet stops.

     
Accommodation   You will be staying for one night on the train, one night at the Piekenierskloof Mountain Lodge outside Citrusdal/ Clanwilliam Hotel, two nights at the Springbok Inn in Springbok, another two nights at Melkboomdrift Lodge outside Lutzville and one night at Windtown Lagoon Hotel in Langebaan. We host two persons (or one) per room in hotels or chalets (as booked). All rooms will have en-suite bath rooms and it could include sharing a chalet BUT still with own room and en Suite facilities. Due to bus capacity constraints, each tour is limited to a maximum of 36 people.
     
Included in price  
  • One overnight train trip on the upmarket Premier Classe train: JHB to CPT
  • One way flight in Economy Class: CPT to JHB
  • Accommodation in reputable hotels or lodges
  • Two good meals per day (breakfast and dinner) on tour.
    All meals & high teas are included on the train.
  • Bus transport
  • Tour guide
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
     
Excluded from price  
  • Comprehensive Travel insurance: We strongly urge you to adequately cover yourself for any eventualities with your insurance agent. The Automobile Association (AA), through Regent Insurance, renders a ‘Local Cover’ Insurance package at a very affordable rate. I.e.: +-R75 pp for a 7-day tour. Click here for more info or call them at 0861 900 801.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Lunches are for your own account
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Parking at JHB station or JHB Airport
  • Scrapbook Classes, kits and product (additional cost - see below)
     
Luggage   Please note that your luggage is limited to one suitcase (not to exceed 20kg) and one piece of hand luggage as per flight requirements. Each passenger must be able to handle, carry or pull his/her own luggage
     
Dress   You do not need to dress up. This is a casual tour with no formal dinners.
Walking shoes, a jacket or jersey and a hat are recommended for the daily excursions.
     
Tour Guide   A qualified tour guide will travel with you. They all add value to your train tour experience. Tours are conducted in both English and Afrikaans. NB: Should the tour operator appoint a tour guide in respect of any tour, the Traveller/Client/Passenger shall be obliged to comply with all reasonable instructions of such tour guide.
     
Cancellations   Deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations allowed up to 2 months prior to departure.
     
Insurance   As a rule we highly recommend our passengers to arrange comprehensive travel insurance once booked for a tour to cover all possible losses, injuries, cancellations, change in mode of transport, etc. The Automobile Association (AA), through Hollard Insurance, renders a ‘Local Cover’ Insurance packet at a very affordable rate. Click here to read full details or phone them on Tel: 0861 HLLRDT / 455738 or email: travelinsurance@hollardti.co.za
     
MEDICAL   Please take your own medication and Medical Aid Card. Any first aid or medical treatment provided by the Company at its expense to any Traveller, shall be discretionary and on a compassionate basis. Under no circumstances shall the provision of such treatment be tantamount to an admission of liability by the Company for any injury or illness sustained by the Traveller
     
PASSPORTS   You do need your passport when you travel abroad (Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, etc.). If you are not a South African citizen, please find out if you need a visa and get one in time.
     
SAFETY and SECURITY   The tour operator and PRASA will do their utmost to offer you a safe train tour. Travelling by holiday train is after all currently one of the safest ways to travel in South Africa.
     
TIPS AND GRATUITIES   It is custom to tip if you are satisfied with services rendered. This could be done individually (ie: When served by a waiter) or at the end of a tour (ie: tour guide or bus driver). Tips are NOT included in any tour’s price.
     
How to book  
  • All you need to do is to complete the online Booking Form.
  • Pay the non-refundable deposit of R6000.00 pp with the final amount due two months prior to tour (22 JUNE 2018).
    (your booking may be transferred to another person should you not be able to attend the tour, with the consent of SCRAPBOOKEX and the tour operator)
    OR
  • Pay the full amount into the bank account on receipt of booking confirmation.
  • If the tour is booked within the two months period, the full amount needs to be paid.
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