Villa Belle Ombre

16 Belle Ombre Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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Travel between CT and Mossel Bay

by TrevHouse

Hi All,

Once again I am calling on your help.

We are planning a trip to SA next spring and seem to be doing very well until I discovered the Outenique Choo Tjoe Train and decided this is something we must do. (one way only as we want to get a flight from George). I am desperately trying to get some form of transport from CT to Mossel Bay. I thought of one-way car hire but can not find anybody to do it. A private taxi would be too expensive as I understand it is a four hour drive. I have looked at trains but am not sure of the safety aspect, and even tried sea crossing but have got nowhere!

Has anybody out there any ideas? We are a couple travelling and taking in CT and surrounds, then onto a game reserve near Kruger, before flying back from Jo'burg to UK.

Re: Travel between CT and Mossel Bay

by carteki

The car hire companies do do 1-way rentals. There is an additional charge of around R800 for this. Check out the bigger companies - Budget, Hertz, Avis etc. Your other option would be to go by bus. Check out or or The Baz bus is another option, but a bit more expensive than the traditional road-coaches. See
Hope you have a good trip.

Re: Travel between CT and Mossel Bay

by Gerald_D

They changed the train route in the last year or so - the current route is less spectacular than many photo-galleries would suggest. (Even the "official" gallery could be misleading).

Re: Travel between CT and Mossel Bay

by botvot

carteki is right, most South Africans would do this trip by bus/coach. It is a 4-5 hour trip.

Re: Travel between CT and Mossel Bay

by Gerald_D

You can see most bus options here:

The "busses" are actually "coaches" - definitely not your typical African bus with chickens under the seats and goats on the roof.

By car 4 hours - by bus 6 to 6.5 hours because of all the stops.

Re: Travel between CT and Mossel Bay

by TrevHouse

Sorry for not getting back earlier but I have been holidaying in Portugal - very nice!

Thanks for all your replies, will check out the bus (coach) travel. I was interested to hear from Gerald D that the train route has changed. I thought is sounded great on the site. I know that they have had trouble with the line and it has just re-opened, so must look into that again.

Am going to post another request re: game reserves so would again be greatful for all replies.

Travel Tips for Cape Town


by LysDor


The French Huguenots who arrived from 1688 onwards and who settled mainly in the Franschhoek Valley contributed their sophisticated skills by refining the production of wine and before long good quality wines were being made at the Cape. It is even said that Napoleon Bonaparte while languishing in a prison cell in St Helena was reported to be longing for the sweet wines of Constantia as these wines had been extremely well received in the French Court!

Watch stunning sunsets on Lions Head

by jo104

If you are going in a group you can climb up lions head. It is a fairly easy hike with the last bit being aided by chains.

We always used to take champagne & nibbles & watch the most amazing sunsets

Don't go on your own!!

Wines, wines, and wines

by jlanza29 about Vaughan Johnson's Wine and Cigar store

Located in the V & A waterfront, this wine store has just about everything....the service is extremely friendly....we spoke to "Flesch" and was very helpful. The owner himself Vaughan is always on hand.....bought a case of wines at very resonable prices and they will export them to the US if you really, really want too......they told me that it's about $100 US for a case of wine to the states !!!!! oooucchhhh...... otherwise great prices, excellent service.... and it's open on Sunday's !!!!

Intercape. =A reliable Bus company

by kenHuocj

for getting around the country - a nationwide network..
I travelled them Jhb to Cape Town and Back >> R805 return
also Pretoria to Pietermaritzburg >>R335 return
Clean, on time and well maintained fleet of buses

How to assemble a delicious instant picnic!

by CatherineReichardt about Woolworths & Woolworths Food

Many of my tips make reference to picnics - partly because I like picnicking, partly out of economy, and partly because one of the few things I have learned from motherhood is that it is wise never to venture forth with small children without emergency provisions!
So, how do you assemble an instant, delicious, value-for-money picnic? Easy - you find your nearest Woolworths!
Woolworths is to South Africa what Marks & Spencers is to the UK. The name is confusing, as it actually has no link to the Woolworths in the USA, Australia or Britain (the latter of which was a fixture of my childhood and is sadly no more). Woolies is a veritable retail institution, and a much-loved purveyor of aspirational lifestyle goods to the South African middle and upper classes (myself included!)
Everything at Woolies (clothing, homeware, groceries) is of excellent quality and reasonably priced, but we're talking food here. Woolies does an excellent range of pre-prepared food from designer sandwiches, wraps and rotisserie chickens to salads, cakes and beverages, and the range is both imaginative and affordable. You can assemble the components of a picnic in next to no time, and even buy an insulated bag to keep the lot cool (or hot) until you're ready to eat!
Woolies' range of 'instant meals' is also excellent for those who are staying in self-catering accommodation but don't necessarily want to cook from scratch.
Woolies has branches in virtually every reasonable sized South African town - see the website below for details. More recently, it has established a series of Woolworths Foods stores (which only sell groceries), and have also established scaled down Woolies Food outlets at certain petrol stations - these stock a limited range focusing on the sort of things that people need to pick up on their way home.
Bon appetit!


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