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CLASSIC & COOL Cape Town

Emma Gregg picks her favourite experiences in this vibrant metropolis, from its betterknown attractions to its city secrets
A vibrant street in Bo-Kaap, the city’s Cape-Malay neighbourhood, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, it is home to many of the city’s Muslim community
Photo: Cape Town Tourism

The Blue Train

BEST WAY TO ARRIVE

The Blue Train

Surely the most glamorous way to arrive in Cape Town is by sea on board a luxury liner? In a couple of years, this may well be the case. From December 2017, a shiny new cruise ship terminal at the V&A Waterfront will transform the experience. But for now, it’s far more exciting to arrive by land, taking the Blue Train (above) from Pretoria, a journey which recreates the true elegance of 20th-century luxury travel.

Over the 994-mile, 27-hour trip, you’ll be treated like a guest of honour by the butlers, stewards and cooks, many of whom have been on the staff all their working lives. Every meal is served in a dining car with white table linen and ever-changing views. Your cabin, though compact, will have all the comforts of a hotel room, and at night the rhythms of the train will rock you to sleep. With standard fares costing an eyewatering 25 times more than a ft ight with budget airline Kulula, we can’t pretend this is a cheap way to travel — but as a unique experience, it’s priceless.

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