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From Cape Town: Steam Train Ticket to Elgin Railway Market

1. From Cape Town: Steam Train Ticket to Elgin Railway Market

This 160 km round-trip by rail takes you east from Cape Town to Somerset West, over the 473m high Sir Lowrys Pass, affording majestic views over False Bay and the surrounding mountains, and finally into the Elgin Valley. The Elgin Valley, being synonymous with apples, is one of the most intensively farmed districts in Southern Africa, producing 60% of the national apple crop (of which 40% is exported annually). Guests spend their time on the train doing what they enjoy best, whether mingling in the bar, reading a book, taking in the sights, catching up with family, or closing their eyes and letting their senses take them back to another place in time. Arriving at the Elgin Railway Market, guests can choose from food stalls offering everything from fragrant curries, Mediterranean cuisine, healthy Vegan salads, spicy chicken, Neapolitan pizzas, ribs and burgers, exotic Dim Sum, Mexican Nachos, delicious fresh juices, tasty biltong, fall off the bone lamb, and fresh Thai. Sweets treats are also plentiful. They include home-made fudge, ice-cream, handmade chocolate, and to finish off, a great selection of cakes. The bar serves local wines, beer and cider. L-Gin, from Elgin artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins. The train then departs back to Cape Town with guest relaxing onboard for the return journey.

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4.2 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We loved it , the train was superb, the staff friendly and welcoming. The Elgin market was good with some amazing shops marred only by the lack of a lift. I use a mobility aid and was unable to upstairs to the shops.

Interesting and very relax trip. The volunteers are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend for travellers that have 4 or more days to spent in Cape Town