Thursday, January 22, 2015
Goway to Revive the Cape to Cairo
The Cape to Cairo is the ultimate in luxury train trips, combining all the adventure of an African safari with the grandeur of a colonial dream.
After 45 years of providing unforgettable travel experiences, Goway Travel is embarking on its biggest adventure yet. The Cape to Cairo... Ultimate Journey of a Lifetime is the 32-day Africa trip of dreams. It will embark in January 2016, with an expert team of local representatives, and Goway founders Bruce and Claire Hodge personally along to attend to guests’ needs.
Now the pinnacle of luxury train trips, the Cape to Cairo dream is an old one, envisioned by Cecil Rhodes in the late 19th century, when British colonial control of Africa was at its height. Rhodes was adamant that Cape Town could be connected to Egypt via a series of railway lines through the British colonies. His vision was completed all the way up to Kenya, before shifting economic realities and the end of the colonial era put plans on hold indefinitely.
This did not however, sate adventurers eager to travel the route. Taking guests from one of the world’s most beautiful city locations to its only surviving ancient wonder, this is Africa’s ultimate rail journey, touring South Africa before taking in majestic Victoria Falls, a Mountain Gorilla trek, and opportunities for a luxury African safari through some of the continent’s most famous parks and reserves.
The gap in the route between Kenya and Egypt necessitates some flying, but travellers will find this small loss in bragging rights well worth it when they touch down for a short Ethiopia tour en route. Not only will passengers see the highlights of Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, and Egypt, they’ll explore the only country on the continent to remain completely independent of colonial rule.
Transcending typical Africa tours, Passengers can expect luxurious accommodation throughout their journey on Rovos Rail, Africa’s most prestigious luxury train service. All accommodation and safari camps offer the highest standards of comfort and service, without compromising that sense of adventure that makes Africa so appealing. This is the cross-continental adventure passengers will be talking about for years.
This Journey of a Lifetime through Africa embarks in Cape Town on January 15, 2016. Guests unable to make this departure however should still enquire, as an alternative itinerary may be available. The trip includes entry to many sights, park entry and game viewing, luxury accommodation, all flights within Africa, most meals, taxes and much more, including Goway’s promise of something ‘extra’ special to complete the journey.
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