CHERRY TIME 2022 – Cape Town, Ashton & Ceres


  • Stay on the Train (72 places)
    • Compartment (Sleeps 4 people on 2 bunk beds)
      • 4 persons R 11 600
      • 3 persons R 10 400
      • 2 persons R 8 200
    • Coupe (Sleeps 2 people on 1 bunk bed)
      • 2 Persons R 5 800
      • 1 Person R 4 600
  • Stay in Town (Montagu) (80 places)
    • +- R 3 900 per person (final figure may be slightly higher or lower, to be confirmed in the next 7 days)
    • Guests are seated in the Lounge and Observation Cars

Pricing Inclusions / Exclusions

  • Pricing INCLUDES
    • Train Experience from Cape Town to Ashton and Ceres
    • Day 1
      • Lunch & Dinner
      • Gin / Brandy / Wine Tasting
    • Day 2
      • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Pricing EXCLUDES
    • Hot and Cold Beverages
    • Snacks onboard
    • Day 1 Breakfast
    • Day 2 Dinner
    • Bedding
    • Gratuities

Journey Timeline

Day 1 – 19 November 2022

  • 06h15 – 06h45: Passengers Arrive and Board
  • 07h00: Departure
  • 12h00: Arrival at Lunch Destination
  • 14h00: Train Departure to Ashton
  • 15h30: Train Arrival in Ashton
  • 15h45 – 17h00: Brandy, Gin or Wine Tasting (Only one option per passenger)
  • 17h15: Passengers transferred to train and other overnight accommodations
  • 18h00 – 19h30: Dinner (Train and at other overnight accommodations)
  • 19h30 onwards: Sleeping arrangements

Day 2 – 20 November 2022

  • 07h00: Breakfast served (Train and other overnight accommodations)
  • 07h30: Shuttle buses leave overnight accommodations for the train
  • 08h00: Train Departure to Ceres
  • 12h00: Train Arrival in Prince Alfred Hamlet. Transfer to Cherry Picking destination (short bus transfer)
    • Cherry Picking
    • Lunch and Cocktails
    • Bring a picnic blanket along to relax in the orchards
  • 14h30: Train Departure to Cape Town
  • 21h00: Train Arrival in Cape Town


    • PARKING: Overnight parking is available at the departure location underground for R100 for the entire trip. This payment will be handled onboard the train and does not need to be pre-booked.
    • We have a fully stocked bar, dining car (for snacks), and coffee onboard. Payment by cash or card is accepted.
    • We are currently not wheelchair accessible unless the person is able to board without the wheelchair.
    • No smoking is permitted onboard.
    • There is no Wifi on the train and plug points are limited, so bring a power bank along if you have one.
    • Please bring a picnic blanket along for the lunch in the orchards.
    • Further information and packing lists will be sent closer to the time.

General Rules and Other Info

    • If you are in need of assistance, go to the Coach Controller or Train Manager.
    • Obey the instructions given by our Train Manager (orange visi-vest) and our Coach Controllers (yellow visi-vest).
    • Please do not stand or kneel on the furniture and tables, and keep dirty feet off too.
    • Everyone loves to peek out of the window, but please do not hang out of the windows; it is dangerous due to vegetation along the track as well as soot from the steam locomotive.
    • Please do not throw litter out of the windows – cleaning staff and bins are available on board.
    • No bare feet – the plates between the coaches shift and passengers are at risk of getting injured if their feet are bare.
    • We cannot control the actions of communities alongside the rail line. There have been incidents of stone throwing in the past; we undertake to do our best to monitor the known hotspots to ensure passengers are aware, and communities are engaged.