New Green Tourism Initiative for Cape Town

There are few cities in the world that can boast a scenic train ride along a magnificent stretch of coastline offering whale spotting from the carriage windows and easy access to major tourist attractions within a two kilometre radius of train stations.

Undertaken as a partnership project between Cape Town Tourism, Metrorail Western Cape and Green Cabs; 9 May 2010 will see Cape Town launch a new Rail and Ride tourism product along the southern line train route, which promises to be a leader in Cape Town’s green tourism offerings. This new initiative will offer an ecologically sensitive service that hopes to address the ever-increasing global need to travel responsibly.

Rail travel is known to be less harmful to the environment than many other forms of transport, and working in association with the project partnership is Green Cab, Cape Town’s first eco-transport offering.

Green Cab have reduced their carbon footprint by converting the petrol component of its fleet to run on dual-fuel; and the diesel component on Biodiesel which achieves a saving of fifteen to twenty percent in carbon emissions. Green Cabs will be available at stations to transport visitors to attractions, even as far down the Peninsula as Boulder’s Beach and Cape Point Nature Reserve. The Rail & Ride initiative incorporates the Southern Line Tourism Route which offers the scenic train ride from Cape Town City Centre to Simon’s Town, with the option of hopping on and off should you have a valid one- or two day pass, shuttled around from there with a Green Cab. The project is set to kick-off in the last week of May and will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays departing from platform five at Cape Town station at 09h32 and returning from Simon’s Town at 15h18 in the afternoon. There will be designated Southern Line Tourism Route carriages on which visitors will be accompanied by tourist guides and dedicated security guards.

“The new Rail & Ride promises to be a one-in-a-million trip, and it really is the future of travel. We all need to consider ways of travelling that are less harmful to the environment and this is one of them – the Southern Line Tourism Route combines low-carbon options of rail travel with eco-friendly cab rides,” says Mariette du-Toit Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism, “We are very proud to be launching this new venture in Cape Town and we look forward to seeing the uptake in May.”

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For further information about The Southern Line Tourism Route or Cape Town Tourism, please contact Cape Town Tourism’s PR and Communication Manager Skye Grove, skye@capetown.travel, +27 (0)21 487 6800.

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