A Magic Journey on The Blue Train

Nadine excels in telling us about her excursion on Africa’s very best train, also many times rated as the world’s very best.

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I just love a well-written article, especially when it tells the reader about an adventure in a hard-to-reach spot. Nadine excels in telling us about her excursion on Africa’s very best train, also many times rated as the world’s very best. Read about this great journey here http://goo.gl/UguRq2

Be AwethentiQ on #TheBlueTrain

Our company, AWETHENTIQ, is authorised agent for The Blue Train. Over and above acting as booking agent, we also arrange safari’s, visits to game reserves, hotel and farm stays, wine & brandy tours, helicopter flights, airline reservations, etc.

We are AwethentiQ – a combination of awesome, authentic and unique. We only promote what we have experienced ourselves.

In our team:

  • Karen – Photographer
  • Amanda, Tour Guide
  • Pieter – Director, Blogger

Our company is authorised agent for The Blue Train. Over and above acting as booking agent, we also arrange safari’s, visits to game reserves, hotel and farm stays, wine & brandy tours, helicopter flights, airline reservations, etc.

We do regional day tours in the Western Cape and guided walking tours in Cape Town CBD area.

+27844110655

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The Case for #CapeTown

You have flown in from across the globe, spent thirteen or thirty hours in a confined space ten kilometres above terra firma. Do you really want to spend your few days in South Africa traveling more?

Cape Town offers you the Big Five, plus whales and sharks, all well within 250km.

A city is a city and malls are equal, right? So why Cape Town?

Simply because of its pristine white beaches, scenic coastal and rural roads, Table Mountain National Park. It is diverse, it is cosmopolitan yet it is natural. No other city in South Africa can offer you the sheer beauty, or Kirstenbosch botanical gardens set against the backdrop of beautiful Table Mountain.

You don’t need to travel 1,500km just to go see the next city where you will be paying more and see much, much less. Well-meaning social media influencers will woo you, seduce you for your tourist dollar with promises of a natural wonderland but, when you arrive there, won’t you be disappointed?

Many other big South African coastal cities don’t even have truly white sand. Inland, there is no equal to the scenic beauty of Cape Town and everything costs more, also you need to pay for access almost everywhere.

A visit to South Africa really means a visit to Cape Town, unless you can stay for three weeks.

Don’t believe the many local travel tweeters who try to tell you otherwise – even ninety thousand Britons yet again ruled Cape Town as Number One. Five years in a row!

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Which Mobile On #Travel? 

Try beat my R599 FreeMe package.

I am what I prefer to call a #permatourist. My own invention.

See, living in Cape Town, South Africa, opens up opportunities every single day. Anyone ever getting bored here, must be missing a gene. So much to see and do, the bulk of it for free. Yep. Mahaila. Pasella. No charge.

In my “job” as travel writer and events reporter, publishing to social media has to be instant. For that, great connectivity is essential. And video devours data.

I travel with three devices and four different SIM cards. My wife has one device. We have Vodacom, Cell C, MTN and Telkom Mobile.

The device with the very best signal ability is a R199 iTel dual-SIM from “PEP Tique.”  The second best is a Huawei LTE mobile hotspot, third is a Mobicel tablet costing R899. Excellent service also came from an old R599 Alcatatel One Touch Pop2. It sounds like a kiddies happy meal toy but had great connectivity and was excellent as a wireless hotspot.

Less great connectivity came from high-end smartphones. We did swap around SIM cards to test all fairly.

The test route took us up to 1,333 km in each direction, a total of fourteen such journeys on different trains. We did fourteen long-distance journeys.

While Vodacom had the best signal coverage, the same cannot be said about its usability. It reminds of the guy pitching up for work but then don’t get much done.

Cell C had better voice connectivity than the others but data throughput suffered.

MTN. If I had something good to say, I would have. During a fortnight stay in suburban Klerksdorp, as during a week in Beaufort West, signal seemed okay but connectivity just failed. GSM. WCDMA. Auto settings. Nyet.

That leaves us with dear old Telkom, on FreeMe plans. Usable for a little over 1,000 km of the entire distance, a clear winner. Useless when roaming through MTN, especially. On its own legs, a better proposition.

Which is why I bought a FreeMe bundle at Telkom V&A Waterfront today and paid R599 for 20GB data. I also received 10GB night data plus 10GB TelkomConnect WAP2-secured WiFi. And 1,500 all networks minutes plus 300 Telkom or Telkom Mobile numbers. Plus 500MB for things like Viber, Whatsapp, etc. Oh, then R600 all networks calling for seven days as yet another bonus.

With its proven reliability, Telkom Mobile FreeMe is a no-brainer. I switched when 8ta was new and saw how service improved, especialy after becoming Telkom Mobile and more infrastructure was employed.

Try beat my R599 FreeMe package. 

Travel is in our blood

Travel and I are inseparable twins.

We travel on two main line trains, cover 2,500km in three days. Upon our arrival back at home, we pause before putting our bags down, look at each other and say almost in one voice: “Do we put the luggage down, or do we go again?”

That defines us – Pete & Karen. As for myself, I traveled since I was a newborn baby. It is in the fibre of my bones, in the marrow. Travel and I are inseparable twins. Karen is no different. 

What we present here, is from first hand experience. AwethentiQ.