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 – but this is the promise of a journey on the Southern Line. Now a new partnership adds a carbon-friendly extension to the Southern Line experience with Rail and Ride.

Undertaken as a partnership project between Cape Town Tourism, Metrorail Western Cape and The Green Cab (an eco-friendly travel provider), The Rail and Ride initiative was launched at Tourism Indaba this past weekend to great enthusiasm and will begin running in the first week of June 2010.

The Rail and Ride experience combines eco-friendly rail travel with reduced emission Green Cab vehicles and a tour-guided insight on the Southern Line route. Green Cabs are training tour guides in partnership with Metrorail and the Tourism Enterprise Partnership, who will be positioned in a select carriage on the Rail and Ride days. The tour guides will then inform the visitors’ journey as they travel to Fish Hoek where they disembark for a Green Cab ride to Cape Point, and then return back to Cape Town.

The cost per person is R600 – which includes the train ride, cab ride, entry into the Boulders Penguin Colony, Cape Point entrance fee, tour guide and security.  Read full story.