Excellent service as usual
Everything worked like clockwork. Cape Town was excellent and the advice on attractions and things to do was spot on
A big thank you to Thomas for organising our holiday. Definitely would recommend to family and friends.
I appreciated being contacted shortly before travelling to ensure everything was OK and then to warn us about the pending storm
We were given all the information we needed, including how to manage the corona virus. Everyone we spoke to was knowledgeable and explained things in accessible terms.
Brody was extremely helpful, answering all my numerous questions promptly and to my satisfaction.
I found DialAFlight very helpful and they were very professional. Will definitely book again.
Gary excellent as always.
Everything went completely as planned. Robert was excellent every step of the way and managed to sort all questions and queries that I had. Will definitely be using DailAFlight again and will be recommending them to all family and friends.
Always excellent service from Ryan
The whole booking process, endless advice and reassurance from Annabelle, the actual safari itinerary and company were all fantastic. The safari guide was 100% amazing, lovely man very informative great driver in some pretty tricky driving conditions, the accommodation and food provided was faultless. Only complaint is that it went too quickly and we wished we had booked more time at Mombasa. Truly awesome memories and 110% would recommend DialAFlight
Fabulous holiday, good flight, great hotel fantastic all round
Your service was OK but I would prefer another airline when I travel next time
Good company, delivered as promised
Excellent customer service.
Keep up the good work!
Planned brilliantly. Will definitely use DialAFlight again. Great value
Thank you - excellent service!
All changes to the original flight were efficiently done and worked perfectly.
The first time I have used DialAFlight and am very happy with all the arrangements and communication.
Alfie is great. Really helpful.
Never used DialAFlight before but I was very impressed. My consultant Lawrence was fantastic, very friendly and helpful. Will use again.
The overall experience was excellent and I would not hesitate to use DialAFlight again.
Excellent service in the face of challenging circumstances. 24 hour emergency system works brilliantly
Quick phone call to book flights and lots of follow up advice.
Had a very good flight home - thank you for your very good service
Great trip with no hiccups
More country-specific information would have been useful. For example, getting hold of cash in small denominations before departure. Liked the app and the arrangements were perfect.
Everything worked out well. Thank you for the excellent customer service you do offer to me and my husband. We are never disappointed by your service or advice.
For the past 15 years I have been booking twice a year with a competitor. Since the last two longhaul trips with DialAFlight, I will not book with them anymore. The service with DialAFlight is excellent and I was referred to you by a friend. The consultants are very respectful and professional.
To ride the Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town is to travel along part of Britain's imperial history; a journey that is at once luxurious, breathtakingly beautiful and thought-provoking.
The railway heading north from the Cape was part of Cecil Rhodes's grand colonial vision: the 19th-century mining magnate, today the focus of intense political controversy, imagined a trans-port network from one end of Africa to the other to enable British trade and political dominion. It didn't happen but this remarkable train is part of his legacy.
After a night in Fairlawns in Johannesburg, a chic boutique hotel and spa set inside a former country estate, my companion and I head to Pretoria station and enter an older, genteel world, with a nostalgic colonial twist.
We board the bright blue train, with some 80 other passengers, and enter a world of wood-panelled comfort, with brass fittings, crisp linen and low golden lighting. The Blue Train is the Orient Express of Africa,
Once offering an overnight journey to the Cape, the Blue Train is now a deliberately slower experience, taking two nights for the 997-mile trip.
Our charming butler, Angela, has brought a bottle of South African spark-ling wine. The compartments are roomy, about 8m2, each with an Italian marble bathroom.
The train feels venerable and experi-enced, adding to the feeling one is riding a bit of history. I couldn't be happier.
A cocooned quiet pervades the cabin, just a faint rumble of the tracks audible through the wide picture window - double-glazed for tranquillity.
It's time to dress for dinner; dress code is 'elegant' for ladies and jacket and tie for gentlemen. I've opted for the linen suit with leather waistcoat, as worn by Robert Redford in Out of Africa.
The dining car is a vision in starched white tablecloths and heavy cutlery. Our waiter, Collen, has a deep sonorous delivery and virtually sings the menu. The food is delicious - seared scallops, cured salmon, duck breast, South African cheeses. The list of South African wines is positively tidal.
Collen is explaining that he once met the Queen. For a glorious moment I think he may be referring to Queen Victoria.
We totter back down the corridor, the sway only partly induced by the train's movement. You can sense the vastness outside; not a single light is visible, save a flutter of stars.
In the 1920s, steam locomotives plied the line between Cape Town and Johannesburg. After the war, the Blue Train service was launched, named after the blue steel trains introduced a few years earlier.
Rhodes died in 1902, but countless colonists still took this route north for the diamond and gold fields. Rhodes even had his own private carriage; his body was transported along this very line, stopping at every station for mourners to pay their respects.
In the morning, a blinding African sun slices through the blinds, which lift to reveal the plains stretching into the distance. We eat eggs benedict and fresh fruit and watch herds of tiny antelope flickering through the scrub.
Watching Africa glide past at a stately 30mph is mesmerising.
At mid-morning we pull into Kimberley, where diamonds were discovered on the farm belonging to the De Beer brothers in 1871, prompting the greatest diamond rush the world has seen. Here, until 1914, some 50,000 miners using picks and shovels extracted 6,000lb of diamonds.
We are driven to The Big Hole museum - exactly what the name indicates, a pit 460m wide and 240m deep, the largest hand-dug hole in the world, a testament to human ingenuity and man's hunger for gems. Now it's a ghostly place.
At Kimberley station, the station-master hands out South African sherry in tiny glasses engraved with the Blue Train logo.
The train sets off into the Great Karoo desert, the vast plateau the size of Germany whose name comes from a Khoi tribal word meaning 'land of great thirst'.
I sit in the observation car at the rear, watching the vast bushveld drift by, an undulating tableau of rock, semi-desert and sparse scrub. High tea is served in the lounge car, with cake and scones; another extravaganza is staged in the dining car in the evening, to the accompaniment of Collen's echoing baritone.
We awake descending towards the Cape, with vineyards stretching away under high granite outcrops, as our journey on this historical artefact rolls to a close. And our holiday is rounded off in wine country, with a few days in Majeka House, a delightful boutique hotel just outside Stellenbosch.
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