Many thanks foe the just concluded holidays to Zimbabwe & South Africa. We wouldn't have done it without Isaac and your team.
I've been a loyal customer for some time and the service I have received from Luke is exceptional. My cousin who booked recently on my recommendation was amazed with the level of professionalism combined with efficiency so Luke you've won another loyal customer. Several more are on the way!
Well informed pre-travel expectations were well explained otherwise it would have been a nightmare to be turned back at the airport for failure to complete all forms
Complaints and querries well covered
Samuel has yet again made my holidays stress free - he communicated well, kept me informed and answered any questions. It's because of his honesty, reliability and professionalism that I book with you.
We can’t thank you enough for the excellence of your service, your availability, willingness to check out possible changes due to Covid and overall professional high level of efficiency. The way staff cover for each other is brilliant.
I like the way you communicate with me all the way
It was tricky working my flights around covid and Aidan was so helpful.
The hotel, which was my choice, was the worst. Just a heads up for future client bookings
William is awesome.
Excellent service and help as usual. Will definitely recommend.
Thank you for your amazing service Jordan over many years. Your patience has to be recognised. I was so worried about flying but you put my mind at ease. It was good that I travelled to South Africa - with all the unrest at the moment.
I would not have managed without Roy and thank him very much for all he did to get me there and back!
Isla and her team are amazing. I recommend them to everyone. Thanks again for such a professional service
Thank you once again Isaac. Everything went very well and as usual your care was appreciated.
Very friendly and efficient. Helped with a change of date and gave loads of additional information. Can’t thank them enough
Good customer service
Excellent service was specific to my travel manager.
DialAFlight have changed our return flights three times most helpfully and efficiently. They have been extremely responsible to the extent of contacting a family member for us. Absolutely exemplary.100%.
Brilliant service! Everyone I dealt with was helpful, friendly and pleasant. Amy was so amazing I’ve already recommended her. Thank you for making travelling in uncertain times so pleasant.
I like the service you gave us
Gary was very helpful and kept me up to date with my travel changes and Covid rules when returning to UK. Very pleased and impressed with general performance.
In difficult circumstances the professionalism of Alistair and his team was exemplary. I would advise anyone to book with yourselves as quite clearly booking direct would have been a nightmare. Great communication and politeness from all of you and thank you again for getting us home.
Super efficient, friendly service. Seamless despite last minute changes due to Covid tests and visa hold ups. Awesome, highly recommended
DialAFlight was there to support me when my airline wanted me to buy another ticket when they should reschedule my flight due to my toothache.
They are professional and always very helpful and they keep updating the travel if there are any changes. Looking forward to booking my holiday
Thank you so much to Max and team on looking after me during my travels and bringing me home safely with out a single hiccup. You are the best
I am so happy to be back and I appreciate all the effort by your staff, Sean in particular. I received all the information about the cancellation of flights on time and my flight back was excellent. Thank you ever so much and keep it up.
Ryan was excellent - always delivers and will look to rebook with him again
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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