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Welcome to South Africa, Mr. Bond

  • June 30th 2011


The name’s Town. Cape Town. The South Africa capital and its environs figure prominently in the newest James Bond novel Carte Blanche and the city’s tourism bureau is evidently thrilled about the potential attention, according to the Independent Online.

We’re thrilled as well, given that Micato’s tour operations have long extended into some of the same South African locales that 007 reportedly passes through in the book.

For instance, just as Bond visits historic Robben Island — where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated – so do guests on our South African Sweeping Sojourn. Bond also spends time in Franschhoek, which he calls “the most beautiful spot on the Western Cape,” reports the Independent.

While we don’t condone many of the fictional spy’s methods, we do agree with him about Franschhoek. Micato’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Safari takes our guests to this quaint colonial town and leaves them in the care of the Cape Winelands’ Le Quartier Francais, a retreat whose luxurious suites and top-shelf cuisine would certainly be up to 007’s standards.

Likewise, the Franschhoek Valley is a stopping point for our South African Grand Golf Safari and if Bond is going to do anything with his South Africa leisure time beyond the amorous, automotive, or culinary, we’re certain golf and fine wine would be a priority.

Micato’s in-house Bond fanatics haven’t read the novel yet, but they’re betting that if a luxury train ride is at all part of the plot, that train would have to be the Rovos Rail.

Running from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, the Rovos Rail is often billed as the most luxurious train in the world. We can imagine Sean Connery or Daniel Craig’s Bond eluding a lurking foe just long enough to tuck into a five-star meal in the train’s Victorian dining room, just as our guests do — minus having to elude a lurking foe, of course.