• Blue Train South Africa

The Blue Train

Look though the train windows into the soul of South Africa

In the 19th century a dream was born – a dream of linking Africa’s vast south with the very north of the continent by rail. Passing by the awe-inspiring mountain ranges scattered accross the continent, through desert landscapes and over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife all the way from Cape Town to Cairo. While the dream wasn't fulfilled, the construction of the Great African Railway did make it through South Africa to the bridge across the gorge of the Zambezi River, overlooking the thundering smoke of the Victoria Falls, and this is when The Blue Train was born. 

The Blue Train has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service, today offering one and two night  journeys that travel through some of South Africa's most diverse and spectacular scenery. The modern train – with air-suspension and extensive sound proofing – provides the perfect setting for your enjoyment as the country passes by your eyes. Each cabin provides elegance and comfort in a surprisingly spacious suite, for the ultimate experience, upgrade and stay in a Luxury cabin which offers a larger living space and long and luxurious bath tub. Be sure to use the services of your personal butler who is there to assist you in any way possible. Dining is all part of the experience: on board chefs regularly refresh their menus as they prepare their signature dishes using locally sourced ingredients. From Karoo lamb, ostrich and venison, to Knysna oysters and other award-winning Cape cultivars, all artfully presented in delicate crystal or on fine china.

You have a variety of wonderful journey's to choose from:

  • Pretoria to Cape Town - 2 night duration commencing on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Cape Town to Pretoria - 2 night duration commencing on Thursdays and Saturdays 
  • Hoedspruit to Pretoria - 1 night duration commencing on Saturdays
  • Pretoria to Hoedspruit - 1 night duration commencing on Fridays 
  • Pretoria return via Kruger National Park - 2 nights commencing on Thursdays
Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Location Type
Away from it all
Leopard in South Africa

Hotel highlights

  • A rail journey to remember
  • Africa’s Leading Luxury Train 2018 World Travel Awards (winner for 10th consecutive years)
  • A unique experience with a strong heritage
  • Off train excursions included

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • Check-out Time:
  • 33 rooms
  • Guests are requested to check in 1 hour prior to departure at The Blue Train lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town
  • Bed preference (double or single) to be specified when making a reservation, as double beds are limited
  • Maximum 2 guests per suite

Main Facilities

  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Iconic
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

The Blue Train

  • Away from it all
  • Journey across South Africa in style
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Room Types

De Luxe Suite

Your cabin will forever alter your definition of what style and class are. An elegant and relaxing lounge for the day, it then transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, 100% percale-cotton bedding, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom and plush monogrammed towels accompanied with electronic entertainment options.

The De Luxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4x2 metres. Each One One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • In Room WiFi
  • Towels included

Luxury Suite

Your Luxury Suite will enchant you from the moment your personal butler shows you aboard to your cabin. It extends the offering from a De Luxe suite even further; by an extra metre, with twin or double bedded suites which offer you long and luxurious bath tubs and a private digital interactive entertainment system.

Luxury coaches have three Luxury Suites that each measure 5.13X2 metres and give you the option of twin beds or a double bed.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Butler Service
  • In Room WiFi
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
The Blue Train

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