Itinerary

The Blue Train

The ideal way to see South African countryside

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As time meandered from the 19th Century towards the dawn of the new era, a dream was born, a dream of linking Africa’s vast south to the north by rail. Passing by the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the arid desert landscapes, over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife all the way from Cape Town to Cairo. Sadly this dream was never fulfilled but from this the magnificent Blue Train was born which now traverses South Africa covering some 994 miles (1,600km) in a 31 hour journey in a manner that befits the mystique that has grown around it.

The Blue Train has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service. This overnight journey travelling through some of South Africa's most diverse and spectacular scenery between the historic town of Pretoria and the iconic city of Cape Town (route also runs in reverse). They have recently added a new routing of Pretoria to Kruger National Park, one of the most well-known and special places to go on safari.

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 room. An elegant and relaxing lounge during the day transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom at night with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, with an individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating plus opulent marble and gold-fitted bathrooms. For the ultimate experience stay in a luxury cabin which offer a larger living space and long and luxurious bath tubs. Be sure to use the serves of your personal butler who is there to aid you in any way required.

Dining is all part of the experience, on board chefs regularly refresh their menus as they prepare their signature dishes using the freshest of local 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,

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Luxurious train journey
  • Exquisite dining and fine wines
  • Upgraded suites available

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
2 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities.
  • Meals included as stated: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) and alcoholic beverages.
  • Excursions as stated.
Not included
  • International flights.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities.
  • Cape Town

    Itinerary Highlights

    • South Africa's most famous train journey
    • Luxurious train journey
    • Exquisite dining and fine wines
    • Upgraded suites available