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South Africa

Embark on an enchanting journey aboard The Blue Train as it travels through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery found in the African subcontinent. Travel in style past awe-inspiring mountain ranges, arid desert landscapes and untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife on the 27-hour journey, covering 1,600 kilometres between Pretoria and Cape Town. An alternative route to Durban is also available.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious trains, the award-winning Blue Train offers unparalleled personalised service, first class cuisine and elegant interiors. It will appeal to discerning travellers seeking a unique and unforgettable experience that combines the luxury of a world-class hotel with the charm of train travel.

Lavishly decorated suites complete with butler service have been designed to maximise comfort. Each suite features plush linens, under-floor heating, lavish bathrooms and large windows offering breathtaking views. Elegant lounges by day are transformed into restful sanctuaries at the night. Luxury Suites offer more space, bathtubs and a state-of-the-art entertainment centre.

The cuisine aboard The Blue Train is outstanding. Sample local specialities prepared using the freshest ingredients in the elegant Dining Car. Enjoy sumptuous brunches and formal banquet dinners or choose to dine in the privacy of your suite. Traditional high teas are served in the Lounge Car.

The real star of the journey is the African landscape but the train makes one stop at Kimberley (Southbound) where passengers are transferred to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum by an old London Bus and at the historical town of Matjiesfontein (Northbound).

The Blue Train Information

  • Location: Travels from Pretoria to Cape Town
  • Accommodation: Train Set 1 accommodates 52 guests, Train Set 2 80 guests
  • Activities: Admiring the landscape, stops at Kimberley and Matjiesfontein
  • Facilities: Conference car, club and lounge cars, suites, viewing car
  • Weather: The best months are September through May
  • Children: Welcome
  • Price Guide: From USD 1246 per person in a De Luxe Double on a Pretoria-Cape Town route

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