South African Classic
Luxury takes on a new dimension with The Blue Train. You'll feel it the moment you step into the pre-departure lounge at the Pretoria or Cape Town railway stations. A warm-hearted South African welcome begins a journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail. An hour before the train departs you are ushered into a world which is made effortless by the ease of checking in. Enjoy a welcoming cocktail and appetising delicacy served from a butler's silver tray while your luggage is labelled and whisked away.
On board you can enjoy the elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside or the club car with its relaxed atmosphere of a gentlemen's club, complete with card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar. You can watch a short film about the train's route or enjoy a Cuban cigar and cognac before retiring for the night. As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure. Your route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kms (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered on the African sub-continent. You will travel over the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo before railing through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. The journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. A highlight of this route is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where you will take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.
The Blue Train departs from Cape Town station at 8:30am and arrives at Pretoria train station the following day at 12:50pm. The Blue Train departs from Pretoria main train station at 8:30am and arrives in Cape Town train station the following day at 12:00 noon.
Why we like it
- Luxurious Train Travel
- Gourmet Dining
- Stunning Scenery
- Kimberley excursion