Travel in style on the world renowned luxurious Blue Train to exotic destinations and fine hotels in Southern Africa.

Capture the romance of a bygone era.  Experience the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

 

Train travel is the perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.

  • Thrill to the sight of snow capped mountains  through the  glass observation deck and marvel at lions, giraffes and elephants in their natural habitat. 

  • Glide past  vineyards and charming colonial towns.

  • Observe grasslands of the gold-rich highveld  to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. 

  • Ascend to the highveld through tangles of indigenous forests, with its deep gorges and ancients cliffs, where “living fossils” cycads  flourish in the high lying land of the primeval Baobab tree.

  • Slide along past tea estates, trout streams natural woodlands and vast citrus estates.

  • Rumble through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. 

  • Roll into Cape Town the Mother city of South Africa cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devils Peak and Lions Head..

This unique luxury recreation and business experience takes you where you want to go in an endless, five-star splendor.

 

It pauses only to pick up prestigious World Travel awards for being a cut above the rest and the Diner's Club accolade for its connoisseur selection of South African wines.

The Blue Train cuisine puts sheer good taste on a plate.

 

A vision of timeless Africa - savor the beautiful African landscape.


BLUE TRAIN SCHEDULES

 

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

 

2006

 

Selected

Mondays,  Wednesdays  Fridays

 

 

CAPE TOWN  TO PRETORIA

 

2006

 

Selected

 Mondays,  Wednesdays  &  Fridays

January

2,6,11,16,20,25

 

January

4,9,13,18,23,27

February

3,8,13,17,22,27

 

February

6,10,15,20,24

March

3,8,13,17,22,27,31

 

March

1,6,10,15,20,24,29

April

10,14,19

 

April

3,12,17,21

May

3,8,12,22,26

 

May

5,10,15,24,29

June

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June

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July

7,12,24,28

 

July

10,14,26,31

August

9,14,18,23,28

 

August

11,16,21,25,30

September

1,11,15,20,25, 29

 

September

4,13,18,22,27

October

4,9,13,18,23,27

 

October

2,6,11,16,20,25,30

November

1,6,10,15,24,29

 

November

3,8,13,17,27

December

4,8,18

 

December

1,6,15,20

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

 

2007

Selected 

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

 

 

CAPE TOWN  TO PRETORIA

 

2007

Selected 

 Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

January

3, 8, 15, 22, 29

 

January

5, 10, 17, 24, 31

February

5, 12, 19, 26

 

February

7, 14, 21, 28

March

5, 12, 19, 28

 

March

7, 14, 21, 30

April

2, 9, 23, 30

 

April

4, 11, 25

May

7, 14, 21, 28

 

May

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June

18, 25

 

June

20, 27

July

2, 16, 23, 30

 

July

4, 18, 25

August

6, 13, 20, 27

 

August

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

September

14, 19, 24, 28

 

September

17, 21, 26

October

3, 8, 17, 22, 26, 31

 

October

1, 5, 10, 19, 24, 28

November

5, 9, 14, 19

 

November

2, 7, 12, 16, 21

December

3, 7, 12, 17

 

December

5, 10, 14, 19

BLUE TRAIN RATES

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN /CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA
2006  (1 night & 1 day)

Rates per person sharing (one way)
01 September 2006 - 15 November 2006

SUITE TYPE

ONE WAY

PER PERSON SHARING

SINGLE RATE

Luxury

R10 470-00

R15 705-00

De Luxe

R9 695-00

R14 545-00

 LOW SEASON RATES FOR YEAR 2006

 

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN /CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA      2006       (1 night & 1 day)

 

Rates per person sharing (one way)
01 January 06 - 31 August 06
& 16 November 06 - 31 December 2006

SUITE TYPE

ONE WAY

PER PERSON SHARING

SINGLE RATE

Luxury

R8 490-00

R12 735-00

De Luxe

R7 860-00

R11 790-00

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BLUE TRAIN

The Blue Train provides contemporary luxury and 24 hour service. It has been voted the “world’s leading luxury train” at the World Travel Awards for four years running.

Its interior design, service and luxury compare with top five star hotels. Each suite on board the train has an en-suite bathroom with bathtub or shower, a telephone, TV monitor and individually controlled air conditioner.

There are four suites per coach and a professionally trained butler is on duty on every coach to cater to the needs of his guests. The Club Car is designed along the lines of an old gentleman’s club for those who enjoy a good port wine and after dinner cigar or coffee. A large video screen provides a view of the scenery ahead of the train, courtesy of a camera mounted on the locomotive.

For non-smokers, the Lounge Car provides a smoke free environment where high tea, various beverages and snacks are served. Staff is available 24 hours a day and professional chefs prepare world class cuisine for every meal. A choice of only the finest wines is served to compliment meals.

The Blue Train operates only four routes: Pretoria - Victoria Falls, Pretoria - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth - Cape Town and Pretoria - Nelspruit.

Each route offers a very different perspective of the Southern African landscape, from flat open plains to rolling hills and mountains and the magnificent splendor and excitement of the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Safari crosses the landscape of the mind, until it finally merges with the name of the great continent itself, Africa.   

 

JOURNEYS ON THE BLUE TRAIN

 

The Blue Train offers schedule and charter services.

 

The Scheduled Routes are:

 

Pretoria to Cape Town (1 day & 1 night) - or Cape Town to Pretoria. 

Off-the-train excursions are offered on the scheduled routes. 

 

The other routes available for Charter are:

 

Pretoria - Victoria Falls (2 days & 2 nights); and

Pretoria - Hoedspruit (1 night)

Charter options are applicable for groups of 20 or more guests interested in chartering the train for exclusive use. 

 

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

Board The Blue Train in the jacaranda city of Pretoria - the administrative capital of South Africa - and travel south through farmlands and along the 'golden arc'; visible only by the mining shafts in the distance.

En-route to Cape Town, stop in Kimberly for an off-the-train excursion. Kimberly, once the epicenter of a worldwide diamond rush.  This city's chequered history is inextricably linked with the romance of those rare and beautiful stones. 

Here The Blue Train guests are cordially invited to disembark, take a tour through the streets of modern day Kimberly to visit the Kimberly Mine Museum and the 'Big Hole'. The Blue Train luxury coach is used to transport guests, alternatively they can be taken on a historic electric tram when it is available.

Step back into a world of pioneers and adventurers-circa 1880.  Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the "Big Hole",  the largest hole in the world excavated by hand. At a replica of an alluvial-diamond diggers, try your luck at panning and possibly finding a diamond of your very own!

Board The Blue Train once more and continue on to a South bound journey into the heartland of the Great Karoo. 

Awaken to the sight of vineyards and orchards as you descend through mysterious and beautiful valleys and mountains, such as Drakenstein, Slanghoek and Elandskloof - towards Cape Town's imposing and instantly recognizable Table Mountain, sentinel and gateway to the African continent.

The city of Cape Town has a lot to offer a discerning tourist.

Among places of interest, you can visit pearl-white beaches washed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, watch colorful, old-style fishing boats in Kalk Bay, explore the old Malay slave quarters, enjoy the finest seafood in the world, wander through Greenmarket Square's famous flea market and enjoy a sundowner at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

 

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA

Board The Blue Train on the return leg, follow on the northbound tracks of Cecil John Rhodes, who dreamed of a railroad from Cape to Cairo.  

Pass through the wine lands of the fertile Hex River valley, in the shadow of imposing mountains, up and inland to the endless sweeping landscapes of the Karoo.

Here, between high-road and rail-road, is the tiny hamlet of Matjiesfontein.

The Blue Train guests are invited for a short ride back in time, on a historical London double decker bus.  Stop a while   and savor the vastness and the silence of the surrounding plains.  The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lamp posts impart to the traveler, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial timewarp - an oasis suspended in a different age.

Stretch your legs, breathe in the dry clear air and walk in the footsteps of those who over the years have been enchanted by this place.  Among them, Lord Randolph Churchill, Cecil Rhodes, Olive Schriener and the Sultan of Zanzibar. 

Enjoy a drink at the renowned Lord Milner Hotel - refurbished in the 1970's by the visionary hotelier and designer David Rawdon, who bought the entire village.

Board The Blue Train once more for the  journey northward into the interior.

After an exciting interlude guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges. 

First sitting for dinner starts at 19:00.   Remember dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie or dress in traditional attire and ladies are requested to wear elegant evening or traditional wear.

Before you drift to sleep, glance through the window at a sky filled with a trillion stars.  And when you awake, you will be approaching the mining centers on the Gold Reef, and will soon end your journey in the jacaranda city - Pretoria.

 

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JOURNEYS OF DISTINCTION

   

ROMANCING THE WILD