The Blue Train

The multi award-winning Blue Train first launched in 1946 and today remains synonymous with the highest standards in luxury train travel. The Blue Train fleet comprises of just two locomotives, accommodating 52 and 80 guests respectively. All suites have private ensuite bathrooms as well as individually controlled air-conditioning.

Meals are prepared by a team of executive chefs, expertly paired with premium South African wines and served in an elegant dining car on fine china. The two wood-panelled lounges are where you can relax with a drink of your choice, or enjoy traditional English high tea. Make friends or savour a moment of solitude in utmost comfort.

Journeys aboard this five-star hotel on rails take passengers across some of the most beautiful landscapes South Africa has to offer, travelling between Cape Town and Pretoria. Depending on which departure you choose, you may stop at beautifully preserved 19th century town of Matjiesfontein or in the former mining boomtown of Kimberley, where fortunes were made in diamonds.

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Where to board The Blue Train

The Blue Train departs on selected dates throughout the year from either Pretoria or Cape Town stations.

Activities on The Blue Train

  • Off-train sightseeing excursions as per itinerary

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

The Blue Train Highlights

  • Journey across South Africa on a five-star hotel on rails
  • Enjoy sumptuous fine dining and premium South African wines
  • Relax in two elegant wood-panelled lounges
  • Savour traditional English high tea onboard
  • Take off-train excursions to fascinating Kimberley or Matjiesfontein

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The Blue Train

The multi award-winning Blue Train first launched in 1946 and today remains synonymous with the highest standards in luxury train travel.

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The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised South Africa experience.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

When is the best time to view animals in South Africa? Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

What is the culture of South Africa? Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

What is the climate in South Africa? The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

What can I combine South Africa with?South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

How to get to South Africa?Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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