The Blue Train
The Blue Train
There's something that is just so splendidly chic about taking a journey by rail, especially when the train involved happens to be one of the most luxurious in the world. There is perhaps no finer example of opulent traveling five-star (plus) accommodations than the world-famous Blue Train, which travels across the magically scenic landscape of South Africa.
Guests aboard the train are spoiled from the time of arrival in the exclusive departure lounges in either Pretoria or Cape Town, where they're met with a libation and introduction to their personal butler who will be looking after them for the duration of their stay aboard.
Each of the lavish suites are beautifully decorated with rich mahogany wood, high thread count linens, TVs with movie channels and even a GPS channel so you know exactly where you are at any time of the day. Best of all, each suite has it's own marble bathroom- no queuing in the corridor to brush your teeth at night. The train travels at a comfortable speed, allowing for hours of tremendous, ever-changing vistas as you traverse from one end of the country to another, stopping briefly along the way for an excursion either at the Kimberley Diamond Mine, or the small colonial town of Matjiesfontein. After that, it’s back on board for traditional high tea followed by a lavish, elegant dinner experience.
Feeling hungry? Not to worry, the train is equipped with a team of traveling chefs that produce gourmet meals morning, noon and night...and beyond. The staff is tremendously hospitable and truly makes you feel like royalty. Best of all, the overnight journey easily fits in to almost any South Africa itinerary. It truly is an experience of a lifetime, not to be missed whilst in this wondrous land.
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The Blue Train
Pretoria, South Africa
About Pretoria & Cape Town
Pretoria is a lovely, serene city which serves as one of 3 capitals of South Africa, with a long and fascinating history. Known affectionately as the Jacaranda City due to the purple blossoms lining miles of its suburban and city streets, it offers a true glimpse into the history of the nation not to be missed as well as visually stunning flora and fauna at its Botanical Gardens and nature reserves. Pretoria is best navigated by car, booking a guided private tour is recommended for ease of transport and for additional insights that only experienced guides can provide. Visits to the famed Voortrekker Monument, the Melrose House and the Sammy Marks Museum showcase the country’s more recent history and early 20th century colonial elegance and grace from the Dutch settlers onward, while the Transvaal Museum features incredible natural history artifacts and even serves as home of Mrs. Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at the nearby Cradle of Humankind, over 2 million years old! There’s no shortage of malls, great shopping and dining in the various suburbs of this leafy city just 35 miles from energetic Johannesburg- making day trips possible as well.
Cape Town is a delightful, dynamic and quite different from Pretoria so both cities visited together offer a fantastic balance of old-world charm, and vibrant carefree elegance. Cape Town has a distinct flavor all its own, a beautiful melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German influences when blended together create an unforgettable eclectic flair evident in its architecture, shops, languages, people, and cuisine. Framed by the famed, recognizable Table Mountain, the city and its environs offer a completely diverse experience. Urban fare in the heart of the city with the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront replete with shops and restaurants, Robben Island accessible by boat- the former prison where Nelson Mandela spent over 25 years, and gleaming beachside towns of Camps Bay and Clifton. Travel a bit further out and you’re treated to incredible explorations including the stunning Cape Winelands for gorgeous wine tasting and outdoor activities, famous Cape Point, the southernmost accessible point in South Africa- accessible all in a day’s travels.