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The Blue Train

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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This decadent train journey takes you through stunning South African scenery, and can include overnight stay in a game lodge.

The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificient moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ulitmate in luxury and personal service.

There are 37 suites in the first train and 29 in the second with an observation car at the back of the train.

The routes of The Blue Train - both scheduled and chartered - take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world. The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.

The dining car seats guests in 2 sittings. Lunch is smart-casual, while dinner is jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies. Breakfast is casual.

Routes include Pretoria - Cape Town - Pretoria (with different stops/excursions northbound and southbound), the Durban route including a luxury lodge or the Bakubung Game Lodge. It is also possible to charter the Blue Train on other routes where the rail tracks are compatible.

The luxury suites sleep 1 with a single supplement or a maximum of 2 people. Rates include meals and drinks, off-the-train excursions. Reservations for children are on request only. A one way fare on the Cape Town route starts at £960 per person.

Room Types

Double Ensuite

Nearest Airport/s

Pretoria / Cape Town