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Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.

Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by Doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs.

Elephant Bull, Jao Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Jao offers an excellent all round Okavango experience, with game drives, mokoro excursions, short guided walks and boating available.

Chongwe River House wins The Good Safari Award for the Best Safari House in Africa AGAIN!

Game viewing is done from a vehicle in either the Lower Zambezi National Park or from a boat on the Zambezi. Canoeing, walking and fishing are also offered.

African Lion - The predator everybody wants to see on Safari!

The African lion is one of the most popular group of cats in the Wild. Its popularly known as the King of the jungle due to impressive mane

Ngerende Island Lodge (Olchoro – Oirogua Conservation Ranch, Masai Mara, Kenya.)

The lodge is surrounded on all sides by water, but for a 100 yard wide section where the river has not quite joined up, to become a true island.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. An ideal holiday destination throughout the year.

The African Leopard - Stealth, as best as can be!

Leopards are easily recognized by their stunning rosette patterned coats. But why are they so difficult to spot when you are on your game drive?

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa.

The Lodge comprises six generously sized privately situated villas, each with a separate living room, heated swimming pool and an open plan en-suite bathroom.

Madikwe Hills Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.

Situated on the Botswana border, just three hours' drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Madikwe is one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa.

Louis van Tonder and Terri New - Your Hosts on Safari!

Louis and Terri at Vic Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe. The best location EVER to enjoy HIGH TEA!

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Luxury Trains Trips in Southern Africa


The Blue Train - South Africa - www.africansafari.vacations

  The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service. 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. As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savor exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Our meals are complemented by the best wines South Africa has to offer. The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendor. 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. When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.

 
The Blue Train - South Africa's Own!

Imagine the comfort and luxury of a Five-Star Hotel from which you can watch the moon rise over the Karoo and wake up to find yourself surrounded by vineyards....Join us now, as one of our most welcome and select guests, for a grand and glorious journey aboard The New Blue Train - the most luxurious train in the world and, truly, a magnificent way to travel...



The Carriages...

From the luxury of a private lounge at the railway station, enter your carriage of rich gold, deep blues and warm wood paneling off-set by detailed marquetry. Iced mineral water awaits and meticulously crafted fittings grace your suite. By day your private suite is an elegant and relaxing haven. generous lounge chairs afford the opportunity to enjoy unparalleled views of Africa's panoramic and enigmatic sights. Considerate attention is paid to practical needs. There is a writing desk next to the window, individual air-conditioning controls, telephone and television. An on-board laundry service and the discreet presence and courtesy of your own professional butler ensure you will want for nothing.

Take a bath, or shower in your en-suite bathroom, with floors resplendent in gold, Italian marble. Plush white towels, cotton kimonos and an array of luxury oils and soaps, make bathing an indulgent pleasure.
As night falls, your suite is magically transformed into a romantic boudoir of soft, glowing light and fine cotton linen. Single or double beds, folded down and draped in soft eiderdown duvets, ensure that you will fall asleep in complete comfort - to the gentle motion of the world's most luxurious train slipping through the darkness.

Prepared by gourmets for the pleasure of gourmets, dining on the Blue Train is a singular experience. (A 24 hour snack menu is served in the privacy of your suite. Enjoy one of the Blue Train's famous Club Sandwiches or try the selection of canapes and snacks on offer in both lounge cars. Simply ask your butler. Vegetarian, kosher and halaal meals are provided on request.)

 
The Dining Car...

In keeping with the classically romantic ambience of The Dining Car, lunch aboard the Blue Train is an elegantly casual affair, while dinner is more formal. In the soft glow of individual table lamps; dew fresh flowers, crisp linen, fine bone china, cut crystal and classic, silver cutlery, make for a setting as memorable as the dishes to follow.

Sure to delight the most discerning palate, the fare includes South African specialties; Karoo lamb, fresh fish, Knysna oysters, crayfish, game and an abundant array of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Only the freshest ingredients are used to prepare the delicious meals for which the Blue Train is renowned. The philosophy is simple: Gourmet dishes, beautifully presented. A selection of fine South African wines are available to complement each course. Be guided by your knowledgeable steward, or your own good taste.



The Lounge Car...

In fine company and elegant surroundings, sumptuous upholstery and luxurious banquettes invite you to relax. The emphasis is on comfort and large windows ensure magnificent views of the ever changing countryside.
For your pleasure, a traditional high-tea is served in the gracious atmosphere of the Lounge Car. This daily ritual is a lavish affair of fresh scones and cream, dainty cakes, delicate cucumber sandwiches and other irresistible delicacies all served with an assortment of teas and coffees.

The Club Car...

In the Blue Train's other lounge area, the Club Car, you can watch a short film about the area through which the train is passing. or contemplate the track ahead from the locomotive's point-of-view, uniquely captured by a front-of-train camera and depicted on a large screen.

Should the relaxing ambience of a gentlemen's club appeal, then impeccable service in the Club Car, with its card tables, reading chairs and fully equipped bar, will meet your approval. Gather for cocktails as the sun fires dramatic red flares over the stark Karoo. Meet for a apéritif before dinner, or linger afterwards and enjoy reviving coffee, liqueurs and congenial late night conversation before you retire to the comfort of your suite.

 
The Routes...

The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometers (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. On the southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria mid-morning and arrive in Cape Town just after lunch the following day.

En route the train stops at the famous diamond town of Kimberley where guests can explore the Diamond Museum and the Big Hole, the biggest man-made hole in the world.

On the northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town just before noon and arrives in Pretoria in time for high tea the following day. It stops at the historic town Matjiesfontein, where guests can visit the famous Lord Milner Hotel and the old car museum.

Pretoria to Cape Town...

From the Jacaranda City, The Blue Train glides past the gold fields of the Witwatersrand, the grain, fruit and sunflower farms of the northern Cape, on to Kimberley, seat of South Africa's original diamond rush. Kimberley is where Cecil John Rhodes established De Beers, today the biggest diamond mining concern in the world.
The journey, heading smoothly and silently towards the heart of South Africa's finest winelands and one of the fairest cities on earth: Cape Town, covers 1 600 kilometers (994 miles).

Scan the desolately beautiful Karoo thirstlands where ancient fossils attest to its history as a primeval swamp, where ostriches run wild, where the skies erupt into dramatic sunsets and from which Olive Schreiner, author of the classic South African novel, Story of an African Farm, drew much of her inspiration.
Imbibe the emerald green Eden of the Hex River Valley, where most of South Africa's export grapes are grown. Late autumn produces one of the world's most extravagant natural sights when the barlinka vines transform into blazing crimson.

The Hex River is also famous for one of South Africa's most romantic and ghostly legends about a beautiful young girl, Eliza Meiring who, in 1768, went mad after her beloved fell to his death in the forbidding Matroosberg mountains.

Crossing the Hex River mountain range was a daunting task for surveyors in 1876 who had to plot the course the tracks should follow. The 16,3-kilometer (10.13-mile) Hex River Tunnel system, the fourth longest in the world, is a monument to advanced engineering skills. Head to the town of Paarl, set in a wide, fertile valley surrounded by majestic, purple-hued mountains. Established in 1720 by French Huguenot settlers, the oak-lined streets are distinguished by beautiful old Cape Dutch buildings.

Finally, the distinctive shape of Table Mountain appears in the distance as The Blue Train approaches Cape Town. In 1652 the Dutch East India Company established a settlement here to replenish the busy spice trade ships with fresh produce. Now a magnificent cosmopolitan city, Cape Town is one of the cultural centers of South Africa with fine art, architecture, music and, of course, wine.

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.

 

2017 Dates

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 2017
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Month Day Month Day
January 4, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 6, 14, 20, 27 August 7, 14, 21, 28
March 6, 13, 20, 27 September 4, 11, 18, 25
April 3, 12, 17, 24 October 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
May 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 1, 6, 13, 20, 22, 27
June 5, 12, 19, 26 December 4, 11, 13, 18

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA 2017
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Month Day Month Day
January 6, 11, 18, 25 July 5, 12, 19, 26
February 1, 8, 16, 22 August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
March 1, 8, 15 , 22,29 September 8, 13, 20, 27
April 5, 14, 19, 26 October 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
May 5, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29
June 7, 14, 21, 28 December 6, 13, 15, 20

 

2017 Rates

HIGH SEASON:
01 September 2017 - 15 November 2017

LOW SEASON:
01 January - 31 August 2017 & 16 November - 31 December 2017

Please note new seasons and rate per person sharing

PRETORIA – CAPE TOWN ROUTE
Suite type Low season High season
Luxury Double – rate per person sharing R18 710-00 R23 285-00
Luxury Single rate - including supplement R28 065-00 R34 925-00
De Luxe Double – rate per person sharing R15 500-00 R19 130-00
De Luxe Single rate including Supplement R23 250-00 R28 695-00
  • Dates in bold denote the train with a maximum capacity of 80 guests  - with a Conference Car & Paraplegic suite (partially wheelchair friendly)
  • Non-bold dates denote the train with a maximum capacity of 52 guests (this train set does not have a paraplegic suite and is therefore not wheelchair friendly)

Detailed Itinerary: Pretoria - Cape Town


DAY 1:
07:30 Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station. Guests are boarded directly to the train. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks onboard.
08:30 The Blue Train departs from Pretoria.
10:30 - 12:30 First sitting for Brunch.
12:30 - 14:30 Second sitting for Brunch.
15:30 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:10 The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station.
Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
17:45
Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. 
Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberly hole.
18:35 Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station.
At Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep.
19:05
The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the journey Southbound to Cape Town. 
After this exciting tour, guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks served at any one of our lounges.

Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

19:30 First sitting dinner.
21:15 Second sitting dinner.
DAY 2: (NEXT MORNING)
07:30 - 10:00 Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis.
Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests' request.
12:00 – 14:30 Three-course Lunch is served at leisure (first-come-first-served)
15:00 The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town / Pretoria Station.
Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge.

Detailed Itinerary: Cape Town – Pretoria


DAY 1:
07:30
Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station.
Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
08:30 The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station
10:30 - 12:30 First sitting for Brunch.
12:30 - 14:30 Second sitting for Brunch.
14:35 - 15:15 The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion.
On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep. The Victoria  buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.
15:20 The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria. 
15:30 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:00 After an exciting interlude guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.
18:30 First sitting dinner.
20:30 Second sitting dinner.

Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

DAY 2: (NEXT MORNING)
07:30 - 10:00
Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis.
Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests' request.
12:00 - 14:30
Three-course Lunch is served at leisure (first-come-first-served)
15:00
The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town / Pretoria Station
Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge

OTHER ROUTES

We from time-to-time engage in strategic relationships with other well established brands in the hospitality and tourism industry to offer guests excellent, value-for-money packages to other areas of Southern Africa. For more information on these exciting packages please do not hesitate to contact The Blue Train reservations offices or visit our website at www.bluetrain.co.za

                          

TAILOR MADE CHARTERS

Why not charter The Blue Train for strategic meetings, product launches, VIP cocktail parties, VIP breakfasts, lunches and dinners, weddings and more.  You can also book a charter with a difference such as a Golfing or Safari charter or to other exciting South African calendar events, such as horse-racing and music events.   Charters are not limited to charter options mentioned and are dependent on rail networks’ compatibility with The Blue Train’s technology.

 

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