South Africa’s blue train offers an extraordinary tourism experience

Luxury takes on a new dimension with The Blue Train. You will feel it the moment you step into the pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town. A warm-hearted South African welcome begins a journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail. The Blue Train Journeys, both scheduled and chartered, take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.

Train Safaris has been specializing in Luxury Train Travel for the past 23 years, and have been the sales agents for both the Blue Train and Rovos Rail. Their travel specialists will arrange your luxury rail tickets and will also be available to assist you with any travel services you might require in Southern Africa. The experts will ‘tailor make’ vacation packages according to your needs and preferences.

The Blue Train route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a two night journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent, including an off-train excursion in Kimberley for a visit to the Big Hole and Diamond Mine Museum.

The Blue Train – Hoedspruit Journey (Kruger PARK) 

The Blue Train route between Pretoria and Hoedspruit is a unique experience. Running only a couple of times per year, you will traverse beautiful landscape and spectacular scenery on the way to the Kruger National Park. They will gladly arrange pre- and post-train safari experiences.

The Blue Train Suites

The Blue Train offers two types of Suites, the Deluxe Suite and the Luxury Suite. Similar in size the Luxury Suite offers a bigger bathroom. By day, the elegant furnished Blue Train suites offer generous lounge chairs which afford unequalled views of Africa. As night falls the suites become sumptuous and subtly-lit bedrooms with a choice of either two single beds (twin) or a double bed, clothed in fine cotton linen and duvets. Considerable attention is paid to guests’ needs. There is a writing desk next to the window, individually-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, safe and TV monitor with on board movie and music channels.]

By day, the elegant furnished Blue Train suites offer generous lounge chairs which afford unequalled views of Africa. As night falls the suites become sumptuous and subtly-lit bedrooms with a choice of either two single beds (twin) or a double bed, clothed in fine cotton linen and duvets.

Considerable attention is paid to guests’ needs. There is a writing desk next to the window, individually-controlled air-conditioning, telephone, safe and TV monitor with on board movie and music channels. You can even tune into a conductor’s-eye-view camera and watch the track ahead of the train.

Professional Butlers are available for the duration of the journey to look after your needs. Room service is available at all hours. All suites have private bathrooms with marble floors and gold fittings. Plush white towels, soft cotton kimonos and an array of luxury bath oils and soaps are provided. The beds fold out of the panel concealing the seats under it. Just ring your butler, should you require the bed to be made during the journey. All suites are fitted with WiFi.

 

The Blue Train Lounges

The Blue Train has two lounges: the main lounge and the Club lounge. The Club lounge has a more masculine ambiance and is expected to find favour with those seeking a peaceful place for after-dinner cognacs, coffees or cigars. This area is the only section of the train designated for smokers. High tea is served each afternoon in the main lounge. All lounges are fitted with air-conditioning systems. On most departures, the Blue Train has an Observation Car at the back of the train with large windows offering panoramic views of the passing landscape and the rail tracks.

 

Cuisine and Dining

All meals are freshly prepared on board the train by executive chefs. Carefully selected South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train. Savor wonderful food, freshly prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen where gourmet chefs can cater for dietary requirements of today. The dining car caters for 42 guests per sitting. Discerning diners can have the pleasure of the best silver and crystal service where formal dinner attire adds to the grandeur.