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Blue Train Africa, South Africa

The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train
The Blue Train

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Members of the Club (free to join- just subscribe to our newsletter) benefit from:

- discount off the published prices of any journey;

-a thank-you gift for every completed journey;

- a gift from the Train for 2014 and 2015.  Free pre- or post-trip hotel (bed and breakfast) stay, 1 night, Cape Town or Pretoria.  Free transfer from the hotel to the station.  These offers apply to the following hotels – in Pretoria:  Sheraton Hotel  or Castello Di Monte. In  Cape Town: Taj Hotel or The Westin. 

- American Express cards are accepted by the Club without charges until October 1, 2014 for these journeys, if we quote in GBP (£).

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Fay says, “The 2-day journey on the renowned Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town is trouble-free and luxurious, fitting naturally into your touring plans for South Africa.”

ABOUT THE TRAIN

Luxury assumes a new dimension on The Blue Train which you will feel from the moment you step on board this newly re-furbished train, which  has been synonymous with luxury and hospitality since 1946.  

Guests can expect personal and attentive service, a dedicated butler, sumptuous accommodation, sublime fine-dining and exquisite wines. 

The Blue Train offers scheduled and charter services.  

The scheduled route is from Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa, and the charter routes are from either Pretoria to Durban or Pretoria to Hoedspruit.

ACCOMMODATION

Suites on the Blue Train

 

Suites

The  suite is an  elegant spacious lounge by day and a sanctuary by night with goose down duvets and pillows.  Private bathrooms offer marble floor and wall tiles, marble basins with gold fittings,  along with  a shower/bath and under-floor heating in both the bathroom and bedroom.

All the suites have a writing desk, ideally positioned next to the window, where you can enjoy the view in style whilst putting pen to paper.  Also provided are  air-conditioning,  radio/movie channels and a link to the driver’s-eye-view camera.   The GPS map on an overhead monitor means you can keep track of progress.

There are two types of suites.

The Luxury Suite has either twin or double bedded options with a long, deep bath for  slow, luxuriant soaking – a rare treat on a train.  The Luxury Suite extends the choice of radio and movie channels even further, with a private digital entertainment centre and a selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD.

 The De Luxe Suite features twin beds with shower,  or a double bed with bath tub and hand held shower.

Note that double bed suites are limited in number, and cannot be guaranteed.

Dining Car

Here the reassuring weight of Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware on crisp white linen set the tone for the delights to follow.

Choose from two dinnertime sittings, or dine in your suite.  The dining car seats 42 people, with 2 sittings for lunch and dinner.

Each meal is accompanied by a selection of equally tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet.

Lounge Car & Club Car

Linking the private suites are two wooden-panelled cars – The Blue Train’s Lounge and Club Cars are ideal for an apéritif, an interlude between meals, or an after-dinner conversation.   Smoking is permitted in the Club Car. Entertainment includes cards, chess, or backgammon, or a volume from the library.   In the main lounge car, high tea is served each afternoon.

A video camera on the front locomotive gives a driver’s eye view of the scenery and is shown on a screen in the club car and on a TV channel in the suites.

The burnished surroundings of the club car is the single public area where smoking is permitted.

Conference Car

The conference car is the ideal setting for meetings, seminars, think-tanks or get-togethers with a difference.

With sufficient notice, the conference car can be adapted for smaller and less formal sessions.

With full business facilities, plush lounge seating and breath-taking panoramas of the passing countryside, this is an experience that no client or colleague will ever forget.

CATERING

Continental or full English breakfast are served at your leisure.  Lunch and dinner menus  feature a selection of local cuisine from Karoo lamb and ostrich fillet to Knysna oysters,  accompanied by award-winning cultivars from the Cape winelands.  Prepared from the freshest produce and ingredients, artfully presented in the finest Silver Service tradition, The Blue Train’s legendary cuisine is an irresistible tribute to culinary mastery.

The Blue Train is fully equipped to accommodate vegetarian, Halaal, Kosher or other special dietary requirements, which should be specified when you make your reservation. Join us at one of two dinnertime sittings, or savour your meal in the comfort of your suite. A Continental or full English breakfast is served at your leisure.

ITINERARIES

The real star of this journey is the African landscape, hence only one stop on the northbound journey and one stop on the southbound journey.

Cape Town – Pretoria

Matjiesfontein (Northbound journey)

Founded by an immigrant Scotsman at a minor railway stop in 1884, Matjiesfontein became a fashionable oasis for the rich and privileged, renowned for a climate beneficial for chest complaints.  Visited by Lord Randolph Churchill and Rudyard Kipling alike, it was also home to Olive Schreiner, one of South Africa’s first feminist writers.

Pretoria – Cape Town

Kimberley (Southbound journey):

Following departure from Pretoria, and after brunch and high tea, the Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station.    Guests visit the railway museum, followed by an old tram for a ride down to the Open Mine Museum and a tour of the mine.  The tour includes a chance to win a diamond.  Guests are taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberley hole.  Guests then return to the train for dinner, overnight and the remainder of the journey to Cape Town.

Route & Map

This is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres (994 miles) each way, through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.

Southbound, the Blue Train departs Pretoria at 08:50 and arrives Cape Town at 12:00 the following day. En route to Cape Town there is an excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.

Northbound, the Blue Train leaves Cape Town at 08.50 and arrives Pretoria at 12.30 the next day. It stops at the historic town Matjiesfontein, where guests can visit the famous Lord Milner Hotel and the old car museum.

Guests must check in at least 1 hour before departure at The Blue Train lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town.

Blue Train Route Map South Africa

 

Cape Town / Pretoria – Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014 -Pretoria  to Cape Town:   September 1, 8, 15, 29.   October 6, 13, 15, 20, 29.   November 3, 10, 19, 24.  December 1, 8, 15, 17.

2014 -Cape Town to Pretoria:  September 3, 10 (SOLD OUT), 17.   October 1, 8, 15, 17, 22, 31.    November 5, 12, 21, 26.   December 3, 10, 17, 19.

Rates are per person.

Low Season:
01 January – 31 August 2014.   16 November – 31 December 2014

Luxury Double                                                      R14,060

Luxury Single, single occupancy                  R21,090

De Luxe Double                                                     R13,015

De Luxe Single, single occupancy                 R19,520

High Season:
01 September – 15 November 2014

Luxury Double                                                       R17,495

Luxury Single, single occupancy                   R26,240

De Luxe Double                                                     R16,065

De Luxe Single, single occupancy                  R24,095

2015

2015 -Pretoria  to Cape Town:  January 5,12,19,26,31.  February 9,16,23.   March 2,11,16,24.   April 13,20,27.    May 13,18,25.    June 1,8,15,22,29.  July 8,13,20,27.   August 3,10,19,24,31.    September 7,23,30.   October 5,12,19,26.   November 2,11,16,23,30.   December 7,14,21.

2015 -Cape Town to Pretoria:  January 7,14,21,28.  February 2,11,18,25.    March 4,13,18,27.   April 15,22,29.   May 6,15,20,27.    June 3,10,17,24.    July 1,10,15,22,29.  August 5,12,21,26.   September 2,9,25.   October 2,7,14,21,28.    November 4,13,18,25.   December 2,9,16,23.

Rates are per person.

Low Season:
01 January – 31 August 2015.   16 November – 31 December 2015

Luxury Double                                                      R15,465pp

Luxury Single, single occupancy                  R23,200

De Luxe Double                                                     R13,795pp

De Luxe Single, single occupancy                 R20,690

High Season:
01 September – 15 November 2015

Luxury Double                                                       R19,245pp

Luxury Single, single occupancy                   R28,870

De Luxe Double                                                     R17,030pp

De Luxe Single, single occupancy                  R25,545

 

Durban – Pretoria or Pretoria to Durban

This is a new route, recently added to the Blue Train’s classic Cape Town – Pretoria journey.

Durban enjoys year-round fine weather and is considered to be South Africa’s ‘playground’.
Durban has some of the best golf courses and resorts and five-star hotels that South Africa has to offer, indigenous trees and natural streams creating dramatic and beautiful settings.
Other activities to consider in Durban include (not exclusively): uShaka Marine World, the Sea World Aquarium and the Durban Botanical Gardens.
Go here to visit Durban Tourism

Durban / Pretoria – Dates and Prices 2014/2015

2014 -Durban to Pretoria:    September 21.   November 16.

2014 -Pretoria to Durban:   September 19.   November 14.

Rates are per person.

Luxury Double                                                      R7,100

Luxury Single, single occupancy                  R10,650

De Luxe Double                                                     R6,360

De Luxe Single, single occupancy                 R9,540

2015

2015 -Durban to Pretoria:    September 20.   November 8.

2015 -Pretoria to Durban:   September 18.   November 6.

Rates are per person.

Luxury Double                                                      R7,810

Luxury Single, single occupancy                  R11,715

De Luxe Double                                                     R6,740

De Luxe Single, single occupancy                 R10,110

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Included:  All meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar and external telephone calls.

Facilities:  Temperature control per suite; 3 luxury suites per carriage, bathrooms with bath; 4 deluxe suites per carriage, 3 with showers, 1 with bath; luxury suites have hifi, audio CD and DVD systems; fax and postbox; first-aider on board with doctor available en route.

Dress Code:  Breakfast is casual.  Lunch is smart casual.  Dinner dress code is a jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies.

Luggage:  Storage space is limited in the cabin and soft top cases are recommended for easy storage.  There is a luggage van for additional luggage that a guest may not need during the journey.

Passport:  Please be aware that visitors to South Africa are required to have at least three blank VISA pages (not endorsement pages) in their passports in order to receive an entry visa. Passports must also be valid for at least six months from the guests’ return home date.   Recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems.

 

PICTURE GALLERY

In addition to the  photos in the gallery at the top of this page, see more photos from the Blue Train.

 

 

BOOKINGS & RESERVATIONS

All prices are at publicly-quoted rates.

We will be happy to answer any questions and make the booking for you  -  contact us in the UK : +44 (0)1249 890205 or info@luxurytrainclub.com      Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of interesting trains and special offers.


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