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The Blue Train Excursion

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The Blue Train combines five-star accommodation with the charm and romance of train travel. Take a journey into a timeless world of grace and elegance, where breath-taking scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes body and soul. Sit back and enjoy being pampered on South Africa’s “Blue Jewel”.

 

 

 

 

 

The Blue Train runs between Cape Town and Pretoria in both directions throughout the year and two trips a year between Pretoria and Durban (in either direction)

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 Station at 08:30a.m. and arrives in Cape Town at the Cape Town Station at 3:00p.m. the following day.   En-route to Cape Town there is a stop-over and an excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.

On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:30a.m. and arrives in Pretoria at the Pretoria Station at 3:00p.m. The off-the-train excursion includes a stop at the Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein. On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar.   The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveler, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.

For further details on this magnificent overnight journey CLICK here on The Blue Train Fact Sheet

Here is a ‘Sample Itinerary‘ on a wonderful way to combine The Blue Train with Two of the Best South African Cities and a Luxury Safari. (hotels and safari lodges may be modified to suit your accommodation style)

This Luxury Itinerary takes in 4 nights in Cape Town, 1 night on The Blue Train, 1 night in Johannesburg and 3 nights on Safari in Kruger National Park.

Day 1 Arrive Cape TownDay 2 Cape TownDay 3 Cape TownDay 4 Cape TownDay 5 Depart Cape Town on The Blue TrainDay 6 Johannesburg via PretoriaDay 7 Depart Johannesburg on Kruger National ParkDay 8 & 9 Kruger National Park on SafariDay 10 Depart Kruger for Johannesburg/USA
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred by private vehicle to your waterfront hotel.

With a classically inspired exterior and graceful elegance within, the Cape Grace Hotel offers the ultimate experience for discerning travelers. Set on its own private quay in Cape Town’s vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the hotel is a destination in itself. The Cape Grace’s charm lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish decor and personalized hospitality. You will find the staff warm and flexible with a spirit of unrivaled generosity. All rooms have harbor or mountain views. Enjoy a visit to the African-influenced Spa or sample some of the goods on offer in the Bascule whisky bar and wine cellar.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel
(optional preferred hotels: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, One&Only Cape Town or The Silo)

City Tour

This morning you will be taken on a private City tour, which includes Table Mountain aerial cable-way (weather permitting), Signal Hill, the South African Museum and the historic Bo Kaap district. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Peninsula & Cape Hope

Enjoy a private tour of the Cape Peninsula. Highlights include the Cape of Good Hope (the most south-westerly point in Africa), Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and a gourmet seafood lunch.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel

Winelands

After breakfast, you will travel east of Cape Town to the beautiful Winelands region. Visit the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, enjoy cheese and wine tastings at private wineries and maybe pet a captive-born cheetah at the Spier Cheetah Outreach project.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel

This morning at Cape Town Station you will board The Blue Train for your 1 night journey to Pretoria. One of the world’s most luxurious trains, The Blue Train  provides the perfect opportunity to journey through South Africa ‘s magnificent landscapes whilst relaxing in the style and elegance of a bygone era. In the late afternoon you’ll take a tour of the quaint Victorian village of Matjiesfontein before enjoying a three-course dinner served in the oak paneled dining car.

Overnight: The Blue Train

After a leisurely breakfast and mid-day snacks, the train pulls into Pretoria Station. Upon arrival at Pretoria you will be met and transferred to the fabulous Saxon Hotel.

Saxon makes a world-class statement of ethnic African elegance combined with attention to detail. Saxon was the temporary home of Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison and it was here that South Africa’s former president edited his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”.

This afternoon enjoy a private guided tour of the vibrant black township of Soweto and the impressive Apartheid Museum.

Overnight: Saxon Hotel (optional preferred hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff or The Michelangelo Hotel)

This morning you will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to the Kruger National Park and your Safari Lodge.

Private Game Reserve. The magic and mystery of Africa come alive in the colonial ambiance of elegant &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura of romance  and nostalgia. This old-world haven in the midst of the African bush charms with its colonial antiques, silver cutlery and crystal glassware. There are 17 air-conditioned cottages, 3 family cottages and 1 private family suite; outdoor and indoor showers.

Here, style and grace mingle faultlessly with the rugged natural beauty of the setting, as manicured lawns give way to dense mopane thickets and wild animals saunter down to drink at the waterhole.

Overnight: &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge
(optional preferred safari lodges: Virgin Limited Edition Ulusaba Rock Lodge, Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge at Madikwe Game Reserve or Royal Malewane Private Game Reserve)

 

 

 

Ngala Safari Lodge is situated in &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world. A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve. Safari Activities include early morning and late afternoon game drives; Interpretive bush walk; tracking and photographic safaris.

Overnight: &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge

After breakfast this morning, you will fly to Johannesburg International Airport to catch your flight back home.

Alternatively, you can extend your stay at the Safari Lodge, or stay a few nights in Cape Town Winelands area of  Franschhoek, venture into the Garden Route or over to Victoria Falls, or even take another day tour out of Cape Town to Constantia Winelands and Robben Island.

 

Pacific Destination Center Africa Specialists are here to help personalize your Safari holiday for the Most Memorable Experiences – Just give us a call at 800-227-5317, or email us at info@pacific-destinations.com with your desired Africa destinations and focused activity wish list, or special occasion celebration and we will get started on your personalized dream Safari holiday.

 

Phone one of our Africa Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your Africa Holiday now!

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