Southern Africa has always attracted adventurous and romantic souls - discerning travelers who crossed the land in as much comfort as possible.
But it was not until 1928, when the first luxury train was introduced between Johannesburg and Cape Town that truly luxurious train travel became a reality.
With interiors created by a leading interior architectural design company, The Blue Train rival many a five-star hotel in terms of grace, comfort and style.
The compartments have been superbly designed to offer discerning guests the best that modern technology and superior craftsmanship can provide.
By day, your private suite is an elegant and relaxing haven. Generous lounge chairs and a writing desk at the window afford unparalleled views of Africa`s panoramic and enigmatic sights.
There are two Blue Train sets simply referred to as Train Set 1 and Train Set 2. The former can accommodate a maximum of 54 guests and is available for use during charters. Train Set 2 is the weekly schedule train running between Pretoria and Cape Town. It accommodates a maximum of 82 guests and includes a paraplegic suite and a Conference Car.
Each of the two trains consist of a Baggage Van, Power Car, Personnel Car, Club and Lounge Cars, Kitchen and De Luxe and Luxury accommodation coaches.
The Blue Train Suites:
Each Blue Train compartment has a fully appointed bathroom en-suite, featuring either a bath or shower, a telephone, television and individually controlled air-conditioning.
A video channel allows guests to access short documentaries about the area through which the train is traveling, while a large screen in the Club Car provides a driver`s-eye view of the track ahead, courtesy of a camera mounted onto the front of the locomotive.
Other innovations include CD players and video machines in the luxury compartments.
Take a bath, or a 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.
Rates apply to both directions.
On The Blue Train, the luxury of personal service comes standard. Our friendly, efficient and highly-trained staff take great pride in resolving your every query and satisfying your every need. A late night snack? An early morning wake-up call? A blouse in pressing need of a little tender care? One call and your butler will take care of it. The Train Manager is also on call at all times.
Our on-board services include, but are not limited to:
Snacks and beverages served in your private suite on request,
A limited on-board laundry and valet service,
Safes in all the suites for your valuables, and
A van for luggage that you will not need during the journey.
The Blue Trains telephone system runs the full length of the train, allowing you to contact your butler or the Train Manager 24-hours-a-day. If you wish to make international calls, our staff will gladly assist you to do so, at an additional fee.
In addition, our two highly-trained on-board technicians are always eager to share their knowledge with you, and you can also enjoy a camera-view from the drivers perspective from the comfort of your own suite.
Pretoria - Cape Town - Pretoria:
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (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 8:30 and arrives in Cape Town at the Cape Town Station at 15:00 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 08:30 and arrives in Pretoria at the Pretoria Station at 15:00. 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 traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp an oasis suspended in a different age.
Guests are reminded that check-in time at the Pre-departure Lounges at both the Pretoria and Cape Town Stations is an hour prior to departure.
Pretoria - Hoedspruit - Pretoria:
South Africa is synonymous with a number of things, including amongst others; Cape Town with Table Mountain, Robben Island, The Blue Train, Kruger National Park, to name but a few.
The Blue Train, which already traverses to and from Cape Town on a weekly basis, will be adding a new route to another South African iconic site, the Kruger National Park in the Hoedspruit area. The Hoedspruit / Kruger National Park route, which is currently available on charter, will be added to The Blue Train`s 2016 schedule and will happen bi-annually. The Blue Train will travel from Pretoria and stop at Hoedspruit Station, where guests will then be transferred to their preferred Lodges in and around the Kruger National Park, as per their chosen itineraries organised with their tour operators.