Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria

3 day Luxury Rail Journey - from £1095

Cape Town | Karoo | Kimberley | Pretoria

A memorable journey through stunning landscapes of lush winelands, impressive mountain ranges and the stark beauty of the Great Karoo.


  • Stunning mountain and wineland scenery
  • Off train excursion to the Open Mine Museum at Kimberley
  • Enjoy drinks and afternoon tea in the Club Car
  • En suite cabins with butler service
  • 5 star dining experience

Life On Board

More than just a train journey, the Blue Train is an all-inclusive luxury rail experience offering stylish interiors and attentive service. Modern conveniences include air suspension for a comfortable night’s sleep and GPS to allow guests to follow their journey on TV displays.

At the end of the train, the Observation Lounge’s picture windows frame the ever-changing scenery outside, whilst the Club Car and Lounge are a great place to enjoy drinks and afternoon tea with your fellow travellers. The elegant Dining Car hosts guests in a choice of two sittings with silver service, crisp linen and exquisite cuisine, complimented by excellent wines. During the day the dress code is smart-casual, whilst dinner is the time to dress to impress with more formal attire.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Cape Town

This afternoon, check-in at the Blue Train VIP Lounge at Cape Town Station where you can enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Your butler will then usher you to your suite in time for the train to depart at 14:00.

Travel through the picturesque Western Cape scenery of lush vineyards and dramatic mountains in the comfort of your luxury hotel-on-rails.

Meals: High tea and dinner, served on board

Day 2 - Karoo & Kimberley

Continue through the stark beauty of the semi arid Karoo en route to Kimberley for an off-train excursion to the Open Mine Museum. Your guide will show you some of the historical exhibits, before visiting the impressive 215 metre deep crater known as the Big Hole. It was here that from the 1870’s, diamond prospectors carved out one of the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. On your return to the station, a glass of sherry will be waiting, before the train continues on its journey.

Meals: Breakfast, five course gourmet lunch, high tea and dinner, served on board

Day 3 - Arrive Pretoria

After travelling overnight, enjoy breakfast at your leisure as the train approaches Pretoria. The Jacaranda City as it is known, bursts into purple bloom late in the year.

At approximately 12:00 your magical journey comes to an end. Your butler will direct you to the arrival lounge.

Meals: Breakfast

3 day Luxury Rail Journey - from £1095


By day your en-suite cabin acts as a private lounge, changing at night into a subtly lit bedroom.

Deluxe Suites include:

  • Either twin beds and a shower or a double bed with a 3/4 size bath and handheld shower
  • Air-conditioning and underfloor heating
  • Digital entertainment system

Luxury Suites include:

  • Slightly more space than a Deluxe Suite
  • Either twin beds or a double bed, and a full sized bath
  • Air-conditioning and underfloor heating
  • Enhanced digital entertainment system

Upgrade to a Luxury Suite from £274

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First class service and spectacular scenery has made the Blue Train one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.

Your rail experience includes:

  • 2 nights on board the luxurious Blue Train including:
    – your choice of Deluxe or Luxury Suite
    – on board entertainment system
    – 24 hour butler service
    – use of the Lounge Car and Observation Car
    – complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    – Free WiFi (limited in some locations)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners on board the train
  • Off train excursion to Kimberley Open Mine Museum

All Blue Train routes can be booked as they are or added into a longer South Africa holiday.

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Departure Dates


Departs 14:00 selected Thursdays & Saturdays
Arrives 12:00 on Saturday & Monday


Departs 14:00 selected Mondays & Wednesdays
Arrives 12:00 on Wednesdays & Fridays

For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an Africa Expert on 0333 234 3667

Coronavirus – Notice for Customers

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