You could also consider taking a luxury train trip from Cape Town to Pretoria and depart from there into the bushveld or other beautiful destinations within South Africa and beyond our borders. The moment you step onto these trains you will be welcomed by warm hearted South Africans who will guarantee you a journey with some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.
The Blue Train
Classic African Luxury
Since 1946, the Blue Train has been the epitome of luxury hospitality and travel. Here you will experience spectacular views from the comforts of your suite.
The Blue Train is the ultimate definition of luxury in motion. Each suite has an entertainment centre with movie and radio channels, air conditioning, under floor heating and a bathroom.
The elegant lounge car has large windows which allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The interior is decorated with original South African artwork and comfortable couches. This is the ideal place to spend time with fellow guests, relax between meals, or after dinner have conversation over coffee.
All meals are freshly prepared on board the train by experienced chefs. Carefully selected South African wines accompany the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train. Specialised dietary preferences are available at your request. Personal service is of the highest level on The Blue Train and you will have a dedicated butler.
Consider this very popular package 3 night package where The Blue Train leaves Cape Town for Pretoria with one night on board, 2 night’s accommodation in Pretoria at The African Pride Irene Country Lodge, 2 days car hire with 200kms free and a one way flight back from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
Pride of Africa Trains
The Rovos Rail offers four beautiful “Pride of Africa” trains with the most spacious train suites in the world. The coaches of Rovos Rail are wood paneled, bringing together pre-war richness and modern convenience and comfort. Each train has up to 20 coaches, some of the dating back to the 1920’s and 1940’s and accommodating 72 passengers each. The suites are air conditioned and carry two people each, with the option of twin or double beds.
Meals are served in a charming Victorian atmosphere dining car and are accompanied by the finest of South African wines. The enthusiastic chefs prepare traditional dishes using fresh local ingredients and game is a specialty. There is a dress codes for meals with the evening meal requiring a jacket and tie for men.
In keeping with the bygone era, there are no radios or television sets on board the Rovos Rail. The use of mobile phones and laptops are confined to the privacy of your suites so as not to disturb other passengers. Smoking is permitted but also in your own suite and in the Club Lounge.
The Rovos Rail does these rail journeys:
- Cape Town journey (3 days) Pretoria to Cape Town
- Victoria Falls (3 nights) Pretoria to Zimbabwe
- Durban Safari (3 days) Pretoria to Durban
- Golf Safari (9 days) Pretoria to Sun City/Pilansberg to Durban
- Namibia Safari (9 days) Pretoria to Kimberley/Upington to Nakop
More information on each will be provided at your request.
“For those of you who want to discover Africa – in the wood-paneled, gleaming five-star luxury of a bygone era” – London Daily Mail