The Blue Train: South Africa by Rail

10 Days around £2920pp

The Blue Train by Table Mountain

Overview

Highlights:

✔ Cross South Africa on The Blue Train
✔ Travel and dine in style on one of the world’s most luxurious trains
✔ Enjoy the views from Table Mountain
✔ Malaria-free game drives in Madikwe Game Reserve

South Africa, as you have never travelled it before. Enjoy the splendour of one of the finest cities on Earth, Cape Town complete with penguins, fine wine and food and one incredible backdrop in the form of Table Mountain. Cape Town really does have it all. Departure from Cape Town to Pretoria on The Blue Train, one of the world’s most luxurious trains. In Fact, The Blue Train is not just a fabulous train journey, it is a delightful gastronomic journey as well. After overnighting in Pretoria you will head to Madikwe where the game drives should allow you to see African wildlife in all its glory.

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAYS 1-2 FLY TO CAPE TOWN

Fly to Cape Town and stay in style the Grand Daddy. Centrally located downtown, why not upgrade and enjoy the amazing views from their rooftop rooms?

Overnight: The Grand Daddy Hotel (Bed and Breakfast)

 

DAYS 2-5 CAPE TOWN

Cape Town has something for everyone. Whether you want to take in the history of Robben Island or the District 6 museum, explore the colourful houses of Bo-Kaap, relax and dine at the V&A Waterfront or soak in views from atop of Table Mountain, you have time to do it all. Day trips to Boulders Bay to see the Penguins or the wineries of Stellenbosch are also options available to you, adding that little extra something to your trip.

Overnight: The Grand Daddy Hotel (Bed and Breakfast)

 

DAYS  5-6 THE BLUE TRAIN

Relax and unwind as The Blue Train transports you in grandeur across 900 miles of stunning South African scenery. Since its launch in 1946, The Blue Train has offered a unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks. The train’s standard suites offer a choice between twin beds (with shower) or double beds (with ¾ bath). Each suite has a private entertainment centre with a choice of movie channels and radio stations, under-floor heating, a universal telephone system, an air-conditioning system, GPS, a Driver’s eye-view camera and free WI-FI. Guests can indulge in fine cuisine with personal Butlers at their beck-and-call, so take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where spectacular scenery will stir your imagination and luxurious comfort will soothe your mind, body and soul.

The Blue Train also includes an off-the-train excursion at Kimberley, the famous diamond mine and museum.

Overnight: The Blue Train Private Suite (All Inclusive*)

*excludes French Champagne and Caviar 

DAY 6-7 PRETORIA

After arriving refreshed at Pretoria station, you will collect your rental vehicle. Either head straight to your hotel to relax or explore the highlights of South Africa’s administrative capital, complete with grand university and public buildings and tree-lined streets.

Overnight: Courtyard Arcadia (Bed and Breakfast)

 

DAYS 7-9 MADIKWE NATIONAL PARK

After a 3.5 hour drive towards the Botswanan border, you will arrive at the stunning Madikwe Game Reserve. This malaria-free park is rich in wildlife and a real hidden gem of South Africa.

You will stay in a Luxury Bush Villa in a small and private resort. The villas boast large bedrooms, private decks with stunning views, en-suite bathrooms and private outside showers.

The safaris offer some of the best game viewing in all of Southern Africa, with stunning bird life and regular sightings of the much sought after “Big 5” (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Black and White Rhino.)

Overnight: Motswiri Private Safari Lodge (Full Board)

 

DAYS 9-10 FLY BACK TO UK

Drive to Johannesburg Airport from Madikwe, return your rental car at the airport and take your return flight back to the UK.

Hotels

Pricing and Inclusions

Pricing Information

10 night trip, from £2920 per person**

** Based on two people sharing a room and flights from Manchester

Includes

  • All flights (economy) and transfers
  • Car hire
  • Accommodation
  • Blue Train Tickets
  • Game Drives in Madikwe

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional excursions

Gallery

 

Overnight Duration Key
Cape Town 4 Nights Included Included
Blue Train 2 Nights Add-On Train Excursion
Madikwe 3 Nights

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