The Blue Train is internationally known for its very highest standards of service and accommodation. When you arrive to board the Blue Train you will be greeted in the elegant and spacious reception lounge. Here you may sip a complimentary glass of champagne while your luggage is taken to your carriage in readiness for the journey - the pampering has begun!
Let us consider twenty-four hours of travel in luxury - the ambience is almost that of an Agatha Christie novel but the facilities are superbly up-to-date. You climb between your crisp white sheets and are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the train. In the morning your butler brings you morning tea which is sipped whilst the glorious views of Africa go past your window.
After a leisurely toilette you wander along the corridor, panelled in beautifully figured woods, to the dining car where fresh fruits, a full breakfast cooked to perfection, or anything in between will tempt your palate. In the morning, if you are on the Garden Route for instance, you might take an excursion into historic Knysna and a short trip on the Outeniqua Choo Choo, the last scheduled steam train service in South Africa.
For lunch you return to the train and a wonderful meal, beautifully prepared, attentively served and accompanied by fabulous vistas. In the afternoon maybe a visit to an ostrich farm, where you could decide to be the one that rides the ostrich! Before dinner you might take a refreshing shower in your en-suite bathroom after which you will dress for the evening ahead. At night the Blue Train exchanges informal for sophisticated and something a little more glamorous would be appropriate.
Wander to the club-car, decorated in the Blue Train's signature blue and gold stunningly highlighted with patina-ed leather and chenille animal prints. Ask for your favourite cocktail and dip into the cocktail snacks, but not too many - dinner is five exquisite courses.
The dining car has lovely china, crystal and silver and, of course, the meals are prepared from first-class fresh seasonal produce accompanied by fine wines. After dinner you might take coffee in the non-smoking Lounge Car or repair to the Club Car for a post-prandial cigar and cognac from the Blue Train's carefully chosen selection.
Play chess or backgammon, select a good book from the bookcase or just chat. Once you return to your room, (and don't forget that the bar stays open as long as you wish) you may watch a movie, or just relax in your complimentary robe. Your bed will have been turned down and some absolutely delicious chocolates await! Sleep well and dream of another perfect day.
· Lounge car, club car and dining car
· Butler service
· De Luxe coaches each containing 1 double suite with bath and 3 twin suites with shower
· Luxury coaches each containing 1 double suite with bath and 2 twin suites with bath
Each suite has:-
· Private bathroom
· TV monitor
· Remote control window blinds
· Luxury compartments have CD and video player
· Air conditioning
Blue Train Routes:
· Cape Town/Pretoria - 1 night
· Cape Town/Port Elizabeth (Garden Route) - 2 nights
· Pretoria/Mpumalanga ( near Kruger Park) - 1 night
· Pretoria/Victoria Falls - 2 nights
· All routes are available in both directions