Grand Traditions and New Concepts: The Blue Train

The Blue Train is the epitome of luxury train travel. Voted as the “World’s leading Luxury Train” at the World Travel Awards multiple times. Passengers embark on a 1600 kilometre journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. Gold tinted picture windows set an ever changing backdrop including the Karoo moon and the beauty of the Cape Vineyards. Its stature and reputation is only enhanced with its carriages having been graced with the likes of kings and presidents. 

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The Iconic Blue Train (Image Courtesy: Blue Train) 

There is a distinctive romantic old world charm that the aptly nicknamed “Blue Jewel” provides its passengers. Every whim catered for by supremely attentive staff with welcoming eyes and a knowing smile.

Accommodation is of the utmost elegance, complete with individually controlled air conditioning and an entertainment centre with a selection of movie and radio channels. The suites are also equipped with under floor heating in the rooms and bathrooms. The lounge car is adorned in original South African artworks and plush decor and sets the scene for the lost art of conversation as you savour the panoramic views.

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Luxury Suite on the Blue Train(Image Courtesy: Blue Train) 

Dining on the Blue Train is an experience within itself. It’s a classic elegant affair that requires men to wear a jacket and tie and the women to dress in their finest. All meals are freshly prepared on board by executive chefs and carefully selected South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine. By gourmet we are referring to mouth watering Karoo lamb, Knysna oysters, snoek, crayfish and impala.

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Dining Carriage (Image Courtesy: Blue Train)

It is without a doubt a national treasure, its origins dating back to the Union Limited and Union Express trains which were started in 1923. Its original purpose was to take passengers from Johannesburg to the ships departing from Cape Town to England. The Union Express then introduced luxurious elements such as a dining saloon in 1933 and air-conditioned carriages in 1939.After a break in service during World War 2, the train was back up and running in 1946.

As the Blue Train continues to withstand the test of time, it is always evolving, which we believe is the reason for its success. And they are currently running a special that is sure to delight and inspire. It’s the merging of train travel with the awe of safari.

When booking a trip until the 31st of March 2015, from Cape Town to Pretoria or vice versa, an additional free night will be included at Camp Jabulani. The camp is situated in the Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, home to the celebrated Big 5. It includes meals and game drives but excludes drinks and elephant back safaris.

Alternatively, the Blue Train will offer two nights complimentary accommodation at one of the following hotels: Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, Castello Di Monte or The Westin and Taj Hotel in Cape Town. This includes bed, breakfast and a transfer to and from the station. This is an added value campaign and highlights their year round standard one night free special. All we have left to say is, “All aboard!”

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Camp Jabulani (Image Courtesy: Camp Jabulani)

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