The Blue Train

As time meandered from the 19th Century towards the dawn of the new era, a dream was born. A dream of harnessing steam technology to link Africa’s vast south to north, around the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the apparently arid desert landscapes, over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife. From the Cape all the way to Cairo... all of this on parallel lines of tempered steel.

It is from this dream that The Blue Train was born. Cairo was never to be, but the dreamers persevered and The Blue Train now traverses South Africa and its breath-taking scenery in a manner that befits the mystique that has grown around it.

Kings and presidents have indulged on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. From love-struck honeymooners, to adulated celebrities. And even ordinary folk who romanticise about a life of spectacular luxury, a life that has seemed tantalisingly out of reach.

Until now... Welcome aboard The Blue Train. Your unforgettable experience is about to begin… Recognised as the epitome of luxury rail cruise and an icon of the Southern Africa leisure experience. Comparable to the world’s finest hotels, each suite on board the train offers ensuite accommodation with personalised butler service. The Blue Train prides itself on the fine cuisine and award winning South African wines it offers guests.


Cape Town to Pretoria (either direction): A 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.


By day the train’s elegantly furnished private suites provide a generously comfortable lounge. As night falls they become subtly lit, en-suite bedrooms.

The Deluxe Suites are each equipped with 100% percale cotton linen, goose down duvets & pillows and bathrooms with a choice of shower or bath, a writing desk, air-conditioning and under floor heating.

The Luxury Suites are more spacious with full size bath and entertainment centre with a choice of movies/radio channels

The Blue Train

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