Traversing iconic landscapes on journeys of old-world elegance, the luxury Blue Train offers a window into the soul of Africa. Across dramatic mountain ranges to arid desert, through colonial relics to big-game dominated savannah, two indulgent train journeys reveal the splendor of a land untouched by time. Travel is about the journey, yet when you disembark, the destinations also provide dreamy African experiences: Cape Town, Nelson Mandela's Soweto, and Kruger National Park.
Cape Town – The Charms of the Coast
Land in the city and you immediately explore nature, Table Mountain dominating the skyline and endless waters flanking luxurious coastal areas. Two oceans collide here; the sun sets evocatively over the frothy Atlantic waves while lush blue Indian waters flow behind the vertical peak of Table Mountain. One glance at the landscape provides a beautiful introduction to the country you will be exploring over the next 11 days. After the airport meet and greet, you're transferred to the five-star Cape Grace, located on a private quay between the harbor and the V & A Waterfront. A large pedestrianized area provides easy exploration on this first day, leading you to boutique markets, excellent seafood restaurants, and a variety of historical sights.
Cape Town – Table Mountain and the History of Robben Island
Cape Town – Exploring the Vineyards of the Cape Winelands
Day 4 - 5
Blue Train – Luxury Blue Train Across South Africa
Blue Train – Apartheid Museum and Nobel Prize Soweto
Day 7 - 8
Blue Train – Luxury Train From City to Big-Game Wilderness
Day 9 - 10
MalaMala Game Reserve – Exclusive Big-Game African Safari
MalaMala Game Reserve to Johannesburg – Departure
- Gaze through the window to the soul of South Africa and admire the country from the luxury of the Blue Train
- Traverse the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on the iconic train journey from Cape Town to Pretoria, then on a new rail route from Pretoria to Kruger National Park
- Travel in the majesty of centuries past, with elegant dinners, high tea, and decadent old-world fittings
- Explore an evocative history with tours of Robben Island, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum
- Celebrate the Cape's mystical landscapes by standing on the summit of Table Mountain and spending a day amidst the vineyards of Stellenbosch
- Complete your South Africa tour with a 3-day luxury safari in MalaMala Game Reserve, where exclusivity complements authenticity and thrilling big-game moments
- Combine game drives and bush walks, each bringing intimate encounters with the giants of the African savannah
Defying the imagination, South Africa's landscapes celebrate the mystique of an entire continent. Vertical mountains hide rugged canyons where baboons yelp at sunrise. Arid desert plains are dappled by ostriches and a sense of infinity. Savannah rolls towards the horizon, the panoramas dappled with nomadic elephants and rumbling buffalo herds. Occasionally a town appears from nowhere, a colonial relic of wooden facades and bougainvillea-lined boulevards. From ocean to desert to grasslands, gaping valleys to expressive peaks, South Africa is as much about the journey as the destinations. The ultimate way to admire both the scale and the details is on the old railway line through the continent, aboard a train of luxurious old-world grandeur.
The Blue Train provides a window into the dreamy authenticity of South Africa. It departs from Cape Town, flanked by Table Mountain and two oceans. Traversing vineyards and valleys it rumbles north, crossing the evocative desert and rolling over the high-altitude plateau to Pretoria. This is a traditional train route, as iconic as it was a century ago. But the railway now continues, curving around the mountains before descending into the big-game savannah of Kruger National Park. Giraffe and elephant may be spotted from the window before the train stops in the heart of South Africa's premier safari destination. It's lavish and luxurious on board, helping create one of the world's premier train experiences. Think high tea, elegant dinners, and private suites that come with en-suite bathrooms and bath tubs, decadent lounge areas, and a personal butler. Using restored wooden carriages, it feels like a train journey from centuries past.
The journey provides the focal point of this South Africa tour. Then the destinations are equally evocative. Cape Town, with Table Mountain rising majestically above the city and Robben Island providing narratives just off the coast. The Cape Winelands, a sensual celebration of history and charm. Pretoria is a base for exploring the vibrancy of Nelson Mandela's Soweto, where two Nobel Prize winners lived on one street and excellent museums present memoirs to apartheid and peaceful protest. Then you complete this South Africa tour in MalaMala Game Reserve, an exclusive enclave that borders Kruger National Park. The thrilling safari experience combines game drives with bush walks, then the elegance of watching wildlife from your private verandah. It's three days of luxury in what is widely considered to be Africa's finest private reserve.
$8,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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