Here’s all you need to know about a trip aboard the renowned Blue Train…
The suites have perfectly set lounges with all of the plush furnishings during the day. By the evening, personalised butlers, who are on call 24 hours a day, will transform the space into a bedroom. You’ll find all of the comforts of five-star luxury: an air-con and underfloor heating, the finest bedding, entertainment available on the TV screen and automated blinds for the expansive windows.
You are free to enjoy the lounges at leisure. In the Club Car, you’ll find Cuban cigars available, as well as a fully-stocked bar, open 24 hours a day. There is also a roulette table (though playing is just for fun), chess, backgammon and a large screen TV, where you can tune in to the camera at the front of the train, seeing the front of the train as the driver does, or a map to show you where the train is on the route.
One of the highlights of traveling aboard the Blue Train is the culinary experience. Each day starts with breakfast, with a selection of options available, from the traditional hot meals to continental options. Lunch is a light, yet filling three-course meal. A few hours later, high tea is served, with an array of sweet and savoury treats. It is a wonder that the kitchen operates on wheels to produce what will surely be some of your most enjoyable meals yet. The final meal of the day, dinner, is described as an elegant affair available at one of the two seating times available.
The Blue Train offers several routes, from Cape Town to Pretoria and vice-versa, and routes between Pretoria and Hoedspruit, a round trip to the Kruger Park, as well as occasional trips further abroad, offering package options to other destinations in Southern Africa.
Excursions are dependent on the route you take. This includes a stop at the Kimberly Station for a visit to the Kimberly museum, the Big Hole, and the town which appears to have been untouched for over a century. Another available excursion is to Matjiesfontein, a Victorian enclave in the Great Karoo. You’ll spot a mirage before your eyes, visit an Antique Car Museum and enjoy a traditional English tea.
For more information, visit www.bluetrain.co.za.