A classic train journey in South Africa is the last word in luxury travel. Riding the rails, you'll be plunged into the romance of bygone times to delight in the pure decadence of time-honoured train travel. Steaming across the land with beautiful landscapes unfolding before your eyes is a truly special experience that you'll remember for years to come.
South Africa's luxury trains are beyond indulgent. They are magnificent moving 5* hotels - an effortless combination of superb accommodation, sumptuous fine dining and outstanding service levels. Each carriage breathes an irresistible feeling of grace and grandeur.
As your train meanders through the stunning countryside of South Africa, you'll be treated to wonderful views of mountains sloping into vineyards, fields that stretch into the horizon and stark deserts that seem to go on forever. Watching the Rainbow Nation roll slowly past your window with a glass of champagne, you'll be in seventh heaven.
Stepping aboard the Blue Train, or the ‘Blue Jewel' to South Africans, you'll enter a world of lavish elegance. By taking the overnight journey between Cape Town and Pretoria, you'll join an elect group of eminent passengers that has included both Kings and Presidents. The Blue Train is famous the world over for its sheer opulence and unsurpassed service levels. Needless to say, you're in for a treat.
Alternatively, take a trip back in time aboard the Rovos Rail, steeped in vintage splendour and refinement. Rovos has earned an international reputation as a world-class travel experience. The beautiful wood panelling and antique Edwardian features of your luxurious suite, the understated elegance of the Victorian dining cars and the exquisite cuisine all blend to create an atmosphere truly reminiscent of the golden age of train travel.
We can combine one of these timeless train journeys with your safari, building a top-notch South Africa trip that will exceed even your wildest expectations. Below, we've listed a select handful of itineraries that include either the Blue Train or Rovos Rail. These are all exceptional, exciting holidays to cherish forever.
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Jock Main Lodge
Kruger National Park
The Blue Train Journey
The Blue Train
The Last Word Constantia
Destination: South Africa.
If you are short on time but not willing to compromise on luxury, this 8 night itinerary includes a short safari in the Kruger National Park, a 2 night rail journey on the Blue Train, and ends in the relaxing Constantia wine region of Cape Town. With 5* accommodation all the way, the scenery through the trip will delight and enthrall you.
This is a 8 night itinerary including Kruger National Park, Pretoria, The Blue Train and Cape Town.
Based on 5 Star Accommodation:
2 Nights at Jock Main Lodge
1 Night at Illyria House
2 Nights at The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town
This incredible 10 night holiday will take you from cosmopolitan Cape Town, packed with priceless natural beauty and steeped in fascinating history, to an exclusive wilderness for a safari experience with all the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, and an amazing variety of birds.
This is a 10 night itinerary including Cape Town, Rovos Rail, Pretoria and The Waterberg.
This deluxe 14 night holiday is a sophisticated slice of South Africa's highlights. It's a really varied journey, giving you everything from city culture to picturesque vineyards, coastal villages, a luxury rail journey and a Big Five safari.
This is a 14 night itinerary including The Cape Winelands, Hermanus, Cape Town, The Blue Train, Pretoria and Madikwe Game Reserve.
Based on 4 to 5 Star Accommodation:
2 Nights at Franschhoek Country House & Villas
2 Nights at Ocean Eleven Guest House
3 Nights at Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
2 Nights at The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria
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