The Blue Train - Pretoria to Hoedspruit

The Blue Train offers an unmatched experience of luxurious modern travel whilst invoking the romance and history of the past. There are currently two trains in operation, one accommodating a maximum of 52 guests and the second a maximum of 80 guests.

Two lounges offer convivial spaces in which to relax and build new friendships over a cocktail; the Club Car and Lounge Car. The wood-panelled Club Car (smoking lounge) has the feel of a gentleman's club and is where you're free to enjoy a Cuban cigar which is served after dinner. The beautifully designed Lounge Car (non-smoking) is an ideal venue to enjoy the countryside views, with its windows perfectly framing the ever-changing panoramas. It's also the venue for afternoon High Tea, or the place to wander into after your five-course dinner to enjoy a nightcap and round off a perfect evening.

All meals and drinks (except champagne) are included and served in the delightful Dining Car, where The Blue Train lives up to its five star reputation in every sense. Lunch is elegant yet casual and dinner is more formal with an opportunity to don your finest attire.

Accommodation is in a deluxe suite which transforms from an elegant and relaxing lounge by day into a subtly-lit bedroom by night. You have the choice of twin beds with shower or double bed with bath. Larger luxury suites offer twin or double beds, luxurious bath tubs and a digital interactive entertainment system, with an inviting selection of music CDs and big screen movies on DVD. Both deluxe and luxury suites are air-conditioned, have a hairdryer, safe, free WiFi and the 24 hour services of a butler.

Duration: 1 night rail journey tour

Price from: £649pp

Blue Train 1 night

Day 1 Pretoria: The Blue Train departs Pretoria mid afternoon and begins its 19 hour journey to Hoedspruit. This route allows the opportunity to sit back in style as you travel towards one of South Africa’s most iconic wildlife destinations, the Kruger National Park. Watch the ever changing view from your suite or with your fellow passengers in one of the lounges before an elegant dinner in the dining car.

Day 2 Hoedspruit (Kruger National Park): Enjoy breakfast before the train reaches Hoedspruit mid-morning. Depart the train for your chosen game lodge.

This journey is available in reverse.

Departures: From Pretoria on selected Fridays and from Hoedspruit on selected Saturdays in March, July and September 19.

Accommodation: 1 night in a deluxe suite.

Meals: All inclusive.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes one night on the train.

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