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South Africa’s Blue Train

Traveling by train is a highly enjoyable, hypnotic escape into another world. The preferred method of adventure by millions trains romantically carry wide-eyed travelers to the very brink of all that is wild and wonderful, smoothly covering diverse terrains to connect the four corners of the world.


The Blue Train is a unique window into Africa

The Blue Train does not go around mountains; it goes through them. It glides through thick forests where leopards stare down from trees with fiery and curious eyes, and over deserts where watering holes draw giraffes, elephants, wildebeests, and zebras. It chases galloping herds of gazelles across great fields of wildflowers and races cheetahs through the rocky brush.

Travel agents call it an all-inclusive luxury rail cruise. This “cruise” comes complete with breathtaking views of South Africa’s soul-inspiring landscapes and visits to intriguing attractions and remote villages along the way. As for the all-inclusive luxury, the Blue Train does not disappoint. From butlers turning down your bed to complimentary kimonos and slippers, the Blue Train cradles each guest in opulence that perfectly balances the wild surrounds outside the train.


Voted the world’s most luxurious train by the international travel trade, the Blue Train got its name from its distinctive sapphire-blue carriages. The track, originally laid in the 19th century in an audacious bid to connect Africa’s southern tip with Cairo, stretches nearly 2,000 miles from Cape Town, South Africa’s capital, north through Pretoria and up to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.


A journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance, and romance

From Pretoria to Cape Town, the train travels south through spacious farmlands to Kimberly, the epicenter of the worldwide diamond rush. After an off-train excursion through this historic town with the “Big Hole,” a name that screams “Must See,” passengers continue south through the heart of Great Karoo, where vineyards and summer roses line the train’s descent through beautiful valleys and mountains toward Cape Town’s imposing and instantly recognizable Table Mountain.

While the trip from Pretoria to Hoedspruit is the shortest of the Blue Train routes, it may be the best for viewing the big five: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, and leopards-oh my! The train cuts through the Valley of the Olifants, the largest aggregation of privately-owned wildlife reserves in the world, along with Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg escarpment, and Blyde River Canyon.

Whether you’re starting in Cape Town or Pretoria, or you know that Victoria Falls is your final destination, the Blue Train will get you there in pure South African style. To enjoy the best of South Africa without feeling cheetah's, plan your trip in pure travel agent style.

The Blue Train is widely regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious trains


Travel agents know when to visit South Africa, which months are best for viewing the wildlife around watering holes, and when the climate is best for touring. They can set up your off-train excursions, book multiple Blue Train tickets for longer rides, combine trips though other fine train retailers, and help you hop-scotch across South Africa’s greatest attractions.


Take in the five-star scenery of South Africa from the five-star comfort of the Blue Train. Contact a trusted travel agent today to plan a personal safari that’s right for you and your family, and get ready to enjoy the perfect vacation to wild and wonderful Africa.


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