About The Blue Train
The history of the Blue Train stretches back to a period of colonial opulence when diamonds and gold brought new wealth to this southern tip of Africa. Today, The Blue Train, with its royal blue and cream livery suit, offers one of the finest luxury rail experiences in the world. Having only ever ceased its schedules in WWII, the two sets of Blue Train have been renovated and modernised twice in recent years, first in the 70’s and then in the 90’s. Travelling at an approximate 90 km/h, the Blue Train is a smooth, comfortable, low decibel, air-conditioned ride using electric and diesel. With two highly qualified technicians aboard, the Blue Trains suspension, braking system, lighting and under-floor heating have been designed to ensure maximum comfort for guests. At the rear of the train is a beautiful observation car where guests can relax, read, take a drink, or watch the passing landscapes before your eyes. At both ends of the train there are also wood panelled lounge and club cars with beautiful bar areas and separate table and chair seating.
Accommodation on board The Blue Train
There are a choice of two accommodations on the Blue Train: a De Luxe Suite comprising a twin or double bed, with shower or bath, loo and basin. The Luxury Suite comprises a slightly larger area by a length of a meter, to include twin or double bed, en-suite shower or bath with loo and basin, and the lounge space is as a result slightly larger. All suites are beautifully furnished with a ‘touch of Africa’ theme running through, and all electrical mod-cons including telephone, shaver points, plugs, hair driers and digital TV’s are provided.
Dining is a serious affair on board the Blue Train where guests can enjoy local flavours such as Karoo lamb or ostrich fillet, all accompanied by the Cape’s finest wines. All requirements are catered for, including vegetarian, halaal and kosher. Each meal is also accompanied by a low key background music of the Soweto String Quartet, or some light jazz or classical music.
Routes & Excursions
The Blue Train offers two routes: Cape Town to Pretoria, or Pretoria to Cape. Both routes are of a duration of 2 days and 1 night. During the journey of each route, the Blue Train makes two stops, one at the diamond town of Kimberley for a guided tour f the largest man-made hole in the world, and the other, for a guided tour of the quaint hamlet of Matjiesfontein, who’s roots are still firmly set in the historic Victorian era.
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