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THE BLUE TRAIN

 Deluxe twin

Suites

The Blue Train interior is created by a famous designer. The train is in direct competition with the best 5-star hotels in the country and this in terms of elegance, comfort, style and luxury. Our suites offer the most modern technologies and superior craftsmanship.

Each Blue Train suite has telephone, television and individual controlled air-condition. A separate channel offers regional information and documentaries while the train is travelling.

The train air-condition are water cooled and fresh air is directly cooled off for each compartment. The corridors are also cooled with a similar system. The same system is providing heating during the winter months and on top of that under floor heating.

 

Guest can choose between luxe and luxury accommodation:

 Luxe accommodation has twin beds with shower or a double bed with three quarter bath.

Luxury accommodation has twin beds or a double bed, normal size bath with hand shower, cd-player and video machine.

 

Double bed during the day

Of course we offer excellent cuisine guided with superior South African wines.

The Blue Train offers two public lounges, the main lounge and the Club Lounge. The Club Lounge has a more male feeling where one can enjoy a cigar, cognac or coffee. These are the only two places on the train where smoking is allowed.

'High Tea' is served each day in the main lounge.

The large television in the main lounge will take immediately your attention. This monitor shows the tracks in front of the locomotive while large windows offer the perfect view over the landscape.

The second Blue Train has a thrid lounge, ideal for a business meeting or small conference for maximal 22 delegates.

 

 

Travel route 1

Step aboard of the Blue Train in Pretoria (recently named Tswane) for a ride along the 'Golden Arc' gold mine. The train is having halt in Kimberley where we visit the Big Hole en the historical city centre. We continue into the Great Karoo semi-desert, the Cape Winelands from Drakenstein, Slanghoek and Elandskloof and finally arrive in Cape Town.

Travel route 2

This is the shortest train route.

Valley of the Olifants Route (Pretoria - Hoedspruit - Pretoria)

Travelling on the historic  'Eastern Delgaoa Bay Railway line'. Departure in Pretoria (Tswane) right through the Mpumalanga Province via Witbank, MIddelburg and Machadorps. A spectacular descending from Waterval Boven to Waterval Onder, 228 metres downwards with a declination of 20%. Continue from the Elands River Valley to Nelspruit in the fertile Crocodile River Valley.

The train is leaving the Maputo line in  Kaapmuiden, at the western Kruger Park border with final destination Hoedspruit.

Travel route 3

The most beautiful route.

Pretoria - Victoria Falls - Pretoria

Your journey starts in Pretoria, home of the Blue Train. Follow into the footsteps of the famous explorer, Dr. David Livingstone. A journey into dark Africa with final destination the Vicotira Falls, one of the worlds natural wonders.

The journey goes further westwards to Mafikeng and the border with Botswana, we continue north to the capital  Gaborone and the African savannah.

Stop in Kwa Bulawayo where we visit the Matobo Hills National Park (Matobo = bold head, named by chief Mzilikazi, a Zulu warlord who founded the Ndebele nation).

The hills were a perfect hideaway for Mzilikazi to avoid a bloodbath with Shaka. The 2000 km reserve is a true moon landscape with enormous granite heads.

The most spectacular part of the reserve is the highest point where the famous  Cecil John Rhodes is lead at rest. Cecil Rhodes was the first Prime Minister of the Cape Colony and founder of the diamond giant De Beers.

The Shangaan Patrol Memorial is a little further, honouring the 20 men who fought against a 30.000 men strong Zulu army during the Matabele Wars in 1893.

The train continues to the Victoria Falls, discovered by Dr. David Livingstone in 1855 and named after Queen Victoria. People in Zimbabwe call the waterfall 'Mosi-oa-Thunya', the thundering smoke. The waterfall is 1.5 times wider and twice higher than the Niagra Falls in the United States. The water falls 450 m down and takes 500 million m water per minute. The falls can be seen during the rain season from 80 km far !!!

A visit to the Kwa Bulawayo museum, an authentic royal citadel from Lobengula, a Matabele King, makes the journey unforgettable. The train stops on our way back near the Hwange National Park, one of Africa's last elephant resorts. Here you will have the opportunity to see the Big-5 (lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino).