On the regular journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, the Blue Train glides past South Africa's gold fields of the Witwatersrand, the grain, fruit and sunflower farms of the northern Cape, on to Kimberley, seat of South Africa's original diamond rush. The journey, heading smoothly and silently towards the heart of South Africa's finest winelands and one of the fairest cities on earth: Cape Town, covers 1 600 kilometers (994 miles).
Scan the desolately beautiful Karoo thirstlands where ostriches run wild, where the skies erupt into dramatic sunsets. Imbibe the emerald green Eden of the Hex River Valley, where most of South Africa's export grapes are grown. Late autumn produces one of the world's most extravagant natural sights when the barlinka vines transform into blazing crimson.
Crossing the Hex River mountain range the 16,3-kilometer (10.13-mile) Hex River Tunnel system, the fourth longest in the world, is a monument to advanced engineering skills. Head to the town of Paarl, set in a wide, fertile valley surrounded by majestic, purple-hued mountains.
The distinctive shape of Table Mountain appears in the distance as The Blue Train approaches Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the cultural centers of South Africa with fine art, architecture and music.
PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
The Blue Train departs Pretoria Station at 08h50 and arrives the next day in Cape Town at 12h30. The duration of the trip is about 28 hours. Click here to see a detailed Pretoria to Cape Town itinerary. A visit to the Kimberley Diamond Mine is included as an off-train excursion.
CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA
The train departs Cape Town at 08h50 in the morning and arrives the following day at the Pretoria Station at 12h30. Click here to see a detailed itinerary of the Cape Town to Pretoria Journey. Off-train excursions include a game drive at Aquila Game Lodge just outside of Worcester.
PRIVATE CHARTERS AND CONFERENCES
Why not charter The Blue Train for business or pleasure? We host a range of events including:
> Product launches,
> VIP breakfasts, lunches or dinner parties,
> Business meetings,
> Ssmall conferences,
> Wedding receptions and more.
We can also arrange a Blue Train charter for golfing or safari adventures. The charter routes are not limited to the standard routes. Your destination depends only on the compatibility of the rail network with The Blue Train's technology.
The conference car is a truly unique venue - the ideal setting for meetings, seminars, think-tanks or get-togethers with a difference. Working in such luxurious surroundings is so inspiring that it becomes a pleasure.
With sufficient notice, we can transform our conference car into a suitable venue for smaller and less formal sessions. With full business facilities, plush lounge seating and breathtaking panoramas of the passing countryside, this is an experience that no client or colleague will ever forget.