Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger National Park
Discover the highlights of South Africa with a rail journey on the luxurious Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town.
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Watch as the highlights of South Africa unfold before your eyes on this unforgettable journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Begin with an overnight in Johannesburg, where you have a chance to get acquainted with the local atmosphere, before traveling to Kruger National Park. Three full days in Kruger means there are no shortage of opportunities to spot wild game and soak in the exotic beauty of the protected land. A hotel on wheels, the iconic Blue Train takes us even further into South Africa, all the while offering luxurious amenities and memorable vistas of mountains, wine country, old diamond mines and more. The train arrives in Cape Town with even more excitement lying ahead. Enjoy amazing views from the Flying Dutchman Funicular Railroad, taste the flavorful wines of the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys and take in the unique offerings of Cape Town. From the wild of Kruger to the cultural epicenter of Cape Town, there is much to see on this memorable trip.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail travel on the iconic Blue Train (2 nights on train)
- Scenic rail excursion on the Flying Dutchman Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 18 meals including, including a 'Boerebraai' lunch in Stellenbosch
- Visit to Table Mountain and Cape Point
- Boulders Bay excursion to visit the penguin colony
- Tour of Kimberly with visit to 'The Big Hole' Mine Museum
- Two full-day game drives in Kruger National Park
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Days 1-2 - To Kruger
After your flight to Johannesburg, you will stay at the Emperors Palace at Johannesburg airport.
On Day 2, you will meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the airport for your transfer to the 4-Star Protea Hotel Kruger Gate in Kruger, where we enjoy our first dinner together. Set on the banks of the Sabie River, just 100 meters from the entrance to Kruger National Park, the 4-Star Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is a luxury lodge-style hotel, the perfect base for safaris into the magnificent game park.
Days 3 & 4 - Exploring Kruger
On both Day 3 and Day 4 we enjoy full-day game drives to track the iconic wildlife of Kruger National Park. A local, skilled ranger drives each jeep as we head out into the game park, finding us the best locations to see the animals and pointing out animals whose camouflage makes them almost impossible to spot.
We start by tracking the big cats, still out from their night spent hunting. The park is home to the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo), all of which we hope to see during our two days of game drives. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colorful birds.
The hotel will provide us with a lunchbox ahead of each day's game drive. We return to the hotel at Kruger Gate at mid-afternoon on both days. The rest of the day is then free for you to spend at leisure.
You could relax in the spa or by the swimming pool, or take advantage of the nature reserve by the hotel and enjoy some extra game viewing at your leisure. A fascinating variety of birdlife can be spotted, and bush walks can be organized by the hotel.
Day 5 - The Blue Train
This morning we travel to the railroad station to begin our journey on the iconic Blue Train. A Blue Train butler will escort you to your cabin and provide an orientation of the train before inviting you for brunch as we begin our journey to Cape Town. The service onboard The Blue Train is impeccable, as we enjoy meals and drinks including afternoon tea, aperitifs and after our lavish formal dinner of local cuisine accompanied by wine from the Cape Winelands, a selection of post-dinner drinks. The Blue Train climbs through the famous winelands to reach the Karoo plateau, before entering the first of the Boland Mountain passes and passing through the southern reaches of Swartland.
Day 6 - Kimberley
This morning we arrive in Kimberley, the capital of South Africa's Northern Cape, which has enjoyed a prosperous past thanks to the discovery of diamonds in the area. Here we have the chance to visit 'The Big Hole' mine museum. The hill in the area where the diamonds were first found quickly disappeared under the pressure of being mined by thousands of people, with the resulting space became known as the 'Big Hole'. Incredibly, the hole is 1,519 feet wide, with the mine underneath reaching a depth of 3,599 feet. Nowadays the mine is no longer in use, but there is a fascinating museum detailing the history of the site, which includes some preserved or restored period buildings from the early years of the rush. After re-boarding the train for lunch we make our way down to Cape Town.
Day 7 - The Blue Train
to Cape Town
We enjoy breakfast onboard the train as we travel towards Cape Town. On arrival, we enjoy an orientation tour of Cape Town taking in the main sights, as we transfer to the 5-Star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel for four nights, superbly located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After time to freshen up, we head out again to make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain (weather dependent) to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Your evening is free to spend at leisure - perhaps take a walk around the wonderful waterfront set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views.
Day 8 - Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Bay
Today we travel to Cape Point on the Cape of Good Hope, at the south-western tip of Africa. At Cape Point we take the Flying Dutchman funicular railroad up to a vantage point, where we can admire the awe-inspiring views. After lunch together, we travel along False Bay via Simon's Town naval base to the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to Africa's only indigenous penguin, before making our way back to Cape Town.
Day 9 - Stellenbosch Vineyards
Today we travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine-producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. Here, we enjoy a delicious 'Boerebraai' lunch, a unique South African social event, where family and friends gather together to create a memorable dining experience.
Day 10 - Cape Town
Today you are free to explore Cape Town further. Among the gorgeous natural landmarks, incredible displays of street art, and the brightly-painted buildings along the waterfront, the city boasts an array of sights that make it fascinating to discover. Perhaps visit Robben Island, where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Now a museum detailing the struggle for democracy in South Africa, the prison is UNESCO-listed.
Day 11 - Cape Town
Today you have more free time to explore Cape Town before making your way to the airport for your flight home.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
The 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, offering fantastic views of Table Mountain and Robben Island, with the magnificent Green Point Stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup, providing the backdrop. The hotel has a restaurant with an excellent reputation serving a range of cuisine, a bar, and terrace. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness room and a spa offering a selection of beauty treatments and therapies. The rooms are air-conditioned and come with a king-sized bed or twin beds, telephone, satellite television, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a hairdryer.
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Kruger
Set on the banks of the Sabie River, just 100 meters from the entrance to Kruger National Park, the 4-Star Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is a luxury lodge-style hotel which is the perfect base for safaris into the magnificent game park. The hotel has two restaurants and two bars, a swimming pool, spa, gym, mini-golf course and air conditioning throughout. Room facilities include satellite TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Blue Train
The Blue Train lives up to its reputation for magnificence and splendor, offering its passengers a luxurious on-board experience that they will never forget.
The Blue Train has a Lounge Car which is the ideal place to meet your fellow travelers and relax after dinner with a coffee. The Club Car has a well-stocked bar, a library, and a big-screen television and is a great place for a game of cards or backgammon. There is also a boutique on board, selling a collection of beautiful South African jewelry as well as Blue Train souvenirs. A Train Manager and two engineers are on board the train at all times and they are all happy to share their knowledge of the country, route, and train with passengers.
The meals onboard The Blue Train are an experience in themselves and are taken in the dining car. On-board chefs use the freshest produce and ingredients to prepare a sumptuous menu of local cuisine, which is complemented by award-winning South African wines. Crisp table linen, crystal glassware, and the finest Sheffield cutlery complement the silver service presentation of the food. A continental or full English breakfast is served at leisure. The dress code for dinner is formal (jacket and tie for men, evening wear for ladies).
The train has recently been updated to include complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout and flat-screen televisions in your cabin which shows spectacular scenic footage live from the driver's view of the train.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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Dates & Prices
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|6th February 2020||$3,979||Book Now|
|5th March 2020||$4,119||Book Now|
|22nd October 2020||$4,239||Book Now|
|12th November 2020||$3,989||Book Now|
|19th November 2020||$3,889||Book Now|
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: Departs 6th February 2020 ($3,979), 5th March 2020 ($4,119), 22nd October 2020 ($4,239), 12th November 2020 ($3,989), 19th November 2020 ($3,889)
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It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to O.R.Tambo International Airport, approximately 2 miles from the Emperors Palace Hotel. Our recommended departure airport is Cape Town International Airport, approximately 14 miles from your base in Cape Town.