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Discover the highlights of South Africa with a rail journey on the luxurious Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town.

Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

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2025 Tour code: BKJ25

About the tour

Watch as the highlights of South Africa unfold before your eyes on this unforgettable journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg. 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. 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 Pretoria with even more excitement lying ahead. Our time in Kruger will have no shortage of opportunities to spot wild game and soak in the exotic beauty of the protected land. From the cultural epicenter of Cape Town to the wild of Kruger, there is much to see on this memorable trip.

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Day 1 – Arrive in Cape Town

Your flight arrives in Cape Town, at which time you check-in to your centrally located hotel. The evening is yours explore. Overnight Cape Town.

Day 2 – The Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Bay

Cape Point on the Cape of Good Hope is our destination today. At Cape Point, we board the Flying Dutchman Funicular railway for an unforgettable ride up to the lighthouse vantage point at the top. As we reach the summit, views of lush foliage, crashing waves and impressive rock formations. Reaching the bottom of the mountain, we lunch together and then travel along False Bay via Simon's Town naval base to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. This beach is home to Africa's only indigenous penguin, and the perfect place to watch these adorable marine birds in their natural habitat. We return to Cape Town for an evening at leisure at our hotel. Overnight Cape Town.

Day 3 – Stellenbosch Vineyards

We visit one of Africa's most famous sights today, taking a cable car up iconic Table Mountain to enjoy the incredible, panoramic views over the city and ocean beyond. We continue by taking a coach out of the city where we will immerse ourselves in the beauty of two of South Africa's finest wine-producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Valleys. As we travel through the valleys by coach, we sample local wines at Stellenbosch Vineyards and enjoy a delicious Boerebraai lunch, a unique South African social event in which family and friends gather together to create a memorable dining experience. We return to our hotel later this afternoon, and the remainder of the day is yours to do as you please. Overnight Cape Town.

Day 4 – Cape Town at Leisure

Take time to explore Cape Town at your own pace today. Among the gorgeous natural landmarks, incredible displays of street art and the brightly-painted buildings along the waterfront lies an array of fascinating sites 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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You could also hike Table Rock Mountain or peruse the offerings at the V&A Waterfront. Overnight Cape Town.

Day 5 - The Blue Train

This morning enjoy some free time to explore Cape Town before we travel to the railroad station and begin our journey on the iconic Blue Train. A Blue Train butler escorts you to your cabin aboard and provides an orientation of the train. As our journey to Pretoria begins, you are invited to join brunch in the Dining Car.

The service aboard The Blue Train is impeccable. We enjoy delicious meals and wonderful drinks throughout the day, including afternoon tea, aperitifs, lavish formal dinners of local cuisine and wine, and post-dinner drinks. Overnight train.

Day 6 - Kimberley

Awake to scenes that continue to change before your eyes as we make our way toward Kimberley, the capital of South Africa's Northern Cape, for a quick excursion. This city has enjoyed great prosper, thanks to the diamond rush of the 1870s, and is the site of the world's largest excavation site. Upon arrival, we visit 'The Big Hole' and the Kimberley Mine Museum next door. The Big Hole was formed under the pressure of the thousands of people who visited the hill where the diamonds were first found. Incredibly, the hole is 1,519 feet wide, with the mine underneath reaching a depth of 3,599 feet. The mine is no longer in use, but the fascinating onsite museum details the history of the site and offers both preserved and restored period buildings from the early years of the rush. We reboard the train for lunch and continue our southerly journey through this wild continent to Cape Town. Overnight train.

Day 7 – Arrival into Pretoria

Enjoy a fresh breakfast on the train as we arrive in Pretoria, a city that's home to South Africa's government and Union buildings. Here we check into our hotel, where we have dinner this evening. Overnight Pretoria.

Day 8 – To Kruger National Park

Today, we transfer to our hotel on the banks of the Sabie River, next to the entrance to Kruger National Park and the perfect base for safari drives. Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 to create a protected area for wildlife, away from developers and poachers. Today, it is the largest National Park in South Africa and one of the most famous safari parklands in the world. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in to your attractive surroundings, maybe making the most of the lodge swimming pool and wonderful viewing deck where you might like to relax with a drink. Overnight Kruger.

Day 9 – Kruger National Park

Our first taste of wild Africa lies ahead as we enjoy a full-day game drive to track the iconic wildlife of Kruger National Park. A skilled local ranger navigates our Jeeps through the park, taking us to the best locations to see animals. Some of the animals are perfectly camouflaged with their surroundings, and our guides assist us in spotting them. First, we track the big cats, who are still out from their night of hunting. Later in the morning, we move on to the rest of the "Big Five" that live within the park- lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo.

The hotel provides us with a lunchbox ahead of each day's game drive, for convenience. As we return to the hotel in the mid-afternoon, the rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. Relax in the spa or by the swimming pool, or head over to the nature reserve by the hotel for extra game viewing at your own pace. If you desire, the hotel can even arrange a bush walk for you. Overnight Kruger.

Day 10 – Kruger National Park

Much like the day before, we head out early this morning in search of big cats returning from their nocturnal hunts and the Big Five. Our guide offers invaluable information about the local flora and fauna, including the fascinating plants and colorful birds, as we track the animals. Once back at the hotel, your evening is again at leisure to enjoy the amenities of this luxury property. Overnight Kruger.

Day 11 - Tour Conclusion

Your African adventure comes to an end today as you make your way to the airport for your return flight home. A group transfer is available for flights departing after 7:30pm.

Additional information

Please note

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Cape Town International Airport, approximately 14 miles from your base in Cape Town. Our recommended departure airport is O.R.Tambo International Airport

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Kruger Gate Hotel, Kruger

Kruger Gate Hotel, Kruger

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FERGUSON, BRENDA JONES

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Submitted 29 Mar 2023

I travel a lot. This was best trip ever. Scenery, social events and tours above expectations.

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