The Society of International Railway Traveler’s exclusive Blue Train Safari combines adventure and opulence: five-star properties in Cape Town and Pretoria, two nights on South Africa’s luxury Blue Train, and top-notch game lodges and safari experiences in stunning Kruger National Park.
Your Blue Train safari starts the moment you step off the plane in Cape Town: first, be shepherded from the airport to the legendary Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, where you’ll spend three luxurious nights. Spend your days exploring this iconic city.
Then, enjoy the classic Cape Town – Pretoria route on the Blue Train – a 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.
After a night at the stunning Illyria House in Pretoria, re-board the Blue Train for your overnight journey to Hoedspruit, home of Kruger National Park. This is the Blue Train‘s newest and most adventurous route.
Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, transfer to the exclusive 9-suite Lion Sands Tinga Lodge for a four-night fully-inclusive safari experience.
The Blue Train is one of the most famous trains in the world. It’s also one of The Society of International Railway Travelers’ World’s Top 25 Trains. And Kruger, home to more large mammal species than any other reserve in Africa, is also South Africa’s first national park and one of the largest game reserves on the continent. It is a “must-visit” for travelers of all ages.
The Blue Train has hosted some of the world’s top leaders, including Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Steeped in history, the Blue Train also maintains an impeccable sense of modern luxury, unrivaled on-board service, and exquisite cuisine.
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Day 1: Cape Town Arrival
After your flight to Cape Town airport, enjoy the comfort of a VIP “meet and greet” as soon as you step off the plane. Private transfer to your luxury hotel — the Belmond Mount Nelson — for a three-night stay. Situated in the heart of Cape Town, the Mount Nelson is perfectly situated for guests to explore the city center, the best beaches, and the waterfront. situated in the heart of Cape Town’s city center.
Day 2-3: Cape Town
At your leisure in Cape Town. Breakfasts included with your Mount Nelson Hotel stay.
Day 4: Depart Cape Town on the Blue Train
Transfer to Cape Town Station early this morning for your rail adventure. Enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks as you register and check-in at the Blue Train Lounge. After being ushered aboard and shown to your suite by your butler, brunch will be served in two consecutive sittings.
In the early afternoon, arrive in Matjiesfontein for a brief off-train tour and glass of sherry. Return to the train to continue onward to Pretoria as you enjoy high tea served in the Lounge Car. After a sumptuous dinner (and after-dinner drinks and cigars in the Lounge Car, if so desired) return to your elegant suite for a good night’s rest.
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Day 5: Pretoria Arrival
Enjoy breakfast this morning in the dining car, or in-suite if desired. After a leisurely morning and a three-course lunch in the dining car, arrive mid-afternoon at Pretoria Station. Evening at your leisure in Pretoria. Overnight at the five-star Illyria House Estate.
Day 6: Depart Pretoria on the Blue Train
After a leisurely breakfast at the Illyria House, transfer to Pretoria Station for your mid-afternoon train departure. Enjoy pre-departure drinks before boarding begins. Settle into your suite as the Blue Train begins its journey to the Hoedspruit region — home of Kruger National Park. Enjoy an elegant dinner followed by drinks and cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.
Day 7: Hoedspruit Arrival
Enjoy breakfast this morning in the dining car, or in-suite if desired. Mid-morning arrival at Hoedspruit Station, where your driver will meet you and transfer you to your luxury game camp. Check in for your four-night stay at the five-star all-inclusive Lion Sands Tinga Lodge. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with the Lodge, or jump right into an afternoon game drive!
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Days 8-10: Kruger National Park Safari
Spend three days taking advantage of everything Lion Sands has to offer: activities include game drives twice daily, bush walks, hippo tours, star-gazing and astronomy lessons, wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts and dinners, and more.
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Day 11: Depart Kruger National Park
Depart Lion Sands for flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg.
2017 Dates:March 12
Please note: program is available in reverse direction (Hoedspruit-Pretoria-Cape Town) upon request. Call or email us for more information.
Prices are per person.
*Luxury pricing includes upgrades at hotels in Cape Town and Pretoria, on Blue Train, and lodging in suite at Singita Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National Park.