We paired the Blue Train with the magical hotels and Botswana safari camps of our partners Belmond. Our journey includes unique experiences, from the Blue Train, to beautiful Cape Town, to unique stays in the bush.
But remember: book early; the camps are small and popular.
Special Value: We extend valuable Virtuoso complimentary and exclusive amenities to our guests at every accommodation in this program. They include but are not limited to dining credits, spa credits and helicopter rides.
And special care is taken from the minute you are met at the airport by your hostess plane-side to the time he or she waves goodbye after seeing you to your international gate.
“There was so much going on—meeting people in the rear lounge car with its immense windows, enjoying afternoon tea or exquisite meals and fine South African wines—we almost forgot to look out the window at the passing scene.”
— Owen Hardy, CEO & Founder, Track 25®
“I would go back to Savute, Eagle Island or Khwai River Camp in a heartbeat. I will never forget it. Belmond does a fabulous job in Botswana and South Africa. Belmond camps with Blue Train is a dynamite combination.”
— Eleanor Hardy, President, Society of IRT
Day 1: Cape Town
Your VIP journey starts as soon as you arrive at Cape Town airport when your personal VIP assistant meets you right at the airplane, and escorts you to pick up your bags and to your private car and driver to the Mount Nelson Hotel, a legendary Orient-Express property now called Belmond Mount Nelson.
Day 2: Cape Point
Enjoy your private, full-day Cape Point tour, which includes one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world. Savor lunch in the lovely café followed by a visit to the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens. These gardens are over 100 years old and boast over 6,000 species of flora. Return to your hotel in the early evening.
Day 3: Cape Winelands
Take a private Winelands Tour, including a visit to the Muratie Wine Estate. Here you will enjoy a private wine tasting and cellar tour including a traditional South African lunch hosted by the owner. This is one of the oldest traditional wine estates in Stellenbosch.
Day 4: The Blue Train
Private transfer to the Blue Train lounge for morning departure. Soon thereafter, it’s time for an elaborate brunch. The afternoon includes a 45-minute walk around tiny Matjiesfontein, afternoon tea on board and pre-dinner drinks. Dinner is an elegant occasion with numerous courses and carefully paired wines, which are included; men are requested to wear jacket/tie and ladies evening wear. Overnight in your private compartment.
Day 5: The Blue Train; Pretoria
Breakfast is served in the dining car or in your cabin. Afternoon arrival at Pretoria Station, where you are met by your guide, who will take you on a half-day Johannesburg tour, with a stop at the outstanding Apartheid Museum, which we feel is a must-see in South Africa. Check in to the Saxon Boutique Hotel, an exclusive private retreat set on ten acres of landscaped gardens. The striking infinity pool, the sophisticated Dining Library, and the exclusive Cigar Lounge each offer their own type of relaxation.
Days 6-7: Okavango Delta
Transfer to the airport for short flight to Maun, then by light aircraft to Eagle Island Camp in Okavango Delta. The camp has 12 beautifully appointed luxury tents. Your program includes safaris by helicopter, boat and foot with wonderful guides. All meals, drinks, game-viewing activities–even laundry!– are included. This program includes two nights at Eagle Island. (Let us know if you want to stay longer. We met a family who stayed five nights.)
Days 8-9: Chobe National Park
Transfer by light aircraft to the heart of the Chobe National Park, known as the elephant capital of the world. It’s also a fantastic place for spotting leopards, lion, wild dog, cheetah, hyena, zebra and beautiful birds. The Savute Elephant Camp perches right on the Savute Channel, a spectacular base for exploring. Savute is a fusion of old world safari and modern-day luxury. It, too, has only 12 luxury tents. Spend two nights in this all-inclusive camp; all transfers, drinks, meals, laundry, game activities are included.
Day 10: Johannesburg
Morning transfer by light aircraft to Maun where you are again met at the airport and connected with regional flight to Johannesburg. Check-in for your international flight home or extend your stay.
2017 Dates:Dates available year-round:
|Travel Date||Price (per person)|
|Jan. 5-March 31||$8,000|
|April 1-May 31||$8,500|
|June 1-Oct. 14||$10,100|
|Nov. 15-Dec. 19||$7,500|
|Dec. 20-Jan. 4, 2016||$9,500|
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and will fluctuate based on value of S. African Rand as well as on exact itinerary chosen. Prices given are approximate.
2017 Single pricing from $12,000 (low season) to $19,000 (high season.)
Prices vary based on time of travel and also if you are traveling solo or with others.
Click here for owners Owen and Eleanor Hardys’ blog about their Blue Train adventure.