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The Blue TRAIN
Experience a truly luxurious South African train journey from Cape Town to Pretoria.
DAY 1: CAPE TOWN TO MATJIESFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA
At Cape Town station, guests need to register and check-in at the Blue Train Lounge an hour before departure. Here, pre-departure snacks and drinks can be enjoyed in comfort while luggage is taken care of by friendly staff.
Boarding begins at 8:30am and you will be introduced to your Butler for the journey. Your Butler will usher you on-board and proceed with a Suite orientation before departure.
Once you are settled and comfortable, you can relax in your suite or in the Lounge cars, enjoying passing views of the magnificent Cape Wine lands and spectacular mountain vistas. Later, sit down to a delicious Brunch in the dining car - there are 2 sittings to choose from.
Shortly after the 2nd sitting ends there is a scheduled stop at the historic little town of Matjiesfontein. The village was founded in 1884 and completely restored in 1970 - it is now a National Historic Monument. Guests are invited on a 45 minute off-train excursion and a glass of sherry – the glass is a unique gift to you and a memento of your journey. You can step back in time and soak up the ambiance of the town with its Victorian buildings and original 19th century lampposts before boarding The Blue Train again for your onward journey to Pretoria.
Scrumptious High tea is served in the elegant Lounge car at 3:30pm. Daily papers are provided to keep you up to date, or you can follow the changing scenery as the Blue Train makes its way through dramatic Karoo landscapes. These endless arid plains ringed by blue mountain ranges and rocky outcrops are a sight to see as you move swiftly past.
As your first day on the Blue Train draws to a close, you can freshen up in your suite before dinner. The evening meal is an elegant occasion – the dress code is traditional evening dress. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies, stylish evening wear.
You can meet other fellow travelers for a sundowner in the plush Bar while watching the sunset. Dinner is also served in 2 sittings in the Dining car. Perhaps a night cap or coffee is in order before retiring for the night to your suite.
DAY 2: PRETORIA, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
From 7:30 – 10am you can arrange breakfast in your suite or make your way to the Dining car where the morning meal is served on a first come first serve basis. Relax and enjoy a great cup of coffee or tea mid morning as the train approaches the Gauteng province and finally, Pretoria, the Jacaranda City. Disembark at Pretoria Station where your Butler will escort you to the Blue Train Lounge.
During this Blue Train safari in South Africa you will have the chance to see the wildlife of Pilanesberg National Park and stay in the luxurious Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the North West Province of South Africa.
DAY 1: PRETORIA STATION, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
At 17:00 guests arrive at The Blue Train Lounge at Pretoria Station for check-in formalities. The Blue Train departs at 18:00. Guests enjoy dinner on board the train.
DAY 2: IVORY TREE GAME LODGE, PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK, NORTH WEST, SOUTH AFRICA
Guests enjoy breakfast on the train. The Blue Train arrives at Sun City Halt at 10:00. Guests are transferred to Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West Province of South Africa, for an unforgettable two-day stay. Guests enjoy lunch, dinner game drives as well as other optional activities offered by Ivory Tree Game Lodge.
DAY 3: IVORY TREE GAME LODGE
Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a 5 star game lodge offering luxury accommodation, spa facilities and superb safari and game viewing activities. Additional activities include quad biking, archery, tribal dance shows, African marimba band performance, interactive drumming and conservation safaris. On day three of your blue train safari, you will enjoy breakfast, lunch and 2 game drives and dinner at the Lodge.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
On the last day of your Blue Train safari you will enjoy breakfast at the lodge and prepare for checkout at 10:00. Guests are transferred to board The Blue Train at Sun City Halt. Guests enjoy lunch on the train. The train arrives at Pretoria station at 17:00.
Rates & TERMS
One overnight forward & one return day trip's accommodation on The Blue Train (inclusive of all meals, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), and Blue Train gifts. French Champagne, caviar, purchases from the Boutique Shop and external telephone calls are NOT included. Please note that there are no parking facilities available at Pretoria Station. Kindly make transfer arrangements)
Two nights accommodation at Ivory Tree Game Lodge, inclusive of all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner (All drinks -alcoholic and non-alcoholic not included at Ivory Tree Game Lodge).
4 X game drives for whilst guests booked at Ivory Tree Game Lodge (children under 6 years not allowed on the game drive).
R400 Spa voucher per person for Amani Spa.
Transfer from / to Sun City Station.
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