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3-day Blue Train Cape Town to Pretoria Luxury Adventure

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  • The glamour and romance of a luxurious train journey
  • Travel from Cape Town to Pretoria in the Blue Train's Luxury Suite
  • Delicious and elegant dinners in the Dining Car
  • Spend time at the historical sites of the Kimberley Open Mine Museum
  • See the Big Hole from a great vantage point - the world's largest hand-dug excavation


The Blue Train offers one of the most luxurious train journeys on Earth. You will travel in absolute style across South Africa from Cape Town in the south, stopping in Kimberley en route to Pretoria in the north. You also enjoy an off-train excursion: an informative tour of the Kimberley Open Mine Museum, as well as the chance to gaze over the world-renowned Big Hole – the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Kimberley was the centre of South Africa’s 19-century diamond rush and is packed with history. Pretoria, the nation’s administrative capital, also has a connection to these shimmering stones: the Cullinan diamond – the biggest gem-quality diamond ever discovered – was mined just outside the city and today is the centrepiece to the crown jewels of the United Kingdom.

From the moment your personal butler ushers you aboard the Blue Train, you will be enchanted by your Luxury Suite – your home-away-from-home for the next three days. This suite is over 10 square metres or 107 square feet in size and features a digital interactive entertainment system, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a telephone system to call your private butler or your family back home.

The Luxury Suite provides a comfortable lounge and private dining area by day, before it magically transforms into a tranquil bedroom at night. Sleep comfortably in your spacious bed, equipped with goose down duvets and percale cotton linen. The opulent bathroom is en suite and equipped with a luxurious bathtub and shower.

Step back to a bygone era of luxury train journeys as you are whisked across some of the most memorable landscapes in South Africa, starting with iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, the mesmerising desertscapes of the Karoo and the grasslands of the Highveld. For travellers with time, this journey is the perfect way to travel between Cape Town and Pretoria en route to other destinations like Johannesburg, the Kruger National Park, Sun City or even Victoria Falls.


  • Tour Duration: 3 Days

  • Start: Cape Town
  • End: Pretoria

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The Blue Train

2 Nights
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Day 1: Depart for Jacaranda City

Cape Town
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Depart for Jacaranda City | 2 Nights

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Cape Town

Register and check in at The Blue Train Lounge at Cape Town Station, enjoying pre-departure snacks and drinks before boarding. Your private butler will show you to the Luxury Suite, your ultra-comfortable home-away-from-home for the next few days. Enjoy your journey's first delicious dinner in the refined Dining Car, freshy prepared by professional chefs using local ingredients like ostrich, venison, Karoo lamb, and oysters from Knysna - all paired with South Africa's award-winning wines. Dinner is an elegant event and men are invited to wear at least waistcoats or jackets. Then head to the Club Bar for some post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars.

Day 2: Behold the Big Hole

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Kimberley Station

Today you will enjoy an off-train excursion, weather and time permitting. After arriving at Kimberley Station, you will be transferred by bus to the historical sites of the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Catch a fascinating glimpse of Kimberley in its Victorian heydays, the late nineteenth century's diamond rush in South Africa. You will also see a display of uncut diamonds that includes the first diamond ever discovered in South Africa (known as the 'Eureka') and the biggest uncut diamond in the world, 'The 616' (named after its whopping weight of 616 carats). Head to an enclosed vantage point for a bird's eye view of the Big Hole - dug entirely by hand during the nineteenth century diamond rush. This famous cavity has a circumference of 1.6 kilometres or one mile, and a depth of 215m or 705ft.

Enjoy a glass of sherry on your return to Kimberley Station and keep the engraved glass as a memento of your trip. You will have time to freshen up in your suite and enjoy some aperitifs before dinner.

Day 3: Welcome to Pretoria!

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Pretoria Station

You will reach your final destination after breakfast: Pretoria Station. Your butler will usher you to the Blue Train's Arrival Lounge to collect your luggage before you depart for your hotel or perhaps even your wildlife safari. Your next African adventure awaits…

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  • Tour at the Open Mine Museum
  • Visit to the Big Hole in Kimberley
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature