South Africa’s rich cultural history and diversity make it an exciting place to visit for any traveller. Those looking to experience the country’s highlights in true style should consider escorted tours that include travelling on the Blue Train.
The Blue Train is not only a luxurious mode of transport; it is also virtually a holiday in itself. With its focus on high-end, luxury travel, the train boasts fine dining in restaurant-standard surroundings, 24-hour service and copious entertainment facilities.
Upon arrival in Cape Town, those on tailor made rail holidays can enjoy exploring the city while staying at its five-star Cape Grace Hotel. Those on a tour will be able to spend a day at the glorious Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope.
After arriving at the Cape, groups of holidaymakers and single travellers will enjoy a journey on the Flying Dutchman funicular – so named after the ghost pirate ship said to haunt local waters. From the zenith, you will be able to see breathtaking panoramic views.
From here, visitors can travel on to Boulders Beach – home to South Africa’s only indigenous penguin colony and therefore something of a must-see for those in the area and a sure-fire hit for all ages.
Upon return to Cape Town, there is much to explore before the next stop-off on the tour. Those keen to experience the city centre will be able to see some excellent local cafes, shops and markets – the last of which can be especially colourful, such as the Adderley Street flower market.
The following day sees a trip to the famous Stellenbosch vineyards for exciting tours and tutored tastings of the produce of the Fraschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys – a treat for wine enthusiasts particularly!
After returning to Cape Town adventures on the Blue Train begin. Famed for its luxury, this method of transport provides as much opulence and guest care as any hotel. Each carriage has a 24-hour butler, meaning assistance is never far away, while each cabin’s bed transforms into a sofa perfect for watching the sights go by.
Dining is a real experience on this locomotive, with adults required to dress formally for the occasion. The dining area rivals any restaurant in its smart and sophisticated decor, setting the scene for a truly special repast. Sourcing produce locally and using only the finest ingredients, the Blue Train promises excellent dining alongside award-winning wines.
The first stop on this decadent journey is the village of Matjiesfontein, an area which dates back to 1884. The region is famed for its historical buildings, which were restored to their former glory in the 1970s. Following on from this restoration, the site has become a National Historic Monument.
Upon re-boarding the train, it’s full steam ahead to Pretoria, the country’s administrative capital. The city is particularly rich in historical and cultural importance and is famed for being the place of imprisonment of Winston Churchill in the second Boer war, as well as being a symbol of peace following on from the first non-apartheid regime of Nelson Mandela.
The area has lots of tourist attractions, such as its nationally preserved forts from the aforementioned war. Although many of these were destroyed at the time, there are several more intact which allow visitors a good insight into their former structure.
From here holidaymakers will be able to journey to the final stop-off on their tour – the stunning Kruger National Park. During the visit, you will be able to enjoy early morning safaris allowing you sights of some fantastic creatures, such as lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos – simply the perfect finish to this tour of Africa.
If you would like to see some more animals following your early-morning safari, lots of colourful birds and smaller animals are easily spotted throughout the park at any time of day. The park is also home to a spa and swimming pool, which provide the perfect setting for relaxation before your journey home.
Experiencing South Africa on the Blue Train is the ideal choice for a luxury visit to the country. Amalgamating lavish surroundings, cuisine and treatment with iconic South African sights and experiences, no one will fail to be captivated by their trip, which will provide unforgettable memories.