Journey Name: Northbound Journey - Cape Town to Pretoria  |  Journey Duration: Upto 3 days
 
Overview:
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most varied and awe-inspiring scenery offered by the African sub-continent.  On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:50 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30, well in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an amazing off-the-train excursion. On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts take you back in time and you feel like you have entered into the colonial era. 

 
Train Departure Schedule :
2016
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December
 
 
Journey Dates :

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA 2016
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Month

Day

Month

Day

January

8, 13, 20, 27

July

6, 13, 20, 27

February

3, 5, 10, 17, 19, 24, 26

August

3, 10, 12, 17, 24, 31

March

2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30

September

7, 14, 21, 28

April

1, 6, 13, 20, 27, 29

October

5, 12, 19, 26, 28

May

4, 11, 18, 25

November

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

December

7, 14, 19, 23

  • Dates in bold denote the train with a maximum capacity of 80 guests  - with a Conference Car & Paraplegic suite (partially wheelchair friendly)
  • Non-bold dates denote the train with a maximum capacity of 52 guests (this train set does not have a paraplegic suite and is therefore not wheelchair friendly)
 
Places Covered:
Cape Town, Matjiesfontein, Pretoria
 
Day to Day Itinerary:
DAY 1:
07:30
Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station.
Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
08:30 The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station
10:30 - 12:30 First sitting for Brunch.
12:30 - 14:30 Second sitting for Brunch.
14:35 - 15:15 The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion.
On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep. The Victoria  buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.
15:20 The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria. 
15:30 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:00 After an exciting interlude guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.
18:30 First sitting dinner.
20:30 Second sitting dinner.

Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

DAY 2: (NEXT MORNING)
07:30 - 10:00
Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis.
Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests’ request.
12:50 The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station. Guests are escorted to their transfers. This memorable journey comes to an end.
 
Price:
High season rates from 1 2016 Sep to 15 Nov 2016
Accommodation per Person sharing
(Luxury compartment)
R21170
Single person rate including supplement
(Luxury compartment)
R31755
Accommodation per Person sharing
(Deluxe compartment)
R18050
Single person rate including supplement
(Deluxe compartment)
R27075


Low season rates from 1 Jan to 31 Aug 2016 and 16 Nov to 31 Dec 2016
Accommodation per Person sharing
(Luxury compartment)
R17010
Single person rate including supplement
(Luxury compartment)
R25520
Accommodation per Person sharing
(Deluxe compartment)
R14625
Single person rate including supplement
(Deluxe compartment)
R21940
 
Inclusions:
  • 1 x Overnight on a full board Basis
  • 14 % VAT and 1 % Tourism Levy
 
Exclusions:
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing and optional excursions not included in itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Visa Fees (where applicable)
  • Airport Taxes
 
Route Map
 
  • Luxurious Accommodation, fine cuisine and personalised service
  • Get a sense of the Colonial Time Warp
  • Diverse and Spectacular Scenery  
  • Victorian Matjiesfontein and Lord Milner Hotel