Journey Name: Southbound Journey - Pretoria to Capetown  |  Journey Duration: Upto 3 days
 
Overview:
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most varied and stunning scenery offered by the African sub-continent. On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train station at 8:50 and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12:00 the following day. En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we go back in time to the days of the Diamond Rush.
 
Train Departure Schedule :
2016
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December
 
 
Journey Dates :

  PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 2016
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Month

Day

Month

Day

January

6, 11, 18, 25

July

4, 11, 18, 25

February

1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

August

1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29

March

2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28, 30

September

5, 12, 19, 26

April

4, 11, 18, 25, 27

October

3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31

May

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

November

7, 14, 21, 28

June

6, 13, 20, 27

December

5, 12, 16, 21

  • 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:
Pretoria, Kimberley, Cape Town
 
Day to Day Itinerary:
DAY 1:
07:30 Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station. Guests are boarded directly to the train. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks onboard.
08:30 The Blue Train departs from Pretoria.
10:30 - 12:30 First sitting for Brunch.
12:30 - 14:30 Second sitting for Brunch.
15:30 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:10 The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station.
Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
17:45
Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. 
Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberly hole.
18:35 Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station.
At Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep.
19:05
The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the journey Southbound to Cape Town. 
After this exciting tour, guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks served at any one of our lounges.

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

19:30 First sitting dinner.
21:15 Second sitting dinner.
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.
12:00 The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station.
Guests are escorted to the Blue train Lounge
 
Price:
High season rates from 1 Sep 2016 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 2015 and 15 Nov to 31 Dec 2015
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
  • 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 
  • Kimberley Diamond Mine and Museum, tram ride