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A legendary South African luxury rail experience, including some of South Africa’s true highlights and travel from Cape Town to Pretoria on the famous Blue Train – one of the world’s truly iconic luxury rail journeys. Complete the adventure with a stay at a private game lodge in legendary Kruger National Park.

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    Blue Train January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970 £ POA 0
    Blue Train January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970 £ POA 0
    24-hour front desk
    Bar/lounge
    Casino
    Convention Center
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Elevator/lift
    Free breakfast
    Free Wi-Fi
    Indoor Pool
    Newspapers in lobby

    Days 1-2 - To Cape Town

    Table Mountain, Cape Town
    Depart London Heathrow on a flight to Cape Town via Johannesburg, arriving on the morning of Day 2. Enjoy an orientation tour of Cape Town taking in the main sights, before transferring to the 5-star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel for four nights, superbly located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After time to freshen up, head out again to make the cable car ascent of Table Mountain to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Your evening is free to spend at leisure - perhaps take a walk around the wonderful waterfront set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views.

    Day 3 - Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Bay

    Cape of Good Hope
    Today travel to Cape Point on the Cape of Good Hope, at the south-western tip of Africa. At Cape Point take the Flying Dutchman funicular railway up to a vantage point, where you can admire the awe-inspiring views. After enjoying lunch travel along False Bay via Simon's Town naval base to the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to the only indigenous penguin in Africa, before returning to Cape Town.

    Day 4 - Stellenbosch Vineyards

    Stellenbosch Vineyards
    Travel by coach around two of South Africa's finest wine producing areas: the Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys. As well as enjoying lunch on a wine estate, you can sample some of the local wines during a tasting session.

    Days 5-6 - Cape Town and The Blue Train


    The Blue Train Day 5 is free to explore Cape Town further; perhaps visit Robben Island. On Day 6 you begin your journey on the iconic Blue Train. A Blue Train butler will escort you to your cabin and provide an orientation of the train before inviting you for brunch as the journey to Pretoria begins. The service on board The Blue Train is impeccable, enjoy meals and drinks including afternoon tea, aperitifs and after a lavish formal dinner of local cuisine accompanied by wine from the Cape winelands, a selection of post-dinner drinks. The Blue Train passes through the southern reaches of the Swartland and enters the first of the Boland Mountain passes, before climbing through the famous winelands to reach the Karoo plateau. Our first stop is at Matjiesfontein - an historic Karoo village dating back to the early 1900s. Returning to the train, we continue through the vast Great Karoo hinterland, through the towns of Beaufort West, Victoria West and De Aar before turning north to Kimberley and heading towards the Free State.

    Day 7 - The Blue Train to Pretoria

    Pretoria
    Enjoy breakfast on board the train as you travel towards the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg. reaching the final destination of Pretoria - the administrative capital of South Africa. After alighting from the train transfer by coach to the superb 5-star Sheraton Hotel Pretoria, located opposite the famous Parliament building. Your afternoon is free to explore Pretoria at leisure. The city has a long, involved and fascinating history, and it was here that Winston Churchill was imprisoned during the Anglo-Boer War. Once a symbol of apartheid, the city now represents Mandela's movement towards unity and peace.

    Days 8 - To Kruger National Park

    Kruger National Park
    Travel to Kruger Gate for a three-night stay in an area renowned for its wildlife. Stay at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate.

    Days 9-10 - Exploring Kruger

    Kruger National Park
    On both Day 9 and Day 10 enjoy full-day game drives to track the iconic wildlife of Kruger National Park. A local, skilled ranger accompanies each jeep as you head out into the game park, helping your driver to find the best locations to see the animals and pointing out animals whose camouflage makes them almost impossible to spot. Start by tracking the big cats, still out from their night spent hunting. The park is home to the "Big Five" (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), all of which you have a chance of spotting during your two days of game drives. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds. The hotel will provide you with a lunchbox ahead of each day's game drive. Return to the hotel at Kruger Gate at approximately 3pm on both days. The rest of the day is then free for you to spend at leisure. You could relax in the spa or by the swimming pool, or take advantage of the nature reserve by the hotel and enjoy some extra game viewing at your leisure. A fascinating variety of birdlife can be spotted, as well as smaller animals and occasionally even some members of the Big Five. Alternatively, you can entertain yourself by playing mini golf or perhaps tennis.

    Days 11-12 - Return to London via Johannesburg

    Return to London
    Leave Kruger on the morning of Day 11, and drive back to Johannesburg. Board an overnight flight this evening to London Heathrow, arriving into Heathrow on Day 12.

    Cape Town including a city tour
    Table Mountain
    Cape Point
    Penguin colony at Boulders Bay
    Franschhoek and Stellenbosch valleys including lunch and wine tasting
    Luxury journey on the Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria
    Matjiesfontein
    Pretoria
    Game drives in Kruger National Park

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