The Blue Train is a South Africa icon synonymous with superb hospitality since the 1940’s. Kings and Presidents have travelled on this magnificent train, so this really is an inspiring and relaxing way to travel between Cape Town and Pretoria.
Start by exploring the captivating city of Cape Town on a 4 night stay at the 5 star Cape Grace Hotel. Discover the Cape’s colourful past, rich culture, epicurean delights and breath-taking scenery on two Private Tours.
After relaxing on The Blue Train, take a short flight to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Enjoy a Zambezi sunset cruise, take High Tea at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel, go white water rafting, visit a curio market for last minute souvenirs and not forgetting to admire the magnificent Falls themselves on a guided tour.
Optional Extension: Spend 3 Nights on Safari in Botswana
Fly to Cape Town arriving mid morning. You will be met and transferred to Cape Grace Hotel, your home for 4 nights in a Luxury Table Mountain Room including breakfast.
Afternoon at leisure – we would suggest exploring the V&A Waterfront and/or take High Tea at the iconic “Nellie” or Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as it is now known. This is a scrumptious affair where you can seat yourself on the terrace or in the glorious gardens by the fountain.
You will be collected at your hotel for this special Private Full Day Cape Peninsula tour.
Beginning at Kalk Bay, best known for its working fishing harbour and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectables along the main strip.
Next, head over to Simon’s Town for those keen to find out more about the rich history surrounding this naval town, museums and monuments providing plenty of insight. Bringing this naval town to life is an insight into the shark diving industry and stories of Just Nuisance – Great Dane, WWII mascot and only dog ever enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Before heading into the Cape Peninsula itself in search of your own rogue penguins – a splinter colony away from the crowded boardwalks over the main breeding site – on a beach known only to locals. Your tour continues with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve, exploring secluded beaches, and this region’s unique wildlife. The return journey weaves back to Cape Town via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula and – time permitting – stopping for a sundowner at a local brewery, vineyard, beach or scenic look-out, whatever takes your fancy.
At leisure to explore the many sights of Cape Town. There are so many things to do and see including:
We will be pleased to include any of the above itineraries within your bespoke itinerary.
You will be collected from your hotel for this Private Winelands Tour to explore one of the most scenically beautiful areas in South Africa, visiting fascinating towns and taking a look into off-the-beaten track farms which revel in their old-world roots and influences. Today is about so much more than just sipping the wines.
Depending on time and season, stroll through the vines, learning about farming methods and techniques. Take an intimate wine-tasting and cellar tour and possibly meet the driving force behind the estate. If lucky, our behind-the-scenes experience could include grape picking or barrel tastings.
Spend time in Stellenbosch, browsing through its wealth of appealing stores and museums and sip local coffee blends in tempting cafes. Let the pairing of wine and olives awaken your senses before we meander through lush gardens bursting with life. Admire a collection of contemporary art, see the highest-growing vines and, from an elevated point, take in the stunning vistas over an old-world estate.
This afternoon, discover Franschhoek. Established by the French Huguenots in 1688, this town retains its historic charm but has fused it with a contemporary vibe. It boasts gourmet restaurants, appealing boutiques and art galleries.
After a morning at leisure you will be driven to Cape Town Station to board The Blue Train departing at 1600 hrs.
From 2019 this is a two night journey on board this luxurious train that has been synonymous with luxury hospitality since the 1940’s – a journey formally enjoyed by Kings and Presidents.
You will have a Deluxe Suite with the finest bed linens, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms!
On Day 2 of your trip The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station where guests disembark to make a visit to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum that depicts Kimberley in its Victoria Heyday during the diamond rush. Also on display are the “616” (616 carats), the largest uncut diamond in the world, and the “Eureka”, the first diamond discovered in South Africa.
A trip to the Northern Cape Province would be incomplete without a detour to include the Big Hole in Kimberley; it is an opportunity not to be missed. What began as a flat-topped hill is today a gaping hole measuring 215 metres deep, with a surface area of 17 hectares and a perimeter of 1.6 kilometres.
On arrival into Pretoria at 1030 hrs you will be transferred to Castello Di Monte, a palatial villa in the upmarket Waterkloof Ridge suburb of Pretoria.
Overnight in 1 Classic Suite including breakfast.
Dine on superb international cuisine, perhaps have a game of roof-top chess whilst gazing out over the Capital, or unwind with a revitalising in-room wellness treatment.
After breakfast take a private road transfer to Johannesburg O R Tambo International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls.
Arrive by Private road transfer at Victoria Falls Safari Club to spend 2 nights in 1 Club Room including breakfast.
Victoria Falls Safari Club is positioned on a natural plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park and is well removed from the tourist hub closer to the Falls. Its thatch structure and wilderness setting creates an appealing lodge-feel with uninterrupted bushveld views.
Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea and sundowner cocktails and snacks, cool off in the pool after activities or unwind with a head & shoulder or foot massage. Complimentary activities on the Resort: nature trails and Vulture Culture Experience.
Use the lodge’s courtesy shuttle to get into Victoria Falls town and the Victoria Falls Rainforest.
There is always plenty to do at Victoria Falls: browse the markets, go white water rafting (seasonal), take a flight over the Falls, relax on a sundowner Zambezi River cruise or indulge in a scrumptious High Tea at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel – the choices at the Falls are endless!
After a leisurely morning depart Victoria Falls Safari Club for the short road journey to Victoria Falls Airport to meet with your connecting flight.
Alternatively, if you have more time we highly recommend you head into Botswana for an exciting safari in Chobe and beyond. We will be pleased to arrange this for you.
Encircled by Table Mountain, the yacht marina, a working harbour and the bustling V&A Waterfront, there is no doubt that the 5 Star Cape Grace is the ultimate Cape Town destination.
Cape Grace has held pride of place on its own quay in the V&A Waterfront for the past 20 years, increasing its reputation for ultimate style, luxury and service in the perfect waterfront setting.
Cape Grace’s sense of place is emphasised by stylish interiors inspired by Cape Town’s heritage and floral kingdom. Each of the 120 luxurious rooms offer 5-star luxuries and extensive guest services.
Signal Restaurant provides a welcoming setting, where guests can enjoy fresh, local cuisine. The innovative menu celebrates the Cape’s rich variety of culture with dishes that pay homage to local flavours and accent European classics. On the water’s edge, Bascule Whisky Wine and Cocktail Bar is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the busy Waterfront surrounds.
Since it’s inception in 1946, The Blue Train has become recognized as the epitome of luxury train travel and a South Africa icon for over 70 years.
Comparable to the world’s finest hotels, each suite on board the train offers five star luxurious accommodation with private en-suite bathroom facilities. The luxury element on board the train is accentuated by the personalised butler service.
The Blue Train prides itself on the fine cuisine it offers its guests with meals that are accompanied by a wide selection of South African wines sourced only from boutique vineyards. The on board experience is complimented by scenic landscape as the train meanders across the Southern-most part of the African continent.
Guest Services & Facilities • The Club Car Lounge, situated at the front of the train, is the only area on the train where smoking is permitted. The lounge boasts a well-stocked bar, coffee table books, magazines and board games. • The Lounge Car is a non-smoking lounge in which to relax and enjoy High Tea and snacks. • The Dining Car seats 42 people and serves meals in two optional sittings. • The Observation Car at the rear end of the train has windows on three sides for maximum enjoyment of the passing scenery (available on most departures). • Shop selling souvenirs and gifts. • A limited on-board laundry and valet service.
The palatial Tuscan villa, Castello Di Monte is situated in the upmarket Waterkloof Ridge suburb of Pretoria. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and olive trees, the property boasts spectacular panoramic views of hills and city.
Nine lavishly formed rooms and suites provide sumptuous accommodation, and modern amenities. The honeymoon suite features hand-painted murals and the presidential suite, an impressive fireplace. Luxuriously opulent, the elegant central spaces include dramatic staircases, exclusive dining areas, sophisticated sitting rooms and verandahs with scenic vistas. Dine on superb international cuisine, perhaps have a game of roof-top chess whilst gazing out over the Capital, or unwind with a revitalising in-room wellness treatment.
Victoria Falls Safari Club is a luxurious base just 15 minutes from the Victoria Falls positioned on a natural plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park.
The thatch structure and wilderness setting creates an appealing lodge-feel, with uninterrupted bushveld views. Guests may make use of the resort facilities, but Victoria Falls Safari Club facilities are reserved for the exclusive use of its guests. 20 rooms and suites extend out to private balconies. Contemporary furnishings boast an African flavour while providing modern comforts.
Complimentary afternoon tea, and sundowner cocktails and snacks, allow guests time to socialise with fellow travellers. Cool off in the pool between activities, or unwind with a spa treatment.
If you love the idea of exploring Cape Town and Victoria Falls, but would like to have an action packed safari experience too - then click on the Visit Site link below. This itinerary includes a 3 night wildlife adventure in a private reserve in the Kruger National Park where you will see the Big 5 or even the Super Seven!