Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
The Blue Train’s newest route visits another South African iconic site, the Kruger National Park, allowing guests to combine a luxury rail journey with their preferred game lodge in and around the Kruger National Park – a new and unique way to begin your safari experience.
The Blue Train will travel from Pretoria and stop at Hoedspruit Station (returning to Pretoria the following day).
Departure time from Pretoria Station is 15h00, arriving at Hoedspruit Station at 10h00 the following day.
Day 1 - Blue Train
10h00 – Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station Lounge. Guests enjoy pre-departure drinks. (LD)
You will be able to enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks before boarding.
12h15 – Boarding starts and butlers usher guests to their suites with orientation.
13h00 – The Blue Train departs Pretoria Station. (May depart early if all guests have checked in)
13h30 – 15h30 – A five course gourmet lunch is served in the Dining Car.
16h00 – High Tea is served in the non-smoking Lounge Car.
18h00 – 20h00 – First sitting for dinner.
20h30 – 22h30 – Second sitting for dinner.
The dress code for the duration of the trip is smart casual or safari wear.
The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent rolling five-star hotel and the name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury train travel. You will experience a world of grace, elegance and romance. The magnificent suites, each with the finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms, have a personal butler on call to attend to every need. A South African icon since its inception in 1946, with a personal butler service and luxurious suite accommodation, the Blue Train offers a rail journey not to be missed.
Day 2 – Kruger National Park
Off Train Excursion.
05h00 – The Blue Train arrives at Numbi Train Station. (BLD)
You will disembark and be transferred through Numbi Gate in open safari vehicles to a sunrise game drive that will be conducted by professional tour guides.
After the sunrise game drive you will enjoy a bush breakfast at an exclusive unfenced location inside the Kruger National Park.
After breakfast you will be returned to the Numbi Gate using an alternative route back to experience more of the Kruger area.
12h00 – 15h45 – A five course gourmet lunch is served in the Dining Car.
16h00 – You will be transferred to the Nkambeni concession for a sunset game drive. The concession is approximately 11,400 hectares and lies adjacent to Kruger National Park.
19h30 – After the game drive you will be dropped at Nakambeni Safari Camp for a boma dinner which will include an interactive cultural experience by a local group.
22h00 – You will be transferred back to The Blue Train.
Day 3 – End of your Blue Train Kruger Experience
06h30 – 09h30 – Breakfast will be served in the Dining Car. (B)
10h00 – Your journey ends with The Blue Train arriving back to Pretoria Station and you will disembark with the assistance of your butler.
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.