PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN
Board The Blue Train in the
jacaranda city of Pretoria - the administrative capital of South Africa - and
travel south through farmlands and along the 'golden arc'; visible only by the
mining shafts in the distance.
En-route to Cape Town, stop in
Kimberly for an off-the-train excursion. Kimberly, once the epicenter of a
worldwide diamond rush. This city's chequered history is inextricably linked
with the romance of those rare and beautiful stones.
Here The Blue Train guests are
cordially invited to disembark, take a tour through the streets of modern day
Kimberly to visit the Kimberly Mine Museum and the 'Big Hole'. The Blue Train
luxury coach is used to transport guests, alternatively they can be taken on a
historic electric tram when it is available.
Step back into a world of
pioneers and adventurers-circa 1880. Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the "Big
Hole", the largest hole in the world excavated by hand. At a replica of an
alluvial-diamond diggers, try your luck at panning and possibly finding a
diamond of your very own!
Board The Blue Train once more
and continue on to a South bound journey into the heartland of the Great Karoo.
Awaken to the sight of vineyards
and orchards as you descend through mysterious and beautiful valleys and
mountains, such as Drakenstein, Slanghoek and Elandskloof - towards Cape Town's
imposing and instantly recognizable Table Mountain, sentinel and gateway to the
The city of Cape Town has a lot
to offer a discerning tourist.
places of interest, you can visit pearl-white beaches washed by the Indian and
Atlantic Oceans, watch colorful, old-style fishing boats in Kalk Bay, explore
the old Malay slave quarters, enjoy the finest seafood in the world, wander
through Greenmarket Square's famous flea market and enjoy a sundowner at the
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA
Board The Blue Train on the
return leg, follow on the northbound tracks of Cecil John Rhodes, who dreamed of
a railroad from Cape to Cairo.
Pass through the wine lands of
the fertile Hex River valley, in the shadow of imposing mountains, up and inland
to the endless sweeping landscapes of the Karoo.
Here, between high-road and
rail-road, is the tiny hamlet of Matjiesfontein.
The Blue Train guests are
invited for a short ride back in time, on a historical London double decker
bus. Stop a while and savor the vastness and the silence of the surrounding
plains. The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lamp
posts impart to the traveler, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial timewarp
- an oasis suspended in a different age.
Stretch your legs, breathe in
the dry clear air and walk in the footsteps of those who over the years have
been enchanted by this place. Among them, Lord Randolph Churchill, Cecil
Rhodes, Olive Schriener and the Sultan of Zanzibar.
Enjoy a drink at the renowned Lord
Milner Hotel - refurbished in the 1970's by the visionary hotelier and designer
David Rawdon, who bought the entire village.
Board The Blue Train once more
for the journey northward into the interior.
After an exciting interlude guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy
pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.
First sitting for dinner starts at 19:00. Remember dinner is an elegant
affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie or dress in
traditional attire and ladies are requested to wear elegant evening or
Before you drift to sleep,
glance through the window at a sky filled with a trillion stars. And when you
awake, you will be approaching the mining centers on the Gold Reef, and will
soon end your journey in the jacaranda city - Pretoria.