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Luxury Wonders of South African Safari by Rail

Blue Train, Kruger, Pretoria & Cape Town

Best time to travel
Apr – Nov
Ideal length
11 nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€6,799 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Johannesburg and home from Cape Town.
  • All private transfers, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • 11 nights’ luxury accommodation including in Thornybush Game Reserve, Pretoria, Cape Town and aboard the world-famous Blue Train.
  • Luxury journey aboard the opulent carriages of the Blue Train, experiencing fine dining, high tea, scenic views and a guided excursion in Kimberley.
  • Morning and afternoon game drives in Thornybush Game Reserve, Cape Winelands tour and wine tastings and privately guided excursions in Cape Town.
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Blue Train Deluxe Suite
The deluxe suite, with its large window will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas of the countryside. Your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, is transformed into a subtly-lit bedroom during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding.
Blue Train Lounge Car
The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside.
Blue Train Dining Car
Enjoy a spectacular African sunset as you dine in the opulentdining car. Boasting the finest bone china, crystal glasses and dew-fresh flowers, formal dinner attire adds to the grandeur of this dining experience.
Blue Train Fine Dining
The Blue Train's own team of chefs have created a menu to delight the most discerning palate. A gourmet menu boasting the freshest ingredients and the finest South African wines make dining on The Blue Train a magnificent experience.
Blue Train Exterior
The Blue Train offers you the ultimate luxury train travel experience taking you through breathtaking scenery.

Introduction

Step back in time and celebrate the age of exploration as you embark on a discovery of South Africa. Combining the wonders of rail and safari, relive the experiences that defined the dawn of experiential travel. From the opulent carriages of the Blue Train to Kruger National Park’s celebrated Big Five, this suggested itinerary is perfect for those who want to experience luxury adventure.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Johannesburg and on towards Hoedspruit.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you by 4 x 4 to your luxury game lodge in Thornybush Game Reserve, where you will enjoy three nights of adventure safaris and wildlife encounters.

Experience the thrill of an African safari.

On guided bush walks and dawn and dusk game drives, set out across the Thornybush Reserve and Kruger National Park. Witness spectacular sightings of the Big Five and go off-road for close-up encounters with Africa’s big cats like leopard and cheetah.

Leopard in Kruger National Park on luxury South African safari
Depart for Johannesburg and on arrival, transfer to the city of Pretoria.

Spend the night in a boutique property and catch up on some relaxation by the garden pool. Enjoy an alfresco dinner before retiring for the night. In the morning, you’ll be transferred to Pretoria Station.

Spend one night in Castello di Monte on your luxury South African holiday
Begin your luxury rail journey aboard the Blue Train.

Step aboard the opulent carriages of South Africa’s celebrated train, where you will spend two nights enjoying world-class service and glamour.

Spend two nights aboard the Blue Train during your luxury South African holiday
Enjoy fine dining with panoramic views.

Throughout your rail journey, enjoy decadent high tea as your look out on the sprawling vineyards and farmlands that whizz past your window. In the evening, dress up in your finest silks and satins to enjoy fine-dining to the sound of smooth jazz.

Blue Train Dining Car
Stop for a guided excursion in Kimberley.

In the midst of your journey, stop off at the historic mining town of Kimberly, where you’ll visit the Kimberly’s Railway Museum and Open Mine Museum to discover the history of the town’s 19th-century diamond mining industry.

Visit Kimberley Hole during your luxury South Africa rail holiday
Arrive in the vibrant city of Cape Town.

After your luxury rail experience, transfer to one of the city’s most iconic hotels. During your five-night stay, we’ll take you on a privately guided tour of Robben Island, Cape Town City and Table Mountain.

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Cape Town on your luxury South African holiday
Experience the beautiful Cape Winelands on a privately guided day tour.

Stop off at some of the Winelands’ most celebrated wineries and vineyards to enjoy various wine tastings and seasonal canapés.

Enjoy a privately guided tour of the Cape Winelands during your luxury South African holiday
Enjoy a privately guided exploration of Cape Point.

Embark on a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast, visiting highlights like the beautiful African penguins of Boulders Beach and witnessing the glorious views of the Twelve Apostles rising above the road, part of the Table Mountain range.

Visit the Boulders Beach penguin colony during your luxury South African holiday
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Castello di Monte, Pretoria

Castello di Monte

Taking inspiration from the rolling hills of Tuscany, the Castello di Monte is a charming guesthouse set within an Italian villa in Pretoria. The landscaped gardens feature olive groves and fragrant lavenders.

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Blue train, South Africa

Blue Train

Step aboard the luxury carriages of South Africa’s world-famous Blue Train. Reminiscent of the 1920s, interiors feature classic décor of plush leather furnishings, wood-panelled walls and antique embellishments.

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Thornybush-Game-Reserve

Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge is situated in the private Thornybush Game Reserve, which forms part of Kruger National Park. Enjoy exceptional opportunities to view wildlife throughout the property.

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Belmond Mount Nelson

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is Cape Town’s most iconic blushing beauty. Its vintage pink architecture, glamorous interior and leafy palm trees in the garden estate are nestled in the foot of Table Mountain.

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