The Blue Train: South Africa Luxury Train & Safaris

11-day Independent Tour
Blue Train Luxury Safari is one of our favorite journeys. We paired the Blue Train with five-star hotels and luxury Belmond Botswana safari camps. Our journey includes unique experiences, from the Blue Train itself, to beautiful Cape Town, to unique stays in the Botswana bush.

But remember: book early; the camps are small and popular.

*Special Value: We extend valuable complimentary and exclusive amenities to our guests at every accommodation in this Blue Train Luxury Safari because we are members of the exclusive Bellini Club and members of Virtuoso. They include but are not limited to dining credits, spa credits and helicopter rides. And special care is taken from the minute you are met at the airport by your hostess plane-side to the time he or she waves goodbye after seeing you to your international gate. Before you know it, you'll be whisked to the Belmond Mount Nelson, our favorite hotel in Cape Town, where they coddle our guests with the finest of everything. Then, take the sophisticated Blue Train for arrival Johannesburg. We organize your stay at our favorite, the five-star Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa. After sightseeing in this world-class city, fly to Maun and on to the fabulous safari camps run by Belmond. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge and Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge are both newly renovated and fabulous. We love this itinerary -- and we ought to know, because we designed it to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Take someone special to South Africa and Botswana. Let us know it's a celebration, and we'll do all we can to make it very special!

Blue Train Safari: Cape Town-Pretoria-Kruger Natl. Park

Two nights on the Blue Train & Luxury Safari: Cape Town-Pretoria-Kruger National Park
The Society of International Railway Traveler's exclusive Blue Train Safari combines adventure and opulence: five-star properties in Cape Town and Pretoria, two nights on South Africa's luxury Blue Train, and top-notch game lodges and safari experiences in stunning Kruger National Park. Your Blue Train safari starts the moment you step off the plane in Cape Town: first, be shepherded from the airport to the legendary Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, where you'll spend three luxurious nights. Spend your days exploring this iconic city. Then, enjoy the classic Cape Town - Pretoria route on the Blue Train - a 27-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. After a night at the stunning Illyria House in Pretoria, re-board the Blue Train for your overnight journey to Hoedspruit, home of Kruger National Park. This is the Blue Train's newest and most adventurous route. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, transfer to the exclusive 9-suite Lion Sands Tinga Lodge for a four-night fully-inclusive safari experience. The Blue Train is one of the most famous trains in the world. It's also one of The Society of International Railway Travelers' World's Top 25 Trains. And Kruger, home to more large mammal species than any other reserve in Africa, is also South Africa's first national park and one of the largest game reserves on the continent. It is a "must-visit" for travelers of all ages. The Blue Train has hosted some of the world's top leaders, including Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Steeped in history, the Blue Train also maintains an impeccable sense of modern luxury, unrivaled on-board service, and exquisite cuisine. To read more about the Blue Train, please click here.