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The Blue Train: a romantic and luxurious hotel on wheels

Every part of the train has picture windows and the views are diverse and spectacular…

By Amanda England
Sales & Marketing Director representing The Blue Train

This experience is so much more than a train journey. It begins in the arrivals lounge at the station when you join a group of people who are all starting out on an adventure together. This is where you’ll meet your butler, who will show you to your cabin.

As soon as they get on board people want to explore. Every part of the train has picture windows and the views are diverse and spectacular. The suites also have picture windows and in the day they’re set up like little lounges, so you can get comfy and watch the scenery go by. The views as you pull out of Cape Town are extraordinary, but it’s very real, too. There’s Table Mountain, the coast and the townships, and then you slowly approach the outskirts of the Winelands.

Getting dressed up for dinner is all part of the experience, and the lounge car really is the heart of the train. There’s a beautiful bar, live music and cocktails or a glass of South African sparkling. The Blue Train is a lovely place to experience fantastic South African ingredients with an international twist, and you’ll get to try things like kudu and ostrich. There’s great attention to detail and an intangible African feel – even the chocolate pots are served in miniature versions of the traditional African cooking pot.

Although this is a very special experience, popular for celebrations or anniversaries, the atmosphere on board is far from staid. The staff are very proud of the train but service is friendly, and with your crystal and silver, you can expect a very smiley waiter. When you get back to your cabin after dinner, you’ll step into a bedroom. It’s a beautiful transformation. The Blue Train really is a five-star hotel on wheels.


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Alfred & Amanda England

Amanda has been working in African tourism for 20 years and has worked with The Blue Train for 17 of those years. Travelling in Africa is a passion that Amanda has shared with her husband and children and she has explored not only South Africa, but also Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Kenya.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Laura, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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