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The Blue Train: Southern Africa
Luxury Safari

Owen Hardy

N

o visit to South Africa is
complete without a trip on
the iconic Blue Train, one
of the world's great luxury
trains. With its distinctive "B"
logo, the train is gorgeous. It
runs one to two times weekly in
each direction between Pretoria
and Cape Town. In 2019, a new
schedule offers a three-day package. It departs either station at
6:30 p.m., allowing for two nights
on board. The route - 994
miles - will include more and
longer sightseeing stops.
Shoppers love The Blue Train
boutique and its smart clothing,
jewelry and accessories. Service
is friendly, yet professional. Our
chef from a previous trip warmly
greeted us-she was still serving
her famous "Mandela" chocolate pot de crème, beloved by
its namesake. In fact, our butler
from an earlier trip counted Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and
Margaret Thatcher among his
guests during his 30-year career.

slEEpiNg cArs
There are two consists; one
carries 82 passengers, the other 54.
Cabins vary, so pay close
attention! All have private bathrooms and are air-conditioned.
All cabins have television, CD
and DVD systems. Windows do
not open.
De Luxe Suites: These are
84.5 square feet. Some have twin
beds; others have a double bed.
The double bedded-suites have a
bathtub; twin-bedded suites have

showers. There are four De Luxe
Suites per car.
Luxury Suites: These are 106.5
square feet. Some have double
beds; some have twins. The
double bed is 6.2 feet long and
4.5 feet wide. Each consist carries
two luxury suite carriages with 3
suites per carriage. These en-suite
bathrooms have tub and shower.
Double beds and luxury suites
are hard to get so book at least a
year in advance.

Owen Hardy

DiNiNg & louNgE cArs
Dining is in the 42-seat restaurant car in two seatings and
includes delicious African and
continental cuisine. The wine list
is spectacular and is included in
your train fare. Breakfast or dinner can be served either in your
cabin or in the dining car.
Each Blue Train set has classic
lounges in warm shades of brown
with large picture windows.
Afternoon tea is served daily in
the lounges.
Our favorite perch: the rear
lounge with its gigantic back
window to view the receding
scene as you sip your drink.

David Minnerly

"We thoroughly enjoyed our
fellow passengers. They were
of all races, creeds and colors
and hailed from all over the
world." - O. Hardy, IRT CEO
Owen Hardy

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