Travelers on South Africa’s renowned 5 star passenger rail carrier, The Blue Train, are set to enjoy a double dose of luxury, with two of the country’s premier luxury hotels, Taj Cape Town and 131 on Herbert Baker in Pretoria, offering a complimentary night’s accommodation pre or post their Blue Train experience.
The Blue Train is a luxury rail service, which runs between Pretoria and Cape Town, and boasts features such as a private butler service, marble-clad bathrooms and gourmet cuisine, now offers discerning travelers the option to extend their travel experience, affording them a chance to enjoy the country’s top tourist destinations in high style. The 27-hour journey between Pretoria and Cape Town covers just under a thousand miles of diverse and spectacular scenery, showing off the very best of South Africa’s dramatic landscapes. Stopping in historic towns like Kimberley and Maatjiesfontein, the trip offers travelers a breathtaking snapshot of the sub-continent in an opulent setting. The train, which has become synonymous with elegance and luxury, has carried kings and presidents over the course of its 66-year history, delivering unparalleled levels of quality and service to a discerning clientele.
Their chosen hospitality partners reflect this ethos, and have been chosen so as to aid in making the transition from train to terra firma a seamless one. The idea behind this luxury promotion is for guests, who travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance, to extend their journey once on solid ground, and prolong the luxury of The Blue Train experience. Located just a stone’s throw from the majority of the city’s top tourist attractions, these two select luxury hotels offer guests a chance to experience the Mother City in style.
The Taj Cape Town is situated in the historic city center and offers a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, and later the Board of Executors (BOE), it successfully combines the heritage of the old world with the luxury of the new. Ideally located, this five star hotel has the very best of the city at its doorstep, offering guests easy access to fascinating history, exotic culture, soulful art, lively entertainment and delectable cuisine. Guests looking to learn more about Cape Town’s fascinating history also have access to the hotel’s unique “Footsteps to Freedom” service, which comprises a leisurely and informative walking tour of sites including St. George’s Cathedral, the Slave Precinct, the Grand Parade, St. George’s Mall, Company Gardens and Parliament.
131 Herbert Baker is an exquisite boutique hotel, conveniently located in Pretoria’s historic Herbert Baker Street. With breathtaking views of South Africa’s capital city, as well as five-star accommodation and eating facilities, this intimate hotel offers guests a perfect spot to unwind pre their journey.
The Blue Train’s new accommodation special applies to all new bookings, subject to availability. Overnight accommodation includes breakfast, as well as transfers from the train station. Passengers can choose to extend their journey in either Pretoria or Cape Town, depending on the nature of their travels.