Africa Journeys Luxury Trains


The Blue Train is like no other ordinary train journey. It is the most luxurious way to travel through South Africa, a once in a lifetime kind of thing, and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience it. We spent 28 hours on a cross-country journey from Pretoria to Cape Town and we were completely blown away.

From the moment we checked in we were in awe as we were shown onto the train by ushers in suits, told we could call at any time with any needs we may have and also to enjoy being surrounded by extreme opulence – this was going to be one unforgettable journey.

The Cabin

As the stationmaster whistled for the train to leave the station we were taken to our private quarters, a suite with all the modern comforts, wooden walls with gold finishings, a marbled en-suite bathroom and all! Before we could take it all in our butler came in with our first drinks of many as we began to relax into our cozy seats, looking out at the changing landscapes from the large panoramic window.

Forget about what you know about trains, this was a luxury hotel suite on wheels.

After our elegant evening meal we retreated to our suite to see that the butler had converted what had been a comfortable lounge during the day into a cozy bedroom. Imagine being in a comfortable bed as you are slowly rocked to sleep.


The Food

Ahhh the food. If you put the suite aside then this is arguably the number one attraction! With a fine dining, silver service, all-inclusive experience you can see why. Lunch and dinner were a 3 course affair with champagne constantly flowing. We found the service even better as the waiters were quick to bring our menus, take drink orders, return for top ups, all the while offering to cater to our every need (which involved double scoops of ice cream for desert – thanks Ernie!)

If you manage to want more, on top of in suite room service there was also high-tea, with a selection of enticing cakes and pastries, plus a delicious breakfast served before arriving in Cape Town.


The Excursion

After passing thousands and thousands of flamingos (seriously, never take your eyes away from the windows, there is so much to see) we were informed that the day excursion off the train in the Kimberly will proceed. It isn’t always guaranteed due to weather and time permitting, however most of the time the excursion does take place – and it’s not one to be missed!

The excursion takes you out on a coach to Kimberly’s Big Hole to view and learn the history of the diamond rush in South Africa and De Beers Diamond Company – one of the worlds biggest diamond traders. The highlight of course being the big hole itself, an entirely man-made structure and the largest hand-dug excavation in the world! Remember to bring your camera to take a shot of the beautiful turquoise waters below.


The Blue Train Experience

From the warm welcome at the station, to the gourmet dining and luxurious private cabins, it’s as if you have been transported back to the golden age of rail travel. We have never experienced such a lavish way to travel and for those wanting that once in a lifetime journey this is it!

We filmed our entire Blue Train experience which we feel is the best way to truely show you what the it was like abroad one of the worlds most luxurious trains.

Book a luxurious over night journey on the Blue Train for AUD$1385 per person per night twin share. 

Stephen and Jess signoff

A big thank you to Blue Train for allowing Flying The Nest to have this luxurious experience. As always, all opinions are our own.


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  • Ourfamilyworld

    This sounds like fun. I would love to experience this one day.

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    I love that cabin! It looks so luxurious and cozy. The food must have been superb! Wish I could experience riding the Blue Train someday too!

  • Robin Rue

    I can pretty much guarantee that I will never be in South Africa, so I Loved hearing about your experience since it’s something I will never experience for myself.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Oh wow. Are you sure it’s a train? Because it looks like a hotel in your pictures!

  • Jeanette

    My husband is from South Africa and I believe his has ridden this train before. I have heard how luxurious it is. We’re gonna be going back pretty soon may have to check into it and see if we can take a ride.

  • adriana nudo

    Wow this is so amazing!! I’ve never been on a train like this for travel – how fun!! What a great experience!

  • Megan Indoe

    Wow, looks incredible and super cozy! We really want to do some train travel ourselves through India and Russia!

  • Karlyn Flores

    This is absolutely sounds fun. I wish i can experience this excursion someday.

  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worhey

    What a beautiful experience it must have been. The train looks luxurious indeed! Wish I could go aboard this someday!

  • Lynn Dee

    That is definitely on my bucket list and I do hope I’ll get to cross it off my bucket list in the near future. 🙂 I can’t wait to experience something like that!

  • Travel Blogger

    There is something romantic about taking a train. I think it is a more personal and adventurous way of traveling. If I ever make it to South Africa, I will have to take the Blue train.

  • chubskulit

    Wow, that is one luxurious and fabulous way to travel! I have never traveled via train, it must be fun!

  • i love train trips but this one seems like one that is definitely not to be missed!! I hope to be able to travel to South Africa one day and take this trip!!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    The Blue train looks like it would be a great getaway. I love the look of the cabin with the wood walls.

  • paulaschuck

    WOW!! That looks like an incredible trip. I will check this out if I am ever heading to that area of the world. I love train travel. It is relaxing.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg train trips are always a blast!!!!! I will have to keep Blue Train in mind if I find myself in South Africa

  • cvantassel

    This looks absolutely amazing! What a beautiful set up too and it looks super comfortable!


    Wow, that looks like so much fun. I have never been on a train before. I would love to board this one.

  • rika agustini

    oh wow… thats so awesome. Never been to any luxurious train before

  • blm03

    This looks amazing! I hope I can do this one day!

  • Kelli @ 3 Boys & a Dog

    This looks like an amazing adventure! Being able to see Africa from the comfort of your own car! Beats Amtrak any day!

  • April Mims

    What an incredible way to see the country! I didn’t realize that some trains were so elegant – that’s definitely the way to go!

  • How incredibly exciting! I have actually never been on a train ride, but I’ve always wanted to go on one. Maybe someday! – HilLesha

  • i think you snapchatted this a bit, I was loving your Africa photos on snapchat and instagram! What a great adventure.