A train

Finweek English Edition - - LIFESTYLE -

THE BLUE TRAIN is the stuff leg­ends are made of. This mov­ing five-star ho­tel has housed world lead­ers, celebri­ties and no­bil­ity. You might not think that a train ride is worth the hoo-ha, but one look at the lux­ury suite will have you reach­ing for your plat­inum card. The ul­tra lux­u­ri­ous train ride takes you on a 27-hour jour­ney from Pre­to­ria to Cape Town. On the north­bound jour­ney, trav­ellers get a chance to visit Kim­ber­ley, while the south­bound jour­ney in­cludes an off-thetrain ex­pe­ri­ence at Matjies­fontein. The train also trav­els to Dur­ban and in­cludes one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion at Zim­bali Lodge.

Dur­ing the 2013 high sea­son, the oh-so-fancy De Luxe suite will cost R15 155 per per­son shar­ing. We know you’ve been look­ing for some­thing to do with your Christ­mas bonus. It might seem steep, but the rate in­cludes all meals, drinks and even Cuban cigars. Sadly, French cham­pagne and caviar aren’t in­cluded. If you plan on in­dulging in ei­ther, take your wal­let.

Ac­cord­ing to Blue Train Brand Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Her­bert Masheula, the Blue Train is much more than a mode of trans­port: “The Blue Train is an ex­pe­ri­ence that en­com­passes un­sur­passed lux­ury, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion that in­cludes fine cui­sine and the best wines in South Africa.”

We can’t ar­gue with that.

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