Blue Train to Cape Town

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The Blue Train journey from Pretoria to Cape Town is a two-night delight. Leaving Pretoria at 14:00, you first enjoy High Tea. You then have the afternoon to admire the passing landscape before dinner is served. After breakfast, you stop in the town of Kimberley, one of the more remote towns right in the heart of South Africa but which has played an absolutely crucial role in the nation’s history. It was here that diamonds were discovered and men like Cecil Rhodes made their fortunes; doubtless, the presence of such massive mineral wealth also helped shaped Rhodes’ belief that the area should be governed by the British Empire. The Big Hole is Kimberley’s most striking feature, a vast hole 463 metres wide and originally excavated down to 240 metres by hand, yielding 2,700 kilograms of diamonds in its life as a mine. A visitor centre has grown around the mine and offers a great introduction into this remarkable period of South African history. You have dinner back on board before retiring for the night. As you wake the next morning and enjoy breakfast you’ll be making your way through the stunning scenery of the Winelands, arriving into Cape Town at noon.

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