[Luxus+ MAGAZINE] South Africa: the sumptuous Blue Train offers a short getaway at a discounted price


Since the pandemic and in the face of declining international tourism, a trip on South Africa’s legendary Blue Train is now being offered at a reduced price. Aboard its 19 plush carriages lined with wood and polished brass panels, passengers, mostly South Africans, can enjoy a luxurious 2-night ride.


The service resumed last November and offers a ticket for 23,000 rand ($1,544), about four times the minimum monthly wage for a South African. For this price, passengers get a 1,600-kilometre journey across the Karoo desert, as well as through the centre of the country to the capital Pretoria. The ochre landscapes that gradually turn into rolling hills and lush green pastures are also on display throughout the journey.



“Customers only make the trip once in their lives,” confided Simon Moteka, a 43-year-old bartender. “Returning customers are rare, it’s often a once in a lifetime experience for them.”


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