The Blue Train & 5* African Pride Irene Country Lodge – 3 Nights
The routes of The Blue Train take guests through some of the most breath-taking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.
As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savour exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Our meals are complemented by the best wines South Africa has to offer. The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.
When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.
WELCOME TO AFRICAN PRIDE IRENE COUNTRY LODGE
Nestled in the historical village of Irene, Centurion, in the heart of Gauteng (South Africa’s economic capital), lies African Pride Irene Country Lodge. A haven of peace and tranquility, the long and winding Oak-lined lane leading up to the lodge’s entrance will leave you feeling like you’ve left the city without actually having done so.
This beautiful property, with lakeside views to rival most paintings, prides itself on a variety of on-site options when it comes to relaxation and dining, ensuring your every need is met.
Blue Train Facilities
All the public cars are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. A standard internal temperature of between 20 to 21°C (70 to 72°F) is maintained throughout the journey. For the comfort of guests, each suite has individual temperature controls which range from 18 to 24°C (65 to 77°F). These systems are water-cooled and each suite has its own fresh air intake. During cold periods, all systems are provided with heating cycles from the air-conditioning units, as well as under-floor heating. Heating systems have been fitted under the marble tiles of most of the bathrooms.
Each suite has its own bathroom with either a shower or bath. There are two luxury coaches which both have three suites with bathrooms fitted with tubs. The other nine De Luxe coaches have four suites per coach. One of the four suites has a bathroom with a bath, while the other three have showers.
The beds have been custom-designed for The Blue Train. A butler pulls them out, already made, from a space in the suite wall, converting the lounge into a comfortable bedroom. White cotton sheets and down duvets are the standard linen throughout the train. Ten of the suites feature double beds on the first train, while there are nine on the second. The luxury suites have hi-fi, audio CD and VHS video systems. Guests on The Blue Train receive special branded gifts at the end of the journey.
The dining car provides seating for 42 people. There are two sittings for lunch and dinner. Lunch is smart-casual, dinner is jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies, while breakfast is casual.
Each of The Blue Trains has two lounges: the main lounge car in which high tea is served each afternoon, and the club car where guests can relax over a post-prandial cognac. The club car is the only public area available for smoking.
There is a first-aid worker on board and contingency medical plans have been put into place should an emergency arise. There are also doctors on standby en route.
Fax facilities are available in the train manager’s office. There are also facilities for mailing letters, as well as stamps and The Blue Train postcards. A camera mounted on the front of both trains gives guests a driver’s-eye-view of the scenery ahead. The unfolding journey is shown on a TV screen in the club car and on one of the TV channels so guests can view it in their suites. Each suite is also equipped with a cellular communication telephone which can be used for phone calls and to reach train staff. The Blue Train has a central intercom system which is used for making relevant announcements.
Staff at your service
On each journey, a team of highly qualified and specially trained hospitality staff run The Blue Train. These include, train manager, rooms division supervisor, restaurant supervisor, executive chef, sous chef, butlers, waiters/barmen as well as kitchen staff.
Travel Documents, Visas & Health Requirements
It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure that they are in possession of the correct travel documentation prior to departure.
Gateway Travel & Tours cannot accept responsibility for any consequences, of any nature whatsoever, arising from the passengers failing to ensure that they have complied with the necessary health, passport and visa requirements.
A valid passport is required for all international and cross-border travel. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended date of return and must have at least 2 blank pages for visa stamping purposes. In certain cases, foreign passport holders require re-entry or departure permits and it is advised to contact the relevant consulate before travel for up-to-date visa and health requirements.
We recommend that all travellers have comprehensive travel insurance from time of booking, and insurance packages are available for purchase though our offices.
Prices are from a starting price, per person sharing and subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies and surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request.