South Africa’s famous, luxurious Blue Train will reopen on 1 November and will be running a special between Cape Town and Pretoria – at almost half price – until the end of March 2021.

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One of the luxury suites on the Blue Train.

The rate is R12,715 per person sharing to travel either way on the 31-hour overnight journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. The usual rates, according to the train’s website, are between a low of R20,615 per person sharing for a Deluxe Double and a high of R32,135 per person sharing for a Luxury Double in high season.

The train also does trips to Kruger National Park in selected months, as well as charters.

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The view from the observation car.