There's something that is just so splendidly chic about taking a journey by rail, especially when the train involved happens to be one of the most luxurious in the world. There is perhaps no finer example of opulent traveling five-star (plus) accommodations than the world-famous Blue Train, which travels across the magically scenic landscape of South Africa. Guests aboard the train are spoiled from the time of arrival in the exclusive departure lounges in either Pretoria or Cape Town, where they're met with a libation and introduction to their personal butler who will be looking after them for the duration of their stay aboard. Each of the lavish suites are beautifully decorated with rich mahogany wood, high thread count linens, TVs with movie channels and even a GPS channel so you know exactly where you are at any time of the day. Best of all, each suite has it's own marble bathroom- no queuing in the corridor to brush your teeth at night as is the case with some others (we won't name names!). Feeling peckish? Not to worry, the train is equipped with a team of traveling chefs that produce gourmet meals morning, noon and night...and beyond. The staff is tremendously hospitable and truly makes you feel like royalty. Best of all, the overnight journey easily fits in to almost any South Africa itinerary. It truly is an experience of a lifetime, not to be missed whilst in this wondrous land.

NB- There is a fabulous offer right now that's too good to pass up. 3 FREE nights at the beautiful Constantia hotel in Cape Town, 1 night aboard the Blue Train, and 2 nights on safari at Jock Safari Lodge. If you can travel before September 30, 2009, then this is the deal for you. Email for more information! Visit for more information on the train.