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The Blue Train Rejoins Ethos' Portfolio

May 2018

We are delighted to announce that The Blue Train has rejoined our portfolio and we look forward to meeting new and exciting challenges as we embrace our 20th year of representing one of the most lavish trains on the planet. Click here to read about all the exciting changes in 2019 with the reinvention of the train...

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The Blue Train's 2019 Reinvention

June 2018

Some major changes are happening next year for South Africa's iconic Blue Train....

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Enter our Blue Train UK Trade Competition

July 2018

Check out our brand new UK-based travel agent and tour operator competition promoting The Blue Train. One lucky agent will win a trip of a lifetime on The Blue Train for two people between Cape Town and Pretoria, as well as a branded picnic cooler, with handy flask set and coffee table book. Enter via the flier below before 1 Nov 2018.

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Taste Of Mandela Centenary

June 2018

The Blue Train and Fairlawns Boutique Hotel were proud to support the Brand South Africa / SA Tourism "Tastes of South Africa" Mandela Centenary Celebration on 13 June 2018. Claire Roadley from Ethos, together with Pumela Salela, Country Head of Brand South Africa, presented the the winner Zambian Philanthropist, Justina Mutale (African Woman of the Year 2012) with her coveted #Mandela100 prize which includes a stay in the Mandela Suite at fairlawns and a trip on the Blue Train, which Mandela did himself in 1997 when the new Blue Train was launched. The event was attended by around 150 VIPs at South Africa House on Trafalgar Square in London.

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The Blue Train - On Track for a Safari in Style

August 2018

What better way to wend your way to the Greater Kruger for a safari in style than on board the iconic Blue Train? Check out the latest departure dates and information on how to build this into your itinerary...

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Reinventing The Blue Train For Slow Travel

November 2018

In 2018 Thomas the Tank Engine underwent a major overhaul after 70+ years to embrace the modern world, global trends and a new and inclusive way of thinking. Now, The Blue Train in South Africa is reinventing itself too with a makeover and the extension of its shorter train set with a new observation car. Another major change for 2019 is that its classic cross-country journey is changing to a slower, more relaxing experience with 10 hours extra (2 nights’ sleep), to savour the scenery and pampering.

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Blue Train announces Winter Warmer

December 2018

Book a trip on board Africa’s Leading Luxury Train between now and 28 Feb 2019 for travel in South Africa’s Winter season (May, June & July) and get a 50% discount for partners. A saving of over £500...

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Blue Train Agent Competition Winner

December 2018

Congratulations to Kuoni’s Lisa Eggleton who won our Agent competiton. Lisa and a partner/friend will get to experience The Blue Train's new “luxury of slow” 2-night experience first-hand next year. Thanks to the 230+ agents who entered.

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