The Blue Train has announced that it will be heading up to “Big 5” country with the launch of its new Hoedspruit departures in 2016.

The company will make two round trips up to the Limpopo Province, one in July and the other in August, offering guests the choice of four 19-hour one-way journeys.

The new departures will enable guests to take new 'rail safari' combination packages with the many wildlife reserves and private safari lodges in the Greater Kruger and Sabi Sands area.

For those wanting to take the Blue Train northbound, the train will travel from Pretoria to Hoedspruit on Friday July 8 and again on Friday August 12, 2016, departing at 15:00 in the afternoon and arriving at 10:00 the following morning.

Guests wanting to enjoy the rail journey after their safari can opt to travel southbound from Hoedspruit to Pretoria on either Saturday July 9 or Saturday August 13, 2016.

These one-way journeys between Pretoria and Hoedspruit in either direction take 19 hours as opposed to the usual 27 hours between Cape Town and Pretoria.

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