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Elite Recommends – Cape Town’s Ultimate VIP Experiences

By Chris Boyle

Blue Train lounge car

Elite Traveler has selected the most exclusive VIP experiences available in Cape Town

Ker & Downey

The heart of the matter when traveling to South Africa with Ker & Downey is more than just travel in the form of luxury and style: it’s all about those little experiential moments – private gourmet culinary lessons, kayaking amongst the rare African penguin colonies or a guided hike up Table Mountain.

Perhaps you’d prefer a private wine tour and tasting with a South African vintner or a thrilling shark cage dive in the coastal bay to see the great white sharks. Whatever it may be for you, you’ll know it when you experience it. And it comes standard on every Ker & Downey journey to South Africa.

Why Travel With Ker & Downey?

We’ve been hand-crafting journeys for over 40 years now with the simple goal of showing you the true spirit of a destination and then letting you delve into it hands-on. After all, the experience you gain, the adventure you have, the people you meet – all of these are the true benchmarks of a journey worth taking.

The Ker & Downey difference is in the details; it’s the guide that meets you at the aircraft door to carry your bags and assist you with your papers through customs. It’s the comprehensive final documents you get to put you at ease knowing your journey ahead has been completely prepared for. It’s the smile from your friendly driver, a chilled bottle of water, amazing culinary experiences, choice wines at dinner and a white-glove service always available to you. But most of all, the Ker & Downey difference is in its dedication to hand-crafting the perfect journey for you; it’s the unheard-of experiences the world has left to offer, the remote destinations now within your reach, and the cultural interactions you’ll no doubt remember for a lifetime. ALL THIS, is the world of Ker & Downey. It’s private, experiential, luxury travel at its very best.




An opulent and glamorous travel experience that recalls the grand splendor of the Orient Express, the Blue Train offers a way to immerse yourself in the magnificent landscapes of Africa through an epic rail journey traveling in pure luxury and style.

From elegant pre-departure VIP lounges where guests are welcomed with a cocktail and impeccable service, to life onboard the train itself, expect lavish suites in which to sleep and relax in supreme comfort; sumptuous lounges with immense windows in which to savor the view over a cigar and a whisky, a game of cards or traditional English tea. In addition to the superlative views you’ll enjoy fine dining and a dedicated butler on hand to cater to every requirement; these all combine to create a truly exclusive and unforgettable way to see Africa.

While there are different options for Blue Train journeys from Cape Town, including chartering the train for specially tailored business or pleasure trips, Elite Traveler highly recommends combining this stunning travel experience with a luxury safari package at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge, leaving from Pretoria. One can choose to take the Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria, an unmissable 27-hour adventure through some of the most glorious landscapes on the planet, or instead choose a two-hour flight to the region for convenience and speed. Once on the train from Pretoria, guests enjoy a spectacular journey in style and comfort to Pilanesberg National Park. They spend two nights at the five-star Ivory Tree Game Lodge, enjoying a complimentary spa voucher and luxury accommodation, and take four game drives to the surrounding area to experience some of Africa’s most diverse and breathtaking wildlife. A panoramic return journey on the Blue Train completes this exceptional experience.


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