South Africa Tourism: Ten Things to See and Do

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While most tourists travel around South Africa by air, those who have more time (and money) may want to try one of the world's most famous luxury trains: the Blue Train.

Although officially only about 60 years old, the Blue Train traces its origins to the early luxury trains built for the gold and diamond magnates to complete their sea-and-rail journeys between the United Kingdom and the mines. First-class passengers disembarking from their ocean liners were not about to spend the final two days of their journey on an uncomfortable train.

The Blue Train operates among various points of the country. It's a great way to see the countrysidethrough tinted windows in air-conditioned comfort, pausing only for extravagant meals and a comfortable night in a private suite.

A competing luxury train service is operated by Rovos Rail.

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The Blue Train

Rovos Rail
—Photograph courtesy South African Tourism
 
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