The Blue Train & Fairmont Zimbali Lodge - 3 nights
per person sharing
5* Blue Train
When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance. The routes of The Blue Train - both scheduled and chartered - take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.
As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savour exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Meals on board are complemented by the best wines South Africa has to offer.
The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
On KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast, under an abundant forest canopy, you will find Zimbali—Zulu for "valley of flowers." A sanctuary unlike any other in South Africa, this charming and unspoiled region is a nature lover’s wonderland. Dappled shadows from the lush vegetation and cool breezes from the Indian Ocean the area’s beauty will leave its mark on your soul. Here, endless beaches and clear skies invite you to relax and dream.
- Fairmont View Room
- Fairmont Room
- One Bedroom Lodge Suite
- One Bedroom Lodge View Suite
- Currency exchange
- One way flight from Johannesburg to Durban including airline levy
- Two Days Avis car rental with 200 km's free daily with limited waivers, airport surcharge & tourism levy.
- Two Nights accommodation at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge in a Fairmont room with breakfast daily
- One night on-board The Blue Train from Durban to Pretoria in a Deluxe Suite
- Shuttle from Fairmont Zimbali Lodge to Durban Station
- The Blue Train: Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily and selected drinks daily
- Meals not specified
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visas where applicable
- Car rental delivery to the station
- Valid for SADC residents only
- Car Rental delivery fee to station is not included.
- Prices per person are from a starting price, based on 2 persons sharing
- The Operator reserves the right to offer accommodation of a similar standard subject to availability
- Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and availability.
- Valid for dates specified.
- Operator terms & conditions apply.
South Africa has a rich and very varied landscape, and is considered to be Africa for beginners. South Africa has the most diverse and developed tourist industry on the continent. From the tropical wilds of Maputaland to the Big Five country of Limpopo, and from the metropolitan heartland of Gauteng to the elegant sophistication and beauty of the Cape Winelands, there is no single country in Africa with as much to offer the discerning traveller.
A wide variety of visitors are coming to South Africa, because tourists on short-term visits are attracted by the well-established highlights such as the Kruger National Park with its ‘Big Five’, and Cape Town’s Table mountain with one of the most beautiful views in the world. Sport lovers come to play golf, try rock climbing, mountain biking, bungee jumping and hike the numerous pristine nature reserves, while backpackers fall in love with the Garden Route’s beauty and tranquillity. And everyone will love the golden beaches, welcoming wine farms and the great food.
South Africa is brimming with contradictions and surprising contrasts. Living side by side you’ll find poverty and wealth; desert and rainforests; secluded beach and mist-shrouded maintain; and it is all populated by over thirty different cultures.
The tourist infrastructure is outstanding and could be compared with European infrastructure. The weakness of the Rand against major international currencies makes for a hard to beat value for money holiday. South Africa has it all: a combination of everything a visitor could want, in a territory that is a true paradise on earth.
South Africa Demographic
It is difficult to talk about South Africa as one culture, because the population is so varied and there are widely differing communities that make up life in the country. It is one of the few countries in the world which have such extremes in terms of wealth, culture and language.
South Africa has 11 official languages and approximately 15 different ethnic groups. Generally people welcome visitors and people are uniformly proud of their country. The only way to avoid stereotyping, when you meet many different cultures, is to encounter each person as an individual, this way you’ll see the country’s people with fresh eyes.
African masks or stone carvings are the most popular souvenirs, although most of which comes from other African countries, like Malawi or Zimbabwe. South Africa is an excellent place to buy jewellery or have custom pieces designed and made, because the country is rich in diamonds, gold and platinum.
Wine is also a good bet, particularly since case lots are tax exempt for export and most wine estates will deliver purchases to your home.
Currency: South African Rand (ZAR). ZAR1 = 100 cents
Notes: ZAR 1-, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
Coins: ZAR 1, 5, 10 and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents.
Credit cards: All major credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants.
Anti-malarials and mosquito repellent is needed when you travel to Kruger National Park and game farms in the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, to minimise the risk of contracting the disease.
Throughout South Africa it is safe to drink water from the tap. In rural areas, however, you are advised not to drink tap water and wash fresh fruit before eating
South Africa Visa requirements
Should your nationality not be listed above, kindly contact our dedicated consultants for assistance.
South Africa Weather
South Africa has an ideal climate to visit the country year-round. The summers are hot and the winters are very mild. The size of the country and the substantial variations in altitude mean that climatic conditions vary throughout.
The summers are hot with showers in the Johannesburg area, which is 2000m above sea level and the winters there are dry and chilly.
Along the subtropical Kwa-Zulu Natal coast, summers are hot and humid with mild winters.
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with rainfall during the winter and long, mellow summer days.
Best time to visit
South Africa enjoys a wonderful year-round climate, making it great to visit any time. It is worth planning around the seasons if you have specific activities in mind though. If you are thinking about an outdoors kind of holiday, winter is best as it’s generally the drier season across the country. (Take note this doesn’t include the Western Cape, as it experiences its rainy season during winter.)
It’s more important to take note of South African school holidays than weather when planning a trip to the southern tip of Africa. Easter holidays, June and July, as well as the December holidays (peak summer break) are best avoided as local travelers fill up many of the countries tourist attractions.