Monday, 27 April 2015

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MOTHER’s DAY SPECIAL on The BLUE TRAIN

Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 10th May 2015 with a heavily discounted trip on the world renown and luxury The Blue Train from Durban to Pretoria. The train is returning from the International Indaba Tourism Expo in Durban and the spaces on the train have been made available to us at a heavily reduced price.

Celebrate an anniversary; tick off the Bucket List; experience one of your dreams; get engaged; send your parents on the train trip; or just be part of it.

The train departs on Sunday 10th May 2015 at 13:00 from Durban’s railway station to arrive on Monday 11th May 2015 at 10:00 in Pretoria. Passengers (from up country) can fly in from Jo’burg to Durban on the morning of departure and return by The Blue Train OR KZN people can take the train from Durban and fly back from Jo’burg on Monday afternoon.

Included in the package: One way trip on The Blue Train, all meals and drinks on the train, a butler taking care of you, land transfer in DBN and Pretoria, flight back to home.

The tour price starts at R7900 per person in a DeLuxe suite.
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RUGBY TOUR PACKAGES – Springboks vs All Blacks
The Springboks and the All Blacks will this year only play once against each other in the 2015 Rugby Championships. This match will take place on Saturday 25th July 2015 at the Emirates Airline Stadium (old Ellispark) in Johannesburg.

JB Train Tours will be hosting a variety of tours to this event, including a self-drive for people not living on a train or flight route. The rugby ticket, two nights’ accommodation, bus transfers in Jo’burg, certain meals and return train trips are included in the package.

The following 3 - & 4 - day tours will be hosted:

Train tour from Cape Town to Jo’burg
R3850 pp
Train tour from PE to Jo’burg
R3400 pp
Train/flight tour from Durban to Jo’burg
R3890 pp
Self drive or self fly to Jo’burg
R2950 pp
One-day package

Book NOW. Bookings have opened. This is a test NOT to be missed.

AMASHOVA CYCLE RACE – Train Tour
The annual Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic Cycle race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban (partially on the Comrades marathon route) will again be hosted on Sunday 18th October 2015 over a distance of 106 km.

Two shorter races, 65 km & 35 km, are hosted on the same day for those cyclists we do not want to do the full distance.

Further good news is that JB Train Tours will be hosting a train tour package from Jo’burg to Durban for cyclists to participate in the races, as well as for family, friends and supporters who’s like to travel along. The transportation of the bicycle on the train is included in the package.

Tour dates are Friday evening 16th to Monday morning 19th Oct 2015. Tour price starts at R2400 pp and it includes: The return train trip, bicycle on the train, bedding on the train, one night’s accommodation in a Tsogo Sun Hotel in DBN and certain meals. Click here for the full details of the tour on contact JB Train Tours.

Space is limited to 50 passengers on tour and bookings have opened.

DID YOU KNOW?
°    The Fountains Hotel in Cape Town will undergo a revamp during the winter of 2015. All the rooms will be upgraded, whilst the ground floor, including Reception and the Dining Area, will receive new décor. Many of the JB Train Tours’ tours stay in this hotel when visiting Cape Town.
°    Kom luister op Saterdag 18 Apr 2015 om 10:00 na Radio Sonder Grense se ‘Reise Sonder Grense’ wanneer ons oor ‘n verskeidenheid van ons toere gaan gesels.

EXPO at CLEARWATER MALL

During the last week of March 2015 we’ve hosted a stall at the Outdoor Expo held in the Clearwater Mall in Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort. Many regular passengers have come to greet us and talked about their tours.

WINNER ANNOUNCED

The winner of our ‘Win-a-Train-Tour-Competition’ held at the Beeld Holiday Expo at the Galagher Conference Centre hosted by the end of Feb 2015, is Ms. Erika Marx from Kempton Park. Although she has not decided when she’ll opt for the train tour from Jo’burg to Durban for two persons, she said she ‘is looking forward to it’.

OLDER NEWS

BLUE TRAIN SPECIAL – LAST MINUTE OFFER & EXTENDED FURTHER GOOD NEWS

Special offer now extended to the end of July 2015. A gift to yourself and a ‘tick on your bucket list’.

Note: There was a substantial increase in the number of bookings we’ve received from our readers on this tour. For many people it is a dream come true when they travel on the world famous Blue Train and so much more on this heavily reduced tour package.


We (JB Train Tours) are proud to announce that we’ve again negotiated a ‘last minute’ special offer 4-day tour package at a discounted rate for our clients on the luxurious Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town or in the opposite direction. This 4-day tour package will cost you less than the normal train ticket price but it includes the overnight trip on the train, all meals on board, two night’s accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Cape Town (for the PTA to CPT trip), certain meals in CPT, hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, transfers, flight from CPT to JHB and safe car parking in PTA or CPT. This package is ONLY available to South African and Africa citizens or people with a residence permit. The tour package price is from R11999 per person sharing. The train departs only on a Monday morning from Pretoria and only on a Wednesday morning from Cape Town.

Contact us today at info@namibweb.com
 
Note: This last minute special offer is only available up to July 2015. It has in the past served for many people as an anniversary trip or even as a honeymoon. Some passengers did it as a ‘must do on their bucket list’ trip! Traveling on the Blue Train is a very special experience.

VICTORIA FALLS TOURS in 2015

The Vic Falls between Zimbabwe and Zambia is one of the new natural Wonders of the World. It is almost on our South African doorstep. Did you know that Pretoria and Johannesburg is closer to Vic Falls than to Cape Town! Africa citizens or people with a permanent residence permit can travel on a reduced tour price on this 10-day tour. It is hosted by Shongololo Express but JB Train Tours acts as an agent on their behalf. The tour price is offered at a huge reduced amount: R22 999pp sharing, single rate is R34 498.50 pp.

One can either travel Northbound or Southbound. The Northbound tour starts in Nelspruit and the Southbound tour ends in Nelspruit. One can either fly to Nelspruit OR make use of a shuttle bus service from Gauteng OR do a self-drive trip.

Other places to visit include: Zimbabwe national Monument (Zim Ruines), Matobo Hills, Bulawayo, Hwange National Park, Livingstone in Zambia and Chobe Game park.

Remaining Tour Dates for 2015:

°    24 Nov – 3 Dec, Nelspruit to Vic Falls, VFN#3
°    9 – 18 Dec, Vic Falls to Nelspruit, VFS#3

Contact us today at info@namibweb.com

NAMAQUALAND FLOWERS in SEASON - 2015

Although it is now only autumn, for the people living in Namaqualand it is important to receive some good rains from now on, because it will not only the condition of the ‘veld’ for grazing purposes, but also for the ‘wealth of flowers’ in the upcoming season in July, August & September.

Bookings for our different tours have opened and we have again scheduled not less than 14 tours from Jo’burg to the flowers in 2015. There will be nine (9) tours on the Tourist Class train (the most popular tour package), two (2) Motorbike-on-Train tours, two (2) flight tour packages from anywhere in South Africa, as well as a train tour on the upmarket Premier Classe train departing from Jo’burg.

This year Capetonians can join two x 6-day bus tours as well.

Contact us today at info@namibweb.com

COMRADES MARATHON TRAIN TOUR

Our train was fully booked. We’ve got some extra space for runners, family and supporters on the tour. Book NOW!

This tour takes place from Friday evening 29th May to Monday morning 2nd June 2015. Runners, spectators and supporters welcome.

Contact us today at info@namibweb.com

Request: Passengers that went on tour with us can send their pictures to us for publication. Please send it to info@jbtours.co.za and put your Name & Surname, the name of your home town and which tour you’ve participated in. We prefer photo’s with people in it – not nature pics.

PICTURES of TRAINS
We have noticed that some people get confused about the type of trains we (JB Train Tours) make use of for our variety of train tours. Kindly note that we do NOT make use of the daily commuter train, called the Metro Rail (which many people mentioned their concerns to us about the safety on the train). We have been making use of the following trains for many years - feel free to join us for a relaxing and SAFE experience: Shosholoza Meyl train (budget), Premier Classe train (upmarket), Shongololo Express train (heritage upmarket), Desert Express train (upmarket), Blue train (luxury). Please find below images of the different trains.

Desert Express (Up market tours)

Blue Train (Luxury tours)

Shongololo Express (Heritage upmarket)

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UPCOMING TOURS: May to June 2015

UPMARKET TOURS:

All the below mentioned up market tours are hosted monthly. Please contact us for details or click on the link

Cape Town Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB to CPT       
Travel from Jo’burg to the Mother City on a 3-night long weekend trip. (Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon). Enjoy the luxury on the Premier Classe train for one night, sleep two nights in a hotel in Cape Town and fly back. Transfers in CPT and open deck bus excursion included. From R6599 pp.


Cape Town Stylish weeklong Train Tour: JHB to CPT       
Travel on a return train trip from Jo’burg to the Mother City on a 6-night weeklong trip. (Thursday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon). Enjoy the luxury on the Premier Classe train for two nights, sleep four nights in a hotel in Cape Town and return again by train. Transfers in CPT and open deck bus excursion included. From R9999 pp.

Cape Town Stylish weeklong Train Tour: JHB to CPT       
Travel from Jo’burg to the Mother City on a 6-night weeklong trip. (Thursday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon). Enjoy the luxury on the Premier Classe train for one night, sleep five nights in a hotel in Cape Town and return by flight. Transfers in CPT and open deck bus excursion included. This tour is very popular with honeymoon couples and anniversaries. From R8699 pp.

All these up market tours are hosted monthly.

MAY 2015 TRAIN & BUS TOURS

Budget Tours:

Garden Route: Jo’burg to PE. Depart from JHB by train and enjoy a holiday in the spectacular Garden Route on South Africa’s Southern Coast. Visit places like Knysna, Pletterberg Bay, Tsitsikamma Forest, Mossel Bay, Outiniqua Mountains, Oudtshoorn and much more. 10 – 16 May 2015. From R7600 per person sharing. More info

Kruger National Park & Lowveld: CPT to JHB & Lowveld. Depart from Cape Town by train and enjoy a 9-day holiday on tour in the historic and world famous Kruger National Park. Visit the panoramic God’s window, Bourkes’s Luck potholes, Pilgrims Rest and much more. Sleep 3 nights in the KNP. 8 – 16 May 2015. From R9100 per person sharing. More info

Motorbike-on-Train to Garden Route: Jo’burg to PE & back via Beaufort WestDepart from JHB by train and ride many mountain passes (all on tar). Enjoy the scenery and beauty of the Eastern Cape, Garden Route and Karoo. Accommodation in top hotels en route and certain meals included. Motorbike travels on train with you. No racing – it’s a tour. 10 – 16 May 2015. From R6100 pp sharing.

Kruger National Park & Lowveld: Gauteng to JHB & LowveldDepart from JHB, PTA & OR Tambo by luxury bus and enjoy a 7-day holiday on tour in the historic and world famous Kruger National Park. Visit the panoramic God’s window, Bourkes’s Luck potholes, Pilgrims Rest and much more. Sleep 3 nights in the KNP. 9 - 15 May 2015. From R6990 per person sharing.

Comrades marathon: Jo’burg to DBNDepart from JHB by train and enjoy this sport tour. It is our 16th consecutive tour to the Comrades marathon. We take you to the Expo and registration in Durban, as well as from the finish line to the station in Pietermaritzburg on race day. Accommodation and bus transport in Durban included. 29 May – 1 June 2015. From R2050 per person sharing.

UPMARKET TOURS:

See above all the up market tours that are hosted monthly.

JUNE 2015 TRAIN & BUS TOURS

Budget Tours

Durban 4-day Weekender: Jo’burg to Durban Depart from JHB by train and enjoy the weekend in the Holiday City. Visit uShaka Marine World, the beaches, Sun Coast casino and much more. Accommodation in a top hotel in Durban and certain meals included. 19 – 22 June 2015. From R2300 pp sharing.

Maputo 4-day Weekender: Jo’burg, Pretoria & OR Tambo Airport to Maputo Depart from JHB by luxury bus and enjoy the weekend in the Capital City of Mozambique. Visit the historical places, the beaches, Catembe and much more. Accommodation in a top hotel in Maputo and certain meals included. 13 – 16 Jun 2015 (Long weekend). From R3550 pp sharing.

Equilibria 6-day train tour to the Western Cape A finishing school in Potchefstroom visiting the Breede River valley outside Worcester in the Western Cape.

UP MARKET TOURS:

See above all the up market tours that are hosted monthly.

Namibia: 10 Days – See it all! Depart from Windhoek by train and visit several areas of the country, including the Fish River Canyon, Giants’ Playground, a cheetah farm, ghost town Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Etosha Pans, Omaruru, Goanikontes, the Namib Desert, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Accommodation is on the luxurious Desert Express train with en suite bathroom for every cabin. Two meals per day, excursions by bus and only 2 persons per cabin. 30 June – 9 July 2015. From R22980 per person sharing. Fully booked

JULY 2015 TRAIN & BUS TOURS

Budget Tours:

Kruger National Park & Lowveld: CPT to JHB & LowveldDepart from Cape Town by train and enjoy a 9-day holiday on tour in the historic and world famous Kruger National Park. Visit the panoramic God’s window, Bourkes’s Luck potholes, Pilgrims Rest and much more. Sleep 3 nights in the KNP. 10 - 18 July 2015. From R9100 per person sharing.

Mozambique, Swaziland & Kruger National Park 8-day: Gauteng to Moz, Swaziland & KNPDepart from Pretoria’s Gautrain station, Jo’burg railway station (Bus terminal) & OR Tambo Airport and travel by luxury coach (bus) to two of our neighbouring countries: Swaziland and Mozambique. Pay a brief visit to the Kruger National Park as well. Go enjoy the Portuguese food, night life, city as well as country areas, 2M Beer and experience something different. This 8-day tour is suitable for anyone. 4 - 11 July 2015. From R8500 pp sharing.

Kruger National Park & Lowveld: Gauteng to JHB & LowveldDepart from JHB, PTA & OR Tambo by luxury bus and enjoy a 7-day holiday on tour in the historic and world famous Kruger National Park. Visit the panoramic God’s window, Bourkes’s Luck potholes, Pilgrims Rest and much more. Sleep 3 nights in the KNP. 11 - 17 July 2015. From R6990 per person sharing.

Ironman in DBN: Jo’burg to Durban Depart from Jo’burg by train and travel overnight with your bicycle on the train to this major sporting event to be hosted in DBN. This international event will bring participants from all over the globe to South Africa. The tour is open to participants, friends, family and supporters. 31 Jul – 3 Aug 2015. From R2300 pp sharing.

Rugby in Cape Town: Jo’burg to CPT Depart from Jo’burg by flight to the Mother City and attend the opening rugby test of the season at Newlands. Watch the Springboks play a World XV side as part of their preparation for the upcoming series against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. 10 – 12 July 2015.

Rugby in Jo’burg – 4 Tours Variety of tours will be hosted from different departure points to the rugby test between the Springboks and All Blacks in Johannesburg.

Train tour from Cape Town to Jo’burg
R3850 pp
24 – 27 July 2015
Train tour from PE to Jo’burg
R3400 pp
24 – 27 July 2015
Train/flight tour from Durban to Jo’burg
R3890 pp
24 – 26 July 2015
Self drive or self fly to Jo’burg
R2950 pp
24 – 26 July 2015

Laerskool Middelburg from Middelburg in Mpumalanga will be going on a 7-day tour to Cape Town, returning by flight.

UPMARKET TOURS:

See above all the up market tours that are hosted monthly.

Namibia: 7 Days - Two for the price of one! Depart from Windhoek by train and visit the central part of the country, including Omaruru, Goanikontes, the Namib Desert, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Accommodation is on the luxurious Desert Express train with en suite bathroom for every cabin. Two meals per day, excursions by bus and only 2 persons per cabin. 20 – 26 July (Full) & 27 Jul – 2 Aug 2015. From R21980 per couple sharing.

More Namibian 10-day tours in Aug, Sept & Oct 2015.

More Namibian 7-day tours in Sept, Oct & Nov 2015.


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