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The world-famous Blue Train is set to stretch its rails to include scheduled trips to Durban from Pretoria and vice versa later this year.

According to The Blue Train‘s executive manager, Hanlie Kotze, the Durban route was due to clients’ requests and will allow guests to enjoy a ride through some of the region’s most picturesque landscapes while enjoying the legend that is The Blue Train..

The inaugural trip from Pretoria to Durban is scheduled to take place on 20 September 2013, with the return trip departing from Durban on 22 September 2013. This is a one night trip on the train combined with a 2 night extension at Zimbali Lodge.

Day One:

13h00:                    Register and check-in at the Pretoria Station Lounge

Boarding starts and butlers usher guests to their suites. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks on The Blue Train in the Non-smoking Lounge Car.

15h00:                    The Blue Train departs Pretoria Station for Durban

Dinner on board over two sittings – Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

Day Two:

06h30 – 09h30         Breakfast served (first-come-first-served basis).

10h00                     The Blue Train arrives at Durban Station

There is an additional trip planned for November 2013 and then approximately 4 departures in 2014. Alternatively, for groups, the Blue Train is available for charter purposes. The train can sleep a maximum of 82 passengers.

Grant Parker recently joined Cybele as head chef, ably supported by Antoinette Wandrag. Grant did his training in Mmbabatho at Belvoirpark Hotel School where he obtained a diploma in management. This course entailed all aspects of the hotel industry and this is where he found his passion for cooking.

Grant has worked at The Palace, The Westcliff, The Royal, The Royal Livingstone, Rattrays on MalaMala and was part of the opening team for The Durban Hilton and The Cardiff Hilton (Wales). Grant has  worked in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Kuwait, Malaysia and Zambia.

He completed his FGASA level 1 at Shamwari in the Eastern Cape.

Grant’s philosophy of cooking is using the freshest ingredients, not over complicating dishes and ensuring that the natural flavours of food are tasted and enjoyed.

Cybele is in the most fantastic area as there is a wide choice of food items, with tout and venison being very popular, Cybele only uses local produce as we believe that we have fantastic produce. Their signature dish:

herb crusted pork fillet on crushed new potatoes with roasted apple, garden peas and a spiced honey port sauce

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