Southern Sun The Cullinan

Cape Town

Days 1 - 4: Cape Town

Southern Sun The Cullinan Location Map

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is consistently voted amongst the top cities in the world to visit. It is no surprise therefore that this wonderful city is one of the highlights of a holiday to South Africa.  The climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers.

One of the main tourist attractions is the tastefully restored V&A Waterfront, with its many shops, bars and restaurants. There is also an aquarium, and one of the largest craft markets in Southern Africa. Boats offer tours of the harbour from the quayside, and the whole place is always buzzing with life and activity.  The City Bowl is home to many museums and historical buildings, which can all be viewed from a 'topless' hop on / hop off tourist bus, complete with interesting commentary as you ride around the city.

The adventurous can climb up (or abseil down) Table Mountain, windsurf or kitesurf at Bloubergstrand Beach, dive in shark tanks, or do any one of a dozen more adrenalin pumping activities. For a more relaxed pace of life, there are miles of sandy beaches for soaking up the African sun, or enjoy a quiet stroll through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Southern Sun The Cullinan is a stylish and grand hotel that offers travellers easy access to most of Cape Town's venues, and is within walking distance to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront.

Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent decor creates a mood that is a world-away-from-home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.

The 410 elegant and spacious hotel rooms all boast spectacular views over the many aspects of Cape Town - enjoy either the view of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbour and Waterfront or the city centre.

Rooms are lavishly decorated with rich finishes and furnishings, and all offer luxurious private bathrooms and in room amenities to enhance your stay and make it as comfortable as possible.

The outdoor pool is ideal for those who enjoy a fresh dip in cool waters, and the fully equipped gym is accessible to all guests of the hotel.

Example Details For Southern Sun The Cullinan

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included. Children under 18 are accommodated free of charge (Including breakfast) if sharing a room with two full paying adults, subject to availability of family rooms.
 
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Southern Sun The Cullinan Location.

Address

Southern Sun The Cullinan,1 Cullinan Street, V&A Waterfront

Directions

From the N2 (Cape Town International Airport/the Winelands/Hermanus/The Garden Route): Take the N2 towards Cape Town. Keep on this road, following the signs for Cape Town North, and then M6 Sea Point. If in doubt, keep bearing right the whole time! You will then see the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on your left-hand side (very large cream-coloured building), and there will be a set of traffic lights at a major junction. Turn left into Walter Sisulu Avenue, the CTICC will still be on your left. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right into Long Street. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right into Wharf Street. Wharf Street curves and becomes Cullinan Street and the Cullinan will be on your left-hand side. 

From the N1: Follow the road to Cape Town, and you will see the CTICC on your left-hand side. Follow the directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. Late check-out is available on request.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

In-room amenities include air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, a safe, mini bar/fridge, iron/ironing board, satellite/cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a hair dryer.

There is a shuttle service available to the Waterfront and other areas of Cape Town.

The hotel has a covered garage for parking, but there is a daily parking fee, which is payable directly to the hotel.

There is a fitness centre as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The spa offers a range of therapeutic wellness treatments that can be arranged in the privacy of your own room if required.

Credit cards are accepted.

Other guest services include a foreign exchange desk, a travel desk, room service (24 hours) and a chauffeur service.

Smoking rooms are available on request.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

La Plume Guest House

The Klein Karoo

Days 5 - 6: The Klein Karoo

La Plume Guest House Location Map

La Plume is a boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where old-world charm has been combined with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention.

Guests can join an informative tour of the farm (on request and additional cost - booking essential) to learn about the day to day activities in the life of a full-time farmer, as well as the giant birds and the trials and tribulations of farming with them from one of the few experts on the ostrich industry.

The English Breakfast buffet is the perfect start to a busy day with fresh fruit platters, a bread and cereal selection, cold meats and cheeses, as well as hot breakfast with special requests made to order. The restaurant also offers a daily lunch menu or picnic baskets for guests exploring the wonders of Klein Karoo. For dinner enjoy exceptional local wine and traditional home-cooked cuisine meticulously prepared by the chef and served in the spacious, candlelit dining room.

La Plume offers stylish luxury with a diverse range of accommodation. The 5 Superior Suites and the Luxury Rooms all have private entrances that open onto sunny verandas overlooking the gardens, and the 2 Honeymoon Suites embody a feeling of romance and cosiness. The Luxury Junior Suite is ideal for 3 adults travelling together or family with an older child wishing sleep in a separate room, as the suite consists of a queen master bedroom with full en-suite bathroom and lounge with single bed for the third person.

The Plume Cottage consists of 2 interconnecting suites each with its own bedroom, full bathroom and lounge sharing a kitchenette.  The Private Farm Villa has 2 bedrooms each with its own full en-suite bathroom, a large open plan living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. This typical South African farm house is off the main property nestled among alfalfa fields overlooking ostrich enclosures and a mere 100 meters from the main homestead.

Example Details For La Plume Guest House

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family villa
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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La Plume Guest House Location.

Address

La Plume Guest House,Off the R62, Oudtshoorn

Directions

Via N2 From Garden Route: Coming into George, the N2 splits into the N2 for Cape Town and N9/N12 for Oudtshoorn.  Take the right lane for the N9/N12, and continue on this road over 3 roundabouts for approx 31 km where you turn left onto N12/R62 signposted Oudtshoorn. 

Continue on this road for approx 34 km, and then in Oudtshoorn you turn left at the first traffic light into Voortrekker Road.  Keep driving on Voortrekker Road.  It will take you out of town (now known as the R62) in the direction of Cape Town.  7 km outside town you will see a sign for Grundheim and La Plume.  Turn left at the Volmoed sign and drive for another 7 km where you will find another sign for La Plume on your left.  Turn left and the Guest House will be on your immediate right.

Via N2 From Cape Town/Cape Winelands/Hermanus: Continue on the N2 past Mossel bay until you reach exit 397 signposted for R102/Hartenbos/R328/Oudtshoorn.  Turn left after 550m to continue on R328, and after a further 1.2 km  turn right onto Louis Fourie Rd/R328.

Continue on this road for 67 km and then 7 km outside Oudtshoorn you will see a sign for La Plume, Highgate and Thylitshia Villa.  Turn left at the Volmoed sign and drive for another 7 km.  The Guest House will be on your left.

From Cape Town / Cape Winelands Via R62: Follow the R62 through Calitzdorp in the direction of Oudtshoorn.  7 km outside Oudtshoorn you will see a sign for Grundheim and La Plume.  Turn right at the Volmoed sign and drive for another 7 km until you find a sign for La Plume on your left.  Turn left and the guest house will be on your immediate right.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

La Plume is situated on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm, and guests can join the owner on a pre-arranged tour of the farm - contact the La Plume or your Travel Butlers consultant to book before you travel (additional cost).

All rooms have air conditioning, an honesty bar, tea/coffee making facilities and a satellite TV.

The guest house offers complimentary Wi-Fi and secure parking on site.

There is a restaurant and a swimming pool (salt water).

The restaurant offers a daily lunch menu or picnic baskets.

There as a laundry service available at an additional cost.

A babysitting service is also available.

Credit cards are accepted.

Robberg Beach Collection

The Garden Route

Days 7 - 9: The Garden Route

Robberg Beach Collection Location Map

The Robberg Beach Lodge is nestled in the heart of the world-famous Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay is a destination of distinction for all holiday guests and travellers in South Africa. It is world-renowned for the splendour of its sky and seascapes and for the unspoilt beauty of its lagoon and beaches.

Just 5 minutes by car from the bustling restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and bars of Plettenberg Bay's Main street, The Robberg is a tranquil boutique beachside haven. This understated, private retreat boast 5* luxury guest house accommodation with bed and breakfast facilities and is ideally situated at Robberg's beautiful Blue Flag beach.

With only a 2 minute walk from the lodge, Robberg beach is popular for shore based dolphin and whale watching. The Robberg Nature Reserve offers great walking and hiking trails and is an excellent view site for cliff based whale and dophin sightings. There are 3 circular walks of various lengths, caves and extensive information about Robberg's geology, archaeology and exciting marine life. Plettenberg Bay is home to 2 superb golf courses, both less than a 15 minute drive from the lodge.

The Robberg Beach Lodge offers Robberg House, Beachy Head Villa, Cottage Pie and Cordovan Villa located in a remarkable location. 

The 2 View Suites are spacious have wonderful views, and french doors opening onto a private balcony.

Overlooking Plettenberg Bay's blue-flag swimming beach the View Rooms on the first-floor rooms have large bay windows with mesmerizing sea views. The second-floor rooms have french doors opening onto a private balcony with great sea views. 

The child friendly Luxury Suites each have a queen-size sofa bed that can comfortably accommodate 2 children under 12 years and have private balconies overlooking gardens. All the Luxury Rooms have lovely garden views.

Set back from the main road in a quiet crescent the 2 Cottage Suites are spacious with cottage-style decor and feature wooden beamed ceilings. 

All rooms have a bath and separate shower, heated towels rails, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities, as well as heating-cooling aircon and flat-screen TV.

The self catering family room is perfect for families travelling with children and couples who enjoy lots of space. The Family Room is stylish with a private entrance, spacious patio area and includes a sofa bed, open-plan living area and kitchenette with oven, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster and small fridge

Example Details For Robberg Beach Collection

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Robberg Beach Collection Location.

Address

Robberg Beach Collection,89 Beachyhead Drive, Plettenberg Bay

Directions

From Cape Town/Hermanus/The Winelands/Swellendam/Wilderness/Knysna: Follow the N2 to Plettenberg Bay until you see the Piesang Valley Road/Plettenberg Bay South/Suid turn-off into Plettenberg Bay, which also has an airport sign. Turn right down Piesang Valley Road until you get to the roundabout. Take the 3rd exit into Beacon Isle Drive and then 1st right into Longships Drive, then 2nd left into Roche Bonne Avenue and right at the T-junction into Beachy Head Drive. Follow the road for 1 km until you reach the guest house.

From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. Take the 3rd turn-off into Plettenberg Bay marked Piesang Valley Road/Plettenberg Bay South/Suid and follow the directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, in room safe, minibar, air conditioning, a telephone, and flat-screen TV with a selection of DSTV channels. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all rooms too.

Main guest facilities include 2 outdoor pools, 2 lounges, 2 honesty bars, a rooftop viewing deck, 24 hour reception and check-in.

The dinner menu offers either 2-course or 3-course servings, with a variety of different meals and desserts that includes something for all tastes (recommended to book in advance).

Credit card facilities are available.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Woodbury Lodge

Amakhala Game Reserve

Days 10 - 11: Amakhala Game Reserve

Woodbury Lodge Location Map

Woodbury Lodge is located in heart of the Amakhala Game Reserve, a 7,200 hectare Big 5 malaria-free game reserve in the Eastern Cape and less than an hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Nestled discreetly against a cliff in lush riverine bush, the lodge offers spectacular views of the Bushman's River valley. 

Enjoy morning and evening game drives in an open Land Rover, conducted by an experienced ranger in search of wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, and over 16 antelope species. After dark, the elusive nocturnal animals are searched out with the help of a spotlight as you drive through the reserve.

As part of one game drive during your stay, you can also enjoy a relaxing river cruise down the Bushmans River. Guided bush walks and night drives with one of the qualified rangers are also offered.

The dining area and lounge are perfectly positioned with expansive decks overlooking the plains, taking centre stage for unforgettable sunrises or evening drinks around the fire under the African stars.

In-between game drives relax at the lounge bar or around the swimming pool.

Designed with great care to blend in with the natural surroundings, the 7 stone-and-thatch sleeping lodges are comfortably appointed, with en-suite bathrooms, and each boasts a unique and breathtaking view from their wooden decks.

The seclusion of each suite, along with the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas, enable guests to enjoy the unique setting and breath-taking views at leisure. 

The 2 spacious family chalets sleep up to 4 guests allowing families to enjoy the African bush together. The rooms are separated by a wall partition to provide privacy

Spa treatments can be enjoyed at the nearby Bush Lodge. Guests can be transferred on request.

Example Details For Woodbury Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Chalet
Includes: All meals; all locals beverages (excluding premium drinks); the Amakhala Conservation/Community Levy; and 2 shared game drives per day are included. Guided walks on request.

The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Woodbury Lodge Location.

Address

Woodbury Lodge,Off the N2, Amakhala Game Reserve

Directions

From Port Elizabeth/Knysna: Follow the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. About 75 km after Port Elizabeth on the N2 to Grahamstown you will cross the Bushman’s River. Just after the bridge you will see the road sign for Woodbury Lodge. On your right hand side is a terracotta coloured wall with a thatched roof. Enter through the gate and follow the signs to Woodbury Lodge.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 13:00 on the day of arrival, but if guests would like to arrive for lunch, please notify the lodge so this can be prepared for you. Please ensure that you arrive by 14:30 at the very latest, or else you may miss your first game drive.

Rooms must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. Children under 6 years are not allowed on game drives. Babysitting services are available.

All rooms have air conditioning and heating, mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom (bath and shower), mini bar fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dyer, in-room safe, underfloor bathroom heating and a private deck.

The lodge has a communal swimming pool, a curio shop, in and outdoor dining facilities and a central fireplace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lounge/bar area.

A laundry service (laundry bags are provided in the bathroom) is available at an additional cost.

American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Diners credit cards are accepted.

Fresh bottled water is provided in the lounge area with water bottles on your bed upon arrival. Tap water is derived from a bore hole and is not recommended for drinking.

Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives leaving from the lodge. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers.

Rooms are cleaned twice a day while guests are out on game drives, to avoid any disruption during your stay. The housekeeping staff are always available to assist guests wherever necessary.

A nice alternative safari activity during longer stays is a river cruise. The boat meanders down the Bushman’s river, beaming with incredible bird and plant life. The cruise is between 30 to 40 minutes to be enjoyed at your leisure with mouth-watering snacks and ice cold beverages. All river cruises are made by prior arrangement with the lodge on arrival.

Guided walks can also be arranged. The walks take place in the non 'Big 5" side of Amakhala Game Reserve and are led by a qualified game ranger (additional cost).

Guests can also explore the non Big 5 side of the reserve while on horseback. Duration is between 2-3 hours, departing at 10:30. Intermediate to experienced riders welcome. Minimum number of people is 2; maximum 6. Please make arrangements prior to travel or upon arrival. 24 hours notice must be given.  This activity is an additional cost. A riding helmet will be provided.

The lodge has a pair of binoculars to rent from the front office at an additional fee.

Your rate includes a Conservation/Community Levy which will primarily fund the anti-poaching units and a dedicated rhino monitoring programme to preserve and protect the rhinos of Amakhala Game Reserve. In addition, a percentage of the Levy will also go to support their award-winning Conservation Education Programme, which enables local school children to visit the Amakhala Conservation Centre to learn about wildlife conservation and sustainability for future generations.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

The Beach Hotel

Port Elizabeth

Day 12: Port Elizabeth

The Beach Hotel Location Map

The Beach Hotel is situated on Port Elizabeth's magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. For history lovers, it is believed that the original Beach Hotel and surrounding area belonged to Piet Retief and his family. His home, a tennis court and servants quarters stood on this ground.

There are 3 onsite restaurants to suit everyone's palate. Enjoy a relaxing environment, sipping a cocktail white overlooking the ocean at The Verandah restaurant, or indulge in a buffet meal at The Crest.  Real foodies will love the fine dining cuisine at Ginger, voted one of the best restaurants in Port Elizabeth - it is definitely a must.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, and the hotel also offers complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.

The Beach Hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms, some with stunning sea-views and others opening onto the tranquil courtyard.

The Non Sea-Facing Rooms are quiet, and overlook the tranquil surrounds of the courtyard. The Side Sea-Facing Rooms offer spectacular side views of the Indian Ocean whilst in the comfort of your stylish room, decorated in soft Mediterranean tones, and the Front Sea-Facing Rooms offer, as you would expect, front facing views of the ocean.

The Executive Rooms are spacious with large comfortable beds that invite guests to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the ocean. The suites offer generous, well appointed lounge areas as well as stylish bathrooms with separate showers. Finally, the well appointed, stylish Suite consists of a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom equipped with a freestanding bathtub.

Example Details For The Beach Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Executive Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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The Beach Hotel Location.

Address

The Beach Hotel,Marine Drive, Summerstrand

Directions

From Port Elizabeth Airport: Turn right into Allister Miller Drive, drive straight down, then turn right into La Roche Drive. Follow the road for approximately 4 km until you come to a T-junction at the beachfront. Turn right here. Keep going along this road, and immediately after the Boardwalk Complex you will find the Beach Hotel on the right-hand side.

From The Garden Route: Take the N2 to Port Elizabeth. As you approach Port Elizabeth on the N2, take the R102 Cape Road/Kaapweg. Keep on Cape Road all the way (it will take about 15 minutes, depending on traffic). Cape Road eventually leads downhill and connects onto the M4 Summerstrand. Take the M4 Summerstrand - the sea will be on the left-hand side. Keep going along this road, and immediately after the Boardwalk Complex you will find the Beach Hotel on the right-hand side.

From Grahamstown/Eastern Cape Game Reserves: Take the N2 to Port Elizabeth. As you enter the city leave the N2 via ext 751B, merge onto the M4 heading to Summerstrand and follow the directions as above.

From Addo: Take the R335 towards Port Elizabeth, and join the N2 still heading towards Port Elizabeth. Follow the directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have heating and air conditioning, a flat screen TV with selected satellite channels, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, mini bar fridges (stocked on request), electronic safe and complimentary Wi-Fi.

All rooms are non-smoking.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool.

There is a secure and guarded parking facility.

There is a cocktail bar and a lounge area, and a choice of 3 restaurants. 24 hour room service is also available.

A same day laundry and dry-cleaning service is offered (additional cost), excluding Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Babysitting services can be arranged (additional cost).