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Floreal House

Cape Town

Days 1 - 3: Cape Town

Floreal House 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.

Floreal House boasts sweeping views of Table Mountain, the Harbour and Table Bay. Dating back to the 1920s, the guest house is exceptionally stylish, with an impressive white exterior and attractive wooden-framed windows, looking out on views in all directions.

The rooms are extremely well-appointed. Each room has a television and a mini bar. A sumptuous, full English breakfast is served every morning in the dining room or around the pool in the garden.

Guests can relax around the swimming pool in the peaceful garden after a day of exploring the City and surrounding areas, and staff are on hand at all times to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.  There is a wide range of excellent restaurants nearby and transfers to and from these establishments can be arranged.

Example Details For Floreal House

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Floreal House Location.

Address

Floreal House,26 Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht

Directions

From the N2 (Cape Town International Airport/the Winelands/Hermanus/The Garden Route): Follow the N2 towards Cape Town. When you reach Cape Town, keep the mountain on your left and you will pass Groote Schuur Hospital on your right. Keep in the left-hand lane closest to the mountain. The N2 then splits into the Eastern Boulevard (right) and the M3/Philip Kgosana Drive (left). Take the M3/Philip Kgosana Drive exit and drive all the way down until you see an exit off to the left to Mill Street.

Take this exit, and you will see the Gardens Centre on your left. Go straight over one set of traffic lights, but don't follow the road round as it bends to the right - go straight instead up Mill Street. At the T-junction, turn left into Upper Orange Street and drive towards Table Mountain. Floreal House is on the right-hand side, on the corner of Upper Orange Street and Montrose Avenue.

From the N1: As you approach the city centre the harbour is on the right. 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. Go straight over these set of traffic lights. You are now going up Buitengracht Street (M62) towards the Table Mountain cableway.

Continue up this road. You will see a Caltex garage on the left at the traffic lights with a sign marked M3. Turn left here and continue down the hill past the Shell garage and 15 on Orange Hotel. After the next set of traffic lights you will see the entrance to the Mount Nelson Hotel (huge pillars) on your right. Immediately after this entrance turn right into Hof Street. Turn left at the traffic lights into Camp Street, and then right into Upper Orange Street, and drive towards Table Mountain. Follow the directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must 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 are fitted with fans and heaters, tea/coffee making facilities, and en-suite bathrooms with a bath and/or shower. Each room also has a TV, room safe, a hair dryer, telephone and a mini-bar.

A light meals menu is available all day and dinner is available on request.

The guest house includes a bar, swimming pool, library and a braai. 

There is free Wi-Fi available.

There is a wide range of excellent restaurants nearby and transfers to and from these establishments can be arranged.

Floreal House has 24 hour security and secure parking for 4 cars.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

La Fontaine

The Cape Winelands

Days 4 - 5: The Cape Winelands

La Fontaine Location Map

Just an hour's drive from Cape Town, situated in the peaceful Franschhoek Valley, La Fontaine is situated just a short stroll away from the main village centre of Franschhoek.

With its friendly small village atmosphere, Franschhoek has a number of delightful art and design shops, as well as the Huguenot Museum or the famous Franschhoek Motor Museum.

The village is also home to many award-winning restaurants, and the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a totally unique and leisurely way to visit the vineyards and wine estates of the Franschhoek Valley. The guest house also has bicycles for hire should you wish to explore by pedal power. Private wineland tours, taking in not only a selection of the finest wines but also rolling vineyards and quaint Dutch homesteads, can be arranged (on request and at an additional cost).

If rest is what you need, stay in and enjoy the tranquil gardens and swimming pools that stretch over 2 properties. The outdoor breakfast patio and front veranda under their vine and wisteria pergolas boast views of the surrounding mountains and tranquil settings.

There are 17 large rooms and suites to choose from, all decorated with individual themes and character.

The Mountain View Suites have a fully equipped bathroom with a large bathtub and separate shower. The larger of these 2 suites also has its own wood burning fireplace. The Luxury Suites have light bathrooms and a seating area for extra comfort.

The Luxury Rooms offer the same standard of luxury decoration but with a slightly smaller footprint. The Deluxe Rooms are the smallest room type but still retain their own charm and elegance.

Example Details For La Fontaine

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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La Fontaine Location.

Address

La Fontaine,21 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

Directions

From Cape Town (via N1): Drive out of Cape Town on the N1 past Belville and Brackenfell turn-offs. Continue past the Winelands 1-Stop Engen petrol station as well as the first Stellenbosch turn-off after the petrol station. Take the next turn-off named Stellenbosch/Klapmuts and turn right at the stop on the R44. Approximately 600m further, go over the 4-way stop.Shortly after the 4 way stop (+/-400m) turn left at the Franschhoek sign.

Carry along this road for approximately 8 km until it ends at a T-junction at which you turn right to Franschhoek on the R45. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 16 km further). Just past the Town Hall on your left-hand side, turn left into La Rochelle Street. Take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.

From Cape Town (via N2): Drive out of Cape Town on the N2, and take the first Stellenbosch turn-off (Baden Powell Drive/R310) and keep on travelling to Stellenbosch. You will eventually pass the Spier Wine Estate (on your right) and a few kilometres after that, the road will end at a T-junction (approximately 13 km from the N2 turn-off). Turn right at the T-junction and travel into Stellenbosch.

You will pass over 3 traffic lights - keep to your left. The road ends at a T-junction at which you turn left. Pass over 3 traffic lights and shortly after the 3rd set, turn right at a set of lights at the Franschhoek/Idas Valley sign. This road will take you over the mountain on the Helshoogte Pass, through Johannesdal and through Pniel and eventually ends at a T-junction (16 km from Stellenbosch). This T-junction is shortly after the Boschendal Wine Estate (which would have been on your right).

Turn right at the T-junction onto the R45 to Franschhoek. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 13 km further). Just past the Town Hall on your left-hand side, turn left into La Rochelle Street. Take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.

From Hermanus/The Garden Route: Either follow the N2 to the Baden Powell Drive/R310 exit, and follow the directions as above OR you can take the more scenic route via the Franschhoek Pass - leave the N2 at the R43 towards Villiersdorp (16 km past Caledon) and follow this road to Villiersdorp.

Turn left onto the R45, and after approximately 8 km turn right to stay on the R45 and go over the Franschhoek Pass to Franschhoek. Turn right into Huguenot Road  (R45) at the Huguenot Monument. Take the third turn right into La Rochelle Street, and then take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.

From Oudtshoorn: Leave Oudtshoorn on the R62 towards Calitzdorp and Ladismith.  In Ladismith (approx 97 km from Oudtshoorn) you need to turn left to stay on the 62 which is now signposted to Monagu. 

After a further 146km the R62 merges with the R60, and you should carry on straight along this road towards Ashton/Robertson.  Continue on the R60 through Robertson, and 39km after the roundabout in Robertson turn left onto Overhex Road, signposted for Aan de Doorns.  Follow this road for 6km until the junction with the R43, and then turn left on the R43 towards Villiersdorp.

Follow the road through Villersdorp, and as you leave the town continue along Main Road past the sign for R43 Hermanus (do not turn left here!), and Main Road will become the R321/R45 signposted Franschhoek.  After 8km, turn right to stay on the R45 and continue on this road for 25km until you reach Franschhoek.

Turn right into Huguenot Road (R45) at the Huguenot Monument. Take the third turn right into La Rochelle Street, and then take the first street on the right, which is Dirkie Uys Street. La Fontaine is on the left-hand side.

ANY PROBLEMS AFTER HOURS YOU CAN CALL +27 (0) 21 876 4247.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have a safe, a tea/coffee tray and air conditioning.

There is a swimming pool.

Ground level rooms are wheelchair friendly.

There is free Wi-Fi access in all the rooms.

There is secure off-street parking available.

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.

A same day laundry service is available (additional cost).

Smoking is not permitted inside the buildings, it is allowed outside and on the patio except during breakfast.

The central location means the guest house is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and galleries.

It is advisable to pre-book dinner reservations in Franschhoek, especially between October and April. You can either do this directly via www.franschhoek-restaurants.co.za or otherwise please ask your Travel Butlers consultant for assistance.

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

The Klein Karoo

Days 6 - 7: The Klein Karoo

De Zeekoe Guest Farm Location Map

Just 7 km outside Oudtshoorn, a warm welcome awaits you at De Zeekoe Guest Farm, a modern, expansive, privately owned, working alfalfa farm of 200 rolling hectares of succulent Klein Karoo. Around 3,000 ostriches browse the pastures and hundreds of springbok and other naturally occurring game make this farm their home.

An outdoor paradise, activities include fishing, canoeing, biking and hiking along the many nature trails, which can all be enjoyed within the borders of the farm. The incredible Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch (the oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre worldwide), the Ostrich Show Farms, meerkat tours (pre-booking is essential!), and the great Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountain passes are other attractions in the vicinity worth a visit.

The most popular activity, however, is without a doubt the daily wild habituated meerkat tours. These tours commence only at sunrise and are dependent on fair weather, since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days. The tours last between 2-3 hours and booking is essential.

Inbetween activities, guests can relax at the poolside.

The en-suite rooms in the main house are all tastefully styled with textures of wood, earthy fabrics, colourful rugs and soft lighting. The private cottages are 5 minutes from the main house, with views of the farm and mountains. Each cottage has a private pool. 

The self-catering log cabins on the waters edge reflect a true African style. Completely private, they are fully equipped and only a 5 minute drive from the main house. Each open plan cabin offers 2 bedrooms and a large deck with a picturesque view of the mountains as well as a hearty fireplace. They offer breathtaking views over the lake (water level may drop during the dry season) with abundant birdlife and 162 recorded bird species.

Example Details For De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Room with Garden View
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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De Zeekoe Guest Farm Location.

Address

De Zeekoe Guest Farm,Off the R328 , Oudtshoorn

Directions

From Cape Town/the Winelands: Leave Cape Town/the Winelands on the N2 heading towards the Summerset West and Swellendam, and continue on the N2 past Swellendam until you reach the junction with the R324 signposted to Suurbraak / Barrydale (approx. 230 km from Cape Town).

Turn left onto the R324 and follow this for 17 km until you reach the T Junction where the R324 meets the R62.  Turn right onto the R62 towards Barrydale and continue on this road for approx. 172 km until you reach the junction with the R328.

Turn right onto the R328 towards Mossel Bay, and follow this road for approx. 5.2 km until you see a gravel road on the right signposted to De Zeekoe. Take this road, and follow it for 2 km to reach De Zeekoe Guest Farm.

From Oudtshoorn: Turn onto the R328 towards Mossel Bay for 5 km, then turn right at the signpost to De Zeekoe and travel along the gravel road for 2 km.

From the Garden Route: Travel along the N2 towards Mossel Bay. Exit the N2 via exit 397, and at the T-junction turn left. At the next junction you will turn right onto the R328 towards Oudtshoorn, where 7 km before Oudtshoorn, you will turn left at the signpost to De Zeekoe and travel along the gravel road for 2 km.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 - 18:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. All guests (including those staying at the lakeside cabins) should check-in at the main guest house.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

There is free secure parking.

Guests can enjoy free and unlimited internet and Wi-Fi hotspots.

There is a swimming pool.

A laundry service is offered (additional cost).

There is a restaurant which serves an a la carte menu in the evenings. Light lunches are available on request, or the kitchen can provide a picnic basket if you are heading out for the day.

De Zeekoe has a curio shop selling a variety of different items.

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to join one of the Meerkat tours, pre-booking is essential. Please ask your Travel Butlers consultant to make this booking for you as soon as possible.

De Zeekoe also offers self-guided hiking trails, mountain biking (bikes available to rent) and canoeing (in the rainy season).

Credit cards are accepted.

The Rex Hotel

The Garden Route

Days 8 - 10: The Garden Route

The Rex Hotel Location Map

Situated right in the heart of the Garden Route and set on the shores of a beautiful lagoon, Knysna (pronounced 'Nysna') is a bustling little holiday town, with a lively Waterfront area.

The excellent selection of accommodation and restaurants, coupled with the many activities on offer, makes this a superb holiday destination and a perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route. The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place mid-year in Knysna, and is one of the area’s annual highlights, boasting amazing food, great music and friendly people.

The Knysna Lagoon is sheltered from the ocean by a coral reef and the Knysna Heads - 2 large cliff formations which form a natural narrow opening into the ocean. Several operators offer relaxing catamaran trips and sunset champagne cruises out to the Heads and into the open sea, which is a great way to escape the busy streets for a while.

The surrounding forests and nature reserves provide ample opportunity for leisurely walks or picnics, short hikes or more strenuous day walks, plus a number of biking trails. Nearby Brenton-on-Sea beach is a magnificent 7 km stretch of uninterrupted white sands around a half heart-shaped bay.

The Rex Hotel promises its guests superior service and exceptional comfort. This impeccably appointed hotel offers guests a gateway to world-class restaurants, lush forests and the shores of the peaceful Knysna Lagoon.

The Rex Hotel offers the choice of Standard Rooms, Luxury Studios and two bedroom Apartments that reflect an urban chic ambiance and mixes contemporary and classic décor with cool colours and rich fabrics. The studios and the apartments have an open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchenette.

The O Bar & Eatery at The Rex offers excellent service, superb cuisine and exciting specialities. The outdoor terrace area is the perfect spot to bask in the sunshine and indulge in coffee or light snacks.

Example Details For The Rex Hotel

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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The Rex Hotel Location.

Address

The Rex Hotel,8 Gray Street, Knysna

Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N2 towards Knysna. At the first set of traffic lights as you enter Knysna, turn right onto Waterfront Drive. Continue to the first set of traffic lights and turn left into Grey Street. Continue to the first stop sign and turn left again, to access the hotel parking.

From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 to Knysna. As you enter Knysna continue to the 2nd set of traffic lights with ABSA Bank on your left. Turn left into Grey Street. Continue past 3 stop signs. At the 4th stop sign, turn right to access the hotel parking.

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 studios and apartments have an en-suite bathroom, an open plan lounge and kitchenette, plus an electronic safe, hair dryer, a mini bar (stocked on request), remote controlled LCD TV with selected DSTV channels, tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning.

The O Bar & Eatery offers excellent service, superb cuisine with mouth-watering breakfast options. The outdoor terrace area is a good spot to enjoy the sunshine and enjoy a coffee or a light snack.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

There is free undercover parking.

All major credit cards are accepted.

There is 24 hour security and a 24 hour reception service.

Woodbury Tented Camp

Amakhala Game Reserve

Days 11 - 12: Amakhala Game Reserve

Woodbury Tented Camp Location Map

The Amakhala Game Reserve is a 7,200 hectare malaria-free game reserve situated just an hour from Port Elizabeth. A safari experience here will include twice daily game drives in the company of a professional ranger, in search of the Big 5 of the African bush - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and the elusive leopard. Over 16 antelope species are also here, alongside giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and cheetah.

As part of one game drive during your stay, you can also enjoy a relaxing river cruise down the Bushmans River. Guided walks with one of the qualified rangers are also offered (additional cost and on request). Riders looking for an unforgettable riding experience can saddle up for a ride on the wild side with Amakhala Horse Trails.

Woodbury Tented Camp is set in the heart of the reserve, and the tranquil surroundings of the open bushveld allow you to truly experience a quiet getaway. Camp life is centred around the thatch-and-canvas dining and lounge area, with its expansive deck overlooking the Woodbury plains. A wide variety of game species such as zebra, giraffe, buffalo and elephant can often be seen from the deck, while the haunting cry of fish eagles echoes across the valley. There is a pool for relaxing by inbetween game drives.

Guests can also enjoy a range of relaxing treatments by qualified beauty therapists, trained to pamper and soothe their clients - on request, guests can be taken over to the nearby Bush Lodge to enjoy their treatment.

Ten tents are on raised bases with private decks, providing seclusion and intimacy with the bush. Each canvas safari tent has an en-suite basin, shower and a separate private toilet. Four of the tents have breathtaking views looking out onto the reserve, and the other tents are nestled amongst the trees.

Families are also able to enjoy the African bush together as there are 2 family tents amongst the trees, which comprises of 2 adjoining tents linked by a private wooden deck - enabling parents to enjoy some privacy while knowing the children are not far away.

Example Details For Woodbury Tented Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Tent
Includes: All meals; all local beverages (excluding premium drinks); the Amakhala Conservation/Community Levy; and 2 shared game drives per day. Guided walks on request.

Children must be 6 years and older to join a bush walk.

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 Tented Camp Location.

Address

Woodbury Tented Camp,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.

Once you have entered the Reserve follow signs to Woodbury Tented Camp, keeping right when the road forks. Turn right at the entrance to the Conservation Centre and follow the tracks to the camp.

From Addo: Take the R342 towards Paterson. Just as you enter Paterson, turn right onto the N10 towards Nanaga. Continue until you reach the N2. Turn left onto the N2 towards 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.

Once you have entered the Reserve follow the signs to Woodbury Tented Camp, keeping right when the road forks. Turn right at the entrance to the Conservation Centre and follow the tracks to the camp.

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. Game drives depart at 15:00 in the winter months (May to September) and 16:00 in the summer months (October to April).

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 or bush walks. Babysitting services are available.

Accommodation consists of large comfortable en-suite tents all on raised bases, each with their own private patios. The en-suite bathrooms have hot running water. The tents also have electricity.

The main camp area has a communal swimming pool, a curio shop, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a bar. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lounge/bar area.

Tents are cleaned twice daily 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.

Fresh bottled water is provided in the lounge area with water bottles on your bed upon arrival.

Other activities that you can enjoy during your stay at Woodbury Tented Camp include boat trips, night drives, guided walks and horse trails on the non Big 5 areas of the reserve. All are available on request and are an additional cost.

A laundry service is available at an additional cost.

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

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

Guided bush walks are offered between breakfast and lunch time at an additional cost. Walks need to be requested in advance in order to have a ranger available. Children must be 6 years and older to join a bush walk. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

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