Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge Location Map

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest dams in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay at Chitwa is undoubtedly the safari experience. Guests are treated to spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife on game drives and bush walks and leave with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. A safari here offers some of the best opportunities to meet Africa’s Big Five - buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. The highly qualified guides ensure an unforgettable safari by enriching the experience with their knowledge.

Guests can also enjoy superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as the wildlife congregates at the water’s edge to drink. The large wooden lounging deck is strewn with comfy armchairs and a rim-flow swimming pool is the perfect place to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

Chitwa Chitwa’s library offers a large selection of books for your reference reading, and it is also equipped with an internet access point. With all the great food you’ll be enjoying at Chitwa Chitwa, fitness enthusiasts might want to spend time training in the gym, which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.

Six individual and artistically styled suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own plunge pool, and exude an air of bygone romance combined with unfaltering luxury. The Charlsy Suite offers 2 beautifully appointed interleading en-suite rooms joined by a cosy living area.

The Chitwa House is an exclusive retreat consisting of 2 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. The House comes with its own safari vehicle, guide and tracker, and meals are prepared and enjoyed in the privacy of your own dining area. Outside on the spacious deck is a swimming pool, making this truly the epitome of luxury in the African bush.

Example Details For Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: Standard Package: 3 meals per day; 2 shared game drives per day; a daily bush walk; the Guest Conservation Contribution; a laundry service; all soft drinks and bottled water; and all tea/coffee are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). For guests arriving and/or departing via FedAir, the landing/departure fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge - rates on request.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on game walks.

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

 
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Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge Location.

Address

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge,Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand (via Gowrie Gate)

Directions

From Hazyview: Take the R40 from Hazyview towards Bushbuckridge. Continue on this road for approximately 68 km from Hazyview (passing Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek), then turn right onto the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Bushbuckridge, and continue along this road for 2 km until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 on your left, then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

Directions once on the R531: Continue straight for 30 km. Once you have passed the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park via the Orpen Gate and travel along the R531 towards the R40. About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left. Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far). Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km.  Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.

ONCE AT THE GOWRIE GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change and please note that the gate opens at 06:00 and closes at 19:00). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.

Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please DO NOT follow your GPS 'quickest route' co-ordinates for the lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service the lodge. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or un-necessary delays of up to 3 hours.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, so you can check into your room and relax before your first afternoon game drive, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon 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 the age of 6 are not allowed on game drives unless parents have the sole use of the vehicle (subject to availability).

All the Chitwa Chitwa Suites include a bath-tub, indoor and outdoor showers, fireplace, minibar, fan (eco-friendly), hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and USB charging points.

The main area offers superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as they are rendered invisible to the various groups of wild animals that congregate at the water’s edge. The deck has viewing areas with comfy daybeds and a swimming pool, making it the perfect environment to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents.

Fitness enthusiasts might want to spend time training in the gym, which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.

Massages, wraps, masks, exfoliations and a variety of other treatments are offered by the resident masseuse at the Chitwa Spa (additional cost).

A computer with internet access is available in the library for guests to use - this is complimentary. There is mobile phone coverage, but this is limited and patchy in places and there is also Wi-Fi access available.

Private dining and traditional boma or bush dinners are available.

There is also a wine cellar which you are able to explore.

Each game vehicle seats a maximum of 6 guests.

Chitwa offers a Community Tour of the local Shangaan Village. The Dixie Village Tour is approximately 2 hours, and guests will slip unnoticed into a day in the life of the locals whilst tapping into the optimism and energy that is so much part of this little village's charm. A minimum donation goes to the Chitwa Trust Fund which helps the village with building private classrooms, buying food for the school etc. You can either pre-book this via your Travel Butlers consultant, or you can arrange this with the lodge when you arrive (additional cost).

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

A laundry service is available.

A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included in your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on game walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a game walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Hacklewood Hill

Port Elizabeth

Day 4: Port Elizabeth

Hacklewood Hill Location Map

One of the few remaining Victorian Manor houses in Port Elizabeth - Hacklewood Hill Country House, built in 1898 - is an elegant and stately residence set in the peaceful surroundings of the leafy suburb of Walmer.

Superbly decorated and exquisitely furnished with antiques, fine fabrics and beautiful paintings this 5* hotel offers 8 spacious bedrooms boasting unsurpassed luxury in the classic country house tradition.

Enjoy utmost privacy and comfort in luxurious surroundings and awaken to the gentle twittering of a sunbird and the aroma of freshly baked muffins. The individually decorated, spacious en-suite bedrooms offer the ultimate in classic understated luxury and style. From the moment you enter your private enclave, you will relax and unwind.

Each of the spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms offers all the modern comforts while remaining in the elegant Victorian country house tradition. Each bedroom leads onto a private balcony overlooking the lush garden.

The elegance of the Victorian era is continued in the large en-suite bathrooms which offer feature bath tubs, separate showers, heated towel rails, terry towel bathrobes and candle sticks - a romantics' dream.

Example Details For Hacklewood Hill

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Hacklewood Hill Location.

Address

Hacklewood Hill,152 Prospect Road, Port Elizabeth

Directions

From Port Elizabeth Airport: When exiting the Airport, turn left into Alistair Miller Drive. At the traffic lights turn left into Heugh Road until the next set of traffic lights. Turn right into 6th Avenue (6th Avenue Shopping Centre in on your right). At the next traffic lights, turn left into Main Road. Travel down Main Road until the traffic light intersection at 10th Avenue. Turn left into 10th Avenue (your landmark is a Shell Garage directly ahead). Take the first right into Prospect Road - Hacklewood Hill Country House is situated on the left-hand side of the road. Ring the buzzer at the front gate to be welcomed to Hacklewood Hill Country House.

From the Garden Route: Follow the N2 to Port Elizabeth. Once you see the signs for Port Elizabeth look for the City/William Moffat Expressway off-ramp. Go up the ramp in the right-hand lane and turn right at the top (you will then cross over the bridge). Keep in the center lane and go straight over the traffic lights after the bridge. At the major junction - go straight over Cape Road - you are now on the William Moffat Expressway. When the road narrows and you see the signs on your left for Walmer Park Shopping Center - turn left at these traffic lights onto Main Road. Follow the road straight along until you reach 10th Avenue (your landmark is a green BP petrol station on the right-hand side of 10th Avenue). Turn right into 10th Avenue - you will see Damelin College on your right-hand side. Take the first turning on the right into Prospect Road - you will see the Hacklewood Hill sign and the remote-controlled gate.

From Grahamstown/Eastern Cape Game Reserves: As you are travelling into Port Elizabeth on the N2 Highway you will see the overhead signs for Summerstrand/City/Walmer. Stay in the Walmer lane. At the end of the highway (there will be overhead boards advising the above and the harbour will be on your left) at the first set of traffic lights turn right into Walmer Boulevard/M9. There will be a fire station on your left. Continue until you reach 6th Avenue. At the traffic lights (6th Avenue/Heugh Road intersection) turn right into 6th Avenue and continue until you reach the next set of traffic lights. Turn Left into Main road and continue until you reach 10th Avenue (there is a BP Garage on the opposite left Corner). Turn left into 10th Avenue and the first road to your right is Prospect Road

From Addo: Take the R335 towards Port Elizabeth, and join the N2 still heading towards Port Elizabeth. Follow the directions as above from Grahamstown/EC Game Reserves.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally 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 aged 8 years and older are welcome.

Kurland Hotel

The Garden Route

Days 5 - 7: The Garden Route

Kurland Hotel Location Map

Set on a plateau between the emerald green Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Kurland Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel near Plettenberg Bay, just a short distance from the beach and the town centre.

Although established in the old Cape Dutch tradition, the hotel is completely modern in all other respects and is surrounded by immaculate polo fields and adjacent stables which form part of the estate. Guests can relax into the calm mood of Kurland in a comfortable chair on the spacious, shaded veranda, or stretch out on a recliner by the palm fringed, sparkling pool.  Kurland's modern health spa includes a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam bath and plunge pool. Beauty treatments are available on request. 

Children of all ages are welcome at Kurland, being well catered for with tennis, boating, horse and cycle-riding, a games room, a jungle gym and their own swimming pool.

Tennis and horse riding and in season polo matches are also part of the daily activities. Guided walks can also be arranged with experienced guides, who will accompany guests and children on eco-walks through the estate focusing on birdlife, plant life and small game. Furthermore guided beach walks, at the nearby spectacular Natures Valley, can also be arranged, and gourmet picnics are provided by the Kurland kitchen.

The tastefully decorated and spacious rooms are designed to cater for the guests every comfort. Ceiling fans ensure that guests are kept cool in the hot summers and large fireplaces can be used in the winter months.

The rooms are individually styled and display some enviable objects d'art, antique furniture and original oil paintings.  All rooms have telephones, satellite television and mini bars.

Example Details For Kurland Hotel

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Elegant Suite
Includes: Breakfast; all non-alcoholic beverages; tea/coffee; Kurland Spa (sauna, steam room and gym); quad bikes; mountain bikes; tennis courts; Cafe Complete every day; tea/coffee delivered to room with wake up call; and complimentary children's Shetland pony rides (aged 1- 6) are included.
 
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Kurland Hotel Location.

Address

Kurland Hotel,Off the N2, Near Plettenberg Bay

Directions

From George: Kurland will be on the left hand side of the road after you have passed Plettenberg Bay.

From Port Elizabeth: Kurland will be on the right hand side before you reach the turn off for Plettenberg Bay.

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.

Kurland offers FREE introductory spa treatments for all guests.

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

The Cape Winelands

Days 8 - 9: The Cape Winelands

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa Location Map

Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the 326 year old Lanzerac Wine Estate is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage.

A mere 5 minutes from the historic town of Stellenbosch, the estate boasts endless rows of lush vineyards, hectares of gardens shaded by giant oak trees, and is surrounded by the dramatic Helderberg mountains.

Home to the world’s first bottled pinotage, the range of award-winning wines maintain the excellent quality Lanzerac has become known for. Enjoy a guided tour of the working wine cellar, and a complimentary wine tasting either in the comfort of the well-appointed tasting room, or the veranda with views of the vineyards.

The Lanzerac Spa is a tranquil boutique wellness centre that captures the essence of the estate by blending pure relaxation with unparalleled 5* facilities. Choose from a wide array of massages, skincare and beauty treatments, conducted by highly trained therapists using top quality international and local product ranges.

Exclusivity is the key to an unforgettable stay here.

With no 2 rooms the same, the sophisticated style of the rooms and suites reflects the history of the estate. Each room is individually decorated with elegant finishes and a unique selection of timeless pieces.

All rooms and suites open out onto private patios overlooking lush vineyards, landscaped gardens and the majestic mountain range.

The hotel's rooms, restaurants, bar, lounge and facilities are all located in the estate's 300 year old Manor House and out-buildings, amidst 10 hectares of award-winning landscaped gardens featuring numerous ancient oaks, some over 160 years old.

Example Details For Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Junior Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Lanzerac Hotel and Spa Location.

Address

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa,1 Lanzerac Road, Karindal, Stellenbosch

Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N1 from the city, and stay on it for approximately 30 km. When you see the Engen 1-Stop on your left-hand side, take the next off-ramp to the left to Stellenbosch. At the top of the off-ramp turn right and go over the bridge (the N1 will pass under you). Keep straight through the vinyards. As you get into Stellenbosch town you'll see a residential area on your left-hand side. From there pass through 3 sets of traffic lights. At the 4th set of traffic lights you will turn left into Merriman Road (there will be a Caltex Petrol station on your right).

When you reach the roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Follow the road, you will pass a school on your right-hand side. At the 4th road on your right-hand side, you will turn right and then the 1st left will lead you onto the Lanzerac Estate.

From Cape Town International Airport/Hermanus/The Garden Route: Follow the N2 until you reach the R310 Baden Powell/Stellenbosch off-ramp. Follow the R310 to Stellenbosch for approximately 17 km. You will pass landmarks such as Spier Estate and Vlottenburg Winery. When you reach the T-junction turn right and follow the road. Keeping the railway line on your left-handside, travel passed the station (keeping in the left-hand lane), and enter into Adam Tas Road. At the 2nd set of traffic lights you will turn right into Merriman Road. Pass through 2 sets of traffic lights until you reach the roundabout.

When you reach the roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Follow the road, you will pass a school on your right-hand side. At the 4th road on your right-hand side, you will turn right and then the 1st left will lead you onto the Lanzerac Estate.

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

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Guests staying at the Lanzerac Hotel andamp; Spa are offered the following complimentary services: use of the Spaandacute;s hydro facilities, a guided tour through the modern cellar, a wine tasting of 4 Lanzerac Estate wines and Wi-Fi.

All rooms have underfloor heating, personally controlled air conditioning, a hair dryer, electronic safe, mini bar and DSTV satellite television (selected channels).

There is a range of different dining and bar areas on the estate.

There is an in-house transfer service using a Microbus (capacity up to 7 guests).

The hotel offers 24 hour room service and babysitting services.

The Spa has an indoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi that overlooks the endless rows of vineyards. There are private male and female steam and sauna rooms, and a wide range of treatments is offered.

Queen Victoria Hotel

Cape Town

Days 10 - 14: Cape Town

Queen Victoria Hotel Location Map

The Queen Victoria Hotel is a 5* haven of calm, luxury and understated opulence amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town's popular V&A Waterfront. 

The interiors create an ambience of peaceful elegance, through the use of greys and taupes, marble-clad walls, crystal chandeliers, white marble and wooden parquet flooring, not to mention the triple-volume foyer with its dramatic white spiral staircase, glass lift and crystal chandeliers.  The signature shade of deep purple has been employed to add a touch of regal eccentricity as an ode to the historic figure after whom the hotel is named.

From the food and beverage offering at the hotel's restaurant and bar, Dash, to the interior aesthetic, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair fused with local flavour.  The menu at Dash is structured around classic French cuisine, with all ingredients sourced locally and seasonally, while 90% of the interior pieces were sourced from local design geniuses.

There are also state-of-the-art gym facilities, a designer Spa, and a pool area in beautifully manicured gardens.

Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the suites and luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated.  With a consistent ambience of glamorous repose, most of the suites have panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour, and all of them have a fully stocked private mini bar and Molton Brown pamper accessories.

The attention to detail is also something to behold, from the customised wallpaper uniquely designed with a cameo portrait of Queen Victoria and the laser-cut, paper-on-paper artwork of local fynbos to the hotel's very own designer fragrance that wafts through the suites and foyer.

Example Details For Queen Victoria Hotel

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Premium Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Queen Victoria Hotel Location.

Address

Queen Victoria Hotel,Portswood Ridge, 5 Portswood Road, 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. Go straight over this set of lights, and turn right at the next set onto Helen Suzman Boulevard (signposted M6 Sea Point). Keep to the right lane, and at the next set of traffic lights, turn right into Portswood Road.

Turn off Portswood Road into Portswood Ridge passing under the Portswood Hotel. Continue past the Portswood Hotel main entrance and follow the road to left – passing Allan Gray on your right. Continue along that road until you reach the Queen Victoria Hotel on the right. Valet parking is available outside the main entrance, or proceed past the hotel and turn right into the Queen Victoria Hotel parking area.

To exit proceed straight from the parking area and turn left at Ulundi, pass the Everard Read Gallery and finally turn right back into Pors2od Road.

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 air conditioning, satellite/cable television, a mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, and a room safe.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

There is 24 hour security and secure parking.

The hotel has a gym and a spa.

There is 24 hour room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. 

Guest have access to the pool which is situated at the nearby Dock House Boutique Hotel.

Dash is the restaurant and bar offering at the Queen Victoria Hotel, named after the Queen’s favourite pet. The 36 seat restaurant offers patrons an elegant yet relaxed experience with a touch of drama in the presentation of the well-crafted menu.