The Last Word Constantia

Cape Town

Days 1 - 3: Cape Town

The Last Word Constantia Location Map

The Last Word Constantia is located in the heart of the Cape's most famous and beautiful suburbs amongst the leafy vines of the oldest winelands in the Cape. This 5* boutique hotel is conveniently positioned in close proximity to many of the celebrated Cape restaurants, and is only a minute or 2 away from the chic Constantia Mall with its wide variety of fashionable shops and restaurants.

Great attention to detail has been placed on offering guest their privacy- even the luxury swimming pool and surrounding tanning deck has been landscaped and sunk below ground level, to ensure you can be private from your few fellow guests.

Constantia is a beautiful and unique suburb. Famous for its winelands and exceptionally fine restaurants, it is also considered the birthplace of the country's wine farming industry, the region boasts several world-class wine estates which all produce award-winning wines.

Along the well-signposted wine route, wine estates to visit include Steenburg, Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, and Groot Constantia.

The Last Word Constantia offers 7 magnificent and spacious bedrooms. The attention to detail in the extravagantly well-appointed en-suite bathrooms is a special feature.

Throughout the hotel, decor is predominantly traditional Constantia country-style, elegant and sophisticated. A unique and relaxing atmosphere is created in part by the examples of eclectic African art evident throughout this luxury boutique hotel. In addition, specially commissioned original mosaic art adorns selected patios.

Example Details For The Last Word Constantia

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Double Room on a Stay for 3 Nights, Only Pay for 2 basis
Includes: Breakfast, all beverages (including premium spirits), and wireless internet are included.
 
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The Last Word Constantia Location.

Address

The Last Word Constantia,Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia

Directions

From Cape Town International Airport: Follow the N2 from the Airport towards Cape Town. When you reach the mountain turn left on the M3 - Muizenberg turn-off (N.B. Do not take the M5 - Muizenberg). Continue on the M3 until the Kendal Road turn-off. Turn Right into Kendal Road, and left into Spaanschemat River Road at the T-junction. Continue over the traffic lights, and as the road bends at the bottom of the hill, you will need to turn right into WILLOW HOUSE. Reception for THE CONSTANTIA is on your left as you enter the gate.

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.

All rooms have complimentary tea/coffee trays; hair dryer and shaving points; under floor heating; select satellite TV; wireless Internet connection: private room safe; air conditioning; heated towel rails; robes and slippers; port/sherry decanter; bedside alarm clocks; in-suite telephone.

There is a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the Vandamp;A Waterfront daily (departing at 10:00; returning at 4 pm).

Cape Town to Pretoria via the Blue Train

The Blue Train

Day 4: The Blue Train

The Last Word Constantia Location Map

The Cape Town to Pretoria journey on the Blue Train offers guests a compelling and unforgettable combination of luxury train travel, world-class service, and fine dining, all set against a magnificent ever-changing backdrop of the beautiful South African countryside.

The individually controlled air-conditioned Luxury and Deluxe Suites all offer the choice of twin or double bed sleeping arrangements, made up every night by your onboard butler with the finest bed linen.

Private en-suite marble tiled bathrooms offer showers or deep baths for luxuriant soaking.

In addition, the Luxury Suites include a private digital entertainment centre and an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD.

This unforgettable journey takes 2 nights, departing Cape Town at 16:00 on selected dates. As the sky darkens over the landscape on your first night aboard, you adorn yourself in your finest silks and satins, diamonds and pearls, tuxedos and ties, as you prepare to dine in the subtle intimacy of a table for 2 or in the privacy of your own suite.

The next day after a relaxing morning and a sumptuous 3 course lunch, you arrive at Kimberley Station, where you visit the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Experience this town as it was during the diamond years, and see the largest uncut diamond in the world, and also visit the Big Hole - the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.

Having spent a second night on the train, breakfast can be enjoyed at leisure and is served between 07:30 and 10:00. The train arrives into Pretoria at 10:30, and you will be assisted by your butler to disembark and make your way into the Arrivals Lounge..

Example Details For Cape Town to Pretoria via the Blue Train

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 0 x Deluxe Suite - 2018
Includes: All meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions (excluding French Champagne, caviar and external telephone calls) are included.
 

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Address

Cape Town to Pretoria via the Blue Train,Cape Town Railway Station Adderley and Strand Streets, Cape Town / Pretoria

Directions

The Cape Town Railway Station is located along Adderley and Strand Streets in the Central Business District.

The Pretoria Railway Station is located at Scheiding Street.

Check In / Check Out

Guests can check in from 14:30 at the Pre-Departure Lounge at Cape Town Railway Station, where they can enjoy a pre-departure drink and snacks. Boarding is between 15:30 and 15:45. The train departs at 16:00, and the anticipated arrival time into Pretoria is two days later at 10:30 in the morning.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

It is advisable to pack an overnight case for the journey as only a limited amount of luggage can be stored in your suite. Your butler will store additional baggage in the luggage van.

All table d'hote meals and room service snacks are included in the rate. Should you require a snack, you are requested to contact your butler. Lunch and dinner are usually served in 2 sittings, while breakfast is at your leisure.

The stylish luxury of the Blue Train is conducive to dressing for dinner. Evening wear is elegant and gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie. During the day, dress is smart casual.

Bottled water is supplied in your suite. Your butler will provide you with more on request.

Trained first aid personnel are on board at all times. In the event of an emergency, doctors and first aid personnel can be contacted at the various stations en-route.

Souvenirs and gifts are available for sale in the souvenir shop.

Guests who wish to show their appreciation may leave a gratuity in the box located in the lounge car, at the end of the journey. Gratuities are shared on a points system between the Blue Train personnel on board.

A limited on board laundry and valet service is available. Please contact your butler for assistance.

The lounge car is designed as a meeting place for pre-lunch and dinner drinks and afternoon tea, while the club car is ideal for a post-prandial cognac or cigar. The bar opens as soon as the train commences its journey and closes when the last guest departs. Please note that the lounge and dining cars are non-smoking areas. All drinks are included in the rate except for certain imported beverages which can be purchased from your butler.

Safes are provided in all suites. While every precaution is taken, the Blue Train cannot be held liable for loss of valuable items left unattended in suites.

The international telephone beside your bed in your suite will allow you to dial the manager or your butler 24 hours a day. Should you wish to make an outside call, please contact the Train Manager or your butler, who will be glad to assist. The cost of your external calls and faxes are not included in the rate.

The Train Manager is on call at all times. Please do not hesitate to contact him should you require assistance or information while on your journey.

All suites are fitted with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Illyria House

Pretoria

Day 5: Pretoria

Illyria House Location Map

Illyria House is a magnificent colonial manor set in a secure Ambassaderial area, yet only 5 minutes from the Pretoria Railway Station and 25 minutes from the O.R Tambo International Airport.

Famous for its collection of 17th century tapestries, fine antiques and exquisite cuisine, the addition of soft classical music, tranquil gardens abundant with birdlife, and a gracious interior make a stay here an unforgettable experience. Illyria House is the ideal way to start or end any trip to South Africa.

Guest with more time in Pretoria can relax in the splendid settings of this fine guest house, explore the city of Pretoria for themselves, or join a city tour taking in the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, Kruger/Melrose House and the Union Buildings.

Pretoria can also be used as a base from which to visit the Rhino & Lion Park, the Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City, the Lesedi cultural village, and nearby Johannesburg and Soweto.

With only limited rooms, exceptional hospitality and cuisine are assured.

Guests are welcomed by their own personal butler, who will attend to your every desire.

Guests can also enjoy treatments in the Wellness Spa, or in the privacy of their own suite.

Example Details For Illyria House

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Suite
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included.
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Illyria House Location.

Address

Illyria House,327 Bourke Street Muckleneuk Ridge, Pretoria

Directions

From Johannesburg Airport: Take the R21 towards Pretoria (North) to Fountains Circle. Turn right onto the M7 (George Storrar Drive) towards Brooklyn. At the 1st set of traffic lights, turn left into Leyds Street. To your left will be the University of Pretoria (Groenkloof Campus). To your right will be the South African Bureau of Standards. At the top of the hill, turn right into Bourke Street. Illyria is the 3rd house on the left.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied anytime 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.

Wellness and Beauty Treatments are available. These include massages, facials, body spa treatments, waxing and tintings, manicures, pedicures, and hairdressing. Please call in advance to pre-book any treatments that you may require (additional cost).

Historical or cultural tours can be arranged upon arrival. Rates available on request.

Outdoor experiences including a variety of sport activities such as golf, horse-riding, tennis and hiking trails as well as picnics in the Botanical Grdens can also be arranged. Rates available on request.

Transfers are available for an additional cost.

Jock Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park

Days 6 - 7: Kruger National Park

Jock Safari Lodge Location Map

Jock Safari Lodge is one of the very first privately owned camps situated in the world famous Kruger National Park, with exclusive traversing rights over 6,000 hectares of private concession in what is regarded as the best Big 5 game viewing area.

Daily guided game drives and walks led by professional rangers offer exciting close encounters with Africa's wildlife, including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Some of the drives will be on the lodge's own concession, but others may be in the Kruger Park itself, where your ranger will be restricted to remaining on the road network at all times.

Guests are offered African cuisine which incorporates an abundance of flavours. The head chef and his team conjure up dishes of legendary proportions, allowing your taste buds to follow their own African journey.  The cuisine is presented in a variety of locations, from silver service in the elegant dining room, to an eating adventure under the panorama of the African night.

There is also a fully equipped spa, with therapy rooms, hydrotherapy bath, a steam room and a sauna.

Twelve luxury air-conditioned suites offer guests the unique opportunity to experience the gracious style of old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness.

Each suite has a private sala (outdoor lounge) that overlooks the river. The romantic bathrooms and outdoor showers share the same river view and sightings of animals can be seen from the comfort and privacy of your own room. Your private terrace has its own plunge pool and a wooden walkway to a lapa overlooking the riverbed. There is also the option to sleep alfresco on your sala in an outdoor bed complete with netting, fan and a cosy duvet.

Example Details For Jock Safari Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite - Protect and Save Package
Includes: All meals, return airport transfers, game drives, guided walks (subject to availability of guide), tea/coffee, water, and game drive beverages are included. All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure. PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park Daily Conservation Fee is NOT included - this is currently R50 per person per stay - subject to change.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

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

 
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Jock Safari Lodge Location.

Address

Jock Safari Lodge,Via Malelane Gate, Jock Concession

Directions

If you are entering the Park for the first time, the best gate to enter through is the Orpen Gate. If you are driving to the camp from within the Park, please use the 'South African National Parks Visitors Guide to the Kruger National Park' which contains detailed road maps.

From Johannesburg: Take the N12 to Witbank/eMalahleni. This becomes the N4. Follow the N4 through Nelspruit and Malelane until you see the Malelane Gate Kruger Park sign, where you turn left. There is a Kruger National Park Concession Fee payable in cash at the entrance gate - this is currently R83 per person per stay - subject to change. When in the Park, follow the Malelane Gate/Skukuza road. The camp is signposted off this road.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the Park before the gates are open and once the gates are closed, therefore guests need to plan their arrival and departure times carefully. You cannot arrange to leave the Park before the gates are open, and you must ensure that you arrive at the entrance gate with sufficient time to drive through the Park to reach your destination by the time the gate closes, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter.

January/February: Open 05:30, Close 18:30: March: Open 05:30, Close 18:00: April: Open 06:00; Close 18:00: May to July: Open 06:00, Close 17:30: August/September: Open 06:00, Close 18:00 : October: Open 05:30, Close 18:00: November/December: Open 05:30, Close 18:30

The Jock Concession is located approximately 35 km from the Malelane Gate, so you should allow at least an hour to drive through the Park to reach the lodge.

Please note that the maximum speed limit in the Park is 50 km/h for tar roads and 40 km/h for gravel roads.

From Pretoria: Take the N4 and follow directions above.

PLEASE NOTE: Flights to/from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA/MQP) should be booked to arrive at KMIA/MQP no later than 14:30 on day of arrival/depart from KMIA/MQP no earlier than 10:00 on day of departure.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally 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 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. Children under 7 years are not allowed on game drives. Babysitting services are available.

All rooms are en-suite with a bathroom and outdoor shower. They also include air conditioning, a mini bar, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, international dial telephone, electronic safe, ceiling fan, sala (outdoor day bed) and a selection of books. Each room has a private plunge pool and deck.

The lodge consists of indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library with a television and DVD player, gift boutique, swimming pool with a deck and a relaxation retreat with a sauna and exercise room.

The lodge has complimentary W-FI.

Activities available at Jock Safari Lodge include game drives, walking safaris and birdwatching.

The Pilgrims Rest Retreat offers a variety of massage, facial, hand and foot treatments (additional cost).

Room service is available.

Credit cards are accepted.

There is mobile phone connectivity.

Please note that all guests entering the Kruger National Park must produce a valid form of identification (passports for international visitors) at their entry gate with their accommodation reservation vouchers.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.