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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 and it is no surprise 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 furnishing, 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: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room - Stay 4/Pay 3 Offer included
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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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 and wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Idube Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 5 - 7: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Idube Private Game Reserve Location Map

Idube Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of the exclusive Sabi Sand reserve adjoining the famous Kruger National Park. Built under towering knobthorn and jackalberry trees, the lodge and its friendly and welcoming staff are dedicated to giving guests a genuine bush experience.

Daily game drives and bush walks with experienced rangers and Shaangaan trackers promise close encounters with an abundance of wildlife, including the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.  The extensive green lawns are irresistible to nyala and warthog, who freely wander through the gardens. A secluded sunken hide offers the opportunity to watch animals coming to drink at the dam.  Relaxing around the swimming pool is a great place to be in the middle of a warm day.

Hearty breakfasts and lunches are served in the thatched dining area and delicious South African fare in the bush boma is an ideal way to round off a wonderful day.

The 8 individually decorated chalets are all equipped with air-conditioning, overhead fans and mosquito screens for that touch of safari romance. Outside showers offer the perfect solution to a hot day. Private wooden decks are perfect to enjoy the tranquillity of the lodge and view visiting animals. The 2 luxury and secluded Makubela Suites and the Leadwood Suite each have their own private splash pool and a game viewing deck overlooking the bushveld.

Leave the main door open at night, safe behind the screen door, and listen to Africa's unique night sounds - the distant roar of a lion, or the cackling call of a hyena - and wake in the morning to the dawn chorus of hundreds of different birds.

Example Details For Idube Private Game Reserve

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
Includes: 3 meals daily; tea/coffee; afternoon tea; the Guest Contribution Levy; 2 shared game drives daily in open Land Rovers; and a safari walk are included. PLEASE NOTE: The tourism bed levy and all other drinks are NOT included. IN ADDITION: 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).

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. More details available on request.

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

 
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Idube Private Game Reserve Location.

Address

Idube Private Game Reserve,Idube Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand (via Newington Gate)

Directions

From Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction): Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536.

Once on the R536, continue along this road for approximately 34.5 km and on the left-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube and Savanna. Turn left here onto the sand road (if the MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi signs are reached, or the Kruger Gate itself, you have gone too far and must turn back).

Once you have turned onto the sand road you will go through a cattle control gate. From this point the way is well signposted with the lodge signboards. The sand road has potholes and also goes past some villages, so please drive carefully. There is approximately 12 km of sand road, after which you will arrive at the Newington Gate entrance of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

From the Kruger Mpumalanga/Nelspruit International Airport: Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn right here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway respectively 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). Keep on the N4 until you reach Nelspruit, where you will turn left onto the R40 to White River. In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself, turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right. Cross over the next set of traffic lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview (the R538, via the Numbi Gate, is a busy road and not recommended). After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From Johannesburg/Pretoria via Scenic Route: 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). Take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. In Lydenburg/Mashishing, follow the signs to Sabie over the Long Tom Pass (the highest tar road in South Africa). In Sabie, take the R536 to Hazyview. Just before Hazyview you will reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R40 towards Hazyview. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From Hoedspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport towards the R40. At the T-junction, turn left onto the R40 towards White River and Hazyview. Proceed on the R40 for approximately 88 km until you reach a set of traffic lights in Hazyview with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn left here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536.  Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From the Paul Kruger Gate: Go through the gate, and follow the R536 to Hazyview. Continue along this road and on the right-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube and Savanna. Turn right here onto the sand road. Once you have turned onto the sand road you will go through a cattle control gate. From this point the way is well signposted with the lodge signboards. The sand road has potholes and also goes past some villages, so please drive carefully. There is approximately 12 km of sand road, after which you will arrive at the Newington Gate entrance of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

ONCE AT THE NEWINGTON 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). 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 through the reserve.

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.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 13:00. 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 10:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 8 years and older are welcome. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed on bush walks.

Each chalet is individually decorated and offers air conditioning, mosquito nets, hairdryers, a safe, overhead fans, tea/coffee making facilities, an outside shower and a private wooden deck.

The main areas of the lodge include a bar, curio shop, a swimming pool, gymnasium, a sunken hide, lounge, dining deck and a boma.

There is mobile phone reception in certain areas around the main lodge area. The lodge also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.

A laundry service is offered (additional cost).

Bush walks can be enjoyed by guests after breakfast.

All major credit cards are accepted.

A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included within 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 30 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk.

A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Bahia Mar

Vilanculos

Days 8 - 12: Vilanculos

Bahia Mar Location Map

Vilanculos is well known as a destination for honeymooners, adventurers and under water enthusiasts. Bahia Mar is situated on the mainland of this small fishing village where world renowned kite surfing opportunities, deep sea fishing, horse riding, snorkelling, scuba diving, island visits with a traditional Dhow and numerous other attractions are on your doorstep. It is the ultimate destination for visitors wanting to experience colourful local culture as well as the fabulous beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Situated on an elevated plateau with panoramic views over the Bazaruto islands, the á la carte restaurant offer the finest food dishes prepared with local and fresh ingredients. The infinity pool and bar are the perfect venue to try the fresh fruit smoothies and delicious cocktails. 

The wellness centre includes a state-of-the-art gym, massage rooms, and a spa offering a range of treatments. Group fitness classes are run during the week, including aerobics, aero-step, fitness circuits and yoga.

The hotel's own boat, Mothassane, is a luxury speedboat, with a spacious area for sunbathing and a diving deck for reef fishing and snorkelling. Set off on a memorable day trip from the hotel across the crystal clear waters to the Bazaruto Archipelago across the bay to discover the huge dunes of Bazaruto, the largest island, the abandoned hotel of Santa Carolina (Paradise Island) or the white sands of Benguerra. Snorkel the world-famous Two Mile Reef, fish for marlin and sailfish, spot dugongs, dolphins and even humpback whales and enjoy a sumptuous lunch.

With the emphasis on style and comfort, the accommodation at Bahia Mar is both luxurious and personal. The 8 Sea View Rooms are located on the upstairs floor, and has a large veranda with sunbeds and a sea view overlooking the Bazaruto islands.

The 10 Garden Suites blend harmoniously with nature. Relax on your spacious terrace surrounded by lush tropical gardens, with the sound of birdsong and trickling water around you. Two of the suites are interleading, making this a good option for families.

The 3 Luxury Beach Suites and the Presidential Suite are all situated on the ground floor, and have a TV lounge and a fully equipped kitchenette, and a private terrace with sunbeds. The Luxury Suites have a private barbecue area on their terrace and a small splash pool; the Presidential Suite has a private garden with a barbecue area, and a private pool.

Example Details For Bahia Mar

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Sea View Room
Includes: BB Package: Breakfast and return Vilanculos airport transfers are included.
 
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Bahia Mar Location.

Address

Bahia Mar,Bairro 19, Rua De Outubro, Vilanculos

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.

Bahia Mar has a total of four houses. Each house comprises of two Sea View Rooms next to each other on the top floor, and one Beach Suite on the ground floor. This is a total of 12 sea front bedrooms. Bahia Mar also has another five bedrooms, the Garden Suites, making a total of 17 bedrooms.

The Sea View Rooms are loacted on the upstairs floor of each house, and are  all en-suite with a shower, a queen-sized bed, and a large veranda with sun beds and a view overlooking the ocean and the Bazaruto Islands.

The Presidential and Beach Luxury Suites are Pied-à-terre luxury self catering units, with a king-sized bed, bath and shower, TV lounge, fully equipped kitchenette, private barbecue, terrace sunbeds and a private splash pool.  The Presidential Suite offers greater privacy, a large decking area and double sized provate splash pool.

The Garden Suites are en-suite with a choice of 2 3/4 beds or one super large king sized bed, shower, large veranda with sun beds and outside shower. In addition, one of the garden suites is designed and equipped for disabled guests.

The family unit consists of 2 double sea view bedrooms on the first floor and one Luxury Beach Suite pied-à-terre.

The main area consists of the restaurant, bar, infinity pool, gym and spa.

Wi-Fi is available in all bedrooms and public areas.

The hotel restaurant offers a range of dishes, including an A-La-Carte menu with local options, vegan meals or detox and weight loss options.

The Bahia Mar Spa offers a variety of different massages, treatment and therapies (additional cost).

The gym is equipped with the latest in cardiovascular and muscle toning apparatus offering a complete workout. The qualified instructors will put you through your paces. Group sessions or individual training specifically designed for your needs are available. Classes like aerobics, aero-step, circuits, anti-gravitational training and yoga provide a good workout for all fitness levels.

A number of different activities can be arranged and booked from the hotel, including sport fishing, boat trips, bike rides, kite surfing, scuba diving, horse riding, guided cultural tours, canoeing and wake boarding (additional cost).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted except American Express.

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