The Bay Hotel

Cape Town

Days 1 - 3: Cape Town

The Bay Hotel Location Map

Resplendently situated between the majestic backdrop of the craggy Twelve Apostles and the palm-fringed white sands of Camps Bay Beach, The Bay was the first beachfront hotel in Cape Town. The Bay has proven over the years that 5* elegance and sophistication can be achieved in an informal atmosphere.

The upmarket suburb of Camps Bay has a typical village atmosphere and is home to some of the trendiest restaurants and bars and one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. Local life is casual and in the evening residents and holidaymakers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many sidewalk bistros and restaurants on the strip.

The Bay is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Cape and is within easy reach of its most celebrated scenic attractions including the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, and the Cape Peninsula.  The V&A Waterfront boasts many shops, bars and restaurants, and there is also an aquarium, and one of the largest craft markets in Southern Africa. Boats offer tours of the harbour from the quayside of the V&A, and the whole place is always buzzing with life and activity.  The Table Mountain Cable way is also within easy reach of The Bay Hotel, and the coastal road from Camps Bay down to the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular in the whole of South Africa.

The Bay Hotel offers guests a variety of culinary experiences to indulge in with the hotel’s 4 different restaurants. Each restaurant has a unique style, complimenting the venue’s surroundings, and whether guests are on the lookout for a fresh, bountiful breakfast overlooking Camps Bay’s beachfront, a long leisurely lunch poolside, or simply to unwind whilst sipping on a glass of fine wine, everyone is spoilt for choice here.

Every one of the 78 bedrooms and suites gaze upon the spectacular vista that is Camps Bay. Many of the rooms have spacious balconies.All the rooms have air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini bar.

Guests can relax around the sparkling pool, or simply cross the road to the golden sands and lie on the beach. There is also a Spa for guest's enjoyment, plus a small but well-equipped gymnasium.

Example Details For The Bay Hotel

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


The Bay Hotel,69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay


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 these set of traffic lights. You are now going up Buitengracht Street (M62) towards the cable way and Camps Bay.

Keep following the signs towards the cable way. You will go over several sets of traffic lights, but keep going straight. You will go up a fairly steep hill, and at the top at a small roundabout, the cable way will be off to the left. Go straight over this roundabout towards Camps Bay. You will go over the pass, and Camps Bay will be right in front of you. This is now Camps Bay Drive.

Follow Camps Bay Drive down the hill to the very bottom, where the road stops at a T-junction with the sea immediately opposite you. Turn right, and The Bay is just along here on your right-hand side, after the first row of restaurants and the petrol station.

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.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms are en-suite with a separate bath and shower. They also have air conditioning and heating, a living area, telephone, room safe, a personal bar, hair dryer, pillow menu, internet access, satellite television, international plug points, and tea/coffee making facilities.

Day rooms can be booked at an additional charge (price on request). Change rooms are complimentary on a first come first serve basis which can be reserved at reception on the day of arrival/departure.

The facilities at The Bay Hotel include 4 pools, a gym and personal trainer, a hair salon, spa with a sauna and steam room along with tennis and squash courts. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available.

Tides Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, baked goodies, cold meats, cheeses and cereals, plus the option of ordering a hot breakfast.

Bistro @ The Bay is located next to the hotel pool and deck. Lunch and dinner menus feature sandwiches, salads, steaks and pastas.

Caamil’s Bar offers a variety of fine wines, spirits and champagne next to a crackling fireplace.

Guests at The Bay Hotel can enjoy honorary membership at Sandy B, an exclusive private beach club.

Services include a concierge, 24 hour room service, a shuttle service to/from the V&A Waterfront (this is an additional cost, which will be added to your room account for settling upon check out), and an UBER booking service.

Limited parking is available at an additional charge.

The hotel has 24 hour security.

A laundry service is available.

Credit cards are accepted.

Cape Town to Pretoria via Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Days 4 - 5: Rovos Rail

The Bay Hotel Location Map

For many visitors to South Africa, there's no finer way to see the country than on this 51 hour/2 night wonderful rail journey between Cape Town and Pretoria.

Step aboard the classic wood-panelled coaches - remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in 5* luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows, and recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

With period Edwardian features as well as every modern convenience and comfort, the suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury.

This 1,600 kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.  Departing on selected Mondays from Cape Town in the morning, you travel inland through the Winelands, and over the course of the next 51 hours, sit back and just enjoy the scenery.

You will visit the historical village of Matjiesfontein, which boasts an impressive museum on the platform, as well as a stop at Kimberley where you can visit the renowned Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole.  On your last morning, wake up to the goldfields of the Witwatersrand, before your journey ends at Pretoria around midday. 

Example Details For Cape Town to Pretoria via Rovos Rail

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 0 x Pullman Suite
Includes: Three meals daily, all alcoholic and other beverages, sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide, entrance fees to places of interest, 24 hour full room service and bar facilities are included. Please note that any off-train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permit. The rate excludes staff gratuities and off-train beverages.

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Cape Town to Pretoria via Rovos Rail,Cape Town Railway Station Adderley and Strand Streets, Cape Town Railway Station


The train departs from Cape Town Railway Station, which is located along Adderley and Strand Streets in the city's Central Business District.

Check In / Check Out

Check in is one hour prior to the scheduled departure. The train departs Cape Town Railway Station at 11:00, and arrives into Pretoria Railway Station 2 days later at midday. All times are approximate.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

There is a guest safe in every suite on board the train.

Smoking of cigarettes and cigars only is allowed in the privacy of the suites and in the club lounge.

It is not advisable to lean out of the windows while the train is in motion.

There is a small Gift Shop on board the train and at the station premises at Capital Park in Pretoria.

The use of credit cards is preferred. All major credit cards are accepted on the train.

Gratuities for the staff are at your discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation in this manner, there is a suitably marked envelope in your suite that you can hand directly to the Train Manager who will distribute any amounts on a pro rata basis amongst the staff on board.

Meals are served in one sitting only in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Breakfast 0700 to 1000; Lunch 1300; Tea 1630; Formal Dinner 1930. All meals are served at these times unless otherwise stated in the timetable. A gong heralds lunch and dinner.

During the day, the dress is smart-casual. In keeping with the dignified atmosphere of the train, many guests prefer to dress for dinner - a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement for the gentlemen; and for ladies cocktail/evening dresses or suits are suggested.

There is a limited laundry service on board comprising household washers, dryers and steam irons. The turnaround is 48 hours.

The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that has the ability to disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suite only. The reception is poor while the train is moving.

Illyria House


Day 6: 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.


Illyria House,327 Bourke Street Muckleneuk Ridge, Pretoria


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.

Hanglip Mountain Lodge

Entabeni Safari Conservancy

Days 7 - 8: Entabeni Safari Conservancy

Hanglip Mountain Lodge Location Map

Less than 3 hours drive from Johannesburg, Entabeni Private Game Reserve is situated in the beautiful Waterberg region.

This 22,000 hectare malaria-free reserve boasts 5 eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains, and is separated from the lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs.

Encounter the supreme wildlife of Africa with qualified rangers, either driving on open safari game viewing vehicles or experience the adventure on foot.

The rangers often encounter lion on game drives, and the elephants that roam the reserve and make for awesome viewing. Rhino are very frequently encountered, and the ever elusive leopard can also be seen if you are lucky, and even a fleeting glance is a privilege and definitely a highlight of any safari.

There are also an amazing variety of birds on the reserve, with as many as 380 species in the summer months.

As well as game drives, guests can also enjoy scenic helicopter flights, hot air balloon flights, horse riding, quad-biking and sunset lake cruises.

The exclusive Hanglip Mountain Lodge has a main reception area with a private lounge and dining room as well as a swimming pool, boma and courtyard. Enchanting gardens provide a paradise of foliage and tranquility.

There is also a Wellness and Beauty Centre at the lodge, which offers a range of massages and beauty treatments.

The lodge comprises of 10 luxury en-suite thatched rooms. All the suites, furnished in African Baroque style, have lounge areas with romantic fireplaces, as well as private sun decks with breathtaking views across the wetlands and vast open plains.

Example Details For Hanglip Mountain Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Thatched Room
Includes: All meals and morning/afternoon game drives are included. Other activities are an additional cost.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.

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

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Hanglip Mountain Lodge Location.


Hanglip Mountain Lodge,Lower Escarpment, Entabeni Safari Conservancy


Important Notice: It is recommended that guests follow these directions instead of relying on a GPS as game fencing restricts access to certain roads in rural areas.

From Johannesburg: Take the N1 North Highway from Pretoria to Polokwana (Pietersburg). Keep on the N1 through the Carousel and Kranskop Tollgates. Travel a further 32 km on the N1. Take the Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) R101A offramp/exit (Route 289).

Drive 8 km to Mookgopong (Naboomspruit). Pass through the town of Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) on the R101A (29 km) till you reach the Sterkrivier (Doorndraai Dam) turnoff (Legend Golf and Safari Resort signboard). Turn left and continue for 22 km till you reach the Haakdoring turnoff.

Turn left and continue for a further 10 km on a gravel road (passing the Legend Golf Resort roundabout) until you reach the big Entabeni Private Game Reserve sign on your right-hand side and the security entrance gate. For self-drive visitors, there is a R55 per vehicle entry fee, payable at the entrance gate in cash.

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.

Should you require any assistance en-route, please contact Entabeni Safari Conservancy on +27 (0) 14 743 6000 or +27 (0) 15 453 9000.

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 6 years of age are not allowed on normal game drives, but babysitting services are available.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.

The rooms are all en-suite and include a telephone, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar (stocked on request) and emergency light. All the rooms have private sun decks with spectacular mountain views.

The lodge facilities include a restaurant, curio shop, lounge/terrace area, parking, spa, information and security desk along with a boma.

The lodge offers fine dining in the restaurant as well as in the garden or in the boma. Various outside venues are available for a traditional Braai or picnic.

Additional activities available at Hanglip Mountain Lodge aside from morning and afternoon game drives include bush walks, horse riding, mountain biking, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, golf, visits to the wildlife centre, scenic helicopter flights and cultural tours. These can be prebooked in advance or upon arrival - costs on request. Please note there is a minimum number of 8 guests for the balloon flight, so this is reliant on other guests also wanting to do the activity unless your group size is 8+.

There is free Wi-Fi in the public areas.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

All major credit cards are accepted (including Diners Club).

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

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