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Jock Main Lodge

Kruger National Park

Days 1 - 2: Kruger National Park

Jock Main Lodge Location Map

Jock Main Lodge was one of the very first privately owned camps to be situated in the world famous Kruger National Park. The lodge overlooks where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers merge, in the south-western corner of the Park. Today, guests staying here can enjoy exclusive traversing rights over 6,000 hectares of private concession land in what is regarded as one of the best Big 5 game viewing areas. 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 private 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.

The Pilgrims Rest Spa Retreat offers an escape to enjoy some pampering. Awaken your senses and allow the trained therapists to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Golfers can also enjoy complimentary transfers from the Lodge to Leopard Creek Golf Club, just outside the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park. All transfers are done on a game viewing vehicle so your transfer is a game drive in itself. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, for much of the water is home to crocodiles!

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 leads onto a private deck with a 'ball & claw' outside bath, a plunge pool and a private sala (outdoor day bed), with spectacular view of the riverbed.

Example Details For Jock Main Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite with Plunge Pool
Includes: All meals and high tea; selection of house beverages, tea/coffee and water; twice daily shared game drives; and guided wilderness walks (subject to availability of guide) are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park Concession Fee is NOT included - this is currently R83 per person per stay - subject to change.

Children under the age of 12 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 Main Lodge Location.


Jock Main Lodge,Via Malelane Gate, Jock Concession


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 Private Concession gate entry fee payable in cash at the entrance gate - this is currently R110 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 6 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, private plunge pool, 'ball & claw' bath on your private deck, international dial telephone, electronic safe, ceiling fan, and sala (outdoor day bed).

The lodge consists of indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library with TV and DVD player, gift boutique, swimming pool with a deck, an exercise room, and the Pilgrims Rest Spa Retreat. wich offers a variety of massage, facial, hand and foot treatments (additional cost).

The lodge has complimentary W-FI.

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

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.

Should a guest wish to play golf at Leopard Creek Golf Club, please note that appropriate golfing attire is required - collar shirts with sleeves and tailored trousers or shorts with white socks. Please ensure you have the correct golfing shoes with golf/rubber spikes.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 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.

Illyria House


Day 3: Pretoria

Illyria House Location Map

A relatively small city, Pretoria lies about 50 km north of Johannesburg. It is the administrative capital of South Africa and straddles the Apies River, and spreads eastwards into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains. It is one of the country's 3 capital cities.

One of the nicest times to experience Pretoria is in October, when thousands of jacaranda trees burst into bloom, and the city is enveloped in a mauve haze - which has led to the city’s nickname – Jacaranda City.

The Union Buildings, built in 1913 and designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker, are the official seat of power and this is where all new presidents are sworn into office. The Voortrekker Monument is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the country, and this impressive granite structure commemorates the pioneers who bought their culture to the interior of Southern Africa.

Illyria House is a magnificent hotel and spa with views that extend over Pretoria. As you enter through the wrought iron gates, you will be transported to a different world where gracious and romantic living unfolds. 

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.

The spa is found in 'the secret garden', where decadent treatments beckon with the promise of ultimate rejuvenation.

All suites are exquisitely furnished in white and cream décor with antique furniture and embroided cotton linen. Well-appointed bathrooms promise an indulging and relaxing experience.


Example Details For Illyria House

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Room
Includes: Breakfast is 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.

The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town

The Blue Train

Days 4 - 5: The Blue Train

The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town Location Map

The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it.The very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.

The journey from Pretoria to Cape Town takes 2 nights and departs on selected dates throughout the year. The train departs Pretoria at 16:00, and having settled into life on board with the drink of your choice, it is time to head to the dining car. While The Blue Train lives up to its 5* reputation in every sense, its cuisine surpasses even the highest expectations - and it could be said that dinner will be the most unforgettable experience of your adventure. Dinner is an elegant affair, with men wearing a jacket and tie and ladies adorned in elegant evening wear. Underscoring the atmosphere is a delightful selection of tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet.

The next morning, you visit Kimberley as a off-the-train excursion. Guests disembark and gather at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum and to the Big Hole - said to be one of the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world in the search for diamonds.

After a second night on the train, you arrive into Cape Town after breakfast at approximately 10:30.

The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.

When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.

Example Details For The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Suite
Includes: All meals; high tea; drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic but excluding French champagne); and off-the-train excursions are included.

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The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town,Pretoria Capital Park Railway Station Paul Kruger Street North

Check In / Check Out

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

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 personel are on board at all times. In the event of an emergency, doctprs 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 wil 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.

The Last Word Constantia

Cape Town

Days 6 - 8: 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. Golf lovers will be spoilt for choice with championship golf courses situated a stone’s throw away.

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. 

Great attention to detail has been placed on offering guest their privacy during their stay at Last Word Constantia - 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. The lounges, dining area and sun patio all open onto the beautifully manicured garden, with rolling lawns, vibrant colours and mountain views.

The Last Word Constantia offers 9  classically furnished hotel rooms. There are 2 Pool Suites, which each have a private garden and plunge pool and a separate lounge area. The one Family Suite comprises of 2 en-suite bedrooms, and the main bedroom has a family lounge area with a TV and a Nintendo Wii. The 2 Elegant Suites nad separate lounge areas. The 4 Superior Double Rooms each have a private patio. The attention to detail in the well-appointed en-suite bathrooms is a particular feature.

Example Details For The Last Word Constantia

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Double Room (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied)
Includes: Breakfast; all beverages (including premium spirits); and Wi-Fi are included.
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The Last Word Constantia Location.


The Last Word Constantia,Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia


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.

Continue on the M3 until the Kendal Road turn-off.

Turn right into Kendal Road, and left into Spaanschemat River Road.

Continue over the traffic lights, and as the road bends at the bottom of the hill, you will need to turn right Last Word Constantia (before Peddlars on the Bend Restaurant). The reception 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, under floor heating, complimentary mini bar and snacks, satellite TV, DVD player, complimentary Wi-Fi, in room safe, air conditioning, heated towel rails, a telephone, a hairdryer, and velor robes and slippers.

There is 24 hour security and complimentary secure parking.

There is a sunken swimming pool and tanning deck.

There is a complimentary daily return shuttle service from the hotel to the V&A Waterfront.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Major credit cards are accepted.

Picnic baskets can be arranged on request (additional cost).


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