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Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Safari Lodge Location Map

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the malaria-free 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. As well as elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, the reserve is also home to wild dog, cheetah, plains game including gemsbok, springbok, zebra and giraffe, and over 340 species of birds.

Professional and skilled rangers deliver a world-class interpretive experience of the bush on morning and afternoon game-drives with no more than 8 guests in open safari vehicles.

Set on a gentle slope nestled between 2 rolling hills and overlooking Madikwe's game-filled plains, Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises of 3 separate, intimate lodges - Kopano, Lepala and Dithaba. Kopano Lodge is made up of just 4 suites, and is ideal for couples who want to enjoy their time on safari in seclusion. Lelapa Lodge has 12 suites (including family suites), and Dithaba Lodge is located on a hillside offering spectacular views over the open plains from each of the 4 suites here and can be booked on an exclusive basis with a minimum of 6 guests.

Each suite features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a spacious dressing area with personal bar, and an en-suite bathroom. French doors opening onto wooden decking lead to inviting private plunge pools.

The main guest areas in each camp feature cosy sitting and dining areas, as well as expansive viewing decks. In the evenings, dozens of lanterns cast a romantic light over these intimate and simply sophisticated areas.  Meals can be taken in the dining room, out on the deck, in the boma area or within the wilds of the bush. Romantic private dining experiences can be arranged or dinner can be a social occasion with guests eating around the large communal dining table.

Example Details For Madikwe Safari Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite at Kopano Lodge
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; the Madikwe Gate entry fee/FedAir landing/departure fee (if applicable); 2 daily scheduled shared game drives; optional daily bush walks; house wines, local branded spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water; and a laundry service are included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 60 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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Madikwe Safari Lodge Location.

Address

Madikwe Safari Lodge,Near Zeerust, Madikwe (via Abjaterskop Gate)

Directions

PLEASE NOTE: The main gates open at 06:00 and close at 21:00. Guests who arrive after sunset will not be allowed to self-drive to the lodge. The lodge will send a representative to escort guests to the lodge at an additional cost. SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. DO NOT follow your GPS after Zeerust/Sun City - it will take you on the wrong roads.

From Johannesburg Airport via N4 tar road: Follow the R21 north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park. After 40 km follow N1 north to Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane). After about 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort Dam. Follow the N4 to Hartebeespoort Dam.

Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. After +/- 90 km you will see a sign on the right for the Abjaterskop Gate of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow about 30-60 minutes to drive from the gate 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.

From Sun City via N4 tar road: Turn right from as you leave Sun City onto the R565. After a few km you will come to a junction with the R565 to the left, and the R556 signposted straight ahead. Turn left here to keep on the R565 signposted Phokeng and Rustenberg, and it is 38 km from here to the junction with the N4 tar road.

When you reach the N4, turn right onto the road (signposted Swartruggens and Zeerust) and continue for around 130 km on this road to Zeerust. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg or Sun City via gravel roads: There is a gravel road from Sun City to Madikwe - this route is a lot shorter than the current tar road route, however as the roads are gravel and the signs to Madikwe are rather inconsistent, we would not really recommend this route to customers.

Should you wish to return to Sun City or Johannesburg using the gravel roads, the lodge will be able to supply you with a map and directions.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from midday on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge by this time, so you can relax and check into your room, and enjoy high tea before going out on 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. Please be advised that ALL the gates into the reserve close at 20:00.

Rooms must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Lelapa Lodge: Children of any age are welcome. Dithaba and Kopano Lodge: Children aged 16 years and older are welcome, unless the lodge is booked exclusively then children of all ages are welcome. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives, but shortened game drives (FOC) may be arranged with the lodge subject to availability of Land Rovers and rangers. Children aged 6 to 11 are allowed on game drives at the Lodge Manager's discretion. Babysitting services are available.

All rooms have a fan, an outdoor and indoor shower, air conditioning, a fireplace, telephone, room safe, minibar, and a hair dryer.

Satellite television is available in all camps - in the main guest areas only.

Only Lelapa Lodge has complimentary Wi-Fi (public areas only).

Activities available include game drives (6 guests per vehicle), bush walks, wildlife lectures, stargazing and local community experiences.

Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit cards are accepted.

A laundry service is available.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 10 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Lelapa Lodge - Consists of 12 suites each with a private plunge pool. The Family Suites have a second bedroom with bunk beds and sleeper couch. The main lodge area has a communal pool. The lodge is suitable for children of all ages and for disabled travellers (with assistance). Children activities and babysitting services are available.

Kopano Lodge - 4 suites each with a private plunge pool. No communal pool area. The main lodge area has an open plan lounge and dining area. Children of 16 years and over are welcome. Not suitable for disabled travellers. Only 6 people per game viewing vehicle.

Dithaba Lodge - 4 suites each with a private plunge pool. Best suited to a group of friends or family members. The main lodge area has an open plan lounge and dining area. Children of 16 and over are welcome unless the lodge is booked exclusively. Not suitable for disabled travellers. Only 6 people per game viewing vehicle.


Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited. This policy includes the lodge's own staff as well as professional photographers.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 60 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.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Location Map

Welcome to South Africa's only luxury airport hotel. The InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport hotel is a safe and easy walk from the International Arrivals Hall at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

The hotel has drawn its inspiration from the African continent, capturing the culture and spirit of Africa through the use of simple shapes and symbolic artefacts throughout the main guest areas to create a peaceful environment in a contemporary setting.

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, quick check-in and a host of other services designed to meet the needs of the leisure traveller requiring the ultimate comfort and hassle-free service - including a modern Techno-Gym, the Camelot Health Spa which offers guests relaxing treatments overlooking the city skyline, and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Open 24 hours a day, the Quills Restaurant serves breakfasts, lunch and dinner. It specialises in local foods such as springbok, warthog, kudu and crocodile paired with outstanding South African wines. The Quills Bar serves a variety of South African wines and beers as well as an all-day snack menu.

The spacious, well-appointed Deluxe and Executive Rooms and the two Presidential Suites are all tastefully decorated with subtle influences of Africa.

For families, interleading rooms can be booked, with the parents either in a Presidential Suite or an Executive Room which can interlead into a twin bedded Deluxe Room next door.

In-room flight information allows you to time your travel plans in the comfort of your room.

Example Details For InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Location.

Address

InterContinental Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport,Immediately outside airport terminals, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Directions

The hotel is located opposite Terminal 3 (Domestic Terminal), which is within a short walking distance from the International Arrivals and Departures Terminal. There is a complimentary Airport Shuttle if required.

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.

The rooms are all en-suite with a deep soaking bathtub and shower. They also include a hairdryer, mini bar, in-room safe (laptop compatible), air conditioning, LED TV, iron/ironing board, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.

All rooms have black out curtains and sound proofing.

A 180-degree view of Johannesburg is your reward for working out in the 8th floor fitness centre (open 24 hours).

The Spa offers body treatments, steam rooms and there is also an indoor pool. Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments (additional cost).

Quills is the hotels informal but upscale restaurant serving authentic African cuisine (open 24 hours a day).

Quills Bar specialises in South African wines and stocks and extensive selection of malt whisky, cocktails and local beers. A light snack menu is available all day round (open 24 hours).

The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas.

On-site parking is available (additional cost).

Babysitting services are available (additional cost).

There is a doctor on call from 12:00.

A room service is also available (24 hours).

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

Heritage Le Telfair

Mauritius

Days 5 - 11: Mauritius

Heritage Le Telfair Location Map

The Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort, situated in the south of Mauritius, carries its guests back in time to the Domaine de Bel Ombre of yesteryear for a truly memorable stay. A stay here extends an invitation to wander along the alleys of time, back to when Mauritius was a strategic stopover along the Sugar and Spice Routes.

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the resort offers spacious and luxury accommodation combined with a decor reminiscent of olden day Mauritius, refined cuisine with a thousand and one flavours as well as an abundance of leisure activities, both on land and water.

Swim, sail, kitesurf or just relax by one of the pools. From yoga in the nature reserve to a round ​of golf on a European Tour branded golf course, the wide selection of land and water based activities is sure to entertain the most adventurous types.

Divided into pavilions nestled among lush tropical gardens, the 158 luxurious suites of the Heritage Le Telfair harmoniously combine ample space with optimum comfort accommodation. The suites are inspired by the architecture typical of colonial sugar plantation houses, whose influence is reflected even in the furniture and decor. You will be charmed by the French windows that open onto a veranda or a balcony for splendid views of the lagoon or the river.

Families, groups of friends and golfers will also enjoy the independence and privacy of a villa at Heritage The Villas. The beautifully appointed and unique 2, 3 or 4 bedroom villas are a tropical sanctuary where you can relax in a beautiful natural setting with views of the serene tropical landscaped gardens, the Fréderica Nature Reserve and the Indian Ocean. Villa guests can also enjoy the top-class services and amenities of Le Telfair.

Example Details For Heritage Le Telfair

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Beachfront Suite (Honeymoon package applied - selected periods only)
Includes: All Inclusive basis. The Honeymoon package includes a 42% discount, plus a wedding gift; seasonal fruits, a selection of Mauritian cakes and a bottle of chilled French Champagne in the room on arrival; a special turndown; and a tasting dinner one night. A wedding certicate not older than 12 months must be presented at check in.
 
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Heritage Le Telfair Location.

Address

Heritage Le Telfair,Coastal Road, Bel Ombre, South Coast

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by midday on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The rooms are spacious, comfortable and are all equipped with a ceiling fan, air conditioning, an electronic safe, flat screen TV set with interactive and satellite television, a telephone line with international direct dialling, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, a dressing table, en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower, separate W/C, hair dryer, electronic shaver, spacious dressing room and bathrobes.

The Garden Golf, Junior Beachfront, Senior Suites and Ocean Suite Beachfront all are equipped with an iPod dock station and an espresso machine.

The resort has a selection of restaurants based on an interactive cuisine concept for a culinary discovery of flavours. Dress code for dinner is smart casual usually from 18:30 or 19:00 (trousers or elegant shorts, closed shoes and collared shirts for men).

The resort has a main swimming pool and a heated pool. Complimentary water based activities include windsurfing, lasers, kayaks, pedal boats, glass bottom boat trips, snorkelling and an aquagym.

Activities that are an additional cost include scuba diving, waterskiing lessons, kite surfing, catamaran cruises, big game fishing, stand up paddle, fishing and dolphin watching.

Complimentary land based activities include yoga, table tennis, tennis, darts, beach volley, beach soccer, indoor games, aerobics, a fully equipped fitness centre, badminton, mountain bikes and French bowls. Activities that are an additional cost include Segways, golf lessons, tennis lessons, quad biking, horse riding, and hire of golf carts/equipment/caddy.

The Heritage Golf Club includes an 18 hole championship golf course (PAR 72) and a 9 hole short court (PAR 3), plus a putting green, chipping green and driving range. There is also a club house, shop, restaurant and bar here.

The Seven Colours Spa offers a number of treatment rooms, a hairdresser, a manicure and pedicure parlour, a hammam and sauna (appointment only) and vitality pool, and is open daily from 09:00 until 20:00.

Free of charge services include foreign currency exchange, a library, a free shuttle service within the Domaine de Bel Ombre area, a concierge service, and medical assistance/service (nurse on site or doctor on call).

A butler/room service is available.

There is a complimentary facility for late check outs (cloakroom and shower).

A laundry service is available at an additional cost.

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