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Simbambili Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Simbambili Game Lodge Location Map

Simbambili Game Lodge is situated in the northern section of the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge is set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River with views over extensive savanna grassland that teems with wildlife. 

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld.  Depart in an open Land Cruiser with experienced rangers and trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. Each game viewing vehicle seats 6 people only. After a delicious breakfast is served either at camp or in the bush, guest will have the opportunity to go on a bush walk. Accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker, bush walks offer guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures that often go unseen as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region, and to follow tracks in more detail. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big game, on foot or on an open vehicle safari. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds.

Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees lie 9 individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy. 

Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over the dry riverbed as well as the Sabi bushveld and its incredibly diverse bird and animal life from the en-suite bathroom and private viewing deck. Another feature of the deck, apart from the wonderful views, is a private plunge pool to soothe away hot summer afternoons and a private sala for daydreaming and resting in the heat of the day.

Guests at Simbambili Game Lodge also can use the spa, offering the latest beauty treatments and the added novelty of massages with a view over the rolling plains.

Example Details For Simbambili Game Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 0 x Honeymoon Suite
Includes: Dawn and dusk shared safari game drives in open safari vehicles; bushveld walks; all meals, tea/coffee, snacks and local drinks; the Guest Contribution/Conservation Levy and the Tourism Bed levy fee are included. PLEASE NOTE: 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 bush walks.

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

 
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Simbambili Game Lodge Location.

Address

Simbambili Game Lodge,Simbambili Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand (via Gowrie Gate)

Directions

From Hazyview: Take the R40 from Hazyview towards Bushbuckridge. Continue on this road for approximately 68 km from Hazyview (passing Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek), then turn right onto the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Bushbuckridge, and continue along this road for 2 km until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: 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). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 on your left, then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

Directions once on the R531: Continue straight for 30 km. Once you have passed the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park via the Orpen Gate and travel along the R531 towards the R40. About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left. Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far). Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km.  Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.

ONCE AT THE GOWRIE 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 and please note that the gate opens at 06:00 and closes at 19:00). 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.

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.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please DO NOT follow your GPS 'quickest route' co-ordinates for the lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service the lodge. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or un-necessary delays of up to 3 hours.

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 aged 16 years and older are welcome.

All suites have a private plunge pool, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, hair dryer, room safe, telephone, mosquito nets, indoor and outdoor showers, private sala, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini bar.

The lodge also has a curio shop, internet access, library, gym and health spa.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the lodge, including the suites. There is also mobile phone service.

A laundry services is available (additional cost).

All major credit cards are accepted at the lodge.

After breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

A Guest Conservation Contribution/Conservation Levy 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 20 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

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

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel Location Map

Discover untold luxury and regal comfort. The 5* Peermont D'oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

The Emperors Palace resort offers a unique experience with a magnificent casino, dining to suit every palate, a cinema complex, exhilarating entertainment and theatre venues, and a retail concourse. With palatial buildings set in a display of gardens, fountains and statues, the experience is breathtaking. Richly cloaked surroundings such as marble floors, plush carpets, magnificent stained glass domes, highly decorated murals and frescos, sculptures, intricate mosaics and Roman columns and arches contribute to an atmosphere of intimacy, classical elegance and lavish opulence.

At the hotel itself, guests can dine at the elegant Aurelia's Restaurant, meet or relax in private conclaves of the reception area, absorb the gentle strains of the piano in the Aurelia's Lounge and Cocktail Bar, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset from a lounger or cocktail bar in the manicured and terraced gardens.

The luxurious world-class Octavi's Sensorium Day Spa will indulge you beyond your expectations. This magnificent facility resembles the eclectic style and ambience of Ancient Rome, while providing state of the art facilities including the magnificent Roman Bath.

The hotel features 182 elegant rooms and suites all lavishly furnished in superior style. All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and the convenience of 24-hour room service. For the discerning guest who seeks premier quality and elegance, the Club Superior Rooms are situated on the private Club Floor, which has a private lounge with complimentary refreshments and a Club Floor Services Manager who is willing to assist with a diverse bouquet of personalised services including early check in and late check out options, and 24 hour refreshment in rooms.

A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport for all guests is available.

Example Details For Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel Location.

Address

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel,64 Jones Road, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Directions

From Johannesburg: Take the R24 towards the O.R. Tambo International Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left lane and: follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach Griffiths Road off-ramp, turn left at the top of: the bridge. At the T-junction, turn left into Jones Road. Entrance to Emperors Palace is on your left.

From Pretoria: Take the R21 towards the O.R. Tambo International Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left lane and: follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach Griffiths Road off-ramp, turn left at the top of: the bridge. At the T-junction, turn left into Jones Road. Entrance to Emperors Palace is on your left.

From Sandton/Northern Areas: Take the N3 towards Germiston. At Giloolly’s Interchange, take the R24 towards the O.R. Tambo International Airport.: At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left lane and follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until: you reach Griffiths Road off-ramp, turn left at the top of the bridge. At the T-junction, turn left into Jones Road.: Entrance to Emperors Palace is on your left.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 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.

Hotel facilities include an art gallery, a cocktail bar and lounge, Aurelia's Restaurant, Octavia's Sensorium Day Spa, a swimming pool with pool bar, a 24 hour gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

The complimentary daily shuttle service between the hotel and the airport terminals operates on the hour every hour from 07:00 and 23:00. The shuttle vans are black with the Emperors Palace logo on the sides and the drivers wear a black Emperors Palace Uniform.

To take the shuttle from Terminal A:

Exit the building and turn left. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn right across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.

To take the shuttle from Terminal B:

Exit the building and turn right. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn left across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Mahe

Days 5 - 8: Mahe

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa Location Map

Undoubtedly, Seychelles is rated as one of the most sought-after tropical destinations. This Indian Ocean archipelago is made up of 115 individual islands, of which Mahé is the largest.

Mahé offers a myriad of stunning beaches, lush tropical forests and complete tranquility, plus a plethora of activities to choose from if you want to be more active. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there is something for everyone here.

The island has an exceptional mix of African, European and even Asian influences. Local art, music and architecture are different from what you will find anywhere else in the world. The Creole cuisine is an explosion of different flavours just waiting to be tasted and enjoyed - the local food is one of the highlights of a stay here.

With year-round warm and balmy weather, Mahé is the perfect destination no matter when you plan to travel. The water of the Indian Ocean is perfect for swimming and for almost any water activity imaginable.

A favourite haunt of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a secluded hideaway nestled among the hills and coves of Beau Vallon Bay on Mahé, just a 25 minute transfer from the Seychelles International Airport.

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, crystal-clear azure waters and a hidden white sanded beach cove, this small resort offers intimacy and privacy in its 56 spacious, luxury wooden-clad villas on stilts. Guests can choose from a range of villas, depending on budget. Private balconies offer panoramic ocean views, daybeds, sun loungers and dining tables. Interiors feature a subtle blend of Seychellois architecture and modern decor, with high ceilings, dormers and glass-panel French doors.

With freshly prepared local seafood and traditional Creole cuisine, discover an enchanting dining experience at Les Cocotier Restaurant or Hilltop restaurant, and relax afterwards in the Ocean View Bar as the moon comes up over the ocean.

Stay active in the fitness center or indulge in a range of treatments at Duniye Spa, spectacularly perched on giant granite boulders and overlooking the azure Indian Ocean.

Example Details For Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x King Sunset Villa - Honeymoon offer + Long Stay offer included
Includes: Half Board basis
 
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Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa Location.

Address

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa,Glacis, Beau Vallon Bay

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 aged 13 years and older are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, a balcony, a hair dryer, mini bar (stocked), a room safe, CD/DVD player, sun loungers, tea/Espresso coffee making facilities, telephone, TV, and Wi-Fi (additional cost). Rooms are all non-smoking. All rooms face the ocean.

There is a spa.

A butler service is available on request.

Activities include snorkelling and kayaking in the lagoons in front of the resort, glass bottom boat cruises or even helicopter tours. There is a weekly activities guide which you will be given on arrival.

Snorkelling gear is available to hire (complimentary).

Kayaks are available to hire (complimentary).

Surfing and paddle boarding lessons can be arranged in Baie Lazare.

The hotel also offers a complimentary beach shuttle.

The hotel is approximately 25 minutes from Mahe Airport and 15 minutes from Victoria.

Bookings on BB Packaget: Breakfast is served daily in the main restaurant (excludes beverages).

Bookings on Half Board Package: Half Board is breakfast and dinner only. For dinner, clients enjoy a daily dine around option and can choose to dine in either the main buffet restaurant ‘Hilltop’ or a la carte ‘Ocean View Bar’ and ‘Les Cocotiers’ (3 courses). In these 2 a la carte outlets, clients are presented with a la carte menu including a selection of items with no supplement on top of their meal plan and some other items eligible to a supplement. Clients booked on HB enjoy local still and sparkling water free of charge during their dinner, exclusive of any other beverages.

Bookings on Full Board Package: Full Board is breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch is 3 course a la carte lunch is served at Ocean View Bar; number of lunches included in full board corresponds to the number of nights clients have booked, and clients can chose to have lunch either on day of arrival or day of departure. For dinner, clients enjoy a daily dine around option as above.

Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island

Days 9 - 12: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island Location Map

Denis Private Island is an informal island sanctuary on one of the Seychelles' most beautiful outer islands. A coral tropical hideaway of 375 acres and a 30 minute flight from Mahe, this tiny island jewel is swathed by vegetation, pristine beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters and flawless white sand.

A stay on Denis offers an authentic experience of life on a secluded private island. There is no mobile phone signal, no internet, no cable television. This is the time for you to unplug from your daily digital distraction and leave the outside world behind for a few blissful days.

Whether sunbathing on the beach, bathing in the lagoon, enjoying the pool or simply relaxing on your terrace, one pleasure folds into another. There are numerous activities available to guests including canoeing, snorkelling, nature walks, tennis, billiards and a jogging trail. Tours of the island around the farm and estate are organised regularly - guests can vist the old village craft workshops and the giant tortoise colony. Excursions to other islands can also be arranged.

The chef's traditional Seychellois cuisine can be enjoyed in the spacious and airy restaurant, privately on the deck of your own cottage or even on the beach under the stars. Delicious food is produced using fresh local seafood and the island's own gardens, and along with the amazing service, is a special feature of a stay here.  

The 23 individual cottages and villas on Denis enjoy total privacy, scattered at various walking distances from the beach and separated by the island’s natural vegetation. Spacious rooms include beautiful handmade furniture and wood flooring fashioned at the island's carpentry workshop just a few hundred metres away, as well as enjoying the luxury of having open-air bathrooms and al-fresco showers in private garden courtyards. Different accommodation categories provide a breadth of choice to suit any preference.

Whether you are a couple, honeymooners, or a family, this is an ideal holiday destination.

Example Details For Denis Private Island

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Beach Cottage - Honeymoon offer included
Includes: Three meals daily; non-motorised land and water-based activities; and Wi-Fi in the library are included. *Honeymoon offer applicable to honeymooners married up to 9 months prior to arrival. Wedding date must be advised at the time of bookig and wedding certificate must be presented upon check in at the hotel.
 
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Denis Private Island Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 13:00 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.

All rooms have a kingsize bed, air conditioning, ceiling fan, tea/coffee making facilities, iPod docking station, dressing table, telephone, mini-fridge, hair-dryer, iron/ironing board, safe, bathrobes, slippers, sitting area, open bathroom with bath and shower bidet/WC, alfresco shower in private courtyard, furnished sea-facing veranda and private beachfront with sun loungers.

The Beachfront Spa Cottage has a massage/wellness pavilion in the courtyard at the back.

The Family Villa has a large sea-facing private deck with sitting and dining area, separate bedroom, furnished lounge with twin beds.

The Beach Villa has an extended sea-facing private deck with outdoor sitting area, private plunge-pool, dining pavillion, barbecue area and lounge area.

Lodge facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, wine cellar, swimming pool, library with LCD TV, board games, 2 internet stations offering internet free of charge 24/7 and Wi-Fi access in library (free of charge), boutique, tennis court, billiard table, nature tours, snorkelling equipment and kayaks free of charge.

Other activities include a PADI Dive Centre, big game fishing and in-room wellness treatments (additional cost).

While swimming trunks, beach wear, and shorts are acceptable during the daytime around the hotel, the hotel requires guests to dress appropriately for dinner in the restaurants - for men, this is long trousers, t-shirts with a collar or shirts and shoes; for ladies, this is smart casual wear, including trousers, skirts or dresses.

The Green Islands Foundation, an NGO with a decade-long track record of conservation success in Seychelles, has a permanent outpost on the island and oversees a variety of programmes.

Denis Island is a 30 minute flight from Mahe. Check in is at Mahe Airport Domestic Terminal 60 minutes prior to departure of flight. The flight departs Mahe at 12:10 and the return flight departs Denis Island at 12:55 - timings of flights are subject to change. The luggage allowance is 15 kg per person in soft baggage. Excess luggage is subject space availability only and there is no guarantee that the excess luggage will board the same flight as the passenger.

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