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Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge Location Map

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest dams in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay at Chitwa is undoubtedly the safari experience. Guests are treated to spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife on game drives and bush walks and leave with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. A safari here offers some of the best opportunities to meet Africa’s Big Five - buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. The highly qualified guides ensure an unforgettable safari by enriching the experience with their knowledge.

Guests can also enjoy superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as the wildlife congregates at the water’s edge to drink. The large wooden lounging deck is strewn with comfy armchairs and a rim-flow swimming pool is the perfect place to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.

Chitwa Chitwa’s library offers a large selection of books for your reference reading, and it is also equipped with an internet access point. With all the great food you’ll be enjoying at Chitwa Chitwa, fitness enthusiasts might want to spend time training in the gym, which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.

Six individual and artistically styled suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own plunge pool, and exude an air of bygone romance combined with unfaltering luxury. The Charlsy Suite offers 2 beautifully appointed interleading en-suite rooms joined by a cosy living area.

The Chitwa House is an exclusive retreat consisting of 2 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. The House comes with its own safari vehicle, guide and tracker, and meals are prepared and enjoyed in the privacy of your own dining area. Outside on the spacious deck is a swimming pool, making this truly the epitome of luxury in the African bush.

Example Details For Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: All Inclusive Package: 3 meals per day; 2 shared game drives per day; a daily bush walk; laundry service; all soft drinks, bottled water, selected wines and local beers; the Guest Conservation Contribution; and all tea/coffee are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). For guests arriving and/or departing via FedAir, the landing/departure fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge - rates on request.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on game 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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Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge Location.

Address

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge,Chitwa Chitwa 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 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 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 the age of 6 are not allowed on game drives unless parents have the sole use of the vehicle (subject to availability).

All the Chitwa Chitwa Suites include a bath-tub, indoor and outdoor showers, fireplace, minibar, fan (eco-friendly), hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and USB charging points.

The main area offers superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as they are rendered invisible to the various groups of wild animals that congregate at the water’s edge. The deck has viewing areas with comfy daybeds and a swimming pool, making it the perfect environment to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents.

Fitness enthusiasts might want to spend time training in the gym, which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.

Massages, wraps, masks, exfoliations and a variety of other treatments are offered by the resident masseuse at the Chitwa Spa (additional cost).

A computer with internet access is available in the library for guests to use - this is complimentary. There is mobile phone coverage, but this is limited and patchy in places and there is also Wi-Fi access available.

Private dining and traditional boma or bush dinners are available.

There is also a wine cellar which you are able to explore.

Each game vehicle seats a maximum of 6 guests.

Chitwa offers a Community Tour of the local Shangaan Village. The Dixie Village Tour is approximately 2 hours, and guests will slip unnoticed into a day in the life of the locals whilst tapping into the optimism and energy that is so much part of this little village's charm. A minimum donation goes to the Chitwa Trust Fund which helps the village with building private classrooms, buying food for the school etc. You can either pre-book this via your Travel Butlers consultant, or you can arrange this with the lodge when you arrive (additional cost).

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

A laundry service is available.

A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included in 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 12 years are not permitted on game walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a game 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.

Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Mahe

Days 5 - 9: Mahe

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Location Map

Kempinski Seychelles Resort is an indulgent retreat that captures the spirit of the Seychelles. Located on the exclusive south end of Mahe directly on the famous Baie Lazare, the resort is a mere 30 minutes from the international airport and only 40 minutes from the capital Victoria. Discover a world of exceptional experiences, from tranquil beachside luxury to soothing nature-based leisure activities and enjoy a holiday that complements your every desire.

The resort is located on an 800m stretch of remarkably beautiful beach. Sun loungers are discreetly positioned between palm trees along the length of the beach, creating a remarkable sense of privacy. Despite being positioned on a beautifully landscaped 64 hectare property, the resort has been laid out in such a way that guests are never very far away from the water.

The temperature is warm enough to swim all year round, but, if ever you tire of swimming or snorkelling in the crystal-clear Indian Ocean, there is an Olympic-length swimming pool, where guests can cool off or burn some energy swimming laps. There is even a children's paddling pool at the Kids Club, so that no guest is left out of the aquatic fun.

The south of Mahe has some of the most beautiful and diverse dive sites in the Seychelles. The resort's 5* PADI dive centre at the resort is able to cater for divers of all experience levels - from seasoned dive masters to absolute beginners who are eager to experience the magic of scuba diving for the very first time. They also offer various PADI courses for guests that are interested in advancing their scuba skills during their stay.

Glass bottom boat excursions, surfing, and kayaking excursions can be booked at the Watersports Pavillion for fun on the water rather than in the water.

The Kempinski Spa offers a range of treatments and also has a fully equipped fitness centre. The resort also has tennis and volleyball courts, a casino and bike hire.

Elegantly appointed Hill View, Beachside and Sea View rooms promote a feeling of tranquility and bliss. All rooms are decorated in warm, earthy tones and are equipped with modern amenities. 

Diverse flavours capture the cultural mix of the Seychelles and you can experience this at the various bars and restaurants found within the resort. Private dining options are also available.

Example Details For Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Sea View Room (Early Bird 30% Benefit offer applied)
Includes: Half Board Package: Breakfast and dinner are included. The Early Bird 30% Benefit offer is applicable for bookings confirmed 90 days prior to arrival.
 
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Kempinski Seychelles Resort Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 12:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. A babysitting service is available (additional cost).

All rooms have air conditioning, interactive TV system, tea/coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, mini fridge, room safe, hairdryers, fully equipped bathrooms, a terrace or balcony and a sofa in the sitting area.

The resort has 3 restaurants, a bar and lounge area, swimming pool, gift shop, water sports pavilion, fitness centre (open 24 hrs), tennis courts and a luxury spa.

The spa offers a variety of different treatments, massages and is open from 09:00 to 20:00 (additional cost).

Scuba diving excursions and various PADI diving courses can be arranged at the PADI Centre behind the water sports pavilion (additional cost).

Reef shoes, snorkelling, masks, snorkels, fins/flippers and life jackets are available free of charge at the water sports pavilion.

Sports and recreational activities include sailing, non-motorized water sports (such as kayaks, snorkelling), volleyball, badminton, bicycle hire (free) and hiking/nature walks up Mount Kempinski.

Yoga and pilates sessions on a hill, surfing lessons and paddle boarding hire are available at an additional cost.

The hotel is equipped with free-of-charge Wi-Fi. All public areas, including the lobby, are connected with wireless high speed internet access. For internet speed upgrade, an additional charge will be included with your final bill.

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 hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Mahe International Airport or 40 minutes from the Port.

Kindly note that the use of drones is strictly prohibited within the property grounds.

A laundry and dry cleaning service is available (additional cost).

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