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Kapama Buffalo Camp

Kapama Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Kapama Game Reserve

Kapama Buffalo Camp Location Map

Built on the theme of an East-African safari camp of bygone days, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers visitors to the African bush a unique and intimate experience. The camp is located within Kapama Game Reserve, a 15,000 hectare fenced reserve situated near the Kruger National Park. Characterised by rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests, the reserve supports no less than 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. Amongst the mammal species is the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

Guests can enjoy day and night game drives on open safari vehicles in search of Africa's wildlife, in the company of experienced rangers and trackers. Guests are also encouraged to join their ranger on a morning bush walk to explore the environment.

The camp's refreshing rim flow swimming pool offers respite from the heat of the African summer or the day's adventures may be shared in the open-air bar.

Ten luxury canvas tents, each sleeping 2 guests, are set on stilts in the upper reaches of tall trees. Each tent has air-conditioning and private bathroom facilities, interconnected to other tents by wooden walkways high above a sandy river bed.

Set in an indigenous garden, the accommodation facilities, thatched bar, dining-room and campfire area contribute to the intimate ambience of the camp. At night, lanterns, rather than electric lights, glow under the canopy of treetops.

The Kapama sleep-out offers a million-star overnight experience. Sleeping in the open air on the reserve, elevated high above the ground under the African night sky, is a unique experience. A raised platform is evocatively furnished with an oversized bed festooned in white linen and billowing mosquito netting. It’s completely safe, while being surrounded by only wilderness and wildlife.

Example Details For Kapama Buffalo Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Three meals per day; tea/coffee; afternoon teatime snacks; 2 daily shared game drives daily in open safari vehicles; bush walks; all local and select premium beverages; the Kapama Conservation Levy; and complimentary road transfers between the camp and Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport for scheduled flights are included.

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

 
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Kapama Buffalo Camp Location.

Address

Kapama Buffalo Camp,Off the R40, Kapama Game Reserve

Directions

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the main Kapama Reserve gate on your right hand side. Sign in at the gate and allow 10-20 minutes to drive through the reserve to reach 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 Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport (ignore the gate that is immediately opposite the airport – this is not the main entrance gate) and then turn left onto the R40 towards Klaserie. Continue along this road until you see the main Kapama Reserve gate on your left hand side. Sign in at the gate and allow 10-20 minutes to drive through the reserve to reach the lodge.

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 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 (go past the Eastgate Airport turn off, don’t turn left here) until you see the main Kapama Reserve gate on your left hand side. Follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40, and continue along this road until you see the main Kapama Reserve gate on your right hand side.

PLEASE NOTE : On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.

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 aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.

The suites are set on stilted wooden decks built on an elevated riverbank. Wooden walkways connect the suites to each other and the main lodge area. At night, oil lanterns illuminate the walkways to create subtle light and ambience.

All suites are air conditioned and have a well-stocked minibar, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and lock-up safe..

Breakfast and lunch are served under a canopy of thatch, while dinner is usually enjoyed in the rustic outdoor boma, around a roaring open fire (depending on the weather, dinner may also be served indoors).

The lodge has a rim flow pool with sun loungers.

All major credit cards are accepted.

The Kapama Wellness Centre has 6 treatment rooms. This is situated at Kapama River Lodge and guests can be transferred here by arrangement. There is also a state-of-the-art mini gym here too.

A sleepout can be pre-booked. This is on a raised platform which is furnished with an oversized bed with mosquito netting. It’s completely safe, while being surrounded by only wilderness and wildlife. The platform and luxury bathroom underneath are both animalproof, but both a two-way radio and cellular phone are supplied for additional peace of mind. With a flush toilet, shower and his and hers basins, the bathroom has all comforts catered for. You’ll arrive before sunset to watch the changing colours of evening and sip a sundowner. The experience continues with a 5 course dinner served to you by a personal chef at an intimate table for two on the platform. Or you can enjoy dinner at the lodge and arrive at the sleep-out venue afterwards. By night, it will be encircled by a ring of golden lantern light. Your private night in the African bush continues until after dawn, when you will call your ranger by radio to transfer you back to the lodge. An appointed pick-up time may also be arranged in advance.

Your rate includes a Conservation Levy which goes towards the conservation efforts and the work of the Anti-Poaching Unit in their on-going wildlife protection efforts in Kapama Game Reserve and the surrounding area.

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel Location Map

Despite its colourful reputation, Johannesburg has a wealth of attractions, and the vast majority of overseas visitors leave pleasantly surprised, especially if it is their first time to the city and they have had the time to explore it for a couple of days. Taking a guided tour of Johannesburg's highlights, which include The Museum Africa, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the thought-provoking and excellent Apartheid Museum to name but a few, is an excellent way to see the major attractions of the city, and spending a day in the company of a recommended tour guide will also give a new perspective to the city which visitors otherwise would not be aware of.

Other sightseeing attractions include the Carlton Centre (or Top of Africa as it is more commonly known), which is the tallest building in the entire Southern Hemisphere, the Mai Mai Centre (Johannesburg's traditional medicine market) and the World of Beer. A tour of nearby Soweto will give an interesting insight into the country's largest town, home to over 3 million people. One of the highlights of a trip to Soweto is a visit to Nelson Mandela's former house, where he used to lived before his prison sentence. For the adreneline seekers, Gold Reef City is a must. There are around 30 rides in the Park, including some truly terrifying white-knuckle rides.

The luxurious African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel is situated within the exclusive urban Melrose Arch lifestyle development, a 'city within a city', and combines superb facilities and service excellence to ensure a truly unique experience.

Every one of the 118 rooms offers an opulent blend of modern decor with warm natural tones and luxurious personal touches. Relaxing ambience and mood enhancing lighting beautifully complements the sleek lines of the designer furniture.

In summer relax around the hotel swimming pool and enjoy a drink from the poolside bar.

Example Details For African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Guest Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel Location.

Address

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel,1 Melrose Square, Birnam, Melrose Arch

Directions

From Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport: Take the R24 towards Johannesburg. Continue on the N3 North until you reach the Pretoria signs at the highway interchange. Follow the M1 South to the Johannesburg signs at the highway interchange. Take the Corlett Drive Off ramp and turn right at the end of the ramp. Turn left just after the BP garage onto Melrose Boulevard. You are now in the Melrose Arch precinct of Johannesburg. Turn right at Post-net. Travel straight ahead passing through the intersection with traffic lights and continue to basement parking B1 at the hotel.

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 a flat screen TV with DSTV satellite channels, air conditioning, a fully stocked minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer, and a room safe.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool.

The March Restaurant will be closed from the 6th of February until 31 March 2023 due to renovations. During this time, breakfast will be served in the Library Lounge.

From 1 April 2023, the March Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (reservations required).

The Library Lounge has comfortable leather couches and a fire. It also opens for lunch and dinner.

The Pool Bar is available to in-house guest only and is also open for lunch.

The dress code at the March Restaurant and Library Lounge is smart casual, and at the Pool Bar the dress code is casual.

There is a laundry service (additional cost).

Wi-Fi is available on a complimentary basis (500MB daily).

A 24 hour room service is available.

DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda

Mahe

Days 5 - 9: Mahe

DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda 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.

Ideally located in the south of Mahé, the modern 4* DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda is set on a superb private beach surrounded by lush tropical foliage.

Stay active during your stay and work out in the fitness center with a range of high-tech equipment including treadmills, weight machines and exercise stations. Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available from the hotel free of charge for your convenience. For a more relaxing activity, take a dip in the sparkling outdoor swimming pool or indulge in a luxurious treatment at the hotel spa. Or take a sightseeing tour around the local area or explore the resort on foot via the walking track.

The Ocean View Bar offers signature cocktails to sip as you view the magnificent sunset. Later in the evening, take in a variety of culinary delights at Les Palms restaurant, and enjoy a Creole-centric meal while taking in the surrounding view.

Unwind in one of the spacious and modern guest rooms, all offering breathtaking views of azure blue skies and the turquoise sea. Each room features a kingsized bed and a sitting area with a sofa, as well as a spacious private balcony with a double lazy chair and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower. Some of the rooms also have an outdoor jacuzzi.

Example Details For DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: King Grande Deluxe Ocean Room (10% Early Bird discount applied if booking confirmed 120 days prior to arrival).
Includes: Breakfast is included. Half Board and Full Board rates are available on request. PLEASE NOTE: The Environmental Sustainability Levy is not included and is payable in Seychelles Rupees direct to the hotel on check in/out.
 
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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.

All rooms have air conditioning, day sofa bed, coffee table, mini bar with complimentary water upon arrival only, coffee espresso machine, hair dryer, ceiling fan, music system, ipod docking stataion, telephone, high speed free wireless internet is available in the lobby and bar area only (minimal fee if laptop is borrowed from reception), bathroom with shower/WC/bathroom robes and slippers.

In addition the King Deluxe Ocean View rooms have large antique style copper bath, large balcony, outdoor jacuzzi and a day bed

The hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, reception area, Internet use and gift shop.

Sport and recreation activities include snorkelling and canoeing (the hotel provides use of the equipment at a small charge), badminton, frisbee and beach volleyball.andnbsp;

The Duniye Spa offers a range of treatments (at cost).

The hotel is approximately 25 minutes from Mahe International Airport or 35 minutes from the Port.

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