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Simbavati River Lodge

Timbavati Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Timbavati Game Reserve

Simbavati River Lodge Location Map

Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the seasonal Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Game Reserve. The focus is on the excellent Big 5 game viewing, breathtaking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.

Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. Enjoy sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe, monkey to name a few. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, buzzards and owls.

Accommodation consists of 6 luxury en-suite safari tents and 3 thatched family chalets. The tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. The tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure complete privacy. The family chalets include a master bedroom,
a twin bedroom as well as a private viewing deck. One of the family chalets can accommodate 5 people, while the other two can accommodate 4 people.

There are also 2 tented pool suites, whose glass doors and windows open onto a wooden deck and a private plunge pool.

Breakfast and lunch are served daily outside on the wooden deck, set out under age-old jackalberry and leadwood trees, combining African and Western cuisine offering exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as for the more conventional preferences. A traditional dinner is served around the campfire in an open-air boma, an experience not to be missed.

Other guest areas include a generously proportioned lounge and bar. During the mid-day heat, recline in a sun lounger or take a dip in the swimming pool.

Example Details For Simbavati River Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Safari Tent
Includes: 3 meals per day (brunch, high tea, dinner); tea/coffee; Timbavati Conservation Levy; return Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport transfers (on request and must be prebooked); and 2 daily shared safari game drives (dawn and dusk in open 4x4 safari vehicles) 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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Simbavati River Lodge Location.

Address

Simbavati River Lodge,Timbavati Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve

Directions

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Once past Klaserie, continue along this road until you see the turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate/Enkhulu Gate.

From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main Timbavati Control Gate/Enkhulu Gate.

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 see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.

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 turning off to the right for Eastgate Airport. Turn right here follow the directions as above From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport.

ONCE AT THE TIMBAVATI CONTROL GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R230 per vehicle payable at the gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only and subject to change). 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 through the reserve.

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.

If you are using a GPS to get to Simbavati, please use the GPS Co-ordinates: S 24° 12’ 20.2” E 31° 19’ 24.2”.  Do NOT type in Simbavati River Lodge into your GPS. The GPS will pick the lodge name up but will try and direct you through Kruger National Park which is not the correct direction. Please note you cannot access the Lodge through Kruger Park but only through the Timbavati Gate as per the directions above.

Very important:
If you are going to be late due to unforeseen circumstances, please let the lodge know as soon as possible on +27 (0) 15 793 9051/3.

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 for about 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 aged 6 years and older are allowed on game drives. Families with younger children can arrange a private vehicle prior to arrival (cost on request).

All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, a safe and a mini bar. In addition, the tented pool suites have a private plunge pool and deck, and two outdoor showers.

A laundry service is offered - additional cost.

The main guest facilities include an open-air boma, a swimming pool, a bar, a library, a spa, and a curio shop in which to buy any necessities forgotten at home, or an African memento to remind you of your visit to Simbavati River Lodge. Credit card facilities are available.

Internet access is available.

The lodge offers scheduled transfers at set times to coincide with the scheduled flights into and out from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Please note that you will be sharing with other guests coming to the lodge. If you are planning to drop a rental car at Hoedspruit Airport, please ensure that you arrive well before the flight arrival time as unfortunately the transfer vehicle cannot wait for late arrivals. The transfer time is approximately one hour.

Scheduled collection times from Hoedspruit are 11:20 and 13:20. Scheduled departure times from Simbavati are 09:30, 10:30 and 11:00. If you are arriving at a different time, then a private transfer can be arranged.

Game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon when the animals are naturally most active.  The vehicles are open-sided 4x4 vehicles with 3 rows of comfortable bucket seats in tiers. You generally head out with a maximum of 8 guests.

Peermont Mondior

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

Peermont Mondior Location Map

Closely situated to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the Peermont Mondior is part of the Emperors Palace - a sensational resort that combines the timeless classical elegance of Rome with eclectic Monte Carlo architecture, providing a world-class entertainment experience for everyone.

Feast on a fabulous variety of dishes at the culinary parade of restaurants. With international buffets, fine dining, contemporary Asian to classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars and relaxed family eateries, the possibilities are endless.

The Palace also showcases a celebration of local and international shows, productions and musicals in a multitude of superbly appointed entertainment venues including the Centre Court arena, Theatre of Marcellus, Red Roman Shed and The Barnyard Theatre.

Peermont Mondior guests also have access to the majestic Emperors Palace Casino, where every turn of a card and spin of a wheel, deals a winning combination of excitement and thrills.

The 4* Peermont Mondior features 150 spacious rooms and suites which are all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style.

The chic Oriana restaurant offers breakfast and light meals and guests can enjoy a delectable cocktail at the Silver Moon Bar.

A complimentary shuttle service between the airport terminals and the hotel runs daily between 06:00 and 23:00.

Example Details For Peermont Mondior

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Peermont Mondior Location.

Address

Peermont Mondior,Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Street, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Directions

From Johannesburg:  Take the R24 towards OR Tambo Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left hand lane and follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach the Griffiths Road off-ramp. Take this, and turn left at the top of the bridge. At the T-Junction, turn left onto Jones Road.  The entrance to Emperors Palace Resort is on your left - turn here and follow the signs to the Peermont Mondior.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated before 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. Late check-out is available on request.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, telephone, electric shaver point, an in-room safe, TV with selected satellite channels and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel features a swimming pool, gym (24 hours), lounge, cocktail and sky bar.

Hotel guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities at the Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

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.

Carana Beach Hotel

Mahe

Days 5 - 9: Mahe

Carana Beach Hotel 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.

Carana Beach Hotel, on the north coast of the island, has an ethos and spirit of its own for every guest to discover. When you come here you come to uncover the true island experience, where the Seychelles spirit awaits you. The hotel has been designed to accentuate the wild nature of this unique location, with the view from every room spilling out onto striking blue seas framed by lush jungle, massive granite pillars and its white sand beach.

Modern twists on traditional island architecture, contemporary ocean-themed decor and a home-grown culture of genuine Seychelles hospitality all feed into a casual yet chic ambiance for guests to dine, unwind and recharge.

The 40 spacious chalets all offer incredible sea views and are all positioned within a few steps from the beach. Guests can choose from Ocean View Chalets or Ocean View Pool Chalets which have their own private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.

There is a bar and a lounge for guests use, as well as a main beach front swimming pool.

Example Details For Carana Beach Hotel

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Ocean View Chalet (Early Bird Benefit 10% Discount + Long Stay 10% Offer)
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. The Early Bird Benefit 10% Discount (CEBB16) is applicable for stays of 3+ nights for bookings confirmed 60 days prior to arrival. The Long Stay 10% Offer (CLSO10) is applicable for stays of 5+ nights.
 
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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 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All chalets are positioned within a few steps from the beach. Each chalet has a telephone, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe, hair dryer, mini-bar fridge, tea/coffee station, an open terrace with lounges and bathroom with a separate vanity and shower

The Ocean View Pool Chalets also have a Nespresso machine and a private plunge pool.

There is a restaurant, bar and lounge area, and a beach-front swimming pool.

Multiple dining options are offered throughout the day including beach orders. Room service is also available.

The Lorizon Restaurant is open for breakfast from 07:00 to 10:00. In the evenings it is open from 19:00 to 21:30. Themed evenings are also available throughout the week such as Creole Night, BBQ on the terrace and Asian night.

The Sens Spa offers a variety of different treatments and massages. Pre-booking is advised (additional cost). The minimum age for spa treatments is 16 years.

 

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