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The Boardwalk

Port Elizabeth

Day 1: Port Elizabeth

The Boardwalk Location Map

Claiming to have the best climate and more sunshine than any other coastal resort in the country, Port Elizabeth is a popular holiday destination. Known more fondly as just PE, the warmth of the hospitality has also earned this major seaport the reputation of being 'The Friendly City'.

PE is renowned for its coastline and long sandy beaches. The calm waters of Algoa Bay, its shores lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, also make Port Elizabeth a mecca for all beach and watersport activities, and it is rated as one of South Africa's best cold water dive sites.

The Boardwalk beach front complex is the lively heart of Port Elizabeth, with its many shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention the casino, small fun fair and cinema.

For golfers, PE is home to one of the world's most challenging links courses, the Humewood Golf Course, which is consistently ranked as one of South Africa's Top 10 golf courses.

The nearby Addo Elephant National Park is home to over 450 elephants, who roam freely among the now 125,000 hectare reserve alongside buffalo, kudu and red hartebeest, and the rare black rhino, as well as over 400 bird species - and not forgetting the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. Addo has the greatest density of elephant per square kilometre in Africa, and offers some wonderful elephant viewing opportunities.

Only a short walk from the Blue Flag awarded Hobie Beach, the 5* Boardwalk Hotel charmingly captures the grace and detail of Victorian architecture whilst incorporating every modern convenience. The result is a refreshing blend of refinement and urban vogue set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

Boasting 140 guest rooms, each of the luxury appointed rooms enjoy interrupted ocean views.

The hotel also has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a pool deck overlooking the beachfront.

Example Details For The Boardwalk

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Luxury Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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The Boardwalk Location.

Address

The Boardwalk,Beach Road, Port Elizabeth

Directions

From Port Elizabeth Airport: Turn right into Allister Miller Drive, drive straight down, then turn right into La Roche Drive (signposted Summerstrand). Follow the road for approximately 4 km until you come to a T-junction (McDonalds will be on your right-hand side) at the beachfront. Turn right here. Keep going along this road, and you will see the Boardwalk Complex on the right-hand side by the third set of traffic lights. Turn right at these lights and the entrance to the hotel is the first turning on the left.

From The Garden Route: Take the N2 to Port Elizabeth. As you approach Port Elizabeth on the N2, take the R102 Cape Road/Kaapweg. Keep on Cape Road all the way (it will take about 15 minutes, depending on traffic). Cape Road eventually leads downhill and connects onto the M4 Summerstrand. Take the M4 Summerstrand - the sea will be on the left-hand side. Keep on the M4, and this becomes M4 Humewood. Keep going along this road, and you will see the Boardwalk Complex on the right-hand side by the third set of traffic lights. Turn right at these lights and the entrance to the hotel is the first turning on the left.

From Grahamstown/Eastern Cape Game Reserves: Take the N2 to Port Elizabeth and follow the directions as above.

From Addo: Take the R335 towards Port Elizabeth, and join the N2 still heading towards Port Elizabeth. Follow the directions as above.

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 sea views, a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, air conditioning, a safe, a hair dryer, a telephone, a minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel is part of the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment complex, and as well as a 24 hour casino there are numerous bars,cafes and restaurants in the complex offering a range of dining options.

There is an outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a hotel gym.

There is complimentary on-site parking.

Free Wi-Fi is available.

There is an ironing/laundry service (additional cost).

A pillow menu is available.

Room service is available 24 hours.

Long Lee Manor

Shamwari Game Reserve

Days 2 - 4: Shamwari Game Reserve

Long Lee Manor Location Map

Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, is a reminder of an era of gracious living. Overlooking the sweeping plains leading down to the Bushmans River, this splendidly restored Edwardian manor house in the 25,000 hectare malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticing cuisine in the African bush.

The reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and numerous antelope species, and offers an unforgettable safari experience. Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle over the rolling hills and valleys in search of the wildlife. The experienced rangers are all in 2-way communication with each other at all times, so on any day they know where the game is, and how to find the elusive animals such as the rare black rhino.

Shamwari has received numerous international awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve.

The accommodation is tastefully designed to enhance its location, while the original Manor House has been lovingly restored to pay homage to the area’s rich heritage, adding a bit of romance to any stay. Long Lee now features 17 rooms in total, including Manor House Suites, Garden Rooms and Plains Rooms. In addition, there is also a Family Suite with 2 bedrooms, a living room and private plunge pool sleeping a maximum of 4 adults and 2 children.

The main guest areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with a pool-side bar, and a lovely dining room with both in and outdoor seating. In addition, there is also a spa and fitness centre.

Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room or around the open blazing fire at the boma overlooking a waterhole.

Example Details For Long Lee Manor

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Garden Room
Includes: All meals; drinks (excluding French champagne and premium products); afternoon tea; twice-daily shared game drives; guided walks; tea/coffee; water; game drive beverages; a Born Free and Animal Rehab visit; and the Conservation Levy are included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 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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Long Lee Manor Location.

Address

Long Lee Manor,Off the N2, Shamwari Game Reserve (via 2nd Gate)

Directions

From Port Elizabeth: Follow the N2 towards Grahamstown. Take the turn-off towards Paterson on the R342 and travel 7 km up the gravel road. Enter at the 2nd gate for Long Lee Manor.

From Grahamstown: Travel along the N2 towards Port Elizabeth, and follow the directions as above.

Please note that you drive through the reserve to get 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.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 13:00 on the day of arrival. If you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 14:00 at the very latest (between May-August) or 15:00 (between September-April) or else you will miss your afternoon game 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 8 years and older are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with separate shower, electronic safe, Nespresso coffee machine, hair dryer, fitted international adaptors, private minibar, a television with selected satellite channels, Wi-Fi, and international direct dial telephone.

The Garden Rooms have a veranda and can be interleading.

The Plains Rooms have a veranda and an outdoor shower (2 are interleading).

The Manor House Suites have a balcony, and are located upstairs in the historic Manor House.

Should you wish to leave a gratuity, envelopes are available at reception. Alternatively you can add it to your final bill and settle by credit card when you check out.

The main guest areas include a rim flow swimming pool, a relaxation retreat with 3 treatment rooms, a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, a gift boutique, manicured gardens, and a boma overlooking the waterhole.

In collaboration with the Born Free Foundation, the Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres are situated within the game reserve. They aim to draw attention to the plight of wild cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world. It is the mission of The Born Free Foundation, founded by actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna and her late husband Bill Travers, to ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’. Both Shamwari and Born Free aim to promote conservation and protect these species and their habitat, whilst maintaining a compassionate approach to the welfare of animals. The rescue and education centres home rescued lions and leopards from across the world and aim to be an enlightening experience for all visitors.

You also have the opportunity to visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre when you visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The Centre helps to rescue, rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of professional veterinary team. Once these animals have been nursed back to health, they are released back into their natural habitat.

A compulsory Conservation Levy has been included in your rate - this contribution will aid conservation efforts as well as the anti-poaching unit.

There is an electric perimeter fence around the property.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.  Guests over 65 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.

Hunter's Country House

The Garden Route

Day 5: The Garden Route

Hunter's Country House Location Map

Originally called Baia Formosa, or Beautiful Bay, by the early Portuguese, Plettenberg Bay is home to some of the best beaches along the Garden Route. Set around a curving horseshoe bay, schools of playful dolphins and resident Orca and Bryde's whales are often seen, and between July and December, the migratory Southern Right whales come to the bay to calf.

The small town is filled with restaurants, galleries, studios and interesting craft shops. With its exceptional climate, and beautiful view sites over the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for tourists interested in exploring, whale and dolphin watching or just relaxing.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy mountain biking, horse riding, hiking trails, golf, diving, excellent salt and fresh water fishing - even skydiving!

The nearby Robberg Nature Reserve is situated on a rugged coastal peninsula with sweeping views of the bay, as well as superb whale and dolphin watching, excellent birding, hiking trails and the Nelson Bay Cave - an archaeological site with evidence of human habitation that stretches back for more than 120 thousand years.

Hunters Country House is an exclusive family owned retreat, and part of the Relais & Chateaux group of properties. Only 10 km from Plettenberg Bay, this gracious original homestead is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and framed by the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains.

The bygone era of opulent elegance is reflected in the decor of the romantic and beautifully appointed candle-lit dining room, in the main manor house. Here, guests can enjoy superb cuisine, prepared by the team of acclaimed chefs.

In the extensive gardens surrounding the manor house, the 27 luxurious one-bedroom cottages and suites have been designed for absolute comfort and privacy. All have fireplaces, satellite TV, mini bar, bath and separate shower, and a veranda.

Whether breakfasting in the sun-drenched conservatory, lazing by the poolside, or enjoying the endless golden beaches of Plettenberg Bay, guests are assured of a truly memorable stay.

Example Details For Hunter's Country House

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Garden Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Hunter's Country House Location.

Address

Hunter's Country House,Off the N2, Plettenberg Bay

Directions

From Cape Town/Hermanus/The Winelands/Swellendam/Wilderness/Knysna: Follow the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. Approximately 22 km after leaving Knysna, and before you reach Plettenberg Bay, you will see signboards on the right-hand side for Hunters Country House and Tsala Treetop Lodge. Turn right and travel along a gravel road for 1.5 km until you reach Tsala Treetop Lodge. Travel a further 0.5 km and you will reach Hunter's Country House.

From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 to Plettenberg Bay. Do not take any of the turn-offs into Plettenberg Bay. Approximately 10 km past Plettenberg Bay, you will see signboards on the left-hand side for Hunters Country House and Tsala Treetop Lodge. Follow directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally 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 equipped with a fireplace, hair dryer, personal in-room safe, bathrobes, international adaptors, umbrellas, laundry and pressing services, fully stocked minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, and air conditioning. All rooms also have private patios and gardens.

Hunter's Country House has 3 restaurants:

Sage @ Hunters offers refined country style dining and an a la carté menu.

Zinzi Restaurant is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner a la carte style. It is short stroll from both Hunters and Tsala. All children are welcome.

A third option is the exquisite glass-walled dining room at Tsala which offers al la carte for lunch or dinner. Children aged 10 years and older are welcome. 

There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the main guest areas.

There is a large swimming pool with sun loungers.

For the younger guests, the hotel has a Cubs Corner which has a designated play area for children up to 6 years, there are babysitting facilities (on request), and there is also Teen Scene which is a designated teen area.

Credit cards are accepted.

Kanonkop Guest House

The Garden Route

Days 6 - 7: The Garden Route

Kanonkop Guest House Location Map

Situated right in the heart of the Garden Route and set on the shores of a beautiful lagoon, Knysna (pronounced 'Nysna') is a bustling little holiday town, with a lively Waterfront area.

The excellent selection of accommodation and restaurants, coupled with the many activities on offer, makes this a superb holiday destination and a perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route. The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place mid-year in Knysna, and is one of the area’s annual highlights, boasting amazing food, great music and friendly people.

The Knysna Lagoon is sheltered from the ocean by a coral reef and the Knysna Heads - 2 large cliff formations which form a natural narrow opening into the ocean. Several operators offer relaxing catamaran trips and sunset champagne cruises out to the Heads and into the open sea, which is a great way to escape the busy streets for a while.

The surrounding forests and nature reserves provide ample opportunity for leisurely walks or picnics, short hikes or more strenuous day walks, plus a number of biking trails. Nearby Brenton-on-Sea beach is a magnificent 7 km stretch of uninterrupted white sands around a half heart-shaped bay.

Kanonkop Guest House combines service and relaxed luxury in an intimate and unique guest experience. Beautifully positioned at the top of Kanonkop Hill in a private indigenous forest, overlooking the iconic Knysna Lagoon with breathtaking views stretching all the way to the famous Knysna Heads and Indian Ocean, Kanonkop House showcases the natural beauty that the Garden Route is renowned for.

Upon your arrival, relax on your terrace with a chilled drink before freshening up and joining your hosts at the elegant guest bar for complimentary drinks, before heading out to dine at one of Knysna’s many fabulous restaurants.

Each of the 7 suites are individually furnished and decorated, with private balconies offering either views of the Knysna Estuary, or overlooking the pool and indigenous gardens.

After a restful night’s sleep, contemplate the day ahead over a scrumptious breakfast served under umbrellas on the patio or in front of the fire in the dining room. Your hosts can provide insider tips on the best way to enjoy your day, and make the most of the local area. In-house activities including discounted golf, cycling, birding, hiking, kayaking, beach, and all watersports are available. Head out to explore the natural beauty of the Garden Route, or just relax at the guest house and take a dip in the swimming pool or have an amazing in-house massage.

Example Details For Kanonkop Guest House

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Sunbird Room
Includes: Breakfast; high tea; all local beverages; and free onsite parking is included.
 
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Kanonkop Guest House Location.

Address

Kanonkop Guest House,6 Cuthbert Street, Knysna

Directions

From Cape Town via the N2: Approximately 2km's west (ie George side) of Knysna town centre, turn left at the 1st traffic light into Welbedacht Road.  There is also a Kanonkop sign here. After approx 400 metres (after passing Knysna Hollow) take the first right into Metelerkamp Street. Follow the signs to Kanonkop Guest house and take the right fork, and follow the road up the hill. Half way up the hill take the first road right into Cuthbert Street. As you reach the top of the hill, drive straight into the driveway at Kanonkop House. Address 6 Cuthbert Street.  Parking is immediately on the left as you enter the gates.

From Port Elizabeth (N2): Drive through the town of Knysna.  The town ends and the lagoon begins on the left hand side. Approximately 1km along the lagoon you will reach the traffic lights signposted Welbedacht Road. Turn right here (this is the last traffic light in Knysna). Approx 400 metres (after passing Knysna Hollow) take the first right at Metelerkamp Street and follow the directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival, and 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 8 years and older are welcome.

All of the suites have full bathrooms en-suite with a bath and separate shower. They also include under floor heating, heated towel rails, DSTV (selected channels), a sound system and CD player, CD library, a DVD player with IPod docking, free Wi-Fi, a mini bar fridge, hairdryers, electronic safe, fans, tea/coffee making facilities, robes and slippers.

Kanonkop House has a swimming pool, sundeck, outdoor lounge, gin bar, library, winter lounge and a TV lounge. The property has secure parking.

The lounge features a number of magazines, local interest books and light reading material (including some foreign language books and magazines) for guests to enjoy in the common areas, at the fireplace, or to take away with them.

There is an in-house therapist who offers a variety of different treatments and massages (additional cost).

Tea/coffee and High Tea are served everyday from 14:00 to 17:30.

Kanonkop is 5 minutes away from the centre of Knysna, along with the waterfront shops and restaurants.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.

Rosenhof Country House

The Klein Karoo

Days 8 - 9: The Klein Karoo

Rosenhof Country House Location Map

Oudtshoorn (pronounced ‘oats-horn’) is 55 km north of George and is the tourist mecca of the Little (or Klein) Karoo. It is most famous for its ostrich farms.

Before the First World War, thousands of ostriches were bred on farms across the area, primarily to service the growing fashion trend for ostrich feathers. Today, there are still many breeding farms, but the main tourist attraction are the Ostrich Show Farms, which offer interactive tours where you can learn more about the history of ostrich farming and meet the long-legged and long-necked inhabitants face to face.

The impressive Cango Caves are a further 30 km from Oudtshoorn. Naturally formed, the caves are engraved into the heart of the Swartberg Mountains and empowered by the beauty of the stalagmite and stalactite rock formations. The caves are illuminated to show some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world. The largest chamber is the Grand Hall, 107 metres across and 16 metres high.

Another popular reason to visit Oudtshoorn is the chance to spend a memorable (but early) morning with a family of meerkats. Tours depart before sunrise, and you get to spend a couple of hours watching these endearing little creatures as they wake up and start popping out of their burrows to forage for food and frolick in the morning sun.

Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The carefully renovated homestead (circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, and lovely rose garden exudes an aura of authenticity.

Traditional country cuisine with a cordon bleu touch and an extensive wine collection will make dining at Rosenhof an unforgettable experience. Breakfast is equally memorable, served in the sunny breakfast room overlooking the manicured gardens. There is a cosy bar area and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where guests can relax and admire works from well-known South African artists.

Oudtshoorn is blessed with a fine, dry climate and boasts an average of over 320 sunshine days per year, so in summer, guests can cool down in the large swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas or take tea in the manicured gardens. The Wellness Center offers a fully equipped gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa.

Rosenhof Country House has 12 stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished and situated around a beautiful courtyard. Each bedroom also has a private patio. The 2 Executive Suites each have their own pool, lounge and patio, with tranquil views of the Swartberg Mountain and are located 100m away from the main house for extra privacy.

Example Details For Rosenhof Country House

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Executive Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Rosenhof Country House Location.

Address

Rosenhof Country House,264 Baron Von Reede Street, Oudtshoorn

Directions

From R62 to Oudtshoorn: Follow the main road that you enter Town with. At the 3rd traffic light, turn left into Baron van Reede Street. Follow this road for about 1.5 km. Rosenhof is situated on the corner of Baron Van Reede and North Street on the right-hand side of the road, right opposite the Protea Riempie Estate Hotel.

From the N2 via Mossel Bay: The 2 roads connect to one another just before you enter Oudtshoorn. Follow the above directions.

From the Garden Route via George: Stay on the main road that you enter the town with, and follow this road straight through the town. You will pass 3 traffic lights. About 1 km from there you will find Rosenhof on the corner of Baron van Reede Street and North Street on the right-hand side of the road, right opposite the Protea Riempie Estate 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 aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.

A 5 course dinner can be arranged - we suggest you call the day before if you require this. The cost will be additional, and added to your room account, for you to settle directly on departure.

The Wellness Center offers a fully equipped gym, jacuzzi, sauna and a beauty clinic.

Oudtshoorn is blessed with a fine, dry climate and boasts an average of over 320 sunshine days per year. About 600mm of rain falls the whole year round peaking in spring and autumn while in the summer it can be delivered in the form of dramatic thundershowers.

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

Hermanus

Days 10 - 11: Hermanus

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach Location Map

Located on the south coast and within a 2 hour drive of Cape Town, Hermanus and Gansbaai are amongst the world's leading destinations for both land-based and boat-based whale watching. From June to December each year, whales can be seen as close as 20m from the shore and can come right up to the side of the whale watching boats.

With excellent accommodation, fine restaurants, and a glorious coastline in addition to the attraction of getting within a few metres of some of the largest animals ever to have lived on this planet, this is a place that every visitor to South Africa should try to see.

Hermanus is a pretty town with a good museum, and a number of whale-watching trips departing daily in season. Don't miss Bientang's Cave restaurant, where you can watch whales less than 100m away whilst eating an excellent seafood lunch. Other good vantage points are from the Old Harbour wall or the cliff path.

Gansbaai, 50 km from Hermanus, is the starting point for more boat-based whale watching, as well as cage diving with great white sharks, and trips to the Dyer Island seal colony.

Nestled on the sands of the Blue Flag Beach Grotto Beach in Hermanus is Mosselberg On Grotto Beach, a 5* boutique guest house that personifies African hospitality and world-class service, accommodation and facilities.

Mosselberg on Grotto offers just 5 luxurious, individually decorated rooms and suites, plus a large sea-facing deck overlooking lush indigenous Fynbos gardens with direct access to the beach, and an open-plan courtyard with a swimming pool. The property's fantastic location is matched by it's generous hospitality. There is also a strong emphasis on privacy, with individual stairwells to each suite and private sea-facing balconies.

Local attractions such as whale watching, great white shark cage diving, world-class wine estates and golf courses are all on the doorstep.

Example Details For Mosselberg on Grotto Beach

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Room (Olive OR Pinotage)
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Mosselberg on Grotto Beach Location.

Address

Mosselberg on Grotto Beach,253a 10th Street Voelklip, Hermanus

Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N2, direction Somerset West. Stay on the N2, pass Somerset West.

EITHER Go up Sir Lowry’s Pass, pass the turn offs to Elgin & Grabouw, and continue up the Houw Hoek Pass. On the top you will see a sign which says 'Welcome to the Overberg'. As you descend the other side you will get to a very sharp hairpin bend corner and immediately after that you will begin to see the signs for the turn off to Hermanus - R43. You feed off to the left and cross the N2 on a flyover.

ALTERNATELY: Turn off the N2 at the bottom of Sir Lowry’s Pass (on the Cape Town side of the mountain, before you begin the climb) towards Gordon’s Bay, and follow the scenic R44 around the coast past Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay (stop at Stoney Point and see the penguins!) and Kleinmond. This road ends at a T-Junction with the R43. Turn right towards Hermanus. This route takes about 20 minutes longer but is really beautiful.

24 km later you arrive in the centre of Hermanus. At the first roundabout, turn first left. At the 2nd roundabout turn 2nd left. At the 3rd roundabout turn 1st left.  3.5 km further you will reach a very big roundabout. Go straight over towards Stanford, and drive for another 2 km. Turn right in 13th Ave, and drive until you reach a stop sign about 150m in the direction of the sea. Turn left into 10th Street and Mosselberg on Grotto is about 100m further on your right (sea side).

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

All rooms have a safe, TV, a mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

There is a swimming pool as well as a lounge and courtesy bar.

A laundry service is available on request.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Queen Victoria Hotel

Cape Town

Days 12 - 15: Cape Town

Queen Victoria Hotel Location Map

The Queen Victoria Hotel is a 5* haven of calm, luxury and understated opulence amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town's popular V&A Waterfront. 

The interiors create an ambience of peaceful elegance, through the use of greys and taupes, marble-clad walls, crystal chandeliers, white marble and wooden parquet flooring, not to mention the triple-volume foyer with its dramatic white spiral staircase, glass lift and crystal chandeliers. The signature shade of deep purple has been employed to add a touch of regal eccentricity as an ode to the historic figure after whom the hotel is named.

From the food and beverage offering at the hotel's restaurant and bar, Dash, to the interior aesthetic, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair fused with local flavour.  The menu at Dash is structured around classic French cuisine, with all ingredients sourced locally and seasonally, while 90% of the interior pieces were sourced from local design geniuses.

There are also state-of-the-art gym facilities, a designer Spa, and a pool area in beautifully manicured gardens.

Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the suites and luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated.  With a consistent ambience of glamorous repose, most of the suites have panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour, and all of them have a fully stocked private mini bar and Molton Brown pamper accessories.

The attention to detail is also something to behold, from the customised wallpaper uniquely designed with a cameo portrait of Queen Victoria and the laser-cut, paper-on-paper artwork of local fynbos to the hotel's very own designer fragrance that wafts through the suites and foyer.

As its name suggests, this hotel truly is fit for royalty.

Example Details For Queen Victoria Hotel

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Premium Room (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied - selected periods only)
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Queen Victoria Hotel Location.

Address

Queen Victoria Hotel,Portswood Ridge, 5 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront

Directions

From the N2 (Cape Town International Airport/the Winelands/Hermanus/The Garden Route): Take the N2 towards Cape Town. Keep on this road, following the signs for Cape Town North, and then M6 Sea Point. If in doubt, keep bearing right the whole time! You will then see the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on your left-hand side (very large cream-coloured building), and there will be a set of traffic lights at a major junction. Go straight over this set of lights, and turn right at the next set onto Helen Suzman Boulevard (signposted M6 Sea Point). Keep to the right lane, and at the next set of traffic lights, turn right into Portswood Road.

Turn off Portswood Road into Portswood Ridge passing under the Portswood Hotel. Continue past the Portswood Hotel main entrance and follow the road to left – passing Allan Gray on your right. Continue along that road until you reach the Queen Victoria Hotel on the right. Valet parking is available outside the main entrance, or proceed past the hotel and turn right into the Queen Victoria Hotel parking area.

To exit proceed straight from the parking area and turn left at Ulundi, pass the Everard Read Gallery and finally turn right back into Pors2od Road.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and 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.

All rooms have air conditioning, satellite/cable television, a mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, and a room safe.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

There is 24 hour security and secure parking.

The hotel has a gym and a spa.

There is 24 hour room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. 

Guest have access to the pool which is situated at the nearby Dock House Boutique Hotel.

Dash is the restaurant and bar offering at the Queen Victoria Hotel, named after the Queen’s favourite pet. The 36 seat restaurant offers patrons an elegant yet relaxed experience with a touch of drama in the presentation of the well-crafted menu.

 

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Financial Protection

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All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected either by ABTOT Combined or the ATOL scheme.

When you pay for something protected by the ATOL scheme you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.

All packages that are not protected by ATOL are protected by ABTOT.

See our Terms and Conditions for more information about financial protection.