Southern Sun The Cullinan
Days 1 - 4: Cape Town
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is consistently voted amongst the top cities in the world to visit and it is no surprise that this wonderful city is one of the highlights of a holiday to South Africa. The climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers.
One of the main tourist attractions is the tastefully restored V&A Waterfront with its many shops, bars and restaurants. There is also an aquarium and one of the largest craft markets in Southern Africa. Boats offer tours of the harbour from the quayside and the whole place is always buzzing with life and activity. The City Bowl is home to many museums and historical buildings which can all be viewed from a 'topless' hop on/hop off tourist bus, complete with interesting commentary as you ride around the city.
The adventurous can climb up (or abseil down) Table Mountain, windsurf or kitesurf at Bloubergstrand Beach, dive in shark tanks, or do any one of a dozen more adrenalin pumping activities. For a more relaxed pace of life, there are miles of sandy beaches for soaking up the African sun, or enjoy a quiet stroll through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Southern Sun The Cullinan is a stylish and grand hotel that offers travellers easy access to most of Cape Town's venues and is within walking distance to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront.
Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent decor creates a mood that is a world-away-from-home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.
The 410 elegant and spacious hotel rooms all boast spectacular views over the many aspects of Cape Town - enjoy either the view of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbour and Waterfront or the city centre.
Rooms are lavishly decorated with rich finishes and furnishing, and all offer luxurious private bathrooms and in room amenities to enhance your stay and make it as comfortable as possible.
The outdoor pool is ideal for those who enjoy a fresh dip in cool waters and the fully equipped gym is accessible to all guests of the hotel.
Example Details For Southern Sun The Cullinan
|Room:||1 x Standard Room (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Southern Sun The Cullinan Location.
Southern Sun The Cullinan,1 Cullinan Street, V&A Waterfront
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. Turn left into Walter Sisulu Avenue, the CTICC will still be on your left. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right into Long Street. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right into Wharf Street. Wharf Street curves and becomes Cullinan Street and the Cullinan will be on your left-hand side.
From the N1: Follow the road to Cape Town, and you will see the CTICC on your left-hand side. 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. Late check-out is available on request.
General Information For Guests
Children of any age are welcome.
In-room amenities include air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, a safe, mini bar/fridge, iron/ironing board, satellite/cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a hair dryer.
There is a shuttle service available to the Waterfront and other areas of Cape Town.
The hotel has a covered garage for parking, but there is a daily parking fee, which is payable directly to the hotel.
There is a fitness centre as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The spa offers a range of therapeutic wellness treatments that can be arranged in the privacy of your own room if required.
Credit cards are accepted.
Other guest services include a foreign exchange desk, a travel desk, room service (24 hours) and a chauffeur service.
Smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
nThambo Tree Camp
Klaserie Game Reserve
Days 5 - 7: Klaserie Game Reserve
Experience a true Kruger safari at nThambo Tree Camp, an eco-friendly camp which provides a truly personal safari experience. The camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. On a game drive safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers and Shangaan trackers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. Night drives are also an option for those who want to see the nocturnal wildlife, while optional bush walks can be arranged too.
The main camp and guest areas include a comfortable lounge and dining area under thatch. The dining room has a large table where, as per safari tradition, everyone dines together to enjoy each other's company and share stories of the day's game sightings. There is also a boma area with a camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying evening drinks around the fire. In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braai cooked over the open fire. During the hot summer months guests can relax around the splash pool - don't be surprised if there is a herd of elephants approaching to drink the water!
In the evenings the main area is lit with lanterns while plug points in the chalets can be used to charge your camera batteries. There is also Wi-Fi available in the lounge and bar area.
Accommodation is comfortable with a touch of bush luxury. There are 5 solar-powered tree house chalets, each raised on wooden stilts. The floor is wooden decking and the walls are canvas tent with a thatched roof. In addition, each chalet has a verandah which overlooks the plain in front of camp with views of the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. All the chalets are reasonably spaced out from each other ensuring privacy for all guests.
Example Details For nThambo Tree Camp
|Room:||1 x Tree House Chalet - Full Board Package|
|Includes:||Full Board Package: All meals; tea/coffee; bush walks; the Klaserie Bed/Conservation levies; and shared game drives are included.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
nThambo Tree Camp Location.
nThambo Tree Camp,Klaserie Game Reserve, Klaserie Game Reserve
From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Continue through Klaserie, and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport, Thornybush Reserve and Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road). Go past the airport, and continue along this road.
After 300m you will go through a control gate. Head for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate. 17 km later look out for Bones Bush Pub on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the Timbavati Gate (Nkhulu Gate). For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the gate. All guests need to present their passport to allow entry into the reserve.
Once through the gate, drive 6.4 km with the fence line on your left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5 km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4-way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further 2.5 km until you see a sign for 'Ross' and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you
see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the camp. 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 (approximately 40 minutes): Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate and follow the directions as above.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria (approximately 6 hours): 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 until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions from the airport as above.
PLEASE NOTE : On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.
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 13 years and older are welcome. Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on bush walks.
All rooms have a balcony/deck, mosquito nets, luggage racks and a room safe. The bathrooms are en-suite and have showers only (no baths). There is a pedestal fan in each room plus electrical outlets. Each room also has an air horn in case of emergency.
The lodge has Wi-Fi in the lounge area. There is a small splash pool with a decking area. The lodge has a fully stocked bar and a small library area stocked with reading material.
There are no fences around the camp, so take care when walking from your chalet to the main lodge area and back.
Credit cards are accepted at the camp for additional purchases.
All morning and afternoon game drives are conducted in open 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers which are perfect for photographic and video opportunities. The morning game drive leaves about 05:30 to 06:00 in the morning and you return after about 3 hours for breakfast at the lodge. The afternoon game drives generally leaves at 16:00 and include late afternoon game spotting, a sundowner stop and a game drive that continues into the evening, returning to the lodge normally around 19:00 or a bit later.
Of guests are interested a bush walk after breakfast can be arranged. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers who have had intensive specialised training in approaching dangerous game. A bush walk will allow you to track animals on foot and learn what types of tracks various species leave when traversing the bush. Bush walks are a great way to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa.
All guests need to present their passport to allow entry into the reserve.
Like neighbouring reserves, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve has had to significantly increase anti-poaching measures in order to protect not only rhino but other vulnerable species as well. As such, the rate for guests visiting the reserve now includes a Bed Levy, which goes towards ensuring that the reserve remains in pristine condition and helps to ensure the reduction of the camps carbon footprint, as well as a Conservation Levy which is used to subsidise anti-poaching efforts, further develop smart fences, pay additional teams, contribute to the cost of all counter poaching flights, and purchase new equipment to ensure the continual protection of vulnerable species with the reserve.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and camp manager.
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