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Simbambili Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Simbambili Game Lodge Location Map

Simbambili Game Lodge is situated in the northern section of the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge is set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River with views over extensive savanna grassland that teems with wildlife. 

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld.  Depart in an open Land Cruiser with experienced rangers and trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. Each game viewing vehicle seats 6 people only. After a delicious breakfast is served either at camp or in the bush, guest will have the opportunity to go on a bush walk. Accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker, bush walks offer guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures that often go unseen as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region, and to follow tracks in more detail. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big game, on foot or on an open vehicle safari. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds.

Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees lie 7 individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy.  Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over the dry riverbed as well as the Sabi bushveld and its incredibly diverse bird and animal life from the en-suite bathroom and private viewing deck. Another feature of the deck, apart from the wonderful views, is a private plunge pool to soothe away hot summer afternoons and a private sala for daydreaming and resting in the heat of the day.

The Honeymoon Suite is positioned to afford guests utter privacy, and also offers an indoor lounge area in addition to a private plunge pool and daybed. There is also one superior Waterhole Suite, which has its own private lounge area offering extensive views of the waterhole.

Guests at Simbambili Game Lodge also can use the spa, offering the latest beauty treatments and the added novelty of massages with a view over the rolling plains.

Example Details For Simbambili Game Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)
Includes: Dawn and dusk shared safari game drives in open safari vehicles; bushveld walks; all meals, tea/coffee, snacks and local drinks; the Guest Contribution/Conservation Levy and the Tourism Bed levy fee are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush 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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Simbambili Game Lodge Location.

Address

Simbambili Game Lodge,Simbambili 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 normally 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 normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 16 years and older are welcome.

All suites have a private plunge pool, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, hair dryer, room safe, telephone, mosquito nets, indoor and outdoor showers, private sala, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini bar.

The lodge also has a curio shop, internet access, library, gym and health spa.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the lodge, including the suites. There is also mobile phone service.

A laundry services is available (additional cost).

All major credit cards are accepted at the lodge.

After breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

A Guest Conservation Contribution/Conservation Levy has been included within 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 16 years are not permitted on bush walks. The final decision on whether a guest can join a  bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Hacklewood Hill

Port Elizabeth

Day 4: Port Elizabeth

Hacklewood Hill Location Map

One of the few remaining Victorian Manor houses in Port Elizabeth - Hacklewood Hill Country House, built in 1898 - is an elegant and stately residence set in the peaceful surroundings of the leafy suburb of Walmer.

Superbly decorated and exquisitely furnished with antiques, fine fabrics and beautiful paintings this 5* hotel offers 8 spacious bedrooms boasting unsurpassed luxury in the classic country house tradition.

The restaurant at Hacklewood Hill offers exquisite award winning dining in an elegant setting. The talented chef is passionate about creating dishes in generous portions to satisfy the most discerning of diners. In the true turn of the century traditon, silver service is the order of the day.

The Hacklewood Wine cellar is a delightful underground treasure trove, where guests are invited to browse an impressive selection of imported white wines and champagnes, as well as a rare collection of vintage reds.

A range of facilities adds to the overall appeal of Hacklewood Hill. Guests can enjoy a bracing game of tennis or croquet before languishing around the sparkling pool. An assortment of indoor games is also available.

The fragrant, leafy garden invites guests to immerse themselves in fresh floral scents, bright colours and cheerful birdsong for a truly relaxing experience.

Each of the spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms offers all the modern comforts while remaining in the elegant Victorian country house tradition. Each bedroom leads onto a private balcony overlooking the lush garden.

The elegance of the Victorian era is continued in the large en-suite bathrooms which offer feature bath tubs, separate showers, heated towel rails, terry towel bathrobes and candle sticks - a romantics' dream.

From the moment you enter your private enclave, you will relax and unwind.

Example Details For Hacklewood Hill

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Hacklewood Hill Location.

Address

Hacklewood Hill,152 Prospect Road, Walmer

Directions

From Port Elizabeth Airport: When exiting the Airport, turn left into Alistair Miller Drive. At the traffic lights turn left into Heugh Road until the next set of traffic lights. Turn right into 6th Avenue (6th Avenue Shopping Centre in on your right). At the next traffic lights, turn left into Main Road. Travel down Main Road until the traffic light intersection at 10th Avenue. Turn left into 10th Avenue (your landmark is a Shell Garage directly ahead). Take the first right into Prospect Road - Hacklewood Hill Country House is situated on the left-hand side of the road. Ring the buzzer at the front gate to be welcomed to Hacklewood Hill Country House.

From the Garden Route: Follow the N2 to Port Elizabeth. Once you see the signs for Port Elizabeth look for the City/William Moffat Expressway off-ramp. Go up the ramp in the right-hand lane and turn right at the top (you will then cross over the bridge). Keep in the center lane and go straight over the traffic lights after the bridge. At the major junction - go straight over Cape Road - you are now on the William Moffat Expressway. When the road narrows and you see the signs on your left for Walmer Park Shopping Center - turn left at these traffic lights onto Main Road. Follow the road straight along until you reach 10th Avenue (your landmark is a green BP petrol station on the right-hand side of 10th Avenue). Turn right into 10th Avenue - you will see Damelin College on your right-hand side. Take the first turning on the right into Prospect Road - you will see the Hacklewood Hill sign and the remote-controlled gate.

From Grahamstown/Eastern Cape Game Reserves: As you are travelling into Port Elizabeth on the N2 Highway you will see the overhead signs for Summerstrand/City/Walmer. Stay in the Walmer lane. At the end of the highway (there will be overhead boards advising the above and the harbour will be on your left) at the first set of traffic lights turn right into Walmer Boulevard/M9. There will be a fire station on your left. Continue until you reach 6th Avenue. At the traffic lights (6th Avenue/Heugh Road intersection) turn right into 6th Avenue and continue until you reach the next set of traffic lights. Turn Left into Main road and continue until you reach 10th Avenue (there is a BP Garage on the opposite left Corner). Turn left into 10th Avenue and the first road to your right is Prospect Road

From Addo: Take the R335 towards Port Elizabeth, and join the N2 still heading towards Port Elizabeth. Follow the directions as above from Grahamstown/EC Game Reserves.

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 aged 8 years and older are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, a lounge area, satellite/cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fan, a mini bar, a fire place, a safe, tea/coffee making facilities and a veranda. The en-suite bathrooms have a shower and heated towel rails.

The property has a swimming pool with sun loungers and a tennis court. Rackets and balls are availabe from the Reception area.

Secure parking is available.

Credit cards are accepted.

Room service is offered (on request).

High tea is served in the restaurant or garden (additional cost).

Kurland Hotel

The Garden Route

Days 5 - 7: The Garden Route

Kurland Hotel Location Map

Set on a plateau between the emerald green Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Kurland Hotel is a 5* luxury boutique hotel near Plettenberg Bay, just a short distance from the beach and the town centre.

Although established in the old Cape Dutch tradition, the hotel is completely modern in all other respects and is surrounded by immaculate polo fields and adjacent stables which form part of the 700 hectare private estate. Guests can relax into the calm mood of Kurland in a comfortable chair on the spacious, shaded veranda, or stretch out on a recliner by the palm fringed, sparkling pool.  Kurland's modern health spa includes a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam bath and plunge pool. Beauty treatments are available on request. 

Children of all ages are welcome at Kurland, being well catered for with tennis, boating, horse and cycle-riding, a games room, a jungle gym and their own swimming pool.

Tennis and horse riding and in season polo matches are also part of the daily activities. Guided walks can also be arranged with experienced guides, who will accompany guests and children on eco-walks through the estate focusing on birdlife, plant life and small game. Furthermore guided beach walks, at the nearby spectacular Natures Valley, can also be arranged, and gourmet picnics are provided by the Kurland kitchen.

The 12 tastefully decorated and spacious suites are designed to cater for the guests every comfort. Ceiling fans ensure that guests are kept cool in the hot summers and large fireplaces can be used in the winter months. The rooms are individually styled and display some enviable objects d'art, antique furniture and original oil paintings.

The Elegant Suites overlook the central pool. Each one has a large bedroom, bathroom and private patio. They are ideally located a few steps from the main homestead.

The Luxury and Superior Suites all have private loft rooms that are specially furnished for children with their own en-suite bathrooms. The Luxury Suites have secluded courtyards and water features whilst the Superior Suites all have private pools, which enjoy magnificent views of the estate.

Example Details For Kurland Hotel

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Elegant Suite
Includes: Breakfast; all non-alcoholic beverages; tea/coffee; Kurland Spa (sauna, steam room and gym); quad bikes; mountain bikes; tennis courts; Cafe Complete every day; tea/coffee delivered to room with wake up call; and complimentary children's Shetland pony rides (aged 1- 6) are included.
 
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Kurland Hotel Location.

Address

Kurland Hotel,Off the N2, Near Plettenberg Bay

Directions

From George: Kurland will be on the left hand side of the road after you have passed Plettenberg Bay.

From Port Elizabeth: Kurland will be on the right hand side before you reach the turn off for Plettenberg Bay.

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.

Kurland offers FREE introductory spa treatments for all guests.

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

The Cape Winelands

Days 8 - 9: The Cape Winelands

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa Location Map

Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. A mere 5 minutes from the historic town of Stellenbosch, the estate boasts endless rows of lush vineyards, hectares of gardens shaded by giant oak trees, and is surrounded by the dramatic Helderberg mountains.

Set on a working farm, guests can enjoy guided tours of the wine cellar and complimentary wine tasting either in the comfort of the well-appointed tasting room, or on the veranda with views of the vineyards.

The hotel's rooms, restaurants, bar and lounge are all located in the estate's Manor House and outbuildings, amidst 10 hectares of award-winning landscaped gardens featuring numerous ancient oaks, some over 160 years old.

The Lanzerac Spa is conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel and offers the perfect retreat, with exclusive signature therapies and full hydro facilities including a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and mist rooms. There is also a fitness room.

The sophisticated style of the rooms and suites reflects the history of the estate, blended with carefully balanced contempory influences. Each room is individually decorated with elegant finishes and a unique selection of timeless pieces.

All rooms and suites open out onto private patios overlooking lush vineyards, the manicured gardens and the majestic mountain range.

Example Details For Lanzerac Hotel and Spa

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Junior Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Lanzerac Hotel and Spa Location.

Address

Lanzerac Hotel and Spa,1 Lanzerac Road, Karindal, Stellenbosch

Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N1 from the city, and stay on it for approximately 30 km. When you see the Engen 1-Stop on your left-hand side, take the next off-ramp to the left to Stellenbosch. At the top of the off-ramp turn right and go over the bridge (the N1 will pass under you). Keep straight through the vinyards. As you get into Stellenbosch town you'll see a residential area on your left-hand side. From there pass through 3 sets of traffic lights. At the 4th set of traffic lights you will turn left into Merriman Road (there will be a Caltex Petrol station on your right).

When you reach the roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Follow the road, you will pass a school on your right-hand side. At the 4th road on your right-hand side, you will turn right and then the 1st left will lead you onto the Lanzerac Estate.

From Cape Town International Airport/Hermanus/The Garden Route: Follow the N2 until you reach the R310 Baden Powell/Stellenbosch off-ramp. Follow the R310 to Stellenbosch for approximately 17 km. You will pass landmarks such as Spier Estate and Vlottenburg Winery. When you reach the T-junction turn right and follow the road. Keeping the railway line on your left-handside, travel passed the station (keeping in the left-hand lane), and enter into Adam Tas Road. At the 2nd set of traffic lights you will turn right into Merriman Road. Pass through 2 sets of traffic lights until you reach the roundabout.

When you reach the roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Follow the road, you will pass a school on your right-hand side. At the 4th road on your right-hand side, you will turn right and then the 1st left will lead you onto the Lanzerac Estate.

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.

Guests staying at the Lanzerac Hotel andamp; Spa are offered the following complimentary services: use of the Spaandacute;s hydro facilities, a guided tour through the modern cellar, a wine tasting of 4 Lanzerac Estate wines and Wi-Fi.

All rooms have underfloor heating, personally controlled air conditioning, a hair dryer, electronic safe, mini bar and DSTV satellite television (selected channels).

There is a range of different dining and bar areas on the estate.

There is an in-house transfer service using a Microbus (capacity up to 7 guests).

The hotel offers 24 hour room service and babysitting services.

The Spa has an indoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi that overlooks the endless rows of vineyards. There are private male and female steam and sauna rooms, and a wide range of treatments is offered.

Queen Victoria Hotel

Cape Town

Days 10 - 14: 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: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe 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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