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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Kruger National Park

Days 1 - 4: Kruger National Park

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Location Map

Experience the ultimate in luxury accommodation and an unparalleled riverside setting at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge. The lodge is located in the world famous Kruger National Park, the best wildlife reserve in Africa, on a private 5,000 hectare concession, where guests can view the wildlife on safari game drives or bush walks, whilst accompanied by experienced guides.

With only 6 guests to a game viewer and exclusive traversing on the concession, you’ll have minimal encounters with other people. You will see all of Africa’s iconic species - lion leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and zebra - along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird.

While you are out exploring, you will by no means be roughing it. Your game viewer has cushioned bucket seats, waterproof device holders, blankets and ponchos - and stops off in a scenic spot for drinks and snacks.

If you enjoy a bit of adventure, and want to experience the bush in its rawest form,head out on an after-breakfast bush walk, or treat yourself to a night under the stars in the Tineyeleti Treehouse. You don’t get closer to Africa than this!

The 9 exclusive Suites are set apart on a high bank up from the Sabie River and feel definitely private. Step out through your suite’s glass sliding doors onto your private deck, where dining experiences can be set up just for you, or enjoy an al fresco shower under the stars or a dip in your plunge pool. From your suite, elevated wooden pathways lead off to a spa sala and the main lodge with its bar lounge, library, poolside and boma offering spaces to share good company or spend some quiet me time.

The Hi’Nkweni (pronounced Hing Kweni) Family Villa at Tinga Lodge is an exclusive and self-contained 2 Bedroom Villa, which comes with its own safari vehicle and field guide, giving guests the flexibility to craft their own experience.

Tinga is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.

Example Details For Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite
Includes: 3 meals per day; tea/coffee; minibar in room; all soft drinks, a selection of local brand beers, spirits and house wines; 2 daily shared game drives; game drive refreshments/snacks; the Guest Conservation Contribution and Recovery/Rebuilding Levy; Skukuza airport transfers; and the Kruger National Park concession fee are included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on guided 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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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge Location.


Lion Sands Tinga Lodge,Via Paul Kruger Gate, Lion Sands Private Concession


From Johannesburg: The recommended route from Johannesburg is the N12/N4 to Nelspruit, then the R40 from Nelspruit to Hazyview. You then take the R536 from Hazyview towards Paul Kruger Gate.

If you can at this stage, please give the lodge a call on +27 (0) 13 735 8400 when you reach Hazyview so that they know approximately when to expect you at the lodge.

Enter the Kruger National Park at the Paul Kruger Gate, announcing yourselves as guests of Lion Sands, and take the main road to Skukuza Rest Camp. At the first 4 way stop, Skukuza Rest Camp will be on your left hand side and Tinga will be signposted as straight on. Carry on until you reach a T-Junction where it is signposted 'Tinga 4 km'. At the T-Junction, turn left and then at the next 4 way stop turn right, towards the river and go over the low level bridge. About 0.5 km after the bridge you turn left onto a gravel road. Once on this road drive straight until you see a sign post for Tinga Reception.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park prohibits the use of roads within the Park before the gates are open and once the gates are closed, therefore guests need to plan their arrival and departure times carefully. You cannot arrange to leave the Park before the gates are open, and you must ensure that you arrive at the entrance gate with sufficient time to drive through the Park to reach your destination by the time the gate closes, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter.

January/February: Open 05:30, Close 18:30: March: Open 05:30, Close 18:00: April: Open 06:00; Close 18:00: May to July: Open 06:00, Close 17:30: August/September: Open 06:00, Close 18:00 : October: Open 05:30, Close 18:00: November/December: Open 05:30, Close 18:30

Please note that the maximum speed limit in the Park is 50 km/h for tar roads and 40 km/h for gravel roads.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival. Please note that in winter (May to September) game drives leave at 15:30 and in summer at 16:30 so do try to arrive by then, however if you are running later than these times the lodge may be able to arrange a link up with your game vehicle.  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 7 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.

All rooms have a private plunge pool, lounge area, private balcony, air conditioning, room fans, a room safe, tea/coffee making facilities, a personal bar, a telephone, a hair dryer, mosquito netting, and an outdoor and indoor shower.

The main area consists of the bar, library, spa, lounge and open plan dining area.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the public areas.

There is a central swimming pool.

There is a laundry service offered (additional cost).

Activities available at Lion Sands include morning and afternoon game drives (6 guests per vehicle), bush walks, bird watching, wlidlife lectures, visits to henna pre-school and stargazing.

Visa, MasterCard, Diners and AMEX credit cards are accepted.

Please note that all guests entering the Kruger National Park must produce a valid form of identification (passports for international visitors) at their entry gate with their accommodation reservation vouchers.

A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.

Please be advised that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), terrestrial UAVs, as well as aerial UAVs (or drones) is prohibited for the following reasons:-

1. The lodge is committed to ensuring that all guests and wildlife are not disturbed, where practically possible, by artificial mechanisms of any kind;
2. Security concerns around rhino poaching;
3. The use of recreational drones is prohibited in terms of Section101 of SA Civil Aviation Regulations 2015.

This policy includes their own staff as well as professional photographers.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on guided walks. 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, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

Day 5: Port Elizabeth

Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth 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, and has many shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a 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 180,000 hectare reserve alongside buffalo, kudu, 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.

With panoramic views to the sandy beaches of Algoa Bay, the Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth offers supreme hospitality, 173 beautifully designed guest rooms and world-class amenities, and is ideally located a mere 300 meters from the beach.

Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the large, outdoor swimming pool, or take some time out to get pampered in the spa. The gym will enable guests to keep up with their fitness routine.

Tabu Grill has a chic decor which is set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Diners can enjoy local, seasonal ingredients in unique combinations and pair any of the dishes with a glass of wine from the restaurant's expansive wine list.

Example Details For Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite - Ocean View
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth Location.


Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth,Corner of Marine Drive and Ninth Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth


From Port Elizabeth Airport: When exiting Port Elizabeth airport, turn right at the roundabout onto Alister Miller Drive. At the traffic lights, turn right onto La Roche Drive. Continue and go straight at the upcoming traffic lights to stay on the same road. Keep travelling down La Roche Drive until you reach the intersection at Marine Drive. Turn right onto Marine Drive (with the beach on your left-hand side) and travel along this road for approximately 4 km. The Radisson Blu Hotel will be situated on your right-hand side, on the corner of Marine Drive and Ninth Avenue.

The Port Elizabeth Airport is approximately 7 km from the Radisson Blu Hotel.

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 then becomes Humewood Road and then Beach Road and finally Marine Drive. The Radisson Blu Hotel will be situated on your right-hand side, on the corner of Marine Drive and Ninth Avenue.

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 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 are en-suite with a bath and separate shower, a hair dryer, a mini bar (stocked on request), tea/coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.  The Business Class Rooms and Suites include a Nespresso coffee machine and a complimentary daily newspaper.

There is designated indoor and outdoor parking capable of accommodating up to 100 cars. Parking is complimentary for hotel guests and valet parking is available for an additional fee.

There is a daily shuttle from the hotel to the Boardwalk complex.

The gym features fitness equipment that allows for all types of workouts.

There is a spa offering a choice of modern therapies and treatments.

There is a swimming pool.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

The Garden Route

Days 6 - 8: The Garden Route

Tsala Treetop Lodge Location Map

Part of the Relais & Chateaux group of exclusive properties, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a beautiful blend of stone, wood, glass and water high above the floor of the magnificent indigenous forests of the Garden Route, only 10 km west from Plettenberg Bay and 24 km east from the busy holiday town of Knysna. From dolphin spotting to coastal forests, and from adrenalin sports to relaxing on vast white-sand beaches or sunset catamaran cruises, there are endless options to fill your days here.

The magical allure of Tsala is irresistable to those who appreciate exclusivity and fine fare and who also want some romance. The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world.

The main lodge has a magnificent foyer featuring polished blackwood columns and a glass fronted lounge with views of the forest and valley.

Large open suspended decks are ideal for dining and sunset viewing, and the library features reference books on the area.

Superb and imaginative cuisine, reflecting the diversity of South African cultures, is a dining highlight and the wine cellar is stocked with the best South African Estate wines.

Elevated boardwalks high in the forest canopy allow easy access between the main lodge and the 10 exclusive and very private suites and the 6 luxury villas.

Each suite, rising to heights exceeding 6 metres, is a harmonious combination of the craftsmanship of ancient times and the indulgent luxury of every modern convenience. All have a private deck with sun loungers and infinity pool, a sitting room with a wood fire, and a spacious bathroom with inside and outside showers.

The villas are ideal for families or couples travelling together. Each villa has 2 bedrooms, so they are ideal for groups up to 4 people, as well as a private deck with an infinity pool overlooking the forest below.

Example Details For Tsala Treetop Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Treetop Suite with Plunge Pool
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Tsala Treetop Lodge Location.


Tsala Treetop Lodge,Off the N2, Plettenberg Bay


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.

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

General Information For Guests

Children aged 10 years and older are welcome.

Constructed of stone, wood and glass the beautiful tree-house suites comprise of a plush bedroom, an elegant sitting room with a fireplace and a spacious bathroom fit for royalty. Extending into the forest is a private deck and your own infinity pool providing the ultimate privacy.

All rooms have a hair dryer, in room safe, an umbrella, complimentary port in the room, a fully stocked mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, under floor heating and air conditioning.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge area.

Meals at Tsala are exquisitely presented in the glass walled dining room. For those wanting to enjoy the morning sunshine, the spectacular dining deck, suspended above the forest floor, is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and sumptuous breakfast.

Vibrant and casual with distinctive international flavours, the Zinzi Restaurant offers an abundant and tasty menu, in an incredible forest setting.

A winding staircase leads you to the hidden wine cellar at Tsala, where shelves carefully house a selection of vintage and younger wines you can enjoy during your stay.

Babysitting and laundry services are available (additional cost) along with 24 hour room service and pamper treatments (on request).

Credit cards are accepted.

La Residence

The Cape Winelands

Days 9 - 10: The Cape Winelands

La Residence Location Map

La Residence lies at the heart of a private 30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam and fragrant manicured gardens. The majestic mountains that surround the idyllic Franschhoek Valley provide enchanting views in every direction.

Space is in abundance with panoramic views from every suite, and personalised service is the order of the day. In addition to the deluxe decor, La Residence has a reputation for world-class dining. Haute cuisine is served in the baronial dining room or on the tranquil patios.

A 5 minute drive from the charming curio shops and galleries of Franschhoek village, the hotel provides complimentary transfers so guests can explore at their leisure. There are excellent village restaurants to try as well as a range of activities from horse-riding to chocolate-tasting.

With sublime views, diverse pastimes, crisp mountain air and the stillness of the serene valley, this is an unparalleled luxury retreat.

The 11 opulent bedrooms open onto generous sunny balconies and verandahs, which offer the perfect place to relax, admire the view, and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquility. They incorporate antiques, Persian carpets, fine fabrics and an eclectic mix of objects d'art.

On hot days, the shimmering infinity pool beckons. Sip drinks under a shady umbrella, or relax with treatments in the Spa. In addition, the air conditioned gym caters for the more energetic!

A stone’s throw from La Residence in a tranquil vineyard setting, there are 5 vineyard suites which offer privacy and space for families and groups of friends. There are stylish rooms for dining and relaxing, and luxurious bedrooms with marble en-suite bathrooms. All have private terraces and gardens; while 4 have their own pools.

Example Details For La Residence

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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La Residence Location.


La Residence,Elandskloof Private Road, Franschhoek



Follow the exit signs from the airport, take the N2 to Cape Town /Somerset West road. : Turn left onto the N2 towards Somerset West. Take the R300 exit left towards Paarl. : Take the N1 Paarl exit at the end of the R300 : Take the exit R47, marked Klapmuts. : Turn right under the N1 Motorway, go through the 4-way stop and turn first left onto the R45 to Franschhoek. At the T-junction turn right towards Franschhoek

On approaching Franschhoek Town, just past Franschhoek Cellars, turn left into De Villiers Street. Take your first left into Dirkie Uys Street : Proceed along Dirkie Uys Street, past Domaine Des Anges on your left. Dirkie Uys Street ends in a gated T-junction : Turn right into Elandskloof Private Road. About 400m up the road, on your right hand side, you will see the entrance gate for the new La Residence :

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.

It is advisable to pre-book dinner reservations in Franschhoek, especially between October and April. You can either do this directly via www.franschhoek-restaurants.co.za or otherwise please ask your Travel Butlers consultant for assistance.

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Cape Town

Days 11 - 14: Cape Town

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel Location Map

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.

The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, and was declared a national monument in 1984. The hotel is situated in the heart of Cape Town, just off the fashionable Kloof Street, so some of Cape Towns' finest restaurants are a leisurely stroll away, and you are just a short drive from the beaches at Camps Bay, Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront.

The lounge and breakfast room have been carefully designed to provide every creature comfort without sparing on the fine detail. There is also a garden and pool area, and a library where you can relax and read or research your itinerary from the computer terminal provided for your convenience.

Each of the 15 rooms are individually decorated, marrying a touch of yesteryear with contemporary chic and bohemian influence. The choice of room at Cape Cadogan is largely dependent on your personal preference and budget. Regardless of room category, comfort is never compromised and the warmth of the charming environment seeps its way through to every corner.  

Example Details For Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel Location.


Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel,5 Upper Union Street, Tamboerskloof


From Cape Town International Airport: Follow Airport Exit signs then pick up on Cape Town signs as you leave the Airport area.

After approximately 3 km you join the N2 double lane motorway heading for Cape Town. Go past the twin concrete cooling towers on right hand side of motorway, and after a couple more kilometres the motorway turns sharply left.

Follow the left curve and N2 City signage. Bear right, still following the City N2 signage. Keep following N2 signage and where the road splits keep to the far right.

At the end of this highway you will arrive at a very large intersection with a few sets of traffic lights. Cross over all of these without turning off. This street is called Buitengracht Street. Continue all the way. Four lanes will decrease to 2 and will eventually become a one-way street called New Church Street. Do not turn off anywhere. At the top of New Church Street there's another intersection with traffic lights. Cross over these also and turn left at the 2nd street after the intersection.

This is Upper Union Street. The Cape Cadogan Luxury Boutique Hotel is situated 120m down the road on the right hand side.

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 10 years and older are welcome. A babysitting service is available (additional cost).

All rooms have a shower, bathroom amenities, robe and slippers, a Nespresso coffee machine, a pre-stocked minibar, satellite television, hairdryers, direct dial telephone, in-room safe, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Luxury Rooms have a sitting area and a terrace or courtyard with a bistro set. 

The Superior Luxury Suite includes a shower and bathtub, a lounge area, gas fireplace, and a private plunge pool with a terrace, bistro set and loungers.

The hotel has a main swimming pool.

Street parking is available FOC or otherwise secure parking can be arranged at an additional cost.

The hotel offers complimentary daily scheduled transfers within a 6 km radius of the hotel. 

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners credit cards are accepted.

Daily gym membership at the nearby gym can be arranged (additional cost).

There is a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood, and the hotel is also in close proximity to Table Mountain (10 minutes), Clifton Beach (15 minutes) and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (10 minutes).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

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