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Going back to Nature

Example holiday

Going back to Nature

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

Important travel information for visitors to South Africa is included at the back of this document.

All the holidays we offer to our clients are tailor-made, so we can adjust this trip to fit in with your travel dates, interests, preferred accommodation, and of course your budget.

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Going back to Nature

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Holiday Title: Going back to Nature

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Going back to Nature

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1
Make your way into the Arrivals Hall at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.

13 Day Car Rental: Group D: VW Polo Vivo or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)

Drive to the Drakensberg (approx 305 km / 3 h 45 mins). Montusi Mountain Lodge offers genuine hospitality in the tranquillity of one of the most beautiful settings in South Africa.


Day 4

Drive to Durban (approx 300 km / 3 h 30 mins). With over 320 days of sunshine per year, Durban is a holidaymakers' paradise. The 6 km 'Golden Mile' of beaches are packed with sun worshippers throughout the year, while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean entice swimmers, surfers, diversand other watersport enthusiasts.


Day 6

Drive into KwaNgwanase (Manguzi or Kosi Bay - allow about 5 hours from Durban), through the town and near the end, look out for the Total Garage - on your left handside. Once you arrive at this service station, a Kosi representative will meet you there and drive you to a secure car parking area not far away. The trip to Kosi Forest Lodge from here will be approximately 25 minutes in an open 4x4 vehicle and departs at 1600. Kosi offers comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities.

St Lucia Wetland Park

3 nights at Kosi Forest Lodge


Day 9

Transfer back to the secure parking, where you will pick up your car and drive to Mkuze (approx 135 km / 2 h 30 mins). Ghost Mountain Inn is the perfect setting to experience more of the allure of KZN in stylish comfort.


Day 11

Allow about an hour to drive to the Pakamisa Game Reserve. Pakamisa is home to a collection of magnificent Arabian Horses and there are few greater thrills than exploring the wild African bush on horseback.

Pakamisa Game Reserve

2 nights at Pakamisa Lodge


Day 13
Allow about 6 hours to drive back to Johannesburg Airport, where you will return your hire car and check in for your flight home.
 
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Montusi Mountain Lodge

The Drakensberg: 3 Nights

Montusi Mountain Lodge offers genuine hospitality in the tranquillity of one of the most beautiful settings in Southern Africa. Space, comfort and peace are what you will find when you treat yourself to the natural splendour and peaceful, romantic ambiance of this Drakensberg haven.

Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi is one of the few destinations with a panoramic vista of the Drakensberg's most famous feature, the Amphitheatre escarpment.

Activities include hiking, horse riding, trout fishing, golf, swimming and even trapezing.

Montusi Mountain Lodge consists of a large and beautifully thatched main lodge with reception, dining room, terrace, bar, lounge and massage room.

The swimming pool looks out at the escarpment and the surrounding rocks have provided inspiration for this unusual and beautifully crafted pool which makes it the guest's favourite place in summer.

The intimate restaurant (with a log fireplace) is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus.

The 16 individual free-standing suites offer guests privacy, are uniquely decorated with stunning views of the Amphitheatre Mountain. Suites have one or two bedrooms with a en-suite bathroom (bath and walk-in shower), a lounge, patio, gas operated fireplace and tea/coffee making facility.

Along side each suite there is a private covered carport for one vehicle.

Montusi offers space, comfort and peace with personal attention to detail.

Example Details For Montusi Mountain Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Mountain Suite
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Location

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Southern Sun Elangeni

Durban: 2 Nights

With over 320 days of sunshine per year, Durban is a holidaymakers paradise. The 6 km 'Golden Mile' of beaches are packed with sun worshippers throughout the year, while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean entice swimmers, surfers and other water sport and diving enthusiasts.

For those looking for attractions away from the sand and sea, Durban offers a bustling cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, museums, live music and theatre. Durban is also home to the largest population of Indian descendents in South Africa, so it is not surprising, therefore, that the city is renowned for its aromatic spice markets and delicious curries - reputed to be some of the best in the world outside of India itself.

Some of the best diving in South Africa can be found at Aliwal Shoal, just 50 km south of Durban. Aliwal is voted as being one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.  Besides being able to dive and swim alongside the many tropical fish species and loggerhead turtles, the major attraction at Aliwal is the ragged tooth shark, or 'Raggy' as it is fondly known within the local dive community.  From July to November the ragged tooth sharks visit Aliwal Shoal in their annual migration from the Cape to the St Lucia Marine Reserve, and the docile nature of this species means that divers can get extremely close to the sharks without the need for a diving cage.

One of Durban's premier hotels, the Southern Sun Elangeni has breathtaking views of Durban's Golden Mile and warm Indian Ocean.

All the air-conditioned rooms are well furnished and offer every amenity. There are also 3 outdoor pools (one of which is heated), beauty salons, Camelot spa and a gymnasium.

The hotel is home to several of Durban's most exciting restaurants and bars. Guests are presented with a wide range of dining options, from generous buffets to traditional Japanese and exotic curries. Visitors looking to experience glamour and stunning views of the Indian Ocean and vibrant cocktails head to Sky, the hotel's exclusive Durban venue at the top of the Maharani Tower.

Example Details For Southern Sun Elangeni

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Kosi Forest Lodge

St Lucia Wetland Park: 3 Nights

Kosi Forest Lodge is located in a private nature reserve in a tranquil sand forest alongside one of the lakes in the Kosi system, which forms part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (also now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park), an internationally recognised World Heritage Site.

The 11,000 hectare, 30 km long nature reserve is a tropical paradise of crystal clear water, marshland, swamp and coastal forests that is home to about 250 species of bird. Kosi Forest Lodge is the only private lodge in the nature reserve.

Activities include guided canoeing on the lakes, walks in the Raffia Forest, boat trips, and snorkelling.

A massive Zulu Podberry tree is the focal point of the main lodge with the lounge, dining room and bar all opening onto a large, wooden deck around the tree.

Kosi Forest Lodge takes full advantage of Maputuland's sultry weather with most meals served alfresco - on the deck or under large Albizia trees. Candles light the area at night giving it a warm, romantic ambience reminiscent of wild African adventures of long ago.

The thatched bush suites are raised on a wooden deck with a beautifully appointed bedroom, and are carefully positioned to provide guests with privacy and an intimacy with the peaceful surroundings.

The romantic en-suite bathrooms are open-air, giving guests a truly unique experience.

A swimming pool, built into the deck at the lake's edge is a wonderful way to spend a few relaxing hours in the sunshine.

Example Details For Kosi Forest Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Forest Room - Stay 3 / Pay 2 (applicable to certain periods only)
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; a guided canoe trip, guided walk in the Raffia Forest, the Isibindi Foundation Levy; and the Conservation fee are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on forest walks.

Location

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Ghost Mountain Inn

KwaZulu-Natal: 2 Nights

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain, 300 km north of Durban, lies the privately owned 4* Ghost Mountain Inn, a perfect setting for taking time out to relax and experience the charms of Africa in comfort and style.

For those travelling to southern Mozambique, or between Kruger Park, Swaziland and Durban, Ghost Mountain Inn makes an excellent stopover or memorable getaway.

A variety of guided tours can be arranged for guests, including game drives, hikes, tiger fishing, boat rides and Zulu cultural trips.

Hike up Ghost Mountain and take in the heart stopping view of the Lebombo Mountain Range and the plains beyond. Nature lovers will enjoy the Mkhuze Game Reserve, where the range of wildlife includes both black and white rhino.

The area is also a bird watcher's paradise, and birding walks can be arranged.

Relax in one of the tastefully appointed, en-suite bedrooms or suites or take in the golden African sunset from your very own garden patio.

Guests can choose to dine in the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the expansive grounds and swimming pools.

Indulge your senses with a skin or body treatment in the Health Spa, which also includes an indoor gym and steam room.

Example Details For Ghost Mountain Inn

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Pakamisa Lodge

Pakamisa Game Reserve: 2 Nights

Superbly located on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, Pakamisa Lodge offers an unforgettable African experience in this private malaria-free game reserve. The lodge affords breathtaking views over the evergreen valley and plains of the Pongola River and the surrounding mountains. Abundant wildlife, game drives, guided walks, bird watching, clay-pigeon shooting, massage, health and beauty services all combine to offer guests the utmost in relaxation and indulgence.

Pakamisa in Zulu means 'to lift up' and guests are assured that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La.

For horse lovers, the Pakamisa Arabian Stud is a paradise. Experienced riders can enjoy the unparalleled adventure of a sunrise horseback safari, followed by a bush breakfast.

Although not a Big 5 reserve, you may see giraffe, impala, warthog, jackal, zebra, bushbuck, vervet monkey, ostrich and kudu as you are out on your ride.

Even if you are not a rider, you will not fail to be impressed by the sheer beauty and power of these thoroughbred stallions and mares.

The 8 spacious, tastefully-decorated suites offer the highest standards for comfort and complete relaxation.

Each en-suite room, comprising a bedroom, deluxe bathroom and sunken lounge leading onto a spacious veranda is fully equipped with mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

The rooms have been individually styled after an African animal, a theme picked up in valuable paintings and local artefacts. All rooms have stunning views over the reserve.

Example Details For Pakamisa Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; and choice of 2 activities per day (horse riding, game drive, guided bush walk, archery, target shooting with air rifle) are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included. Horse riding is restricted to one ride per day per person - weight limit 90 kg.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

As of the 18th March 2020, passport holders from certain countries are now required to obtain a visa before travelling to South Africa - including the United Kingdom; United States of America; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Switzerland; and New Zealand.

All international travellers are therefore advised to contact their local South Africa High Commission or Embassy to establish whether they need to apply for a visa. There may be a fee charged for issuing a visa. Please note that some visas may take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board.

Please note that anyone travelling to South Africa should have a valid return ticket and a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity from the date of entry to South Africa so to avoid problems on arrival, we advise that your passport meets this requirement instead. The passport must also have sufficient pages for entry/exit stamps if you require a visa to enter the country - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES. If you do not need a visa, one page is sufficient.

TRAVELLING TO/FROM SOUTH AFRICA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: It has been recently announced that the immigration laws for children travelling to South Africa who do NOT require a visa are to be relaxed, however not all airlines have updated their systems at the moment to reflect this amendment. Therefore, until we have received notification that all systems have been fully updated with the new relaxed rules, we are strongly advising that all passengers still adher to these following guidelines: Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced. If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 3 months old from the date of travel - a blank Parental Consent Affidavit can be downloaded from http://southafricahouseuk.com/documents/parentconaff.pdf), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details. There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request. PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. For more information, contact the South African High Commission via http://southafricahouseuk.com/ or the South African Department of Home Affairs via http://www.dha.gov.za/.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to South Africa.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in and around the Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga Province, the Limpopo (Northern) Province, and the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is South Africa. However, in accordance with International Health Reguations, South Africa requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.