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Holiday Title: A Journey across South Africa
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 8 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: A Journey across South Africa
Passengers: 2 Adults
Transfer from Cape Town Airport to The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel will call you a taxi to take you to the Cape Town Railway Station.
Complimentary transfer to Illyria House.
Transfer from Pretoria to the Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Transfer from the Entabeni Safari Conservancy to Johannesburg Airport
Resplendently situated between the majestic backdrop of the craggy Twelve Apostles and the palm-fringed white sands of Camps Bay Beach, The Bay was the first beachfront hotel in Cape Town. The Bay has proven over the years that 5* elegance and sophistication can be achieved in an informal atmosphere.
The upmarket suburb of Camps Bay has a typical village atmosphere and is home to some of the trendiest restaurants and bars and one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. Local life is casual and in the evening residents and holidaymakers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many sidewalk bistros and restaurants on the strip.
The Bay is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Cape and is within easy reach of its most celebrated scenic attractions.
The Bay Hotel offers guests a variety of culinary experiences to indulge in with the hotel’s 4 different restaurants. Each restaurant has a unique style, complimenting the venue’s surroundings, and whether guests are on the lookout for a fresh, bountiful breakfast overlooking Camps Bay’s beachfront, a long leisurely lunch poolside, or simply to unwind whilst sipping on a glass of fine wine, everyone is spoilt for choice here.
Every one of the 78 bedrooms and suites gaze upon the spectacular vista that is Camps Bay. Many of the rooms have spacious balconies.
All the rooms have air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini bar.
Guests can relax around the sparkling pool, or simply cross the road to the golden sands and lie on the beach. There is also a Spa for guest's enjoyment, plus a small but well-equipped gymnasium.
|Room:||1 x Classic Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
For many visitors to South Africa, there's no finer way to see the country than on this 51 hour/2 night wonderful rail journey between Cape Town and Pretoria.
Step aboard the classic wood-panelled coaches - remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in 5* luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows, and recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.
With period Edwardian features as well as every modern convenience and comfort, the suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury.
This 1,600 kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Departing on selected Mondays from Cape Town in the morning, you travel inland through the Winelands, and over the course of the next 51 hours, sit back and just enjoy the scenery.
You will visit the historical village of Matjiesfontein, which boasts an impressive museum on the platform, as well as a stop at Kimberley where you can visit the renowned Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole. On your last morning, wake up to the goldfields of the Witwatersrand, before your journey ends at Pretoria around midday.
|Room:||0 x Pullman Suite|
|Includes:||Three meals daily, all alcoholic and other beverages, sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide, entrance fees to places of interest, 24 hour full room service and bar facilities are included. Please note that any off-train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permit. The rate excludes staff gratuities and off-train beverages.|
Illyria House is a magnificent colonial manor set in a secure Ambassaderial area, yet only 5 minutes from the Pretoria Railway Station and 25 minutes from the O.R Tambo International Airport.
Famous for its collection of 17th century tapestries, fine antiques and exquisite cuisine, the addition of soft classical music, tranquil gardens abundant with birdlife, and a gracious interior make a stay here an unforgettable experience. Illyria House is the ideal way to start or end any trip to South Africa.
Guest with more time in Pretoria can relax in the splendid settings of this fine guest house, explore the city of Pretoria for themselves, or join a city tour taking in the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, Kruger/Melrose House and the Union Buildings.
Pretoria can also be used as a base from which to visit the Rhino & Lion Park, the Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City, the Lesedi cultural village, and nearby Johannesburg and Soweto.
With only limited rooms, exceptional hospitality and cuisine are assured.
Guests are welcomed by their own personal butler, who will attend to your every desire.
Guests can also enjoy treatments in the Wellness Spa, or in the privacy of their own suite.
|Room:||1 x Classic Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included.|
Less than 3 hours drive from Johannesburg, Entabeni Private Game Reserve is situated in the beautiful Waterberg region.
This 22,000 hectare malaria-free reserve boasts 5 eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains, and is separated from the lower plateau by 600 metre high cliffs.
Encounter the supreme wildlife of Africa with qualified rangers, either driving on open safari game viewing vehicles or experience the adventure on foot.
The rangers often encounter lion on game drives, and the elephants that roam the reserve and make for awesome viewing. Rhino are very frequently encountered, and the ever elusive leopard can also be seen if you are lucky, and even a fleeting glance is a privilege and definitely a highlight of any safari.
There are also an amazing variety of birds on the reserve, with as many as 380 species in the summer months.
As well as game drives, guests can also enjoy scenic helicopter flights, hot air balloon flights, horse riding, quad-biking and sunset lake cruises.
The exclusive Hanglip Mountain Lodge has a main reception area with a private lounge and dining room as well as a swimming pool, boma and courtyard. Enchanting gardens provide a paradise of foliage and tranquility.
There is also a Wellness and Beauty Centre at the lodge, which offers a range of massages and beauty treatments.
The lodge comprises of 10 luxury en-suite thatched rooms. All the suites, furnished in African Baroque style, have lounge areas with romantic fireplaces, as well as private sun decks with breathtaking views across the wetlands and vast open plains.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Thatched Room|
|Includes:||All meals and morning/afternoon game drives are included. Other activities are an additional cost.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter South Africa when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain, Switzerland. If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local South Africa High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries (including New Zealand) are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can 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.
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 blank page will be sufficient. Only Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs) will be accepted to enter South Africa. Please note that extended passports are no longer accepted.
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.
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.