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.
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Holiday Title: Safari to Cape Experience
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.
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Holiday Title: Safari to Cape Experience
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Once you have collected your luggage, you need to make your way into the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by a representative from FedAir. You will then be transferred to the private FedAir departure lounge, where you can relax before boarding your flight across to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Please note that there is a baggage restriction of 20 kg per person, and you have to have a 'soft' bag (for easy storage in the plane). If you are returning by FedAir, you can leave any excess baggage safely with FedAir, which you can then pick up when you return.
FedAir (Light Aircraft): Fly from Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) departing at 10:30 to Sabi Sand North Airstrip, arriving at 12:00
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your lodge. Chitwa Chitwa is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing, and during your stay here, morning and afternoon game drives with your highly qualified guide and Shangaan tracker will ensure an unforgettable African safari by enriching the safari experience with their profound knowledge regarding this animal kingdom and its complex habitat. Guests are treated to spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife and leave with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast before you are transferred back to the airstrip.
FedAir (Light Aircraft): Fly from Sabi Sand North Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB), arriving at 12:30
You will be transferred to the Domestic Departure Terminal where you will check in for your flight to Port Elizabeth.
British Airways BA6237 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 16:10 to Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), arriving at 17:50
Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Built in 1898, and nestled in a lush English garden setting in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Hacklewood Hill is one of the few remaining Victorian Manor Houses in the city, and as such retains much of the elegance and grace it would have boasted when its first inhabitants - a young doctor and his family - once lived here.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00.
11 Day Car Rental: Group D: Honda Jazz or similar (on Super Cover)
Drive to near Plettenberg Bay (approx 210 km / 2 h 0 mins). Enjoy a unique vacation experience at the family owned and operated 5* Kurland Hotel, located near the picturesque beach resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, in the heart of the Garden Route.
The Garden Route
Drive to the Cape Winelands (approx 495 km / 4 h 40 mins). Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the 320 year old 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 dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of landscaped gardens shaded by giant oak trees.
The Cape Winelands
Drive to Cape Town (approx 85 km / 1 h 0 mins). Luxury and sophistication emanate throughout the 5* Queen Victoria Hotel, from the elegant reception area to the 3 suites and 32 luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated. What sets the Queen Victoria Hotel apart from other hotels at the world-renowned V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly its position. Located within a precinct of heritage buildings, the Queen Victoria Hotel gives you a sense of being within the Waterfront's vicinity but removed from the frenetic pace of it.
Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest dams in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay at Chitwa is undoubtedly the safari experience. Guests are treated to spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife on game drives and bush walks and leave with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. A safari here offers some of the best opportunities to meet Africa’s Big Five - buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. The highly qualified guides ensure an unforgettable safari by enriching the experience with their knowledge.
Guests can also enjoy superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as the wildlife congregates at the water’s edge to drink. The large wooden lounging deck is strewn with comfy armchairs and a rim-flow swimming pool is the perfect place to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.
Chitwa Chitwa’s library offers a large selection of books for your reference reading, and it is also equipped with an internet access point. With all the great food you’ll be enjoying at Chitwa Chitwa, fitness enthusiasts might want to spend time training in the gym, which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.
Six individual and artistically styled suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own plunge pool, and exude an air of bygone romance combined with unfaltering luxury. The Charlsy Suite offers 2 beautifully appointed interleading en-suite rooms joined by a cosy living area.
The Chitwa House is an exclusive retreat consisting of 2 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. The House comes with its own safari vehicle, guide and tracker, and meals are prepared and enjoyed in the privacy of your own dining area. Outside on the spacious deck is a swimming pool, making this truly the epitome of luxury in the African bush.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite|
|Includes:||Standard Package: 3 meals per day; 2 shared game drives per day; a daily bush walk; the Guest Conservation Contribution; a laundry service; all soft drinks and bottled water; and all tea/coffee are included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). For guests arriving and/or departing via FedAir, the landing/departure fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge - rates on request.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on game walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.
Enjoy utmost privacy and comfort in luxurious surroundings and awaken to the gentle twittering of a sunbird and the aroma of freshly baked muffins. The individually decorated, spacious en-suite bedrooms offer the ultimate in classic understated luxury and style. From the moment you enter your private enclave, you will relax and unwind.
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.
|Room:||1 x Superior Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Set on a plateau between the emerald green Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Kurland Hotel is a 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 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 tastefully decorated and spacious rooms 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. All rooms have telephones, satellite television and mini bars.
|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.|
Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the 326 year old 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.
Home to the world’s first bottled pinotage, the range of award-winning wines maintain the excellent quality Lanzerac has become known for. Enjoy a guided tour of the working wine cellar, and a complimentary wine tasting either in the comfort of the well-appointed tasting room, or the veranda with views of the vineyards.
The Lanzerac Spa is a tranquil boutique wellness centre that captures the essence of the estate by blending pure relaxation with unparalleled 5* facilities. Choose from a wide array of massages, skincare and beauty treatments, conducted by highly trained therapists using top quality international and local product ranges.
Exclusivity is the key to an unforgettable stay here.
With no 2 rooms the same, the sophisticated style of the rooms and suites reflects the history of the estate. 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, landscaped gardens and the majestic mountain range.
The hotel's rooms, restaurants, bar, lounge and facilities are all located in the estate's 300 year old Manor House and out-buildings, amidst 10 hectares of award-winning landscaped gardens featuring numerous ancient oaks, some over 160 years old.
|Room:||1 x Junior Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
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.
|Room:||1 x Premium Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
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.
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.