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Wildlife and Whales

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Wildlife and Whales

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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Wildlife and Whales

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Holiday Title: Wildlife and Whales

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 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: Wildlife and Whales

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Hoedspruit Airport. You will be met by your driver who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Once you have collected your luggage, you will then be transferred to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Nkorho Bush Lodge offers a true safari experience where guests become one with nature. Morning game drives with an experienced ranger and tracker team take you on a drive as the sun rises above the African bush. As your day draws to a close, feel the thrill of your afternoon/evening game drive as the nocturnal animals rule the night.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

3 nights at Nkorho Bush Lodge


Day 4

After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast before you are collected and transferred back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight back to Johannesburg.

Airlink 4Z872 (Economy Class): Fly from Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS) departing at 11:20 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 12:20

Connect with your onward flight down 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 meet you. You will then be transferred to your hotel.


Day 5

Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00. 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.

11 Day Car Rental: Group D: Toyota Yaris or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)

Drive to Knysna (approx 240 km / 2 h 40 mins), which is set on the shores of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Beautiful coastlines, breathtaking mountains and valleys, tall forests, deep blue lakes and lagoons - these are the reasons why the Garden Route is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. There are loads of things to do along the Garden Route - whale watching, elephant and bird sanctuaries, hiking, watersports, fishing, horse riding, ostrich farms, mountain biking, long beach strolls, boat trips, shopping for arts and crafts - even bungee jumping from the highest bridge in Africa.


Day 8

Drive to Hermanus (approx 410 km / 4 h 0 mins). The pretty little town of Hermanus is one of the world's best whale viewing sites. The peak time, when daily sightings are virtually guaranteed, is during September and October. 2 nights in Hermanus over this period gives you the opportunity of going on an early morning whale watching boat trip, but also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the whale watching from the land. It is also possible to go cage diving with Great White Sharks that prowl the chilly waters of the south coast here

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Day 10

Drive to just outside the village of Franschhoek (approx 80 km / 1 h 0 mins). Lavender Farm Guest House, as the name suggests, is surrounded by lavender fields plus mountain scenery that extends as far as the eye can see.


Day 12

Allow about an hour to drive to Cape Town. Situated in Cape Town's fashionable Heritage Square, the Cape Heritage is an intimate boutique hotel offering direct access to the city's vibrant street life, shopping and fine dining. The hotel's historic roots run deep into the 18th century and the central courtyard is shaded by the oldest known fruit-bearing grapevine in South Africa. It's an oasis of calm from which to explore all that Cape Town has to offer.


Day 15
Drive to Cape Town Airport, return your hire car, and check in for your flight home.
 
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Nkorho Bush Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve: 3 Nights

Nkorho Bush Lodge is situated in the Big 5 Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park.

Game drives start early in the morning, the best time to spot game. On the afternoon/evening game drive, enjoy a sundowner drink in the heart of the bush and marvel at the surroundings and its magic.

Walks are also included in your safari experience here. Accompanied by your ranger, a walk is done either before breakfast (in summer) or after (in winter). There is a maximum number of 8 people allowed per walk for safety reasons.

Inbetween game activities, cool off from the African sun in the spectacular infinity flow pool or in the unique rock pool.  There is also a small spa treatment room offering a range of massages and facials.

As your day draws to a close, feel the thrill as the nocturnal animals rule the night. You are lured to indulge in typical African cuisine around an open fire in a traditional boma.

The lodge can accommodate a maximum of 16 people in stylish yet homely en-suite thatched chalets. There are 6 standard double/twin chalets, and a Honeymoon Suite which boasts a kingsize bed, a small lounge area and a private deck.

There is also one family chalet which has 2 bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and are connected by an interleading door. One room has a queen sized bed and the other room has twin beds.

Example Details For Nkorho Bush Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
Includes: Morning and evening shared game drives; bush walks; the Guest Contribution; breakfast, lunch, dinner; and tea/coffee are included. PLEASE NOTE: Drinks (including game drive drinks) and the 1% Tourism Levy are NOT included and will be added to your room account to settle upon departure. IN ADDITION: 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).

Children under the age of 16 years and guests over the age of 65 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.

Location

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Nkorho Bush Lodge

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The Beach Hotel

Port Elizabeth: 1 Night

The Beach Hotel is situated on Port Elizabeth's magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. For history lovers, it is believed that the original Beach Hotel and surrounding area belonged to Piet Retief and his family. His home, a tennis court and servants quarters stood on this ground.

There are 3 onsite restaurants to suit everyone's palate. Enjoy a relaxing environment, sipping a cocktail white overlooking the ocean at The Verandah restaurant, or indulge in a buffet meal at The Crest.  Real foodies will love the fine dining cuisine at Ginger, voted one of the best restaurants in Port Elizabeth - it is definitely a must.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, and the hotel also offers complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.

The Beach Hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms, some with stunning sea-views and others opening onto the tranquil courtyard.

The Non Sea-Facing Rooms are quiet, and overlook the tranquil surrounds of the courtyard. The Side Sea-Facing Rooms offer spectacular side views of the Indian Ocean whilst in the comfort of your stylish room, decorated in soft Mediterranean tones, and the Front Sea-Facing Rooms offer, as you would expect, front facing views of the ocean.

The Executive Rooms are spacious with large comfortable beds that invite guests to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the ocean. The suites offer generous, well appointed lounge areas as well as stylish bathrooms with separate showers. Finally, the well appointed, stylish Suite consists of a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom equipped with a freestanding bathtub.

Example Details For The Beach Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Front Sea-Facing Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

The Garden Route: 3 Nights

Knysna in is the centre of The Garden Route. Thesen Island is in the centre of the Knysna Estuary and The Lofts Boutique Hotel is in the centre of it all. What better way to enjoy Knysna than a stay on an island, located not only in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon, but also in a Blue Flag Marina?

The unique location of this Boutique Hotel on Thesen Harbour Town sets the tone for a tranquil, revitalising, relaxing and refreshing stay on the island. Driving over the venetian style bridge you are transported to the world of nature, lending an invisible and intangible flavour to your holiday experience at The Lofts Boutique Hotel.

The Atrium is the 'lounge' of The Lofts and is an ideal space to relax, read, eat, drink, chat, correspond, or just sit and enjoy. It has high ceiling, lots of character and resembles an old passenger sailing vessel. Other facilities include a splash pool and sundeck. Guests can also take a canoe out and paddle through the Thesen Islands canals, or hire a bicycle and cycle into the town or to the Waterfront for some shopping therapy.

Set within the remodelled timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed, the luxury loft rooms and lagoon suites offer the discerning guest a combination of luxurious accommodation and breathtaking views over the scenic Knysna lagoon. All are individually decorated and styled to provide the ultimate in comfort and unique living.

The suites have a large bedroom with an open plan bathroom and separate toilet; and the loft rooms feature a large bedroom, a balcony with 2 sun loungers and an en-suite bathroom.

Example Details For The Lofts Boutique Hotel

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Lagoon Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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138 Marine

Hermanus: 2 Nights

138 Marine is a luxurious, upmarket beachfront guest house with spectacular sea front views, and just a stone's throw from a quaint assortment of village restaurants, craft markets, boutiques, bars, art galleries, charming little shops, and unspoiled beaches, as well as 2 popular golf courses.

Spend lazy, sun-filled afternoons on the spacious terrace with panoramic views of the ocean and the mountains. Relax with a glass of wine on the deck next to the beach, and enjoy magnificent views of breaking waves and spectacular African sunsets over the ocean, or watch the whales from the comfort of your bed during the whale watching season (June to November). The extensive breakfast menu changes daily and on request, a platter can be provided to enjoy on the beach in front of the guest house.

Other activities which can be enjoyed during a stay here include whale watching from the land or boat in season, great white shark cage viewing and diving from Gansbaai, bird watching by dingy on the Stanford River, mountain and fynbos walks in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, dune horse riding, or visiting the penguin colony and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens at nearby Betty's Bay.

There are 6 designer double rooms, each individually decorated and luxuriously fitted. No attention to detail has been spared in the superbly stylish decor. Under-floor heating, his and hers basins, heated towel rails, satellite TV, and free wireless internet access are all part of your package here.

Example Details For 138 Marine

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Room (Abalone Room)
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Lavender Farm Guest House

The Cape Winelands: 2 Nights

When it comes to finding an exclusive getaway in Franschhoek, with creature comforts best described as world class, you would certainly struggle to find anywhere that could rival the grace and beauty of Lavender Farm Guest House.

Situated a mere 1.3 km from the village centre and surrounded by purple lavender fields and mountains that seem to extend as far as the eye can see, Lavender Farm boasts the honour of being the only guest house on a lavender farm in Franschhoek.

After a hard day of sight seeing, wine tasting, exploring, lying by the pool or just shopping in the village, what better way to end the day than to retire to the comfort of your luxurious room.

The Luxury Suites flank the farm's manicured green lawn area. These suites are spacious and each one has its own outdoor pergola-styled verandah of grape vines and wisteria.

The Luxury View Suites have a private verandah overlooking the lavender field and mountains where you can enjoy a hot cup of morning coffee before coming up to the dining area for a hearty breakfast or sip a relaxing glass of wine in the evening.

One of the Manor Rooms has large patio doors that open up to a view of the relaxing pool and lawn area.  The other Manor Room has a small lounge with a sleeper couch, which is ideal for a young family.

The Honeymoon Suites have a private patio and garden with stunning views over the lavender fields - ideal for settling down with a bottle of wine from your mini bar and enjoy the romantic sunsets.

Example Details For Lavender Farm Guest House

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

Location

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Cape Heritage Hotel

Cape Town: 3 Nights

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. It is no surprise therefore 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.

Contemporary chic meets gracious history at the Cape Heritage Hotel, one of the city's most prestigious 4* boutique hotels. Occupying carefully restored buildings dating back to 1771, each of the luxurious en-suite rooms have been individually decorated to showcase the original workmanship and architecture.

As an integral part of the restored Heritage Square, the hotel has direct access to a vibrant community of restaurants and bars, all located around the restored 18th century courtyard which features the oldest known grapevine in South Africa.

Example Details For Cape Heritage Hotel

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

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.