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Holiday Title: 5 Star Luxury
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: 5 Star Luxury
Passengers: 2 Adults
Upon arrival into Cape Town Airport, collect your luggage then make your way into the Arrivals Hall 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.
11 Day Car Rental: Group E: Toyoto Corolla Auto or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive into Cape Town and onto Camps Bay. With the majestic Twelve Apostle mountain range as a back drop and the Atlantic Ocean less than a minutes walk away, The Bay Hotel boasts an unrivalled location in the heart of glitzy Camps Bay. After a busy day seeing Cape Town's world-class sights, exhale and relax with a sunset cocktail, a treatment in the on-site spa or some time lounging around one of the 4 sea-facing pools.
Allow about an hour to drive to Franschhoek, a small village nestled at the bottom of a valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by rolling green hills, strawberry farms and endless rows of grapevines. There are over 20 wine estates in the region, and staying in the area will give you the chance to either search out the labels you are familiar with from home or to go on a voyage of discovery and find new favourites.
The Cape Winelands
Drive to Hermanus (approx 80 km / 1 h 0 mins). The small, privately owned boutique villa, Mosselberg on Grotto Beach, is nestled between the fynbos covered mountain slopes of the Kleinrivier Mountains and the pristine white sands of the 'Blue Flag' Grotto Beach, with local attractions such as whale watching, great white shark cage diving, world-class wine estates and golf courses on the doorstep.
Drive to The Garden Route (approx 465 km / 4 h 30 mins). Hunters Country House is an exclusive family owned retreat and part of the Relais & Chateaux group of exclusive properties. Only 10 km from Plettenberg Bay, this gracious original homestead is surrounded by beautiful gardens and framed by the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains.
The Garden Route
Drive back to George Airport, return your hire car and check in for your flight to Johannesburg (please note: check in for domestic flights is 90 minutes prior to the flight departure).
Kulula MN910 (Economy Class): Fly from George Airport (GRJ) departing at 10:20 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 12:00
Connect with your flight onto Skukuza.
South African Airways SA8865 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 13:20 to Skukuza Airport (SZK), arriving at 14:10
You will be met and transferred to Sabi Sabi Little Bush.
The idyllic setting and accommodation at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp alone makes a safari here a memorable one. Two daily safaris in open safari vehicles then showcase the best wildlife experience imaginable. From the Big 5 to the smallest of creatures, skilled rangers and local Shangaan trackers will make sure that the outings are filled with exceptional close wildlife encounters.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive, you will be able to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred back to Skukuza Airport.
South African Airways SA8862 (Economy Class): Fly from Skukuza Airport (SZK) departing at 13:30 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 14:35
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 including the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, and the Cape Peninsula. The V&A Waterfront boasts many shops, bars and restaurants, and there is also an aquarium, and one of the largest craft markets in Southern Africa. Boats offer tours of the harbour from the quayside of the V&A, and the whole place is always buzzing with life and activity. The Table Mountain Cable way is also within easy reach of The Bay Hotel, and the coastal road from Camps Bay down to the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular in the whole of South Africa.
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 Premier Mountain Room (Stay 3 / pay 2 special applied)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included. Stay 3 Pay 2: Stay a minimum of 3 consecutive nights & only pay for 2 nights. This offer is valid for 01 May 2020 to 30 September 2020 Stay 4 Pay 3: Stay a minimum of 4 consecutive nights & only pay for 3 nights. This offer is valid for 01 July 2020 to 30 September 2020|
South Africa is today one of the major producers and exporters of wines worldwide, and has been producing wine since the middle of the 17th century. Franschhoek is nestled at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by rolling mountains, and is arguably one of the most prettiest villages in South Africa.
There are over 20 wine estates in the region, and staying in the area will give you the chance to either search out the labels you are familiar with from home or to go on a voyage of discovery and find new favourites.
The main street in Franschhoek is home to many excellent restaurants, and no fewer than 8 feature in the country's Top 100, quite deservedly earning the town the reputation of being South Africa's 'Food and Wine Capital'. Other activities include walking trails, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, fly fishing and golf. For those more adventurous, paragliding offers a stunning bird's eye view of the area. Or simply amble among an array of art shops, galleries and specialist stores that grace the village centre.
Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a 5* hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek valley complimented by the well known Monneaux Restaurant. Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, only 1 km from the main town it is an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine.
The famous Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants, and serves an inspired contemporary take on the classics. Lunch is enjoyed on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree while dinner is enjoyed in the elegant but relaxed dining room in the original manor house.
There are 2 swimming pools for relaxing around after a day of sightseeing and wine tasting, or pamper yourself with a range of Spa treatments including massages, reflexology, facials, manicures and pedicures.
The original Franschhoek Country House offers a choice of accommodation, including the charming Standard Rooms, Luxury Rooms and Garden Cottages. Whichever you choose, the accommodation on offer is designed with your comfort and luxury experience in mind.
The luxurious Villa Suites offer discerning guests demanding opulence and space in a relaxed country setting. Arguably the best suites on offer in the Winelands, the suites are each a total of 100sqm in size which include a separate lounge, bedroom and picturesque bathroom and 2 private balconies.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The 5* Marine Hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association and has secured its position among the finest hotels in the world.
The Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, the hotel is the ultimate location for whale watching during whale season – often directly from the comfort of the sea view bedrooms.
Stroll along the cliff-hugging path to the golf club and view the miles of white sandy beach beyond. Otherwise, there's the sparkling, heated courtyard pool, perfect for catching some African sun. Spend the remainder of your day in the reading Room or watch (in Spring) the Southern Right Whales play in the bay.
Carchele Health and Beauty Spa provides an experience not to be missed. A comprehensive list of treatments is available to refresh and revitalise your body, mind and spirit.
The Marine Hotel has 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites, each with private facilities.
All rooms are arranged in the highest standard of style and comfort. The bathrooms, a study in marble, chrome and luxurious deep pile towelling, offer the perfect recipe for relaxation amongst the bubbles.
Many have commanding views across Walker Bay or into the beautiful internal courtyards with its swimming pool and garden.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Double Sea View|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Hunters Country House is an exclusive family owned retreat, and part of the Relais & Chateaux group of properties. Only 10 km from Plettenberg Bay, this gracious original homestead is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and framed by the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains.
Originally called Baia Formosa, or Beautiful Bay, by the early Portuguese, Plettenberg Bay is home to some of the best beaches along the Garden Route. Set around a curving horseshoe bay, schools of playful dolphins and resident Orca and Bryde's whales are often seen, and between July and December, the migratory Southern Right whales come to the bay to calf.
The bygone era of opulent elegance is reflected in the decor of the romantic and beautifully appointed candle-lit dining room, in the main manor house.
Here, guests can enjoy superb cuisine, prepared by the team of acclaimed chefs.
Activities in and around the area include bird watching, forest trails, horse-riding, sailing and canoeing, mountain biking, tennis and golf, diving and whale watching.
In the extensive gardens surrounding the manor house, the 27 luxurious one-bedroom cottages and suites have been designed for absolute comfort and privacy.
All have fireplaces, satellite TV, mini bar, bath and separate shower, and a veranda.
Whether breakfasting in the sun-drenched conservatory, lazing by the poolside, or enjoying the endless golden beaches of Plettenberg Bay, guests are assured of a truly memorable stay.
|Room:||1 x Cellar Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Located in the game-rich Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and hidden on the banks of the Msuthu River lies Little Bush Camp.
The warmth and vibrancy of Little Bush Camp, combined with an intimacy and seclusion, makes this an ideal bush retreat for friends, families or small groups.
Skilled rangers and trackers lead you on adventurous wildlife safaris in open Land Rovers both day and night, tracking the Big 5 off-road and viewing up to 200 species of animals and 300 bird species.
There is a swimming pool, which is ideal for relaxing by in-between game drives.
Evening dinners can be enjoyed in the outside lantern lit boma under the African star-studded sky and surrounded by the enchanting noises of the African bush at night.
Home to 6 luxurious suites, all overlooking the riverbed, Little Bush Camp boasts all the features of an exceptional bush lodge - beautiful setting, excellent cuisine and abundant wildlife.
All suites are fully equipped and feature contemporary African design. They all have air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, and private viewing decks with spa baths. Thatched roofs, draped mosquito nets and wooden and stone finishes complete the picture of an exclusive getaway.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite|
|Includes:||Twice-daily open 4x4 safari vehicle shared safari drives; the Guest Conservation Contribution; walking safaris; breakfast, lunch and "boma" dinner; selected beverages (excluding cellar wine collection and premium brands) and South African house wines; tourism levy; sundowner drinks during your evening safari; and return transfers from the Sabi Sabi airstrip are included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee (increasing to R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry from 01 Jan 2020), payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Children aged 13 years and older are 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.
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.