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Holiday Title: Safari Extravaganza
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Safari Extravaganza
Passengers: 2 Adults
South African Airways SA8861 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 10:00 to Skukuza Airport (SZK), arriving at 10:50
You will be met and transferred to Kirkmans Kamp.
Set out every morning and afternoon in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with fellow guests in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred back to the 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
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 be waiting for you, holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to The Radisson Blu.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00.
10 Day Car Rental: Group F: Audi A3 or similar (on Super Cover)
Drive to the Garden Route (approx 240 km / 2 h 40 mins) to Hog Hollow, situated just 18 km east of the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay and set on the edge of indigenous forest with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains.
The Garden Route
Drive to Franschhoek (approx 465 km / 4 h 30 mins). Hospitality and comfort lie at the heart of the Akademie Street experience. This luxurious property with its fragrant landscaped gardens is designed to be a haven of sumptuous tranquility with attention to detail throughout. The discreet, personal service is warm and welcoming, attentive and unlimited.
The Cape Winelands
Allow an hour to drive to Cape Town's vibrant V&A Waterfront. 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 5* Radisson Blu is spectacularly situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking a private marina and adjacent to the world famous V&A Waterfront with its dazzling selection of over 69 restaurants, coffee shops and bars, 400 shops and 11 cinemas. It's as close to the water as you can be and whether you enjoy an icy cocktail on the terrace, relax at the rim flow pool or indulge in a spa treatment you are guaranteed a memorable experience during your stay here.
AndBeyond Kirkman's Kamp in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve was named in honour of its former owner, W. Harry Kirkman, one of South Africa's foremost conservationists. The original 1920s South African homestead has been beautifully restored and the moment you walk into the main guest area you’ll think you’ve been transported back in time. The fact that the lawn has warthog grazing on it instead of a neatly dressed party playing croquet does nothing to dispel this illusion - in fact, it all adds to the ambiance. Spacious sitting, dining and bar guest areas contain original mementos of a time long past.
Undoubtedly the most prestigious game park in South Africa, the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve is renowned for having the best Big Five game viewing in the country, if not the world. Located on the southwestern corner of the Greater Kruger National Park, there are no restricting fences, thus enabling the animals to roam freely just as nature intended. Experienced rangers and trackers will lead you on morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on interpretive wilderness walks led by experienced rangers or expert Shangaan trackers, and learn more about the area's intriguing fauna and flora.
The 12 charming cottages overlook the bushveld and beautiful lawns surround the lodge and swimming pool, with spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding the Sand River. Private verandas attached to each suite offer a secluded spot to drink in the breathtaking views. Old-fashioned bedsteads combine seamlessly with modern comfort and souvenirs of bygone years to create a nostalgic safari atmosphere. Generous claw-foot bathtubs complete the picture, while stand-alone showers in each room provide an up-to-date touch. Impeccable and gracious service completes the old world atmosphere.
|Room:||1 x Cottage|
|Includes:||3 meals; tea/coffee; house wines, local brand spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water; 2 scheduled shared game drives daily; interactive bush walks; the Guest Conservation Contribution; Skukuza airport transfers and associated Sabi Sand entrance fees; and a laundry service 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). For guests arriving/departing via Skukuza Airport, the Kruger National Park fee will be added to your room account, for settling directly with the lodge upon departure.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Claiming to have the best climate and more sunshine than any other coastal resort in the country, Port Elizabeth is a popular holiday destination. Known more fondly as just PE, the warmth of the hospitality has also earned this major seaport the reputation of being 'The Friendly City'.
PE is renowned for its coastline and long sandy beaches. The calm waters of Algoa Bay, its shores lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, also make Port Elizabeth a mecca for all beach and watersport activities, and it is rated as one of South Africa's best cold water dive sites.
The Boardwalk beach front complex is the lively heart of Port Elizabeth, with its many shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention the casino, small fun fair and cinema.
For golfers, PE is home to one of the world's most challenging links courses, the Humewood Golf Course, which is consistently ranked as one of South Africa's Top 10 golf courses.
The nearby Addo Elephant National Park is home to over 450 elephants, who roam freely among the now 125,000 hectare reserve alongside buffalo, kudu and red hartebeest, and the rare black rhino, as well as over 400 bird species - and not forgetting the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. Addo has the greatest density of elephant per square kilometre in Africa, and offers some wonderful elephant viewing opportunities.
With panoramic views to the sandy beaches of Algoa Bay, the Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth offers supreme hospitality, 173 beautifully designed guest rooms and world-class amenities, and is ideally located a mere 300 meters from the beach.
Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the large, outdoor swimming pool, or take some time out to get pampered in the Camelot Spa & Wellness Centre. The contemporary SPACE gym will cater for guests health & fitness requirements.
The award winning Filini Restaurant serves up a tempting menu of Italian specialties using only the freshest and finest ingredients.
|Room:||1 x Superior Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Lush indigenous vegetation and forests framed by majestic mountain ranges on the one side and the Indian Ocean with its pristine white beaches on the other make the Garden Route one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge is situated in a private nature reserve, only 18 km east of Plettenberg Bay, and provides guests with an ideal base to explore the Garden Route, and its myriad of attractions.
The main house is where it all happens and, apart from the dining room, includes 3 lounge areas; one leading out to the sun drenched deck area and on down to the pool, whilst the other offers the privacy to use the internet and keep in contact with friends and family. The third is situated near the Cape Ficus Tree growing through the deck, perfect for spotting birds coming to feed off the fruit in the tree.
In the evenings, superb dinners are served around the communal table in the convivial comfort of the candle-lit dining room.
Sixteen uniquely individual rooms offer uninterrupted views over the indigenous forests and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Each room has a private wooden deck, fitted with its own hammock and wooden furniture overlooking the forest and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower.
The Villa is about 400 meters from the main lodge, and is a 3 bedroomed double storey house with extraordinary views of the valley. The house opens up onto a private infinity pool and wooden decks.
|Room:||1 x Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included. For children under 12 years of age, the rate also includes a 'kiddies dinner' per night.|
Akademie Street Guesthouses in Franschoek are uniquely different. The 5* guest house accommodation compromises of 3 separate and unique guest houses and one suite, all situated in a quiet area in the heart of the picturesque village of Franschhoek, which offers world-class wine estates, tastings and cellar tours. The surrounding valley is also the idyllic setting for walking trails, hiking, cycling, bird watching, horse-riding and fly-fishing.
It is an easy stroll to the renowned restaurants and attractions in the village of Franschhoek and almost all of the most famous vineyards of the Cape Winelands are a short drive away.
Gelatenheid Guest House is a luxurious double storey guest house with a wide balcony and superb mountain views over the Franschhoek winelands. A large lounge and kitchenette with French doors lead out onto a verandah with a pool and fountain garden.
Oortuiging Guest House has 2 en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and a dining room, and its own pool and private garden.
Vreugde Cottage has a small kitchenette and French doors that open onto a wide verandah with a beautiful garden and small pool.
The large and spacious Uitsig Suite is completely separate, and has its own balcony with lovely views.
Each guest house joins on to pathways leading through lush gardens to the main house where breakfast is served under a vine covered patio or in the Cape Dutch home.
|Room:||1 x Uitsig Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast; welcome bottle of champagne; free drinks; and laundry are included.|
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.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront enjoys one of the best positions of any hotel in Cape Town - a prime waterfront position literally on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with spectacular sea views across to Robben Island. The hotel is situated just a short stroll from the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront shopping and entertainment centre.
The 177 rooms are all air-conditioned, and offer either mountain views or views over the ocean and the hotel's private marina.
All the rooms are elegantly decorated, and are fully equipped with direct dial phones, satellite TV, coffee making facilities, internet access, mini bar and hair-dryer.
The Tobago Restaurant, offering a wide selection of local and international cuisine, has consistently been rated as one of Cape Town's top restaurants. Tobago's Bar and Terrace, literally a stone's throw from the waves, is arguably the most spectacular spot in Cape Town at which to enjoy a cocktail while admiring another magnificent African sunset.
|Room:||1 x Sea-Facing Business Class Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included. If children are sharing a room with parents, their breakfast is excluded - this is payable directly to the hotel.|
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.