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Holiday Title: Family Fun in the Sun
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
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Holiday Title: Family Fun in the Sun
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
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.
8 Day Car Rental: Group O: Toyota Avanza or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to Sun City (approx 145 km / 1 h 45 mins), an internationally acclaimed resort with a unique heartbeat of its own.
Drive to Mabula Game Lodge, in the malaria-free Waterberg area (approx 160 km / 2 h 30 mins). Revel in the sheer variety of animal, bird and plant life, the diverse landscapes ranging from grassland plains to rocky outcrops creating an ideal habitat for the free roaming Big 5 and all the little creatures that contribute to a magical wildlife experience you'll never forget
The Soho Hotel and Casino is the hedonistic heart of the Sun City Resort, and is central to all the activities and things to do at the resort.
The hotel's view comprises a magnificent landscape of subtropical gardens and a sparkling swimming pool. It has a total of 340 rooms, which either face the Gary Player Golf Course or pool area, with gardens stretching down to Sun City's popular Waterworld.
There is a free shuttle every 15 minutes taking you to the Valley of Waves, the Sun Central entertainment centre and other activities within the resort. The main attraction at Valley of Waves is the Roaring Lagoon - a 6,500 square metre wave pool with hydraulic mechanisms that generate waves of nearly 2 metres high every 90 seconds. Perhaps even more famous than the Valley of Waves, the Temple of Courage promises an exhilarating adrenalin rush with a 17-metre drop down a 70-metre slide. The almost vertical slide takes riders hurtling under a bridge and splashing into a small pool. There are also 2 body slides – the Tarantula and the Scorpion, and two tube rides – the Viper and the Mamba.
The glitzy and glamourous Sun City Casino offers a spectacle of round-the-clock thrills for both experienced and first-time gamers. The Casino features hundreds of exciting slot machines and over 40 popular table games.
The luxury of the Soho Hotel's 340 air-conditioned rooms and suites will please every visitor here.
Choose from luxury standard or superior rooms, some with sleeper couches which are ideal for families with young children, or stay in a Luxury Suite, which boasts a separate lounge area and a private balcony with sun loungers. For the ultimate privacy the Presidential Suite, also with its own private balcony with sun loungers, also has a separate lounge and dining area.
|Room:||1 x Superior Luxury Family Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Only 2.5 hours drive north of Johannesburg lies Mabula Game Lodge. This 12,000 hectare private reserve is malaria-free, and home to an abundance of wildlife and birds, including the world famous Big 5.
Morning and evening game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles are daily highlights and included in your rate. See impala, zebra, giraffe, eland and ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains, listen out for the elephants crashing through the thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves, spot a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water, or admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt.
For the wild-at-heart seeker of a true bush adventure (and at an additional cost), nothing could compare with the excitement and thrill of big game viewing on horseback or on a quadbike, or going on an informative bush walk guided by a highly professional and experienced game ranger.
Two swimming pools, a volleyball court and action cricket are just some of the other facilities available to guests. Guests are also able to indulge in spa treatments at the on-site Spa.
The 45 Standard Rooms and 3 Suites boast a look that is clean, simple, and elegant and follows an African flavour. Natural bold colours enhance the ethnic feel throughout the lodge. Some of the Standard Rooms are inter-leading, and others have a sleeper couch, making sure that families can also enjoy the Mabula 'experience'. There is also the Mabula Villa, which sleeps up to 10 guests, so is ideal for a small group of close friends or family seeking an exclusive lodge experience.
The lodge has a main restaurant serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you can eat 'al fresco' on the terrace, surrounded by the sounds of the birds. There is also the opportunity to dine under the breathtakingly starry sky in the boma (weather permitting) usually every 2nd or 3rd night, accompanied by traditional Tswana dancing while you tuck into tasty South African and Indian cuisine.
|Room:||1 x Standard Room|
|Includes:||All meals and 2 game drives per day are included. PLEASE NOTE: For self-drive visitors, there is a Conservation fee of ZAR 202 per vehicle to enter the reserve (in cash).
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.