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Safaris, Saddles and Surfing

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Safaris, Saddles and Surfing

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.

All the holidays we offer to our clients are tailor-made, so we can adjust this trip to fit in with your travel dates, interests, preferred accommodation, and of course your budget.

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Safaris, Saddles and Surfing

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Holiday Title: Safaris, Saddles and Surfing

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 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: Safaris, Saddles and Surfing

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1
Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way to 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.

13 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)

Allow about 4 hours to drive to your first destination. Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi Mountain Lodge offers a full and uninterrupted view of the Drakensberg's most famous part, the Amphitheatre escarpment, and guests enjoy this spectacular scenery from the comfort of their private suites.


Day 4

Drive to Umhlanga (approx 300 km / 3 h 45 mins). The award-winning Beverly Hills Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1964, has become synonymous with elegance, gracious hospitality and intuitive service. Distinctive features, and an atmosphere of old-world opulence, contribute to a relaxing and enjoyable stay here.


Day 7

Drive to the Amazulu Private Game Reserve (approx 385 km / 4 h 15 mins). Amakhosi Safari Lodge is a majestic safari destination where no day is the same. This is Big 5 territory and what you don't view from your deck, expert guides invariably will deliver on dawn and dusk game drives. Inbetween drives, relax by the rock-fringed lodge swimming pool, and when darkness falls, listen for the roar of the lions.

Amazulu Private Game Reserve

3 nights at AmaKhosi Safari Lodge


Day 10

Drive to the Pakamisa Game Reserve (approx 50 km / 1 h 15 mins). Pakamisa is home to a collection of magnificent Arabian horses all superbly trained, and there are few greater thrills than exploring the wild African bush on horseback. Imagine being able to experience the sights, smells, sounds and excitement of the African veld so that you literally become at one with the environment.

Pakamisa Game Reserve

3 nights at Pakamisa Lodge


Day 13
After breakfast, you will drive back to Johannesburg Airport (allow about 6 hours), where you will return your hire car and check in for your flight home.
 
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Montusi Mountain Lodge

The Drakensberg: 3 Nights

Montusi Mountain Lodge offers genuine hospitality in the tranquillity of one of the most beautiful settings in Southern Africa. Space, comfort and peace are what you will find when you treat yourself to the natural splendour and peaceful, romantic ambiance of this Drakensberg haven.

Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Montusi is one of the few destinations with a panoramic vista of the Drakensberg's most famous feature, the Amphitheatre escarpment.

Activities include hiking, horse riding, trout fishing, golf, swimming and even trapezing.

Montusi Mountain Lodge consists of a large and beautifully thatched main lodge with reception, dining room, terrace, bar, lounge and massage room.

The swimming pool looks out at the escarpment and the surrounding rocks have provided inspiration for this unusual and beautifully crafted pool which makes it the guest's favourite place in summer.

The intimate restaurant (with a log fireplace) is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine with innovative menus.

The 16 individual free-standing suites offer guests privacy, are uniquely decorated with stunning views of the Amphitheatre Mountain. Suites have one or two bedrooms with a en-suite bathroom (bath and walk-in shower), a lounge, patio, gas operated fireplace and tea/coffee making facility.

Along side each suite there is a private covered carport for one vehicle.

Montusi offers space, comfort and peace with personal attention to detail.

Example Details For Montusi Mountain Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Mountain Suite
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included.

Location

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Durban: 3 Nights

With over 320 days of sunshine per year, Durban is a holidaymakers paradise. The 6 km 'Golden Mile' of beaches are packed with sun worshippers throughout the year, while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean entice swimmers, surfers and other water sport and diving enthusiasts.

For those looking for attractions away from the sand and sea, Durban offers a bustling cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, museums, live music and theatre. Durban is also home to the largest population of Indian descendents in South Africa, so it is not surprising, therefore, that the city is renowned for its aromatic spice markets and delicious curries - reputed to be some of the best in the world outside of India itself.

Some of the best diving in South Africa can be found at Aliwal Shoal, just 50 km south of Durban. Aliwal is voted as being one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.  Besides being able to dive and swim alongside the many tropical fish species and loggerhead turtles, the major attraction at Aliwal is the ragged tooth shark, or 'Raggy' as it is fondly known within the local dive community.  From July to November the ragged tooth sharks visit Aliwal Shoal in their annual migration from the Cape to the St Lucia Marine Reserve, and the docile nature of this species means that divers can get extremely close to the sharks without the need for a diving cage.

With glorious views of the Indian Ocean, the Beverley Hills Hotel is the perfect location to unwind and relax. Everything is close at hand - the unspoilt beaches, tennis and squash courts, bowling green, gym and golf course.

All rooms offer dramatic uninterupted seaviews and have an en-suite bathroom and private balcony. 

The hotel also boasts a state of the art fitness centre, heated swimming pool, spa, two restaurants with an al fresco dining option and a convenient retail outlet. 

Example Details For Beverly Hills Hotel

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

Location

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AmaKhosi Safari Lodge

Amazulu Private Game Reserve: 3 Nights

AmaKhosi Safari Lodge is situated in the 12,000 hectare Amazulu Private Game Reserve, about 4 hours north of Durban.

The reserve is made up of a varied ecosystem which includes savanna, mountains and wetlands - making it the ideal home to the Big 5 as well as giraffe, zebra, warthog and hyena, hippopotamus and crocodile. There are also no less than 400 bird species.

Early morning and late afternoon guided walks and game drives lead you into the African bush to observe the animals and their fascinating behaviour. Qualified game rangers introduce the unique role each animal plays on the massive stage within the African Kingdom.

Amakhosi's main lodge boasts a deck with an intimate bar, lounge area, a swimming pool and dining area where meals are served under the stars. With panoramic river views, guests can unwind at Amakhosi River SPA, which offers beauty and message treatments, using eco-friendly and holistic products.

The 6 luxury river suites are situated along the flowing Mkuze River and boasts a separate air-conditioned bedroom, lounge with a fully stocked mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. The high thatched ceilings and glass walls are complimented by a large bathroom with unique bath made for two, and outdoor (al fresco) shower.  

For ultimate privacy there are 2 honeymoon suites with private plunge pools and hammocks.

'IsiGodlo' (meaning 'chiefs residence) is a private 2 bedroom house which overlooks the Mkuze River and can accommodate up to 4 guests. Guests staying here have their own ranger, tracker and private game vehicle for game drives.

Example Details For AmaKhosi Safari Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x River Suite
Includes: Brunch, high tea (late lunch) and dinner; all local branded beverages; bush walks; and 2 shared game activities per day with qualified guides are included.

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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Pakamisa Lodge

Pakamisa Game Reserve: 3 Nights

Superbly located on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, Pakamisa Lodge offers an unforgettable African experience in this private malaria-free game reserve. The lodge affords breathtaking views over the evergreen valley and plains of the Pongola River and the surrounding mountains. Abundant wildlife, game drives, guided walks, bird watching, clay-pigeon shooting, massage, health and beauty services all combine to offer guests the utmost in relaxation and indulgence.

Pakamisa in Zulu means 'to lift up' and guests are assured that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La.

For horse lovers, the Pakamisa Arabian Stud is a paradise. Experienced riders can enjoy the unparalleled adventure of a sunrise horseback safari, followed by a bush breakfast.

Although not a Big 5 reserve, you may see giraffe, impala, warthog, jackal, zebra, bushbuck, vervet monkey, ostrich and kudu as you are out on your ride.

Even if you are not a rider, you will not fail to be impressed by the sheer beauty and power of these thoroughbred stallions and mares.

The 8 spacious, tastefully-decorated suites offer the highest standards for comfort and complete relaxation.

Each en-suite room, comprising a bedroom, deluxe bathroom and sunken lounge leading onto a spacious veranda is fully equipped with mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities.

The rooms have been individually styled after an African animal, a theme picked up in valuable paintings and local artefacts. All rooms have stunning views over the reserve.

Example Details For Pakamisa Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; and choice of 2 activities per day (horse riding, game drive, guided bush walk, archery, target shooting with air rifle) are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included. Horse riding is restricted to one ride per day per person - weight limit 90 kg.

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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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.