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Safari and Beach Getaway

Example holiday

Safari and Beach Getaway

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, followed by a detailed page on each destination.

Important travel information for visitors to South Africa and Mozambique 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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Safari and Beach Getaway

Example Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Safari and Beach Getaway

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa and Mozambique for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Safari and Beach Getaway

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where you will be met and transferred to Marataba Safari Lodge - about a 3.5 hour drive.

Marataba Safari Lodge is set in a malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession within the Marakele National Park. Just 4 hours from Johannesburg, this is a sanctuary where busy people can find themselves again by connecting with nature. In the company of your Field Guide, you will learn more about the Big Five and the many unique animal species found on the Marakele National Park. Two safaris a day (one early morning, and one late afternoon, into the evening) are each approximately 3-4 hours long, and include a scenic coffee and sundowner break to purely appreciate just being in the moment.

Marakele National Park

4 nights at Marataba Safari Lodge


Day 3

This afternoon, your game drive will take you to the Thabametsi Treehouse. You'll arrive just before sunset and the coolness of the approaching evening brings animals into the open. A gourmet picnic can be enjoyed at your table on the deck, from where you have front row seats to the wildest theatre. Then curl up in the four-poster bed under a blanket of stars and a warm cosy duvet, and go to sleep with the sounds of the African bush surrounding you.


Day 5

After a morning game drive and breakfast back at the lodge, you will be collected and transferred back to Johannesburg.

Closely situated to OR Tambo International Airport, luxury and regal comfort await guests at the 5* Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace. The magnificent ambiance is complimented with state-of-the-art facilities which provide guests with added comfort. Guests can delight in fine dining experiences at the elegant Aurelia's Restaurant, indulge their senses at the Health and Beauty Spa and sip cocktails while watching an African sunset at the Pool Bar. Full access to the casino, dining and entertainment facilities at the resort is granted to all guests.


Day 6

After breakfast, you will be collected and transferred to the International Departure Terminal, where you will check in for your flight across to Mozambique.

Airlink 4Z260 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 11:35 to Vilanculos Airport (VNX), arriving at 13:05

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You will be met in the Arrivals Hall and transferred to Santorini Mozambique.

Nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay in Vilanculos, Santorinis' unfurling view of the Bazaruto Archipelago islands and curling mainland in the distance is unsurpassable. Santorini Mozambique is like a small Greek village in the heart of a raw African landscape - a magical combination. The Bazaruto Archipelago, a chain of islands strung out like a pearl necklace, is a protected National Marine Reserve and the waters here are teeming with coral and tropical fish.


Day 11

You will be transferred back to the airport, where you will check in for your flight home via Johannesburg.

 
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Marataba Safari Lodge

Marakele National Park: 4 Nights

Marataba Safari Lodge is situated in a Big 5 malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains which forms part of the Marakele National Park, just 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. The Marakele National Park is a haven for an impressive variety of wildlife, and contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterise this spectacular area.

All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world (more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here and may be seen on your daily morning and afternoon game drives. The Marataba rangers have an intricate knowledge of the bush and its wildlife, and each open game viewing vehicle carries just 6 guests.

Bush walks after breakfast engage all your senses as your guide introduces you to the smaller creatures and tells you about the various plants and trees, many with fascinating medicinal properties and traditional uses. You can also enjoy a morning or sunset boat cruise on the Miss Mara along the Matlabas River, providing plenty of game-viewing opportunities as the animals come to the water to drink and forage.

The 15 canvas-and-stone tented suites are exquisitely furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist. Each suite has its own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. A free-standing stone bath is the main feature of the bathroom, while indoor and outdoor showers take full advantage of the dramatic scenery of the Waterberg Mountains. Families with children under 12 years of age can choose a Family Suite, which includes a separate bedroom and bathroom.

There is also the Thabametsi Treehouse (additional surcharge and weather dependent) which offers complete privacy. You’ll arrive just before sunset and the coolness of the approaching evening brings animals into the open. A gourmet picnic can be enjoyed at your table on the deck, from where you have front row seats to the wildest theatre. Then curl up in the four-poster bed under a blanket of stars and a warm cosy duvet, and go to sleep with the sounds of the African bush surrounding you.

Example Details For Marataba Safari Lodge

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tented Suite
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; all beverages (including soft drinks, beers, spirits and wines); 2 daily game drives with FGASA qualified ranger; game drive refreshments and snacks; the Marakele NP entrance/gate fee; the Marakele Guest Conservation Contribution; and transfers between Marataba Safari Lodge and Marataba Mountain Lodge are included.

Children under 16 years are not permitted on bush walks or the Miss Mara water safaris. Guests over 60 years wanting to do a bush walk must present a medical certificate of good health.

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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Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Johannesburg: 1 Night

Discover untold luxury and regal comfort. The 5* Peermont D'oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

The Emperors Palace resort offers a unique experience with a magnificent casino, dining to suit every palate, a cinema complex, exhilarating entertainment and theatre venues, and a retail concourse. With palatial buildings set in a display of gardens, fountains and statues, the experience is breathtaking. Richly cloaked surroundings such as marble floors, plush carpets, magnificent stained glass domes, highly decorated murals and frescos, sculptures, intricate mosaics and Roman columns and arches contribute to an atmosphere of intimacy, classical elegance and lavish opulence.

At the hotel itself, guests can dine at the elegant Aurelia's Restaurant, meet or relax in private conclaves of the reception area, absorb the gentle strains of the piano in the Aurelia's Lounge and Cocktail Bar, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset from a lounger or cocktail bar in the manicured and terraced gardens.

The luxurious world-class Octavi's Sensorium Day Spa will indulge you beyond your expectations. This magnificent facility resembles the eclectic style and ambience of Ancient Rome, while providing state of the art facilities including the magnificent Roman Bath.

The hotel features 182 elegant rooms and suites all lavishly furnished in superior style. All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and the convenience of 24-hour room service. For the discerning guest who seeks premier quality and elegance, the Club Superior Rooms are situated on the private Club Floor, which has a private lounge with complimentary refreshments and a Club Floor Services Manager who is willing to assist with a diverse bouquet of personalised services including early check in and late check out options, and 24 hour refreshment in rooms.

A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport for all guests is available.

Example Details For Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Club Superior Room (Fifth Floor)
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Santorini Mozambique

Vilanculos: 5 Nights

Santorini Mozambique is nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay in Vilanculos, and offers unfurling views of the Bazaruto Archipelago islands and the curling mainland in the distance.

Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a much-coveted travel destination in Mozambique. It is known for its glistening turquoise waters and some of the best scuba-diving in the world. As one of the largest marine reserves in the Indian Ocean, the archipelago supports over 2,000 species of fish, as well as dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks. It also holds the largest population of Dugong in Mozambique.

Santorini Mozambique is like a small Greek village in the heart of a raw African landscape – a magical combination consisting of 3 large villas, where there is no shortage of variety. Whether you're here for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there is something for everyone to enjoy and remember at Santorini. Being on the mainland, you will have the opportunity to experience everything the area has to offer - from spending a day out on the waters or exploring the colourful markets and local shops of Vilanculos town - the choices are endless.

The Main Villa consists of 5 individual suites, which all open out onto their own private patio with sun loungers and umbrella – the perfect space to take in the majestic view of this magical place. Whether you are drawn to the main guest lounge, TV room, sunset sala or pool courtyard, you’re encouraged to make yourself completely at home.

The Chapel at Santorini is an exclusive use, intimate villa created for the ultimate honeymoon experience or romantic getaway.  It is a short walk away from the Main Villa but far enough for complete privacy. The open-plan living space beneath the characteristic domed ceiling consists of a lounge, dining area and guest bar stocked daily with scrumptious snacks and assorted iced beverages. For small families or close friends, a second suite can be added to the villa's accommodation.

Villa da Praia is an exclusive beach villa and comprises of 3 stunning suites on different levels. Two suites have their own private patio and the 3rd has a manicured garden terrace and separate entrance.

Example Details For Santorini Mozambique

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite
Includes: All meals; all drinks (local beer, local wine, selected spirits, tea/coffee and water/soft drinks); return airport transfers; a guided tour of Vilanculos town; complimentary snorkelling trip with picnic lunch or sunset cruise with refreshments/canapes on one of Santorini's boats for bookings of 3 nights or more; free Wi-Fi in Santorini public areas and all suites; and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: Park fees will be charged for each boat trip into the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, per person per excursion and is payable upon departure.

Location

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of South Africa deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter South Africa when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain, Switzerland.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local South Africa High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries (including New Zealand) are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can 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. The government will launch its new eVisa (Electronic Visa) system in March 2022. The system will simplify international visitors’ visa applications to South Africa.

Children under 18 years of age who require a visa to enter South Africa may be required to provide additional information when applying for the visa including an unabridged birth certificate and affidavit if travelling with only one parent.  There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors and/or South African children - details available on request or via the SA Department of Home Affairs at http://www.dha.gov.za.

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 - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES.

South Africa has implemented biometric capturing at all ports of entry. This may result in some delays at land borders so you should allow additional time for border crossings.

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 the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

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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.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink in major cities and towns, however, we do advise that you do not drink the water in more remote places such as the camps in the National Parks - the water may be safe to drink, but it simply is not worth the risk, as bottled water is widely available.

Whatever you do, do not drink water from any river lake without firstly purifying the water. Always take water with you when you go on a hike, and have a bottle in the car on a long journey to avoid dehydration.

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 but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance.

Languages And Culture

The 11 official languages are Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda and Ndebele. Whilst many visitors will hear at least a couple of the tribal languages during the course of their stay, it is possible to travel extensively and comfortably with just English as a language.

The South African society is quite liberal, as gay marriage was legalised in 2006 nationwide and everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution. In some more rural areas, however, the local people may not be quite as liberal thinking, so whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship if travelling to a rural/remote area.

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Important Travel Information For Mozambique

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mozambique

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Mozambique deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Mozambique when travelling as a tourist:

Mozambique; Botswana; Malawi; Mauritius; Swaziland; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

All other nationalities require a visa to enter Mozambique.

You must apply for a visa before travel from your local Mozambique High Commission or Embassy - please allow ample time before travel to do this.

You will need the following for a visa application to the High Commission/Embassy:

  • 2 colour passport-size photos;
  • Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Mozambique and have at least 2 blank pages;
  • A document confirming the address during your stay in Mozambique - this has to be obtained directly from the hotel but Travel Butlers can provide this on request;
  • A return ticket and proof of adequate funds for the duration of stay;
  • A completed visa application form.

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 the applicable entry 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 Mozambique.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Mozambique - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. 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 Mozambique, so a Yellow Fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Mozambique. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Mozambique 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 but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

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Important Travel Information For Mozambique

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Languages And Culture

The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, but English is also widely spoken in the main tourist areas. Approximately 60 other languages and dialects are spoken in Mozambique, which are all of Bantu origin.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Taking photographs of military and government buildings, airports or the police is illegal.  If in doubt, put your camera away! 

Homosexuality is not prohibited by law, but local attitudes can be less tolerant and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You must by law carry original identity documents at all times and present them on request to the authorities. Police patrols and checkpoints are common. Don’t hand over your passport to anyone other than an official - ask to see their ID if in doubt.

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Book With Confidence

Travel Butlers have nearly 20 years of experience booking travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean for our clients from all around the world.  In this time we have supported clients through disruptions caused by numerous unexpected events including natural disasters, localised disease outbreaks and airline cancellations. Nobody can be certain exactly what will happen in the future with the current Covid-19 pandemic, however Travel Butlers can offer you peace of mind and flexibility to ensure that you feel confident booking a holiday with us.

Flexibility and peace of mind before you travel

Our team are specialists in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and we are constantly monitoring the changing situation regarding travel to the region. If your trip cannot go ahead due to specific travel restrictions related to Covid-19 then we will get in touch to offer you the choice of the following:

The specific Covid-19 travel restrictions are defined as follows:

We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.

If we confirm that your trip is unable to proceed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, then we will not charge you an amendment fee if you choose to postpone your trip or move it to another destination. We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with a more expensive season of travel or higher grade of accommodation. Equally, if the cost of your postponed trip is less, we will reduce the cost accordingly.

You should still take out travel insurance that includes Covid-19  to cover you in the event that your trip can go ahead but you are unable to travel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances. If there are no travel restrictions in place that mean your trip could not go ahead but you need to cancel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances then our normal terms and conditions would apply. You should ensure that your travel insurance provides adequate cover for cancelling due to illness, including Covid-19, and you may be able to make a claim against your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.

Support whilst you are away

We offer 24/7 telephone assistance to all our clients whilst they are away, and also have partners in each country that are able to assist with any PCR tests or other issues that might arise during your trip.

If you fall ill whilst you are away, or if your trip is disrupted due to Covid-19 whilst you are travelling, then our experienced team will be on hand to assist you in whatever way you need.  You would need to pay any additional costs incurred due to illness or travel disruption whilst you are away, however you may be able reclaim these expenses on your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.  Travel Butlers will be able to assist by providing supporting documentation for your claim.

Financial protection for your Travel Butlers holiday

All of the holidays we sell are 100% financially protected through our ATOL and ABTOT bonding so your money is in safe hands when you book a Travel Butlers holiday. Furthermore, our business is well positioned to navigate through the challenges which the travel industry is currently facing.

Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Finding suitable travel insurance that covers Covid-19

You can now get insurance that offers cover for disruption related to Covid-19, and these policies could include cover for:

Not all policies offer this kind of cover, not necessarily even all policies from the same provider, so you should ensure you check the policy details carefully before buying your insurance. 

You can read more about choosing suitable travel insurance in the FCDO guide to travel insurance.