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Holiday Title: Unforgettable South African Landscapes
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 8 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Unforgettable South African Landscapes
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Collect your luggage and make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will meet you. You will then be transferred to the Kruger National Park and onto Jock Main Lodge.
Jock Main Lodge is situated in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers 6,000 hectares of exclusive private traversing rights in an area of the Park which is celebrated for the Big Five game viewing. Morning and evening game drives in a covered 4x4 Land Rover with a highly experienced ranger traverse both Jock's private concession and the main road network in the legendary Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast before you are collected and transferred back to the airport, where you will check in for your flight back to Johannesburg.
Airlink 4Z842 (Economy Class): Fly from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) departing at 12:25 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 13:20
Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. Your driver will meet you here and then you will be transferred to Pretoria.
Illyria House is a magnificent hotel and spa with views that extend over historical Jacaranda City - otherwise known as Pretoria. Enter through wrought iron gates and be transported to a different world where gracious and romantic living unfolds.
You will be transferred to Pretoria's railway station.
Check in at 12:30 at the Blue Train Station Lounge at Pretoria Railway Station and enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks before boarding commences at 13:15. The train will depart at 14:00.
The Blue Train
High Tea is served at 16:00 in the Lounge Car. You will then have time to relax before dinner. There are 2 sittings - the first is between 18:30 and 20:00; and the second is from 20:15 until 22:00. Dinner is an elegant affair and after dinner, you can enjoy post-dinner drinks in the Club Car before retiring to bed.
Breakfast is served between 06:00 and 09:00. At 09:30, the train arrives into Kimberley Station, and guests can disembark here and taken by bus to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine (famous for being where the first ever diamonds in the country were discovered) and to the edge of the Big Hole - considered to be one of the deepest cavities excavated by man with a depth of 200 m2. One of the most interesting facts about the Big Hole in Kimberley is that after the mining operations were finally over, the Big Hole become the most visited tourist attraction in Kimberley. Guests are then taken back to the train, which departs Kimberley Station at 13:00. Lunch is then served in 2 sittings - the first between 13:00 and 14:15; the second between 14:30 and 16:00. For those still hungry, High Tea is served at 16:30 in the Lounge Car, and dinner is then served in 2 sittings again from 18:30.
Breakfast is served between 06:30 and 10:30. The train pulls into Cape Town's Rail Station at midday.
You will be met and transferred to Constantia.
The Last Word Constantia is the epitome of luxury. It is set in the Cape's oldest and most distinguished wine valley, in the heart of 7 esteemed wine estates and many notable restaurants. This is a 5* guesthouse where the emphasis is placed on peace and serenity. Take a dip in the sunken swimming pool or stretch out on the tanning deck with exquisite mountain views. A lounge, a dining room and a sun patio all lead into the manicured gardens, creating a sense of spacious leisure. The Last Word Constantia is an enchanting oasis that will revive your mind and body in remarkable surroundings.
You will be collected and transferred to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home. If you have an evening flight, you will need to check out of your room this morning but you can store your luggage at the hotel until your transfer arrives. Alternatively, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Jock Main Lodge was one of the very first privately owned camps to be situated in the world famous Kruger National Park. The lodge overlooks where the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers merge, in the south-western corner of the Park. Today, guests staying here can enjoy exclusive traversing rights over 6,000 hectares of private concession land in what is regarded as one of the best Big 5 game viewing areas. Daily guided game drives and walks led by professional rangers offer exciting close encounters with Africa's wildlife, including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Some of the drives will be on the lodge's private concession, but others may be in the Kruger Park itself, where your ranger will be restricted to remaining on the road network at all times.
Guests are offered African cuisine which incorporates an abundance of flavours. The head chef and his team conjure up dishes of legendary proportions, allowing your taste buds to follow their own African journey. The cuisine is presented in a variety of locations, from silver service in the elegant dining room, to an eating adventure under the panorama of the African night.
The Pilgrims Rest Spa Retreat offers an escape to enjoy some pampering. Awaken your senses and allow the trained therapists to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Golfers can also enjoy complimentary transfers from the Lodge to Leopard Creek Golf Club, just outside the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park. All transfers are done on a game viewing vehicle so your transfer is a game drive in itself. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, for much of the water is home to crocodiles!
Twelve luxury air-conditioned suites offer guests the unique opportunity to experience the gracious style of old world elegance surrounded by unspoilt wilderness. Each suite leads onto a private deck with a 'ball & claw' outside bath, a plunge pool and a private sala (outdoor day bed), with spectacular view of the riverbed.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite with Plunge Pool|
|Includes:||All meals and high tea; selection of house beverages, tea/coffee and water; twice daily shared game drives; and guided wilderness walks (subject to availability of guide) are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park Concession Fee is NOT included - this is currently R83 per person per stay - subject to change.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on walking safaris.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
A relatively small city, Pretoria lies about 50 km north of Johannesburg. It is the administrative capital of South Africa and straddles the Apies River, and spreads eastwards into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains. It is one of the country's 3 capital cities.
One of the nicest times to experience Pretoria is in October, when thousands of jacaranda trees burst into bloom, and the city is enveloped in a mauve haze - which has led to the city’s nickname – Jacaranda City.
The Union Buildings, built in 1913 and designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker, are the official seat of power and this is where all new presidents are sworn into office. The Voortrekker Monument is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the country, and this impressive granite structure commemorates the pioneers who bought their culture to the interior of Southern Africa.
Illyria House is a magnificent hotel and spa with views that extend over Pretoria. As you enter through the wrought iron gates, you will be transported to a different world where gracious and romantic living unfolds.
Famous for its collection of 17th century tapestries, fine antiques and exquisite cuisine, the addition of soft classical music, tranquil gardens abundant with birdlife, and a gracious interior make a stay here an unforgettable experience.
The spa is found in 'the secret garden', where decadent treatments beckon with the promise of ultimate rejuvenation.
All suites are exquisitely furnished in white and cream décor with antique furniture and embroided cotton linen. Well-appointed bathrooms promise an indulging and relaxing experience.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it.The very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.
The journey from Pretoria to Cape Town takes 2 nights and departs on selected dates throughout the year. The train departs Pretoria at 16:00, and having settled into life on board with the drink of your choice, it is time to head to the dining car. While The Blue Train lives up to its 5* reputation in every sense, its cuisine surpasses even the highest expectations - and it could be said that dinner will be the most unforgettable experience of your adventure. Dinner is an elegant affair, with men wearing a jacket and tie and ladies adorned in elegant evening wear. Underscoring the atmosphere is a delightful selection of tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet.
The next morning, you visit Kimberley as a off-the-train excursion. Guests disembark and gather at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum and to the Big Hole - said to be one of the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world in the search for diamonds.
After a second night on the train, you arrive into Cape Town after breakfast at approximately 10:30.
The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.
When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.
|Room:||1 x Deluxe Suite|
|Includes:||All meals; high tea; drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic but excluding French champagne); and off-the-train excursions are included.|
The Last Word Constantia is located in the heart of the Cape's most famous and beautiful suburbs amongst the leafy vines of the oldest winelands in the Cape. This 5* boutique hotel is conveniently positioned in close proximity to many of the celebrated Cape restaurants, and is only a minute or 2 away from the chic Constantia Mall with its wide variety of fashionable shops and restaurants. Golf lovers will be spoilt for choice with championship golf courses situated a stone’s throw away.
Constantia is a beautiful and unique suburb. Famous for its winelands and exceptionally fine restaurants, it is also considered the birthplace of the country's wine farming industry, the region boasts several world-class wine estates which all produce award-winning wines. Along the well-signposted wine route, wine estates to visit include Steenburg, Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, and Groot Constantia.
Great attention to detail has been placed on offering guest their privacy during their stay at Last Word Constantia - even the luxury swimming pool and surrounding tanning deck has been landscaped and sunk below ground level, to ensure you can be private from your few fellow guests. The lounges, dining area and sun patio all open onto the beautifully manicured garden, with rolling lawns, vibrant colours and mountain views.
The Last Word Constantia offers 9 classically furnished hotel rooms. There are 2 Pool Suites, which each have a private garden and plunge pool and a separate lounge area. The one Family Suite comprises of 2 en-suite bedrooms, and the main bedroom has a family lounge area with a TV and a Nintendo Wii. The 2 Elegant Suites nad separate lounge areas. The 4 Superior Double Rooms each have a private patio. The attention to detail in the well-appointed en-suite bathrooms is a particular feature.
|Room:||1 x Superior Double Room (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied)|
|Includes:||Breakfast; all beverages (including premium spirits); and Wi-Fi are included.|
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.
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.
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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