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Holiday Title: Cape Town and Kruger Big 5 Safari
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Cape Town and Kruger Big 5 Safari
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Cape Town Airport, collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. You will be met by your driver who will be holding a signboard with your name on it and transferred to your hotel.
The Commodore Hotel is situated at Cape Town's vibrant V&A Waterfront, one of the city's main attractions.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel at 08:00. Your tour to the city centre takes you past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a baroque building and the Grand Parade. As you follow the city's main thoroughfare, Adderley Street, you will see St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain. In the early 18th century, thousands of slaves from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions were brought to Cape Town. After slavery was abolished, their descendants, known as the Cape Malay's, settled here. Continue to join a sparkling tour, witness the art of diamond cutting and the careful craftsmanship of jewellery manufacturing by skilled experts. Discover the history of the Diamond and Gold Trade in South Africa. You will be offered the option of continuing to Table Mountain, where you can ascend to the top (weather permitting) by the revolving cable car. Here, you'll see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on one side and Cape Point on the other. You will arrive back to your hotel about 12:30.
Bring your camera - you are heading today to Cape Point at the south western tip of the Cape Peninsula, and the most spectacular views in the world. The drive there is just as inspiring, passing steep mountains, secluded coves and sweeping beaches, as well as villages and fishing communities. Your tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. You will continue to the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. Here there is an option to take a short boat trip to Seal Island (for own account and time permitting) to view the Cape Fur Seals, which inhabit the island. From here you travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here you can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, reebok, Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe. The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show". Following the coastline along False Bay, you will return to Cape Townvia Simon's Town, where you visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (for own account) and Fish Hoek fishing village. You return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.
After breakfast you will be collected and transferred back to the airport where you will check in for your flight to the Kruger National Park.
Airlink 4Z663 (Economy Class): Fly from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) departing at 10:25 to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), arriving at 12:50
You will be met in the Arrivals Hall and transferred to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Inyati Game Lodge is situated in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve which is a private game reserve sharing a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. It is renowned for providing some of the best game viewing in Africa. Inyati's rangers drive specially designed safari vehicles which are allowed off-road, ensuring you get exclusive and intimate game viewing opportunities. The reserve has a dense concentration of wildlife and is home to the Big 5 - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. Cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and a vast variety of antelope and other species may also be closely observed, free roaming within their own territories. Inyati is also one of the best places in the world to get up close and personal with the elusive leopard.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive you will be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before checking out of your room. You can then remain at the lodge and relax around the main guest areas before you are collected and transferred back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight to Johannesburg.
Airlink 4Z822 (Economy Class): Fly from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) departing at 16:15 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 17:10
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 and it is no surprise 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.
Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the harbour, the Commodore Hotel offers stylish living and a quality service that ensures guests return year after year.
The V&A Waterfront is a 5 minute walk away, offering guests an abundance of experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add to the cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere.
When not out and about exploring the sights of Cape Town, sit back and relax in the tranquil surroundings of the pool area and enjoy a sundowner or an afternoon nap whilst soaking up the sun. Food may also be ordered at the pool from the restaurant menu. The Casuarina Spa is located on the 1st floor of the hotel, and there is also a fully equipped gym.
The Clipper Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and offers a la carte lunch and dinner. Scale models of ships, as well as artwork, remind patrons of these glorious vessels that once sailed the oceans.
The Commodore offers 236 elegantly furnished rooms and suites. All rooms have air-conditioning and are bright, spacious and decorated in a nautical theme. Guests can choose from Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Executive Rooms and King Suites.
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Inyati Game Lodge is situated in the world-acclaimed Sabi Sand reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park. Set on the curving banks of the perennial Sand River, the lodge is renowned for its excellent service, accommodation and game viewing opportunities. Regular sightings of hippo and crocodile along the lush river bank or herds of elephants enjoying an afternoon bathe can be enjoyed from the large wooden viewing deck, while the morning and afternoon game drives on open 4x4 safari vehicles provide unrivalled game viewing in the company of highly skilled rangers and Shangaan trackers.
Guests can also enjoy interpretive guided bush walks offering the nature enthusiast the ultimate bush experience.
Buffet style breakfasts and lunches are served on a thatched patio overlooking a natural clearing often frequented by game. After breakfast enjoy a guided bush walk in the company of your ranger to seek out the smaller species of the bush and to learn more about the plants and trees of the area.
In the evenings delicious open air dinners are served in the boma under the stars or in the bewitching seclusion of the bush. The Warthog Bar is the ideal venue for a sundowner drink and to chat with fellow guests about the activities of the day after dinner.
Each of the immaculately furnished 11 en-suite luxury chalets all have glorious river views. Each chalet is equipped with air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a beautifully appointed bathroom with an outdoor shower. The Family Chalet has a kingsize bed plus 2 single beds.
The crystal clear swimming pool is an ideal venue for enjoying sundowners or for cooling off after having spent a morning under the warm African sun. There is also a small air-conditioned gymnasium.
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|Includes:||All meals; the Guest Conservation Levy; a selection of house beverages; twice-daily game drives in open 4WD safari vehicles conducted by experienced guides and trackers; refreshments on game drives; fishing; and bush walks are included.
Children under 16 are not allowed on bush walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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 and Uganda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list here https://nathnacyfzone.org.uk/factsheet/60/yellow-fever-maps
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.
Travel Butlers have 20 years experience of booking travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean for 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, however Travel Butlers can offer you peace of mind and flexibility to ensure that you feel confident booking a holiday with us.
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:
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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.
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.
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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.