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Holiday Title: Luxury Safari and Cape Town
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.
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Holiday Title: Luxury Safari and Cape Town
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Cape Town Airport. Upon landing, you will be welcomed at the aircraft by a security approved airside supplier. If the aircraft is parked against the terminal building, you will be met at the sky bridge; if the aircraft is parked away from the airport building then you will be met at the entrance of the airport building. You will then be escorted to Immigration and onto the correct baggage carousel to collect your luggage. Finally, you will be accompanied through Customs and into the arrivals terminal, where a Guest Service Officer will be waiting to welcome you to South Africa and then introduce you to your transfer driver.
You will then be transferred to the One&Only which offers unprecedented luxury and style in one of the world's most vibrant and fascinating cities.
Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities - with a magnificent mountain as its centre, miles of sandy beaches, a colourful and moving history, as well as countless bars and restaurants, Cape Town captures the hearts of visitors. During your stay here, enjoy the major attractions in the city (Table Mountain, Robben Island, township tour, Camps Bay, V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, numerous museums and galleries) and if time permits take a day trip down to the Cape Peninsula, stopping on the way back at Boulders Beach which is home to one of only 2 mainland nesting colonies of African penguins in South Africa.
Today, see the best of the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands on an entertaining, day long highlights tour. This area is renowned internationally for its spectacular natural scenery. Craggy mountain peaks contrast with endless ocean vistas and lush green valleys. No matter where you travel in the Cape there are historical and modern sites and fabulous activities. On this tour you will travel down to the Cape Peninsula to soak up this spectacular setting and truly feel like you are on the edge of the world and then explore the heart of the mountainous Cape Winelands. The tour departs from your hotel at 08:00 and returns at 17:00.
After breakfast you will be collected and transferred back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your morning flight to the Kruger National Park (please note: check in is 90 minutes prior to the flight departure).
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 and assisted with boarding your light aircraft flight to Chitwa Chitwa. Please note that there is a baggage restriction of 20 kg per person and you have to have a 'soft' bag (for easy storage in the plane).
FedAir Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) to Arathusa Airstrip - arrival and departure times to be confirmed
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your lodge. Chitwa Chitwa is highly acclaimed for its excellent game viewing. During your stay here, morning and afternoon game drives with your highly qualified guide will ensure you leave with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive you will have time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relaxing morning before you are collected and transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to Johannesburg.
FedAir Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arathusa Airstrip departing at 13:30 to Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB), arriving at 15:30
You will be met and transferred to the International Departure Terminal where you will check in for your flight home.
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.
One&Only Cape Town offers an unprecedented level of luxury and style in one of the world's most fascinating cities. With its spectacular location in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and its stunning views of Table Mountain, the resort is a destination in itself.
Guests can dine in one of 3 top restaurants including the continent’s only outpost of the Michelin-starred Nobu, which fuses Japanese cuisine with South African flavours. Revel in the high energy vibe of Vista Bar or sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft which has more than 5,000 bottles of wine from across the globe.
The sublime calm of the sophisticated One&Only Spa offers an indulgent escape, while the Fitness Centre offers a wide range of state-or-the-art equipment and yoga/Pilates classes. The temperature-controlled infinity-edge pool is the finest in Cape Town, framed with private cabanas and majestic palms.
98 of the rooms and suites are located within the 7 storey Marina Rise and feature expansive glass doors that lead onto private balconies offering unobstructed views of the picturesque harbourside and iconic Table Mountain. The remaining 40 rooms and suites are located on a secluded and lushly landscaped island surrounded by a waterway, each featuring a private balcony or terrace and waterway views. Sumptuously appointed bathrooms have oversized baths, a roomy rain shower and dual marble vanity units.
|Room:||1 x Marina Table Mountain Room (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge basks in the sun on the banks of one of the largest dams in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
The most thrilling and eagerly-anticipated part of any stay at Chitwa is undoubtedly the safari experience. Guests are treated to spell-binding sightings of the abundant wildlife on game drives and bush walks and leave with affectionate memories of the very best of the African bush. A safari here offers some of the best opportunities to meet Africa’s Big Five - buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard and lion. The highly qualified guides ensure an unforgettable safari by enriching the experience with their knowledge.
Guests can also enjoy superb game viewing from the main lounge and dining areas as the wildlife congregates at the water’s edge to drink. The large wooden lounging deck is strewn with comfy armchairs and a rim-flow swimming pool is the perfect place to relax, unwind and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of Africa.
Chitwa Chitwa’s library offers a large selection of books for your reference reading and it is also equipped with an internet access point. With all the great food you’ll be enjoying at Chitwa Chitwa, fitness enthusiasts might want to spend time training in the gym which comes fully equipped with treadmill, spinning bike, pilates ball, dumbbells, aerobic mats and the all-in-one weight gym.
Six individual and artistically styled suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own plunge pool and exude an air of bygone romance combined with unfaltering luxury. The Charlsy Suite offers 2 beautifully appointed interleading en-suite rooms joined by a cosy living area.
The Chitwa House is an exclusive retreat consisting of 2 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. The House comes with its own safari vehicle, guide and tracker. All meals are prepared and enjoyed in the privacy of your own dining area. Outside on the spacious deck is a swimming pool, making this truly the epitome of luxury in the African bush.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite|
|Includes:||All Inclusive Package: 3 meals per day; 2 shared game drives per day; a daily bush walk; laundry service; all soft drinks, bottled water, selected wines and local beers; the Guest Conservation Contribution; and all tea/coffee are included.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on game walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.