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.
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Holiday Title: Stylish South Africa
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Stylish South Africa
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Once you have collected your luggage, you need to make your way into the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by a representative from FedAir. You will then be transferred to the private FedAir departure lounge, where you can relax before boarding your flight across to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. 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). If you are returning by FedAir, you can leave any excess baggage safely with FedAir, which you can then pick up when you return.
FedAir (Light Aircraft): Fly from Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) departing at 10:30 to Sabi Sand North Airstrip, arriving at 12:00
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your lodge. Simbambili Game Lodge is famed for its regular leopard sightings and abundance of general game species as well as extraordinary bird life. Daily morning and afternoon safari activities are in open 4x4 game vehicles and also there is the opportunity to go on a bush walk too. For those who prefer more relaxation inbetween game drives, you can enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment in the enchanting spa chalet on stilts or in the open air spa sala, both which offer uninterrupted views over the magical African bushveld.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast before you are transferred back to the airstrip.
FedAir (Light Aircraft): Fly from Sabi Sand North Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB), arriving at 12:30
You will be transferred to the Domestic Departure Terminal where you will check in for your flight to Port Elizabeth.
British Airways BA6237 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 16:10 to Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), arriving at 17:50
Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Built in 1898, and nestled in a lush English garden setting in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Hacklewood Hill is one of the few remaining Victorian Manor Houses in the city, and as such retains much of the elegance and grace it would have boasted when its first inhabitants - a young doctor and his family - once lived here.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00.
11 Day Car Rental: Group E: Toyoto Corolla Quest Auto or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to near Plettenberg Bay (approx 210 km / 2 h 0 mins). Enjoy a unique vacation experience at the family owned and operated 5* Kurland Hotel, located near the picturesque beach resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, in the heart of the Garden Route.
The Garden Route
Drive to the Cape Winelands (approx 495 km / 4 h 40 mins). Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. A mere 5 minutes from the historic town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of landscaped gardens shaded by giant oak trees.
The Cape Winelands
Drive to Cape Town (approx 85 km / 1 h 0 mins). Luxury and sophistication emanate throughout the 5* Queen Victoria Hotel, from the elegant reception area to the 3 suites and 32 luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated. What sets the Queen Victoria Hotel apart from other hotels at the world-renowned V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly its position. Located within a precinct of heritage buildings, the Queen Victoria Hotel gives you a sense of being within the Waterfront's vicinity but removed from the frenetic pace of it.
Simbambili Game Lodge is situated in the northern section of the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge is set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River with views over extensive savanna grassland that teems with wildlife.
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Depart in an open Land Cruiser with experienced rangers and trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. Each game viewing vehicle seats 6 people only. After a delicious breakfast is served either at camp or in the bush, guest will have the opportunity to go on a bush walk. Accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker, bush walks offer guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures that often go unseen as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region, and to follow tracks in more detail. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big game, on foot or on an open vehicle safari. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds.
Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees lie 7 individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over the dry riverbed as well as the Sabi bushveld and its incredibly diverse bird and animal life from the en-suite bathroom and private viewing deck. Another feature of the deck, apart from the wonderful views, is a private plunge pool to soothe away hot summer afternoons and a private sala for daydreaming and resting in the heat of the day.
The Honeymoon Suite is positioned to afford guests utter privacy, and also offers an indoor lounge area in addition to a private plunge pool and daybed. There is also one superior Waterhole Suite, which has its own private lounge area offering extensive views of the waterhole.
Guests at Simbambili Game Lodge also can use the spa, offering the latest beauty treatments and the added novelty of massages with a view over the rolling plains.
|Room:||1 x Suite (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Dawn and dusk shared safari game drives in open safari vehicles; bushveld walks; all meals, tea/coffee, snacks and local drinks; the Guest Contribution/Conservation Levy and the Tourism Bed levy fee are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on bush walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
One of the few remaining Victorian Manor houses in Port Elizabeth - Hacklewood Hill Country House, built in 1898 - is an elegant and stately residence set in the peaceful surroundings of the leafy suburb of Walmer.
Superbly decorated and exquisitely furnished with antiques, fine fabrics and beautiful paintings this 5* hotel offers 8 spacious bedrooms boasting unsurpassed luxury in the classic country house tradition.
The restaurant at Hacklewood Hill offers exquisite award winning dining in an elegant setting. The talented chef is passionate about creating dishes in generous portions to satisfy the most discerning of diners. In the true turn of the century traditon, silver service is the order of the day.
The Hacklewood Wine cellar is a delightful underground treasure trove, where guests are invited to browse an impressive selection of imported white wines and champagnes, as well as a rare collection of vintage reds.
A range of facilities adds to the overall appeal of Hacklewood Hill. Guests can enjoy a bracing game of tennis or croquet before languishing around the sparkling pool. An assortment of indoor games is also available.
The fragrant, leafy garden invites guests to immerse themselves in fresh floral scents, bright colours and cheerful birdsong for a truly relaxing experience.
Each of the spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms offers all the modern comforts while remaining in the elegant Victorian country house tradition. Each bedroom leads onto a private balcony overlooking the lush garden.
The elegance of the Victorian era is continued in the large en-suite bathrooms which offer feature bath tubs, separate showers, heated towel rails, terry towel bathrobes and candle sticks - a romantics' dream.
From the moment you enter your private enclave, you will relax and unwind.
|Room:||1 x Superior Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Set on a plateau between the emerald green Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Kurland Hotel is a 5* luxury boutique hotel near Plettenberg Bay, just a short distance from the beach and the town centre.
Although established in the old Cape Dutch tradition, the hotel is completely modern in all other respects and is surrounded by immaculate polo fields and adjacent stables which form part of the 700 hectare private estate. Guests can relax into the calm mood of Kurland in a comfortable chair on the spacious, shaded veranda, or stretch out on a recliner by the palm fringed, sparkling pool. Kurland's modern health spa includes a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam bath and plunge pool. Beauty treatments are available on request.
Children of all ages are welcome at Kurland, being well catered for with tennis, boating, horse and cycle-riding, a games room, a jungle gym and their own swimming pool.
Tennis and horse riding and in season polo matches are also part of the daily activities. Guided walks can also be arranged with experienced guides, who will accompany guests and children on eco-walks through the estate focusing on birdlife, plant life and small game. Furthermore guided beach walks, at the nearby spectacular Natures Valley, can also be arranged, and gourmet picnics are provided by the Kurland kitchen.
The 12 tastefully decorated and spacious suites are designed to cater for the guests every comfort. Ceiling fans ensure that guests are kept cool in the hot summers and large fireplaces can be used in the winter months. The rooms are individually styled and display some enviable objects d'art, antique furniture and original oil paintings.
The Elegant Suites overlook the central pool. Each one has a large bedroom, bathroom and private patio. They are ideally located a few steps from the main homestead.
The Luxury and Superior Suites all have private loft rooms that are specially furnished for children with their own en-suite bathrooms. The Luxury Suites have secluded courtyards and water features whilst the Superior Suites all have private pools, which enjoy magnificent views of the estate.
|Room:||1 x Elegant Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast; all non-alcoholic beverages; tea/coffee; Kurland Spa (sauna, steam room and gym); quad bikes; mountain bikes; tennis courts; Cafe Complete every day; tea/coffee delivered to room with wake up call; and complimentary children's Shetland pony rides (aged 1- 6) are included.|
Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. A mere 5 minutes from the historic town of Stellenbosch, the estate boasts endless rows of lush vineyards, hectares of gardens shaded by giant oak trees, and is surrounded by the dramatic Helderberg mountains.
Set on a working farm, guests can enjoy guided tours of the wine cellar and complimentary wine tasting either in the comfort of the well-appointed tasting room, or on the veranda with views of the vineyards.
The hotel's rooms, restaurants, bar and lounge are all located in the estate's Manor House and outbuildings, amidst 10 hectares of award-winning landscaped gardens featuring numerous ancient oaks, some over 160 years old.
The Lanzerac Spa is conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel and offers the perfect retreat, with exclusive signature therapies and full hydro facilities including a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and mist rooms. There is also a fitness room.
The sophisticated style of the rooms and suites reflects the history of the estate, blended with carefully balanced contempory influences. Each room is individually decorated with elegant finishes and a unique selection of timeless pieces.
All rooms and suites open out onto private patios overlooking lush vineyards, the manicured gardens and the majestic mountain range.
|Room:||1 x Junior Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The Queen Victoria Hotel is a 5* haven of calm, luxury and understated opulence amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town's popular V&A Waterfront.
The interiors create an ambience of peaceful elegance, through the use of greys and taupes, marble-clad walls, crystal chandeliers, white marble and wooden parquet flooring, not to mention the triple-volume foyer with its dramatic white spiral staircase, glass lift and crystal chandeliers. The signature shade of deep purple has been employed to add a touch of regal eccentricity as an ode to the historic figure after whom the hotel is named.
From the food and beverage offering at the hotel's restaurant and bar, Dash, to the interior aesthetic, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair fused with local flavour. The menu at Dash is structured around classic French cuisine, with all ingredients sourced locally and seasonally, while 90% of the interior pieces were sourced from local design geniuses.
There are also state-of-the-art gym facilities, a designer Spa, and a pool area in beautifully manicured gardens.
Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the suites and luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated. With a consistent ambience of glamorous repose, most of the suites have panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour, and all of them have a fully stocked private mini bar and Molton Brown pamper accessories.
The attention to detail is also something to behold, from the customised wallpaper uniquely designed with a cameo portrait of Queen Victoria and the laser-cut, paper-on-paper artwork of local fynbos to the hotel's very own designer fragrance that wafts through the suites and foyer.
As its name suggests, this hotel truly is fit for royalty.
|Room:||1 x Deluxe Room (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 12 November 2020: International borders into South Africa reopened on 12 November 2020. International air travel is currently restricted to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, Durban's King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. All land borders are fully operational. Tourists are now permitted from all countries.
On arrival, travellers need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (paper copy). The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. We strongly advise taking multiple copies of the test with you. It is also possible to transit South Africa and travel onto another country but you must still show a paper copy of your negative Covid-19 test. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test, you may be required to quarantine in a government-appointed quarantine facility for 10 days, at your own cost. Travellers will also be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa Mobile App. You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip.
Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
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.
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.
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), 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 your local South Africa Embassy or High Commission, or contact 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 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.