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Holiday Title: South Africa Highlights
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: South Africa Highlights
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Cape Town Airport. Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your dirver will meet you. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
The Cellars-Hohenort is located in 'Cape Town's Vineyard', the historical Constantia Valley on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain. All rooms and suites boast panoramic views of the iconic mountain or over the 9 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. The hotel boasts two award-winning dining experiences, these include Greenhouse, one of South Africa's Top 10 rated restaurants where cuisine focuses on South African ingredients with modern interpretations, and The Conservatory, serving simple, beautiful fare and a selection of what was Liz McGrat''s favourite dishes. The relaxing Fresh Wellness Spa, tennis court and much more ensures that The Cellars-Hohenort is the result of what was Liz McGrath's more than 20 years of hard work, love and endless inspiration.
Your hire car will be delivered to the hotel at 09:00 this morning. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you. With a hire car, over the next couple of days you can explore slightly further afield - maybe taking a day trip down to the Cape Peninsula, stopping en-route there or back at Boulders Beach, which is home to one of only 2 mainland nesting colonies of African penguins in South Africa.
9 Day Car Rental: Group E: Toyoto Corolla Quest Auto or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to Hermanus (approx 80 km / 1 h 0 mins). The Marine is perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus' Walker Bay, and offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to November guests are able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their beautiful sea view room.
Drive to The Garden Route (approx 465 km / 4 h 30 mins). The Plettenberg, situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, along the famous Garden Route, is the ultimate South African seaside escape. The 5* hotel, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and 2 family-style villas, showcases views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand.
The Garden Route
Drive back to George Airport, return your hire car and check in for your flight to Johannesburg (please note: check in for domestic flights is 90 minutes prior to the flight departure).
Airlink 4Z622 (Economy Class): Fly from George Airport (GRJ) departing at 08:30 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 13:05
Connect with your flight onto Skukuza.
Airlink 4Z651 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 10:35 to Skukuza Airport (SZK), arriving at 13:05
You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to Sabi Sabi Little Bush.
The idyllic setting and accommodation at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp alone makes a safari here a memorable one. Two daily safaris in open safari vehicles then showcase the best wildlife experience imaginable. From the Big 5 to the smallest of creatures, skilled rangers and local Shangaan trackers will make sure that the outings are filled with exceptional close wildlife encounters.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive, you will be able to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred back to Skukuza Airport ,where you will check in for your flight home either via Johannesburg or Cape Town.
One of the great country house hotels of the Cape, the 5* Cellars-Hohenort Country House is a member of the international Relais & Chateaux Association.
Nestled against the densely forested eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the hotel is ideally situated as a central point from which to experience a diversity of activities, including Cape Point, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia Valley Wine Route, the famous beaches of Boulders and Camps Bay. A mere15 minute drive will take you to the center of the city and the V&A Waterfront.
The award-winning gardens feature beautiful water features, several ponds, and a rose garden with more than 2,500 roses. The gardens slope up Table Mountain are spectacular throughout the year, with different blooms revealing themselves across the seasons. The 950 vines produce approximately 500 bottles of their own dessert wine, Vin de Hohenort, every year.
The award-winning Fresh Wellness Spa, with its range of treatments and facilities, is a haven of relaxation. Guests may also take advantage of the two solar-heated swimming pools and sun loungers, the onsite gym and running opportunities in the Constantia Green Belt, or play a game of tennis or a more leisurely game of croquet and petanque on the picnic lawns.
All the room and suites offer enchanting views of the idyllic landscaped gardens or across the Constantia Valley to False Bay. In addition, there are also 2 villas for those looking for more seclusion.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Double Room with Verandah (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The 5* Marine Hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association and has secured its position among the finest hotels in the world.
The Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, the hotel is the ultimate location for whale watching during whale season – often directly from the comfort of the sea view bedrooms.
Stroll along the cliff-hugging path to the golf club and view the miles of white sandy beach beyond. Otherwise, there's the sparkling, heated courtyard pool, perfect for catching some African sun. Spend the remainder of your day in the reading Room or watch (in Spring) the Southern Right Whales play in the bay.
Carchele Health and Beauty Spa provides an experience not to be missed. A comprehensive list of treatments is available to refresh and revitalise your body, mind and spirit.
The Marine Hotel has 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites, each with private facilities.
All rooms are arranged in the highest standard of style and comfort. The bathrooms, a study in marble, chrome and luxurious deep pile towelling, offer the perfect recipe for relaxation amongst the bubbles.
Many have commanding views across Walker Bay or into the beautiful internal courtyards with its swimming pool and garden.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Double Sea View|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
The Plettenberg is a 5* Relais & Chateaux Hotel built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea, mountains and miles of golden sand.
Guests can experience fabulous sightings of playful dolphins and resident Orca and Bryde's whales in the bay from the hotel terraces. For the more adventurous there are numerous excursions and activities within close proximity to the hotel.
With the illusion of flowing right into the bay beyond The Plettenberg, both the pools offer stunning views, comfortable loungers and all-day poolside service.
The spa, with its cool, calm interior, is the perfect retreat for guests looking to relax, unwind and recharge. The spa menu features a range of indulgent signature treatments and spa packages for ladies, gents and couples.
Set in a contemporary environment, SeaFood at The Plettenberg draws hotel guests and locals alike to the 'The Collection restaurant with the best view'. The indoor dining section offers beautiful views of the pool and ocean, while the outdoor terrace is perfect for alfresco dinners, with mesmerising ocean vistas - especially at sunset. The restaurant is renowned for its ocean bounty, drawing inspiration from the rich marine life that can be found in Plettenberg Bay.
Other hotel facilities include a boutique offering a unique selection of specialty items and clothing from acclaimed South African designers.
The 37 luxury rooms and suites offer a truly idyllic and indulgent experience. Whatever room category you choose, from a Double Room right up to a spacious Premier Suite with a private step-out balcony looking out over the bay and surrounding area, you can rest assured that you will enjoy stylish and comfortable accommodation.
In addition, there is the separate 2 villas - the 2 bedroomed Beach House and 3 bedroomed Lookout Villa - which are ideal for those wanting more privacy or who are travelling with larger families. Both villas also have their own private swimming pool.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Double Room with Sea View (Stay 3/Pay2 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Located in the game-rich Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and hidden on the banks of the Msuthu River lies Little Bush Camp. The warmth and vibrancy, combined with an intimacy and seclusion, makes this an ideal bush retreat for friends, families or small groups.
Skilled rangers and trackers lead you on adventurous wildlife safaris in open Land Rovers both day and night, tracking the Big 5 off-road and viewing up to 200 species of animals and 300 bird species. In addition, a walking safari with your ranger is optional and takes place after breakfast. Community tours to the local village, where the majority of the staff come from, can also be arranged.
The lodge itself is intimate, centred on an inviting lounge and leading to an elegant outdoor dining area that rests in the dappled shade of local trees. The pool area is just out of sight across the riverbed and an outdoor boma is the perfect setting for indulging in the finest safari cuisine under the African star-studded sky and surrounded by the enchanting noises of the African bush at night.
The lodge has just 6 beautiful suites, all with private decks overlooking the riverbed and surrounding natural bush. Each thatched suite is individually styled with a designer bed, draped mosquito nets, genuine African artefacts, wooden finishes and creative use of colours, textures and light.
Luxurious en-suite bathrooms feature both indoor and outdoor showers, while the heated spa bath on each secluded deck offers a delightfully decadent vantage point from which to relax and watch the bushveld and abundant wildlife.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite (3 Night Package including Johannesburg-Skukuza flight)|
|Includes:||Johannesburg-Skukuza flight with Airlink; twice-daily open 4x4 safari vehicle shared safari drives; the Guest Conservation Contribution; walking safaris; breakfast, lunch and "boma" dinner; selected beverages (excluding cellar wine collection and premium brands) and South African house wines; tourism levy; sundowner drinks during your evening safari; and return Skukuza Airport transfers are included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Children aged 13 years and older are permitted on guided walks in the reserve.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.