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Holiday Title: Luxury 2 Weeks in South Africa
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Luxury 2 Weeks in South Africa
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Skukuza Airport. Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where you will be met and transferred to Lion Sands Tinga Lodge.
Situated right on the Sabie River in a private concession within the Kruger National Park itself, you will find yourself surrounded entirely by bush and sky. Head into the wild on morning and afternoon game drives with your guide and tracker and discover a world usually only reserved for your TV screen during 'Animal Planet'. It is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.
Kruger National Park
After you return from your morning game drive you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred back to the airport where you will check in for your flight to Johannesburg.
Airlink 4Z862 (Economy Class): Fly from Skukuza Airport (SZK) departing at 13:30 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 14:35
Connect with your onward flight down 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 and holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to The Radisson Blu for an overnight stay.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00.
10 Day Car Rental: Group H Elite Sedan - Audi A3 or similar (Classic Plus Cover GPS PACKAGE)
Drive to the Garden Route (approx 240 km / 2 h 40 mins) and onto Tsala Treetop Lodge, set in stunning woodlands near Plettenberg Bay. The views are breathtaking, whether from the exotic dining room, intimate glassed-in lounge or large open decks high above the forest floor. As well as stylish accommodation and excellent food, all of the attractions of the Garden Route are within easy reach.
The Garden Route
Drive to Franschhoek (approx 465 km / 4 h 30 mins). Hospitality and comfort lie at the heart of the Akademie Street experience. This luxurious property, with its fragrant landscaped gardens, is designed to be a haven of sumptuous tranquility with attention to detail throughout. The discreet, personal service is warm, welcoming, attentive and unlimited.
The Cape Winelands
Allow an hour to drive to Cape Town. Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is situated in the Gardens suburb, one of the city's oldest and most sophisticated neighbourhoods. This is authentic Cape Town at its loveliest, offering beauty, charm and a quirky personality in equal measure. Set just off the buzzing Kloof Street, you can live like a local but still be treated as a VIP guest. Comfort is never compromised and the warmth of the charming environment seeps its way through to every corner.
Experience the ultimate in luxury accommodation and an unparalleled riverside setting at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge. The lodge is located in the world famous Kruger National Park, the best wildlife reserve in Africa, on a private 5,000 hectare concession, where guests can view the wildlife on safari game drives or bush walks, whilst accompanied by experienced guides.
With only 6 guests to a game viewer and exclusive traversing on the concession, you’ll have minimal encounters with other people. You will see all of Africa’s iconic species - lion leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and zebra - along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird.
While you are out exploring, you will by no means be roughing it. Your game viewer has cushioned bucket seats, waterproof device holders, blankets and ponchos - and stops off in a scenic spot for drinks and snacks.
If you enjoy a bit of adventure, and want to experience the bush in its rawest form,head out on an after-breakfast bush walk, or treat yourself to a night under the stars in the Tineyeleti Treehouse. You don’t get closer to Africa than this!
The 9 exclusive Suites are set apart on a high bank up from the Sabie River and feel definitely private. Step out through your suite’s glass sliding doors onto your private deck, where dining experiences can be set up just for you, or enjoy an al fresco shower under the stars or a dip in your plunge pool. From your suite, elevated wooden pathways lead off to a spa sala and the main lodge with its bar lounge, library, poolside and boma offering spaces to share good company or spend some quiet me time.
The Hi’Nkweni (pronounced Hing Kweni) Family Villa at Tinga Lodge is an exclusive and self-contained 2 Bedroom Villa, which comes with its own safari vehicle and field guide, giving guests the flexibility to craft their own experience.
Tinga is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.
|Room:||1 x Suite|
|Includes:||3 meals per day; tea/coffee; minibar in room; all soft drinks, a selection of local brand beers, spirits and house wines; 2 daily shared game drives; game drive refreshments/snacks; the Guest Conservation Contribution; Skukuza airport transfers; and the Kruger National Park concession fee are included.
Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on guided walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Claiming to have the best climate and more sunshine than any other coastal resort in the country, Port Elizabeth is a popular holiday destination. Known more fondly as just PE, the warmth of the hospitality has also earned this major seaport the reputation of being 'The Friendly City'.
PE is renowned for its coastline and long sandy beaches. The calm waters of Algoa Bay, its shores lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, also make Port Elizabeth a mecca for all beach and watersport activities and it is rated as one of South Africa's best cold water dive sites.
The Boardwalk beach front complex is the lively heart of Port Elizabeth, and has many shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a casino, small fun fair and cinema.
For golfers, PE is home to one of the world's most challenging links courses, the Humewood Golf Course, which is consistently ranked as one of South Africa's Top 10 golf courses.
The nearby Addo Elephant National Park is home to over 450 elephants who roam freely among the 180,000 hectare reserve alongside buffalo, kudu, red hartebeest and the rare black rhino, as well as over 400 bird species - and not forgetting the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. Addo has the greatest density of elephant per square kilometre in Africa and offers some wonderful elephant viewing opportunities.
With panoramic views to the sandy beaches of Algoa Bay, the Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth offers supreme hospitality, 173 beautifully designed guest rooms and world-class amenities, and is ideally located a mere 300 meters from the beach.
Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the large, outdoor swimming pool, or take some time out to get pampered in the spa. The gym will enable guests to keep up with their fitness routine.
Tabu Grill has a chic decor which is set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Diners can enjoy local, seasonal ingredients in unique combinations and pair any of the dishes with a glass of wine from the restaurant's expansive wine list.
|Room:||1 x Superior Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Part of the Relais & Chateaux group of exclusive properties, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a beautiful blend of stone, wood, glass and water high above the floor of the magnificent indigenous forests of the Garden Route, only 10 km west from Plettenberg Bay and 24 km east from the busy holiday town of Knysna. From dolphin spotting to coastal forests, and from adrenalin sports to relaxing on vast white-sand beaches or sunset catamaran cruises, there are endless options to fill your days here.
The magical allure of Tsala is irresistable to those who appreciate exclusivity and fine fare and who also want some romance. The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world.
The main lodge has a magnificent foyer featuring polished blackwood columns and a glass fronted lounge with views of the forest and valley.
Large open suspended decks are ideal for dining and sunset viewing, and the library features reference books on the area.
Superb and imaginative cuisine, reflecting the diversity of South African cultures, is a dining highlight and the wine cellar is stocked with the best South African Estate wines.
Elevated boardwalks high in the forest canopy allow easy access between the main lodge and the 10 exclusive and very private suites and the 6 luxury villas.
Each suite, rising to heights exceeding 6 metres, is a harmonious combination of the craftsmanship of ancient times and the indulgent luxury of every modern convenience. All have a private deck with sun loungers and infinity pool, a sitting room with a wood fire, and a spacious bathroom with inside and outside showers.
The villas are ideal for families or couples travelling together. Each villa has 2 bedrooms, so they are ideal for groups up to 4 people, as well as a private deck with an infinity pool overlooking the forest below.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel is a luxurious home from home in Franschhoek, the heart of the South African Wine Valley. Individually styled suites and cottages provide a blissful base from which to explore the landscapes, vineyards and Chef's tables of South Africa's Culinary Capital. It is an easy stroll to the renowned restaurants and attractions in the village of Franschhoek and almost all of the most famous vineyards of the Cape Winelands are a short drive away.
Hospitality and comfort lie at the heart of the Akademie Street experience. This luxurious property, complete with wood fired hot tubs and fragrant landscaped gardens, is designed to be a haven of sumptuous tranquility with attention to detail throughout. The discreet, personal service is warm and welcoming, attentive and unlimited. Cape Dutch architecture and scattered antiques reflect the home that Akademie Street has been for 2 centuries.
Breakfast is served daily on the leafy, vine covered patio,and guests can indulge in home roasted granola, freshly prepared smoothies, many different local seasonal fruits and an extensive menu of hot dishes.
The large main pool is solar-heated, so constantly warm, whether you want to swim with the sunrise or under the stars.
The hotel also has a main guest lounge and a library. Every evening at sunset, drinks are served around the open fire in the main courtyard, a sociable celebration of the Franschhoek good life.
Every suite or cottage has an Afrikaans name that connects it to the property’s heritage,and all are uniquely comfortable and full of character.
The 3 cottages each has its own private plunge pool, secluded by leafy hedges and trees, perfect for a cooling midday dip. The 4 suites are all in the main Cape Dutch hotel building.
|Room:||1 x Uitsig Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast; welcome bottle of champagne; free drinks; and laundry are included.|
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.
The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, and was declared a national monument in 1984. The hotel is situated in the heart of Cape Town, just off the fashionable Kloof Street, so some of Cape Towns' finest restaurants are a leisurely stroll away, and you are just a short drive from the beaches at Camps Bay, Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront.
The lounge and breakfast room have been carefully designed to provide every creature comfort without sparing on the fine detail. There is also a garden and pool area, and a library where you can relax and read or research your itinerary from the computer terminal provided for your convenience.
Each of the 15 rooms are individually decorated, marrying a touch of yesteryear with contemporary chic and bohemian influence. The choice of room at Cape Cadogan is largely dependent on your personal preference and budget. Regardless of room category, comfort is never compromised and the warmth of the charming environment seeps its way through to every corner.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is 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.
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.