nThambo Tree Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Klaserie Game Reserve

nThambo Tree Camp Location Map

Experience a true Kruger safari at nThambo Tree Camp, an eco-friendly camp which provides a truly personal safari experience. The camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. On a game drive safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers and Shangaan trackers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. Night drives are also an option for those who want to see the nocturnal wildlife, while optional bush walks can be arranged too.

The main camp and guest areas include a comfortable lounge and dining area under thatch. The dining room has a large table where, as per safari tradition, everyone dines together to enjoy each other's company and share stories of the day's game sightings. There is also a boma area with a camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying evening drinks around the fire. In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braaivleis cooked over the open fire. During the hot summer months guests can relax around the splash pool - don't be surprised if there is a herd of elephants approaching to drink the water!

In the evenings the main area is lit with lanterns while plug points in the chalets can be used to charge your camera batteries. There is also Wi-Fi available in the lounge and bar area.

Accommodation is comfortable with a touch of bush luxury. There are 5 solar-powered tree house chalets, each raised on wooden stilts.  The floor is wooden decking and the walls are canvas tent, with a thatched roof.  In addition, each chalet has a verandah which overlooks the plain in front of camp with views of the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. All the chalets are reasonably spaced out from each other ensuring privacy for all guests.

Example Details For nThambo Tree Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tree House Chalet - Full Board Package
Includes: Full Board Package: Return airport transfers; all meals; tea/coffee; bush walks; the Klaserie Bed/Conservation levies; and shared game drives are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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nThambo Tree Camp Location.

Address

nThambo Tree Camp,Klaserie Game Reserve, Klaserie Game Reserve

Directions

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Continue through Klaserie, and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport, Thornybush Reserve and Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road). Go past the airport, and continue along this road.

After 300m you will go through a control gate. Head for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate. 17 km later look out for Bones Bush Pub on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the Timbavati Gate (Nkhulu Gate). For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the gate. All guests need to present their passport to allow entry into the reserve.

Once through the gate, drive 6.4 km with the fence line on your left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5 km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4-way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further 2.5 km until you see a sign for 'Ross' and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you
see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the camp. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport (approximately 40 minutes): Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate and follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria (approximately 6 hours): Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions from the airport as above.

PLEASE NOTE : On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 13 years and older are welcome. Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on bush walks.

All rooms have mosquito nets, luggage racks and a room safe. The bathrooms are en-suite and have showers only (no baths). There is a pedestal fan in each room. Each room also has an air horn in case of emergency.

The lodge has Wi-Fi in the lounge area.

There is a small splash pool with a decking area. The lodge has a fully stocked bar and a small library area stocked with reading material.

There are no fences around the camp, so take care when walking from your chalet to the main lodge area and back.

Credit cards are accepted at the camp for additional purchases or Conservation fee payments.

The activities available at nThambo include game drives (day and night), bush walks and bird watching.

Each morning begins with a game drive in the Klaserie, followed by breakfast and the option of a bush walk thereafter. The daily schedule is as follows (depending on season):

05:00 - Wake up call followed by coffee and rusks at the lodge

05:30-06:00 - Depart for game drive

08:30-09:00 - Breakfast served at the lodge

10:00 - Depart for bush walk (optional)

14:30 - Lunch is served at the lodge followed by something sweet for high tea

16:00-16:30 - Depart for game drive

20:00 - Dinner is served at the lodge

All guests need to present their passport to allow entry into the reserve.

Like neighbouring reserves, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve has had to significantly increase anti-poaching measures in order to protect not only rhino but other vulnerable species as well. As such, the rate for guests visiting the reserve now includes a Bed Levy, which goes towards ensuring that the reserve remains in pristine condition and helps to ensure the reduction of the camps carbon footprint, as well as a Conservation Levy which is used to subsidise anti-poaching efforts, further develop smart fences, pay additional teams, contribute to the cost of all counter poaching flights, and purchase new equipment to ensure the continual protection of vulnerable species with the reserve.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and camp manager.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Hazyview

Day 4: Hazyview

Hippo Hollow Country Estate Location Map

The Lowveld area around the Kruger Park is beautiful, and there are several attractions worthy of a visit during your stay in the area. The small town of Hazyview is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the surrounding area, and has a host of restaurants and places to dine out after a day's exploration.

The self-drive Lowveld Panarama Route includes highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Lisbon Falls, the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Other activities in the area include visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vunerable or endangered animals, enjoying a morning or afternoon tour at Moholoholo (a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned or injured wildlife), visiting the Shangana Cultural Village, white water rafting, or taking an early morning balloon ride over the surrounding countryside.

The Kruger National Park itself is only an hours drive away, and is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and birds, including the Big 5.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated on the Sabi River just outside Hazyview where beautiful water birds as well as hippos grazing on the lawns is a common sight.

Accommodation consists of 37 chalets located on the river or in a sub tropical garden as well as 54 en-suite hotel rooms. There are 2 large central swimming pools and a well-stocked curio shop on the premises including a selection of local art. There is a full service restaurant and bar offering country cuisine and a fine wine selection.

Open vehicle safari adventures into South Africa's largest and world famous game reserve, the Kruger National Park, in aspecially modified open vehicle can be arranged (additional cost).

Example Details For Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe River Chalet
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Hippo Hollow Country Estate Location.

Address

Hippo Hollow Country Estate,Route R40, 3 km outside Hazyview, Hazyview

Directions

From Nelspruit/Mbombela: Take R40 North to White River/Witrivier (passing straight through Rocky Drift). In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself (with White River Toyota ahead of you on the left), turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next lights, turn right - with the playing fields on your left and, further on, an open park with a pond on your right. Cross over the next set of lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview, signposted to Phalaborwa (the R538 to Hazyview via the Numbi Gate is a slow, busy, potholed road and not recommended.) Continue on the R40 for about 45 km, where you will come to a T-junction.Turn left, staying on the R40 and follow the signs to Hazyview. Continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).

From KMIA Kruger Nelspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport in the direction of White River/Witrivier on the R538. Continue on this road for 12 km (there is a quick left and immediately right turn at the Plaston intersection – do not turn right to Kabokweni!) to the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40 (signposted Phalaborwa). After approx 45 km, at the T-junction, turn left, staying on the R40 and following signs to Hazyview. Continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).

From Skukuza/Paul Kruger Gate: Follow signs from the camp or the airport to the Paul Kruger Gate (about 12km). Travel through the gate and continue on the R536 to Hazyview. After crossing the North Sand River (some 50 km from the Gate), go straight across the first 4-way stop and straight across the next 2 stop streets. Continue over the roundabout to the traffic lights. Turn right, and continue along this road through the town. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your left just before the Sabie River bridge (about 200m past the R536 turning towards Sabie).

From Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport: Take the R40 southwards towards Hazyview, turning left at Klaserie to stay on the R40. Be especially cautious about speeding on this road. Pass through the towns of Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge and Marite, following signs to White River and Hazyview. You will see the entrance to Hippo Hollow on your right just after the Sabie River bridge.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take N12 or N4 Highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg’s O.R.Tambo Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12) and then follow N4 Highway through Belfast and Machadodorp. After the Machado Toll Plaza follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 towards Nelspruit (lunch at Old Joe’s Kaia is recommended). Turn left where you rejoin the main N4 at Montrose and continue towards Nelspruit/Mbombela. At Nelspruit/Mbombela, follow the Hazyview/White River R40 signs from the N4 and around two subsequent roundabouts until you meet the R40 alongside the Mercedes dealer. Turn left and follow instructions from Nelspruit/Mbombela above. 

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All the chalets and rooms are en-suite with showers, hairdryers, air conditioning, room safes and tea/coffee making facilities.

Deluxe River Chalets and River Chalets each have a private deck overlooking the Sabie River.

Garden Chalets have a verandah overlooking lush gardens.

Main guest facilities include a well stocked curio shop, 2 swimming pools, a laundry service (additional cost), 24 hour security, a restaurant and a public lounge and bar. A babysitting service and cots are available, pre-booking necessary. Credit cards are accepted.

Guests can go on a Sabie River Bridge Sunset Dinner - an exclusive 3 course al fresco dinner overlooking the Sabie River. The dinner is limited to just 20 people so pre-booking is essential. Please contact your Travel Butlers consultant for more details and cost.

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel

Mauritius

Days 5 - 11: Mauritius

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel Location Map

Limpid blue waters, white sandy beaches, shady filao trees…what more could you want?  The 3* Plus Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel is situated on the superb east coast of Mauritius, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius and a magnificent lagoon that sparkles as the sun rises. The gardens are planted with coconut palms and royal palms which quietly rustle in the cool sea breezes.

The translucent blue waters of the ocean are bordered by an endless white beach. Those who love water sports will be particularly spoilt, with the chance to dive, kitesurf, sail, kayak, snorkel and water ski…a place to lap up the warm enticing warm waters of the Indian Ocean in its totality.

With its thatched roofs, its whitewashed walls and huge bougainvillea, the hotel is just bursting with charm. There are a wide choice of eating options, including Mauritian and international cuisine as well as seafood specialties. Meals are enjoyed with a view of the swimming pool or of the crystal blue lagoon.

In the evenings as well, you can enjoy Sega, Indian or African happenings. Live music and DJs are organised to encourage you onto the dance floor.

Simple but warm and welcoming, the 77 rooms are designed for easy living. All rooms either have a balcony or a terrace at garden level, and either face the garden, pool or sea.

The Seven Colours Wellness Lounge is wonderfully zen in atmosphere, a space to revive body and spirit. The exclusive treatments on offer are not limited to just a simple massage, and all clients will receive a personalised treatment depending on their energy and mood that day.

Example Details For Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Comfort Room (Honeymoon Package)
Includes: All Inclusive basis. The Honeymoon Package is applicable for stays of 5+ nights. A wedding certificate not older than 12 months must be shown at check-in. In addition, honeymooners also receive gifts in the room upon arrival.
 
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Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel Location.

Address

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel,Coastal Road Belle Mare, East Coast

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by midday on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The rooms all have air conditioning, a flat screen television, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, a minibar, in-room safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

There is free Wi-Fi in all the public areas.

There are 2 restaurants (one on the beach) and 2 bars.

As a courtesy to others, guests are asked not to wear swimwear at breakfast and lunch. The dress code is smart casual and gentlemen are kindly requested to wear long trousers in the evening. Tank tops, swimsuits, beach sandals and shorts are not recommended in the restaurants/bars and any other public areas after 18:30.

All major credit cards are accepted.

The Seven Colours Wellness Lounge and Sauna is open every day from 08:30 to 20:00.

A wide range of complimentary water sports are included - snorkelling, table tennis, windsurfing, fitness centre, see through kayak (duo/single). For an additional charge guests can enjoy parasailing, deep sea fishing, diving (PADI), waterskiing, stand-up paddle, bicycle hire, catamaran excursions and golf at the Heritage Golf Club in the south.

There is a swimming pool including a kids corner (depth - 60cm). Pool service, drinks and a selection of snacks can be served to guests around the pool.

There is a boutique shop selling souvenirs, beach accessories and other products.

The Timomo and Friends Children's Club welcome children between the ages of 3 -11 years, and is open from 08:30 to 20:00. Babysitters are available, with this service chargeable to your room.

The capital of Port Louis is 42.5 km away (45 mins by car) and 49 km (1 hour) from the Airport.