Idube Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Idube Private Game Reserve Location Map

Idube Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of the exclusive Sabi Sand reserve adjoining the famous Kruger National Park. Built under towering knobthorn and jackalberry trees, the lodge and its friendly and welcoming staff are dedicated to giving guests a genuine bush experience.

Daily game drives and bush walks with experienced rangers and Shaangaan trackers promise close encounters with an abundance of wildlife, including the Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.  The extensive green lawns are irresistible to nyala and warthog, who freely wander through the gardens. A secluded sunken hide offers the opportunity to watch animals coming to drink at the dam.  Relaxing around the swimming pool is a great place to be in the middle of a warm day.

Hearty breakfasts and lunches are served in the thatched dining area, and delicious South African fare in the bush boma is an ideal way to round off a wonderful day.

The 8 individually decorated chalets are all equipped with air-conditioning, overhead fans and mosquito screens for that touch of safari romance. Outside showers offer the perfect solution to a hot day. Private wooden decks are perfect to enjoy the tranquillity of the lodge and view visiting animals. The 2 luxury and secluded Makubela Suites and the Leadwood Suite each have their own private splash pool and a game viewing deck overlooking the bushveld.

Leave the main door open at night, safe behind the screen door, and listen to Africa's unique night sounds - the distant roar of a lion, or the cackling call of a hyena - and wake in the morning to the dawn chorus of hundreds of different birds.

Example Details For Idube Private Game Reserve

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
Includes: 3 meals daily; tea/coffee; afternoon tea; the Guest Contribution Levy; 2 shared game drives daily in open Land Rovers; and a safari walk are included. PLEASE NOTE: The tourism bed levy and all other drinks are NOT included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. More details available on request.

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

 
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Idube Private Game Reserve Location.

Address

Idube Private Game Reserve,Idube Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand (via Newington Gate)

Directions

From Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction): Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536.

Once on the R536, continue along this road for approximately 34.5 km and on the left-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube and Savanna. Turn left here onto the sand road (if the MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi signs are reached, or the Kruger Gate itself, you have gone too far and must turn back).

Once you have turned onto the sand road you will go through a cattle control gate. From this point the way is well signposted with the lodge signboards. The sand road has potholes and also goes past some villages, so please drive carefully. There is approximately 12 km of sand road, after which you will arrive at the Newington Gate entrance of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

From the Kruger Mpumalanga/Nelspruit International Airport: Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn right here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Keep on the N4 until you reach Nelspruit, where you will turn left onto the R40 to White River. In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself, turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right. Cross over the next set of traffic lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview (the R538, via the Numbi Gate, is a busy road and not recommended). After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From Johannesburg/Pretoria via Scenic Route: 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/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. In Lydenburg/Mashishing, follow the signs to Sabie over the Long Tom Pass (the highest tar road in South Africa). In Sabie, take the R536 to Hazyview. Just before Hazyview you will reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R40 towards Hazyview. Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536. Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From Hoedspruit Airport: Turn right out of the airport towards the R40. At the T-junction, turn left onto the R40 towards White River and Hazyview. Proceed on the R40 for approximately 88 km until you reach a set of traffic lights in Hazyview with a shopping centre/mall on the corner. Turn left here - the road is signposted to the Kruger Gate/R536.  Once on the R536, follow the directions as above from Hazyview (R40/R536 Junction).

From the Paul Kruger Gate: Go through the gate, and follow the R536 to Hazyview. Continue along this road and on the right-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube and Savanna. Turn right here onto the sand road. Once you have turned onto the sand road you will go through a cattle control gate. From this point the way is well signposted with the lodge signboards. The sand road has potholes and also goes past some villages, so please drive carefully. There is approximately 12 km of sand road, after which you will arrive at the Newington Gate entrance of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

ONCE AT THE NEWINGTON GATE: 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). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit. Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. 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.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 13:00. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, so you can check into your room and relax before your first afternoon game drive, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.

Rooms must please be vacated by 10:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 8 years and older are welcome. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed on bush walks.

Each chalet is individually decorated and offers air conditioning, mosquito nets, hairdryers, a safe, overhead fans, tea/coffee making facilities, an outside shower and a private wooden deck.

The main areas of the lodge include a bar, curio shop, a swimming pool, gymnasium, a sunken hide, lounge, dining deck and a boma.

There is mobile phone reception in certain areas around the main lodge area. The lodge also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.

A laundry service is offered (additional cost).

Bush walks can be enjoyed by guests after breakfast.

All major credit cards are accepted.

A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 30 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 65 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk.

A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

Peermont Mondior

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

Peermont Mondior Location Map

Closely situated to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the Peermont Mondior is part of the Emperors Palace - a sensational resort that combines the timeless classical elegance of Rome with eclectic Monte Carlo architecture, providing a world-class entertainment experience for everyone.

Feast on a fabulous variety of dishes at the culinary parade of restaurants. With international buffets, fine dining, contemporary Asian to classic Mediterranean, chic cocktail bars and relaxed family eateries, the possibilities are endless.

The Palace also showcases a celebration of local and international shows, productions and musicals in a multitude of superbly appointed entertainment venues including the Centre Court arena, Theatre of Marcellus, Red Roman Shed and The Barnyard Theatre.

Peermont Mondior guests also have access to the majestic Emperors Palace Casino, where every turn of a card and spin of a wheel, deals a winning combination of excitement and thrills.

The 4* Peermont Mondior features 150 spacious rooms and suites which are all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style.

The chic Oriana restaurant offers breakfast and light meals and guests can enjoy a delectable cocktail at the Silver Moon Bar.

A complimentary shuttle service between the airport terminals and the hotel runs daily between 06:00 and 23:00.

Example Details For Peermont Mondior

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Peermont Mondior Location.

Address

Peermont Mondior,Emperors Palace 64 Jones Street Kempton Park Gauteng, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Directions

From Johannesburg:  Take the R24 towards OR Tambo Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left hand lane and follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach the Griffiths Road off-ramp. Take this, and turn left at the top of the bridge. At the T-Junction, turn left onto Jones Road.  The entrance to Emperors Palace Resort is on your left - turn here and follow the signs to the Peermont Mondior.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated before 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. Late check-out is available on request.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, telephone, electric shaver point, an in-room safe, TV with selected satellite channels and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel features a swimming pool, gym (24 hours), lounge, cocktail and sky bar. The chic Oriana restaurant offers breakfast and light meals.

Hotel guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities at the Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

The complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the airport terminals operates every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 daily. The shuttle vans are black with the Emperors Palace logo on the sides and the drivers wear a black Emperors Palace Uniform. An early shuttle is also available (on request) at 30 minute intervals from 04:00 to 06:00; or if you request a shuttle between the hours of 23:00 and 04:00, please call the Transport Desk on +27 (0) 11 928 1762 or Reception on +27 (0) 11 928 1453.

To take the shuttle from Terminal A:

Exit the building and turn left. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn right across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.

To take the shuttle from Terminal B:

Exit the building and turn right. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn left across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.

The Sands Suites Resort & Spa

Mauritius

Days 5 - 11: Mauritius

The Sands Suites Resort & Spa Location Map

Situated on the west coast of the island on the pristine white sandy beach at Flic en Flac, the 4* Plus Sands Suites Resort & Spa is a hideaway for anyone seeking tranquility, comfort and personalised service.

Overlooking the translucent blue and turquoise lagoon of Tamarin Bay and the legendary rock of Le Morne Peninsula, the scenic lagoon in front of the hotel is ideal for a wide range of water sports, including glass-bottom boat, kayaks - single and double - paddleboats, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and sailing (laser boats). If you would rather keep on shore, the hotel also has an infinity swimming pool.

The hotel provides you with the opportunity to tantalise your taste buds with a selection of colourful and tasty dishes through the hotel's cuisine, which is based around 3 restaurants which all complement each other. The bar is the bustling epicentre of the resort, offering a selection of cocktails and homemade rum - making it the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon or enjoying the sunset and swaying to the beat of a local band.

For some pure relaxtion, head to the spa. The experienced therapists will restore health, peace and harmony to your life, and will advise on the various treatments available and recommend the best one to suit you.

The beautifully landscaped gardens of the hotel provide the perfect backdrop for the superb Mauritian architecture of the resort.

The 12 elegantly appointed Beachfront Suites feature a private sea facing balcony or terrace, and boast a premium beachfront location where guests can enjoy the magnificent view of the bay of Tamarin. Situated on the first and second floors, the 52 elegantly appointed Superior Suites feature a private sea facing balcony with a remarkable view of the lagoon which accentuates the feeling of tranquillity and bliss. The 26 elegant Deluxe Suites are on the grond floor level and feature individual terraces with direct access to the garden and other hotel facilities including the beach.

For those seeking a truly exclusive experience, the resort’s signature suite has 2 balconies and one of the best views of the Indian Ocean. Spacious and elegant, the Exclusive Suite is set on the first floor with 2 bedrooms and a living/dining space.

Example Details For The Sands Suites Resort & Spa

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Suite
Includes: Half Board basis.
 
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The Sands Suites Resort & Spa Location.

Address

The Sands Suites Resort & Spa,Wolmar Coastal Road, Flic en Flac, West Coast

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be 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.

All the rooms have either a king-size bed or twin beds and are equipped with individual air conditioning units, telephones with voice mail system, electronic safe, minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi, TV with local and satellites channels, hair dryer, and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Spa has 4 treatment rooms including 2 couple rooms, plus a sauna, hammam, a Jacuzzi and hairdresser and a beauty parlour. Pre- booking is recommended to ensure that they are available at your desired time.

The dress code in the restaurants is smart-casual - gentlemen are requested to wear trousers and a shirt.

Free water sport activities include water skiing, sailing, pedal boating, kayaking, glass bottom boat trips, wind surfing, snorkelling, aquagym and wake boarding.

Water sport activities that can be arranged for an additional cost include PADI diving centre, swimming with dolphins, sunset cruises, catamaran trips and big game fishing.

There is an 18 hole golf course nearby.

Bicycles can be rented.

Free land activities include tennis (floodlit courts), beach volleyball, table tennis, bocce, yoga and meditation.

There is a fitness room equipped with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, plus a swimming pool.

The hotel also has a library, concierge desk, a boutique and a laundry service.