Waterfront Village

Cape Town

Days 1 - 4: Cape Town

Waterfront Village Location Map

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. It is no surprise therefore 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.

Waterfront Village is situated on the water’s edge in the picturesque V&A Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, the marina and the canals.  It has a collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments, designed to provide luxury and comfort.

Each apartment has a fully fitted kitchen, an open plan dining and living area, and a balcony or patio. All apartments are fully equipped and well appointed, including complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite television, a washing machine, tumble dryer and a dishwasher.

Guests have access to 5 swimming pools, one of which is a heated lap pool on the roof of the Quaterdeck gym with spectacular views of the marina yacht basin. The gym includes state of the art equipment and is open 7 days a week including public holidays - there is a fee for the use of this pool and the gym.

Secure underground parking is also available.

Example Details For Waterfront Village

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x 2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment - Stay 4 / Pay 3 offer included (applicable to certain periods only)
Includes: Self-catering basis - no meals are included.
 
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Waterfront Village Location.

Address

Waterfront Village,Mind Pearl House, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront

Directions

From the N2 (Cape Town International Airport/the Winelands/Hermanus/The Garden Route): Take the N2 towards Cape Town. Keep on this road, following the signs for Cape Town North, and then M6 Sea Point. If in doubt, keep bearing right the whole time! You will then see the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on your left-hand side (very large cream-coloured building), and there will be a set of traffic lights at a major junction. Turn right here towards the Waterfront. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd exit (West Quay Road) going towards the Cape Grace Hotel. The main Reception for the Waterfront Village is in the 2nd office block on the left hand side - Office 4 on the ground floor, Mind Pearl House.

From the N1: Follow the road to Cape Town, and you will see the CTICC on your left-hand side. Follow the directions as above.

Check In / Check Out

Apartments may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests. Please check in at the Mind Pearl Building, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All apartments are fully equipped and well appointed, including air conditioning or climate control, an open plan lounge and dining area, satellite television, a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, a hair dryer, electronic safe, and iron/ironing board.  All apartments have complimentary Wi-Fi and either a patio or a balcony.

A starter kit for tea/coffee making is provided on arrival.

Guests are offered the facility of underground parking and all apartments have at least one parking bay allocated to them.

Housekeeping is done Monday to Saturday. Sundays and public holidays - a refresh service only is offered.

Guests have access to 5 swimming pools.

The Quarterdeck gym offers state-of-the-art gym equipment including 2 tread mills, bicycles, rowing machines and a lap pool. Access to the gym and the pool here is an additional charge.

The reception area has been set up with a complimentary wireless internet service. There are also 2 computers that guests can use.

Spa treatments can be arranged on request. The concierge at the front desk can assist guests with bookings (additional cost).

A laundry service is available from Monday to Saturday at an additional cost. All laundry received at the front desk by 08:30 will be returned to the guests by 17:00.

Credit cards are accepted.

There is 24 hour security.

Garden Route Game Lodge

The Garden Route

Days 5 - 6: The Garden Route

Garden Route Game Lodge Location Map

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg mountain Range, the Garden Route Game Lodge guards the entrance to South Africa's world famous Garden Route Coast. Only 3.5 scenic hours drive from Cape Town, this malaria-free 2,000 hectare private game reserve is ideal for families wanting a short safari experience.

Enjoy sunset and sunrise game drives in an open Land Rover with your experienced game ranger who will bring you sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and cheetah. The reserve is also home to giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species such as bontebok, red hartebeest, kudu, eland, impala, springbuck and many more. Game drives will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. There will be a coffee stop on the morning drive and a sundowner stop on the evening drive.

Children of all ages are welcome to join the morning and evening drives when accompanied by an adult. Families are either accommodated on their own game vehicle or with other families which gives the kids a chance to make new friends while on holiday. Child minders are available to assist should you wish to enjoy a child free safari during your stay. Kids will also love the interactive tours of the Reptile Centre, home to numerous snakes and crocodiles.

Guests can choose from a wide range of accommodation options, including luxury suites, lodge rooms and private chalets.

The luxury suites have a private deck overlooking the game reserve, a freestanding bath and an outside bath and shower set in the African bush for the more adventurous! There are also 2 luxury family suites, both of which have plunge pools, and are perfectly positioned with 2 bedrooms and a spacious main room. The lodge rooms all have private patios overlooking the landscaped gardens and are conveniently located for quick access to the swimming pools. The chalets have private viewing decks and are linked to the main lodge area via a wooden walkway.

Example Details For Garden Route Game Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Luxury Family Suite with Plunge Pool
Includes: Breakfast; dinner; one daily morning and one daily evening game drive; and a guided tour of the Reptile Centre are included. Children of any age are welcome to join the morning and evening drives when accompanied by an adult.

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

 
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Garden Route Game Lodge Location.

Address

Garden Route Game Lodge,Albertinia, Albertinia

Directions

From Cape Town: Take the N2 towards the Garden Route and Knysna, and approximately 7 km after Albertina the Garden Route Game Lodge will be signposted on your left.

From the Garden Route: Take the N2 towards Cape Town, and approximately 7 km before Albertina, the Garden Route Game Lodge will be signposted on your right.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 10:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. Children of any age are welcome to join the morning and evening drives when accompanied by an adult.


All rooms have private viewing patios, en-suite bathrooms with shower and bath, bathrobes and slippers, air conditioning and ceiling fans, in room safe, fully stocked mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, flat screen Satellite TV and DVD player.

In addition the Family Lodge Rooms include a kingsize bed and 2 sleeper couches, and a cot is available for infants. The rooms have convenient access to the swimming pools and children's play area.

Luxury and Luxury Family Suites also have a free standing bath, double vanity and separate shower, outside bath and shower, wood burning fireplace and Nespresso coffee machine.

Deluxe Rooms also have a Nespresso coffee machine.

Valley View and Waterhole View Bush Chalets are linked to the main lodge via a wooden walkway. The chalets overlook the waterhole or a lush valley of indigenous trees filled with birdlife.

The Honeymoon Bush Chalet is linked to the main lodge via a wooden walkway, and is discreetly located and overlooks the waterhole. The room also has a Nespresso coffee machine.


Dining options are available at Serengetis Restaurant, Poolside Terrace and at the African Boma (weather permitting). All the restaurants offer kiddies menus and early meal times for breakfast and dinner.

The lodge has 2 main pools.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the main lodge public areas.

Room service and babysitting services are available.

Credit Cards are accepted (Visa and MasterCard only).

The Kids Bushwise activity programme includes kiddies game drives, guided bush and insect walks or fishing at a nearby waterhole, and is suitable for children aged 6 - 12 years.

Interactive tours of the Reptile Center are also available.

The Ayana Spa offers a variety of full body massages and other relaxing treatments.

Game drives take place in open Land Rovers. Departure is early morning and late afternoon as this is when the wildlife are most active. You can expect your safari drive to last 2 to 3 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. There will be a coffee stop on your morning safari and a sundowner stop at a popular look out in the game reserve on your evening safari.

138 Marine

Hermanus

Days 7 - 8: Hermanus

138 Marine Location Map

Located on the south coast and within a 2 hour drive of Cape Town, Hermanus and Gansbaai are amongst the world's leading destinations for both land-based and boat-based whale watching. From June to December each year, whales can be seen as close as 20m from the shore and can come right up to the side of the whale watching boats.

With excellent accommodation, fine restaurants, and a glorious coastline in addition to the attraction of getting within a few metres of some of the largest animals ever to have lived on this planet, this is a place that every visitor to South Africa should try to see.

Hermanus is a pretty town with a good museum, and a number of whale-watching trips departing daily in season. Don't miss Bientang's Cave restaurant, where you can watch whales less than 100m away whilst eating an excellent seafood lunch. Other good vantage points are from the Old Harbour wall or the cliff path.

Gansbaai, 50 km from Hermanus, is the starting point for more boat-based whale watching, as well as cage diving with great white sharks, and trips to the Dyer Island seal colony.

138 Marine is a luxurious, upmarket beachfront guest house with spectacular sea front views, and just a stone's throw from a quaint assortment of village restaurants, craft markets, boutiques, bars, art galleries, charming little shops, and unspoiled beaches, as well as 2 popular golf courses.

Spend lazy, sun-filled afternoons on the spacious terrace with panoramic views of the ocean and the mountains. Relax with a glass of wine on the deck next to the beach, and enjoy magnificent views of breaking waves and spectacular African sunsets over the ocean, or watch the whales from the comfort of your bed during the whale watching season. The extensive breakfast menu changes daily and on request, a platter can be provided to enjoy on the beach in front of the guest house.

There are 6 designer double rooms, each individually decorated and luxuriously fitted. No attention to detail has been spared in the superbly stylish decor. Under-floor heating, his and hers basins, heated towel rails, satellite TV, and free wireless internet access are all part of your package here.

Example Details For 138 Marine

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Room (Mussel Room)
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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138 Marine Location.

Address

138 Marine,138 Kus Road, Sand Bay

Directions

From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Follow the N2 to George/Mossel Bay over 2 mountain passes (Sir Lowry's Pass and Houwhoek Pass). After the 2nd pass, turn off onto R43 to Botrivier/Hermanus. You will pass suburbs called Hawston, Fisherhaven, Vermont, and Onrus. At the 3rd set of traffic lights (3 km before Hermanus), turn right at the Sandbaai/Hemel en Aarde junction into Main Road (at the Engen Garage). Continue until you reach the T-junction at the beach front. Turn right into Marine Drive (‘Kus Road/Kusweg’). Number 138 is clearly signposted 500 meters down the road on your right.

Scenic Route from Cape Town: Take the N2 Highway towards Somerset West. Turn left on the R44 to Strand (just past the Shell Garage). Proceed past Strand until you reach Gordon's Bay. Travel on the R44 along the coastal road to Rooi-els, Hangklip, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond. Continue through Kleinmond and join the R43 to Hermanus. Continue past Hawston, Vermont and Onrus. At the 3rd set of traffic lights (3 km before Hermanus town centre), turn right at the Sandbaai/Hemel en Aarde junction into Main Road (at Engen Garage). Continue until you reach the T-junction at the beach front. Turn right into Marine Drive (‘Kus Road/Kusweg’). Number 138 is clearly signposted 500 meters down the road on your right.

From Franschhoek: Take the R45 out of town passing the Huguenot Memorial and towards the Franchhoek Pass. Continue on this road over the pass for approximately 25 km, and then turn left at the T-junction onto the R321/R45 signposted Villersdorp. After approximately 8 km turn right onto the R43 signposted Hermanus, and follow this road for 32 km until you reach the T-junction with the N2. Turn right onto the N2 (signposted N2 Kaapstad/R43 Hermanus) and continue for 7 km until you see the exit for the R43 Hermanus. Continue on the R43 for 27 km and the turn right at the Sandbaai/Hemel en Aarde junction into Main Road (at the Engen Garage). Continue until you reach the T-junction at the beach front. Turn right into Marine Drive (‘Kus Road/Kusweg’). Number 138 is clearly signposted 500 meters down the road on your right.

From the Garden Route: Drive along the N2, take the R326 turn-off towards Stanford/Hermanus (13 km after Riviersonderend). When you reach the T-junction at Stanford (after approximately 55 km), turn right onto the R43 towards Hermanus. Upon entering Hermanus, drive along the Main Road through the business section of Hermanus. Go past a 2nd Shell petrol station and past a Total petrol station on your left until you reach an Engen petrol station on your left at a set of traffic lights (approximately 7 km since you entered Hermanus). Turn left towards the sea and continue until you reach the T-junction at the beach front. Turn right into Marine Drive (‘Kus Road/Kusweg’). Number 138 is clearly signposted 500 meters down the road on your right.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may 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 rooms have en-suite bathrooms with twin basins, underfloor heating, heated towel rails, satellite TV, wireless internet, and a room safe.

There is on-site parking available.

138 Marine is situated adjacent to the unique beach path (Whale Walk), providing sea and mountain scenery.

There are several superb restaurants to cater for every taste within a radius of 1.8 km.

The guest house operates a non-smoking policy.