Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Cape Town

Days 1 - 4: Cape Town

Victoria & Alfred Hotel 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.

Set in the heart of the beautifully restored Waterfront, and framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivalled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service. The hotel is renowned for the highest international standards.

All the bedrooms of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel enjoy unrivalled views of Table Mountain and the working harbour or the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

The luxurious interiors of all spacious bedrooms are complemented by elegant decor, along with all the modern essentials to make guests feel comfortably at home. Each has a separate shower, fully stocked private bar, and air-conditioning.

Dining at the hotel's award winning restaurant, the Waterfront Cafe, overlooking the cobbled quayside and the harbour is reminiscent of a meal in a Southern European coastal village. As the sun begins to set, enjoy cocktails are served on the terrace while overlooking the bustling harbour.

Guests can also use the swimming pool and spa at the V&A's sister hotel - the Dock House - which is situated just across the road from the V&A.

Example Details For Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Piazza-Facing Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Victoria & Alfred Hotel Location.

Address

Victoria & Alfred Hotel,On the Waterfront Pierhead, 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 V&A Waterfront. At the first roundabout, turn left and then at the next roundabout take the second exit keeping straight on Dock Road. Go past the Two Oceans Aquarium and you will see the hotel on your right.

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

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 bathrobes and slippers. They also include a mini bar, air conditioning, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, swivel television with satellite channels, international plugs, a writing desk, electronic safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel facilities include a concierge service, 24 hour room service and security, secure parking and facilities for persons with limited mobility. A foreign exchange facility is also available.

Guests can enjoy a selection of top dining options when visiting the Victoria & Alfred Hotel. The Ginja is located on the hotel’s premises, where guests can enjoy excellent meals and stunning views. Breakfast is served at either the Ginja or Dash, located at the Queen Victoria Hotel and at no additional cost to guests when bookings are made on a bed and breakfast basis.

There is a state-of-the-art gym and spa treatment rooms are also available.

Guests can use the swimming pool and pool bar at the neighbouring Dock House Boutique Hotel.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

The hotel offers a laundry and dry-cleaning service (additional cost).

Credit cards are accepted.

Kanana Camp

Okavango Delta

Days 5 - 6: Okavango Delta

Kanana Camp Location Map

Kanana Camp is a hidden jewel, set in a private concession on the Xudum River in the southwest Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn trees, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means this is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found in the Delta. Wildlife is in abundance with frequent predator sightings such as lion, leopard and wild dog all making Kanana their hunting grounds.

A wide variety of activities are available for guests to enjoy and participate in, and the focus of the activities varies with the rising and falling levels of the Delta.

Game drives in specially designed vehicles (seating 4 people only) in the morning and late afternoon are available when water levels are low; during high water levels the annual floods transform parts of the concession into a true water paradise and guests can explore the crystal clear waterways by mokoro or power boats.

Birding is spectacular and as an added bonus for 'twitchers', Kanana plays host to a seasonal heronry that is one of the largest in Southern Africa and which teems with activity from July through to the summer months.

Guided bush walks are also highly recommended as is fishing for tilapia, African pike and sharptooth catfish. Kanana's private concession location also allows for night drives in search of the nocturnal animals, or predators hunting.

Guests are accommodated in 7 spacious twin and double-bedded 'Meru' style safari tents, set on raised decks which offer breathtaking views across the waterways. The tents are well spaced, affording privacy whilst remaining within a comfortable distance from the main camp area. There is also one family tent with 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

In-between safari activities, relax around the pool area, and enjoy evenings around the campfire set on the water's edge.

There is also a Sleep Out Deck that offers guests staying 3 or more nights the opportunity to spend the night under the splendid African night sky.

Example Details For Kanana Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; game activities; a daily laundry service; Park fees; and emergency evacuation insurance (to regional medical facility) are included.

Guests aged 16 years and older are allowed on game walks.

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

 
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Kanana Camp Location.

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 aged 7 years and older are welcome.

All safari tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. They also include a fan, safe, hair dryer and dressing gowns.

The main camp consists of the bar, dining area, library, sleep out deck, campfire and a swimming pool.

Kanana’s private concession location allows guided walks, mokoro excursions and night drives in addition to game drives and motor boating. It also offers private access by motorboat to one of the largest heronries not only in the Okavango Delta but Southern Africa and is an excellent area for birding with regular sightings of the Pels Fishing Owl.

The mokoros (canoes) are glass-bottomed, enabling you to view the underwater world of the delta.

Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy motorboat trips to some of the Okavango Delta’s best fishing spots, for a chance to experience the beautiful surroundings before landing a variety of species such as tilapia and tiger fish, African pike and sharp tooth catfish. The fishing season is from March through to December and basic equipment is supplied.

Credit cards are accepted.

A complimentary laundry service is also available.

Kanana has been awarded Eco Tourism level which is the top tier in the Botswana Ecotourism Grading.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Guests aged 16 years and older are allowed on game walks.

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.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and camp manager.

Shinde

Okavango Delta

Days 7 - 8: Okavango Delta

Shinde Location Map

Shinde is nestled on a lush palm dotted island in the northern Okavango Delta. Located at the edge of a lagoon, it is surrounded by clear waterways, and the area is teeming with birdlife and game.

Shinde offers a diverse range of activities, including both water and land activities throughout the year. Powerboat or mokoro provide a chance to experience the incredible number of different bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Delta, and game drives are conducted in specially designed vehicles seating 4 people only. Guided walks are also available.

The island is especially favoured by members of the antelope family, including the elusive sitatunga whose elongated and splayed hooves enable it to walk on the unstable beds of reeds floating on the water.

The main lodge's unique tree house consists of a multi-level raised dining/lounge area under canvas, set amongst the shade of ebony trees. There is also a swimming pool for relaxing by inbetween game activities.

Shinde comprises of 8 classic safari tents, each with a spacious bathroom and large walk in shower. Wide sliding doors open onto the extended front decks, offering splendid views, whether across the Delta's mysterious waterways or over open grasslands.

The exclusive Shinde Enclave is a 'camp within a camp', offering the ultimate in personal service and an indelible wildlife experience. Consisting of 3 luxurious tents built on raised decks overlooking windswept papyrus beds, the camp also has its own private dining and lounge area, and a private chef and guide - making this an ideal private getaway for families or friends. A minimum of 3 nights however is required at Shinde Enclave.

Example Details For Shinde

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; game activities; a daily laundry service; Park fees; and emergency evacuation insurance (to regional medical facility) are included.

Guests aged 16 years and older are allowed on guided walks.

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

 
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Shinde Location.

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 10 years and older are welcome.

All guest tents are en-suite and have a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower. Each tent has a lounge area and large viewing deck, positioned to offer splendid views of the Delta. They also include a fan, hair dryer and a personal safe.

The camps main area comprises of a multi-tiered dining room, lounge, bar and library. There is also a swimming pool.

Shinde is situated in a private concession offering both land and water activities. Motorboats or mokoros provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta.

Game drives are conducted by a personal guide in comfortable, specially designed game drive vehicles with no more than 4 pax per vehicle. Guided walks are also available, and fishing for a variety of species such as tilapia and tigerfish can be arranged.

A complimentary laundry service is also available.

Credit cards are accepted.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Guests aged 16 years and older are allowed on guided walks.

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.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and camp manager.