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Holiday Title: Discover South Africa at a Relaxed Pace
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Discover South Africa at a Relaxed Pace
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Cape Town International Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will be waiting for you, holding a signboard with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your first accommodation.
Built in 1903, Four Rosmead is a small boutique-style hotel that has been sensitively and stylishly remodelled. Interiors are chic and contemporary with a subtle, yet distinctive African spirit enhanced by original South African artwork. Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain in the tranquil and leafy Oranjezicht area, you will be within walking distance of Green Market Square, and only 10 minutes by car/taxi from the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Clifton and Camps Bay beaches.
This morning your hire car will be delivered to your guest house at 10:00. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you. With a hire car, you can explore slightly further afield - maybe taking a day trip down to the Cape Peninsula, stopping en-route there or back at Boulders Beach, which is home to one of only 2 mainland nesting colonies of African penguins in South Africa.
12 Day Car Rental: Group E: Toyoto Corolla Auto or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)
This morning after a leisurely breakfast check out of your hotel and drive to Mont Rochelle, a stunning hotel and vineyard just under an hour's drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek. Franschhoek is a traditional town famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the 'food and wine capital' of South Africa.
The Cape Winelands
Depart this morning for a 3 hours to drive to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Sanbona boasts 58,000 hectares of sculpted mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3,500 years. Interactive game drives last up to 3 hours traversing the wild landscape with a qualified range in a comfortable open Land Cruiser. During the early morning or sunset game drives, numerous species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
After your early morning game drive, enjoy breakfast back at the lodge before checking out and continue the drive to the Garden Route (approx 250 km / 2 h 50 mins). Beautiful coastlines, breathtaking mountains and valleys, tall forests, deep blue lakes and lagoons - these are the reasons why the Garden Route is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. There are loads of things to do along the Garden Route - whale watching, elephant and bird sanctuaries, hiking, watersports, fishing, horse riding, ostrich farms, mountain biking, long beach strolls, boat trips, shopping for arts and crafts - even bungee jumping from the highest bridge in Africa.
The Garden Route
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.
Four Rosmead is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain in the tranquil and leafy suburb of Oranjezicht. This boutique hotel, originally built in 1903, enjoys 360º views of the mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Bay and the city, and is within walking distance of the vibrant Kloof Street, which is well known for its restaurant and cafe culture. The Victoria & Albert Waterfront and the beautiful beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are just 10 minutes by car.
Ten bespoke en-suite bedrooms are individually decorated to reflect the tasteful style which is evident throughout the house. Some rooms include outdoor seating areas and wonderful city and mountain views.
Landscaped gardens and a patio with sun loungers around the heated swimming pool create an elegant urban sanctuary where you can relax and unwind. The guest house also features selected artwork by local South African artists, which guests are welcome to purchase.
|Room:||1 x Deluxe Room - Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied (applicable to certain periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Nestled on the slopes of the majestic Klein Dassenberg mountain range, the 5* Mont Rochelle is a stunning 26 bedroom Cape-Dutch style hotel, just under an hours drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek. Famously known as the French Corner of the cape, this traditional vineyard town is considered to be the' food and wine capital' of South Africa.
Occupying 39 hectares of vineyards and hills, the hotel produces wine on-site and guests can tour the cellars or wander the paths between vineyard plots. Mont Rochelle also offers daily activities including private wine tasting and cellar tours, as well as walking and mountain biking trails and horse-riding. Mountain bikes can be hired free of charge. A favourite activity for many guests here is having a picnic on the estate – the kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!).
Mont Rochelle has two dining options - MIKO is their flagship restaurant boasting a prime location with impeccable 180 degree views of the Franschhoek valley and mountains. Adjacent to the winery is the more casual Country Kitchen, an ideal place for light lunch as well as wine tasting.
The main outdoor heated pool is surrounded by sun loungers and has fantastic views of the Franschhoek mountains. The spa has two dedicated treatment rooms and the hotel bar is perfect for pre or post meal drinks as well as light bites throughout the day.
Named after locally grown wines, the rooms and suites span over 3 separate wings. The smaller of the room types, the Shiraz Rooms feature courtyard and valley views. The Merlot Rooms are slightly larger, and also boast valley views. The Cabernet Rooms include a private terrace overlooking the valley, and the even more spacious Pinotage Suites feature a separate lounge and fantastic views. The Cap Classique suites are the largest rooms, and each suite has a separate lounge, private terrace and a heated private plunge pool.
For complete privacy, the Manor House is located a short walk from the main hotel and can be booked on an exclusive basis. This beautifully appointed 4 bedroom villa comfortably sleeps 8 adults and boasts a cosy bunkroom that can sleep up to 6 children. Throughout your stay you can enjoy the stunning views, spacious common areas, kitchen, outdoor heated swimming pool and gym, not to mention the services of a chef who can prepare meals from the villa’s dedicated kitchen.
|Room:||1 x Shiraz Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
At the foot of the Warmwaterberg, in the heart of the Little Karoo between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous Route 62, lies the stunning malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - 58,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous fauna and flora, rock formations and rock art. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains.
Interactive game drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place at sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drives guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise.
An optional walk with a ranger can also be arranged, and will cater for your individual needs. From gentle strolls to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, the walks reveal the beauty of the reserve. Guests can also enjoy a boat safari, in search of hippos and birds such as fish eagles, grey herons and Egyptian geese.
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.
The 9 luxurious and secluded tents at Dwyka Tented Lodge exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape. The tents are set in a horseshoe shape, and each has an indoor and outdoor shower, and a private deck with a spa bath.
The main lodge features a Relaxation Retreat with 2 treatment rooms for guests to take advantage of inbetween activities. The main guest areas also include a bar/lounge area with a fireplace and TV, a dining area, and an open air boma.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Tent|
|Includes:||All meals; shared game drives/boat trips; guided walks; tea/coffee; water; and game drive beverages are included. All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure.
No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the nature walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
The small town of Wilderness, only 50 km from Knysna, is a wonderful place to base yourself to explore the Garden Route from. Vast expanses of pristine golden beach run along the coastline, where you can frequently spot dolphins, and whales during the whale watching season.
The small picturesque village itself has a well-earned reputation for hospitality, not to mention several excellent restaurants where you can sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch, or a relaxing candle lit dinner with a bottle of wine.
Canoeing on the Touw River Lagoon is a popular and relaxing past time, or for the more adventurous, there are other activities on offer such as mountain biking, abseiling, paragliding and hang gliding, flat water tubing, horse riding and windsurfing.
The 2,500 hectare Wilderness National Park covers nearly 20 km of unspoilt coastline, and has 5 rivers and 5 lakes.
It is a nature lover's paradise, with good hiking and bird watching opportunities.
The warm Indian Ocean waters play at the feet of the serene Views Boutique Hotel & Spa. An idyllic paradise from which to unlock the secrets of South Africa's famed Garden Route, and a mere 20 minutes from George Airport, this luxury hotel perches high over the spectacular coastline of Wilderness.
The heated rooftop pool is the perfect place to soak up the plentiful South African sunshine, and the luxurious loungers are ideal for enjoying those languid, endless summer days. The Views Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, sundowners and dinner, and is open 7 days a week for guests and the general public. The Views Wellness Emporium comprises of a spa, a hydro lounge, and a gym.
The hotel has 26 exquisitely furnished suites designed for absolute comfort. Natural light floods through frameless floor to ceiling windows, bringing the outdoors in - offering spectacular views of either the Indian Ocean views to the south or the Outeniqua Mountains to the north.
|Room:||1 x Sea View Suite - Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied (applicable to certain periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits.
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 - a blank Parental Consent Affidavit can be downloaded from http://southafricahouseuk.com/documents/parentconaff.pdf), 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.
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 current passport and visa 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.