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Holiday Title: Elephants and Elegance
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 10 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Elephants and Elegance
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Kruger Mpumalanga Nelspruit Airport. Collect your luggage then make your way into the Arrivals Hall and follow the signs to the Bidvest Car Rental office. 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.
3 Day Car Rental: Group K: Renault Duster 2x4 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to Hazyview (approximately 45 minutes). The small village of Hazyview is an ideal place to base yourself for a couple of days to explore the Lowveld area around the Kruger National Park. This is a beautiful area, with attractions including the Blyde River Canyon, the well known 'Panorama Route', elephant and chimp sanctuaries, and a couple of excellent animal rehabilitation projects.
After breakfast check out and allow about 2 hours to drive to the Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Here you will be met by a Bidvest representative who will collect your hire car from you. You will then be met by a Jabulani driver who will transfer you to the safari lodge.
Located within the Kapama Big Five private game reserve in the Greater Kruger Park area, Jabulani offers a unique opportunity for gracious living in a 5* luxury lodge. Your dedicated Jabulani ranger will ensure that your safari experience is tailor-made to your personal preference, whether laid back and relaxed or filled with game viewing and other activities. Learn about an inspiring journey that began with a herd of elephants being rescued nearly 20 years ago. The devoted elephant carers share insightful stories of their life journeys with the Jabulani herd, whilst you have opportunity to respectfully observe the elephants during their daily routines - while they enjoy their midday swim, forage in the wild and return single file to their stables in the evenings.
Kapama Game Reserve
After you return from your morning activity, you will be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your afternoon flight to Cape Town.
Airlink 4Z658 (Economy): Fly from Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS) departing at 13:50 to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), arriving at 16:25
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, collect your luggage and make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to the One&Only Cape Town.
The One&Only Cape Town offers an unprecedented level of luxury and style. With its spectacular location in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and its stunning views of Table Mountain, the resort is a destination in itself.
You will be collected and transferred to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home. If you have an evening flight, you will need to check out of your room this morning but you can store your luggage at the hotel until your transfer arrives. Alternatively, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
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.
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.
Casa do Sol is perfectly placed in the Sabie River Valley near Hazyview, next door to the Elephant Sanctuary. The prevailing sense of elegance, peace and quiet belies the fact that the wild and untamed world of the famous Kruger National Park is a mere 15 minutes drive away.
The main guest areas include swimming pools surrounded by luscious tropical gardens, a restaurant, a bar and a spa. There are extensive walking trails around the property and through the surrounding nature reserve that guests can enjoy.
The accommodation includes a variety of options suitable for all tastes and budget, ranging from Casas, Villas and Suites, as well as one Casa Grande, which is luxuriously appointed with a jacuzzi, private pool and sauna.
|Room:||1 x Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included.|
Jabulani Safari is a luxury safari lodge located within the 13,000 hectare fenced Big 5 Kapama Private Game Reserve. The reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and large populations of giraffe, impala, blue wildebeest and kudu. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and many smaller species. Bird-watching is most rewarding and more than 350 bird species have been recorded, including the rare Gymnogeg and Knob-billed duck.
With a Relais & Chateau accreditation, the lodge is guaranteed to offer first class accommodation, cuisine, facilities and personalised service, and your dedicated Jabulani ranger will ensure that your safari experience is tailor-made to your personal preference, whether laid back and relaxed or filled with game viewing and other activities.
What sets this camp apart from others, however, is their herd of African elephants, which were rescued by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The devoted elephant carers share insightful stories of their life journeys with the Jabulani herd, whilst you have opportunity to respectfully observe the elephants during their daily routines - while they enjoy their midday swim, forage in the wild and return single file to their stables in the evenings.
The main lodge is built along the banks of a seasonal stream. An open plan dining room and lounge merge with the wooden deck which lies in the shade of gigantic leadwood trees - the ideal setting to enjoy an al fresco lunchc while overlooking the adjacent waterhole. An impressive suspension bridge connects the main areas with the suites. Pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the Jabulani cocktail bar and lounge.
Each of the 6 suites are luxuriously furnished and feature a grand freestanding stone bath, heated plunge pool and a semi-outdoor shower, that while frosted for your privacy, enjoys a view over the natural environment outside. A traditional fireplace graces each suite creating a perfect setting for a romantic in-suite experience.
The Zindoga Villa comprises of 2 luxury suites, ideal for small groups and families with children of all ages. One of the suites also has an adjoining small twin room, with private bathroom, ideal for 2 children sharing. The villa is sold as an exclusive unit, and a dedicated chef and team of staff will ensure that the party enjoys their safari experience in optimum comfort and luxury.
|Room:||1 x Suite (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||All meals and snacks; a selection of local and premium beverages during your entire stay; a daily laundry service; Wi-Fi; daily activities including the Elephant Experience, game drives in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, and a 'behind the scenes' exclusive visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre; and return road transfers between Jabulani Safari and Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport are included.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.
One&Only Cape Town offers an unprecedented level of luxury and style in one of the world's most fascinating cities. With its spectacular location in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and its stunning views of Table Mountain, the resort is a destination in itself.
Guests can dine in one of 3 top restaurants, including the continent’s only outpost of the Michelin-starred Nobu, which fuses Japanese cuisine with South African flavours. Revel in the high energy vibe of Vista Bar or sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft which has more than 5,000 bottles of wine from across the globe.
The sublime calm of the sophisticated One&Only Spa offers an indulgent escape, while the Fitness Centre offers a wide range of state-or-the-art equipment and yoga/Pilates classes. The temperature-controlled, infinity-edge pool is the finest in Cape Town, framed with private cabanas and majestic palms.
98 of the rooms and suites are located within the 7 storey Marina Rise, and feature expansive glass doors that lead onto private balconies offering unobstructed views of the picturesque harbourside and iconic Table Mountain. The remaining 40 rooms and suites are located on a secluded and lushly landscaped island surrounded by a waterway, each featuring a private balcony or terrace and waterway views. Sumptuously appointed bathrooms have oversized baths, a roomy rain shower, and dual marble vanity units.
|Room:||1 x Marina Harbour Room - Stay 4 / pay 3 offer applied (applicable to certain periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
As of the 18th March 2020, passport holders from certain countries are now required to obtain a visa before travelling to South Africa - including the United Kingdom; United States of America; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Switzerland; and New Zealand.
All international travellers are therefore advised to contact their local South Africa High Commission or Embassy to establish whether they need to apply for a visa. There may be a fee charged for issuing a visa. Please note that some visas may 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. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board.
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 if you require a visa to enter the country - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES. If you do not need a visa, one page is sufficient.
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. For more information, contact the South African High Commission via http://southafricahouseuk.com/ or the South African Department of Home Affairs via http://www.dha.gov.za/.
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.
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.