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Holiday Title: A Journey across South Africa
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 10 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: A Journey across South Africa
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Cape Town Airport. Once you have collected your luggage, make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will meet you. You will then be transferred to Cape Town's Camps Bay - home to palm trees, beach cafes and perfect sunsets.
With the majestic Twelve Apostle mountain range as a back drop and the Atlantic Ocean less than a minutes walk away, The Bay Hotel boasts an unrivalled location in the heart of glitzy Camps Bay. After a busy day seeing Cape Town's world-class sights, exhale and relax with a sunset cocktail, a treatment in the on-site spa or some time lounging around one of the 4 sea-facing pools.
After breakfast, you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town Railway Station, where you will check in for your Rovos Rail train journey.
Depart from Platform 23 at Cape Town Railway Station at 11:00 for your 2 night journey. Guests may freshen up in their suites before joining fellow travellers in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train.
Lunch is served at 13:00 in the dining cars. In the afternoon, the train reaches Worcester in the Hex River Valley before climbing approximately 750m up the face of the escarpment. The train then arrives at the first of 4 tunnels on the pass. The last tunnel is 13.5 kilometres long so guests need to be careful when walking through the train and may wish to turn on necessary lights as they make their way to either the lounge car or the observation car for afternoon tea at 16:30. At 17:45, guests can disembark at Matjiesfontein for an opportunity to stroll through the historic village. Of special interest is the museum on the platform and a collection of historic cars and railway carriages to the right of the Lord Milner Hotel. Return to the train for a 19:00 departure, and dinner is served at 19:30 in the dining car. The train continues on through the night across the Karoo en-route to Kimberley.
Breakfast is served from 07:00 until 10:00 in the dining cars. After a morning of leisure, lunch is served at 13:00. The train arrives at 14:30 into Kimberley, and guests can disembark for a tour of the city, the Diamond Mine Museum and the Big Hole. The train departs again at 16:00. Ten minutes after leaving Kimberley, a shallow lake appears on the left-hand side of the train where, on most occasions, there are spectacular flocks of lesser flamingos (approximately 23,000). Afternoon tea is then served at 16:30 in the lounge car or observation car at the rear of the train. As the train travels onto Klerksdorp, dinner is served in the dining cars at 19:30.
Breakfast is served in the dining cars from 07:00 until 10:00. The train arrives into the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria at midday.
You will be met and transferred to Illyria House for an overnight stay.
Illyria House is a magnificent hotel and spa with views that extend over historical Jacaranda City - otherwise known as Pretoria. Enter through wrought iron gates and be transported to a different world where gracious and romantic living unfolds.
After breakfast, you will be collected and transferred to Marataba Safari Lodge.
Marataba Safari Lodge is set in a malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession within the Marakele National Park. Just 4 hours from Johannesburg, this is a sanctuary where busy people can find themselves again by connecting with nature. In the company of your Field Guide, you will learn more about the Big Five and the many unique animal species found on the Marakele National Park. Two safaris a day (one early morning, and one late afternoon, into the evening) are each approximately 3-4 hours long, and include a scenic coffee and sundowner break to purely appreciate just being in the moment.
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are collected and transferred to Johannesburg Airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home.
Situated between the majestic backdrop of the craggy Twelve Apostles and the palm-fringed white sandy beach of Camps Bay, The Bay Hotel was the first beachfront hotel in Cape Town, and has proven over the years that 5* elegance and sophistication can be achieved in an informal atmosphere.
The upmarket suburb of Camps Bay has a typical village atmosphere and is home to some of the trendiest restaurants and bars and one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. Local life is casual and in the evening residents and holidaymakers can be found enjoying sundowners at the many sidewalk bistros and restaurants on the strip.
The Bay is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Cape and is within easy reach of its most celebrated scenic attractions including the V&A Waterfront, the Table Mountain Cableway, and the Cape Peninsula. The V&A Waterfront boasts many shops, bars and restaurants, and there is also an aquarium, and one of the largest craft markets in Southern Africa. Boats offer tours of the harbour from the quayside of the V&A, and the whole place is always buzzing with life and activity. The Table Mountain Cableway is a short drive away, and the coastal road from Camps Bay down to the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular in the whole of South Africa.
The Bay Hotel offers guests a variety of culinary experiences to indulge in with the hotel’s 4 different restaurants. Each restaurant has a unique style, complimenting the venue’s surroundings, and whether guests are on the lookout for a fresh, bountiful breakfast overlooking Camps Bay’s beachfront, a long leisurely lunch poolside, or simply to unwind whilst sipping on a glass of fine wine, everyone is spoilt for choice here.
Every one of the 78 bedrooms and suites have views of Camps Bay, and many of the rooms have spacious balconies from which to enjoy the views from.
Guests can relax around the sparkling pool, or simply cross the road to the golden sands and lie on the beach. There is also a spa plus a small but well-equipped gymnasium.
|Room:||1 x Classic Room (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
For many visitors to South Africa, there's no finer way to see the country than on a wonderful rail journey, where you can recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. This 1,600 kilometre meander from Cape Town to Pretoria on the Rovos Rail 'Pride of Africa' is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country.
Step aboard the classic wood-panelled coaches - remodelled and refurbished to mint condition - and enjoy fine cuisine in 5* luxury as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. All meals are served in one sitting in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring guests' every need is catered for.
With period Edwardian features as well as every modern convenience and comfort, the suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury.
For days on the train dress is smart casual. Evening attire is more formal - for the gentlemen a jacket and tie is a minimum requirement while for the ladies, cocktail/evening dresses are the norm.
Departing in the morning on selected dates from Cape Town, you start your 2 night journey by travelling inland through the Hex River Valley.
You will visit the historical village of Matjiesfontein, which boasts an impressive museum on the platform, as well as a stop at Kimberley where you can visit the renowned Diamond Mine Museum and the extraordinary Big Hole.
On your last morning, wake up to the goldfields of the Witwatersrand, before your journey ends at the Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria around midday.
|Room:||0 x Pullman Suite|
|Includes:||Three meals daily; all alcoholic and other beverages; sightseeing excursions accompanied by a qualified tour guide; entrance fees to places of interest; and 24 hour full room service/bar facilities are included. Please note that any off-train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will be undertaken only if time permits. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes any off-train beverages.|
A relatively small city, Pretoria lies about 50 km north of Johannesburg. It is the administrative capital of South Africa and straddles the Apies River, and spreads eastwards into the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains. It is one of the country's 3 capital cities.
One of the nicest times to experience Pretoria is in October, when thousands of jacaranda trees burst into bloom, and the city is enveloped in a mauve haze - which has led to the city’s nickname – Jacaranda City.
The Union Buildings, built in 1913 and designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker, are the official seat of power and this is where all new presidents are sworn into office. The Voortrekker Monument is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the country, and this impressive granite structure commemorates the pioneers who bought their culture to the interior of Southern Africa.
Illyria House is a magnificent hotel and spa with views that extend over Pretoria. As you enter through the wrought iron gates, you will be transported to a different world where gracious and romantic living unfolds.
Famous for its collection of 17th century tapestries, fine antiques and exquisite cuisine, the addition of soft classical music, tranquil gardens abundant with birdlife, and a gracious interior make a stay here an unforgettable experience.
The spa is found in 'the secret garden', where decadent treatments beckon with the promise of ultimate rejuvenation.
All suites are exquisitely furnished in white and cream décor with antique furniture and embroided cotton linen. Well-appointed bathrooms promise an indulging and relaxing experience.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Marataba Safari Lodge is situated in a Big 5 malaria-free 23,000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains which forms part of the Marakele National Park, just 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. The Marakele National Park is a haven for an impressive variety of wildlife, and contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterise this spectacular area.
All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world (more than 800 breeding pairs) have settled here and may be seen on your daily morning and afternoon game drives. The Marataba rangers have an intricate knowledge of the bush and its wildlife, and each open game viewing vehicle carries just 6 guests.
Bush walks after breakfast engage all your senses as your guide introduces you to the smaller creatures and tells you about the various plants and trees, many with fascinating medicinal properties and traditional uses. You can also enjoy a morning or sunset boat cruise on the Miss Mara along the Matlabas River, providing plenty of game-viewing opportunities as the animals come to the water to drink and forage.
The 15 canvas-and-stone tented suites are exquisitely furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist. Each suite has its own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below. A free-standing stone bath is the main feature of the bathroom, while indoor and outdoor showers take full advantage of the dramatic scenery of the Waterberg Mountains. Families with children under 12 years of age can choose a Family Suite, which includes a separate bedroom and bathroom.
There is also the Thabametsi Treehouse (additional surcharge and weather dependent) which offers complete privacy. You’ll arrive just before sunset and the coolness of the approaching evening brings animals into the open. A gourmet picnic can be enjoyed at your table on the deck, from where you have front row seats to the wildest theatre. Then curl up in the four-poster bed under a blanket of stars and a warm cosy duvet, and go to sleep with the sounds of the African bush surrounding you.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Tented Suite (Stay 4/Pay 3 offer applied - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||All meals; tea/coffee; all beverages (including soft drinks, beers, spirits and wines); 2 daily game drives with FGASA qualified ranger; game drive refreshments and snacks; the Marakele NP entrance/gate fee; the Marakele Guest Conservation Contribution; and transfers between Marataba Safari Lodge and Marataba Mountain Lodge are included.
Children under 16 years are not permitted on bush walks or the Miss Mara water safaris. Guests over 60 years wanting to do a bush walk must present a medical certificate of good health.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.