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Holiday Title: Christmas in the Cape
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 12 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
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Holiday Title: Christmas in the Cape
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
Arrive into Cape Town Airport. Collect your luggage then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. Follow the Car Rental signs and find 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.
13 Day Car Rental: Group O: Toyota Avanza 1.5 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to The Cullinan Hotel, situated just on the edge of the vibrant V&A Waterfront, with postcard views of the harbour and Signal Hill.
After breakfast you depart Cape Town and drive the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn (approx 490 km / 5 h 0 mins), the ostrich capital of South Africa.
The Klein Karoo
Later today you will drive to Plettenberg Bay (approx 155 km / 1 h 50 mins), set in a curving bay with a backdrop of rugged mountains, and home to some of the best beaches along the Garden Route.
The Garden Route
This morning after breakfast you will continue along the N2 and drive to Amakhala Game Reserve (approx 280 km / 2 h 50 mins). The 7,200 hectare Amakhala Game Reserve is an ideal environment for an unforgettable safari in a varied landscape, including breathtaking views of the Bushman's River, and guests here can enjoy a range of morning and evening safaris and other activities.
Amakhala Game Reserve
After your early morning game drive and a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Port Elizabeth (approx 70 km / 50 mins), a popular holiday destination and renowned for its beautiful coastline and long sandy beaches.
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.
Southern Sun The Cullinan is a stylish and grand hotel that offers travellers easy access to most of Cape Town's venues, and is within walking distance to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront.
Complementing the rich, cultural heritage of Cape Town through timeless architecture, the opulent decor creates a mood that is a world-away-from-home, while service and attention to detail ensure your every need is taken care of.
The 410 elegant and spacious hotel rooms all boast spectacular views over the many aspects of Cape Town - enjoy either the view of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbour and Waterfront or the city centre.
Rooms are lavishly decorated with rich finishes and furnishings, and all offer luxurious private bathrooms and in room amenities to enhance your stay and make it as comfortable as possible.
The outdoor pool is ideal for those who enjoy a fresh dip in cool waters, and the fully equipped gym is accessible to all guests of the hotel.
|Room:||1 x Family Room (2 x Double Beds)|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
La Plume is a boutique Guest House on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains and the Olifants River Valley. A warm welcome awaits you at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings where old-world charm has been combined with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention.
Guests can join an informative tour of the farm (on request and additional cost - booking essential) to learn about the day to day activities in the life of a full-time farmer, as well as the giant birds and the trials and tribulations of farming with them from one of the few experts on the ostrich industry.
The English Breakfast buffet is the perfect start to a busy day with fresh fruit platters, a bread and cereal selection, cold meats and cheeses, as well as hot breakfast with special requests made to order. The restaurant also offers a daily lunch menu or picnic baskets for guests exploring the wonders of Klein Karoo. For dinner enjoy exceptional local wine and traditional home-cooked cuisine meticulously prepared by the chef and served in the spacious, candlelit dining room.
La Plume offers stylish luxury with a diverse range of accommodation. The 5 Superior Suites and the Luxury Rooms all have private entrances that open onto sunny verandas overlooking the gardens, and the 2 Honeymoon Suites embody a feeling of romance and cosiness. The Luxury Junior Suite is ideal for 3 adults travelling together or family with an older child wishing sleep in a separate room, as the suite consists of a queen master bedroom with full en-suite bathroom and lounge with single bed for the third person.
The Plume Cottage consists of 2 interconnecting suites each with its own bedroom, full bathroom and lounge sharing a kitchenette. The Private Farm Villa has 2 bedrooms each with its own full en-suite bathroom, a large open plan living and dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. This typical South African farm house is off the main property nestled among alfalfa fields overlooking ostrich enclosures and a mere 100 meters from the main homestead.
|Room:||1 x Family Villa|
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The Robberg Beach Lodge is nestled in the heart of the world-famous Garden Route at Plettenberg Bay - a destination of distinction for all holiday guests and travellers in South Africa. It is world-renowned for the splendour of its sky and seascapes and for the unspoilt beauty of its lagoon and beaches.
Just 5 minutes by car from the bustling restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and bars of Plettenberg Bay's Main street, The Robberg is a tranquil boutique beachside haven and is ideally situated just a 2 minute walk from Robberg Beach - a beautiful snow white sandy Blue Flag beach which is popular for shore based dolphin and whale watching and which stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island.
The nearby Robberg Nature Reserve offers great walking and hiking trails and is another excellent view site for cliff based whale and dophin sightings. There are 3 circular walks of various lengths, caves and extensive information about Robberg's geology, archaeology and exciting marine life.
Plettenberg Bay is also home to 2 superb golf courses, both less than a 15 minute drive from the lodge.
The Robberg Beach Lodge consists of 4 separate villas - Robberg House, Beachy Head Villa, Cottage Pie and Cordovan Villa - each offering a selection of different room types, depending on your budget and requirements. Across the 4 villas, there are 30 rooms and suites in total.
The View Suites have wonderful views and spacious floor plans, with french doors opening onto a private balcony. The first floor View Rooms have large bay windows with mesmerising sea views. The second-floor View Rooms have french doors opening onto a private balcony with great sea views.
The child friendly Luxury Suites each have a queensize sofa bed that can comfortably accommodate 2 children under 12 years plus a private balcony overlooking gardens.
The Luxury Rooms all have garden views, and the Cottage Suites have a relaxed cottage-style decor. The Standard Garden Rooms overlook either a garden courtyard or onto the private pool area here.
The self catering stylish Family Room is perfect for families travelling with children and couples who enjoy lots of space. This has a private entrance, spacious patio area, an open-plan living area with a sofa bed, and a kitchenette with oven, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster and small fridge.
|Room:||1 x Luxury Suite|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
Woodbury Lodge is located in heart of the Amakhala Game Reserve, a 7,200 hectare Big 5 malaria-free game reserve in the Eastern Cape and less than an hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Nestled discreetly against a cliff in lush riverine bush, the lodge offers spectacular views of the Bushman's River valley.
Enjoy morning and evening game drives in an open Land Rover, conducted by an experienced ranger in search of wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, and over 16 antelope species. After dark, the elusive nocturnal animals are searched out with the help of a spotlight as you drive through the reserve.
As part of one game drive during your stay, you can also enjoy a relaxing river cruise down the Bushmans River. Guided bush walks and night drives with one of the qualified rangers are also offered.
The dining area and lounge are perfectly positioned with expansive decks overlooking the plains, taking centre stage for unforgettable sunrises or evening drinks around the fire under the African stars.
In-between game drives relax at the lounge bar or around the swimming pool.
Designed with great care to blend in with the natural surroundings, the 5 stone-and-thatch chalets are comfortably appointed, with en-suite bathrooms, and each boasts a unique and breathtaking view from their wooden decks. The seclusion of each chalet, along with the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas, enable guests to enjoy the unique setting and breath-taking views at leisure.
In addition, the 2 spacious family chalets sleep up to 4 guests allowing families to enjoy the African bush together. The rooms are separated by a wall partition to provide privacy
Spa treatments can be enjoyed at the nearby Bush Lodge, and guests can be transferred here on request.
|Room:||1 x Family Chalet|
|Includes:||All meals; all locals beverages (excluding premium drinks); the Amakhala Conservation/Community Levy; and 2 shared game drives per day are included. Guided walks on request. Children under 6 years are not allowed on game drives. Babysitting services are available.
The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
The Beach Hotel is situated on Port Elizabeth's magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. For history lovers, it is believed that the original Beach Hotel and surrounding area belonged to Piet Retief and his family. His home, a tennis court and servants quarters stood on this ground.
There are 3 onsite restaurants to suit everyone's palate. Enjoy a relaxing environment, sipping a cocktail white overlooking the ocean at The Verandah restaurant, or indulge in a buffet meal at The Crest. Real foodies will love the fine dining cuisine at Ginger, voted one of the best restaurants in Port Elizabeth - it is definitely a must.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, and the hotel also offers complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.
The Beach Hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms, some with stunning sea-views and others opening onto the tranquil courtyard.
The Non Sea-Facing Rooms are quiet, and overlook the tranquil surrounds of the courtyard. The Side Sea-Facing Rooms offer spectacular side views of the Indian Ocean whilst in the comfort of your stylish room, decorated in soft Mediterranean tones, and the Front Sea-Facing Rooms offer, as you would expect, front facing views of the ocean.
The Executive Rooms are spacious with large comfortable beds that invite guests to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the ocean. The suites offer generous, well appointed lounge areas as well as stylish bathrooms with separate showers. Finally, the well appointed, stylish Suite consists of a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom equipped with a freestanding bathtub.
|Room:||1 x Executive Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 12 November 2020: International borders into South Africa reopened on 12 November 2020. International air travel is currently restricted to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, Durban's King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. All land borders are fully operational. Tourists are now permitted from all countries.
On arrival, travellers need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (paper copy). The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. We strongly advise taking multiple copies of the test with you. It is also possible to transit South Africa and travel onto another country but you must still show a paper copy of your negative Covid-19 test. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test, you may be required to quarantine in a government-appointed quarantine facility for 10 days, at your own cost. Travellers will also be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa Mobile App. You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip.
Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
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), 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 your local South Africa Embassy or High Commission, or contact 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 the applicable entry 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.