nThambo Tree Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Klaserie Game Reserve

nThambo Tree Camp Location Map

Experience a true Kruger safari at nThambo Tree Camp, an eco-friendly camp which provides a truly personal safari experience. The camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. On a game drive safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers and Shangaan trackers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. Night drives are also an option for those who want to see the nocturnal wildlife, while optional bush walks can be arranged too.

The main camp and guest areas include a comfortable lounge and dining area under thatch. The dining room has a large table where, as per safari tradition, everyone dines together to enjoy each other's company and share stories of the day's game sightings. There is also a boma area with a camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying evening drinks around the fire. In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braaivleis cooked over the open fire. During the hot summer months guests can relax around the splash pool - don't be surprised if there is a herd of elephants approaching to drink the water!

In the evenings the main area is lit with lanterns while plug points in the chalets can be used to charge your camera batteries. There is also Wi-Fi available in the lounge and bar area.

Accommodation is comfortable with a touch of bush luxury. There are 5 solar-powered tree house chalets, each raised on wooden stilts.  The floor is wooden decking and the walls are canvas tent, with a thatched roof.  In addition, each chalet has a verandah which overlooks the plain in front of camp with views of the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. All the chalets are reasonably spaced out from each other ensuring privacy for all guests.

Example Details For nThambo Tree Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tree House Chalet
Includes: Full Board Package: All meals; tea/coffee; bush walks; the Klaserie Bed/Conservation levies; and shared game drives are included. The rate also includes the transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to the camp on the day of arrival; and the transfer to The Bush Pub/Timbavati Gate on the day of departure. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve.

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

 
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nThambo Tree Camp Location.

Address

nThambo Tree Camp,Klaserie Game Reserve, Klaserie Game Reserve

Directions

From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Continue through Klaserie, and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport, Thornybush Reserve and Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road). Go past the airport, and continue along this road.

After 300m you will go through a control gate. Head for the Timbavati Game Reserve Gate. 17 km later look out for Bones Bush Pub on your left and Josmacs Bush Pub on your right hand side. In front of you now will be the Timbavati Gate (Nkhulu Gate). For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the gate. All guests need to present their passport to allow entry into the reserve.

Once through the gate, drive 6.4 km with the fence line on your left hand side. Turn left onto the dirt road when the fence line ends. Drive a further 3.5 km on the dirt road with a new fence line on your left hand side. You will come to a 4-way crossing. Turn right at this crossway. Drive a further 2.5 km until you see a sign for 'Ross' and Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Turn left here and drive along the dirt road until you
see the sign for Africa on Foot Camp. Do not get out of your car until you reach the camp. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport (approximately 40 minutes): Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate and follow the directions as above.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria (approximately 6 hours): Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions from the airport as above.

PLEASE NOTE : On some signposts/maps, Belfast MAY also be referred to eMakhazeni.

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 13 years and older are welcome. Children under the age of 16 years are not allowed on bush walks.

All rooms have mosquito nets, luggage racks and a room safe. The bathrooms are en-suite and have showers only (no baths). There is a pedestal fan in each room. Each room also has an air horn in case of emergency.

The lodge has Wi-Fi in the lounge area.

There is a small splash pool with a decking area. The lodge has a fully stocked bar and a small library area stocked with reading material.

There are no fences around the camp, so take care when walking from your chalet to the main lodge area and back.

Credit cards are accepted at the camp for additional purchases or Conservation fee payments.

The activities available at nThambo include game drives (day and night), bush walks and bird watching.

Each morning begins with a game drive in the Klaserie, followed by breakfast and the option of a bush walk thereafter. The daily schedule is as follows (depending on season):

05:00 - Wake up call followed by coffee and rusks at the lodge

05:30-06:00 - Depart for game drive

08:30-09:00 - Breakfast served at the lodge

10:00 - Depart for bush walk (optional)

14:30 - Lunch is served at the lodge followed by something sweet for high tea

16:00-16:30 - Depart for game drive

20:00 - Dinner is served at the lodge

All guests need to present their passport to allow entry into the reserve.

Like neighbouring reserves, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve has had to significantly increase anti-poaching measures in order to protect not only rhino but other vulnerable species as well. As such, the rate for guests visiting the reserve now includes a Bed Levy, which goes towards ensuring that the reserve remains in pristine condition and helps to ensure the reduction of the camps carbon footprint, as well as a Conservation Levy which is used to subsidise anti-poaching efforts, further develop smart fences, pay additional teams, contribute to the cost of all counter poaching flights, and purchase new equipment to ensure the continual protection of vulnerable species with the reserve.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve. The final decision on whether a guest can join a guided bush walk remains with the guide and camp manager.

Protea Hotel OR Tambo

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

Protea Hotel OR Tambo Location Map

The 4* Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport is set in the heart of Kempton Park, just minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport - a mere 3 km to be precise.

Themed around an aircraft hangar, the industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting and top to bottom windows that overlook the aeroplanes as they dock and take off.

Relax at the hotel's heated swimming pool with sun lounges built inside the pool. Fitness enthusiasts can make use of the 24 hour in-house Techno Gym.

Guests can experience fine fusion cuisine and delicacies at the vibrant a la carte restaurant, The Warehouse which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by the skilled chef and his team.

The restaurant echoes the hotel's industrial aircraft theme with wooden shipment boxes that line the walls and aircraft parts that hang in strategic areas. In the summer months, you can enjoy an open air meal on the terrace or by the pool. Room service is available 24 hours a day for those who are too jet lagged to step out of their room.

Each of the modern, well-appointed rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, coffee/tea making facilities and Wi-Fi. All bedroom windows, with blackout curtains, are double glazed to drastically reduce take-off and landing noise for your convenience.

The hotel also offers a complimentary daily airport shuttle between the hours of 06:15 and 22:45.

Example Details For Protea Hotel OR Tambo

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Protea Hotel OR Tambo Location.

Address

Protea Hotel OR Tambo,Corner of York and Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield Kempton Park, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Directions

From OR Tambo International Airport: Take the R21 highway towards Pretoria; take the Voortrekker Road/Freight Off Ramp. Keep to your left and take the Rhodesfield split into Albatross Street (M32). Turn left into Gladiator Street, keep on Gladiator Street, at the roundabout keep left. The hotel is situated on the right, corner of Whirlwind Street and Gladiator Street. The Protea Hotel OR Tambo entrance is on the right hand side before you get to York Street.

From Sandton: From Sandton, take Rivonia Road drive towards Grayston Road. Turn right at the traffic lights on Grayston Road. You then proceed on the M1 towards Pretoria. Proceed on the M1 and then at the Buccleuch inter-change, you take the N3. Proceed and take the Modderfontein Road then turn right onto Parkland Road, drive straight over the bridge. At the traffic lights you turn right onto Zuurfontein Road. At the second traffic lights you will turn left onto Plane Road. Proceed and turn right at the traffic lights onto Old Pretoria Road. At the 3rd traffic lights (VW on your right hand side and Nissan/Mazda on your left hand side) turn onto Wellington Street, go straight until you get to a roundabout, and go right into Gladiator. Protea Hotel OR Tambo is on the corner of Whirlwind Street and Gladiator Street.

From Midrand: From the N3 take the Modderfontein Avenue, go straight until you find bridges, after the second bridge you will find a turn off that will take you onto the bridge. This will be Zuurfontein Avenue. You can only turn left. When on the bridge, go further until the road splits. Keep to the left lane which becomes C.R Swart Drive. At the 6th set of traffic lights you will find Pretoria Road, turn right. At the 9th set of traffic lights turn left onto Wellington Street, go straight until you get to a roundabout, and go right into Gladiator. Protea Hotel OR Tambo is on the corner of Whirlwind Street and Gladiator Street.

From Pretoria: Take the R21 towards Kempton Park/OR Tambo International Airport, take the M96 Voortrekker Rd/Air Freight off-ramp. Turn right at the traffic lights, keep to your left and take the Rhodesfield split, you will now be on Albatross Road. Keep straight, on the left hand side at the second set of traffic lights turn left into Gladiator Street. Keep on straight until you get to a roundabout, keep to the left.. Protea Hotel OR Tambo is on the corner of Whirlwind Street and Gladiator Street.

From Eastgate: Take the R24 highway, where the road splits, keep on the R24 highway towards OR Tambo International Airport. Continue onto the N12, and take the R24, Bedfordview exit to merge back onto the R24. Continue onto the R21, towards Pretoria. Take the M96 Voortrekker Road/ Freight Off Ramp. At the traffic lights, turn left and take the Rhodesfield split, you will now be on Albatross Road. Keep straight, on the left hand side at the second set of traffic lights turn left into Gladiator Street. Keep on straight until you reach a roundabout, and keep to the left. Protea Hotel OR Tambo is on the corner of Whirlwind Street and Gladiator Street.

From Johannesburg: Take the N3 Eastern Bypass (towards Durban), take the exit towards the N12, Continue onto the N12, and take the R24, Bedfordview exit onto the R24. Continue onto the R21, towards Pretoria. Take the M96 Voortrekker Road/ Freight Off Ramp. At the traffic lights, turn left and take the Rhodesfield split, you will now be on Albatross Road. Keep straight, on the left hand side and at the second set of traffic lights turn left into Gladiator Street. Keep on straight until you reach a roundabout, and keep to the left. Protea Hotel OR Tambo is on the corner of Whirlwind Street and Gladiator Street.

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 of any age are welcome.

All rooms have air conditioning, a hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, cable/satellite TV and sound-proof windows.

The hotel has free Wi-Fi.

There is a fitness centre with a range of cardiovascular equipment and free weights (open 24 hours, 7 days a week).

There is also an outdoor swimming pool (open 24 hours, 7 days a week).

24 hour room service is available on request.

Shuttle Bus Between O.R Tambo Airport and the Hotel

There is a free shuttle service which runs every half hour until 23:00 (on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour) from the bus stop behind the InterContinental Airport Hotel. If you have any problems, please call the hotel directly on +27 (0) 11 977 2600.

Taxi Between O.R Tambo Airport and the Hotel

There is a taxi rank immediately outside the terminal building with metered taxis (you will need to pay in South African Rand) - if using a taxi, take care to use a metered taxi from the official rank outside the terminal rather than going with a taxi tout who may approach you in the Arrivals Hall.

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel

Mauritius

Days 5 - 11: Mauritius

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel Location Map

Clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, shady palm trees…what more could you want?  The 3* Plus Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel is situated on the superb east coast of Mauritius, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius and a magnificent lagoon that sparkles as the sun rises. The gardens are planted with coconut palms and royal palms which quietly rustle in the cool sea breezes.

The translucent blue waters of the ocean are bordered by an endless white beach. Those who love water sports will be particularly spoilt, with the chance to dive, kitesurf, sail, kayak, snorkel and water ski…a place to lap up the warm enticing warm waters of the Indian Ocean in its totality.

With its thatched roofs, whitewashed walls and huge bougainvillea, the hotel is just bursting with charm. There are a wide choice of eating options, including Mauritian and international cuisine as well as seafood specialties. Meals are enjoyed with a view of the swimming pool or of the crystal blue lagoon.

In the evenings as well, you can enjoy Sega, Indian or African happenings. Live music and DJs are organised to encourage you onto the dance floor.

Simple but warm and welcoming, the 77 rooms are designed for easy living. All rooms either have a balcony or a terrace at garden level, and either face the garden, pool or sea.

The Seven Colours Wellness Lounge is wonderfully zen in atmosphere, a space to revive body and spirit. The exclusive treatments on offer are not limited to just a simple massage, and all clients will receive a personalised treatment depending on their energy and mood that day.

Example Details For Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Comfort Room (Super Saver 30% discount applied)
Includes: All Inclusive basis.
 
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Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel Location.

Address

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel,Coastal Road Belle Mare, East Coast

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by midday on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The rooms all have air conditioning, a flat screen television, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, a minibar, in-room safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

There is free Wi-Fi in all the public areas.

There are 2 restaurants (one on the beach) and 2 bars.

As a courtesy to others, guests are asked not to wear swimwear at breakfast and lunch. The dress code is smart casual and gentlemen are kindly requested to wear long trousers in the evening. Tank tops, swimsuits, beach sandals and shorts are not recommended in the restaurants/bars and any other public areas after 18:30.

All major credit cards are accepted.

The Seven Colours Wellness Lounge and Sauna is open every day from 08:30 to 20:00.

A wide range of complimentary water sports are included - snorkelling, table tennis, windsurfing, fitness centre, see through kayak (duo/single). For an additional charge guests can enjoy parasailing, deep sea fishing, diving (PADI), waterskiing, stand-up paddle, bicycle hire, catamaran excursions and golf at the Heritage Golf Club in the south.

There is a swimming pool including a kids corner (depth - 60cm). Pool service, drinks and a selection of snacks can be served to guests around the pool.

There is a boutique shop selling souvenirs, beach accessories and other products.

The Timomo and Friends Children's Club welcome children between the ages of 3 -11 years, and is open from 08:30 to 20:00. Babysitters are available, with this service chargeable to your room.

The capital of Port Louis is 42.5 km away (45 mins by car) and 49 km (1 hour) from the Airport.