Simbambili Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Days 1 - 3: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Simbambili Game Lodge Location Map

Simbambili Game Lodge is situated in the northern section of the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The lodge is set in magnificent trees along the meandering Manyeleti River with views over extensive savanna grassland that teems with wildlife. 

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld.  Depart in an open Land Cruiser with experienced rangers and trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. Each game viewing vehicle seats 6 people only. After a delicious breakfast is served either at camp or in the bush, guest will have the opportunity to go on a bush walk. Accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker, bush walks offer guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures that often go unseen as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region, and to follow tracks in more detail. The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big game, on foot or on an open vehicle safari. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, whether it is to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds.

Nestled inconspicuously among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees lie 7 individually hand crafted suites sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy.  Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over the dry riverbed as well as the Sabi bushveld and its incredibly diverse bird and animal life from the en-suite bathroom and private viewing deck. Another feature of the deck, apart from the wonderful views, is a private plunge pool to soothe away hot summer afternoons and a private sala for daydreaming and resting in the heat of the day.

The Honeymoon Suite is positioned to afford guests utter privacy, and also offers an indoor lounge area in addition to a private plunge pool and daybed. There is also one superior Waterhole Suite, which has its own private lounge area offering extensive views of the waterhole.

Guests at Simbambili Game Lodge also can use the spa, offering the latest beauty treatments and the added novelty of massages with a view over the rolling plains.

Example Details For Simbambili Game Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected periods only)
Includes: Dawn and dusk shared safari game drives in open safari vehicles; bushveld walks; all meals, tea/coffee, snacks and local drinks; the Guest Contribution/Conservation Levy and the Tourism Bed levy fee are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included.

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

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

 
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Simbambili Game Lodge Location.

Address

Simbambili Game Lodge,Simbambili Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand (via Gowrie Gate)

Directions

From Hazyview: Take the R40 from Hazyview towards Bushbuckridge. Continue on this road for approximately 68 km from Hazyview (passing Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek), then turn right onto the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Bushbuckridge, and continue along this road for 2 km until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: 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/eMakhazeni 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 get to the Orpen Road/R531 on your left, then follow the directions as below once on the R531.

Directions once on the R531: Continue straight for 30 km. Once you have passed the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park via the Orpen Gate and travel along the R531 towards the R40. About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left. Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far). Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km.  Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.

ONCE AT THE GOWRIE GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R140 per person and a R310 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change and please note that the gate opens at 06:00 and closes at 19:00). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.

Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. 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.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please DO NOT follow your GPS 'quickest route' co-ordinates for the lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service the lodge. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or un-necessary delays of up to 3 hours.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, so you can check into your room and relax before your first afternoon game drive, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.

Rooms 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 16 years and older are welcome.

All suites have a private plunge pool, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, hair dryer, room safe, telephone, mosquito nets, indoor and outdoor showers, private sala, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini bar.

The lodge also has a curio shop, internet access, library, gym and health spa.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the lodge, including the suites. There is also mobile phone service.

A laundry services is available (additional cost).

All major credit cards are accepted at the lodge.

After breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

A Guest Conservation Contribution/Conservation Levy has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the airstrip.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

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

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Johannesburg

Day 4: Johannesburg

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel Location Map

Discover untold luxury and regal comfort. The 5* Peermont D'oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace is conveniently located next to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.

The Emperors Palace resort offers a unique experience with a magnificent casino, dining to suit every palate, a cinema complex, exhilarating entertainment and theatre venues, and a retail concourse. With palatial buildings set in a display of gardens, fountains and statues, the experience is breathtaking. Richly cloaked surroundings such as marble floors, plush carpets, magnificent stained glass domes, highly decorated murals and frescos, sculptures, intricate mosaics and Roman columns and arches contribute to an atmosphere of intimacy, classical elegance and lavish opulence.

At the hotel itself, guests can dine at the elegant Aurelia's Restaurant, meet or relax in private conclaves of the reception area, absorb the gentle strains of the piano in the Aurelia's Lounge and Cocktail Bar, or sip on a cocktail while watching the African sunset from a lounger or cocktail bar in the manicured and terraced gardens.

The luxurious world-class Octavi's Sensorium Day Spa will indulge you beyond your expectations. This magnificent facility resembles the eclectic style and ambience of Ancient Rome, while providing state of the art facilities including the magnificent Roman Bath.

The hotel features 182 elegant rooms and suites all lavishly furnished in superior style. All rooms incorporate air-conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and the convenience of 24-hour room service. For the discerning guest who seeks premier quality and elegance, the Club Superior Rooms are situated on the private Club Floor, which has a private lounge with complimentary refreshments and a Club Floor Services Manager who is willing to assist with a diverse bouquet of personalised services including early check in and late check out options, and 24 hour refreshment in rooms.

A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport for all guests is available.

Example Details For Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
 
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Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel Location.

Address

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel,64 Jones Road, Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Directions

From Johannesburg: Take the R24 towards the O.R. Tambo International Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left lane and: follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach Griffiths Road off-ramp, turn left at the top of: the bridge. At the T-junction, turn left into Jones Road. Entrance to Emperors Palace is on your left.

From Pretoria: Take the R21 towards the O.R. Tambo International Airport. At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left lane and: follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until you reach Griffiths Road off-ramp, turn left at the top of: the bridge. At the T-junction, turn left into Jones Road. Entrance to Emperors Palace is on your left.

From Sandton/Northern Areas: Take the N3 towards Germiston. At Giloolly’s Interchange, take the R24 towards the O.R. Tambo International Airport.: At the airport, the road splits - keep to the left lane and follow the R21 East Rand/Boksburg lane. Follow the road until: you reach Griffiths Road off-ramp, turn left at the top of the bridge. At the T-junction, turn left into Jones Road.: Entrance to Emperors Palace is on your left.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 15:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Hotel facilities include an art gallery, a cocktail bar and lounge, Aurelia's Restaurant, Octavia's Sensorium Day Spa, a swimming pool with pool bar, a 24 hour gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

The complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the airport terminals operates every 20 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 daily. The shuttle vans are black with the Emperors Palace logo on the sides and the drivers wear a black Emperors Palace Uniform. An early shuttle is also available (on request) at 30 minute intervals from 04:00 to 06:00; or if you request a shuttle between the hours of 23:00 and 04:00, please call the Transport Desk on +27 (0) 11 928 1762 or Reception on +27 (0) 11 928 1453.

To take the shuttle from Terminal A:

Exit the building and turn left. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn right across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.

To take the shuttle from Terminal B:

Exit the building and turn right. Walk along the driveway until the pedestrian crossing and turn left across the driveway into the opposite building with covered parking above. Do not take the escalators but walk past them until you get to the Luxliner Bus bookings cubicle. Turn right at Luxliner and exit the building onto the passageway next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Turn right again and follow the passageway to the shuttle terminus behind the InterContinental Hotel. Wait here for the Emperors Palace bus.

Constance Ephelia

Mahe

Days 5 - 9: Mahe

Constance Ephelia Location Map

Undoubtedly, Seychelles is rated as one of the most sought-after tropical destinations. This Indian Ocean archipelago is made up of 115 individual islands, of which Mahe is the largest.

Mahe offers a myriad of stunning beaches, lush tropical forests and complete tranquility, plus a plethora of activities to choose from if you want to be more active. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there is something for everyone here.

The island has an exceptional mix of African, European and even Asian influences. Local art, music and architecture are different from what you will find anywhere else in the world. The Creole cuisine is an explosion of different flavours just waiting to be tasted and enjoyed - the local food is one of the highlights of a stay here.

With year-round warm and balmy weather, Mahe is the perfect destination no matter when you plan to travel. The water of the Indian Ocean is perfect for swimming and for almost any water activity imaginable.

Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé, overlooking the marine National Park of Port Launay, Constance Ephelia enjoys a unique location set within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation.

The Indian Ocean offers excellent weather for outdoor activities and the endless options for sports and activities will please those who enjoy a more active break, including pedal boats, catamarans, windsurfing, kayaking, diving, tennis and squash, wall climbing, zip lining, and bicycle hire.

Feast on delicious dishes and cocktails while marvelling at the deep blue of the Indian Ocean with a private dinner on the beach or in one of the 5 restaurants. For a truly pampering moment, choose from a range of treatments at the Constance Spa while your kids are having their share of adventures and fun at the Constance Kids Club.

For your accommodation, you have a wide choice to find one that perfectly suits your needs - whether it is one of the Tropical Garden View Rooms, the magnificent Junior or Senior Suites, a Beach or Hillside Villa, or even the unique Presidential Villa. All suites and villas are spaciously designed and stylishly decorated with breathtaking views on either the luxuriant garden or partial view of the Indian Ocean.

Example Details For Constance Ephelia

Nights: 5 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Senior Suite (Early Booking 30% Discount offer applied)
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. The Early Booking 30% Discount (CEBB48) is applicable for stays of 3+ nights which are confirmed 45 days prior to arrival.
 
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Constance Ephelia Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be 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.

All Junior and Senior Suites have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, bathroom with bath tub, double vanity washbasins, separate shower, WC, hair-dryer, sitting area, complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TV, mac mini (iPod connection CD and DVD), telephone, mini-bar and safe.

The Villas comprise of an en-suite bathroom, private swimming pool or own pluge pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TV, mac mini (iPod connection CD and DVD), telephone, mini-bar, mini wine cellar with a selection of wine, a safe, pillow menu, and tea/coffee facilities.

In addition the Presidential Villa has its own gym, a private spa, private pool, deck and outdoor dining kiosk.

The Resort facilities include restaurants, bars, a spa (equipped with steam room, thermal pool, jacuzzi, still pool, Kneipp foot path, reflective pool, yoga pavillion, hair dressing salon, manicure and pedicure treatment room), swimming pools, departure lounge, helipad, boutiques, internet access, infirmary, laundry and pressing service, Kid Club (4-12 years) open 09:00 to 22:00.

Sporting activities included are fully equipped gym, tennis, squash court, bicycles, non-motorised watersports such as pedalos, catamarans, hobie cats, paddle boards, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaks.

Sporting activities (extra cost) include fishing, diving (PADI) with supplement, rental of tennis equipment as well as lessons, and yoga lessons on request.

While swimming trunks, beach wear, and shorts are acceptable during the daytime around the hotel, the hotel requires guests to dress appropriately for dinner in the restaurants - for men, this is long trousers, t-shirts with a collar or shirts and shoes; for ladies, this is smart casual wear, including trousers, skirts or dresses.

Guests booked in a Junior Suite are entitled to a breakfast buffet at the main restaurant Corossol. Guests book in Senior Suites and Villas are entitled to a breakfast buffet at the beach restaurant Seselwa.

Guests booked on Half Board/Full Board packages are entitled to dinner at Corossol (buffet), Helios (buffet or set menu), Seselwa (buffet or set menu), Adam & Eve (a la carte), Cyann (a la carte/set menu with a credit).

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