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TA I L O R - M A D E H O L I D AY S i n o u t s ta n d i n g l o c at i o n s SOUTH AFRICA: CAPE TOWN
THE GARDEN ROUTE
THE WINELANDS •
HERMANUS AND THE OVERBERG COAST
EASTERN CAPE GAME RESERVES
THE ZULU AND BOER WAR BATTLEFIELDS
BOTSWANA: THE OKAVANGO DELTA NAMIBIA: SOSSUSVLEI
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK •
CHOBE & SAVUTE
zAMBIA: VICTORIA FALLS
SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH KIRKER
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
THE GARDEN ROUTE
SAFARI SOUTH AFRICA
Kruger National Park
Eastern Cape Game Reserves
Maputuland – ‘The Elephant Coast’
VICTORIA FALLS & ZAMBIA
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Southern Africa should feature at the top of every discerning traveller’s wish list. For those who enjoy outstanding hospitality combined with spectacular scenery, there isn’t a more civilised holiday destination – and we have now secured a number of excellent added-value hotel offers, please call us for an immediate quotation. Overall, for those who seek warm winter sunshine this region is the perfect destination and is a particular favourite amongst those who wish to celebrate a special occasion in style and is very well suited for families who plan to introduce children to African wildlife as part of a relaxed tailor-made itinerary. Our team of Southern Africa experts has many years of experience, creating itineraries including just the right balance of stylish boutique hotels in Cape Town, combined with a visit to one of our recommended countryside properties in the Winelands and perhaps a few nights on the Garden Route, followed by a game park to experience some of Africa’s wildlife from the comfort of a luxurious game lodge. If you are planning a special birthday or anniversary holiday, we can highly recommend including a few days on the luxurious Rovos Rail or Blue Train – there is no better way to travel through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.We also recommend a few days visiting the Zulu and Boer War battlefields in the company of an expert local guide. Whilst South Africa itself boasts some of the finest hotels, more adventurous clients will relish the opportunity to travel to neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Each is a fabulous destination in its own right but can also be combined easily with a South Africa holiday to make a mouth-watering tailor-made itinerary. Botswana offers spectacular game viewing experiences on the Okavango Delta and in Chobe National Park plus Zambia is home to some of the world’s last true wilderness areas and outstanding safari experiences.The game parks of the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa will give you the chance to experience the ‘real Africa’ – remote, rugged and on a vast scale. Whether you wish to view the ‘Big Five’ whilst you relax in your private plunge pool high above the bush, float over the Okavango in a dugout canoe, hear moving stories of the Zulu Wars, sample delicious wines in Stellenbosch, fabulous food and stunning scenery in the Drakensberg Mountains, or relax on a pristine Mauritian beach with the sand between your toes, we would be delighted to share our experiences with you and help you plan your perfect holiday. Simply telephone 020 7593 2289 and speak to one of our experts to discuss your requirements. We are an independent tour operator with a passion for travel and look forward to hearing from you.
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SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH KIRKER BOTSWANA The Okavango Delta floods between July and October as a result of the rains in the Angolan Highlands, hundreds of miles to the north. The climate in Botswana itself is subtropical. The cooler period is from May to August which overlaps with the floods, making it the best season for tourists visiting the delta. The Chobe National Park is recommended all year round.
MAURITIUS This beautiful tropical island has warm weather all year round and offers some of the world’s most beautiful beach hotels. Different parts of the island have their own micro climates so the weather can be variable. The island is in a cyclone belt that sometimes brings rain during the period from November to March but you should feel the benefits of the sun every day of the year.
WHERE AND WHEN TO VISIT
We strongly recommend that you pick up the telephone and take advantage of our expertise so that you make the most of the time you have available for your visit. Here are some thoughts which might help you decide where and when to go. THE WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA The height of the summer from December to March is the most popular for tourism, however, there are good reasons to visit at other times. April, May and early June offer pleasantly mild temperatures – and fewer people – whilst the spring months of October and November are when much of the country’s flora is in full bloom. The Overberg should be included in any itinerary if you are travelling between July and November. This is when the Southern Right Whales converge on the warmer waters around Hermanus and Walker Bay – a spectacular natural wonder that is worth the journey alone. We recommend at least three nights in Cape Town, however, a week long holiday using the city as a base to discover some of the surrounding scenery including the Winelands is also recommended. The Garden Route is an excellent addition at any time of the year. September to April are the warmer months, although even in May and June the weather can be very pleasant and the Indian Ocean waters are warm enough to swim in throughout the year.
KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA There are few places in the world with such diversity as KwaZulu Natal, and again, depending on your particular interests, should be considered at any time of the year. So much is on offer from beach holidays at Thonga or The Oyster Box, walking in the Drakensberg Mountains, safari at Thanda and the famous battlefield tours of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. The battlefields cannot be covered in less than two days.
SAFARI, SOUTH AFRICA The Kruger is best from April to December. Although there is no rainy season as such, there will be more rainfall from January to March and travelling later in the year (September to December) means that there is less foliage in the bush, and sightings should be better. The South African winter, although quite cold in the evenings, is also an excellent time as the animals are more active than in the heat of the summer. Winter temperatures during the day will warm up to a pleasant 18 – 20 degrees centigrade. Malaria-free safari in the Port Elizabeth area is becoming increasingly popular and is excellent all year round. Although there are fewer animals, the reserves are also smaller so sightings are common.
Namibia offers discerning travellers a unique holiday experience that can be enjoyed all year round. It is a vast country of contrasting landscapes, abundant wildlife and a scenic beauty that will have you constantly reaching for your camera. Highlights include the Etosha National Park, the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the eerie Skeleton Coast and the monumental sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Namibia can be discovered on an independent fly-drive holiday or, alternatively, by light aircraft in the company of an expert local guide. Temperatures can be high, especially from September to April but the heat is dry so the country is virtually free from tropical diseases.You can fly direct from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Maun in Botswana.
ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS A trip to Africa is really not complete without a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls.You can fly directly to Livingstone from Johannesburg, and flights connect from Durban, Cape Town and the safari area of Kruger National Park. The Zambezi basin, above the Falls, experiences a rainy season from late November to early April and it is during this time when the Falls are at their most dramatic. Zambia’s rugged wilderness offers exceptional safari experiences, especially during the dry months from April to November and we feature lodges and camps in Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks. Flights are with British Airways direct to Lusaka and there are plenty of flight connections to Livingstone and to various points in South Africa.
SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH KIRKER Kirker Hotels & Lodges
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Whether you prefer a family-run guest house or one of the finest luxury hotels, the quality of accommodation in Southern Africa is exceptional. We do not ask any of the hotels for a financial contribution and are therefore able to provide a balanced and unbiased view of each property. Please visit our website www.kirkerholidays.com where you will find a number of photographs for each property. However, for the best advice please call and speak to one of our team who would be delighted to share their experiences of the hotels and destinations with you. The following icons are used throughout the brochure to help you choose the hotel that best suits your personal requirements:
As a member of ABTA and AITO we conform fully to government legislation regarding the protection of clients’ money. In addition, in the event that your holiday is adversely affected by something beyond our control, we shall always endeavour to advise you in advance and take the appropriate action to minimise any disruption to your holiday. We take full responsibility for every element of your holiday and provide you with a telephone number to contact us 24 hours a day in the event of a problem.
Spas are increasingly popular and a great way to relax and unwind whilst away on holiday and a number of our recommended hotels offer exceptional spa facilities. The green icon indicates that the hotel has its own golf course, or a recommended course nearby.
KIRKER TRANSFERS – MEET & GREET SERVICE All our holidays to any of the destinations in our programme can include a private car with a driver, whether it is for a transfer from an airport to a city centre hotel, or a longer journey linking two different regions. For arrivals in Cape Town, you will be met in the arrivals hall by a licensed and knowledgeable guide who will run through your itinerary in detail and answer any questions before transferring you to your hotel. If you are flying into or transferring through Johannesburg, you will be met airside and escorted either to your connecting flight or to your guide who will transfer you on to your hotel. Hire cars can be added to any itinerary if preferred.
uthando south africa The price of every Kirker holiday to South Africa includes a sum of 100 rand per person (approximately £10) which is donated to the charity, Uthando South Africa. Uthando supports a broad range of local, community based charitable projects and activities that are dedicated to improving conditions of poverty, hunger, homelessness and unemployment as well as the environment. Examples include orphanage programmes, homes for the elderly, supporting children with special educational needs and planting indigenous trees in the townships. All projects are open to the public and excursions can be arranged if you would like to see the funds at work. Uthando is registered as a section 21 in South Africa, which means it is subject to strict audits. It delivers directly to the people in need, is efficient and organized so wastage of funds is minimal and is nationwide so spreads funding equitably. If you would like to learn more about Uthando, please visit their website www.uthandosa.org
CAPE TOWN Cape Town’s unique setting, between two oceans with its breathtaking backdrop of Table Mountain, is incomparable and it is without doubt one of the world’s most beautiful and vibrant cities.We offer hotels in each of the city’s four distinct areas – the city centre, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Victoria & Alfred waterfront and the Central Peninsula.We would be very happy to discuss with you the relative merits of each and recommend staying in more than one hotel; a stay on the Waterfront followed by a few days in a manor house in Constantia, for example, would make an excellent combination.
VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT The historic docklands, which have been revitalised over the last 20 years, are now very popular with visitors who come to experience Cape Town’s vibrant atmosphere and excellent shopping.The setting is wonderful with views up to Table Mountain or out to Robben Island; in addition there are two world class attractions, the Maritime Museum and the Two Oceans Aquarium.
The 12 Apostles
ATLANTIC SEABOARD This dramatic coastline stretches from the elegant suburbs of Sea Point and Bantry Bay to the wilds of Cape Point.The coastal road passes through colourful towns, each offering superb seafood and white, sandy beaches.The rock formations of the Twelve Apostles dominate the landscape and the drive south past Chapman’s Peak and the Cape Peninsula National Park is truly breathtaking.
A member of ‘Leading Small Hotels of the World’, the Cape Grace is located on its own private quay in the heart of the Waterfront development. This is one of Africa’s best loved hotels and has been steadily collecting awards since it opened in 1996 – it has been voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by Conde Nast Traveller. There are 120 bedrooms, all exquisitely furnished, with French doors that open onto views of the working harbour or the yacht marina. The ‘Bascule’ whisky bar and wine cellar offer over 400 whiskies from around the world and some of the Cape’s finest wines in a wonderful waterfront setting. The hotel’s ‘Signal’ restaurant is one of the city’s finest and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner either in the main lounge, the conservatory, or on the pool deck which has delightful views of Signal Hill. There is a library where afternoon tea is served, a heated outdoor swimming pool and an African-influenced spa on the top floor which is exclusive to hotel guests. The hotel has the ambience of a small, luxurious, family-run property and the attentive staff take great pride in offering guests outstanding service and warm hospitality. Highly recommended. Prices from £198 per person, per night (winter) £224 (summer), including breakfast.
SPECIAL OFFER all year except 20 December – 5 January: 4 nights for the price of 3.
SPECIAL OFFER all year except New Year, February and Easter: 4 nights for the price of 3.
Radisson Blu Located right on the water’s edge, overlooking its own private marina and Robben Island, this fine, modern hotel is ideally placed for exploring the Waterfront and for enjoying a round at the scenic Metropolitan Golf Club (specially reduced green fees for hotel guests).All 177 bedrooms have been recently renovated. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and terrace, a beautiful ‘infinity’ swimming pool and a wellness centre offering a full range of treatments. Price based on superior rooms with sea view. Prices from £126 per person, per night (winter) £189 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER (All year): 4 nights for the price of 3.
It is hard to imagine a hotel with a more spectacular or dramatic location than the 12 Apostles. Given its name by the distinctive, towering rock formations that dominate this splendid coastline, the hotel nestles in a marine nature reserve above the road that links Camps Bay with Llandudno and Hout Bay. It is decorated in an imaginative, contemporary style with much emphasis on bold African prints and natural light – it is wonderfully relaxing and is one of Cape Town’s most popular luxury hotels. The Waterfront is 15 minutes away using the hotel’s complimentary car transfer service. However, if you choose to spend your day in the hotel there is plenty to occupy your time from going on a picnic on the mountain trails, lounging by the two beautiful outdoor swimming pools or having a restorative treatment in the magnificent Spa with its indoor hydro pool. The ‘Azure’ gastronomic restaurant has a terrace overlooking the ocean; lighter meals are available 24 hours a day from the café. The 70 bedrooms face either the sea or the mountainside and all are exquisitely furnished. Prices from £163 per person, per night (winter) £198 (summer), including breakfast.
CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE In the shadow of Table Mountain sits Cape Town’s historical centre. Stately 18th and 19th Century architecture contrasts with striking modern structures, all linked by grand boulevards. Leave the main streets and you will find atmospheric squares filled with art galleries and tempting boutiques, or experience one of the numerous food and craft markets.
The magnificent Mount Nelson is one of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious hotels. Opened in 1899, just prior to the Boer War and a favourite over the years of luminaries such as Lord Kitchener and Winston Churchill, this distinctive pale pink landmark nestles at the foot of Table Mountain and is set in nine acres of lush, landscaped gardens. The 201 bedrooms are beautifully furnished and there are two restaurants, two heated outdoor swimming pools, two tennis courts, a gym and a beauty centre. The city centre is a 20 minute walk away and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Table Mountain Cableway are both within easy reach. A stay at the ‘Nellie’ is a wonderfully relaxing and civilized experience. Prices from £148 per person, per night (winter) £214 (summer), including breakfast.
CEDARBERG MOUNTAINS For a true wilderness experience, we can highly recommend a visit to the Cedarberg Mountains, a mass of red sandstone that has been weathered and eroded over the centuries to form a dramatic, craggy skyline.The land is home to the country’s best preserved rock art sites as well as a rich variety of flora and fauna.The Cedarbergs are a three hour drive north from Cape Town and we can provide private transfers if you prefer not to hire a car.
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Ideally located just off Kloof Street, the Cape Cadogan is a perfect base for those wanting an elegant home-from-home atmosphere within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of central Cape Town. Housed in a stately 19th Century building (declared a National Monument in 1984) the main hotel consists of 12 rooms which are beautifully decorated using light colours and a mixture of contemporary and antique furniture. There is a relaxing library, a comfortable lounge and a small garden and swimming pool. The hotel also owns a number of very stylish serviced apartments on a neighbouring street, which offer spacious accommodation suitable for longer stays. The hotel offers excellent value for money, especially when combined with its sister property Lion Sands in the Sabi Sands. Prices from £64 per person, per night (winter) £94 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER: Stay 3 nights at Lion Sands (see page 14) and receive 2 complimentary nights at Cape Cadogan. Offer valid all year. Call us for a tailor-made quotation. SPECIAL OFFER to 31 August 2013: 4 nights for the price of 3.
private transfers or car hire All our holidays to Cape Town include private car transfers to your hotel on arrival and back to the airport on departure. If you plan to spend a few days in the city before extending your holiday to include a stay in the countryside, we can arrange for a hire car to be delivered to your Cape Town hotel. Of course, if you have any concerns about hiring a car, all our holidays to any of the destinations in our programme can include a private car with a driver.
Deluxe Wilderness Retreat
Situated between the mountains and the vast plains of the Great Karoo, Bushman’s Kloof is a wonderful wilderness reserve. There are daily nature drives that explore the environment which is home to 130 rock art sites and a plentiful collection of game including mountain zebra, wildebeest and hyena and a wide array of birdlife including eagles, harriers and kingfishers. You may also spot wolves, wildcats and porcupine. The scenic beauty of the area is encapsulated in the reserve where you will find cool and refreshing waterfalls, rivers and crystal clear pools, all flanked by dramatic rock formations. We highly recommend a visit between July and October when the veld comes alive with a carpet of spring flowers. The food is superb (Bushman’s is a member of Relais & Chateaux) and you can choose a traditional braai (barbecue) under the stars or a fine dining experience. There are just 16 exquisite bedrooms, each with a private patio. You can choose to relax by one of the three swimming pools or in the excellent spa, or enjoy one of the many activities that can be arranged including hiking, cycling, canoeing and fishing. Prices from £186 per person, per night (winter) £298 (summer), including all meals and activities. SPECIAL OFFER all year except 20 December – 5 January: 4 nights for the price of 3. SPECIAL OFFER stay 3 nights at Bushman’s Kloof and receive 1 complimentary night at Oyster Box (see page 16) or 12 Apostles (see page 6). Offer valid all year – call us for a tailor-made quotation. Driving Times Cape Town - Stellenbosch Cape Town - Franschhoek Cape Town - Paarl Cape Town - Kleinmond Cape Town - Hermanus Cape Town - Arniston Franschhoek - Hermanus Franschhoek - Arniston Franschhoek - Stellenbosch Paarl - Stellenbosch Cape Town - Bushman’s Kloof
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CAPE TOWN CENTRAL PENINSULA This affluent part of Cape Town is a more peaceful parkland alternative to the vibrant atmosphere of the centre, yet is only 15 minutes by taxi from the heart of the city.There are excellent sporting venues and elegant designer shops offering outstanding value in Newlands and Rosebank, with wine-tasting and alfresco dining in the enchanting Constantia hills. It is here that you will find the remarkable Kirstenbosch Gardens.
In the heart of the Constantia valley and set in nine acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds, this is one of the great country house hotels of the Cape. A member of Relais & Chateaux, it combines the restored 18th Century cellars of the Klassenbosch wine estate with the magnificent Hohenort manor house. The gardens are recognised as some of the finest of any hotel and are filled with fascinating indigenous plants, ancient trees and tranquil corners to relax and recuperate. Most of the 49 bedrooms overlook these gardens, as do the hotel’s three world class restaurants, the ‘Greenhouse’, ‘The Conservatory’ and the ‘Cape Malay’. Within the grounds there are two outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court and a pitch and putt golf course designed by Gary Player. The hotel is close to the fabulous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (complimentary entrance tickets for Kirker clients) and the city centre is no more than a 15 minute drive away. Prices from £116 per person, per night (winter) £186 (summer), including breakfast.
This is the quintessential Cape Dutch house. Built in 1799 as the private home of Lady Anne Barnard, The Vineyard sits in six acres of delightful landscaped gardens on the banks of the Liesbeeck River in the leafy suburban district of Newlands. Famous for its warm hospitality and personal service, it is a hotel that clients return to year after year to experience the magical view from the breakfast terrace across the outstanding gardens to the slopes of Table Mountain. Decorated with wonderful antiques and ceramic murals, there are 207 recently renovated bedrooms and some excellent facilities including a large outdoor swimming pool, a health and fitness centre with a heated indoor pool and a wonderful spa. Breakfast and sushi are served in ‘The Square’ restaurant and delicious gastronomic dishes can be enjoyed in the ‘Myoga’ restaurant with its wonderful mountain views. Befitting the hotel’s name, regular wine-tasting evenings are held in the lounge showcasing local produce and The Vineyard’s own crop. Prices from £79 per person, per night (winter) £96 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER to 30 September 2013: 3 nights for the price of 2 in standard rooms; 2 nights for the price of 1 in deluxe rooms.
SPECIAL OFFER: 3 nights for the price of 2, valid for departures to 30 June 2014 (except 20 December – 15 January, 1 – 28 February). During the same period, 7 nights for the price of 5 is offered for any combination with Marine (see page 9) and The Plettenberg (see page 12).
Located in the Constantia Valley at the foot of the mountains, which give the hotel its name, Steenberg is the Cape’s oldest farm. Dating from 1682, the buildings have been painstakingly restored and have been declared a National Heritage Site Monument. Many of the 24 rooms and suites are decorated with beautiful antiques; while the premier rooms are modern and spacious with private patios. Enjoy contemporary South African cuisine which is served in Chef Garth Almazon’s award-winning restaurant, Catharina’s, or trendy bistro fare winery restaurant ‘Sixteen 82’ and a taste of the awardwinning wines at the Steenburg Winery that includes a selection from the estate’s 62 hectare vineyard. The new bar is the perfect place to start an evening watching the sun set behind the hills with a glass of bubbly. A picturesque 18 hole golf course surrounds the hotel and there are two swimming pools (one heated in winter as part of the heritage suites) and a spa. The serenity of Steenberg and the Constantia Valley makes for an ideal alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city centre which is only 20 minutes’ drive away. Prices from £91 per person, per night (winter) £146 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER: 4 nights for the price of 3, valid to 30 September 2013 and 1 April – 31 October 2014; 3 nights for the price of 2 in Heritage Suites only, valid for departures from 1 June – 30 November 2013.
THE OVERBERG This magnificent coastline stretches from the lagoons at Kleinmond, past the craggy coastline of Hermanus to the fishing village of Arniston. From July to November, Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks converge on the coastal waters to mate and calve in what is one of the world’s great natural exhibitions.The indigenous flora forms a spectacular tapestry of wild flowers that make the fynbos landscape world famous. Hermanus is located 75 miles from Cape Town, and the area would make an excellent combination with a city centre hotel, or as part of a tailor-made itinerary including the Garden Route and the game reserves of the Eastern Cape. Please call us to discuss your requirements. include locally caught fish. The majority of activities are included (see below) but for an extra charge, scenic flights, beach rides, shark diving and boat whale watching can be arranged. Prices from £198 per person, per night (winter) £348 (summer), to include all meals as well as a number of guided tours of the reserve, horse riding, beach walks, 4x4 drives and whale watching from the shore (from July to December) accompanied by expert guides, botanists and conservationists.
Ocean Eleven, Hermanus
The most striking landmark in Hermanus, the Marine, dates from 1902 and is located on the seafront at the end of the main street. The 42 bedrooms are beautifully decorated with period furniture and many have wonderful sea or mountain views. There are two restaurants; ‘The Pavilion’ serves dishes with Mediterranean and Eastern influences and the ‘Seafood at The Marine’ has an informal atmosphere with a stylish ‘theatre kitchen’. Whatever the season there is always somewhere to relax and unwind whether it be afternoon tea in ‘The Sun Lounge’, a book by the fire in the reading room, a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or a restorative treatment in the spa. Prices from £116 per person, per night (winter) £186 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER all year except 1 – 30 September, 20 December – 14 January: 3 nights for the price of 2. During the same period, 7 nights for the price of 5 is offered for any combination with Cellars-Hohenort (see page 8) and The Plettenberg (see page 12).
Grootbos, Gans Bay
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Internationally acclaimed for its pioneering work in conservation and environmental research, Grootbos is a stunning eco-friendly development that occupies a 3,000 acre site, overlooking the coastal dunes of Walker Bay, ten minutes drive from Gans Bay. It is a nature lover’s paradise made up of fynbos bush vegetation and Milkwood forests and offers guests a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of the Cape’s beautiful flora and fascinating coastal and marine life. The reserve has over 1,000 species of wild flowers as well as a host of animals such as porcupine, bush buck and lynx. Accommodation is either in the original Garden Lodge, which consists of 11 private stone and wood cottages or the slightly more contemporary Forest Lodge which has 16 free-standing suites. Both lodges offer the most stunning views of Walker Bay and have very spacious public areas as well as large wooden decks with swimming pools. Food is a major element of the Grootbos experience and the five course dinners usually
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Owned and run by Simone and Werner Heunis, Ocean Eleven opened in early 2004 after the careful restoration of this Cape Cod style house. It has been beautifully decorated and has a wonderful Colonial feel, accentuated by high ceilings, teak floors and tall windows. There are just 10 bedrooms, all furnished in an elegant, contemporary way with original works by local artist Leon Muller. The attractive lounge and all the rooms have panoramic views of Walker Bay. There is a terrace and a small outdoor swimming pool and the restaurants, markets and boutiques of Hermanus are just ten minutes walk away. Prices from £118 per person, per night.
Arniston Hotel, Arniston The perfectly preserved, 200 year old fishing village of Arniston, on the beautiful Overberg coast, is a two hour drive from Cape Town. It is surrounded by giant sand dunes and nature reserves and has pristine white, sandy beaches. The hotel has 31 bedrooms, all decorated with a nautical theme with half of them overlooking the sea. The restaurant’s trademark is the freshest of seafood accompanied by some excellent local wines. There is a small heated outdoor swimming pool and the warm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean make for some excellent snorkelling. We especially recommend stays during the week when the old fishing boats go about their business and the beaches are quiet. Prices from £48 per person, per night (winter) £72 (summer), including breakfast.
Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn is a good place to break your journey if you are driving between Cape Town and Plettenburg. It is situated 30 miles north of George in the Klein Karoo. Rosenhof is a beautifully restored homestead dating from 1852 and is on the outskirts of town on the road to the Ostrich farms and the spectacular Cango Caves. The hotel has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and plenty of space to relax after a long drive – there is a cosy pub and several lounges with fireplaces. Facilities include a small spa and a swimming pool situated in the manicured rose gardens. There is an excellent restaurant and 12 comfortable bedrooms including two suites that have their own private pools. Prices from £98 per person, per night (winter) £138 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER: 3 nights for the price of 2 to 30 September; 4 nights for the price of 3 from 1 October – 14 April 2014.
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WINELANDS Distinctive Cape Dutch manor houses against a beautiful backdrop of mountains – this is the established home to South Africa’s most important vineyards. Although it is possible to make a day trip from Cape Town, to do so would miss out on an opportunity to stay in one of the stylish hotels where you can enjoy outstanding hospitality and soak up the atmosphere of this unique region. The university town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest in South Africa and has established a reputation as a respected academic institution. It is a good starting point for those wishing to explore the local wine-tasting routes around Franschhoek and Paarl.There are many excellent hotels offering outstanding service and high standards of comfort; please don’t hesitate to telephone us to ask for advice on how to make the most of your holiday in this wonderful part of the world. Oude Werf, Stellenbosch The sister hotel of The Vineyard in Cape Town, Oude Werf is in the heart of historic Stellenbosch. There has been a hotel on the site since 1802 and the gastronomic restaurant takes the year as its name. The sister hotel of The Vineyard in Cape Town, Oude Werf was renovated and expanded in 2011. Its 49 rooms combine contemporary luxury with the classic Georgian style. The new wing is set around an outdoor swimming pool. Prices from £54 per person, per night (winter) £73 (summer). SPECIAL OFFER 1 May – 31 August: 3 nights for the price of 2 OR 2 nights for the price of 1 in deluxe rooms.
Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek Deluxe
This hotel offers a perfect holiday experience by combining three wonderful ingredients; an impressive setting in the hills above Franschhoek, superb cuisine and extensive vineyards and gardens that give it a true sense of peace and tranquillity. The food at Mont Rochelle attracts visitors from far and wide; there is a superb gourmet restaurant with a large terrace, lighter meals are served in the ‘Cigar Bar’ whilst the ‘Vineyard’ centre serves alfresco dishes and picnics can be arranged within the estate. There is a lovely outdoor pool, a wellness centre and an equestrian centre. All 16 bedrooms and six suites are light and spacious and most have excellent views. The centre of Franschhoek is only a short drive away. Prices from £108 per person, per night (winter) £158 (summer), including breakfast.
This exquisite Auberge, reminiscent of an elegant Provençale villa, is a member of Relais & Chateaux and is located on the main street of historic Franschhoek. It has a warm and welcoming ambience with just 17 bedrooms and a private library that all overlook the attractive gardens and swimming pool. The restaurant where award-winning chef, Margot Janse, creates some wonderful dishes, is superb and opens out on to an attractive terrace. The atmospheric bar serves lighter meals throughout the day and has a summer terrace on the street where guests can relax and watch the world go by. The hotel also has four spectacular suites built around a private pool. Hotel closed 17 June – 12 July 2013. Prices from £136 per person, per night (winter) £178 (summer), including breakfast.
WESTERN CAPE, GARDEN ROUTE AND EASTERN CAPE SAFARI This 12 night itinerary will allow you to enjoy the delights of the Western Cape, experience the spectacular beaches of the Garden Route and view the ‘Big Five’ in their natural surroundings.You will spend the first six nights in the Western Cape, dividing your time between Cape Town and Stellenbosch followed by the drive east to the Garden Route. From there the ‘Big Five’ game reserves of the Eastern Cape are within a scenic 4 hour drive. • South African Airways overnight flight from Heathrow to Cape Town • VIP meet and greet at Cape Town and private car transfer to hotel • Four nights at Cape Cadogan, Cape Town • Hire car delivered to your hotel • Two nights at Oude Werf, Stellenbosch • Four nights at The St. James, Knysna • Two nights at Amakhala Game Reserve – full board with game drives included • Overnight flight from Port Elizabeth to London Heathrow (via Johannesburg) Prices from £2,480 per person (winter) £2,970 (summer).
Le Quartier Francais Driving Times Cape Town - Stellenbosch Cape Town - Franschhoek Cape Town - Paarl Cape Town - Kleinmond Cape Town - Hermanus Cape Town - Arniston Franschhoek - Hermanus Franschhoek - Arniston Franschhoek - Stellenbosch Paarl - Stellenbosch
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WINELANDS The Last Word Franschhoek (a deluxe boutique hotel) Situated in the heart of Franschhoek village, this attractive boutique hotel is a restored Cape Huguenot townhouse with just six bedrooms (three superior rooms with private patios and three suites; two of which have private pools). One of the highlights of staying at The Franschhoek is the warm and friendly atmosphere within the hotel, the hands-on manager, Conrad Flatlow and his team immediately make guests feel at home with their attention to detail as well as their sound advice that ensures guests get the very most out of their time in the Winelands. There is a small pool in the central courtyard were guests can sit and enjoy a drink from the complimentary mini-bar, a comfortable lounge with a log fire for winter and a roof terrace with fantastic views of the valley – the perfect spot for sundowners. Prices from £139 per person, per night (winter) £190 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER: 3 nights for the price of 2 until 31 December 2013, 1 April – 20 December 2014.
Grande Roche, Paarl
Sited on the slopes of the lush Paarl Valley, Grande Roche is a gracious, restored 18th Century estate on a working wine farm. The original manor house is one of the most perfect in the Winelands; it dates from 1707 and was awarded National Monument status in 1993, the year that the hotel opened. It is home to the multi award-winning ‘Bosman’s’, one of the only restaurants in South Africa to have been honoured with Relais Gourmand status. There are 35 bedrooms including some elegant suites housed in the grounds, all except two have thatched. There are two heated swimming pools, two tennis courts, a gym and sauna, and in addition, the hotel has links with Paarl Golf Club which is five minutes drive away. Hotel closed May, June and July. Prices from £94 per person, per night (winter) £134 (summer), including breakfast.
The Last Word Franschloek
THE LITTLE KAROO Also known as the Klein Karoo, this is the long valley stretching across the Western Cape bordered by the Swartberg and Langeberg Mountains.The undulating semi-arid landscape is home to dramatic rock formations and a rich bio-diversity of fauna and flora.The wilderness is dotted with little hamlets and towns like Ladysmith and Van Wyksdorp plus some good wines are produced along the more fertile river banks.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Only a three and a half hour drive from Cape Town, Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest private wildlife reserves and covers 54,000 hectares. Sanbona is also home to the only free-roaming pride of white lions in the world and the highly endangered Riverine rabbit. It also has seven recorded sites of San rock art dating back more than 3,500 years. Although Sanbona has the ‘Big Five’, the arid nature and sheer scale of the reserve makes sightings more intermittent than common. Sanbona has three lodges to choose from; Tilney Manor, Dwyka Lodge (luxury tented accommodation) and Gondwana Lodge for families. Sanbona is a great option for those wanting a safari within driving distance from Cape Town or makes a perfect stop for those taking the route 62 to the Garden Route. Prices from £398 per person, per night (winter) £428 (summer), including all meals and activities.
SUGGESTED ITINERARY: THE WESTERN CAPE A week in the Western Cape with its wonderful climate, blossoming flowers and beautiful landscapes is the perfect cure for the winter blues. We recommend a seven night itinerary starting with three nights in Cape Town. Follow this with two nights in Hermanus to experience wonderful hospitality and breathtaking scenery then take the scenic coastal road back towards Cape Town and spend your last two nights relaxing and enjoying delicious food and wine in the delightful countryside of the Cape Winelands. • South African Airways overnight flight from Heathrow to Cape Town • VIP meet and greet at Cape Town and private car transfer to hotel • Three nights at Cape Cadogan • Hire car delivered to your hotel • Two nights at Ocean Eleven in a seaview room • Two nights at Oude Werf • Overnight flight back to London Heathrow Prices from £1,870 per person (winter) £1,965 (summer).
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THE GARDEN ROUTE This spectacular drive along South Africa’s south western coastline stretches from Heidelberg in the west for 200 miles towards Storms River in the east and is one of the most beautiful in the world. Countless spectacular beaches, nature reserves, indigenous forests and peaceful lagoons are flanked by the calm waters of the Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges. Our hotels are all close to the charming town of Knysna with its magical lagoon and to the wondrous beaches of Plettenberg Bay.The drive from Cape Town to the heart of The Garden Route is approximately five hours, however, we can fly you to George if you prefer, which is just one hour from Knysna. The St. James, Knysna
Hunter’s Country House, Plettenberg Bay
This exceptional, privately-owned hotel sits in three acres of manicured gardens on the waters edge, looking out over the peaceful lagoon to the dramatic Knysna Heads. The St. James is beautifully decorated in an elegant, country house style, and has just 15 delightful bedrooms located in three buildings, each with its own outdoor swimming pool. The gardens are perfect for relaxation, a game of croquet, a spot of fishing or even waterskiing from the private jetty. The hotel has its own boat for sightseeing cruises and also a number of canoes, perfect for exploring the lagoon’s wonderful eco-system. The main manor is home to an attractive lounge with a mezzanine level, a bar and a delightful and elegant dining room. Prices from £49 per person, per night (winter) £106 (summer), including breakfast.
This privately-owned country house is located seven miles west of Plettenberg Bay and is set in wonderful gardens surrounded by indigenous forests, framed by the mountains of Tsitsikamma. The original house has been beautifully restored and is filled with antiques and period furniture, as are the 23 thatched cottages which make up the guest accommodation. Each of the dwellings has an open fireplace and a large patio overlooking the gardens. The main house has sumptuous lounges, a library, a sunny conservatory and three intimate dining rooms where delicious dishes and some wonderful wines are served by candlelight.You may choose to relax by the swimming pool or visit the numerous places of interest that are within easy reach. A member of Relais & Chateaux, Hunter’s is wonderfully gracious and welcoming. Prices from £78 per person, per night (winter) £132 (summer), including breakfast.
Hog Hollow, Plettenberg Bay
This famous hotel is built on a rocky headland overlooking the Robberg Nature Reserve and the miles of golden sand of Plettenberg’s two longest beaches. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, ‘Sand’, has a large terrace overlooking the ocean and serves light lunches and delicious dinners with emphasis on the freshest of seafood and local produce. The 37 bedrooms are decorated with period furniture and many have balconies with sea views. There are two ‘infinity’ swimming pools and the excellent Spa. The Plettenberg is a stylish hotel and an excellent place to relax and unwind – its unique location offers outstanding ocean views and, from July to November, guests can watch migrating Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks as well as dolphins, seals and an abundance of birdlife. Prices from £116 per person, per night (winter) £186 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER: 3 nights for the price of 2 all year except 20 December – 28 February. During the same period, 7 nights for the price of 5 is offered for any combination with Cellars-Hohenort (see page 8) and Marine (se page 9).
Lying 15 miles to the east of Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow is a private nature reserve blessed with a stunning position. It sits on the edge of a forest overlooking the Matjies River Gorge and has breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Andy and Debbie Fermor have assembled a loyal team dedicated to maintaining a harmonious atmosphere, and as a result, Hog Hollow has a well-deserved reputation as one of the Garden Route’s friendliest places to stay. At the centre of the main house is the large dining room where guests plan their daily activities over breakfast and enjoy candlelit dinners around the communal table. Outside you will find the boma where nightly fires are lit and the beautiful swimming pool. Prices from £82 per person, per night (winter) £120 (summer), including breakfast.
The St. James
The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay
SPECIAL OFFER: 3 nights for the price of 2 until 31 August 2013. Driving Times Cape Town - Stellenbosch Cape Town - Franschhoek Cape Town - Paarl Cape Town - Kleinmond Cape Town - Hermanus Cape Town - Arniston Franschhoek - Hermanus Franschhoek - Arniston Franschhoek - Stellenbosch Paarl - Stellenbosch
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LUXURY RAIL South Africa is blessed with outstanding natural beauty and the most comfortable way to discover the scenery is aboard the Blue Train or on Rovos Rail – two sumptuous trains that traverse the country.The most popular route for both trains is the journey between Pretoria and Cape Town, travelling through the grasslands of the Highveld, the expansive Great Karoo and the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Rovos Rail
THE BLUE TRAIN
Unquestionably, Rovos Rail is among the world’s most luxurious trains and has been operating for 25 years. It has built up a fantastic reputation for capturing the romance and atmosphere of a bygone age. The wood-panelled coaches have been beautifully restored and there are a total of just 36 bedrooms so the atmosphere is intimate and discreet. We recommend Deluxe Suites which have twin or double beds, a small lounge area and a bathroom with shower. Wonderful cuisine is served in the restaurant car and prices include three superb meals a day with drinks. There is a lounge car in the middle of the train and an observation car at the rear with large windows and open-air balconies. Please call us for scheduled departure information and a tailor-made quotation.
In operation since 1946, The Blue Train combines the quality and service of a five star hotel, with wonderful opportunities to experience breathtaking scenery. The train has an observation car, beautifully decorated lounge and restaurant cars and luxurious compartments that are arranged as a private lounge during the day and then converted into a bedroom at night – with double or twin beds, air-conditioning, televisions and bathrooms with showers. There are also some compartments with bath tubs available at a supplement. The standard of cuisine is exceptional and all meals are included. The Blue Train runs on a regular basis between Pretoria and Cape Town – please call us for latest schedules and tailor-made quotations.
SUGGESTED ROVOS RAIL ITINERARY
SUGGESTED BLUE TRAIN ITINERARY
Johannesburg, Rovos Rail and Victoria Falls
Pretoria, The Blue Train, Cape Town and safari
Day 1 British Airways overnight flight to Johannesburg. Day 2 VIP meet and greet and private transfer to the Westcliff hotel in Johannesburg for two nights’ accommodation with breakfast. Day 4 Private car transfer from the Westcliff to the station in Capital Park for the train departure at 9:30 am. Accommodation in a deluxe cabin inclusive of all meals, all drinks and activities. Between lunch and dinner served in the elegant dining car, you will have the chance to enjoy the views from the observation car as the train crosses the impressive Magaliesberg mountain range. Day 5 The scenery remains impressive through Mahalapye and Serule en route to the Zimbabwe border (visa to be purchased on board). Day 6 It is possible to spot game on the plains as you cross the Hwange Game Reserve. The world’s longest stretch of straight rail then leads you towards the Zambezi River and your arrival at Victoria Falls at 5 pm. Private transfer to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for three nights’ accommodation including breakfast. Day 9 Private transfer by car to Livingstone airport for BA flight to Johannsburg, connecting to a BA overnight flight to London. Prices from £4,455 per person (winter) £6,175 (summer)
Day 1 South African Airways overnight flight to Johannesburg. Day 2 VIP meet and greet and private transfer to the Sheraton hotel in Pretoria for one night’s complimentary accommodation offered by The Blue Train. Day 3 Scheduled transfer from the Sheraton to the station for The Blue Train departure at 8 am. Accommodation in a deluxe cabin inclusive of meals, all drinks and activities. After brunch and high tea on board the train, visit the Open Mine museum at Kimberley, before dinner back in the grand dining car. Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast on board, the Blue Train arrives in Cape Town at midday when you will be driven by car to your hotel. Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Cape Cadogan boutique hotel. The price includes two complimentary nights as a combination with Lion Sands. Day 8 Private transfer to Cape Town Airport for SAA flight to Kruger International Airport, followed by a charter flight to Sabi Sands and private transfer to your lodge. Three nights’ accommodation in a luxury suite in River Lodge at Lion Sands including all meals and game drives. Day 11 Private transfer by car to Sabi Sands airstrip for charter flight to Johannesburg, followed by an SAA overnight flight to London. Prices from £4,479 per person (winter) £4,989 (summer)
The Westcliff, Johannesburg
A member of the prestigious Orient-Express group and sister hotel of the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, The Westcliff is located in the affluent northern suburbs, overlooking the zoological gardens. It is set on a hillside in seven acres of landscaped grounds with numerous fountains and cobbled pathways. Graham Viney, South Africa’s top interior designer, has overseen the decoration of the 115 bedrooms and they are all beautifully furnished in a classical style; all are spacious and many have balconies and spectacular views of the city. The gastronomic restaurant is recognised as one of the best in the country. There are two outdoor swimming pools, a gym, a health spa and a tennis court. Prices from £164 per person, per night, including breakfast.
Sheraton, Pretoria This grand hotel has a great setting just across the lawn from the magnificent Union Buildings and is located in the quiet suburb of Arcadia, a short drive from the train station. Most of the 175 bedrooms have views of the Union Buildings. The impressive marble lobby gives this superior hotel an atmosphere of sophistication and elegance. Tiffens Bar and Lounge offers a selection of light meals, pastries and cocktails, while ‘Magnolia’ is the all-day restaurant, serving sumptuous South African breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with an international flair. Prices from £124 per person, per night, including breakfast.
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SAFARI SOUTH AFRICA KRUGER & SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE Kruger National Park and the private game reserves that adjoin it, provide some of the best game viewing in the world. This huge area is bounded by the Crocodile River in the south and the Limpopo to the north and is home to an enormous variety of animals and birds – the ‘Big Five’ are rarely missed. You have the opportunity to stay in superb lodges within the game areas or outside in the cooler hills of the Eastern Drakensberg from where you enter the parks on day drives. For first hand advice on which lodge to choose, please call us.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Originally created in 1898 to control hunting, this iconic national park has been welcoming wildlife enthusiasts ever since.We feature a lodge within the reserve which has its own private concession; so you will not see vehicles from other lodges during game drives; however, the area is so vast that ‘Big Five’ sightings will be less frequent than in Sabi Sands.
The Sabi Sands is the most famous of the private reserves bordering the Kruger National Park and has a great reputation for the very best game viewing.The fence between the Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park has been taken down so the animals can roam free and because there has been no hunting in the reserve for many years the ‘big cats’ are accustomed to the vehicles – the game viewing is often phenomenal. Lodges within Sabi Sands are closer together so, whilst you have an excellent chance of seeing the ‘Big Five’, you are also more likely to be sharing the experience with other vehicles.
Jock Safari Lodge The first private lodge to be located within Kruger National Park, Jock Safari, is located at the confluence of two rivers which makes it a great location from which to view a spectacular array of wildlife. There are 12 suites which combine luxury and privacy, each looking out over one of the river courses; they all have their own private plunge pools, outside showers and thatched viewing decks.The rooms are furnished to reflect a balance of Colonial, Shangaan and Zulu styles and include Victorian roll-top baths. For relaxation, there is a pleasant swimming pool and a restorative spa. Prices from £322 per person, per night (winter) £369 (summer), including all meals and game drives.
SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa
A truly superb haven, Cybele is set in 300 acres of private forest, less than an hour from The Paul Kruger Gate and the rural village of Hazyview is just 15 minutes away. The lodge is found at the end of an avenue of Jacarandas and is surrounded by lawns and a wide variety of mature trees. The bar, lounges and dining room of the old farmhouse provide the perfect setting for cocktails, canapés and delicious dinners. Accommodation is restricted to just six cottages with private gardens and six suites. All have been individually decorated and are very spacious with their own sitting area, excellent sound systems and private outdoor gardens. The beautiful suites have their own outdoor heated swimming pools. Cybele has a wide range of facilities for a relaxing stay: there are walking trails around the beautiful estate; an outdoor pool in a secluded section of the lush garden; a gym and a magnificent Clarins signature spa. Cybele is definitely a place to unwind and be pampered but also has an extensive choice of activities including night game drives, elephant back safaris and hot air ballooning. Prices from £138 per person, per night (winter) £186 (summer), including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER (all year): 3 nights for the price of 2.
Located in a large concession at the southern end of the Sabi Sands Reserve, Lion Sands consists of three lodges: Ivory Lodge, River Lodge and the 1933 exclusive-use lodge. The award-winning Ivory Lodge offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in Sabi Sands; each of the six suites has the feel of a private villa and offers complete privacy. All have wonderful views of the Sabi River through floor to ceiling windows and large verandas with private heated plunge pools. River Lodge has a more homely and sociable feel to it with the 18 suites again all facing the banks of the river. All have indoor and outdoor showers and spacious verandas. As with any lodge in Sabi Sands, the game viewing is exceptional and Lion Sands benefits from not sharing any traversing rights with other lodges so you are less likely to see other vehicles during game drives. The lodge also has a romantic tree house available for secure overnight stays. Prices from £388 per person, per night (winter) £468 (summer), including all meals and game drives. SPECIAL OFFER 1 June – 31 August: 4 nights for the price of 3. Stay 3 nights at Lion Sands and receive 2 complimentary nights at Cape Cadogan (see page 7) until 19 December 2013 (combination offer). Call us for a tailor-made quotation.
The Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands are areas where malaria is a risk so please contact your doctor for advice.
SAFARI SOUTH AFRICA Leopard Hills
Sited within the private concessions of the Sabi Sands, in the south west of the Kruger National Park, Leopard Hills has just eight beautifully furnished, glass fronted suites, each with double indoor and outdoor showers and a private plunge pool on the deck – a great place to relax, and maybe come face-to-face with a passing giraffe. The dining room adjoins the relaxing bar and lounge area and is surrounded by a large balcony. You can also dine in the lodge’s boma which is illuminated at night by oil lamps scattered through the overhanging trees. Leopard Hills is one of the most romantic safari lodges where the exquisite suites and stunning views are enhanced by superb food, expert guides and wonderfully warm hospitality. Prices from £698 per person, per night, including all meals and game drives. SPECIAL OFFER 1 September – 19 December 2013: 4 nights for the price of 3.
EASTERN CAPE GAME RESERVES The Eastern Cape Province combines an excellent climate with some superb beaches which are flanked by enormous sand dunes on one side and the warm Indian Ocean on the other. However, it is for the growing number of high quality game reserves that surround Port Elizabeth that the area is now most famous.These reserves are malaria-free and are growing in popularity for those looking for a great gaming experience without having to take the required tablets.The biggest reserve is the Greater Addo National Park (best known for its large elephant herds as well as for the rest of the ‘Big Five’) and Shamwari which is world famous for both its game drives and its important conservational work. In addition, the National Festival of Arts at Grahamstown during July is South Africa’s largest annual arts festival and would be a great event around which to plan your stay.The Eastern Cape combines comfortably with the Garden Route with Plettenburg just two hours drive away via Jeffreys Bay which has some of the world’s best surfing. Combining the Eastern Cape with Cape Town is also easy, with a flying time to Port Elizabeth of just one hour.
Amakhala Game Reserve
An award-winning private reserve set on land that has been in the same family for five generations. The 9,000 hectare private reserve mixes savanna, forest and grassland kept lush by Bushman’s River which meanders through the reserve, adding boat cruises to the game drives traditionally offered on all the local reserves. Amakhala hosts 11 lodges including Bush and Bukela Lodges, offering the most comfortable thatched luxury, and Hlosi, which is perfect for families with children’s safari activities. Conservation and rehabilitation projects at Amakhala are increasing elephant numbers; lion, rhino, buffalo and cheetah are also regularly spotted. Prices from £253 per person, per night (winter) £340 (summer), including all meals and game drives. Prices are based on Bush Lodge. SPECIAL OFFER 1 May – 31 July 2014: 3 nights for the price of 2.
Privately owned, Shamwari game reserve is set in the rolling hills around the Bushman River and covers a vast 20,000 hectares of verdant bush. It is just one hour north east of Port Elizabeth and is perhaps the most internationally renowned of the Eastern Cape reserves. Five eco-systems are present resulting in a spectacularly diverse range of plant, animal and bird life; the ‘Big Five’ are all present and wild dogs have recently been reintroduced. Despite the size of the reserve, there are plenty of experienced rangers who are in constant communication with each other so as to ensure a high success rate of game sightings. Within the reserve are six lodges that are all quite different in style and we look forward to helping you chose the one that is best suited to your personal requirements. Prices from £349 per person, per night, including all meals and game drives.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve A private reserve, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is found set in 22,000 hectares of rolling hills dissected by Botha’s River, east of Grahamstown. A member of Relais & Chateaux, the reserve offers four lodges, each with plenty of space and all offering excellent food. Great Fish River Lodge is the more sophisticated, built in stone and wood, its nine rooms decorated in a traditional style. Contemporary Ecca Lodge and the farmhouses of Melton Manor and Uplands Homestead are more family friendly offering children’s safari activities. Kwandwe is committed to conservation of black and white rhino and there are considerable numbers of lion, buffalo and cheetah to be seen. Prices from £359 per person, per night (winter) £439 (summer), including all meals and game drives. SPECIAL OFFER to 30 December 2013: 4 nights for the price of 3.
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KWAZULU NATAL KwaZulu Natal is a land of wonderful contrasts that allow numerous insights into South African topography, life and history. Maputuland is where you will find remote private game reserves and the wonderful unspoilt beaches of the Greater St.Lucia Wetland Park, a haven for birdlife and turtles.To the north west of Durban lie the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, perfect for hiking and for touring the beautiful ‘Midlands Meander’. Drive further inland and you will come to the area known as the Battlefields which is steeped in the history of the Zulu and Boer Wars. Military historians are on hand to bring to life the famous battles and give you an experience that we can highly recommend.
MAPUTULAND – ‘THE ELEPHANT COAST’ If you are looking for a true ecological ‘wilderness’ experience then a visit to Maputuland is highly recommended. Private game reserves in the savanna, such as Thanda feature the ‘Big Five’.The coastal areas of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and Sodwana Bay provide the unique aspects with their Mangrove swamps, dunes and unspoilt coral reefs that offer world class snorkelling all year round. Five species of turtles can be found and the Loggerhead and Leatherback breed here, between October and February.
Thanda Private Game Reserve
multi-level Spa and an intimate 24 seat cinema. Guests can relax beside the glorious swimming pools, stroll through the vibrant holiday town of Umhlanga Rocks or take a short walk along the promenade to safe swimming beaches. Prices from £176 per person, per night including breakfast. SPECIAL OFFER: 4 nights for the price of 3 all year except 20 December until 6 January; 3 nights for the price of 2 in sea-facing rooms during the same period.
The traditional homestead of Vula Zulu borders Thanda and so this is a great place to experience Zulu customs and see Impi warriors performing age-old dancing rituals. The main lodge combines modern luxury with excellent, friendly service. The restaurant has three different dining areas and viewing decks, giving you plenty of alternative backdrops. The nine luxury bush villas are pure indulgence. All are air-conditioned, have a private plunge pool and deck, a personal sala and a private boma for outdoor dining. The lodge also features a superb spa with a beautiful natural rock swimming pool. The ‘Big Five’ are all present at Thanda and the superb beaches of the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands are one hour away. The lodge is located three hours drive north of Durban. For a really unique experience, Thanda Tented camp is situated deep in the bush. Reopened in April 2012 following extensive renovations, it has 15 luxury tents with spectacular views of the reserve, a dining room and a small pool. Prices from £145 (tented village), £258 (main lodge) per person, per night, including all meals and game activities.
Thonga Beach Situated just north of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, this attractive lodge sits on one of the remotest coastliness in Africa. The lodge is a stone’s throw from the beach and is nestled amongst Milkwood trees that offer protection from the sometimes strong breezes. It consists of 12 thatched suites, each with its own veranda. The bar, lounge and dining room open out onto a decking area where meals are taken under the watchful eyes of the local monkey troop. There is also a swimming pool. The warm, clear waters offer fantastic snorkelling and dolphins, small sharks and whales can regularly be spotted. Between the months of November and February guests can join the nocturnal beach drives to witness Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles laying their eggs. Prices from £212 per person, per night (winter) £248 (summer), including all meals and guide walks.
DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS Hartford House
Thanda Private Game Reserve
Located directly on the sea, 10 miles north of Durban, the Oyster Box opened in 1947 and is an institution. After a complete renovation, the hotel reopened in 2009 and has been refurbished without losing the original romance of the property. The ‘Palm Court’ is pure plantation style; the ‘Oyster Bar’ is sleeker, the glass floor looking into the wine cellar below. Upstairs, the ‘Lighthouse Bar’ takes on a more contemporary style, while the ‘Chukka Bar’ has the feel of a gentleman’s club. The 86 rooms all feature California style shutters and a vast array of South African artwork. There are three restaurants, a
Located two hours’ drive from Durban in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, Hartford house is a gracious residence, set in gardens filled with magnificent Blue Gum trees. Built in the 1870’s, Hartford was the home of the last Prime Minister of the Colony of Natal and the house and estate showcase 130 years of South Africa’s history. Known locally for its superb cuisine and excellent wine list, guests dine in the stylish public rooms which contain many antiques. Breakfast is taken on the wide terrace and the friendly, courteous staff are determined to make you feel at home. There are just 13 bedrooms, all traditionally furnished with their own small terraces and four suites set apart around a small lake. There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool in the garden, a tennis court and also a wellness centre and it is possible to fish, ride or walk around the estate. Surrounding the house is the world famous Summerhill Stud that includes thoroughbreds owned by the Maktoum family. Prices from £62 per person, per night (winter) £78 (summer), including breakfast.
KWAZULU NATAL THE BATTLEFIELDS
escorted group tours
KwaZulu Natal is the location of some of the most famous and bloody battles of the 19th Century fought between the British and both the Zulu Nation and the Boers.There are sites throughout the province, but the greatest concentration is on the wide open plains and small granite koppies near the towns of Ladysmith and Dundee.The wars are vividly brought to life by the passion of the military historians who escort you around the sites.
If you would prefer to visit this fascinating region as part of an escorted group tour, we can highly recommend Campaign Trails, consistent winners of the ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ in the annual South Africa Tourism Excellence awards. Over a period of between two and five days you will visit Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, Ladysmith and Spioenkop, seeing places that are off the beaten track of individual tourists.We would be delighted to talk you through the different itineraries in detail and to discuss how the tour might fit into an individual, tailor-made holiday.
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Three Tree Hill Lodge Created by Andrew Ardington, Three Tree Hill Lodge has been built to reflect the Colonial style of the 19th Century. The Lodge is located on a bluff looking out towards the Spioenkop Hill, the site of one of the most closely fought battles of the Anglo-Boer War. The staff make sure that their guests are made to feel very welcome and there is a homely atmosphere that has encouraged many to return. The main house has a wide terrace and includes the dining room, where everyone eats together, and the lounge which has some fascinating memorabilia. The cuisine is excellent and wholesome. Down a meandering path is the secluded sun deck and outdoor swimming pool. There are six cottages and each has a small terrace looking out towards the game reserve and Spioenkop. The bathrooms also have great views. It is a pleasant three mile escorted walk from the hotel through the Game Reserve, home to rhino, giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope before rising to the summit of Spioenkop and the battle site. Three Tree Hill Lodge is a great place to unwind and also a good base to explore the region with both Ladysmith and the stunning Drakensberg Mountains within an hours’ drive. Prices from £127 per person, per night (winter) £174 (summer), including meals.
The hugely diverse state of KwaZulu Natal is a destination in itself, with a fascinating history, spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful beaches with warm seas and, of course, excellent game viewing. Starting with two nights of oceanside relaxation on the ‘Dolphin Coast’, you will then drive north to the Drakensberg Mountains where you can walk, ride or fly over the dramatic landscape.You will then carry on north to the battlefields where you will hear both the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars brought to life by fantastic raconteurs whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings and excellent hospitality. From the battlefields carry on to an excellent private game reserve for a taste of tented luxury in ‘Big 5’ surroundings.You can then fly from Richards Bay or you could visit one of our excellent coastal lodges, where you can discover the fascinating marine life. • South African Airways overnight flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg • VIP meet and greet and escort to connecting flight to Durban • Private car transfer to hotel • Two nights at The Oyster Box • Hire car delivered to hotel • Two nights at Fugitives Drift Lodge – all meals, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift tours included • Two nights at Thanda’s tented camp – full board with game drives included • Flight from Richards Bay to Johannesburg • Overnight flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow Prices from £2,865 per person (winter) £2,930 (summer).
Fugitive’s Drift Lodge David Rattray established a team that are renowned the world over for both their knowledge of the Zulu Wars and their warm hospitality; their long, family associations with the area and its people allow guests some unique Zulu perspectives. David’s wife Nicky has worked tirelessly since her husband’s death so that Fugitive’s Drift Lodge can continue to be one of the most captivating places to stay. They lovingly restored their reserve and, over the years, have assembled a wonderful collection of Zulu War memorabilia so that it is now akin to a museum. Accommodation is split between the Lodge and the Guest House. The Lodge has eight luxurious bedrooms each with a private veranda. There is a lounge and a dining room and a unique feature is the shady garden, home to a wide variety of birds and a fabulous swimming pool situated on a secluded spur on the lip of the Buffalo River gorge. The Guest House (the original farmhouse), has six bedrooms, again all with private verandas; it has a small swimming pool, a charming sitting and dining room and an outside eating area with stunning views across the plain with Isandlwana in the distance. During the day you will be spellbound by the talks and tours around the battlefields where superb storytellers make history come alive. Sundowners around the fire under a canopy of Paperbarks are followed by a superb dinner where the storytelling continues well into the night. Prices from £149 per person, per night (winter) £259 (summer), including meals.
Driving times Durban - Thonga Beach Durban - Rorke’s Drift Durban - Zimbali Durban - Cleopatra/Hartford House Durban - Thanda Durban - Maliba Mountain Lodge Johannesburg - Rorke’s Drift Rorke’s Drift - Thanda
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VICTORIA FALLS & ZAMBIA Victoria Falls is, perhaps, the World’s most stunning natural wonder and a visit would make the perfect end to your African experience. Originally christened Mosi oa Tunya – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – the magnificent Falls carry up to five million cubic metres of water over the mile long gorge every single minute.Whilst staying at the Falls, a trip over the mile long ravine and bridge will give you the opportunity to feel, hear and taste what David Livingstone first experienced in 1865. Sunset cruises along the upper Zambezi allow you to watch the elephants drink and play while you sip a refreshing gin and tonic. Mini Game drives in the nearby Mosi oa Tunya National Park can be arranged, alternatively, a full day trip to Northern Botswana is also an option. For those who thrive on adrenalin, white water rafting plus dramatic helicopter trips can also be pre-arranged.You can fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone, and flights from Cape Town and the Garden Route all connect easily. Alternatively, you can travel by Rovos Rail and Rovos Air and arrive in real style. The Royal Livingstone Located within the Mosi oa Tunya National Park, on the Zambia side of the Zambezi River, this fine hotel has a unique position from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Falls which are just five minutes’ walk away. The Royal Livingstone opened in 2001 and, with its wonderful location and elegant atmosphere, quickly established itself as one of Africa’s most popular hotels. The main building is decorated in a fine Colonial style with large ceiling fans and shuttered windows; it houses the lounge and bar where you can relax in a comfy armchair and enjoy an afternoon tea and the fine collection of original art that depict the adventures of David Livingstone. There is a deep veranda with uninterrupted views of the Zambezi – this is the perfect spot for an evening ‘sundowner’ before a sumptuous dinner.These stunning views can also be enjoyed from the wonderful swimming pool as well as from many of the 173 bedrooms, all set in a series of two-storey buildings within the grounds. Plenty of activities can all be arranged, however, many choose to simply relax in the gardens or by the pool and absorb this awe-inspiring setting. Prices from £238 per person, per night, including breakfast.
The Royal Livingstone
ZAMBIA Zambia is home to some of the world’s last true wilderness areas and offers outstanding safari experiences.The game parks of the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa will give you a chance to experience the ‘real Africa’ – remote, rugged and on a vast scale.With direct BA flights to Lusaka and good internal flight connections between the game parks and Livingstone; Zambia can be visited in its own right or as part of a more extensive itinerary.
Lower Zambezi National Park Renowned as one of the most beautiful in Africa, the Lower Zambezi National Park covers over 4,000 square kilometres of untouched wilderness and stretches for 120 kilometres along the banks of the Zambezi River. The vast majority of wildlife is located along the valley floor below the high escarpment which marks the northern boundary; huge herds of elephants can often be seen on the banks of the river as well as ‘island hopping’ water buffalo and waterbuck. We recommend the 4 star Chiawa Camp, the first safari lodge to be set up in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Located on the banks of the Zambezi, the lodge offers some spectacular views, especially from the viewing hide built up in a Mahogany tree and the raised platform above the lounge. The nine tents have a classic ‘Old African’ safari feel to them; all are built on raised stilts and have large viewing decks overlooking the river. As well as 4x4 safaris, the lodge offers bush walks, river safaris and canoeing trips. Chiawa Camp is open from April to November.
VICTORIA FALLS & ZAMBIA We are delighted to offer this itinerary which features the truly awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, followed by a six day safari in the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks. Here you will stay in some fantastic camps in spectacularly remote and unspoilt locations; you will have the opportunity to view the abundant game by foot, 4 x 4 or boat. As with any Kirker itinerary we can tailor-make the tour to your requirements and a Zambian safari can easily be combined with a South African itinerary. • British Airways overnight flight to Johannesburg • VIP meet and greet and escort to connecting flight to Livingstone • Transfer to the Royal Livingstone at Victoria Falls for a two night stay • Transfer to Livingstone airport • Charter flight to Chiawa Camp • Three nights at Chiawa Camp • Charter flight to Mfuwe • Three nights at Tafika • Charter Flight to Lusaka • Direct flight from Lusaka to Heathrow Prices from £5,425 per person – all accommodation for this itinerary includes full board and daily activities.
South Luangwa National Park Located at the lower end of the Great Rift Valley, inside the giant Luangwa Valley, South Luangwa is well known as one of the world’s great wildlife sanctuaries. The park covers over 9,000 square kilometres and is most famous for its huge density of elephant, hippo and crocodile which congregate along the meandering Luangwa River.Located at the quiet northern end of the South Luangwa National Park, the family-run 4 star Tafika Camp has a stunning location on the meandering banks of the Luangwa River. Accommodation is in large, reed and thatch chalets that nestle in the shade of giant Leadwood trees. The lodge offers a wide range of activities including, game drives by foot, 4x4, bicycle and micro light. Tafika also has very close ties with the neighbouring Mkasanga village.
BOTSWANA The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s most spectacular and unusual wilderness areas. Every year, after the summer rains have fallen hundreds of miles away in the Angolan highlands, the delta floods and 15,000 square kilometres of arid grasslands and dry river beds are transformed into a mix of islands, winding waterways and lily covered lagoons. From June to October, the delta teems with wildlife which is best observed from native dugout canoes known as ‘mokoros’. Flights to the Okavango Delta are into Maun which is a two hour journey from Johannesburg or one hour from Windhoek. Light aircraft then take you on the short hop to the camps. The north eastern part of Botswana is centered around the Chobe National Park, a vast landscape of open plains and Baobab trees and home to 45,000 elephants – the largest single concentration in Africa. Many lodges are KWANDO SAFARIS located along the Chobe River and offer river safaris as well as game drives.There are several ways to enter the Chobe Kwando is a Botswanian owned operator with six camps in some area. Kasane airport has light aircraft flights to Maun of the most stunning locations in the country. All offer making it easily combinable with the Okavango Delta. comfortable accommodation in magnificent settings and the Flights also go into Livingstone or Victoria Falls and the highest levels of service and professional guiding.We have selected National Park is around one hour by road from the Falls. a six night itinerary featuring three of the camps in contrasting Sanctuary Baines Camp
Uniquely located in a 260,000 acre private concession at the southern end of the delta, Baines Camp is built on an elevated wooden platform above the water of the delta and overlooks the permanent water of the Boro River and a lagoon teeming with life. The five luxurious suites offer great comfort and the four poster beds can be pulled out onto the private viewing deck, giving you the opportunity to sleep under the stars. The area is fantastic for all types of animal and bird viewing; safaris can be done by vehicle (day and night) or on the water by mokoro or motorboat (all year round) – walking safaris can also be arranged. Baines offers the opportunity to spend the day interacting with a semi-habituated herd of African elephants, observing them close up in their natural environment. There is plenty of space to relax on the viewing deck or by the swimming pool. Access is by light aircraft only. Prices from £498 per person, per night, including all meals and game drives.
Savute Elephant Camp
In the winter, Savute is a semi-arid region that is home to a high concentration of elephants and lions, though in the summer rainy season the landscape is transformed and herds of migrating zebra arrive pursued by wild dog and hyena. The nearby Gubatsa Hills with their ancient rock paintings are a natural habitat for leopards. Operated by Orient-Express, this luxurious camp overlooks a water hole and has been constructed using natural materials to allow it to blend in to the surrounding bush. Superb cuisine is served in the main thatched lodge with its large terrace overlooking the riverbed. Savute has just 12 luxurious canvas tents under thatch which have been given a contemporary African revamp. They are all air-conditioned and have outdoor showers and comfortable viewing decks, each with a hammock. There is a heated swimming pool on the terrace. Prices from £375 per person, per night, including all meals and all game activities.
The Okavango Delta, Chobe and Savute are areas where malaria is a risk so please contact your doctor for advice.
areas; however, we can tailor-make itineraries combining other lodges in Botswana or any of the Southern Africa countries we feature. Please call us to discuss your travel plans.
Five Rivers Safari Our Five Rivers itinerary starts with Tau Pan Camp which is situated in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; this semi-desert area becomes green and lush after the summer rains. It is also where the water from Okavango finally comes to rest which makes the camp excellent for game viewing from March to September. The lodge offers guided walks with the San trackers which give a fascinating insight into the local people’s way of life. Next is a short flight into the heart of the Okavango Delta to stay at Kwara Camp, which is situated in its own large private concession. The camp itself sits on a forested island, surrounded by water and overlooking a large flood plain. The activities are focused around the water with boat or mokoro safaris as well as fishing, however, the large concession also makes for fantastic game drives by day or night. The next stop is a short flight north to Lebala Camp, situated in the Linyanti wetlands, which is home to a wonderful variety of wildlife. From here you can fly to Kasane to connect with Livingstone or fly back to Maun to connect back to Johannesburg.
Suggested itinerary • SAA flights from London to Johannesburg • Air Botswana flight to Maun • Light aircraft hop to Tau Pan • Two nights Tau Pan Camp, fully inclusive • Light aircraft hop from Tau Pan to Kwara • Two nights Kwara Camp, fully inclusive • Light aircraft hop from Kwara to Lebala • Two nights Lebala Camp, fully inclusive • Charter hop Lebala to Maun • Air Botswana flight to Johannesburg • SAA flights Johannesburg to London Prices from £3,715 per person (November – March 2013); £4,495 per person (April – June); £5,335 per person (July – October).
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NAMIBIA Namibia is blessed with a landscape of haunting beauty and an incredible diversity and though it is one of Africa’s largest countries, it is also one of the most sparsely populated. It has a feeling of unconfined space and this, combined with an Sossusvlei abundance of wildlife and scenic beauty make it a destination that is perfectly suited to the discerning traveller who is looking for a memorable holiday off the beaten track. Choose from the spectacular Fish River Canyon in the far south, the monumental sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the eerie Skeleton Coast and the arid Etosha National Park. Flights to Namibia are via Frankfurt to Windhoek, SUGGESTED NAMIBIA or from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Maun in Botswana. ITINERARIES Namibia can be combined easily with other countries in the region to form one superb tailor-made itinerary. Please call Our suggested itineraries depart from Windhoek with travel by comfortable, air-conditioned minibuses.Whilst these are not us to discuss your requirements
WINDHOEK The capital city of Windhoek is set on a high plain and is the start and ending point of most holidays to Namibia.With interesting architecture which reflects its German Colonial past and a safe and friendly atmosphere, it is definitely worth staying here for a night.
FISH RIVER CANYON Second only to the Grand Canyon in scale, this remote and spectacular natural phenomenon is set in a harsh stony plain. Its steep and winding gorges have eroded over millions of years.
DAMARALAND Moving inland you will find the Brandberg Mountains and the stunning, rugged landscape of Damaraland where the desert adapted elephants eke out an existence.There are also world heritage sites such as the Petrified Forest and incredible rock engravings.
SWAKOPMUND A charming holiday town that retains a Colonial atmosphere, it is cooler than the rest of the country and nestles between the Namib Desert and the ocean. Cruises from nearby Walvis Bay will take you to see fur seals and Bottlenose dolphins.
THE SKELETON COAST & CAPE CROSS The eerie Skeleton Coast with its numerous shipwrecks runs for hundreds of miles north from Swakopmund. Cape Cross is accessible by road and is famous for its Cape fur seal colonies. Further north, most of the Atlantic coast has no access roads so fly-in safaris are the only option.
SOSSUSVLEI & THE NAMIB DESERT This magnificent conservation area has such incredible diversity and is the most photographed area in Namibia. From the monumentally high dunes, through the Naukluft Mountains to the unusual botany, it is a must for any visitor.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK The definitive feature of the Etosha National Park is the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression which is a bleak expanse for most of the year. On the fringes are waterholes which attract elephant, lion, herds of zebra and antelope and the park is also home to 340 species of bird.
private tours, you will be travelling in small groups of no more than eight passengers.We would be happy to quote for a private tour – details and recommendations available on request.
Namibia Highlights This eight night overland tour focuses on the main sights of the northern half of the country and departs from Windhoek on selected days. After one night in Windhoek you will head west through the Namib Desert (two nights) and explore Sesriem Canyon and the dunes around Sossusvlei. Heading north along the Atlantic coast through Walvis Bay you will arrive in the resort of Swakopmund (two nights) and enjoy the various marine activities available. You will then visit the Damaraland (one night), home to the Desert Elephant and Black Rhino and the rock engravings near Twyfelfontein. Next, you will be driven to the Etosha National Park (three nights), one of the largest and most varied game sanctuaries in Africa. Return to Windhoek to connect with your flight back to the UK or to continue your itinerary in South Africa. Prices from £3,075 per person, including half board and excursions.
Canyons and Deserts This eight night tour explores the southern half of Namibia and departs from Windhoek on selected days. After one night in Windhoek you will head south to the Kalahari Desert (one night) where among the red sand dunes you will find the rugged flora and fauna that has managed to adapt to live in this extreme environment.Your journey then continues south towards the spectacular 550 metre deep Fish River Canyon. One night by the canyon itself and two nights in the nearby town of Aus will allow you to also explore the surrounding arid plains including the deserted town of Luderitz.Turning west and then north your journey will take you through the Namib Desert (two nights) and then to the coastal resort of Swakopmund (two nights) before returning to Windhoek for your onward flight. Prices from £2,990 per person, including half board and excursions.
MAURITIUS For those who have yet to visit the wonderful Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius, there is a special treat in store; magnificent white sandy beaches; warm tropical seas; gently swaying fields of sugar cane; dramatic mountain scenery; outstanding hotels and delectable cuisine that blends Indian, Creole and French cooking to brilliant effect. But above all, it is the warm hospitality of the Mauritian people that makes this idyllic island such a perfect holiday destination. Although all our hotels are located on the beach, each has it’s own unique character and it is essential that you allow us to help you to choose the hotel that perfectly meets your needs. If you are planning a holiday to South Africa or Botswana, Mauritius is the perfect stopping off point en route – please ask us for further details. Oberoi
One&Only Le Saint Géran
One&Only Le Saint Géran
Located on the East coast, Le Saint Géran has a relaxed, almost Colonial ambience and would certainly win the award for the most stylish Grand Dame of Mauritian hotels. Ever since it first opened in the 1970’s it has offered the most discerning visitors impeccable service and a very warm welcome; extensive lawns run down to the wide, white sandy beach and tall coconut palms rustle in the gentle breeze. Michelin-starred chef, Vineet Bhatia oversees the gastronomic ‘Rasoi’ restaurant which overlooks the lagoon, the ‘Prime’ restaurant offers more contemporary culinary creations and the hotel’s excellent bar and main restaurant, ‘Le Terrasse’, is also available by the main pool. Guests can enjoy an array of complimentary water sports, a Givenchy spa, tennis courts, a children’s club, and the nine hole Gary Player golf course. There are 163 rooms. Prices from £233 per person, per night (April – September), £388 (October – March). SPECIAL OFFER (ALL YEAR): 7 nights for the price of 5, 10 nights for the price of 7 or 14 nights for the price of 10.
This wonderful hotel enjoys competing for attention with Le Saint Géran, and although it is largely a matter of personal taste, if you had to distinguish between them, Le Touessrok is perhaps more Maserati than Bentley. The facilities are equally comprehensive but the overall style has a more contemporary edge. The hotel’s comprehensive range of water sports are offered free and are a short shuttle boat ride away on Ile aux Cerfs where guests can also enjoy a relaxed lunch or golf on the18 hole Bernhard Langer course. Other facilities include a Givenchy spa, tennis, and the hotel’s secluded private Mangénie Island where ‘Crusoe’s’ restaurant and ‘Robinson’s Bar’ make the perfect venue for an informal lunch or cool drink. Prices from £223 per person, per night (April – September), £248 (October – March). Prices based on half board. SPECIAL OFFER: 5 nights for the price of 4, from 1 October – 22 December (valid for bookings made at least 30 days prior to arrival).
This unique and very striking hotel is the result of the combined skills of a Thai architect and an English landscape designer who have worked together to create a fantastic property that has become a firm favourite with discerning travellers. The tall thatched pavilions stand on elegant pillars, an eclectic collection of dramatic volcanic stone sculptures decorate the gardens, pools and buildings throughout the property and the varied planting of handsome trees, coconut palms and exotic flowering shrubs combine to fantastic effect. Extensive lawns lead down to the white sandy beach and create a great sense of space. The 72 bedrooms are decorated in cool, contemporary style with pale colours and stylish textiles – each room has an elegant four poster bed. Kirker prices are based on luxury pavilions; larger luxury villas with private swimming pools are available also on request. Prices from £245 per person, per night (April – September), £378 (October – March). SPECIAL OFFER: 8 nights for the price of 4, valid until 30 September; 7 nights for the price of 5, valid 1 October – 15 December.
Located on its own small bay, this charming hotel offers guests a relaxed haven of tranquillity. If you enjoy a peaceful, unpretentious ambience where charming staff offer clients warm hospitality and discreet service, then we can highly recommend the Paradise Cove.There are 67 bedrooms, an excellent spa, an ‘infinity’ swimming pool, tennis courts, a private beach and a range of complimentary water sports. If you enjoy good food, the hotel’s outstanding chef will not disappoint – his team offer delicious dishes from grilled fresh fish to exquisite Creole and Indian cooking.The fashionable seaside town of Grand Baie with its stylish boutiques and excellent restaurants is a short taxi ride away – you can also reach town by bicycle if you are feeling energetic. Prices from £146 per person, per night (May – September), £189 (October – April). Prices based on half board. SPECIAL OFFER (ALL YEAR): 7 nights for the price of 6 or 10 nights for the price of 8.
Paradise Cove FLIGHT INFORMATION Fly direct to Mauritius from Gatwick with British Airways or from Heathrow with Air Mauritius. If you prefer to travel from Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh or Newcastle, you can connect with British Airways through Heathrow or fly via Dubai with Emirates.
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CANCELLATION CHARGES Cancellations made more than 56 days prior to departure: deposits forfeited. 56-43 days: 25% of the holiday cost or £200 (whichever is the greater). 42-15 days: 50% of the holiday cost. 14-8 days: 75% of the holiday cost. Within 7 days of the departure, on the departure date or after the holiday has commenced: all holiday costs forfeited. Any client choosing to curtail their holiday will not receive a refund for unused accommodation, transportation or other services.
VISA AND PASSPORT INFORMATION British passport holders do not require visas to travel to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia or Mauritius.Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay and must contain at least one unused page for endorsements. All children must have their own passports. If you are not a UK passport holder, we suggest you contact the relevant embassies who will advise you of their requirements. For Zambia visas are paid for and issued on arrival – further details available on request.
SAFETY & SECURITY ABROAD The safety and security of our clients is something we take seriously. Political and social conditions in some of the countries we feature can change and, if for any reason the Foreign Office advises against travel, we would act on this advice accordingly. We are experts at providing alternative ideas and solutions that would allow you to have a great holiday away from any problem areas. We ask that all hotels comply with local regulations but these do not always conform to British health and safety standards. Sadly, crimes against people and their property are a fact of life wherever you are so please do be vigilant.
SWIMMING Swimming along much of Southern Africa’s coastline can be dangerous because of strong undercurrents so please take great care. Ensure that you and your children do not enter the water unaccompanied and always seek local advice. Sea bathing in Mauritius tends to be significantly safer, but again, please do seek local advice. Please do not jump or dive into the sea or into swimming pools without first checking the depth.
HEALTH & MEDICATION You do not need to take any additional medication if travelling to South Africa unless you are going to Mpamulanga (safari in Kruger National Park), or parts of Kwazulu Natal or Victoria Falls where you will require malaria tablets. Malaria tablets are also required for Botswana and Zambia.Your doctor, or the Hospital for Tropical Medicines (telephone 020 7388 9600), will be able to provide advice on which tablets to take. Travellers entering South Africa from Zambia or Botswana require certification that they have been inoculated against Yellow Fever.
HOLIDAY INSURANCE It is essential that you take out comprehensive holiday insurance.
HOTEL RENOVATIONS All good hotels maintain their properties and bad hotels don’t! Occasionally, some necessary work may be taking place during your stay; whenever possible, we shall advise you prior to your departure.
HOTEL STAR RATINGS The ratings next to each hotel are based on our opinions and they may differ from the official categorisation.
CHECK-IN TIMES Official check-in times do vary, however, they are usually from 14.00 or 15.00 hours. As your flight from the UK will arrive in the morning, it is unlikely that the room will be available immediately. We will always request an early checkin, however, if you want a guarantee that the room will be ready for your arrival, you will have to pay for an additional night – further details on request.
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✂ ESSENTIAL INFORMATION AND CONDITIONS OF BOOKING All bookings are subject to our full booking conditions which appear on our website www.kirkerholidays.com. A copy of these can also be e-mailed or posted to you on request. By asking us to make your booking, you confirm you have had access to and agree to the full booking conditions which you should read. The booking conditions provide for the payment of cancellation charges if you cancel or fail to make payment when due. They also include limitations and exclusions of our liability to you. For international travel by air, sea or rail, our liabilities are limited and excluded as if we were a carrier within the applicable international convention or EU regulation (for example, the Montreal Convention, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability and the Athens Convention). A surcharge may be payable in limited circumstances where certain costs increase after booking. Your contract will be with Kirker Travel Limited t/a Kirker Holidays. This contract comes into existence when we dispatch our confirmation invoice to the person who makes the booking or your travel agent. We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2450). When you buy an ATOL protected air inclusive holiday or flight* from us, you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via our authorised agent) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our ATOL. In the unlikely event of our insolvency the CAA will ensure that you are not left stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing either the person who pays for the booking is present in the UK when the booking is made or the first leg of any flight or flights we arrange for you commences in the UK. Kirker Travel Limited Registered Office: 4 Waterloo Court, 10 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST. Registration in England: 1985696 VAT Reg No. 805 1461 59
For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. We are also bonded with ABTA Limited (membership number V6595).This means that if your holiday does not include flights arranged by us, all monies you have paid to us for an advance booking will be refunded or if your holiday includes return travel and is already underway, you will be returned to the UK in the unlikely event of our being unable to provide your holiday due to our insolvency. ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint (details in our full booking conditions), contact ABTA at 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ or see www.abta.com We are also a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO). British citizens require a British passport in order to travel to the destinations we feature. This usually takes approximately 6 weeks to obtain unless you are over 16 and haven’t held a passport previously in which case you need to allow at least 6 weeks. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo which you are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. In the event of any flight delay or cancellation at your UK or overseas point of departure, the airline is responsible for providing such assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations.The ferry, tunnel or rail operator is similarly responsible in relation to any delayed or cancelled sea crossing or
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international rail departure. Except where otherwise stated in our brochure or on our website, we regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so. Data Protection For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, Kirker Travel Limited is a data controller. Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect personal data held by us. This information will be passed to the relevant suppliers of your holiday arrangements.The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them and to other third parties who need it to enable us to provide your holiday (such as credit card companies and banks), or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. Other than in relation to government/public authorities (over whom we have no control), we will take appropriate steps which are intended to ensure that anyone to whom we pass your personal data for any reason agrees to keep it secure and only uses it for the purposes of providing their services. If we cannot pass personal data to the relevant suppliers or any other third party as applicable, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to fulfil your booking. In making your booking, you consent to personal data being passed on to the relevant suppliers and other third parties. When travelling outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We would also like to store and use your personal data for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or other marketing material) unless you have told us that you do not wish us to do so. Full details of our data protection policy are available on our website and on request. Publication date June 2013 ©2013 Kirker Travel Limited
OUR RANGE OF HOLIDAYS FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS Short Breaks
Holidays to 60 classic cities and relaxing rural locations throughout Europe and beyond. Our Short Breaks brochure features a range of over 500 selected hotels and we can create any tailormade itinerary to two or more destinations. Each Kirker holiday is created to suit your personal requirements with travel by air, rail, Orient-Express, Eurostar or overnight sleeper combined with private guided tours, opera tickets, museum passes or a table at a Kirker recommended restaurant.
The Kirker Italy brochure features destinations from The Lakes and Venice in the North, to Sicily in the South, and from Puglia in the East, to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Lucca in the West. Our expertise can cater for your every need; we offer opera and concert tickets, entrance for festivals, museums and special exhibitions, tailormade itineraries combining beautiful Tuscan Villas, exquisite Ferrogamo city centre hotels with high speed trains, car hire or the Orient-Express.
Spain offers a great climate and a wonderful range of music, art and architecture; all perfect ingredients for a wonderful short break.The Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all left behind an extraordinary legacy for you to explore. Experience this fascinating country by asking one of our experts to suggest a tailor-made holiday, designed to reflect the diversity of this truly fascinating country.
Our comprehensive brochure covers India from Shimla in the North to Cochin in the South and has a broad choice of hotels from converted palaces to characterful homestays. The dedicated Sri Lanka section highlights the many attractions of this fascinating island and its wonderful selection of hotels which can be combined in a tailor-made tour. We have also hand-picked some beautiful hotels in the Maldives. Call our experienced sales team for further guidance.
CULTURAL TOURS & MUSIC HOLIDAYS
Our new French brochure features classic city breaks to Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Monaco, Strasbourg, Cannes and Lyon and tailor-made holidays to Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley, Champagne, Burgundy, Provence, LanguedocRousillon and the idylic island of Corsica. We feature simple family-run hotels up to the grandest palaces and châteaux.
Our Cultural Tours programme is designed to appeal to a broad range of clients who enjoy travelling with like-minded companions and will be of particular interest to anyone who is curious about art, architecture, gardens, archaeology or history. Destinations include Italy, Malta, Spain, Romania, Uzbekistan and Jordan. Our Music Holidays feature escorted visits to Europe’s leading festivals including Torre del Lago and Schubertiade, as well as a selection of our own festivals on land and sea.
FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS
Kirker Holidays, 4 Waterloo Court, 10 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST Office hours: 09.00–18.00 (Monday – Friday), 09.00–16.00 (Saturday) Reservations: 020 7593 2288 • Fax: 020 7593 1461 • Brochure requests: 020 7593 2282 • Accounts/administration: 020 7593 2280
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