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SOUTH AFRICA


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HOTEL RATINGS

3* Moderate accommodation offering comfortable rooms, with a good range of facilities and services.

4* Superior accommodation with an excellent standard of facilities and public areas, supported by a high level of service.

5* Deluxe accommodation offering

outstanding service and comfort. These properties have the highest standards generally available, with fully-equipped rooms and excellent facilities. Half ratings are generally awarded to properties that fall between two grade categories.

INFORMATION

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INDEX

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ESCORTED TOURS

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RAIL

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LODGES

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JOHANNESBURG HOTELS

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SUN CITY HOTELS

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JOHANNESBURG & SUN CITY SIGHTSEEING

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CAPE TOWN & SURROUNDS HOTELS

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CAPE TOWN & SURROUNDS SIGHTSEEING

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DURBAN HOTELS

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CAPE WINELANDS HOTELS

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GARDEN ROUTE HOTELS

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REGIONAL SOUTH AFRICAN SIGHTSEEING

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EASTERN & WESTERN CAPE HOTELS & LODGES

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA ~ 14 DAYS Johannesburg to Cape Town

A 14 day tour encompassing the best that South Africa has to offer in the way of scenery, wildlife and culture. Enjoy all of this and superb cuisine, luxurious accommodation and true South African hospitality. Inclusions:______________________ Transport in air-conditioned luxury vehicle ● Professional tour guides throughout ● Accommodation in minimum 3* hotels ● 13 breakfasts ● 1 lunch ● 7dinners DAY 1: MPUMALANGA Depart Jo-Burg and travel via the magnificent Panorama Route to Mpumalanga. Visit the Blyde River Canyon for a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". Time and weather permitting, stop at God's Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Accommodation: Day 1 & 2 will be at the 4* Perry's Bridge Hollow. DAY 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Early morning departure on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world -renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park for an evening safari (additional charge). DAY 3: SWAZILAND After breakfast we travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a showcase of traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works en route to spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets. Accommodation: 4* Royal Swazi Sun. DAY 4: MKUZE Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu-Natal. Embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains for views over Lake Jozini. At the summit stop for sundowners at sunset. Visit a local and authentic Zulu homestead. Accommodation: 4* Ghost Mountain Inn. DAY 5: HLUHLUWE - UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE Today we transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, where the white rhino was saved from the brink of extinction, for a full day of game viewing. Accommodation: 4* Ghost Mountain Inn.

DAY 6: ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK Travel along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the World Heritage Site Simangaliso Wetland Park. Here we embark on a boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species. Accommodation: 4* Southern Sun Elangeni. DAY 7: DURBAN TO PORT ELIZABETH This morning you will embark on a brief Durban City Tour, before checking in at Durban International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. Accommodation: 4* Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth. DAY 8: TSITSIKAMMA AND PLETTENBERG BAY Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park the 'garden of the Garden Route'. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storm’s River. Continue to Plettenberg Bay. Accommodation: 4 * Laird's Lodge.

DAY 12: CAPE POINT AND PENINSULA Today we leave for a full day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour. Accommodation: 4* Southern Sun Waterfront. DAY 13: CAPE WINELANDS Today head on a full day Cape Winelands Tour. Accommodation: 4* Southern Sun Waterfront. DAY 14: CAPE TOWN Breakfast and morning check-out of the hotel for a city tour. Your tour ends with a drop-off at Cape Town International Airport for your flight home.

DAY 9: KNYSNA After breakfast we visit the Knysna Elephant Park. After lunch travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden. Time and weather permitting you have the option of a Whale & Dolphin boat experience (own account) Accommodation: 4 * Laird's Lodge. DAY 10: KNYSNA TO OUDTSHOORN Set out to Knysna on the Garden Route. Enjoy some free time before embarking on a fun and adventurous cruise (weather permitting). Continue onto Oudtshoorn for a tour. Accommodation: 4* De Opstal Country Lodge. DAY 11: CANGO CAVES TO CAPE TOWN Enjoy a morning tour of the famous Cango Caves before departing Oudtshoorn. Travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch. Accommodation: 4* Southern Sun Waterfront for the next 3 nights.

This tour only requires only 2 guests to depart, it can also be done in reverse from Cape Town. Please ask your agent for further information.

PLEASE NOTE: The internal flight between Durban and Port Elizabeth is not included. Clients are requested to book flight SA departing Durban12:30 to arrive in Port Elizabeth at 13:45. Accommodations listed may be at an alternative hotel of a similar standard. This tour can also run in reverse. This tour departs Mondays at 8am.


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WILDLIFE AND WARRIORS ~ 7 DAYS Johannesburg to Durban

This lovely 7 day fully escorted tour showcases the best that South Africa has to offer. Travel along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route, visit Kruger National Park in search of the Big 5 and experience authentic Zulu culture. The perfect mix of culture, wildlife and scenery. Inclusions Transport in air-conditioned luxury vehicle ● Professional tour guides throughout ● Accommodation in 4* graded hotels ● 7 breakfasts ● 1 lunch ● 4 dinners DAY 1: MPUMALANGA Depart Johannesburg and travel to the 'Land of the Rising Sun - Mpumalanga - via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". Time and weather permitting, stop at God's Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Accommodation: Perry's Bridge Hollow. DAY 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Early this morning you will depart on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge). Accommodation: Perry's Bridge Hollow. DAY 3: SWAZILAND After breakfast we will journey into the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountain kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural

Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Accommodation: Royal Swazi Sun. DAY 4: MKUZE Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique "millefiori". No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant. Accommodation: Ghost Mountain Inn.

DAY 5: HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE Today you will transfer to the beauty of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a full day viewing the amazing game found here. Continue to the hotel in the late afternoon. Enjoy a Zulu cultural experience which will expose you to traditional Zulu beer and spear making, sangomas, Be amazed by Zulu stick fighting, bead and basket making and the high-kicking, rhythmic of true Zulu dancing. End the day with dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel. DAY 6: ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, incl the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel which is located on the Gold Mile - Durban's distinctive beachfront. Accommodation: Southern Sun Elangeni. DAY 7: DURBAN This morning you will embark on a Durban City Tour of the city. The tour ends with you being dropped off at Durban Airport or you hotel to enjoy Durban at your leisure.

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodations listed may be at an alternative hotel of a similar standard. This tour departs Mondays at 8am.


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KRUGER PARK EXPERIENCE ~ 3DAYS This amazing adventure allows you to experience the famous Kruger National Park, and its unrivalled flora and fauna. Departs Tuesdays and Fridays at 8am. Inclusions:______________________________ Transportation from Johannesburg to Kruger return ● English speaking tour guide/driver ● Meals and activities as per itinerary ● 2 nights accommodation at 4* graded Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG TO KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Morning departure from Johannesburg with your ILIOS travel guide and head for Kruger travelling through Mpumalanga - 'Land of the Rising Sun'. Your 5.5 hour journey takes you through incredible scenery. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and start your Kruger Experience immediately, with an exciting open vehicle game drive into the Kruger National Park. The park is home to an impressive number of mammal and bird species and covers nearly 2 million hectares. (Dinner)

DAY 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK After breakfast, embark on a full day safari into the Kruger National Park. The safari starts early in the morning. Stops will be included at the various lookout points within the park and you will be given the opportunity to explore man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela. A packed lunch will be enjoyed inside the park. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 3: KRUGER TO JOHANNESBURG VIA THE PANORAMA ROUTE After an early breakfast, depart the Kruger National Park and travel back to Johannesburg via the 'Panorama Route' best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. Travel to God's Window overlooking the green Lowveld. Time and weather permitting, stop at various waterfalls along the way. The tour ends on arrival at your Johannesburg Note: Customers booking this tour can be picked up or based hotel or with drop-off at the O.R.Tambo dropped off at any Downtown, CBD and Sandton Hotels. International Airport by 18h00. (Breakfast)

KRUGER WILDLIFE WALKING SAFARI ~ 3/4 NIGHTS Experience Africa as it should be experienced. Walking safaris allow you to get in touch with the real Africa and deliver the ultimate wildlife experience. 3 nights departs Fridays and 4 nights Mondays at 9am. Inclusions:______________________________ Fully trained and experienced game rangers conducting walks and game drives (in open vehicles)● Twin or single accommodation in rustic authentic safari tents ● All meals These are not hikes or fitness trails but carefully designed wilderness experiences conducted at your own pace - walking for approximately 4 hours per day. These unique walking safaris operate out of 2 authentic trails camps situated in the Timbavati and Klaserie Game Reserves. Each camp offers its own unique bushveld atmosphere, both delivering superb African and traditional cuisine. Our walking safaris are a conservation driven company, accommodating 1 person per 4,200 acres, resulting in a low environmental impact whilst offering an unforgettable experience. We work on a 75/25 basis (75% walking / 25% driving). Each day begins with coffee and rusks before departing on your early morning walk for approximately 3-4 hours. Return to base camp for a hearty breakfast. During the heat of the morning, Note: Excludes flights/car hire to Hoedspruit Airport. Conservation Levy R100 pp at entry to reserve (may fluctuate) Items of a personal nature e.g. bar bill, gratuities, laundry. Minimum 2 people, maximum 20.

you'll be at leisure at the camp. Enjoy a light lunch and then after tea depart on a 1hr walk, followed by an evening / night game drive in open vehicles. Return for dinner under the stars and stories around the fire. Our small, unfenced tented camps in the Timbavati and Klaserie Game Reserves are basic yet comfortable - instead of excessive luxury our guests are given complete exclusivity. Both the camps and the concessions that we operate in are completely private, so whilst on safari there are no interruptions from other game lodges, no sightings shared - what you see is what you get and what you get is all yours. Both the camps are situated on river systems affording opportunity for good game viewing from your private tent. Each camp comprises of 5 twin safari tents of old Africa style, open dining area and open boma. The camps are designed around strict conservation practices utilizing natural resources, no brick or concrete will be found anywhere. The camps do not have electricity and are run purely from solar power. At night there is a camp fire, candles and lanterns to guide you around the camp, to make for an experience not easily forgotten.


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GARDEN ROUTE WONDERLAND ~ 3 NIGHTS Explore the winding coastline of the Garden Route. Enjoying stunning scenery, lush green coastal forest and delicious food and wine. Cape Town roundtrip departing Wednesdays at 7.30am. Inclusions:______________________________ Transport in air-conditioned mini-bus ● Professional guides ● 3 Breakfasts ● 1 Lunch ● 3/4 star graded accommodation ● Sightseeing

This tour gives you the opportunity to travel the famous Route 62, discover the Cango Caves, explore Knysna land and enjoy an ostrich farm experience. DAY 1: CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN Depart Cape Town via Montagu on Route 62 to the pretty village of Barrydale for tea (to own expense). Travel along to Oudtshoorn, famous for its ostrich industry. Enjoy a fascinating tour of an ostrich farm. Continue along to Oudtshoorn to check in to your hotel for the night. Accommodation: Oudtshoorn Inn (or similar). DAY 2: OUDTSHOORN TO KNYSNA After breakfast go underground to marvel at the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most

spectacular natural wonders. Drive to George via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass and take the breathtaking alternative ‘old garden route’ back road to Knysna (weather and road conditions permitting), traversing several plateau’s, indigenous forests, a ghost town and farming communities. Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel (or similar). DAY 3: KNYSNA Enjoy a morning cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. See the imposing sandstone cliffs which guard the sea’s entrance to Knysna's huge tidal lagoon. After lunch the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this lovely and special town, discovering its galleries, crafts and coffee bars. Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel (or similar). DAY 4: KNYSNA TO CAPE TOWN Head back to Cape Town via Swellendam and Hermanus, famous for whale watching during the breeding season (July-October). Arrive back in Cape Town late Saturday afternoon.

MAGNIFICENT GARDEN ROUTE ~ 3 NIGHTS This small group tour is ideal to see the highlights of the beautiful Garden Route. Departs Cape Town Wednesdays at 7.30am and ends in Port Elizabeth on Sunday at 4pm. Inclusions:______________________________ Transport in air-conditioned mini-bus ● Professional guides ● 3 Breakfasts ● 1 Lunch ● 1 Dinner ● 3/4 star graded accommodation ● Sightseeing

Explore Oudtshoorn and Knysna. Marvel at the Cango Caves and a working ostrich farm. Take in the breathtaking views of the Featherbed Nature Reserve and the Tsitsikamma National Park. DAY 1: CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN Depart Cape Town and travel along South Africa’s version of America’s famous route 66 - Route 62. Stop in Barrydale for tea (to own account) at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant. Then on to Oudtshoorn for a guided tour of an ostrich farm. Continue to our Oudtshoorn hotel. Accommodation: Oudtshoorn Inn (or similar). DAY 2: OUDTSHOORN/ KNYSNA Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn to see the icy formations. Drive via the Outeniqua Pass to the town of George, before carrying our journey onto Knysna. Upon arriving in Knysna spend the day discovering the town’s many

art galleries, craft shops and coffee bars. After a day exploring enjoy dinner. Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel (or similar). DAY 3: KNYSNA After breakfast cruise the huge Knysna lagoon and journey via ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, which is situated at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon. Take in the view of the Knysna Heads, the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding the lagoon. After lunch the rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy all that Knysna has to offer. Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel (or similar). DAY 4: PORT ELIZABETH After breakfast and check-out formalities set off on the drive to Port Elizabeth. Drive through the glorious indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest, renowned for its ancient trees. The forest is known to protect a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life and considered greatly to be one of the largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world. Arrive in Port Elizabeth by mid-afternoon. The tour terminates with a drop-off at the airport or at a central Port Elizabeth based hotel.


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AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE ~ 1 NIGHT This 2 day experience allows you to stay overnight in this Big 5 Game Reserve in the Klein Karoo under 2 hours drive from Cape Town. Experience the ultimate African safari getaway. Inclusions:______________________________ Transportation from Cape Town to Aquila return ● Meals and activities as per itinerary ● Welcome drink ● 1 nights accommodation in either Cottage, Family Cottage or Premier luxury chalets.

DAY 2: AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Enjoy a morning Game Drive before being transferred back to your Cape Town City hotel, or even choose to extend your stay.

Aquila Private Game Reserve is named after the rare and endangered Black Eagle that thrives in the area. Proclaimed a Private Nature Reserve in 1985 this 4 star, malaria free, 4,500ha of Southern Karoo boasts all the features associated with an exceptional safari lodge.. The area is steeped in San and Boer War history and is home to the Big 5 legends of the wilderness; elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino all roam the outskirts. DAY 1: CAPE TOWN TO AQUILA You will be collected from your Cape town city hotel and transferred to the Aquila Private Game Reserve , which is set in the most magnificent Karoo scenery. On arrival you will receive a welcome drink.

Note: Customers who require a return transfer back to Cape Town International Airport are required to pay a surcharge for a private transfer. As the transfers included in this package are scheduled transfers, they will not connect with flight departure times. Departs daily at 11.00am Excludes: Beverages, gratuities, laundry, minibar, optional excursions

GARDEN ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS ~ 3 NIGHTS The fabulous Garden Route is a highlight of any trip to South Africa. Departs Cape Town Thursdays at 9am and ends in Port Elizabeth on Sunday at 6pm. Inclusions:______________________________ Transport in air-conditioned luxury vehicle ● English speaking driver guide ● 3 Breakfasts ● 3 Dinners ● 3/4 star graded accommodation ● Sightseeing This small group tour gives you the opportunity to see magnificent scenery, quaint and charming towns, view the lush Route 62, the Knysna lagoon and heads and experience an encounter with elephants. DAY 1: CAPE TOWN TO OUDTSHOORN Depart Cape Town and travel along the N1 to Route 62 - which is the Western Cape’s tourist scenic route. Stop in Barrydale for lunch (to own account). Continue along to Oudtshoorn ‘the feather capital of the world’. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Accommodation: De Opstal Country Lodge (or similar). DAY 2: OUDTSHOORN TO PLETTERNBERG BAY Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn. Continue onto Knysna - the gem of the garden route, here you will have the afternoon at leisure to explore this vibrant coastal town. While in

Knysna you have the option of a trip on the lagoon on the John Benn or Paddle Cruises (own account). Continue the journey to Plettenberg Bay for the following 2 nights. Freshen up before dinner. Accommodation: Laird’s Lodge (or similar). DAY 3: KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK AND BIRDS OF EDEN After breakfast get up close and personal with nature at the Knysna Elephant Park. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account) visit Birds of Eden - the largest free flight bird aviary in the world. Optional Whale and Dolphin experience (to own account, subject to availability and weather) before returning to lodge. DAY 4: TSITSKIAMMA NATIONAL PARK TO PORT ELIZABETH After breakfast and check-out we travel along to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. We enjoy lunch (to own account) and a walk along the suspension bridge over the Storms River mouth gorge which offers incredible views. The tour ends in Port Elizabeth at approx 6pm with drop-off at the airport or your Port Elizabeth based hotel. Note: Tour also runs in reverse from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Departs Mondays at 09.00am


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SCENIC GARDEN ROUTE CIRCULAR ~ 5 DAYS Cape Town return

Enjoy this 5 day escorted tour which travels along one of South Africa’s most beautiful coastlines from Cape Town back to Cape Town. Soak In spectacular scenery, enjoy encounters with wildlife and taste delicious food and drink. Inclusions:______________________________ Transport in air-conditioned luxury vehicle ● English speaking professional tour guides throughout ● Accommodation as specified ● 4 Breakfasts ● 2 Lunches ● 4 Dinners

DAY 3: KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK AND TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK After breakfast, get up close and personal

DAY 1: CAPE TOWN Depart Cape Town in the morning and travel over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour and tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During whale season (July to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path. You have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (to own account). After lunch (own account) continue to Swellendam. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel. Accommodation: Klippe Rivier Country House.

with nature at the Knysna Elephant Park. Learn all about the elephants with the help of the resident elephants and the well-informed guides, where you will also have the chance to touch, feed and photograph the elephants. After lunch (to own account) travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’. Walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge. Spend some time at leisure in Plettenberg Bay before returning to the lodge for dinner. Accommodation: Hog Hollow Country Lodge.

a slow drive to Cape Town where your tour ends around 6pm with a drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your Cape town based hotel.

DAY 4: PLETTENBERG BAY TO OUDTSHOORN Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay. Wind through George and via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm for a guided tour. Continue to the Cango Caves, which have become a major drawcard to the Karoo region. Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight hotel and enjoy dinner. Accommodation: Rosenhof Country House. DAY 5: ROUTE 62 TO CAPE TOWN DAY 2: KNYSNA After breakfast we depart Swellendam and travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before vising the Featherbed Nature Reserve. This trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2km downhill nature trail walk. A delicious lunch is enjoyed under the shade of Milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue on to Plettenberg Bay for the following two nights. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge. Accommodation: Hog Hollow Country Lodge. PLEASE NOTE: Accommodations listed may be at an alternative hotel of a similar standard. This tour departs Mondays at 8am.


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THE BLUE TRAIN ~ 1 NIGHT CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA (OR V.V) The Blue Train is a unique combination of the charm of train travel with a level of luxury of one of the World’s leading hotels. The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.

On the Southbound trip between Pretoria and Cape Town, the train departs at 8:50 and arrives in Cape Town at 12pm the following day, with a stop en route and excursion to the diamond town of Kimberley. On the Northbound trip between Cape Town and Pretoria, the train departs at 8:50 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30 the next day, with a stop at the Klein Karoo town of Matjiesfontein.

CENTURION LAKE HOTEL Inclusions:_______________ ● Deluxe or Luxury Train accommodation with en-suite ● All Meals and drinks on board (including alcoholic beverages) ● Off train excursion with guide

Departs:_________________ Selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The ideal hotel in Pretoria for a pre or post Blue Train trip. In a convenient location in a tranquil setting the hotel is popular with both tourists and business travellers.


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ROVOS RAIL For many visitors to South Africa there’s no finer way to see the country than on-board the “Pride of Africa”. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, when privileged traveller’s experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion. Enjoy fine cuisine in five star luxury as watching spectacular scenery unfold outside the windows.

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA (or vice versa) This 1,600 kilometre journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. For many people the popular 48-hour weekly journeys between Cape Town and Pretoria by luxury train are among the highlights of any trip to South Africa. Cape Town offers a blend of cosmopolitan city life, magnificent mountains and superlative wine lands, while Pretoria and nearby Johannesburg are the ideal starting point for Mpumalanga’s world-famous game reserves. Travel the windswept grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo, the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape to the Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devils' Peak and Lion's Head. Highlights of the route include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. A stop is also made in Kimberley, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a city tour, visit the Mine Museum and "The Big Hole”. DEPARTS: Cape Town - Selected Saturdays & Mondays. Pretoria - Selected Wednesdays & Fridays.

DURBAN TO PRETORIA (or vice versa) An unforgettable journey into the heart of KwaZulu-Natal on a three day safari, aboard one of the most luxurious trains in the world. Take in the Big Five, a battlefields tour with a world class historian and learn about unusual African ceramics all while experiencing the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Experience the diversity of the Nambiti Conservancy, a Big Five private game reserve and learn about the spirit of the Zulu people at the Ardmore Ceramic Art Gallery. DEPARTS: Durban - Selected Mondays. Pretoria - Selected Fridays at 10 am.

PRETORIA TO VICTORIA FALLS (or vice versa) This two night adventure begins as the train departs Rovos Rail's gracious station at Capital Park in Pretoria or the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. On this special journey the luxurious train starts in the morning and slowly meanders past stunning scenery. Travel past mist shrouded peaks of the Soutpansberg Mountains, and Beit Bridge on the border of Zimbabwe and South Africa. Travel through Baobab country evocative of primeval Africa and pass through the Hwange Game Reserve and Thompson’s Junction. If time permits a visit will be made to the interesting Museum of Natural History in Bulawayo. DEPARTS: Pretoria - Selected Thursdays. Vic Falls - Selected Sundays at 10am.

Inclusions on all 3 journeys:_________ Pullman, Deluxe or Royal Train accommodation with en-suite ● All Meals and drinks on board (including alcoholic beverages)● Off train excursions with guide

Notes:_________________________ Prices are all based on twin share ● Visas need to be purchased and paid for prior to departure for Zimbabwe


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SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS Shongololo Express Safari Trains are fully serviced traveling hotels. Your holiday time is maximised by the trains travelling at night, which means that you awake each morning to a new and exciting destination. Shongololo trains offer unbeatable value for money and comfort catering to all tastes, with a range of 4 accommodation categories. Vehicles for land tours also travel on the train in specially designed carriages and off loaded at each destination.

SOUTHERN CROSS ADVENTURE Johannesburg to Victoria Falls (or vice versa) 15 nights This 16 day journey travels leisurely across six countries between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg or vice versa, making numerous calls at destinations in Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. The route is carefully crafted to deliver stunning experiences every day and you'll gain rare insight into the cultural and geographical cocktail that makes Southern Africa so vibrant and exciting. Itinerary – runs the same in reverse DAY 1: Pretoria / Johannesburg / Soweto DAY 2: Swaziland DAY 3 AND 4: Maputo (Mozambique) DAY 5: Kruger National Park DAY 6: Mpumalanga DAY 7: Panorama Route DAY 8: Day on rails to Zimbabwe DAY 9: Great Zimbabwe DAY 10: Antelope Park, Gweru DAY 11: Bulawayo & Matobo National Park DAY 12: Hwange National Park DAY 13: Livingstone (Zambia) DAY 14: Chobe National Park (Botswana) DAY 15: Transfer Day DAY 16: Transfer Day

GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE Johannesburg to Cape Town (or vice versa) 15 nights This 16 day journey offers an amazingly comprehensive view of South Africa taking in virtually every internationally regarded "must see" locations. As the train travels the length and breadth of the country guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures and lifestyles that the "Rainbow Nation" has to offer. Itinerary – runs the same in reverse DAY 1: Panorama Route DAY 2: Kruger National Park DAY 3: Swaziland DAY 4: Pretoria / Johannesburg / Soweto DAY 5: Durban DAY 6: Northern Zululand DAY 7: Southern Zululand DAY 8: Ladysmith - Midlands / Southern Drakensberg DAY 9: Bloemfontein DAY 10: Port Elizabeth DAY 11: Klein Karoo DAY 12: Garden Route DAY 13: Winelands / Overberg Region DAY 14: Cape Town DAY 15: Cape Town DAY 16: Transfer Day

Inclusions:_________________ Accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis ● Arrival and departure transfers from airport to train ● A choice of daily off rail activities

Notes:____________________ Excludes: lunches, beverages, airfares, gratuities, pre night accommodation, laundry, visas


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DESERT EXPRESS The Desert Express is Namibia's Unique Rail Experience. The surroundings on-board are luxurious and the uniquely shaped large widows are excellent for viewing the passing magnificent Namibian landscapes. As an additional service passengers can also request to take vehicles along, making it even more convenient for you to continue with your holiday once you have reached your destination.

WINDHOEK TO SWAKOPMUND AND ETOSHA (round-trip) 6 nights

WINDHOEK TO SWAKOPMUND 1 night

Namibia is renowned for its wide open spaces and superb sunrises and sunsets. The timetable has been specifically designed to coincide with the sunrises and sunsets.

This one night journey is a relaxing way to enjoy a quick insight into Namibia’s amazing scenery, if you are short on time.

Itinerary -

Inclusions:________________ Accommodation● Dinner and breakfast ● Off train excursions

Notes:___________________ Prices are all based on twin share ● Excludes: lunches, beverages on board, gratuities, transfers to and from station, laundry

DAY 1: Depart from Windhoek. Biltong stop at Okahandja. Dinner and overnight on train DAY 2: Swakopmund. Morning boat cruise and Walvis Bay Lagoon, lunch at Pelican Point. Dinner and overnight on train DAY 3: Welwitschia valley and moon landscapes. Dinner and overnight on train DAY 4: Etosha National Park. Game drive. Overnight and dinner at 3* Okaukuejo Rest Camp DAY 5: Etosha National Park. Morning and afternoon game drive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at 3* Halali Rest Camp Day 6: Etosha National Park. Morning game drive and lunch. Reboard train for Otjiwarongo. Dinner and overnight on train DAY 7: Breakfast and lunch on train. Craft market in Okahandja before arriving back in Windhoek around 14:00

Itinerary DAY 1: Depart from Windhoek. Enjoy a welcome drink and open sandwiches. Afternoon game drive at Oropoko Lodge. Dinner and overnight on train DAY 2: Breakfast on train followed by a dune excursion. Arrive at Swakopmund station

SWAKOPMUND TO WINDHOEK 1 night An eastbound one night journey that offers you different off train excursions, from the one night westbound adventure. Itinerary DAY 1: Depart from Swakopmund Station. Enjoy a tea / coffee party with scones and cake followed by a late afternoon sun downer near the Kahn valley. Dinner and overnight on train DAY 2: Breakfast on train followed by a

game drive and lion feed at Okapuka. Arrive at Windhoek Station at approximately 10:30


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The world-famous Kruger National Park is a South African national treasure and contains the largest concentration of game species on earth. The 20million hectare Kruger National Park is the largest and best known game reserve in South Africa and runs along the north-eastern border of the country and is larger than Israel or Wales.

It extends 350km from north to south and 60km from east to west. To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, to the north is Zimbabwe and to the east is Mozambique. Visiting the Kruger National Park at any time of the year is rewarding. The summer months, October to February, can be hot, while the winter months are cold at night but mild and pleasant during the day. Kruger National Park has a range of accommodation options in the main rest camps with chalets, cottages, bungalow tents, caravan and camp sites or bushveld camps, bush lodges and private safari lodges. These options vary in price and style; from rustic to luxurious.

Adjoining Kruger National Park to the south are a wide range of breath-taking private luxurious game lodges and bush camps. Within these reserves the operators are given sole traversing rights and rangers can drive off-road to track animals. The lodges within these ultra-luxurious private reserves offer stunning accommodation, gourmet bush cuisine, a high level of service, heavenly blissful spa treatments and excellent game viewing. As if this wasn’t enough a feature at each lodge is a variety of amazing game activities and game drives in open safari vehicles by day and night, under the expert guidance of trained safari rangers and trackers.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare wildlife sanctuary forming part of the greater Kruger National Park game preservation area. No fences exist within this area and animals are free to roam unhindered through this enormous conservancy. The reserve is especially famous for its leopard sightings. Thornybush Private Game Reserve is adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park comprised of 11,500 hectares of pristine African bushveld. With an ambudance of bird and mammal species including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino (black and white) and buffalo, it is also home to seven exclusive lodges. Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is located in what is called the ‘Lowveld’, which is a vast track of sub-tropical savannah bushveld in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve consists of prime wildlife habitat situated on the unfenced western boundary of the world-famous Kruger National Park, and boasts great herds of buffalo.

The region also holds many more sensational natural attractions. The amazing view from God’s Window near Graskop, the beauty of Blyde River Canyon and the Victorian gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest.


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GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LION SANDS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE River Lodge

LION SANDS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Ivory Lodge

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, local beverages, game activities and VAT

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, local beverages, game activities and VAT

SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE—LUXURY GAME LODGE

SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE—LUXURY GAME LODGE LOCATION : Lion Sands is situated in the southern part of the 65,000ha world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga. Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to traverse freely between Lion Sands and Kruger.

LOCATION : Lion Sands is situated in the southern part of the 65,000ha world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga. Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to traverse freely between Lion Sands and Kruger. 110km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and 20km from Skukuza Airport.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Lion Sands is the only private reserve to have access to the perennial Sabie River, ensuring an awesome diversity of wildlife. Public areas offer a lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, 2 swimming pools (heated in winter), wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, spa and gym, curio shop and an indoor and outdoor (boma) dining area. Activities include 2 daily game drives, bush breakfasts/dinners, bush walks, picnic lunches, hippo tour, and astronomy.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Lion Sands is the only reserve to have access to the Sabie River, ensuring an amazing diversity of wildlife. The lodge has a lounge, bar, viewing decks, 2 swimming pools, an indoor and outdoor dining area, curio shop, wine cellar, gym and spa. Activities include 2 daily game drives, bush breakfasts/dinners, bush walks, picnic lunches, hippo tour, and astronomy.

ACCOMMODATION: The rooms at River Lodge are spread along the banks of the river with private access along raised wooden walkways. Each of the 18 luxurious air-conditioned, en-suite, thatched bedrooms have inside and outside showers and private wooden viewing deck. All rooms also have an overhead fan, telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer and bathrobes.

ACCOMMODATION: Ivory Lodge is located on the banks of the Sabie River with magnificent views extending onto the open sand banks of the Kruger National Park. Large and spacious the 6 ultra luxurious suites have an en-suite bathroom comprising of their own courtyard, lounge with fireplace, viewing deck, and private plunge pool. They also all have a telephone, minibar, safe, hairdryer, and internet access. The bedrooms and en-suite are air-conditioned with an outside shower.

GOMO GOMO GAME LODGE

THORNYBUSH PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, tea, coffees and snacks and game drives.

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and coffee, game walks, game drives and VAT.

KWA-MBILI ● TANGALA ● JACKALBERRY ● CHAPUNGU

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●ROYAL MALEWANE ● MAIN LODGE ● SERONDELLA ●SHUMBALALA NEAR HOEDSPRUIT—LUXURY GAME LODGES LOCATION : Adjacent to Kruger National Park and set in the rolling Lowveld lies this11,500 hectares Big 5 game reserve. Located a 5 hour scenic drive from Johannesburg or 25km from Hoedspruit Airport and 200km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: The Thornybush collection of consist of 9 lodges and has earned its reputation as one of South Africa’s finest bush experiences. Each lodge provides a variety of different experiences designed to suit a range of budgets. All lodges include swimming pools and twice daily game drives - at dawn and dusk - in open landrovers accompanied by experienced rangers. Spa treatments are available at Thornybush Game Lodge and Simbambili Game Lodge. Shumbalala, Thornybush and Simbambili game lodges include sundowner drinks on game drives. ACCOMMODATION: Luxury accommodation all of which are air-conditioned and have en-suite.

NEAR KLASSERIE—LUXURY GAME LODGE LOCATION : Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is situated in the prestigious Klasserie Private Nature Reserve sharing an unfenced boundary with Kruger. Covering approximately 6,000 hectares in a varied landscape with an excellent possibility of coming face to face with the Big 5 and numerous other bird and mammal species In their natural environment. 40 minutes drive from Hoedspruit or 7 hours from Johannesburg. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: A private and intimate camp offering morning, afternoon/early evening game drives in open 4x4 landrovers with qualified and experienced rangers and trackers and providing excellent photographic opportunities. Guided bush walks, bird watching, swimming pool, patio area, open thatched dining area, outdoor (boma) dining area. Children can participate in game drives but have to be 12 years and older to participate in the bush walk. There is a shorter bush walk around camp for younger children. ACCOMMODATION: A maximum of 16 guests are accommodated in fully furnished, brick and thatched luxury en-suite chalets all with electricity and air-conditioning. Guest chalets also offer tea and coffee making facilites and safety deposit box.


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GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK JOCK SAFARI LODGE

LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, local beverages, game activities, laundry and park fees.

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, meals - morning tea/coffee, brunch, high tea, evening drinks (excluding premium brands), dinner - and game drives.

VARTY CAMP ● FOUNDERS CAMP ● PIONEERS CAMP ●TREE CAMP

MAIN JOCK LODGE ● LITTLE JOCK LODGE

NEAR HAZYVIEW—LUXURY GAME LODGE

NEAR MALELANE GATE—LUXURY GAME LODGES LOCATION : The five star graded Jock Safari Lodge is located in the southern section of Kruger National Park at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti Rivers. Approximately 100km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and a 5 hour drive from Johannesburg.

LOCATION : Situated on the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve covering over 14,000 hectares, home to the Big 5 and world famous for its leopard sighting. 150km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (2-3 hours drive) and 500km from Johannesburg.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: One of the very first privately owned lodges in world famous Kruger National Park. Offering excellent Big 5 game viewing as well as many other animal and bird species. Two daily game drives in open vehicles with professional rangers, walking safaris, birding safaris and guided historical tours. Lodge facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa with sauna, bar, curio shop, dining room, and outdoor boma dining area.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Morning and evening game drives in open viewing vehicles and guided nature walks. The game viewing experience is complimented by other activities such as bird watching, stargazing, photographic safaris, moonlit bush dinners (weather permitting), yoga, walking expeditions, bush banqueting, children's club, ‘magic boxes’ for children, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and bush presentations in the interpretive centre. Dining deck, boma, bar, outdoor swimming pool.

ACCOMMODATION: Main Jock Lodge is made up of 12 thatched air-conditioned luxury suites overlooking the stunning Biyamiti and Mitomeni Rivers. Suites offer a minibar, safe, private viewing deck and plunge pool. Little Jock is ideal for more privacy only offering 3 luxury air-con suites with a private chef and ranger, indoor and outdoor showers and equipped with its own public areas and plunge pool.

ACCOMMODATION: Each of the exquisite camps offers exceptional cuisine and are secluded amongst towering trees on the riverbank. With accommodation to suit each budget Varty and Pioneer Camps are perfect for families, Pioneer can be used by families and couples and Tree and Granite Suites are for adults unless taken exclusively. Varty, tree and granite suites offer private plunge pools.

SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, meals on a full board basis, a house selection of beverages, game drives/walks and VAT.

TINGA PRIVATE GAME LODGE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, soft drinks/ house beverages, game activities, park fees and conservation levy.

BUSH LODGE ● EARTH LODGE ● LITTLE BUSH CAMP●SELATI CAMP SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE—LUXURY GAME LODGE LOCATION : This award winning luxurious private game reserve lies deep in the African bushveld within South Africa’s famous Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. 120km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Twice daily game drives tracking the Big 5 off-road in open Land Rovers/walking safaris with a qualified game ranger and tracker. A chance to view up to 200 animal and 300 bird species. Bush Lodge features 2 swimming pools, spa, lounge, curio shop, huge viewing decks, open courtyards and open-air boma. Earth Lodge boasts a dining area, open-air boma, library, art gallery, wine cellar, curio shop meditation garden and spa. Little Bush Camp offers dinners under gently lit trees. Selati Camp has an open-air boma and at night is romantically lit by oil lamps. ACCOMMODATION: Bush Lodge features 25 spacious en-suite thatched suites with air-con. Earth Lodge is home to 13 luxurious suites with air-con, private plunge pool, indoor/outdoor shower and butler service. Little Bush Camp offers 6 luxury suites with private viewing deck, spa bath, air-con and indoor/outdoor showers. Selati offers 8 intimate suites with air-con and indoor/outdoor showers.

TINGA LEGENDS LODGE ● TINGA NARNIA LODGE NEAR SKUKUZA REST CAMP—LUXURY GAME LODGE LOCATION : Tinga Private Game Lodge is situated at the confluence of the Sabie and the Sand Rivers, in the heart of world famous Kruger National Park. 100km from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and 450km/5 hours drive from Johannesburg. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Tinga has an exclusive 5,000 hectare concession and game lodge vehicles also have access to the entire Kruger National Park allowing excellent game viewing. Two daily game drives, one morning and one afternoon, in open top vehicles with guides and trackers. Tinga has an outdoor swimming pool, well-stocked wine cellar, library and dining room, bar and boma. Further activities wellness treatments, and guided bush walks. ACCOMMODATION: Tinga has two luxury lodges each having 9 suites, accommodating up to 18 guests. All offer en-suite bathrooms, private game viewing deck and plunge pool with magnificent views of the African bush and Sabie River. They also feature large outdoor showers, minibar, fireplace and fridge.


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Jo’burg, as everyone calls Johannesburg, is a vast and colourful city, with more than nine million resident - and it’s still growing. Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest and most densely populated city and is in many ways the powerhouse of the country. It is a young city too, which has only really grown since the hectic gold rush days, which is the reason for Jo’burg’s many different names, ‘eGoli’ and ‘Gauteng’ amongst them meaning gold - City of Gold.

Though it’s a bit of a cliché to say, Johannesburg really is a city of contrasts with opulent mansions in leafy suburbs, protected by high walls and razor wire, not quite cheek by cheek, but only a mile or two from sprawling shanty towns housing millions of intensely poor people. For a different kind of perspective on the city take a guided tour into the vast, sprawling township of Soweto and see the ‘shebeens’ which are the laidback local taverns.

The city is home to the imposing Stock Exchange building and is the financial and commercial hub of the country.

To gain an understanding on South Africa’s history there is The Apartheid

Although Gauteng's primary attraction is big business, it is also now a tourist attraction with something for everyone. Vast and opulent shopping malls with exclusive boutiques in the affluent suburbs north of the city, amongst them Sandton, Melrose Arch, Hyde Park, Rosebank and Four Ways. Outstanding world-class restaurants and bars, vibrant pavement cafes and a wonderful selection of music venues and entertainment complexes. Countless museums and theatres with performances of world class standards, all add to the diversity and stimulating energy of the city.

Museum, which is a fascinating albeit disturbing glimpse back into the country’s darkest days, and the 1976 Soweto student uprisings and its triumph.

Spend a day at the famous Gold Reef City, where you can relive the old gold rush days of Johannesburg and even go underground on a mine exploration. There is also a wealth of culture to be found around Gauteng with its art routes, historical battlefields and its World Heritage Site, the Sterkfontein Caves and The Cradle of Mankind with its invaluable archaeological discoveries.


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport 3* A Spanish influenced designed hotel with lovely lush gardens surrounding the outside pool creating a relaxed ambience ● All rooms have a fresh modern look with air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, heating and hairdryer ● Restaurant and bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● 7 room conference complex with 2 boardrooms ● 1 disabled room available on request

JOHANNESBURG - Southern Sun OR Tambo Airport 3.5* The airport is situated just 500 metres from Africa’s busiest airport and offers a range of facilities and services. Guests will receive the traditional warmth and hospitality for which Holiday Inn is renowned. The hotel is within easy reach of business, shopping and entertainment centres ● All rooms have cable TV, telephone, data port, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and hair dryer ● Disabled rooms on request

● Restaurant and cocktail bar ● Coffee bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Foreign exchange facilities ● Curio shop

JOHANNESBURG - Peermont Metcourt /Suites at Emperors Palace 3* The Metcourt Laurel at Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Conventions Resort offers stylish and comfortable rooms just 5 minutes complimentary shuttle bus from Johannesburg Airport ● Rooms offer LCD flat screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, internet and safe ● Restaurant ● Café ● Cocktail bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Includes daily breakfast ● Guests can also enjoy access to the Emperors Palace magnificent facilities.

JOHANNESBURG - Protea Hotel OR Tambo 4* This brand new pristine hotel is just minutes from OR Tambo Airport. It is themed around an aircraft hangar with polished concrete floors, steel finishes and chrome lighting ● 213 superbly appointed bedrooms with elegant furnishings are complimented by wooden flooring and cool finishes ● All rooms and public areas are soundproofed and rooms offer LCD flat screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, internet

and safe ● Pool ●Gym ● Bar ● Restaurant ● Parking ● Includes breakfast daily


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Peermont Mondior at Emperors Palace 4* Located next door to the Metcourt the Mondior features 150 spacious rooms furnished in contemporary African elegance ● All rooms offer LCD flat screen satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, heating, air-con, internet and safe ● Guests have access to the casino, dining and entertainment of Emperors Palace ● Complimentary airport shuttle ● Bar ● Restaurant ● Includes daily breakfast

JOHANNESBURG - Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel 5* Discover untold luxury and regal comfort at this 5-star Peermont D’Oreale at Emperors Palace next door to Johannesburg Airport. The hotel features 196 rooms and suites lavishly furnished in superior style. Dine at elegant Aurelia’s restaurant, indulge your senses at Octavia’s Sensorium Day Spa or sip a cocktail while watching the sunset over Neptune’s Pool bar ● Rooms have Cable TV, phone, tea/coffee facilities, mini bar,

heating, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Guests also have access to Emperors Palace ● Includes daily breakfast

JOHANNESBURG - African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel 5* The Melrose Hotel has become a destination in its own right attracting those who take pleasure in modern elegance and sophistication. The hotel is situated within the exclusive Melrose Arch lifestyle development, combining superb facilities and excellent service ● All rooms have satellite TV, DVD player, CD/Stereo, minibar, internet, telephone, air-conditioning, heating, internet, tea/coffee facilities and

safe ● Restaurant ● Coffee bar ● Library and pool bar ● Heated outdoor pool

JOHANNESBURG - Intercontinental Johannesburg OR Airport 5* This luxury hotel is located within walking distance of the airport. It has a unique contemporary design offering a tranquil and peaceful experience ● Spacious soundproofed bedrooms with extra large walk-In showers offering mini bar, satellite TV, heating and air-con, telephone, tea/ coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer & trouser press ● 24 hour bar and room service ● Restaurant ● Valet and self parking ● Includes daily breakfast

● Fully equipped gym, steam room and indoor heated pool with massage facilities overlooking the Johannesburg skyline and runways


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - The Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre 4* This Benoni property is conveniently situated only 10 minutes away from OR Tambo airport on the banks of the Benoni natural lakes and adjacent to the golf course ● 144 rooms each offering cable TV, air-conditioning, heating, hairdryer, telephone, fan and ironing facilities ● Terrace/ Sundowner Bar ● Restaurant ● On site tennis courts, swimming pool and water skiing facilities ● Includes daily breakfast

● Nearby golf course, bowling greens, squash courts and horse riding. The Emperor’s palace casino only 8km away

JOHANNESBURG - The Airport Grand Hotel 4* The 151 room hotel is conveniently located a mere 5 minute drive from OR Tambo airport, offering excellent access to both Johannesburg and Pretoria ● There are a variety of nearby attractions within walking distance ● All rooms have a TV, telephone, fan, air-conditioning and heating, hairdryer, ironing facilities, tea/ coffee making facilities, and digital safety deposit boxes ● Restaurant and cocktail bar

● Foreign exchange ● Includes daily breakfast

JOHANNESBURG - Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite 3.5* The Protea Hotel Parktonian offers a wide variety of services to ensure a memorable stay, whether for leisure or business. The hotel boasts some of the largest rooms in Gauteng, with easy access to major attractions ● All suites offer separate lounge, bedroom, work desk, satellite TV, telephone, air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, tea/coffee facilities, fridge, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Attached recreation centre with indoor unheated

JOHANNESBURG - The Palazzo Montecasino

pool ● Restaurant and Bar ● Coffee shop ● Squash courts ● 24 hour room service ● Secure undercover parking

Fourways

5* The Palazzo Intercontinental in Fourways is a bit of Tuscany set amongst landscaped gardens and water features and just 30 mins from Johannesburg airport, and 20 mins from Sandton ● All rooms are beautifully appointed and include cable TV with in-house movies and pay channels, telephone, bath robes, air-conditioning, heating, tea/coffee facilities, stocked mini bar, safety deposit box, hairdryer and ironing facilities ● Outdoor Olympic sized

swimming pool ● Gym ● Restaurant and Bar ● Coffee shop ● Connected to the Montecasino Complex via walkway.


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Park Inn Sandton

Sandton

3.5* Centrally located in the exclusive Sandton suburb, this new hotel provides superb access to businesses, shops and golf courses. Key attractions close to the hotel include Sandton City shopping centre and Nelson Mandela Square. ● All rooms include TV with in-house movies, internet access, telephone, air-conditioning, tea/ coffee facilities, heating, hairdryer, and safety deposit box ● Restaurant and bar ● Outdoor pool ● Gym ● Breakfast daily

JOHANNESBURG - Protea Hotel Fire And Ice

Melrose Arch

3.5* This new hotel is located in the buzzing Melrose Arch precinct that is surrounded by fashionable hubs of retail and café society ● This fashionable hotel has 197 rooms offering a television, telephone, airconditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, ironing facilities and a safety deposit box ● Restaurant and Bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Gardens ● Parking ● Business and conference centre ● Includes daily breakfast

JOHANNESBURG - The Fairlawns

Sandton

5* The Fairlawns is in the heart of Sandton and the closest 5 star hotel to the airport. It offers a la carte dining,19 highly individual designed suites, transfers to/ from airport and within Sandton ● Suites are elegantly decorated and spacious and equipped with satellite TV, telephone, airconditioning, fireplaces, mini-bars, room safes, hostess trays, hairdryers and king size extra length beds ● Premier suites also have spa baths, DVD player and

JOHANNESBURG - Michelangelo Hotel

separate lounges ● Outdoor pool ● Gym ● Balinese Spa ● Wi-Fi ● Valet and parking ● Restaurant and bar ● Breakfast daily

Sandton

4* The Michelangelo towers over the heart of Nelson Mandela Square, the perfect place to observe the entertainment and corporate capital of Africa - Sandton. The serenity of Renaissance-style elegance makes this hotel one of the leading hotels in the world ● 218 Deluxe and Superior rooms and 22 Premier and Executive Suites all tastefully decorated ● Cable TV with in-house movies, internet access, tea/coffee facilities, telephone, air-con,

heating, mini-bar, bath robes, safety deposit box and hair dryer ● Indoor pool ●Sauna ● Restaurant and bar ● Breakfast


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Protea Hotel Balalaika

Sandton

4* Established in 1949 this hotel is a privately-owned Premier hotel set in the heart of Sandton. The 2 sections of this stylish hotel each have their own private garden and outdoor swimming pool ● 325 bedrooms offer Cable TV, telephone, airconditioning, heating, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safety deposit box . ● Restaurant and bar ● Coffee shop ● 2 Outdoor swimming pools ● Gym and steambath ● Includes daily breakfast

JOHANNESBURG - Sandton Sun

Sandton

***4*** Unsurpassed location in the heart of Sandton, connected to the Sandton Convention and Shopping Centre via a Skywalk. The hotel was one of the first two 5 star hotels in the city almost 25 years ago and was re-furbished in 2007 ● Rooms offer Cable TV, DVD player, WiFi, telephone, air-conditioning, tea/ coffee making facilities, hairdryer, ironing facilities, mini-bar, bathrobes, trouser press, fridge and safety deposit box.

JOHANNESBURG - Southern Sun Grayston

● Outdoor unheated swimming pool ● Gym ● Spa ● Valet parking ● Restaurant and bar

Sandton

4* The upmarket Crowne Plaza Sandton is within walking distance of the Sandton CBD and malls ● The hotel offers newly refurbished bedrooms with Cable TV, and pay channels, telephone, internet access, air- conditioning, heating, mini-bar, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, bath robes, trouser press and ironing facilities ● 2 restaurants and bar ● Coffee Shop ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Gym ● Live entertainment ● Breakfast daily

JOHANNESBURG - Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton

Sandton

4.5* This stylish property is ideally located in the heart of Sandton, the upmarket business and shopping hub of Johannesburg. The Radisson Blu is in a league of its own ● 290 guest rooms and suites with picturesque views of Sandton and include Cable TV, internet access, tea/coffee facilities, telephone, air-con, heating, mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobes and safe ● Indoor and outdoor swimming pool ● Fitness Centre ● Spa

● Restaurant and bar ● Coffee shop ● 24 hour room service ● Breakfast daily


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Radisson Blu Gautrain

Sandton

5* Enjoy a carefree Johannesburg holiday at this luxurious hotel, surrounded by the excellent services and amenities of Sandton ● Bedrooms offer satellite TV internet access, telephone, air-con, tea/ coffee facilities, mini-bar, fridge, hairdryer, trouser press, ironing facilities and safety deposit box ● Outdoor unheated swimming pool ● Gym ● Spa ● Restaurant and bar ● Valet parking ● Includes daily breakfast

JOHANNESBURG - Intercontinental Sandton Towers

Sandton

5* The Intercontinental Sandton Towers is renowned for hosting VIPs, royalty and celebrities and is one of South Africa’s leading hotels. The hotel has spectacular décor and boasts direct access to the exclusive shopping centre, Sandton City and convention centre ● Rooms offer Cable TV with in-house movies, DVD player, WiFi, telephone, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, mini -bar, bathrobes, ironing facilities and

JOHANNESBURG - Saxon Hotel

safety deposit box ● Coffee Shop ● Bar and Restaurant ● Swimming pool ● Gym & Sauna ● Includes daily breakfast

Sandton

5* Nestled in the upmarket suburb of Sandton the exclusive Saxon has witnessed history within its walls as it became home to Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison and edited his autobiography ● All rooms include Cable TV and in-house movies, DVD player, CD/ Stereo, telephone, WiFi, heating, airconditioning, mini-bar, fridge, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobes, hairdryer, ironing facilities and safety deposit box.

JOHANNESBURG - DaVinci on Nelson Mandela Square 5* The Legacy’s latest hotel and all suites development is located adjacent to Nelson Mandela Square in the heart of Sandton. Guests can enjoy the infinity heated swimming pool and luxurious shopping at Da Vinci Mall and Sandton City, an elevator ride away ● Rooms include satellite TV, telephone, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities, electronic safe and stocked mini bar ● 2 Restaurants and Bar ● Gym ● Spa

● Restaurant and bar ● 2 outdoor pools one heated ● Gym ● 24 hour room service ● Parking ● Includes daily breakfast


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Protea Hotel Wanderers

Sandton

4* The hotel is situated in the prestigious suburb of Illovo, Sandton. The M1 freeway is a 4 minute drive away from the hotel, for easy access. Minutes away from Sandton, Rosebank or Melrose Arch for fantastic shopping and dining ● 230 superbly appointed rooms with satellite TV, telephone, air-conditioning, heating, hairdryer, tea/coffee facilities, electronic safe ● Restaurant ● 24 hour Coffee/Deli/ Cocktail bar ● Outdoor pool ● Gym at Planet Fitness 400 m from hotel

JOHANNESBURG - The Quatermain Premier Boutique Hotel 3.5* Situated in the heart of residential, upmarket Morningside the hotel is only 2km from Sandton City and 27km from Johannesburg airport. The architecture is inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens and the gardens are completely indigenous ● Rooms offer satellite TV with in-house movies, internet access, air-conditioning, heating, telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, fan, ironing facilities, trouser press, fridge and

JOHANNESBURG - The Westcliff 5* Situated in Johannesburg’s most exclusive residential suburb, and enjoying a prime hillside setting, The Westcliff provides panoramic views over Johannesburg. Terracotta buildings set around cool swimming pools and manicured gardens, The Westcliff by Orient-Express is a quiet refined hideaway close to the city centre. ● All guest rooms include satellite TV and in-house movies, WiFi, telephone, heating, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/ coffee making facilities, hairdryer, bath robes and safety deposit box. Presidential suites also include a fireplace, limited kitchen facilities and ironing facilities. ● 2 restaurants ● Bar ● 2 large outdoor heated swimming pools ● Gym ● Spa ● Tennis Court ● Parking ● Includes daily breakfast

safety deposit box ● Restaurant and Bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Parking ● Includes daily breakfast


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JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG - Courtyard at Rosebank 3.5* In the heart of prestigious Rosebank this hotel is reminiscent of the colonial era, with all suites overlooking landscaped gardens. Easily accessible and only a 30 minute drive from Johannesburg airport, and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and cinemas ● All rooms include television, telephone, airconditioning, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safety deposit box ● Outdoor pool ● Breakfast restaurant and bar

JOHANNESBURG - The Rosebank Crowne Plaza Johannesburg 3.5* The hotel has a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere combined with friendly and efficient service. In the prestigious suburb of Rosebank with excellent accessibility to major centres and nearby attractions. ● TV with pay channels, telephone, tea/ coffee facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safety deposit box and ironing facilities. ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Sauna ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Parking

JOHANNESBURG - The Grace in Rosebank 5* The Grace is situated in the revived and upgraded hub of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment destination ● All rooms have Cable TV, telephone, internet access, mini bar, air-conditioning, heating, tea/coffee facilities, bath robes, hairdryer and safety deposit box. ● Heated outdoor swimming pool ● Gym ● Restaurant and Bar ● Parking

JOHANNESBURG - Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

Rosebank

5* The Park Hyatt Johannesburg is located in the leafy and cosmopolitan suburb of Rosebank, 10 mins north of the CBD and 35 mins from the airport. Characterised by a unique blend of elegance, modernity and inspiring regional works of art ● 244 rooms and suites have Cable TV, data port, telephone, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Gym ● Sauna ● Spa

offering beauty treatments ● Italian restaurant ● Restaurant offering snacks and light meals ● Bar ● Parking


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Just two hours from Johannesburg, in the heart of untamed bushveld and an extended savannah, nestled in the hills of the Pilanesburg is a place like no other - Sun City Resort and the Palace of The Lost City. Towering domes, glowing lights, seemingly ancient stonework, giant sculpted animals and swaying palm trees. Known as the Kingdom of Pleasure, this remarkable resort offers superb accommodation and is a world famous oasis of pleasure and non-stop entertainment.

extravagant lost-world theme and spectacular African feel - is one of the most famous hotels in the world. The spacious entertainment area is made up of extravagant hotels, world class casinos, restaurants, man-made beach with wave machine, golf courses, hot-air balloon flights, extensive sporting and leisure facilities as well as nightclubs, lavish cabaret shows and theme parks with Hollywood –style special effects. It is also the setting for international events such as rock concerts, golf tournaments and lavish extravaganzas.

The extravagant Sun City Resort and entertainment complex, said to be ‘In the middle of nowhere’, is known the world over as a tourism hotspot, and thought by many to be the Las Vegas of Southern Africa. It is the place to visit if you have had your fill of frenetic cities and are looking for somewhere to relax, but still with plenty to keep you occupied.

Sun City is an extraordinary resort and an icon of family fun and entertainment, as well as a haven for anyone who enjoys trying their luck at the various forms of gaming on offer here. The Lost City is the obvious highlight of the Sun City complex and the Palace of The Lost City - with its

Next door to the famous Sun City resort, is the Pilanesburg Game Reserve where you can experience the Big 5, just two hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. The reserve is home to a large number of wild animals and is one of the province’s biggest attractions. Slightly further north, yet still only 4-5 hours from Johannesburg is the Madikwe Game Reserve, which is one of the most successful wild dog rehabilitation programmes in the country, as well as countless other game and wildlife, and some exclusive game lodges.


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SUN CITY SUN CITY– The Cabanas at Sun City 3* ● This is the most relaxed and casual of all Sun City’s hotels ● The Cabanas offers more informal yet comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by lush gardens and perched on the edge of a lake that leads to Waterworld ● Ideal for family holidays with fully supervised children's entertainment and with family and standard rooms available ● All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea/ coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

● Outdoor swimming pool ● Gym ● Bar ● 4 Restaurants ● Games room and more

● In the heart of the rugged bushveld and surrounded by the Pilanesburg Mountains the hotel faces the world famous Gary Player Golf Course and overlooks the Sun City Lake ● The hotel is home to the Sun City Casino and has a ambience of glamorous sophistication ● All 340 rooms have superb views and offer all facilities including a TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning, fridge and hairdryer ● 4 Restaurants ● 2 Bars ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Spa

● Gym ● Tennis Courts ● Sauna ● 2 Golf Courses plus more

SUN CITY - Sun City Hotel 4*

SUN CITY - The Cascades at Sun City 4* ● Overlooking the Sun City Valley is the sophisticated and elegant Cascades hotel ● The hotel is one of the most sought after in Sun City with its lush gardens, tropical birds and water features and is inked to the glittering Entertainment Centre, Superbowl and The Lost City of Treasures ● Its tropical gardens and lagoons have footpaths which wind through indigenous trees and plants to the swimming pools and golf course ● Elegant rooms have air-

conditioning, satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer ● Vast range of hotel facilities

SUN CITY - The Palace of The Lost City 5* ● Architecturally unique, guests are welcomed as if at an imperial palace at this deluxe 5 star hotel which lies at the heart of Sun City ● This palatial hotel has an African theme with life size bronze elephant statues, exquisite murals and paintings throughout ● Surrounding the hotel Is a 25 hectare botanical jungle threaded with meandering paths, lakes, cascades, pools and water rides ● All 338 luxurious rooms offer TV, fridge, mini-bar

air-conditioning, bath robes ● 2 Restaurants and Bars● 2 swimming pools ●Sport facilities


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JOHANNESBURG AND SUN CITY DAY TOURS

JOHANNESBURG CITY TOUR (ex Johannesburg) half day Founded by prospectors in the 1800's, Johannesburg is the economic hub of South Africa. Drive through the Rainbow Nation's financial capital taking in the Banking district, the Magistrate's Court and the Supreme Court. Visit the "top of Africa" at the Carlton Centre before heading to Museum Africa. Drive through some of the most picturesque and avant-garde suburbs in the country before returning to your hotel. (Morning or Afternoon)

SOWETO TOUR (ex Johannesburg) half day

APARTHEID MUSEUM TOUR (ex Johannesburg) half day

Soweto is a cluster of townships on the SouthWestern flank of Johannesburg created in the 1930’s and now home to over two million people. Many sights on this tour have political significance. Pass Nelson Mandela’s house, now called the Mandela Family Museum. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Regina Mondi Church, and pass by Winnie MadikizelaMandela’s home in the affluent Orlando West where Desmond Tutu also lives.

GOLD REEF CITY TOUR (ex Johannesburg) half day

The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. To portray the events and human stories the exhibits include provocative film footage, text panels, photographs and artefacts. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what Apartheid South Africa was really like a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.

There’s plenty to do here for all ages. Stroll through the theme park reflecting the life of the mining town at the turn of the last century. Descend into a vast gold mine, watch a gold pour, see the miners carry out their traditional tribal and gum boot dance, and learn a bit of their specially devised mine language—still used today to cover the many diverse tribes who worked here. Note: Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes.

OPERATES

Daily – Morning or Afternoon

OPERATES

Daily except Sat or Sun

OPERATES

Daily except Monday

OPERATES

Daily except Mon or Tue

DEPARTS

08.30am or 13.30

DEPARTS

08.30am

DEPARTS

13.00

DEPARTS

13.00

DURATION

4 hours

DURATION

4 hours

DURATION

4 hours

DURATION

4 hours

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

$ $

LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE (ex Johannesburg)

$ $

PILANESBERG GAME DRIVE TOUR (ex Johannesburg) full day

Enjoy a visit to the Lesedi Cultural Village and experience the ethnic heart of Southern Africa at this unique venue set in pristine bushveld, about an hours drive from Johannesburg. Discover the mystical cultures, traditions and diversities of the Zulus, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who inhabit 5 traditional homesteads in the village. Enjoy their delicious cuisine and tribal dancing, as well as meeting the Chief in his Royal Kraal. (Morning or Afternoon)

$ $

RHINO AND LION PARK TOUR (ex Johannesburg) full day

OVERLAND DRIVER GUIDE (ex Johannesburg) full day

Depart Johannesburg early in the morning and enjoy a drive to the Pilanesburg National Park which is adjacent to Sun City. The park covers 55,000 hectares and is home to the Big 5 as well as other diverse mammals and birds; including giraffes, zebra, hippo and crocodiles. Enjoy a game drive through the park with a short stop made for a light brunch, which is included in the price. (Minimum 2 people)

Depart your hotel for the short drive to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve which is a privately owned, non-subsidised game reserve, covering 1,100 hectares. The reserve is about 40km north-west of Johannesburg situated in the World Heritage Site “Cradle of Humankind”. The reserve is home to more than 30 species of game, including 3 of the Big 5. You can also visit the “Wonder cave” to have your photo taken with a lion cub. (Minimum 2 people)

This car and driver option offers you the flexibility of creating your own itinerary, as well as having the benefit of an experienced driver who is also a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the freedom of planning your own daily sightseeing or allow your driver/ guide to help you and advise on points of interest. Package includes: 300km, petrol, car insurance, driver meals. Excludes: gratuities, entrance fees, meals, cost of return if 1way between provinces.

OPERATES

Daily – Morning or Afternoon

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

DEPARTS

10.30am or 15.30

DEPARTS

06.30am

DEPARTS

08.00am

DEPARTS

08.00 - flexible

DURATION

4.5 - 5 hours

DURATION

10.5 hours

DURATION

9 hours

DURATION

8 hours - flexible

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Max 5 people, car and driver from

$ $

$ $

$ $

$ $

$

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●The Pilanesburg Elephant Safari operates at: Sunrise - 06.00am (summer 1Sep-30Apr) and 08.00am (winter 1May-31Aug). Mid-Morning - 08.00am (summer 1Sep30Apr) and 10.00am (winter 1May-31Aug). Sunset - 15.30 (summer 1Sep-30Apr) and 15.30 (winter 1May-31Aug).

PILANESBERG BALLOON SAFARI (ex Sun City) half day Early morning collection from your hotel by safari vehicle to the park. The balloon is launched from the centre of Pilanesburg National Park and drifts serenely over the park for about an hour. On landing sparkling wine is served and then a leisurely game drive is taken to a game lodge where breakfast is served. All guests also receive a first flight certificate signed by the pilot. (Tour operates depending on weather conditions)

PILANESBERG ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI (ex Sun City) Pick up from the Welcome Centre from the Gametrackers Outdoor Adventure Desk and transfer to the “Elephant Wallow” which is approximately a 20 minute drive through the Letsatsing Game Reserve. On arrival listen to an introductory talk, enjoy a welcome drink and be introduced to the elephants and their handlers. The elephants are then saddled and the safari commences. After an hour or so return for a light snack, before returning to Sun City.

PILANESBERG GAME DRIVE (ex Sun City) Depart Sun City for the 20 minute drive to Pilanesburg, home to a huge array of animals including the Big 5 and many others including springbok. The park is in the Bojanala Region and covers 55,000 hectares, making it the fourth largest in Southern Africa. The game drive is conducted with experienced rangers, who share their knowledge of the fauna and flora of this beautiful area. (Morning or Afternoon)

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily – 3 times

OPERATES

Daily – Morning or Afternoon

DEPARTS

04.30am

DEPARTS

Dependant on season

DEPARTS

Dependant on season

DURATION

4 hours

DURATION

2 - 3 hours

DURATION

3 hours

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

$ (request with supplier)

$ $

●The Pilanesburg Game Drive operates at: Morning Jan, Nov & Dec-05.30am-08.30am Feb & Oct-06.00am-09.00am Mar & Apr-06.30am-09.30am May & Sep-07.00am-10.00am June-07.30am-10.30am Jul & Aug-08.00am-11.00am Afternoon Jan, Nov & Dec-16.30-19.30 Feb, Mar & Oct-16.00-19.00 Apr-15.30-19.00 May, Jun & Sep-15.00-18.30 Jul & Aug-14.30-18.00

●The Overland

Driver Guide is a flexible tour with the itinerary being set by the client. The departure time is normally set at 08.00am or 09.00am returning at 17.00.

●Certain tours may only operate with a $ (request with supplier)

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Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, whose character has been developed in a kaleidoscope of cultures. Table Mountain keeps a watchful eye over this vibrant city and its pristine coastline interspersed with white sandy beaches. Cape Town boasts 5 of the top 10 most visited tourist attractions in South Africa, namely the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Cape Point.

Enjoy an unforgettable trip in the revolving cable car up to the 1,086 metre summit of Table Mountain. The breathtaking views from here are a superb way to get your bearings.

Few places in the world possess the beauty and style of the historic and culturally vibrant Cape Town, the so-called ‘Mother City’ and the oldest metropolis in South Africa with a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. It also has some of the top attractions in South Africa, and regularly gets voted by the rest of the world as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Set at the tip of a green and historically fascinating province the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town has it all. The unmissable charms of Table Mountain, a host of sights and activities, great shopping, fascinating museums, live music, superb restaurants, bars, theatres, gardens and a myriad of sports activities.

There’s the wonderful architecture - including Victorian, Art Deco, Cape Malay, centuries-old sleek British and Dutch, sleek modern skyscrapers and apartments.

The sensational Victoria and Albert Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set in the heart of a working harbour and against a backdrop of mountain and sea views are a host of shopping and entertainment complexes, world-class hotels, apartments, fantastic restaurants and many other activities. Take a short boat ride from Cape Town to famous Robben Island a former prison and where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. To gain a deeper insight into South Africa’s past and present take a ‘Walk to Freedom’ tour to the Cape Flats Townships and the Malay Quarter with its well preserved Victorian houses. When you need a break from all that sightseeing then relax on the magnificent beaches approximately 15 minutes north of the city. Clifton Beach and Camps, Bantry and Bakoven Bay are just a few excellent beaches where you can watch the world go by, while enjoying a cool sundowner cocktail at a beachside bar or restaurant.


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - City Lodge Victoria and Alfred Waterfront 3* ● A centrally located hotel at the gateway to the vibrant V&A Waterfront, and within walking distance of Cape Town’s CBD and 15 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport ● A nautical theme runs through the hotel with a Jacuzzi for guests to relax in ● All rooms have airconditioning, television, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Mini-gym ● Breakfast restaurant

CAPE TOWN - Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

● Sundowner bar ● Parking ● Breakfast included daily

V&A Waterfront

3* ● Once a 19th Century prison the hotel today provides comfortable and affordable accommodation in a spectacular setting overlooking the harbour and up to Table Mountain ● The hotel is on the doorstep of the V&A and 500 m away from Green Point stadium ● All rooms offer Cable TV, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Restaurants ● Café/ Bar ● Gym ● Breakfast included daily

CAPE TOWN - The Commodore

V&A Waterfront

4* ●Conveniently located in the trendy V&A Waterfront area, which is regarded as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world ● The Commodore offers stylish accommodation and excellent service in a tranquil setting ● Guestrooms have Cable TV with in-house movies, airconditioning, WiFi, telephone, fridge, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, safety deposit box, fan and hairdryer ● Gym ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Sauna

CAPE TOWN - The Portswood 4*

● Restaurant ● Coffee Shop ● Bar ● 24 hour room service ● Breakfast included

V&A Waterfront

● Located in the vibrant V&A Waterfront complex, The Portswood offers guests superlative accommodation and world class service ● This hotel is located away from the working part of the harbour in a secure and peaceful setting, yet close to a variety of shopping and entertainment options ● All rooms offer satellite TV, airconditioning, heating, WiFi, phone, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, fan, hairdryer and digital safety deposit box

● Restaurants and bar ● Outdoor pool ● Breakfast included daily


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Victoria and Alfred Hotel

V&A Waterfront

4* ● This landmark hotel built was in 1904 and converted to a luxury hotel in 1990 ● The elegance, luxury and romance of the V&A Hotel is rivalled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service ● All bedrooms are spacious and well-appointed with king sized beds and a view of the harbour, mountain or piazza ● Rooms offer TV, DVD player, WiFi, mini -bar, air-con, bathrobes, telephone, tea/ coffee, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

CAPE TOWN - Waterfront Village Apartments

● Own specialist seafood restaurant OYO ● Cocktail Bar ● Breakfast included

V&A Waterfront

4* ● Over 80 serviced apartments in the waterfront basin offering the comfort of a luxury hotel with all the space, freedom and flexibility of a home ●A choice of 1/2/3 bedroom apartments all with spacious balconies ● All have fully equipped kitchens with state of the art appliances, satellite TV, DVD player, air-conditioning, washing machine/dryer, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● 3 pools● Gym ● Undercover parking ● Reception desk

CAPE TOWN - Cape Grace

V&A Waterfront

5* ●Cape Grace is a luxurious retreat that has its own quay at the V&A. The hotels charm lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish décor and personalised hospitality. ● 121 spacious harbour or mountain facing rooms have TV, air-conditioning, heating, fridge, mini-bar, telephone, tea/ coffee making facilities, safety deposit box, bathrobes and hairdryer ● Outdoor heated swimming pool ● Spa and sauna exclusive to hotel guests ● 24 hour room

CAPE TOWN - One and Only Cape Town 5*

service ● Restaurant ● Whiskey, Wine & Cocktail Bar; with a selection of over 400 whiskeys ● Breakfast included daily

V&A Waterfront

● Amidst the playground of one of the Worlds most fascinating cities is The One and Only. The hotel is an oasis of cosmopolitan style establishing a level of unprecedented luxury in South Africa ● All rooms offer Cable TV with in-house movies, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, air-conditioning, heating, WiFi access, mini-bar, Nespresso machine, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes and safe ● 3 restaurants ● Lounge bar ● Kids club

● Outdoor pool ● Spa ● Fitness centre ● 24 hour room service ● Breakfast daily


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Table Bay Hotel

V&A Waterfront

5* ●The Table Bay hotel is built on the historic waterfront breakwater wall and is a contemporary architectural treasure, offering the highest level of service to all guests ● The 329 rooms are exclusively designed and represent the epitome of luxury ● Rooms have TV with in-house movies, data-port, mini-bar, telephone, air-conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobes, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● 2 restaurants ● 2 Bars

CAPE TOWN - Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

● Outside heated swimming pool ● Gym ● Spa ● Breakfast included daily

Granger Bay

5* ● The Radisson Blu hotel enjoys an idyllic waterfront position, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and only a short walk to the V&A Waterfront ● The hotel is has a uniquely relaxed casual ambience whilst still enjoying the luxury of a top 5 star hotel ● Room offer Satellite TV, WiFi, air-conditioning, mini-bar, coffee and tea provisions, bathrobe and slippers, phone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Quantum Spa ● Outdoor swimming pool

CAPE TOWN - African Elite Apartments

● Tobago’s award winning Restaurant and Bar ● Breakfast included daily

V&A Waterfront

4* ● These luxury serviced self-catering apartments are in the heart of the famous De Waterkant Village ● The airport is approximately 25 minutes drive away and Camps Bay 15 mins ● The apartments all offer fully equipped kitchens, Cable TV, DVD player, washing machine and dryer, air-conditioning in the bedrooms, heating, telephone, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Gym ● Beauty Salon ● Information Desk ● Internet facility ● Parking

CAPE TOWN - Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa 5*

Century City

● At the heart of Century City lies this luxury hotel. Located a mere 10 minutes from the CBD and V&A the hotel is nestled besides palm-lines canals and boasts fantastic views ● Situated next to a shopping centre and Ratanga theme park ● All 180 rooms offer mood-enhanced lighting, unique circular showers, satellite TV, DVD player, premium bedding, airconditioning, heating, fridge, mini-bar, bathrobes and slippers, phone, hairdryer

and safety deposit box ● Outdoor pool ● 2 restaurants & bars ● Health club ● Breakfast


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Blue Views Cottage

Bakoven

4.5* ● Blue Views is designed for the discerning guest and consists of seven serviced houses/apartments. It is situated only 80 metres from the private and secluded Bakoven beach and 5/10 mins walk to the famous Camps Beach ● 10 mins drive to the CBD and V&A waterfront ● The Cottage features 2 double bedrooms(1 en-suite), fitted kitchen with washing machine, open plan living area leading to private garden with pool, TV,

CAPE TOWN - Blue Views House

DVD and WiFi, selected areas with underfloor heating, security system and parking.

Bakoven

4.5* ● Blue Views is ideally suited to those looking for an alternative to a 5 star hotel, but requiring the comfort, convenience and privacy of a luxury, fully equipped home/apartment in one of Cape Town`s most exclusives areas ● The House features 7 double bedrooms (all en-suite), air-con in 2 main bedrooms, open plan dining room and kitchen with all appliances (incl washing machine & drier), lounge leading to private garden and pool,

CAPE TOWN - Blue Views Penthouse 1

satellite TV, DVD, WiFi, underfloor heating (selected areas), security system/parking.

Bakoven

4.5* ● Blue Views is in a fantastic location and yet only 5 minutes by car to Clifton Beach and 1km walk to Camps Bay with its trendy restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes ● Penthouse 1 boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain, the majestic "Twelve Apostles" and the Atlantic Ocean ● Features 2 double en-suite bedrooms, fully air-conditioned, open plan dining room and kitchen with all appliances (incl washing machine & drier), lounge, TV,

CAPE TOWN - Blue Views Penthouse 2 4.5*

DVD, WiFi, underfloor heating (selected areas), deck with pool & security system

Bakoven

● The Penthouse II was designed to be the flagship property of Blue Views ● This unique and luxurious penthouse offers 5 double en-suite bedrooms all with air-con and CD players ● Unsurpassed views overlooking a private 8 metre glass fronted swimming pool and the Atlantic ocean ● Open plan living area fitted with modern appliances in a minimalist, contemporary style, satellite TV, DVD, WiFi, alarm system, double garage with

direct access into the penthouse, 103sqm outdoor entertainment area with gas BBQ


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Blue Views Residence

Bakoven

4.5* ● The Residence offers all the luxuries of a 5 star hotel but with the added comfort, convenience and privacy of a luxury fullyequipped house ● Within a short driving distance of the airport, CBD and V&A and walking distance to the legendary Camps Beach ● 4 double en-suite bedrooms, air-con in main bedroom, fitted kitchen with all appliances (incl washing machine & drier), satellite TV, DVD, WiFi, pool, underfloor heating (selected areas),

CAPE TOWN - Blue Views Terrace

monitored security system and double lock up garage with remote control.

Bakoven

4.5* ● Blue Views Terrace has beautiful views and the added benefit of being situated in a superb location. A short drive to all Cape Town has to offer. Bakoven Beach 100 metres away and Camps Beach 1km short walk away ● The Terrace features 7 double bedrooms (all en-suite with CD players), air-con in 2 main bedrooms, open plan dining room and kitchen with all appliances (incl washing machine & drier), satellite TV, WiFi, lounge leading to patio

CAPE TOWN - Blue Views Villa

and deck with pool, underfloor heating (selected areas), security system/parking.

Bakoven

4.5* ● Blue Views Villa is in a fantastic location and yet only 5 minutes by car to Clifton Beach and 1km walk to Camps Bay with its trendy restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes ● The Villa is a fully equipped home offering 5 bedrooms (4 en-suite), air-con in 2 main bedrooms, open plan lounge and dining room with fireplace leading to patio, garden and pool, kitchen with all appliances (incl washing machine & drier), satellite TV, DVD, WiFi, underfloor heating

CAPE TOWN - Bantry Bay Luxury Suites 4*

in selected areas, garage with remote, monitored security system.

Bantry Bay

● This luxury hotel lies on the Platinum Mile of trendy Bantry Bay ● Approximately a 10 min drive to the CBD and the V&A and 30 min drive to the airport ● All 41 suites and semi-suites offer satellite TV, seating and dining area, fully equipped kitchenette and mini-bar, telephone, airconditioning, heating, hairdryer and digital safe ● WiFi throughout the hotel ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Breakfast restaurant ● 24 hour reception

● Undercover parking ● Includes breakfast daily


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Primi Royal Boutique Hotel 3.5*

Camps Bay

● The exclusive Primi Royal hotel sits at the base of the twelve apostle mountain with panoramic views over Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and the Atlantic Ocean ● A stones throw from the famous sugar white beach ● 10 sophisticated rooms offer king beds, satellite TV, DVD, stereo, mini-bar, air-conditioning, heating, fridge, bathrobes, WiFi, safety deposit box, telephone and hairdryer ● Outdoor pool ● Bar ● Breakfast restaurant - breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Primi Sea Castle Boutique Hotel 3.5*

Camps Bay

● The Primi Sea Castle in Camps Bay is a luxurious hotel situated opposite the beach and with Table Mountain as a majestic backdrop ● Easy access to the city centre, cable car, V&A waterfront and airport ● 10 soundproofed rooms all feature satellite TV, DVD, mini-bar, fridge, air-con, heating, coffee/tea maker, internet, phone, bathrobes and hairdryer ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Bar ● Parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Camps Bay Retreat

Camps Bay

5* ● Set in a private paradise garden of 4 acres with magnificent views and the ocean and beach close by ● The hotel consists of the elegant Earl’s Dyke Manor and the contemporary Deck House or Villa ● All rooms feature satellite TV, DVD, air-con and heating, personal bar, phone, internet, electronic safe, bathrobes, refreshment station and hairdryer ● Cool mountain pool & solar heated pool ● Gym ●Spa ● Restaurant ● Tennis and Squash

CAPE TOWN - The Crystal Apartments 4*

Camps Bay

● The Crystal are architecturally stunning fully serviced apartments with panoramic views and spectacular sunsets ● All 16 apartments are modern and well appointed with balconies, and feature premium bedding, satellite TV, DVD, air-con, heating, full kitchen facilities, bathrobes, WiFi, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● 2 Outdoor swimming pools ● Parking

courts ● Lounge and Library● Wine Cellar ● Hiking and Nature trails ● Parking


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Wescamp Villa

Camps Bay

4* ● Wescamp is situated in upmarket Camps Bay and approximately 30kms from Cape Town Airport ● The villas has full height windows to maximise the breathtaking views ● Five tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms all feature satellite TV, air-con, heated towel rails, electronic safe and hairdryer ●State of the art kitchen, open plan lounge and dining leading to the patio/pool area ● Outdoor entertainment area with BBQ, outdoor

CAPE TOWN - The Glen

furniture & cascade swimming pool ● WiFi ● I-Pod docking station ● Gym ● Parking

Camps Bay

5* ● Self catering serviced apartments lie within walking distance to the beach and all the attractions of Camps Bay ● The Glen apartments comprise of terraced platforms divided into 4 blocks ● All 30 apartments offer top class interiors and fantastic views ● Satellite TV, DVD, air-con, heating, WiFi, fully equipped kitchens, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and safe ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Parking

CAPE TOWN - The Last Word Sea Five

Camps Bay

5* ● This boutique hotel is centrally located in Camps Bay just 300m from the beach ● Aimed at the discerning traveller the hotel offers six exclusive rooms with sweeping mountain and sea views ● Each individually styled room features satellite TV, DVD, air-con and heating, personal bar, fridge, bathrobes, underfloor heated bathroom, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic safe and private patio or terrace ● Unheated swimming pool

CAPE TOWN - The Bay Hotel 5*

● Pool bar ● Includes breakfast daily ● Underground parking

Camps Bay

● The Bay hotel is an elegant property nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic beaches of Cape Town ● Situated overlooking Camps Beach and just 10mins drive from Cape Town CBD ● 72 bedrooms and suites with spectacular views, satellite TV, DVD, air-con, heating, fridge, minibar, bathrobes, internet, safety deposit box, iPod docking station, tea/ coffee making facilities, hairdryer and sitting room ● 4 Swimming pools ● Spa

● Restaurant ● Deli ● Cocktail bar ● Cigar Bar ● Includes breakfast daily ● Parking


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Holiday Inn Express

City Bowl

3* ● This Holiday Inn hotel is located at the top end of St Georges Mall in the CBD with Greenmarket Square in view ● Just 15minutes drive from the airport on a tree lined street packed with restaurants, bars and cafes ● Rooms offer satellite TV, aircon, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, WiFi and hairdryer ● Bar ● Valet parking paid locally ● Business centre ● Breakfast restaurant - Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Protea Hotel Fire and Ice

City Bowl

3.5* ● The innovative Fire and Ice is set at the foot of Table Mountain with spectacular views of Signal Hill ● All rooms offer flatscreen satellite TV, extra length king size beds, air-con, heating, WiFi, tea/ coffee making facilities, electronic safes (laptop friendly) and hairdryer ● Outdoor pool ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Coffee Shop ● Gym ● 24 hour room service ● Parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Southern Sun Cape Sun

City Bowl

3.5* ● Soaring 32 floors into the African sky the hotel offers majestic views of Table Mountain, the bustling harbour and Robben Island ● The elegant rooms feature satellite TV, air-con, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Gym ● Splash pool in gym ● Sauna ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Coffee shop ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Urban Chic Boutique Hotel and Café 4*

City Bowl

● Centrally located in the heart of Long Street in the CBD this hotel is intimate and sophisticated ● 20 individually appointed bedrooms offering satellite TV, air-con, heating, WiFi, minibar, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobes, hairdryer, mini electronic safe, complimentary snacks and Juliet balconies ● Café ● Cigar lounge ● Secure free parking ● Includes breakfast daily


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Cape Heritage Hotel

City Bowl

4* ● Situated in the fashionable and historical Heritage Square in Cape Town’s CBD the Cape Heritage is a small intimate and stylish boutique hotel ● 5 independent eateries on the doorstep in Heritage Square and 1 independent bar ● 17 individually appointed rooms each featuring extra length king beds, satellite TV, air-con, minibar, safe, phone and hairdryer ● Breakfast room - Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Mandela Rhodes Place

City Bowl

4* ● These luxury self-catered apartments are located in Cape Towns “old town” surrounded by leisure and retail shops ● 113 apartments offer satellite TV, DVD, air-con, full kitchen and laundry facilities, WiFi, phone and hairdryer ● Rooftop pool ● 2 Restaurants ● Bar ● Coffee Shop ● Gym ● Spa ● Business centre ● Daily complimentary shuttles to/ from the V&A waterfront ● Undercover parking ● 24 hour reception/concierge

CAPE TOWN - Pepper Club Luxury Hotel and Spa

City Bowl

4* ● This hotel is located in Cape Towns cosmopolitan CBD strip ● Each room is luxuriously appointed and features satellite TV, DVD, air-con, heating, minibar, desk, pillow choice, kitchen facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi, phone, bathrobes, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Rooftop swimming pool ● Spa & Fitness centre ● Restaurant ● Cocktail bar and Piano lounge ● 29 seat private cinema ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Protea Hotel North Wharf 4*

City Bowl

● The Protea North Wharf Hotel is overlooked by Table Mountain and located in the CBD, within walking distance to the V&A waterfront ● Accommodation offers satellite TV, DVD, air-con, heating, WiFi, well equipped kitchenette, tea/coffee making facilities, phone, hairdryer, safe, patio/balcony and ironing facilities ● Restaurant ● Coffee bar ● Cocktail bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Gym ● Undercover parking ● Daily breakfast


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - More Quarters

Gardens

4* ● The More Quarters are fully serviced self-catering apartments combining the benefits of a hotel with the independence of a luxury hotel ● Apartments are large with separate living area and fully equipped kitchens and feature satellite TV, DVD, air-con, heating, WiFi, iPod docking station, minibar, bathrobes and slippers, phone, hairdryer and electronic safe ● Breakfast room at sister hotel Cape Cadogan ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - More Cape Cadogan

Gardens

4* ● The Cape Cadogan is a modern chic boutique hotel known for its comfortable and luxurious atmosphere ● A few steps away from vibrant Kloof street and a short drive from the V&A waterfront ● 12 well appointed rooms offer air-con, heating, satellite TV, DVD, minibar, safe, tea/ coffee making facilities, bathrobes, phone and hairdryer ● Pool and garden area ● Library with internet terminal ● Breakfast room ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Mount Nelson Hotel

Gardens

5* ● The Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient Express is set in a lush garden estate with rolling lawns and rose gardens, with easy access to Cape Towns attractions ● 209 elegant rooms offer air-con, heating, satellite TV, minibar, fridge, bathrobes and slippers, WiFi, phone and hairdryer ● 2 Restaurants ● Planet Bar ● 2 outdoor heated swimming pools ● Gym ● 2 floodlit tennis courts ● Spa ● Golf practice net ● Parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel

Gardens

5* ● This distinctive stylish hotel is located in Gardens on the fringe of the City centre at the foot of Table Mountain ● No detail is spared in the spacious rooms. Each is equipped with a host of first class amenities including; flatscreen satellite TV’s, DVD, WiFi, touch dial telephone, extra length king size beds, heating, aircon, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer and safe ● Outdoor pool ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Coffee Shop ● Includes breakfast daily


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - The Cape Milner

Tamboerskloof

4* ● The Cape Milner lies cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in trendy Tamboerskloof, in close proximity to the CBD and Kloof Street ● 57 modern minimalist style rooms each with a view of Table Mountain offering, satellite TV, air -con, heating, WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities, phone, hairdryer and mini safe ● Outdoor pool ● Restaurant ● 24 hour room service ● Gym ● Parking ● Courtesy shuttle to CBD/Waterfront ● Breakfast

CAPE TOWN - The Andros Boutique Hotel

Claremont

4* ● This boutique hotel is set in very large mature gardens in the beautiful Southern suburb of Claremont ● Room are all luxuriously fitted with satellite TV, heating, air-con, minibar, fridge, bathrobes, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box, telephone and a balcony or patio ● Heated outdoor pool ● Restaurant ● Gym ● Sauna ● Beauty salon ● Conference room ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - The Last Word Bishopscourt

Constantia

4.5* ● The last Word is in one of Cape Town’s most prestigious suburbs nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain ● Only 10 minutes drive from the City centre ● 5 elegantly appointed rooms with patio or balcony to enjoy the captivating Mountain views ● Satellite TV, DVD, air-con, underfloor heating, tea/coffee, WiFi, robes and slippers, phone, safe and hairdryer ● Bar ● Tennis court ● Solar outdoor pool ● 24 hour security ● Parking ● Breakfast room

CAPE TOWN - The Last Word Constantia 4.5*

Constantia

● Situated in the heart of the Capes oldest wine region is this elegant, luxurious and intimate hotel ● Accessible to freeways to access all the Cape’s delights ● Each airconditioned luxurious room or suite has either a balcony or patio area, satellite TV, WiFi, robes and slippers, telephone, safe, underfloor heating, complimentary tea/ coffee tray and hairdryer ● Solar outdoor pool ● Restaurant and bar ● Breakfast and beverages included ● 24hour security


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Constantia Uitsig

Constantia

4.5* ● The Uitsig is renowned for its quiet elegance and gracious hospitality ● Set amongst the vineyards of a private wine estate just 20 minutes from the city centre and Waterfront ● 16 individually decorated garden rooms with private patio and views of the valley; satellite TV, air-con, underfloor heating, minibar, WiFi, bathrobes, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and safe ● Outdoor pool ● 2 Restaurants● Bar ● River cafe ● Breakfast included

CAPE TOWN - Cellars-Hohenort

Constantia

5* ● This Relais & Chateaux property is nestled against the densely forested eastern slopes of Table Mountain in the heart of the Constantia valley with breathtaking views across the valley to False Bay ● 52 individually designed rooms and suites offering satellite TV, DVD, air-con, fridge, bathrobes, safety deposit box, phone and hairdryer ● 3 heated swimming pools ● Spa & Salon ● Tennis court ● Golf green ● Restaurants and Bar ● Breakfast

CAPE TOWN - Steenberg Hotel

Constantia

5* ● This 24 bedroom hotel lies against the slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountain Range on the Capes oldest wine farm, a mere 20 mins drive from the CBD ● Elegantly appointed rooms with patio or balcony to enjoy the captivating Mountain views ● Satellite TV, air-con, heating, tea/ coffee making facilities, fridge, bathrobes, safe, WiFi, phone and hairdryer ● Bar and Restaurant ● Outdoor pool ● 18 hole golf course ● Spa & Steam room ● Breakfast

CAPE TOWN - Kensington Place 4*

Higgovale

● Kensington Place is a boutique hotel nestled in the foothills of Table Mountain with breathtaking views and close to all the city has to offer ● Eight individually designed rooms are each equipped with satellite TV, DVD, air-con, WiFi, iPod docking stations, Skype phone, hairdryer and digital safes ● Bar ● Restaurant ● Lounge with fireplace ● Complimentary gym membership ● Daily breakfast ● Off-street parking ● 24 hour security


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Port View House

Green Point

3.5* ● Port View House is located a short 10 minute walk from the V&A Waterfront on the lower slopes of Signal Hill , making it an ideal base to explore Cape Town ● 8 comfortable rooms offering TV’s, fan, tea and coffee making stations, bar fridge, hairdryer and telephone ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Breakfast room - Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Protea Hotel Cape Castle

Green Point

3.5* ● The Protea Hotel Cape Castle offers services self-catering apartments ● Ideally located a 5 minute stroll away from the adjacent V&A Waterfront and CBD ● 65 apartments offer fully equipped kitchens, lounge and dining area, satellite TV, aircon, heating, safety deposit box, phone, hairdryer and patio or balcony ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Undercover parking (paid locally) ● 24 hour security ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

Green Point

4* ● Situated on the fringe of the V&A Waterfront this modern hotel was refurbished in 2011 ● 172 newly refurnished rooms to reflect modern design trends and more environmentally friendly fixtures ● Satellite Sony Bravia TV’s, iPod docking stations, walk-in rain showers, air-con, heating, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi, phone and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Gym ● Parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Romney Park All Suite Hotel & Spa 4*

Green Point

● Set against the backdrop of Lion’s Head, the CBD is only 2kms away and the V&A Waterfront just 15 minutes walk ● Panoramic ocean views ● Each elegant suite is serviced daily and include a fully equipped kitchen, spacious open plan living area and outside terrace, satellite TV, air-con, underfloor heating, minibar, bathrobes, digital safe and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Spa ● 24 hour reception ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast

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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Cape Royale Luxury Hotel&Residence Green Point 5* ● Set against the back-drop of the iconic Table Mountain with panoramic views and in close proximity to the V&A Waterfront ● 95 luxuriously appointed suites offering fully fitted equipped kitchen with top of the range appliances, open-plan living area, dining room, satellite TV, DVD, air-con/ heating, bathrobes, hairdryer, safe and phone ● 3 Restaurants ● Rooftop Skybar and pool ● Wellness centre & gym ● Spa ● Business Centre ● Breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Chapmans Peak Beach Hotel

Hout Bay

3* ● Situated at the foot of the world famous Chapmans Peak Drive directly opposite Hout Bay swimming beach ●Only 20 mins from the city centre and V&A Waterfront and 45 mins from the airport ● Rooms offer satellite TV, air-con, heating, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and safety deposit box (excluding the original rooms) ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Undercover parking and security ● Includes breakfast

CAPE TOWN - Hout Bay Manor

Hout Bay

4* This boutique hotel is located in the serene seaside fishing village of Houts Bay ● Location is ideal for exploring all of the Cape Peninsula ● Rooms and suites are distinctive and elegantly designed and feature Satellite TV, iPod docking stations can be requested, air-con, heating, minibar, fridge, bathrobes, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi, phone and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Spa ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - The Last Word Long Beach 4.5*

Kommetjie

● The Last Word Is located directly on the beach in the lobster-fishing village of Kommetjie, a short 30 minute drive from Cape Town ● 6 ultra luxurious rooms all with sea-views and satellite TV, air-con, underfloor heating, minibar and snacks, tea and coffee tray, WiFi, bathrobes and slippers, safe, telephone and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Residents bar ● Outside pool ● Secure parking and 24 hr security ● Includes breakfast and beverages


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Leisure Bay Luxury Suites

Milnerton

3.5* ● The Leisure Bay Suites all face the sea, Robben Island and Table Mountain ● Minutes from the city centre and V&A Waterfront ● 30 luxury suites offering a fully equipped kitchenette, spacious lounge and dining area, large sun terrace with magnificent views, satellite TV, aircon, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, digital safe and phone ● Bistro and bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Lagoon Beach Hotel and Apartments

Milnerton

4* ● The only hotel in Cape Town with direct beach access ● Spectacular views of the sea, Table Mountain and Robben Is, and only 8km from the CBD ● Rooms offer satellite TV, air-con (excluding apts), WiFi, minibar fridge, phone, hairdryer, tea/ coffee making facilities and electronic safe Apts feature a fully fitted kitchen ● Gym ● Outdoor swimming pool ● 3 Restaurants ● Bar ● Spa ● Courtesy shuttle to/from the V&A ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Mouille Point Village

Mouille Point

3.5* ● Fully serviced self-catering apartments located opposite the Atlantic seaboard and between the V&A Waterfront and the historic Mouille Point lighthouse ● All apartments are stylish furnished and offer satellite TV, DVD, full kitchen facilities (excl studios), heating, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, phone, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Outdoor swimming pool ● WiFi hotspots ● Boardroom

CAPE TOWN - La Splendida Hotel 4*

Mouille Point

● The chic La Splendida Hotel is located on the Mouille Point promenade near Green Point and minutes away from the V&A Waterfront ● Rooms have either sea or mountain views and satellite TV, aircon, heating, ceiling fans, minibar fridge, WiFi, tea and coffee facilities, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Scheduled shuttle to the V&A Waterfront ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast daily


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Twelve Apostles Hotel

Ouderkraal

5* ● Located with the Twelve Apostles Mountains on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other, this luxury hotel is just minutes from cosmopolitan Cape Town ● 70 rooms offering satellite TV, DVD, aircon, heating, WiFi, bathrobes, minibar, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee facilities ● Restaurant ● Bar ● 2 outdoor heated swimming pools ● Complimentary shuttle to V&A Waterfront ● Gym ● Spa ● 16 seater cinema ● Parking ● Daily breakfast

CAPE TOWN - Huijs Haerlem

Sea Point

3* ● Situated in Sea Point ideally situated within walking distance from the boulevard and only 3km from the V&A and the CBD ● Comfortable guestrooms with views of Table Mountain or the Atlantic seaboard offering TV, fans, heating, WiFi, phone, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and a small safe ● Outside swimming pool ● Honesty Bar ● Breakfast room ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Protea Hotel Sea Point

Sea Point

3* ● Set in the heart of Sea Point just minutes from the V&A Waterfront and 30 mins from the airport ● Ideal for a Cape Town beach holiday ● 124 rooms offering satellite TV, air-con, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, phone, WiFi, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Restaurants ● Bar ● Outside plunge pool ● Gym ● Business/ conference facilities ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - The Peninsula 4*

Sea Point

● Ideally located on Cape Towns platinum mile minutes away from the sparkle of Cape Town ● This all suite hotel offers suites with fully equipped kitchen facilities, satellite TV, air-con, heating, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● 2 Bars ● 2 Restaurants ● 2 swimming pools ● Gym ● Complimentary shuttle bus to V&A, CBD, Table Mountain, Clifton and Camps Beach ● Conference facilities ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast


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CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN - Afton Grove Country Retreat 4*

Noordhoek

● This tranquil guesthouse is a nature lovers paradise situated in rustic Noordhoek midway between Cape Point and Cape Town ● 30kms from Cape Town near Chapmans Peak Drive ● Rooms boast satellite TV, heating, minibar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, phone, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● WiFi ● Outside swimming pool ● Breakfast room ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - Whale View Manor

Simons Town

3.5* ● This guesthouse and day spa is located on the outskirts of historic Simons Town near Cape Point on the False Bay coastline 50kms from the airport ● Overlooking a secluded beach the property lies among ecological treasures ● Stylish bedrooms have either sea or mountain views and offer satellite TV, heating, fan, hairdryer, electronic safe and tea/coffee facilities ● Dining room ● Lounge with WiFi and honesty bar ● Includes breakfast daily

CAPE TOWN - St James Manor

St James

4* ● St James Manor overlooks the vibrant fishing village of Kalk Bay with magnificent views across False Bay and the Indian Ocean ● St James Beach and tidal pool and Danger Beach are on the doorstep, and 15mins from Simons Town ● Rooms feature satellite TV, underfloor heating, tea/coffee facilities, bar fridge, luxury gowns, phone, hairdryer and safe ● 24hr security ● Outside pool ● Residents Bar ● Includes breakfast daily and beverages

CAPE TOWN - Rodwell House

St James

5* ● This luxurious hotel is located only 20mins from Cape Town CBD or Cape Point and lies nestled between Kalk Bay Mountains and False Bay ● A luxurious and revitalising destination just minutes away from top vineyards and restaurants ● Impeccably furnished suites with WiFi, satellite TV, air-con, underfloor heating in bathroom, heated towel rails, minibar, tea/ coffee facilities, electronic safe and phone ● Bistro ● Gym ● Outside pool

● Boules Court ● Drawing room with library and DVD collection ● 15,000 bottle wine cellar and tasting room ● Breakfast


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CAPE TOWN DAY TOURS

CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR (ex Cape Town) half day

CAPE WALK TO FREEDOM (ex Cape Town) full day

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and excitement. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of any Cape Town day tour, the tour commences with a Cable car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting/own account). We also visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope, Greenmarket Square, the V&A and pass Bo-Kaap. (Morning or Afternoon)

SAND BOARD AND QUAD BIKING (ex Cape Town) full day

CAPE HIGHLIGHTS (ex Cape Town) full day

This tour offers a wealth of insight into South African history. Look at Bo-Kaap the colourful Malay quarter. Take a walk through a Township and Cape Flats and visit the District Six Living Museum. In the afternoon visit Robben Island Nelson Mandela's prison home for 25 years (weather permitting). Note: can also be taken as a half day option which excludes Robben Island and The Township and Cape Flats).

This tour encapsulates the best that the Cape has to offer. Drive past Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to a Llandudno lookout and onto Hout Bay (optional Seal Island boat trip, own account weather permitting). Chapmans Peak Drive (weather permitting) to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. Visit Simon’s Town and a penguin colony at Boulders Beach (lunch own account). Cellar tour and wine tasting in Stellenbosch.

Depart Cape Town and drive to the Atlantis sand dunes and receive a safety briefing. Spend the morning sand boarding down the sand dunes at high speeds that will get your adrenaline flowing. Break for a lunch (packed) which is followed by a high-powered guided sand dune quad bike experience, speeding up, down and along the face of the dunes. Return to your hotel via a drive along the beaches of Bloubergstrand.

OPERATES

Daily – Morning Or Afternoon

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Daily

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Daily

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Daily

DEPARTS

08.30am or 13.15

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08.30am

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08.30am

DEPARTS

08.00am

DURATION

4.5 hours

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9 hours

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9 hours

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9 hours

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

$ $

CAPE POINT & PENINSULA TOUR (ex Cape Town) full day

$ $

TWO OCEANS HELICOPTER FLIP (ex Cape Town) 30 minutes

$ $

CAPE RIVIERA & WHALES TOUR (ex Cape Town) full day

$ request with supplier

CAPE WINELANDS TOUR (ex Cape Town) full day

Tour the spectacular natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula and the rugged splendour of the two oceans at Cape Point. Drive through Clifton Beach, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. Drive along Chapmans Peak Drive (weather permitting), visit Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach penguin colony, Simon’s Town and the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Note: can also be taken as a half day option which exclude Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Experience the beauty of Cape Town from the sky by enjoying a scenic flight along the Atlantic Seaboard, to the white sands of Clifton Beach and along the splendid Twelve Apostles and rugged beauty of Llandudno. Your exclusive trip will take you over Hout Bay for a magnificent view of Seal Island. Continue over Chapman’s Peak and the lagoon stretches of Noordhoek beach and inland through Sun Valley to Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and the Constantia Valley.

Depart Cape Town via Elgin onto Hermanus, stopping at the Old Harbour Museum. Travel to the Hamilton Russell Vineyards which produce some of South Africa’s top cool wines. Enjoy a scenic drive to the town of Kleinmond for a visit to Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Take in the spectacular views on the twisting road from Cape Hangklip to Gordon’s Bay. Note: the best time to spot Southern Right whales is usually Aug to Nov. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Enjoy a delightful drive to the heart of the amazing Cape Winelands area. Explore the charming university town of Stellenbosch and enjoy a tasting at a wine estate. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the exquisite little town of Franschloek. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch (own expense). Onward to Paarl for our last stop at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. Note: can also be taken as a half day option which returns before lunch and excludes Paarl.

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily – weather permitting

OPERATES

Daily - only operates Aug-Nov

OPERATES

Daily

DEPARTS

08.30am

DEPARTS

Flexible

DEPARTS

08.30am

DEPARTS

08.30

DURATION

9 hours

DURATION

30 minutes

DURATION

9 hours

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9 hours

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Adult Child

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●The Overland

Driver Guide is a flexible tour with the itinerary being set by the client. The departure time is normally set at 08.00am or 09.00am returning at 17.00.

●Certain tours may only operate with a minimum number of guests and with weather permitting.

AQUILA DAY GAME DRIVE SAFARI (ex Cape Town) full day Aquila Private Game Reserve is malaria free, 4,500ha and under a 2 hour scenic drive from Cape Town. On arrival at Aquila relax with a welcome tea or coffee and cake before departing for your game drive at approximately 09.45am to visit ARC (Aquila Rehabilitation Centre). Enjoy lunch and some free time in the early afternoon before visiting the Ostrich Farm Tour at the Karoo Ostrich Farm. Return transfers back to your hotel at 15.30.

SHARK CAGE DIVING TOUR (ex Cape Town) full day Early collection from your hotel for your transfer to Gansbaai. Before the boat launch enjoy breakfast, listen to a brief introductory talk and be fitted with life jackets. Launch around 08.30 arriving at anchoring spot in about 25mins. The anchor and cage are lowered and the day is spent watching, diving and enjoying. Note: Option also available without 2 hour (each way) return transfers to Gansbaai. Children under 12 not allowed in cage but on boat.

FAIRY GLEN GAME RESERVE SAFARI (ex Cape Town) full day Fairy Glen Game Reserve is the closest game reserve to Cape Town being approximately 111km away. It covers around 20,000ha and is Africa’s most southerly based Big 5 safari. Once you arrive at Fairy Glen enjoy a buffet breakfast before departing on your game drive. In addition to the Big 5 the reserve is also home to a host of other species. Enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Cape Town.

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

DEPARTS

07.00am

DEPARTS

04.30am

DEPARTS

05.00am

DURATION

10.5 hours

DURATION

11 hours

DURATION

12 hours

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

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Adult Child

$ request with supplier

$ request with supplier

$ $

●Some itineraries may differ slightly depending on weather conditions

Private Driver Guide Hermanus Daily 08.30am (8.5 hours)

From $

Private Winelands Tour Daily 08.30am (9 hours)

From $

Whale Watch Tour (or self drive) Daily 06.45am (11 hours 45 mins)

From $

Overland Driver Guide Daily 08.00am (9 hours) flexible

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Private Driver Guide (full day) Daily 08.30am (8.5 hours) flexible

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Private Driver Guide (half day) Daily 08.30am (4.5 hours) flexible

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Durban is blessed with sunshine pretty much all year round, and combined with the warm Indian Ocean, makes it a popular destination for both South Africans and international tourists at any time. In and around Durban there’s swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, history, spectacular mountain scenery and much more.

Durban today is not only a major city and port but also the holiday capital of KwaZuluNatal. A combination of bright sunny weather and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean combine to draw crowds of visitors to the ‘Golden Mile’, Durban’s beachfront area, which offers fabulous sandy beaches patrolled by life guards. Beach front restaurants and bars, high-rise holiday blocks and smart hotels, not to mention amusement parks, craft markets, souvenir shops, all add to the holiday atmosphere. There’s jogging, cycling, swimming, surfing, talented sand artists and paddle boating. Alternatively you could rent one of the brightly coloured rickshaws, which have become a landmark of the ‘Golden Mile’. The beachfront even boasts an aerial cableway running along the promenade, providing a bird’s eye view of all the activities below, which is a great way to get your bearings! While in Durban it’s worth vising the internationally known and acclaimed uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest marine theme park. Housed in a giant ‘shipwreck’ there’s an excellent aquarium, snorkel tank and dolphinarium, as well as thrilling water slides at Wet ‘n Wild. It’s also possible to enjoy a gourmet meal, in the wreck, with the thrill of watching the sharks close by. However there’s more than simply beach life in Durban. The city centre has plenty of fascinating colonial-style buildings; now used as museums or galleries. The city’s Natural History museum, in particular, is well worth a visit. Durban’s port is the busiest in Africa, and the lively waterfront is fringed with colourful restaurants, bars, shops and live music venues. The harbour itself is hectic with tugs, luxury yachts, huge container vessels and small tourist boats on the move all the time.

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The city is also a good gateway for some of the excellent resorts north of Durban. For a slightly quieter experience head to the stretch of coast about 30 minutes north of Durban and stay in areas such as Umhlanga Rocks or Ballito - both offer beautiful stretches of sand and good quality accommodation and restaurants.

Umhlanga is sometimes called the ‘new city centre’, with its impressive mansions, glittering office blocks and stylish beachfront apartments. The beautiful ‘Dolphin’ Coast region stretches from the Tongaat River south of Ballito to the Umhlali river further north. There are numerous resorts nestled along this stretch which is the area for frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins playing in the Indian Ocean waves.

A short drive inland takes in the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills, with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, a fascinating introduction to Zulu culture, and all kinds of arts and craft shops. Further west is the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for even more arts, crafts, food and culture. The Drakensberg Mountains are one of South Africa’s finest World Heritage Sites with spectacular with ancient San artwork adjoining the walls of caves and crevices.


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DURBAN DURBAN - City Lodge Durban

Durban Central

3* ● Conveniently located just 2 minutes from Durban’s CBD and 2 blocks from the main beach and just 20mins drive to the airport ● Spacious rooms offering satellite TV, air-con, WiFi, hairdryer, laptop sized safe, telephone and tea/coffee facilities ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Sundowner bar ● Mini Gym ● Boardroom ● Parking ● Breakfast room - Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - The Royal Hotel

Durban Central

4* ● The Royal Hotels cornerstone for 150 years has been of uncompromising service and unfailing hospitality ● Situated in Durban's CBD approximately 1 km to the Northern beaches ● 204 rooms with a panoramic view of the city or harbour and offering satellite TV, aircon, heating, tea/ coffee facilities, telephone, hairdryer and safety deposit box ● 4 Restaurants ● 2 Bars ● Outside swimming pool ● Gym ● Sauna ● Parking ● Includes breakfast

DURBAN - Garden Court Marine Parade

Durban Beachfront

3* ● This Art Deco style sea-front hotel dominates Durban’s Golden Mile with its panoramic views over the Indian Ocean ● Close to major roads, airport and the beach ● All 346 rooms are sea-facing and feature satellite TV, air-con, WiFi, tea/ coffee making facilities, bathrobes, phone, electronic safe and hairdryer ● 3 Restaurants ● Bar ● Inside swimming pool ● Spa ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - Garden Court South Beach 3*

Durban Beachfront

● Situated on Durban’s beachfront, with stunning Indian Ocean and harbour views this hotel is within walking distance of the city and a wide range of facilites ● Most rooms have sea-views and offer satellite TV, air-con, tea/coffee making facilites, WiFi, hairdryer, phone and electronic safe ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Spa ● Includes breakfast daily

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DURBAN DURBAN - Tropicana Hotel

Durban Beachfront

3* ● Situated on Durban’s Golden Mile and overlooking the warm Indian Ocean ● In close proximity to many attractions including Marine World ● Spacious airconditioned rooms offering refreshing ocean views and satellite TV, WiFi, hairdryer, electronic safe, telephone and tea/coffee facilities ● Five Conference and function venues ● Restaurant ● Café ● Bar ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - Balmoral Hotel

Durban Beachfront

3.5* ● Overlooking the entertainment promenade on Durban’s Golden Mile Beachfront within easy reach of all tourist attractions and a short walk away from the shopping and business district ● 95 tastefully decorated rooms with beautiful views of the sea or courtyard with satellite TV, aircon, fridge, heating, tea/coffee facilities, telephone, hairdryer and electronic safe ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - Protea Hotel Edward Durban

Durban Beachfront

3.5* ● Situated on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ - the main beach front and within 5 minutes of the CBD ● All 101 rooms have recently been refurbished in an elegant style in a manner sympathetic to the rest of the hotel and offer satellite TV, aircon, WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar fridge, phone, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outside swimming pool ● Undercover parking ● Conference facilites ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - Southern Sun Elangeni 3.5*

Durban Beachfront

● Southern Sun Elangeni is situated on Durban’s North Beach with breathtaking views of Durban’s Golden Mile and the warm Indian Ocean ● 449 air-conditioned rooms are well furnished and offer satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilites, hairdryer, telephone and internet access ● Gym ● Sauna ● 3 Restaurants ● 2 Bars ● 2 Outdoor swimming pools ● Includes breakfast daily

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DURBAN DURBAN - Southern Sun North Beach

Durban Beachfront

3.5* ● Situated on Durban’s Golden Mile opposite the prestigious North Beach, within walking distance to uShaka Marine World, and other popular tourist spots ● All 285 rooms are sea-facing with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean equipped with TV, WiFi, electronic safe, telephone, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outside swimming pool ● Spa ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - The Riverside Hotel and Spa

Durban North

4* ● Located just outside the city centre high on the banks of the Umgeni River mouth with unparalleled views over the river and magnificent greenbelt with abundant bird life ● Easy access to the CBD ● 169 rooms with kitchenette, minibar fridge, satellite TV, aircon, tea/coffee facilities, telephone, hairdryer, desk and internet access ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outside swimming pool ● Spa ● 24 hour security ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel

Durban North

5* ● Situated high above Durban North on Umhlanga Rocks Drive with spectacular sea views and conveniently located midway between Durban City and Umhlanga Rocks ● Each room is tastefully decorated and has satellite TV, aircon, heating, WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities, radio, phone, bathrobes, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Outside swimming pool ● Secure parking ● 24 hour reception ● Includes breakfast daily

DURBAN - Quarters on Florida 4*

Berea

● Quarters is centrally located in the highly sought after suburb of Berea just minutes away from the city, conference centre, beaches and main arterial routes ● 23 well-equipped rooms offering satellite TV, air-con, tea/coffee making facilites, hairdryer, telephone and safety deposit box ● Restaurant ● Bar ● 24 hour security and reception ● On site free parking ● Includes breakfast daily


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Jonkerschoek River valley, surrounded by vineyards, orchards and spectacular mountains with the Eerste River flowing through town. The area offers superb scenic views over mountains, vineyards and orchards covered in spring with wild flowers. Stellenbosch with its oak-lined shady streets and secluded lanes lined with open-air restaurants and cosy coffee shops, is a perfect haven to watch the world go by from.

ANDS L E N I CAPE W Franschhoek. Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley where spectacular vineyards cover the mountain slopes. This is the gourmet capital of South Africa, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. The valley is rich In history and centred around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people, only 45 minutes from Cape Town. In the village you will find wonderful crafts, art and antique shops and galleries with the main streets lined with coffee shops and restaurants. Stellenbosch. The second oldest town in South Africa, founded in 1679 and renowned for its Cape Dutch buildings, university and wines. Stellenbosch lies in the fertile

Paarl. The picturesque town of Paarl proudly bears the title of third-oldest town in the country and lies cradled between Table Mountain and the towering Du Toitskloof Mountain range. Restaurants offer culinary delights that cater for any budget. A trip down the 11km long Main Street, the longest in the country, is a trip into the past. The Berg River flows through the Valley and nestled between are historic farms which contribute to Paarl’s refreshing country atmosphere. Somerset West. Lying on the slopes of the Helderberg, Somerset West is quiet and away from the bustle of the city, bordering on the beautiful Winelands and close to the warm Indian Ocean. The entire region is renowned for its scenic beauty, flora and fauna, wine and fruit, gastronomic experiences, friendly hospitality, wide variety of sporting activities and historical heritage.

CAPE WINELANDS WINELANDS - Labri Manor

Stellenbosch

3* ● This luxurious guest house is centrally located in the historical centre of the university town of Stellenbosch ● Enjoy the beauty of the Winelands from this most centrally located of all the Wineland towns only 45km from Cape Town ● Comfortable rooms offering satellite TV, air-con in most rooms, WiFi, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryer ● Outside pool ● Secure off-street parking ● Includes breakfast daily

WINELANDS - Batavia Boutique Hotel

Stellenbosch

4* ● Batavia Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of the Winelands and just off the historic main street of Stellenbosch ● Only a 40 minute drive from Cape Town and 20 minutes to Paarl and Franschoek ● 9 luxurious appointed rooms equipped with satellite TV, air-con, WiFi, mini safe, iPod dock/CD player, minibar, telephone, tea/ coffee facilities and hairdryer ● Lounge ● Outside pool ● Secure parking ● Dining room - Includes breakfast daily


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CAPE WINELANDS WINELANDS - River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa

Stellenbosch

4* ● Nestled by the river a 3 minute stroll to the leafy heart of Stellenbosch ● Ideal base to explore the Western Cape Winelands ● 16 spacious rooms decorated in a colonial style offering satellite TV, aircon, ceiling fans, WiFi, tea and coffee trays, home made minibar snacks, wall safe and hairdryer ● Lounge ● Spa & Wellness Centre ● Wrap around veranda's and beautiful gardens ● 2 Swimming pools ● Secure parking ● Includes breakfast

WINELANDS - The Spier Hotel

Stellenbosch

4* ● The Spiers located in the heart of South Africa’s wine growing region, just 20 minutes from Cape Town Airport ● The hotel is part of an award winning winery and lies beside the Eerste River ● Rooms are situated in village style buildings set around 6 courtyards each with its own pool ● Rooms have satellite TV, air-con, tea/coffee station, WiFi, minibar, iPod docking station, hairdryer and safe ● Bar ● Restaurant ● Spa ● Includes breakfast

WINELANDS - Protea Hotel Franschhoek

Franschhoek

3* ● Located just over an hour from Cape Town and overlooking the majestic mountains and vineyards of the historic village of Franschhoek ● A superb base from which to explore Franschhoek’s restaurants, art galleries, cheese factories and some 25 world famous wine estates ● Rooms offer satellite TV, air-con, WiFi, tea/coffee facilities, safety deposit box and hairdryer ● Outdoor swimming pool ● Bar ● Restaurant ● Includes breakfast daily

WINELANDS - Le Quartier Francais

Franschhoek

4* ● Le Quartier Francais is an exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek valley. The hotel is tucked away in secluded garden with beautiful views ● The hotel specialises in gastronomic experiences with chef Margot Janse ● Luxurious rooms equipped with satellite TV, air-con, heating, WiFi, iPod dock/CD player, bathrobes and hairdryer ● 2 Restaurants and Bar ● Outside pool ● Art gallery● Includes breakfast daily

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The renowned Garden Route encompasses a lush and highly attractive stretch of coastline between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay. It stretches from the east of Cape Town, reaching all the way to the Wild Coast and deep inland. The route boasts an amazing treasury of a rare combination of spectacular mountain ranges, plains, lake areas, indigenous forests, National Parks and coastal stretches of white sand and the crystal shimmering blue water of the Indian Ocean.

Once the route moves up the coast and inland the lushness changed into the stark semi-arid landscape of the Karoo region. This is where its possible to take a tour of the fascinating Cango Caves, with their magnificent limestone and ice formations, and visit a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, with the chance to even take a ride on an ostrich. The adventure rich Garden Route is world-renowned for its excellent variety of outdoor activities: from dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours to sought-after golf courses and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside. The area is also universally known for its oyster feeding, gourmet dining and its sophisticated fine arts; the garden Route hosts South Africa’s premier arts festival.

The route is perhaps most famous for its spectacular natural beauty, crossing magnificent mountain passes, winding gently along an unspoiled, rugged coastline and venturing deep into the awe-inspiring state forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Along the route are some of the country’s finest seaside resorts such as, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and maybe the most famous

GARDEN ROUTE GARDEN ROUTE - Fancourt Hotel

George

4* ● Fancourt is a golfers dream situated in over 550 ha of lush countryside in historic George, the heart of the Garden Route ● 5 hrs from Cape Town ● 3 Gary Player designed golf courses ● Luxurious guest rooms offering satellite TV, WiFi, aircon, heating, tea/coffee facilites, digital safe and hairdryer ● Spa & Gym ● Swimming pools ● 5 Restaurants ● Bar ● Games room ● Various outdoor pursuits ● Teen & Children's areas ● Floodlit tennis courts ● Parking ● Includes breakfast daily

GARDEN ROUTE - Knysna LogInn Knysna 3* ● The hotel is said to be the largest log structure in the southern hemisphere and the result is a spectacular hotel ● Knysna Log-Inn is centrally located in the middle of town making an ideal base to explore from ● 57 magnificently decorated rooms equipped with satellite TV, air-con, heating, ceiling fans, tea/coffee making facilities, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Sauna ● Outside heated pool ● Includes breakfast daily


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GARDEN ROUTE GARDEN ROUTE - Protea Hotel Knysna Quays 3.5*

Knysna

● Located on the Knysna Quays Waterfront the hotel enjoys a spectacular outlook over the renowned coastal town ● With the famous Knysna lagoon on your doorstep and 260km from Port Elizabeth Airport and 75km from George Airport ● 123 spacious rooms equipped with aircon, satellite TV, WiFi, fridge, tea/coffee facilities, electronic safe and hairdryer ● Bar ● Outside swimming pool ● Dining room - Includes breakfast daily

GARDEN ROUTE - Knysna Hollow 3*

Knysna ● Beautifully set on a secluded old country estate near Knysna’s famous lagoon on the Garden Route ● The old manor house 79 rooms and chalets are set amongst timeless oak and pecan trees and have been tastefully decorated offering satellite TV, ceiling fans, heating, private patio and tea/coffee facilities ● 2 Restaurants ● Pub ● Outside terrace ● 3 Swimming pools ● Curio shop ● Boule set and a giant outdoor chess board ● Includes breakfast

GARDEN ROUTE - De Opstal Country Lodge 3.5*

Oudtshoorn

● De Opstal is situated in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley, 12km from Oudtshoorn, on the main road to the Cango Caves, 60km from George Airport ● The lodge offers 21 quaint en-suite rooms which retain an atmosphere of rustic charm with modern touches and offer a lounge, satellite TV, ceiling fans, air-con, heating, tea/coffee facilities and private patio ● Restaurant ● Saltwater swimming pool ● Includes breakfast daily

GARDEN ROUTE - Lairds Lodge 4*

Plettenberg Bay

● This exclusive country lodge is set on a 24 acre estate with distant mountain views and is perfectly positioned between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay ● Easy access to unspoiled beaches, world class golf courses, hiking trails and nature reserves ● 15 elegant rooms equipped percale linen, with air-con, heating, tea/ coffee facilities, bathrobes and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Brandy room ● Outside swimming pool ● Includes breakfast daily

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GARDEN ROUTE GARDEN ROUTE - Hog Hollow Country Lodge 4*

Plettenberg Bay

● Located in the Crags on a private nature reserve on the edge of indigenous forest with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and the Tsitsikamma Mountains ● Perfect place from which to explore the Garden Route or to relax ● 16 suites set in the garden surrounding the main house equipped with minibar, WiFi, home baked cookies, hi-fi, heating, hairdryer, private deck and tea/coffee facilities ● 3 Lounges ● Boma ● Outside swimming pool ●Sauna ● Dining room - Includes breakfast daily

GARDEN ROUTE - The Plettenberg 5*

Plettenberg Bay ● Situated on a rocky headland in the heart of Plettenberg Bay with views of the ocean, mountains and stretches of golden beaches ● Fabulous sightings of whales and dolphins from the hotel terraces (JulNov) ● 37 individually decorated rooms and suites showcasing breathtaking vistas and offering air-con, satellite TV, minibar, WiFi, bathrobes and hairdryer ● Spa ● Bar ● Restaurants ● 2 outdoor swimming pools ● Boutique ● Includes breakfast

GARDEN ROUTE - Palms Wilderness Retreat 4*

Wilderness

● Centrally located in the scenic seaside village of Wilderness ● Well known for cosy and welcoming accommodation, spectacular gardens, scrumptious meals and warm hospitality ● Rooms have own entrances into gardens with pool and feature aircon and/or ceiling fan, safe, tea/ coffee station, percale linen, bathrobes, safe, bar fridge and decanter with port ● Bar ● Lounge with satellite TV/DVD ● Outdoor swimming pool● Breakfast daily

GARDEN ROUTE - Views Boutique Hotel and Spa 5*

Wilderness

● In the heart of the Garden Route this is an ideal base from which to explore the famed Garden Route ● Only 20 mins from George Airport ● 18 exquisitely furnished suites with ocean or mountain views and offering satellite TV, WiFi, air-con, minibar and beverage station, iPod station, minisafe, heated towel rail & underfloor heated bathrooms, robes, slippers and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Cocktail Deck ● Spa and Gym● Lounges ● Outside pool● Breakfast

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REGIONAL SOUTH AFRICA DAY TOURS

DURBAN CITY TOUR (ex Durban) half day

PRETORIA CITY TOUR (ex Pretoria) half day

A tour dedicated to the contrasts of this cosmopolitan city where east meets west. Drive along Durban’s beachfront, the Golden Mile, past art-deco buildings and uShaka Marine World to The Point at the harbour entrance. See Victoria Embankment and pass city buildings of historical significance such as the Natal Museum, City Hall & Play House Theatre .Visit the lively Victoria Street Market and a short walk through the Botanical Gardens (time permitting).

SCENIC BALLOON FLIGHT (ex Hazyview)

Enjoy a visit to the capital city of South Africa; Pretoria. See the home of Paul Kruger - now a museum, enjoy the beauty of the Union Buildings - the seat of the Administrative Government in South Africa, and view the huge Voortrekker Monument dedicated to the original Transvaal settlers. In October, revel in the beautiful Jacaranda season, a spectacle unequalled anywhere in the world.

ADDO ELEPHANT PARK TOUR (ex Port Elizabeth) full day

Upon arrival at the launch site in the beautiful Sabie River Valley near Hazyview, Mpumalanga tea, coffee and biscuits are offered. The pilot gives a brief explanation and at sunrise the scenic flight takes place and lasts about an hour drifting over valleys and small hills with the Sabie River winding away into the distance. On landing sparkling wine is served and breakfast is enjoyed at a country lodge. All guests also receive a flight certificate signed by the pilot.

The Addo Elephant National Park lies deep within the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region. This finely tuned eco-system is a sanctuary to over 420 elephants, 450 Cape Buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, which is found almost exclusively in Addo. Enjoy a drive through the park and stop for lunch (not included) at a picnic area inside the park overlooking a waterhole. (min 2 people)

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Except Monday or Sunday

OPERATES

Daily - weather permitting

OPERATES

Daily

DEPARTS

08.30am

DEPARTS

13.00

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05.00am

DEPARTS

08.45am

DURATION

4.5 hours

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4 hours

DURATION

2.5 hours

DURATION

7.5 hours

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

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Adult Child

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HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE (ex Durban) full day Depart Durban early in the morning and travel approximately 3 hours to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Enjoy a full day of game viewing in a 96,000 hectare wildlife sanctuary for the opportunity of spotting animals including The Big Five and various other game species. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is renowned for its conservation efforts in saving the white rhino from extinction. Stop for lunch (included), and depart the park by 15.30 to return to Durban

$ $

KNYSNA TO PLETTENBERG BAY (ex Knysna) half day

$ request with supplier

SHAKALAND ZULU EXPERIENCE (ex Durban) full day

OUDTSHOORN TOUR (ex Knysna) full day

This scenic tour takes you from Knysna on the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay and back to Knysna. Enjoy scenic stops at Knysna Heads, and visit the beautiful ’Garden of Eden’, an enchanting lush wet forest, near Knysna. Along the way, you may even have an opportunity to see dolphins. Plettenberg Bay is tranquil and offers miles of sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons, estuaries and forests. (Min 2 people)

Early collection from Durban for the 2 hour drive along the Dolphin Coast via Sibaya inland to the rural Zululand. Visit Shakaland, a Zulu Kraal (village) near Eshowe in the Nkwalini Valley. Participate in a cultural programme of Zulu traditions which include spear making, pottery, hut building and weaving. Be enthralled by the Zulu dance show and enjoy some Zulu beer. Enjoy a typical Zulu meal, buffet style, while watching traditional dancing and singing.

Relax and enjoy a spectacular drive over the Outeniqua Mountain Pass from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in the little Karoo. Discover the Cango Caves with there magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites - one of the worlds great natural wonders. Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and see crocodiles, snakes and numerous big cats and enjoy an ostrich farm experience before returning to your hotel. (Minimum 2 people)

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Daily

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Daily

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Daily

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06.00am

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09.00am

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08.30am

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08.30am

DURATION

12 hours

DURATION

4 hours

DURATION

9hours

DURATION

9 hours

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

$ request with supplier

SANI PASS AND LESOTHO TOUR (ex Durban) full day After an early morning collection from your hotel, travel inland past Pietermaritzburg and through the Natal Midlands. Arrive at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and board a 4x4 vehicle. Travel up the steep and spectacular Sani Pass. As you rise over the escarpment cross over into the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho land of the ‘People of the Blanket’. Before descending visit a traditional Basotho village, taste some local beer & bread before lunch at Africa's highest pub.

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VALLEY OF 1000 HILLS (ex Durban) half day Drive through the Western Durban suburbs and journey inland through small villages and the picturesque countryside, which then give way to the spectacular vista known as the Valley of a 1000 Hills. Visit a reconstructed Zulu village and be immersed in the fascinating culture and traditions. See inside the traditional beehive shaped thatched huts. Following an impressive Zulu dance show enjoy a guided tour of the Crocodile and Snake Park.

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TSITSIKAMMA TOUR (ex Knysna) full day

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OVERLAND DRIVER GUIDE (ex Durban) full day

A full day tour visiting some of the areas most beautiful and scenic natural attractions. Stroll through the Tsitsikamma Forest and view the 1000 year old Outeniqua Yellowwood tree. Visit Tsitsikamma Coastal Nature Reserve with stunning coastal views. Lunch at Storms River Mouth Restaurant (own account). Stop at the highest bungee jump in the world - 216 metres (optional activity and to own account). (Minimum 2 people)

This car and driver option offers you the flexibility of creating your own itinerary, as well as having the benefit of an experienced driver who is also a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the freedom of planning your own daily sightseeing or allow your driver/ guide to help you and advise on points of interest. Package includes: 300km, petrol, car insurance, driver meals. Excludes: gratuities, entrance fees, meals, cost of return if 1way between provinces.

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

OPERATES

Daily

DEPARTS

06.00am

DEPARTS

08.30am

DEPARTS

09.00am

DEPARTS

08.00 - flexible

DURATION

12 hours

DURATION

4.5 hours

DURATION

8 hours

DURATION

8 hours - flexible

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Adult Child

COSTS

Max 5 people, car and driver from

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WESTERN CAPE

Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape. The startling out-of-theordinary vistas will generously reward your eastward journey. South Africa’s Eastern Cape also boasts some of the world’s biggest surf waves, the only ski slopes in Africa, the highest bridge bungee jump in the southern hemisphere, and the chance to go on a ’Big 7’ safari.

The Western Cape is an extravaganza of experiences and a province of extraordinary diversity: whale watching at Hermanus, quiet strolls through the beautiful botanic gardens of Kirstenbosch, wine tasting at any of the legendary wine estates, spotting the Big 5 on a game drive through one of the wildlife reserves and if you’re brave enough you can even participate in shark cage diving. As if that were not enough, The Eastern Cape is home to first-class game reserves, both public and private, which invite you to see the Big 5. The Eastern Cape boasts the most concentrated elephant reserve in Africa as well as Addo Elephant Park, which is home to a herd of 300 elephants, providing a great opportunity for seeing elephants up close.

The Wild Coast in the former Transkei is where former President Nelson Mandela was born and is home to remote villages, many of which are almost unchanged since they were built. Here there’s quirky19th century architecture, with delightful rustic scenes and a warm country welcome.

The scenic beauty and the endless rhythm of the waves, makes this pristine coastline a place where solitude is easy to find. If you want to participate in a bit of star-gazing then visit the sleepy Karoo village of Sutherland, with its scintillating, starry night skies and its 11 world class telescopes.


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EASTERN CAPE RIPPON’S SAFARI LODGE PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals on a fullboard basis, tea and coffee, 2 daily game drives in an open land rover and walking safaris accompanied by experienced guides and trackers and VAT

NEAR PORT ELIZABETH - LUXURY GAME LODGE

LOCATION : This luxurious malaria free four star safari lodge is located 80 km from Port Elizabeth Airport right next door to the spectacular Shamwari Game Reserve. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Rippon’s Safari Lodge Is a new and exciting landmark in the Eastern Cape - one of South Africa’s best game viewing areas. The lodge offers down to earth affordable luxury and also respects the local environment. Set in the middle of fabulous gardens, right on the doorstep of South Africa’s bush where the Big 5 roam. Good home cooked fresh food, a relaxing friendly atmosphere, two sunny swimming pools, a sundeck overlooking a waterhole and a shady Verandah which is perfect for relaxing on. Rippon’s is one of the few lodges in the Eastern Cape area which also caters for children as well as adults. Children’s facilities include a fully-staffed supervised children's play and activity area. Two game drives a day; in the morning and afternoon/evening, where you get the opportunity to spot the Big 5 as well as numerous other mammal and bird species and insects. ACCOMMODATION: The lodge has 12 guest rooms set amongst fabulous gardens. The main house has two spacious and luxurious duplex suites. Each suite has two en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room and is capable of sleeping five people. The main house is also where the bar, lounges and dining room are located. The Long Barn is particularly ideal for people travelling without children having seven adult only twin or double rooms. It also offers spectacular views over the valley and watering hole with its resident hippo.

EASTERN CAPE - Beach Hotel

Port Elizabeth

3.5* ● The Beach Hotel is located directly opposite one of Port Elizabeth’s most popular beaches - Hobie Beach. Directly next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex ● 58 spacious rooms with satellite TV, air-con, tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi, mini safe, phone, and hairdryer ● Outdoor swimming pool and stunning pool deck ● 3 Restaurants ● 3 Bars ● 24 hour reception and room service ● Includes breakfast daily

EASTERN CAPE - Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth

5* ● Situated on the Summerstrand beachfront overlooking Algoa Bay and 10mins from the airport ● Within walking distance of safe, sandy beaches, the Oceanarium, the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex ●173 rooms with sea views and satellite TV, aircon, tea/coffee facilities, WiFi, minibar, safe, phone and hairdryer ● Restaurant ● Bar and Lounge ● Outside swimming pool ● Gym ● Spa & Wellness centre ● Includes breakfast daily


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EASTERN CAPE KARIEGA GAME RESERVE

SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals on a fully inclusive basis, selected beverages and morning and evening game drives. Kariega Main Lodge excludes beverages

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals on a fullboard basis, local beverages and game activities.

MAIN LODGE ● RIVER LODGE ● UKHOZI LODGE ● HOMESTEAD ● ● ECCA LODGE ● GREAT FISH RIVER LODGE ● UPLANDS

BAYETHE ● LONG LEE MANOR ● RIVERDENE LODGE ●SARILI LODGE

● EAGLES CRAG LODGE

NEAR PORT ELIZABETH—LUXURY GAME LODGES

NEAR PORT ELIZABETH—LUXURY GAME LODGES LOCATION : Shamwari is situated in verdant bush along the Bushman's River in 25,000 ha, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, and forms a natural extension to the Garden Route.

LOCATION : This luxurious Big 5 game reserve is located 80 minutes drive East of Port Elizabeth Airport and comprises 9,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushman's Rivers.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Shamwari is the largest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape and home to the Big Five. It offers game viewing twice daily in modern open top vehicles with ranger, game walks, 2 Born Free Sanctuary's, spa treatments at Long Lee and an outdoor swimming pool. Shamwari offers a special ‘kids on safari’ programme for children aged 4 and over. Extensive wine list including a choice of 12 red and 12 white South African wines, with a further selection of fine wines and imported champagne.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: In a landscape that spans across 5 different eco systems the reserve offers game viewing in open safari vehicles with qualified rangers twice daily. Other activities include opportunities to walk close to game and birdlife, river cruises on the popular ‘Kariega Queen’, a spa and gym, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing and visits to the nearby beaches of Kenton-On-Sea.

ACCOMMODATION: Luxury accommodation is offered in numerous different lodges all of which are 5 star graded. All accommodation has en-suite facilities, air-con /heating, safe and a viewing deck.

PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Water Lodge

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals on a fullboard basis, local beverages, drinks (excluding select wines and premium brand beverages) and game activities.

ACCOMMODATION: Luxury accommodation and fine dining in a range of game lodges. Ukhozi and River Lodge both cater exclusively for adults with no children under 12 permitted. Main Lodge and The Homestead are perfect for groups of friends and families.

PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Msenge Bush Lodge

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals on a fullboard basis, local beverages, drinks (excluding select wines and imported beverages) and game activities.

NEAR PORT ELIZABETH—LUXURY GAME LODGE

NEAR PORT ELIZABETH—LUXURY GAME LODGE

LOCATION : In the heart of malaria free Eastern Cape this Big 5 game reserve is located 105 km from Port Elizarth Airport and approximately a 1-2 hours drive. Grahamstown is a mere 20 km away.

LOCATION : In the heart of malaria free Eastern Cape this Big 5 game reserve is located 105 km from Port Elizarth Airport and approximately a 1-2 hours drive.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Pumba Water Lodge offers unrivalled views over Lake Kariega. Lodge facilities include - WiFi, curio and gift shop, gym, spa at the Msenge Bush Lodge, outdoor swimming pool, air strip, 2 daily Big 5 safari drives, birding safaris, archery, bush walks, bass fishing, botanicals and star gazing. Enjoy sundowners on the floating jetty watching the African sunset before enjoying a gourmet dinner with local vintage wines under the African stars. There is also a bar in the Main Lodge and 2 restaurants - Water Lodge and Msenge Bush Lodge.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Msenge Bush Lodge overlooks the Kariega River floodplain. Complete with waterhole and views over the Zuurberg Mountains. Lodge facilities include - WiFi, curio and gift shop, gym, spa, outdoor swimming pool, air strip, 2 daily Big 5 safari drives, birding safaris, archery, bush walks, bass fishing, botanicals and star gazing. There is also a bar in the Main Lodge and 2 restaurants - Water Lodge and Msenge Bush Lodge - with both offering sublime cuisine with a fusion of Eastern Cape flair.

ACCOMMODATION: The luxurious Pumba Water Lodge comprises 12 stone walled, thatched, water front chalets situated off meandering timber footpaths with private timber game-viewing decks, outdoor showers and plunge pools. All the individually furnished luxurious chalets also offer air-con, fully appointed bathrooms, minibar, fan, mini safe and bathrobes.

ACCOMMODATION: 12 private glass enclosed thatched chalets with wooden decks which flow naturally into the African bushveld. All are individually furnished chalets equipped with private plunge pool and game viewing decks, outdoor showers, fully appointed bathrooms, minibar, aircon, bathrobes and mini safe.


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WESTERN CAPE SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE Gondwana Lodge

SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE Dwyka Tented Lodge

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, selected beverages, return transfers between welcoming lounge and lodge, tourism levy, VAT and 2 game drives.

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, selected beverages, return transfers between welcoming lounge and lodge, tourism levy, VAT and 2 game drives. NEAR MONTAGU—LUXURY GAME LODGE

NEAR MONTAGU—LUXURY GAME LODGE

LOCATION : Only 3 hours from Cape Town Sanbona boasts 54,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art.

LOCATION : Only 3 hours from Cape Town Sanbona boasts 54,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Gondwana Lodge is suited to families with children of all ages being entertained by the exciting ‘Kids on Safari’ program. Two daily game drives, one morning and one afternoon. Facilities at Gondwana include an outdoor swimming pool, bar/lounge with a fireplace, a dining area with fireplace, a relaxation retreat with 2 therapy rooms, a gift boutique, wine cellar, children's playroom m with TV, perimeter electric fence and open air boma. Further activities include bird watching, nature walks, stargazing, rock art and formation and features.

FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: This luxurious Big 5 game reserve is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned wildlife reserves. Sanbona is the only free ranging Big 5 reserve in the Western Cape and the only free range self-sustaining White Lions in the world. Two daily game drives, one morning and one afternoon. Dwyka Tented Lodge has a bar/lounge with a fireplace and TV, a dining area with fireplace, a relaxation retreat with 2 therapy rooms, a gift boutique, wine cellar and open air boma. Further activities include bird watching, nature walks, stargazing, rock art and formation and features.

ACCOMMODATION: Gondwana Lodge offers endless views over the plains of the Bellair Dam and onto the Anysberg Mountains. The 12 en-suite rooms/suites (inter-leading rooms available) have minibars, private patio or balcony, underfloor heating, air-con or comfort cooling/heating, tea/coffee making facilites, telephone, electronic safe, hairdryer and fitted international adaptors.

ACCOMMODATION: The 9 luxurious and secluded tents of Dwyka Lodge are the perfect getaway. Each en-suite tent has indoor and outdoor showers, minibars, private plunge pools and decks, underfloor heating, air-con or comfort cooling/heating, telephone, electronic safe, hairdryer and fitted international adaptors.

AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, selected beverages and game drives.

BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE

PRICE INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, a variety of activities including nature drives, walks, stargazing, guided rock art excursions and welcome drink. SOUTHERN KAROO—LUXURY GAME LODGE

LOCATION : Aquila Game Reserve is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, located only a 90 minutes drive away. The reserves covers 4,500 hectares in Southern Karoo and is located in the historic Touwsrivier town on the national Garden Route, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: Aquila Game Reserve is not just another luxury lodge, but its primary purpose is to offer an educational experience. The reserve is home to the Big 5 legends of the wilderness as well as other herds of game including giraffe and hippo, and over 170 bird species. There are 2 large swimming pools, each with a pool bar overlooking the reserve, restaurant and an outdoor boma area, cigar bar, lounges, library, curio shop and children’s entertainment. Morning and evening game drives with qualified rangers in open 4x4 vehicles, picnics, horseback and quad bike safaris, rock art sites and an optional free visit to the Karoo Ostrich Farm. ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation options at Aquila are premier, luxury or standard chalets with all the chalets tucked away in the Karoo bush. Premier chalets are privately situated and built into the hillside. Luxury chalets are semi-detached and come with their own outdoor shower. Standard chalets are snug and cosy and situated in the actual veld of the reserve.

CEDERBERG MOUNTIANS—LUXURY LODGE AND RETREAT LOCATION : Only 2 and a half to 3 hours from Cape Town and nestled at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains Bushman's Kloof offers a unique wilderness getaway combining culture, adventure, relaxation and warm caring service. FACILITES AND ACTIVITIES: The reserve is a natural playground with wide open plains, mystical rock formations, crystal clear waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna. 130 San rock art sites, 35 mammal species including the Cape Zebra, evening nature drives, hiking, mountain biking, star gazing, canoeing and archery. The spa offers a fantastic array of treatments including restorative treatments using unique products made from indigenous flowers and plants. The accommodation is surrounded by rolling lawns and gardens and has 4 outdoor swimming pools, included one heated. Gym, herb and vegetable garden, private airstrip, exquisite dining area including a boma, book and DVD library, lounge, bar and wine cellar, WiFi access, conference venue, gift shop and fitness centre. ACCOMMODATION: Guest rooms are either in cottages set amongst landscaped gardens and pools or form part of the original Manor House. 16 luxurious en-suite rooms and suites with air-con, underfloor heating, ceiling fans, minibar, bathrobes, tea and coffee unit safe, telephone and hairdryer.


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WESTERN CAPE WESTERN CAPE - Les Baleines

Hermanus

4* ● Les Baleines is located in one of the most scenic areas of South Africa and one of the worlds most famous whale watching areas ● Nestled between the mountains and the Atlantic ocean only 140km from Cape Town Airport ● Rooms all offer TV, aircon, tea/coffee facilities, bathrobes, underfloor heating in bathrooms, heated towel rails, wall safe and hairdryer ● Bar and Dining area ● Lounge/Library ● Outside pool ● Includes breakfast daily

WESTERN CAPE - Harbour House Hotel

Hermanus

4* ● Situated only one hour from Cape Town enjoying a prominent position in the heart of the old harbour area of Hermanus ● An easy walk to the market, restaurants, street cafes, boutiques, bars and natural attractions ● Spacious modern rooms feature a kitchenette and lounge leading towards the balcony and offer satellite TV, air-con and heating, tea/coffee facilities, WiFi, minibar, hairdryer and safe ● Outside swimming pool ● Guest Lounge

WESTERN CAPE - Mimosa Lodge

Mimosa

3.5* ● Mimosa Lodge is a scenic 2 hour drive from Cape Town a the heart of Route 62 and the perfect stop between Cape Town and the Garden Route ● Set on the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain range, the area is also home to various famous wineries ● 23 sumptuous rooms offer fans and heating, hairdryer, fresh fruit and complimentary drink ● Outdoor pool and deck ● Bar & Dining room● Croquet lawn/ boules pitch ● Includes breakfast daily

WINELANDS - The Robertson Small Hotel

Robertson

4.5* ● 90 minutes from Cape Town located on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, is the Robertson Small Hotel which provide luxurious accommodation and fine cuisine ● 10 spacious suites furnished with a king size bed, satellite TV, air-con, bathroom with underfloor heating and heated towel rails, WiFi, minibar, tea/ coffee facilites, iPod docking station, safe, bathrobes and hairdryer ● Restaurant and Bar ● 2 Outside pools ● Breakfast daily

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