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THOMPSONS AFRICA EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW 2 LUXURY RAIL JOURNEY Rovos Rail The Blue Train WESTERN CAPE Introduction Cape Town Day Tours & Activities Accommodation

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GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE Introduction Garden Route & Eastern Cape Day Tours & Activities Accommodation

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NORTHERN CAPE & FREE STATE Introduction Accommodation

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DURBAN & SURROUNDS Introduction Day Tours & Activities Accommodation

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ZULULAND Introduction 98 Zululand Day Tours 100 Accommodation 102 MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO PROVINCE Introduction 108 Hazyview & Malalane Day Tours 110 Accommodation 114 ESWATINI Introduction 152 Accommodation 154

NORTH WEST PROVINCE Introduction 158 Accommodation 160 GAUTENG Introduction 170 Johannesburg Day Tours & Activities 172 Accommodation 175 PRETORIA Introduction 186 Accommodation 188


THOMPSONS AFRICA WHO WE ARE

With almost half a century of experience under our belt, Thompsons Africa is your highly trained Southern African destination management expert. Our reservations team is knowledgeable, innovative, and committed to exceptional service delivery. Thompsons Africa is part of Cullinan Holdings Ltd, whose main shareholder is The Travel Corporation, a family-owned entity with 45 offices worldwide and an envied reputation for delivering quality, service, and value. We also have trusted, long-standing supplier relationships that extend back in excess of 40 years. As part of the global The Travel Corporation family, we are known for our reliability and financial solidity. It’s an ethos reflected in the fact that in a sector known for high employee turnover, our average staff tenure is almost eight years — a further guarantee of experience and professionalism. Thompsons Africa operates in the three main cities of Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, as well as from 11 reception offices in the Southern African region: Kruger Park, Hluhluwe, Hazyview, Malalane, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Mauritius. All offices offer a team of permanent Tour Guides, Drivers and Guest Service Officers. Our Guided Journeys offer something unique and memorable and after so many years of perfecting the product, these just cannot be beaten. Our tour guiding professionals have honed their skills, with many holding university degrees in fields such as marketing, photography, tourism and education. They are the collective face of Thompsons Africa and proud ambassadors for our beautiful country. The Guest Service Officers (GSOs) at four major airports meet-andgreet, assist with lost luggage, and undertake care visits when required. Our Customer Care Centre is available 24/7 to deal with any of your guests’ concerns and our GSOs are at hand, around the clock, to deal with any hitches or emergencies. Our fleet of around 170 vehicles ranges from sedans, to two-passenger limousines, 8 seaters, 11 seaters and 15 seaters; luxury 44-seater coaches and 60-seater touring vehicles. This massive tyre-print across the continent also comes with a small carbon footprint and among our innovations is a water recycling plant to provide environmentally friendly washes. Bespoke Travel — Because we tell it like it is, we are the experts in tailor-made packages. Our commitment is to ensuring that customers get an authentic African travel experience, coupled with comfort and

safety, to provide the holiday of a lifetime. Group Travel — We are specialists in caring for series and ad hoc business. We design individual packages to suit the unique interests of school groups, sales groups, religious groups, and their like. It’s an innovative, seamless programme, implemented professionally. Inventive Incentives — We understand the specialist nature of the incentive business and are well versed in the logistics of travel in Africa. Our approach to handling incentives of any size is to understand our clients and their requirements and carefully match these to our products. It’s all about assembling the perfect combination of accommodation and entertainment to suit each group, delivered in an enthusiastic, personalised way. Personal Collection —There’s a holiday and then there’s Personal Collection by Thompsons Africa. This is an out-of-this–world travel experience, crafted with the discerning traveller in mind. At Your Fingertips — Our dedicated Customer Zone can be accessed for up- to-the-minute rates, online availability, exclusive allocations and other critical information. Our online brochures are available for your easy downloading and printing at https://zone.thompsonsafrica. com/media/brochures. Free Sell Policy — A unique feature on all tours is a ‘Free Sell’ policy. Most of our Fully Guided Journeys can be free sold up to 30 days prior to departure, while our Day Tours can be free sold up to 48 hours before departure. That’s easy and efficient! As you might expect from a family-built company with a big heart, Thompsons Africa is about sustainability and giving back. To help shape the face of the future Africa, we actively support organisations that focus on the conservation, protection, and promotion of our rich heritage. We are proud to be part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands, called The TreadRight Foundation — a not-forprofit that works to ensure that the environment and communities we explore, remain vibrant for future generations. Finally, you can take comfort in the knowledge that when dealing with Thompsons Africa, you are dealing with a company with substantial liability cover, well above the minimum requirements, as well as a strong partnership with SATIB24, the continent’s leading incident management unit.


OUR UNIQUE SERVICES FREE SELL POLICY A unique feature of our product offering is a ‘Free Sell’ policy on all tours. Most of our Fully Guided Journeys can be free sold up to 30 days prior to departure and our Day Tours can be free sold up to 48 hours before departure. That’s easy and efficient!

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE Finally, you can take comfort in the knowledge that when dealing with Thompsons Africa, you are dealing with a company with substantial liability cover, well above the minimum requirements, as well as a strong partnership with SATIB24, the continent’s leading incident management unit. To further mitigate risk, we enjoy a strong partnership with SATIB24, Africa’s leading incident management unit led by a specialist team of

doctors and incident managers who are on call 24/7/365 and provide a comprehensive management service from the moment a call is received.

OUR VEHICLES Thompsons Africa uses the latest and finest vehicles on the market, including Toyota Corollas, Mercedes Vitos, Toyota Quantums and Mercedes Benz Sprinters and specially modified open safari vehicles – all with the requisite permits. We select our vehicles very carefully, against a strict set of criteria, in full knowledge of what our clientele needs and wants. All vehicles are exceptionally comfortable and spacious, with full air-conditioning throughout and good sound quality when the tour director is speaking. With headrests, and ample leg and head room, transfers are comfortable, cool and professional.

WE DO TRANSFERS Seat in Coach Transfers are done in a three-seater sedan, seven- seater micro-bus, 13 seater Quantum, or 18/22-seater mini coach with a maximum of three pick-ups/drop-offs en route to/from the airport. Private Transfers are done in either a sedan or micro-bus, for a maximum of three or seven guests respectively, where you are transferred straight to your destination. Luxury Transfers are done in a luxury sedan, for a maximum of three guests, where you are taken straight to your destination. Please note that with the luxury transfer, there is a luggage restriction of one standard size suitcase per person. Vehicle Charter - Thompsons Africa have invested in some of the newest and best vehicles available in Southern Africa. Our fleet of vehicles is made up of the newest Toyota Corollas, Mercedes Vitos, Toyota Quantums and Mercedes Benz Sprinters. All vehicles are available for charter.

Shuttle Services - Thompsons Africa offers a number of pre-booked fixed departure shuttles between key destinations. Sun City Shuttle - OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to/from all Sun City Hotels. This shuttle departs four times a day at specific times. Kruger Shuttle Hoedspruit – OR Tambo International Airport to/from 7 specific locations in the Hoedspruit area. Add-on transfers to/from the lodge would be required, at additional costs. Guaranteed daily departures with minimum 1 guest. Kruger Shuttle Hazyview – OR Tambo International Airport to/from Perry’s Bridge Hazyview, Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, and Skukuza. Addon transfers to/from the lodge would be required, at additional costs. Guaranteed daily departures with minimum 1 guest.


YOU ARE WELCOME Welcome to South Africa! We are delighted that you have chosen to visit our beautiful country and we promise that the start of your journey with Thompsons Africa will be a First Class experience! Arriving in a foreign country should be a celebration and our star team of Guest Service Officers are at the ready to welcome you. Whether you have been to Southern Africa before or it is your first time, you will feel like you have come home!

SILVER WELCOME, GOLD WELCOME AND PLATINUM WELCOME AIRPORT SERVICES Airports around the world all present their challenges, but with Thompsons Africa there are no challenges - only memorable experiences. Let us take care of getting you from point A to point B without any of the hassle.

Guests can choose the level of assistance required to navigate our airports. We engage in face-to-face conversations with guests and discuss their journey ahead. Guests feel pampered and secure in the knowledge that they understand their itinerary arrangements, and that any questions or concerns raised, will be answered swiftly.

GUEST SERVICE EMERGENCY SUPPORT Even when guests have departed the airport our team are on call to give support when life’s mishaps occur! We visit guests in hospital or at their hotel to offer comfort and reassurance. No matter the situation, we have the experience to lend a helping hand.

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OUR GUIDES

BY THOMPSONS AFRICA Our NQF (National Qualifications Framework) and FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) qualified permanent Tour Guides are the very best calibre of staff. Join them on one of our exciting Guided Journeys or Tailor-Made packages – you will be completely blown away by their knowledge, excitement and passion! They speak English, German and Spanish, and our wider network of Tour Guides speak most other languages. All of our Safari Guides have completed additional courses enhancing their skills to ensure the best possible experience for guests. These

include the Kruger National Park Orientation Course, a botany course at Skukuza Nursery by a qualified botany expert and some have completed the VPDA Course (Viewing Potential Dangerous Animals). Our tour guiding professionals have honed their skills, with many holding university degrees in fields such as marketing, photography, tourism and education. They are the collective face of Thompsons Africa and proud ambassadors for our beautiful country.



GUIDED JOURNEYS BY THOMPSONS AFRICA In the arranging and operating of variable sized tours in Southern Africa, with set itineraries and frequent departures, Thompsons Africa leads the field. These packaged holidays offer something special, unique and memorable. Our tours have been operating since 1994

and we proudly claim that our service cannot be beaten. Our signature product, ‘Fully Guided’ means what it says: we do all the work, you relax and enjoy the experience, knowing that you are in capable and experienced hands.

FULLY GUIDED PRIVATE JOURNEYS FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL GROUPS If anyone understands family travel, Thompsons Africa does. We offer the perfect package: just the family or small group (four to eight people), a Tour Guide and the most flexible of itineraries to suit younger members especially. The number and length of game drives, content and timing of meals, and length of the safari is entirely flexible so as to fully accommodate your needs. Lively kids? Nobody’s fussing. There’s no finer way for a

young family, or small group, preferring a less structured holiday, to travel together. We have a selection of entirely private tours for intimate groups of four to eight people, travelling with your own Tour Guide and Driver a superb option for a 50th birthday party treat for esteemed clients, or simply family or friends who prefer exclusivity and privacy.

FAMILY MATTERS At Thompsons Africa we pride ourselves in the many years we have operated as a family style business. It is an ethos that we are passionate about and with the average stay of our people being 7 and a half years, we are proud to say, WE ARE FAMILY. We are committed to ensuring that our reservations teams are knowledgeable and innovative and for this reason we invest in comprehensive training that includes not just destination and product knowledge, but also service delivery.

Every day we continue to build on our solid reputation for reliability and unparalleled service delivery, striving to deliver the best possible guest experience at every point of contact they have with us. As part of Cullinan Holdings Ltd. and as a member of the family owned The Travel Corporation (TTC), this ethos of family is carried through the group at a global level.


CONSERVING OUR HERITAGE We are proud to be part of a joint initiative by The Travel Corporation family of brands, called The TreadRight Foundation — a not-forprofit that works to ensure that the environment and communities we explore, remain vibrant for future generations. TreadRight is The Travel Corporation’s hub for all corporate social responsibility efforts and manages a long-standing grants program that benefits sustainable tourism projects. To date, TreadRight has committed more than USD 2million to projects worldwide and encourages industry best practice through their support for the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, The Travel Foundation & Tourism Cares. In Africa, TreadRight helps to support a number of sustainable tourism projects. WildAid’s goal is to end illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime by reducing demand by specifically targeting consumers with engaging public service announcements and education initiatives. Wilderness Foundation Africa supports conservation agencies and organised private game reserves in protecting their rhino as part of a functioning natural ecosystem. The Wilderness Wildlife Trust spearheads projects that deal with the needs of existing wildlife populations, seeking solutions to save endangered species and providing communities with much needed education and training. Bushmans Kloof Rock Art protects and preserve over 150 sites of ancient bush art paintings and accordingly, it has been awarded the status of a South African Natural Heritage Site.

Clanwillian Cedar Trees is endeavouring to save the endemic and endangered Clanwilliam cedar tree in an annual tree planting ceremony in association with Cape Nature. The Cape Leopard Trust is an active predator conservation group inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive an dynamic environmental education programme. The Endangered Wildlife Trust implements interventions at several stages in the poaching and wildlife trade chain by elevating the risk associated with poaching rather than reducing the reward.

THOMPSONS AFRICA CONSERVATION STATEMENT: At Thompsons Africa we are mindful of the plight of wildlife across the globe and in Africa in particular. We are especially conscious of the importance of conserving our wildlife heritage. After all, we are blessed to be the caretakers of an abundance of wildlife that brings so many travellers to our shores. Thompsons Africa does not support any wildlife interaction that we deem to be unethical in either its purpose or in any way results in cruelty as a side effect. As a priority we ensure that we are 100% involved with our partnered wildlife organisations, and as a member of The TreadRight Foundation, we practise the promise to make the welfare of our wildlife our number one concern. Our endorsement of the SATSA Animal Interaction Charter further reinforces our commitment to an ethical approach to the long-term conservation of wildlife welfare.


CAPE TOWN – DURBAN – VICTORIA FALLS – SWAKOPMUND – DAR ES SALAAM

ROVOS RAIL THE MOST LUXURIOUS TRAIN IN THE WORLD HHHHH

Experience the opulent elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world on one of Rovos Rail’s exceptional safaris through the heart of Africa. Combining some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel, Rovos Rail will delight the most discerning traveller. With discreet and friendly service, excellent cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and spirited romance of African exploration. The Royal, Deluxe and Pullman suites on board house a maximum of 72 passengers, offering accommodation of the highest standard combining the grandeur of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. Trains depart regularly from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls with longer journeys operated on an annual basis. These include two golf itineraries, of nine and ten days, each with delightful programmes for non-golfers. There is another nine-day safari to Walvis Bay in Namibia as well as the 15 days adventure to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Lobito in Angola.


PRETORIA – CAPE TOWN

THE BLUE TRAIN A WINDOW TO THE SOUL OF AFRICA HHHHH

For more than 70 years The Blue Train has hosted Kings, Queens, internationallyacclaimed celebrities and other well-known personalities. However everyone who comes on board this “five-star resort-on-wheels” is ‘Royalty’ and is treated to the magic and experience of what has been voted Africa’s Leading Luxury Train for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years by the World Travel Awards! The Blue Train has been a part of the South African experience for many years and remains a flagship of the travel and tourism sector, whose opulence and elegance continues to not only stand the test of time, but also challenge and push the category of luxury worldwide. On The Blue Train you slow down, literally. You realise the luxury in slow. You breathe. You move to a slower lane. You let yourself free and indulge in the glorious view of the land you traverse, while entrenched in a plush, yet breezy setting. So, take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, and surrender to the luxury of slow. The Blue Train, a Window to the Soul of Africa.


MUST DO: The aerial route on a cable car to the top of Table Mountain offers unimaginable, panoramic views of Cape Town. Enjoy whale watching at Hermanus and get up close and personal with African penguins at Boulders Beach. The winelands areas of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are of incomparable beauty. Robben Island is home to the one-time prison cell of universally beloved former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.


IS THERE ANY PLACE ON EARTH AS ENCHANTING, AS SPECTACULAR, AS THE WESTERN CAPE? Regularly voted as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is set at the tip of a green and historically fascinating province. Cape Town has it all – a fascinating mix of up-to-theminute vibrancy, memorable history and culture, and spectacular natural beauty – all rubbing shoulders under the iconic magic of Table Mountain. The architecture alone is notable: Cape Malay, centuries-old Dutch and British, sleek modern skyscrapers, 21st century apartments and office buildings. Take in the timeless wonder of the ‘Mother City’ and the bustle of flower sellers, buskers and craft markets. Close at hand are the Houses of Parliament. So too is the sensational Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the lively happening centre of the city, with its boutiques, it’s fun and activities, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and countless great restaurants from which you can watch the coming and going of the finest ships, cruise liners and ultraluxurious yachts from every part of the world. An easy boat ride from Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, with the one-time prison cell of the universally beloved former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The Western Cape is an extravaganza of experiences: whale watching at Hermanus, quiet strolls through the beautiful botanic gardens of Kirstenbosch, wine tasting at any of the legendary wine estates. If you’re reaching for the stars, visit the sleepy Karoo village of Sutherland, with its scintillating, starry night sky and its 11 world class telescopes. Take a break! Take time out with the sun-worshippers on the magnificent beaches of Clifton, Llandudno or Camps Bay, followed by a chilled sundowner cocktail at a classy beachside pub or lounge. There’s no end to the charm of the Cape lifestyle.


DAY TOURS & ACTIVITIES Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and can be seen as far as 200 kilometres out to sea. Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you’ll have had the pleasure to visit! From its achingly beautiful natural attributes to its colourful culture; from decadent wine farms to captivating history and architecture - it’s tourist heaven. There’s no finer way to savour its pleasures than a guided day tour with Thompsons Africa – from wonderful winelands and wine tastings, to riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, we’ll take you there in style, with great taste...

CAPE POINT TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 07h45 & 08h45 • Returns at ±12h30 Journey along Millionaires Paradise, ogling the glamorous homes and beautiful people of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay, then wind your way towards the charming coastal town and working harbour of Hout Bay. Hug the cliffs as we snake along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its breathtaking views, towards the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Boulders Beach penguin colony, is a fascinating excursion. Finally, move on to the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. Your experience highlights: • Hout Bay • Chapmans Peak Drive • Cape of Good Hope • Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach (optional and for own account) • Simon’s Town

AUTHENTIC CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 07h35 and 08h30 • Returns at ±12h30 Sense the depth of history as you drive past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge before stopping for a short visit of the Castle of Good Hope (optional), originally built as a maritime replenishment station and now the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa! Alternatively we walk around the Grand Parade square which has its own historical significance. We hear of the brief history of District Six en-route to a visit at the Company Gardens where we walk through the landscaped gardens. Learn more about the history of the Bo-Kaap and its people as we move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Trace the moves of a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone with a visit to a diamond cutting factory. After learning more about the history of diamonds and gold in South Africa, we drive past the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay as we make our way to Table Mountain where you have the option of either admiring the views from the lower cable station or purchasing a ticket (for own account) to reach the summit. After delighting in this photo opportunity, return to the hotel or stay on top of the mountain and find your own way back to your hotel. Your experience highlights: • The Castle of Good Hope (Optional ) • Parliament Buildings, City Hall, Grand Parade and the Slave Lodge • The Company Gardens • Malay Quarter

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Diamond cutter visit Cable car to summit of Table Mountain (own account and weather permitting)

STELLENBOSCH WINELANDS TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 12h45 & 13h45 • Returns at ±17h30 Explore the fine art galleries, the architecture, the history, and the curious and quaint shops of historical, glorious Stellenbosch (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open). A leisurely drive will acquaint you with the beauty of this world-renowned region, before inducting you into the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour. And when the wine’s made, it needs to be tasted, so we’ll twist your arm to test and taste… Your experience highlights: • Art galleries • Shopping • Cellar tour • Wine wasting

WALK TO FREEDOM TOUR

Departs Daily between 08h00 and 08h45 Returns at ±12h30 *Extend to the full day tour and visit Robben Island in the afternoon. We drive past the Slave Lodge and City Hall to view Mandela’s Statue, site of the first ever public speech Nelson Mandela delivered after his release from prison. Then visit the riveting District Six Museum and travel through the District Six Site (Museum closed Sundays & Public Holidays) for a sharp reminder of the past. We proceed to tour Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape, visiting the local market - Gugu Sthebe, where the community showcase their skills and various projects including arts & craft. Thereafter continue to see the informal housing as well as new housing developments under way. For those who have the time, do extend to a full day tour - a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Cruel home of our Nelson Mandela for so many years, it’s a highly charged and emotional moment when you visit the site of this suffering, and realize how far South Africa has come from those days. Your experience highlights: • District Six Museum (closed Sundays & public holidays) • Langa Township local market, Arts & Craft centre • Robben Island (on full day tour)

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WINELANDS TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs daily between 08h00 and 09h00 • Returns at ±17h30 A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery! The area’s rich with history, and we can’t help but feel it as we move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. We visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could we choose to enjoy lunch. Wind our way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open)! Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you’ll be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home! Your experience highlights: • Lunch (for own account) • Helshoogte Mountain Pass • Stellenbosch • 2 wine tastings

FEATHERS AND FINS TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Mon, Wed & Fri between 12h45 and 13h45 • Returns at ±17h30 This entertaining adventure trip with your children includes a visit to the Hout Bay World of Birds where children can get up close and personal with nature with over 400 different species to discover including birds, reptiles and mammals and don’t forget to visit the walk through monkey jungle! Enjoy some of the finest beach views on the coastal drive to the Two Oceans Aquarium in the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where the magical underwater awaits. Your children will learn about mysterious deep sea creatures, dangerous predators and see a real ‘happy feet’ family. Touch pools and tidal walks are part of the fun while puppet shows and play area are on the entertainment menu. Older children are not forgotten…interesting facts, fascinating discoveries, shark encounters and the discovery of what really lies beyond the pond. Your experience highlights: • Hout Bay World of Birds • Two Oceans Aquarium

PENINSULA TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 07h45 & 08h45 • Returns at ±18h00 Cruise along Millionaire’s Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay and on to Llandudno before an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise. Wind along Chapman’s Peak Drive with lunch (own account) at Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park before meandering back along the coast, visiting Simon’s Town and the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Summer or in Winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour. Your experience highlights: • Seal Island Cruise (optional and for own account) • Chapman’s Peak Drive • Cape Point • Simon’s Town • Penguin Colony at Boulder’s Beach (own account) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Summer months) • Groot Constantia wine tasting and cellar tour (Winter months)

fire (winter). Your experience highlights: • Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve game drive • Buffet lunch

WHALES & WINE TOUR (HERMANUS)

Departs Wed, Fri & Sun between 07h45 & 08h45 Returns at ±17h00 (Only operates Jul to Nov during Whale Season) • Drive along the coast to the fishing village of Hermanus, lapping up the glorious ocean view, eyes peeled for the southern right whales at play. There may be an opportunity to join boat-based whale watching (for own account and subject to availability and weather). • These massive mammals breaching are an awe-inspiring sight, and the excitement will undoubtedly leave you with a large appetite for a good lunch (own account). • We continue to the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven & Earth) valley to visit a boutique winery to sample some wines of outstanding quality (On Sundays the wine estates are closed so a visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony is visited as an alternative). • Our return to Cape Town is via the pretty apple-growing region of Elgin, then wind our way through Sir Lowry’s Pass – spectacular views - and back into the Mother City. Handy tip: Sun protection, protective clothing and preventative treatment against seas sickness are advisable when going on the optional boat trip. Your experience highlights: • Hermanus • Boat-based whale watching (for own account and subject to availability and weather) • Lunch (own account) • Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven & Earth) valley wine tasting (On Sundays the wine estates are closed so a visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony is visited as an alternative) • Sir Lowry’s Pass

CAPE TOWN FOOD MARKET EXPERIENCE

HALF DAY TOUR Departs every Saturday between 08h30 & 09h00 • Returns at ±12h30 Experience a typical Market Day at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, where small local farmers and artisanal food producers link urban farming with Cape Town’s history and heritage, using seasonal produce. Mingle with locals whilst they do their weekly food shopping (vegetables, fruit, bread, honey) and try out some delicious cooked and raw foods (for own account). Continue to the Old Biscuit Mill, the location of the Neighbourgoods Market, where you can enjoy delicious eats and treats (for own account) and the opportunity to browse through local arts and crafts. Your expert guide will be on hand to assist with insider tips on the local farmers and the produce that they sell. Your experience highlights: • Oranjezicht City Farm Market • Neighbourgoods Market (The Old Biscuit Mill)

A DAY SAFARI

FULL DAY TOUR Departs daily between 06h15 and 07h00 • Returns at ±18h00 The Big Five near Cape Town? A mere two and a half hours from the City, and we’ll be tracking them at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a scenic drive to Inverdoorn travelling via the wine region and Klein Karoo. Refreshments on arrival will ensure we’re fully awake, before setting off on our adrenaline pumping game drive. Transferred into the ideal 4 x 4 safari vehicle and accompanied by an experienced game ranger, we’re off, camera’s and binoculars at the ready, searching for telltale signs of lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, rhino, ostrich, baboon, warthog, springbuck and many other wild animals, birds and fauna. We spend two to three hours scanning the countryside, relishing the sightings. Return to the lodge for a leisurely buffet lunch and time to relax around the pool (summer) or settle cosily around a

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SUNSET BEACH AND DINNER

EVENING TOUR Departs Tue & Thu between 17h30 & 18h00 (Operates September to May only) Head out of the city before sunset, savouring a chilled glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset turn the surrounds peach and gold. We’ll point out the Southern Cross in the night sky, before enjoying dinner at a sensational ‘out of town’ restaurant offering seafood and South African specialities. Special occasion? We can arrange a separate table on request. As we return to the hotel, we’ll make sure you enjoy the city lights by night. We’ll take care of everything – just enjoy! Your experience highlights: • Sunset glass of sparkling wine • Dinner

PRIVATE TOURS

HALF DAY - Departs daily on request - 08h30 to 12h30 or 13h30 to 17h30 (150km’s) FULL DAY - Departs daily on request - 09h00 to 17h30 (250km’s) * Note: Tolls, Parking, Meals & Entrance fees for own account. Our private tours let you decide what you’d like to experience…. Let our Thompsons Africa guide create a personal tailor-made tour or book a private version of one of our scheduled tours. The choices are legion; the options are yours. Just name it. VEHICLES: Air-conditioned 7 seater Quantums with registered tour guides. Language Guides are available on request at a surcharge.

REFINED WESTERN CAPE EXPERIENCE

PRIVATE TOUR - Available on request basis only Departs Mon - Sat at 08h30 • Returns at ±17h45 *Entrance fees for own account Depart Cape Town at 08h30 stopping first for a wine tasting at Allesverloren, the oldest wine estate in the Swartland area and renowned for its distinctive red wines. Dating back to the 17th Century, Allesverloren’s rich history and picturesque setting will have you enthralled. Next stop, the town of Riebeek Kasteel! One of the oldest towns in South Africa, set in the fertile vista of The Riebeek Valley, we spend 2 hours exploring and shopping. Often referred to as ‘the best kept secret of the Western Cape’, the tranquil village is covered in the softest hues of pink and white during spring when the peach orchards are in bloom and is also home to the oldest hotel in South Africa, The Royal Hotel. Some of South Africa’s most famous painters, attracted by the picturesque surroundings of the valley, are resident in Riebeek Kasteel today adding an artistic flair to the atmosphere of this quaint village. We enjoy lunch at Mama Cucina, a popular local

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Italian restaurant, before leaving for the multiple award-winning Kloovenburg Estate, also in The Riebeek Valley, for wine and olive oil tasting. We bid farewell to Riebeek Kasteel travelling via Malmesbury, commonly known as ‘the heart of the Swartland’ and arrive back in Cape Town at approximately 17h45. Your experience highlights: • Allesverloren • Riebeek Kasteel • Shopping • Lunch • Wine and olive oil tasting

WINE AND HISTORY EXPLORATION

PRIVATE TOUR - Available on request basis only Departs Mon to Sat at 08h00 • Returns at ±17h30 The Wine and History Exploration departs at 08h00 for Stellenbosch for wine tastings and shopping at some of the most outstanding wine estates in the Cape. Our first wine tasting is at Rustenberg Estate, where wines have been bottled for an unbroken period since 1682. The estate offers an intimate exclusivity and the beautiful gardens are truly a plant lovers dream. Our next stop is the beautiful Delaire Graff Estate, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch. The original artworks from Laurence Graff’s personal collection are on display throughout, representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists. After a wine tasting and fascinating walk through this estate, we travel to Franschhoek for lunch at a local restaurant (own account) before stopping at L’Ormarins, home of Antonij Rupert Wines. L’Ormarins was restored in 1984 and the Manor House and Cellar declared national monuments. The Antonij Rupert Cellar is a state of the art gravity fed cellar with revolving ceiling and underground barrel cellar built in memory of Antonij Rupert. The Franschhoek Motor Museum at the magnificent L’Ormarins offers the opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history, with its unique and exciting collection of more than 300 vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia. After a day of spectacular views of valleys and farms, we depart for Cape Town arriving at approximately 17h30. Your experience highlights: • 3 wine tastings • Lunch (own account)

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ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY DAY TOUR

PRIVATE TOUR - Available on request basis only Departs Daily at 08h00 • Returns at ±18h00 * Entrance fees for own account Head out to Robertson on this unforgettable day travelling via Paarl and Worcester. The Robertson Wine Valley has so much to offer, including free wine tasting at any of the 47 wineries, Olive Tours and Tasting, Cheese shops, and short river cruises on the Breede River. The Breede river is the lifeline of the area by supporting the main industry, agriculture, and there is plenty to do on and around the river. The Bird Park is ideal for families and children, with over 260 exotic birds, monkeys, crocodiles and ponies. The kids will be well entertained while you relax and enjoy something from the coffee shop. The town is also home to the famous Brandy Distillery called Klipdrift. Brandy was first distilled in this area in 1938. Pop in for a distillery tour and brandy tasting and get an idea of how brandy is made. Remember to stop by at least one of the ‘padstalle’ offering local goods to nibble on, on your way back. Stroll down any of the small towns’ main streets to see local works of arts and craft, taste locally roasted coffee, or buy wines from the area at cellar door prices. Your experience highlights: • Paarl • Worcestor • Wine tasting • Olive oil tasting • River cruise • Bird Park • Distillery tour • Brandy tasting

WEST COAST FLOWER TOUR

PRIVATE AND SCHEDULED TOUR - Available on request basis only Departs Tue, Thu & Sat at 08h00 (Aug to Sep) Visit the West Coast National Park for a view of the annual display of wild flowers that burst into sight as spring approaches. Travel via Darling to reach the park and then proceed through to the protected area of Postberg which is opened to the public for an opportunity to view these flowers blooming. In our search for these beautiful flowers, we will cover Mamre, Darling, West Coast National Park and Langebaan to view the variety of flowers on display. Time dependant, our return to Cape Town may include an optional Ostrich Tour visit to complete a successful and beautiful day. Your experience highlights: • West Coast National Park

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Postberg Mamre Darling Langebaan Ostrich Tour (time dependant and for own account)

DISCOVER WOODSTOCK

PRIVATE TOUR - Available on request basis only Departs Mon to Sat at 08h30 Start with a drive past The Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. From there it’s on to the Woodstock Exchange, a treasure hunt of creativity from internationally acclaimed designers and artists and heads of youth culture and music. Here you will find photographers, fashion designers, illustrators, film directors, traders and artists... it’s the workshop for artists in every form of the word. We visit a famous local shoe shop to watch shoe-making by hand before moving on to the enchanting Bromwell Boutique Mall. The sophisticated and refined Bromwell Boutique Mall offers an array of limited-edition and one-off pieces of art, sculpture, rare decor, jewellery and top-end fashion and accessories from South Africa and abroad. The Old Biscuit Mill is a vibrant, warm-hearted little village in the heart of Woodstock, home to day and night markets, designer stores, delicious farm stalls and decadent restaurants, and some of South Africa’s most talented, innovative designers, artists and photographers. Time permitting, we visit the Woodstock Co-op, home to entrepreneurs with unique products and services in fashion, design, furniture, arts and crafts, as well as selected antiques. We head to Delos, a church converted into a unique warehouse, for a tour and talk on antique pieces. This leading antique lighting and furniture showroom presents restored and recycled relics from around the globe and boasts one of the largest collections of original antiques in South Africa. The final stop is a visit to the Woodstock Foundry, specializing in bronze casting. We browse the gallery, which showcases wall-mounted work, sculpture, furniture and art pieces and watch coffee roasting. Enjoy a light lunch at Tribes (own account), followed by a tour and demonstration of casting at Bronze Age before heading back to Cape Town. Your experience highlights: • Castle of Good Hope • Woodstock Exchange • Bromwell Boutique Mall • Old Biscuit Mill • Woodstock Co-op (time permitting) • Woodstock Foundry • Lunch (own account) • Bronze casting demonstration


ACTIVITIES FOODIES ON FOOT

Departs Mon to Fri at 13h00 and returns +- 16h30 Excite your taste buds on this walking tour which focuses on fresh, local, sustainably-produced and seasonal produce. In addition to its international wine reputation, Stellenbosch is also home to curated, public art exhibitions. During our leisurely walk you will savor the handiwork of both passionate food artisans and celebrated artists in Stellenbosch. Your experience highlights: • Leisurely guided walking tour of the old town centre • Indulge in a chocolate/confections and wine pairing • Sample fine Stellenbosch craft beers • Try top quality cured beef snacks • For lunch, savour a local produce platter served with artisan bread • Sip a liquid ‘dessert’ at an innovative coffee laboratory

as well as learn about the local grape varieties, cultivars and the aspects of viticulture which are unique to Southern Africa. A tour of the estate wine cellar will be followed by a specially curated three course lunch at the estate restaurant. In the afternoon, guests will visit two additional Franschhoek wine estates, enjoying a premium wine tasting at each estate. At the end of the experience, guests will leave feeling more knowledgeable and connected to the local wine culture and ready to discover the Franschhoek Valley further. Your experience highlights: • Passage on the double-decker railway tram to a local wine estate • Wine lecture by knowledgeable wine guide • Guided cellar tour (when available) • Three course lunch • Premium wine tastings at two additional wine estates

TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKE – PLATTEKLIP GORGE

Departs daily (weather dependent) at 10h00 and returns +- 13h30 Departs daily (weather dependent) at 13h30 and returns +-16h30 Perfect for those who have limited time in the wine lands, this tour packs the best of Stellenbosch into half a day of laid-back cycling. Enjoy the unique experience of exploring farm roads and private vineyards by bicycle, stopping for two memorable wine tastings en route. For guests who would prefer a less strenuous option right from the start, they may opt to upgrade to an e-bike (electric bicycle). No pedaling needed!

Departs daily (weather dependent) between 06h00 and 07h30 and returns +- 12h00 Hike up the front face of Table Mountain which overlooks the City Centre, Table Bay and Robben Island. The route we follow was the first recorded route to be hiked by early explorers dating back to the early 1500’s and is the only way to truly appreciate the views from the top of Table Mountain. You begin the hike by winding your way up the front of the mountain stopping regularly along the way to take in the amazing views of the city and Table Bay. As we make our way to the top you will notice how the vegetation changes along the way, a beautiful feature of the hike. Once at the top we amble around taking in the breath taking views. We then make our way down with the cable way (cable car ticket for guest account). The hike up is approximately 2 to 3 hours long and as there is not much shade from the sun we prefer starting earlier before it gets too hot.

Your experience highlights: • 2 wine tastings • Lunch (for own account) • Option to upgrade to an E Bike (for guest account)

Your experience highlights: • An experienced Cape Town qualified guide to accompany guests • Transfers to and from Cape Town City hotel • Bottled water and an energy bar/snack

WINELANDS BIKING

FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM – CURATED WINE EXPERIENCE

Departs daily (summer) at 10h10 and returns +- 16h00 Departs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun (winter) at 10h10 and returns +- 16h00 Not operational during Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (usually second week of September) and on 25 December, 31 December, and 1 January. The day starts with a journey by tram to a local wine estate where a knowledgeable wine guide weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting stories about Franschhoek’s history of wine and culture. During this engaging and interactive experience, guests will be guided through, and have an opportunity to sample, the subtle tastes of terroir,



GERMAN DAY TOURS TAGESTOUREN-DAS SCHONSTE VOM KAP German: Kapstadt ist eine äusserst lebendige und unvorstellbar vielseitige Stadt. Traumhaft schöne Landschaften mit vielfältiger Kultur, historische Weingüter und eine faszinierende Geschichte. Es ist ein Tourismusparadies. Während einer Tagestour mit Thompsons Africa bietet sich die beste Gelegenheit, alle Schönheiten bequem zu geniessen.

KAP-HALBINSEL TOUR

Zweisprachig: Deutsch / Englisch Abfahrt: Dienstag & Freitag um ±08.00 Uhr. • Rückkehr gegen 17.00 Uhr Mittagessen ist fakultativ Sie verlassen Ihr Hotel und fahren nach Hout Bay. Hier haben Passagiere die Gelegenheit an einer 30-Minuten Bootsfahrt zur Duiker Insel teilzunehmen (auf eigene Rechnung & zeit- & wetterbedingt). Weiter geht es über Chapman’s Peak zur Kapspitze und dem Naturreservat am Kap der Guten Hoffnung. Der Ausblick vom Kappunkt ist atemberaubend (fakultative Auffahrt mit einer Seilbahn oder zu Fuß möglich). Nach dem Mittagessen geht es über Simon’s Town zum Besuch der Pinguine (fakultativ). Weiterfahrt nach Fish Hoek, Muizenberg und zum Botanischen Garten von Kirstenbosch mit über 5000 Pflanzenarten im Garten und in den Gewächshäusern. Besucher können zwischen dem Restaurant, Geschenkladen und mehreren Spaziergängen wählen. Rückfahrt nach Kapstadt und Ankunft gegen 17.00 Uhr.

KAPSTADT – STADTRUNDFAHRT

60 Min Aufenthalt, wetterabhängig). Spazieren Sie zu den verschiedenen Aussichtspunkten, um den unvergesslichen Ausblick zu genießen. Danach fahren Sie mit Ihrem Bus zum Malaien-viertel, ins Stadtzentrum und zu den Company Gärten. Nachdem Sie die Burg, das ‘Castle Of Good Hope’ besucht haben (zeitbedingt), geht es nach Milnerton für einen Ausblick auf den Tafelberg aus der Ferne (zeitbedingt). Dann besuchen Sie Diamond Works und der Ausflug endet an Ihrem Hotel oder an der V&A Waterfront.

FAHRT IN DIE WEINGEBIETE

Zweisprachig: Deutsch / Englisch Abfahrt: Montag & Mittwoch um ±09.00 Uhr. Rückkehr gegen 17.00 Uhr Mittagessen ist fakultativ Fahrt von Kapstadt zunächst in die Weinregion von Franschhoek, Paarl und Stellenbosch für eine Weinkellertour und 3 Weinproben. Kurzer Spaziergang in Stellenbosch und Rückfahrt nach Kapstadt.

Zweisprachig: Deutsch / Englisch Abfahrt: Donnerstag & Sonntag um ±08.00 Uhr • Rückkehr gegen 12.30 Uhr Die Fahrkarte für die Seilbahn ist nicht eingeschlossen Vom Hotel fahren wir zum Tafelberg, auf den Sie mit der Seilbahn hinauffahren können (ca.

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CAPE TOWN - CAMPS BAY HOTEL AND SPA

THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA HHHHH

Uniquely located at the very tip of Africa, poised above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles Mountain range and Table Mountain National Park. This award-winning hotel has sea and mountain facing luxurious rooms and exquisite dining experiences, including the CafĂŠ Grill and the Azure Restaurant, famous for its seafood and fine dining. The Leopard Bar offers the most delicious cocktails and breathtaking sunsets. Discover scenic mountain trails and the healing holistic spa with stunning outdoor gazebos.

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CEDERBERG MOUNTAINS RETREAT

BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE & WELLNESS RETREAT MAIN LODGE HHHHH KORO LODGE HHHHH

Nestled at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains lies an ecological oasis and magical land which offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations, including over 130 sites of bush art paintings, some dating back as far as 10,000 years. Be at one with nature at this multi-award winning retreat with awe-inspiring activities, a multitude of dining experiences, organic vegetable gardens and caring service.

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ACCOMMODATION WESTERN CAPE

CAPE TOWN - CITY CENTRE URBAN LUXURY HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL FIRE & ICE! BY MARRIOTT® CAPE TOWN HHHH

Arrive at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town and find a sophisticated have in Tamberskloof. Reflecting the neighborhood’s chic and cutting-edge attitude, our Cape Town hotel offers travelers style, substance and a superb location. Recharge in our well-appointed accommodations, all of which come equipped with modern must-haves like complimentary Wi-Fi high speed internet access and plush, luxury bedding, and awaken prepared to tackle whatever the day has in store for you. Our Tamboerskloof hotel is situated near Cape Town’s vibrant city centre and is close to the V&A Waterfront and Long Street’s many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. We’re also a short drive away from Table Mountain, rendering us a perfect choice for travelers who wish to venture into nature. Dine with us at our signature Fire & Ice restaurant, plus enjoy access to a comprehensive fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. Come discover the many sides of Cape Town at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town – we look forward to seeing you.

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CAPE TOWN LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE CAPE MILNER HHHH

Cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, lies The Cape Milner. This exquisite hotel offers a sophisticated and contemporary ambiance with the highest standards in style and luxury and is renowned for excellent service. The sweeping panorama of Table Mountain from The Glass Lounge, the hotel’s alluring interior and its close proximity to the city center, trendy Kloof Street and the pristine white beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton makes it one of Cape Town’s hottest spots. This boutique style hotel comprises 57 rooms designed to offer complete comfort and relaxation in a modern minimalist style. Each room enjoys spectacular views of the beautiful Cape Mountains, including that of the renowned Table Mountain, features include en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, wireless internet connectivity and LCD flat screens. The Cape Milner Hotel is an oasis in Cape Town where the discerning visitor can mix business with pleasure whilst sipping a leisurely cocktail watching the sun set over the fairest, finest Cape.

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CAPE TOWN - CITY CENTRE CITY HOTEL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAPE TOWN-CITY CENTRE HHH

Take in Table Mountain views from the high-rise Holiday Inn Express Cape TownCity Centre hotel, located in the city’s business district. We offer affordable hotel accommodation in the heart of the Mother City. Relax, it’s just 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport to our lively downtown location at Holiday Inn Express Cape Town-City Centre. We’re set on a tree-lined street packed with bars, restaurants and cafés and conveniently close to the CTICC and the V&A Waterfront. The Table Mountain Cableway is a short 5km drive from the hotel and the popular fan walk to the Cape Town Stadium is a short walk away. Kick-start your day with a complimentary Express Start Breakfast in our vibrant Great Room and unwind at the end of the day with a chilled glass of South African Wine on our terrace. Our mini-gym on the top floor features fantastic views of Table Mountain and a new outdoor terrace. All guests enjoy free highspeed wi-fi throughout the hotel.

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CAPE TOWN - CITY CENTRE VIBRANT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

SUNSQUARE CAPE TOWN CITY BOWL HHH

With so much to do and see in Cape Town, you need to stay somewhere central. Situated, on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand Street, the bustling location of SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl inspires visitors to explore the hip surroundings and get to know the city. This new Cape Town hotel has 5 levels of basement parking for those travelling by car and planning to explore beyond the City Bowl. The hotel has 202 bedrooms made up of standard rooms with queen size beds, family rooms each with 2 double beds, 5 executive rooms, 2 suites and 2 wheelchair-accessible rooms. After a busy day, return to your bright, modern and spacious room, meet up for a coffee in the impressive double-volume lobby or head through to Vigour & Verve, where great food and drinks are served all day long. The hotel has excellent connectivity and guests have access to free Wi-Fi – Rewards cardholders get extra free data. The modern conference space with five well-equipped conference venues can accommodate up to 140 delegates. The area has an attractive and spacious lobby which can serve as a place to serve welcome drinks before an event, breakaways during meetings or an alternative space for an informal small meeting. CPT

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ACCOMMODATION WESTERN CAPE

CAPE TOWN – CITY CENTRE LUXURY HOTEL

PEPPERCLUB HOTEL HHHHH

A five-star hotel in the heart of Cape Town, the Pepperclub Hotel offers 210 luxury rooms, with breath-taking views of the harbour, Table Mountain and Signal Hill. This central property brings together innovative design, high-end amenities and attentive service, to provide a five-star guest experience like no other. Ranging from spacious Deluxe Studios to a magnificent Penthouse, all rooms boast luxury finishes and amenities, with many also featuring balconies, freestanding baths and sweeping views of the city, mountain and harbour. In addition to an onsite restaurant, bakery & café and bar, guests are able to enjoy a dip in the picturesque swimming pool, before popping into the private spa for an indulgent treatment. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour gym and private, retro cinema, catering for all guests’ tastes.

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CAPE TOWN - GARDENS BOUTIQUE STYLE HOTEL

CAPE CADOGAN & MORE QUARTERS HHHH

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel and More Quarters Hotel are quintessential Cape Town. Set just off the buzzing Kloof Street in a scenic suburb of Cape Town, visitors have the opportunity to live like locals, without passing on the creature comforts of a five-star hospitality experience. Cape Cadogan comprises fifteen bedrooms, including Classic Rooms, Luxury Rooms and a Superior Luxury Suite. Guests are assured of personalized service in a home-from-home environment. More Quarters comprises 27 rooms (including Luxury Room, Luxury Family and The Redcliffe House) and is ideal for families and couples who prefer the privacy of their own space while still having full access to all the hotel services and hospitality. Guests can take a walk to the buzzing bistros, boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Kloof Street, as well as explore the Cape and all it has to offer.

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CAPE TOWN - CITY CENTRE CITY HOTEL

HOLLOW ON THE SQUARE BOUTIQUE HOTEL HHHH

Hollow on the Square offers stylish and modern accommodation and fine amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Wireless connectivity throughout the hotel enables you to communicate with loved ones or business associates. Designed for comfort and tranquillity, the 56 en suite Standard & Deluxe rooms are equipped with all modern amenities, including a mini-fridge and kettle, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating and flat screen satellite television. The Deluxe rooms are very spacious and have a desk and a lounge area with a sleeper couch, coffee table and chairs. Distributed over 4 floors the hotel rooms are accessed via lifts or stairs. Eighty-Ate Squared offers casual dining with a vibey street café flair, as well as in-room dining. The Restaurant is open to the public, and the patio is a favorite spot for locals and guests on balmy Cape evenings. Hollow on the Square is set right in the heart of Cape Town’s historical city centre. Here, gracious 18th century buildings, art galleries and museums rub shoulders with bohemian open-air markets and musicians in the quaint city squares.

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CAPE TOWN - GARDENS BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

CAPE TOWN HOLLOW BOUTIQUE HHHH

Cape Town Hollow is set in the heart of Cape Town’s historical city centre, nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain. With stylish serene accommodation and the finest modern amenities, Cape Town Hollow is the ideal base from which to explore the ‘Mother City’ and her surroundings. The non-smoking Hotel consists of 56 en-suite rooms with the modern amenities, including individually controlled air-conditioners and heating, remote colour satellite TV, direct dial telephone, international adaptor, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Eighty-Ate, the à la carte Restaurant at Cape Town Hollow offers dining with a lively continental vibe. World-class hand-picked Cape wines complement your meal. Cape Town Hollow is set right in the heart of Cape Town’s historical city centre. Here, gracious 18th century buildings, art galleries and museums rub shoulders with bohemian open-air markets and musicians in the quaint city squares.

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ACCOMMODATION WESTERN CAPE

CAPE TOWN - CITY BOWL LUXURY HISTORICAL HOTEL

TAJ CAPE TOWN HHHHH

Located in the centre of the old city, Taj Cape Town boasts a strong sense of place and is within walking distance to some of South Africa’s foremost landmarks and attractions. Spread across two heritage buildings, all 176 rooms fuse history with elegant modernism and offer either spectacular city vistas or overlook the iconic Table Mountain. The hotel offers an array of dining experiences, from Afternoon Tea in The Lobby Lounge to Bombay Brasserie, our newly renovated and expanded Indian fine dining specialty restaurant, and Mint Restaurant and Terrace for relaxed all-day dining. The award-winning Jiva Spa is the first of its kind in Africa and brings together the ancient wisdom and heritage of the Indian philosophy of wellness. Steeped in tradition, Taj Cape Town is a place where service, sincerity and expertise combine to give guests an experience unlike any other.

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CAPE TOWN - ORANJEZICHT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE THREE BOUTIQUE HOTEL HHHH

Old and new meet in perfect harmony at The Three Boutique Hotel: this beautiful National Monument building has been converted into a stylish and affordable 18-bedroom boutique hotel. The Three offers modern and sophisticated hotel accommodation in a trendy part of central Cape Town. A columned terrace wraps around the house leading to the designer swimming pool and outdoor lounge. The rooftop deck adds another dimension with unparalleled views of Cape Town’s three iconic mountains: Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devil’s Peak, after which The Three is named. Guests are just a stone’s throw away from the Gardens shopping mall which includes restaurants, banks, supermarkets and several fashionable boutiques. At Three you are within easy reach of the Cable Car, The Waterfront, The Stadium, Camps Bay and Clifton beaches.

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CAPE TOWN HOTEL

aha HARBOUR BRIDGE HOTEL & SUITES HHHH

aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites is ideally positioned near the V&A Waterfront, within the Cape Town International Convention Centre precinct. This premier four-star hotel provides the ultimate accommodation choice for both business and leisure travellers seeking a distinctive experience. aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites offers 40 well-appointed rooms, which includes 30 Luxury Rooms with Balconies and a selection of 16 Luxury Suites/ Studios offering open plan living spaces or Suites with an additional lounge area and fully equipped kitchenette. Enjoy picturesque views of the canal and its surrounds at the glass-styled Canal Café, with its contemporary menu incorporating a tantalising array of delectable dishes that are classically simple and well presented.

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CAPE TOWN - GARDENS LUXURY HOTEL

15 ON ORANGE HOTEL, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HHHHH

Open the door to a glamorous urban oasis that is 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection. The exquisite design detail and inclusion of 95 indoor plants, somewhat reminiscent of a conservatory, allows the traveler to experience a diverse side to a hotel. Located on the outskirts of Cape Town’s vibrant city center at the foot of Table Mountain allows guests to effortlessly travel to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Clifton and Camps Bay Beaches and are in close proximity to superb golf courses and Cape Town International Airport. Offering 129 spacious and well-appointed rooms, complimented with features such as extra length king-sized beds, super-soft 350 thread count cotton percale linen, soundless climate control and 24-hour room service. Complimentary WiFi connectivity is available in all our rooms, along with a flat screen television and satellite channels for in room entertainment. The hotel dining experience caters to each guest’s unique tastes with our onsite Savour restaurant where a superb breakfast buffet and A la Carte Menu is served daily. our Atrium and Pool Bar offers an informal space for dining and get together. CPT

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CAPE TOWN - GARDENS LUXURY RESORT HOTEL

BELMOND MOUNT NELSON HOTEL HHHHH

Captivating visitors since 1899, Cape Town’s iconic resort hotel is a tranquil hideaway just moments from the city’s buzzing heart. Our 198 individually designed rooms and suites and a host of fabulous facilities appeal equally to romantic couples, families or adventurous groups. Stroll through our expansive gardens, take a tree tour or browse the outdoor sculpture exhibition. Discover the hotel’s history, art and culture on self-guided tours. Enjoy imaginative cuisine in our restaurants and soothing bliss at the spa. Just beyond our gates lies the pulsating city, with stunning beaches and historic hotspots moments away. Forever watching over the hotel is Table Mountain, another wondrous Cape Town landmark.

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OPPOSITE THE VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT CLASSIC CITY HOTEL

SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN HHHHH

This stylish hotel with a classic, colonial ambiance is situated right in the heart of Cape Town between the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It’s majestic views of Table Mountain and the bustling harbour offer guests a premier destination and offers a complimentary shuttle to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront as well as free Wi-Fi. A regal marble reception area greets you as you enter the hotel, elegant pillars frame your way to the delightful outdoor heated swimming pool and terrace area, where a variety of drinks and meals can be served from the Stella Café & Bar. Private wine tastings can be arranged with the hotel’s sommelier whilst Peachtree Restaurant has a delicious buffet available with live cooking stations. The Mangwanani Spa adjacent to the pool promises relaxing treatments. Classically styled and indulgent, each of the 394 luxurious bedrooms is designed for maximum comfort with fully appointed bathrooms, air-conditioning, television, 24-hour room service, internet connections and fridges. The luxurious suites with DVD players, espresso machines, mini bars and spacious bathrooms are newly refurbished each with a beautiful view of either the V&A Waterfront or Table Mountain. CPT

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VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT MODERN CITY HOTELHOTEL

SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT CAPE TOWN HHHH

Well situated in the heart of the city’s most tourist friendly precinct and within close proximity to the city’s premier leisure complex, The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel, which recently underwent a refurbishment of the rooms and public areas, is known for its trendy and contemporary African style. The hotel provides a stylish and comfortable stay for its international guests. A vast buffet selection and live cooking stations in the Yzani restaurant are complemented by the vibrant cocktail bar. The Utopia Face & Body Salon, the outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre are there to relax after a full day of excursions. Further facilities include the business centre, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, secure undercover parking and a free shuttle service to the V&A Waterfront. There are 537 beautifully appointed rooms including Suites and Executive rooms, all of which have satellite television, safe, hair-dryer, en suite bathroom with a separate shower, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and great views over Cape Town harbour and Table Mountain. The hotel also offers family rooms with their double/double bed configuration. CPT

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CAPE TOWN - FORESHORE HOTEL & RESIDENCES

THE ONYX Conveniently located opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre, The Onyx, a harmonious blend of hotel and residential offerings, commands the attention of passersby with its bold external features and keeps guests enthralled with its sophisticated internal finishes and its highly luxurious atmosphere. Onyx is similar in appearance to black sapphire; a rare, striking gemstone, which perfectly mirrors the property’s essence. In celebration of past and present, Heerengracht Street, Cape Town’s oldest thoroughfare, has received another layer of contemporary innovation with the opening of The Onyx. Guests can look forward to a chic city experience, on par with apartment offerings in New York, London and Paris, but infused with South African vibrancy. Expectations are exceeded at The Onyx.

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CAPE TOWN - V&A WATERFRONT CITY HOTEL

THE COMMODORE HOTEL HHHH

Conveniently located in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, The Commodore offers stylish accommodation and service excellence in a peaceful and secure environment. Only 25km from Cape Town International Airport. This nautically themed hotel is noted for its stylish living, outstanding service, excellent cuisine and friendly atmosphere. The Clipper Restaurant offers superb dining in a tranquil setting, from mouth-watering buffet breakfasts to a diverse à la carte menu and devilish desserts! Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or work out in the hotel’s gym before relaxing in the steam room. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

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CAPE TOWN - V&A WATERFRONT CITY HOTEL

THE PORTSWOOD HOTEL HHHH

Situated in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, close to a plethora of restaurants, great nightlife and loads of entertainment for the whole family. Only 25km from Cape Town International Airport. The PortsWood offers superior accommodation within a relaxed environment, with a unique blend of service excellence extended to the international leisure and business traveller. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the hotel’s cocktail bar, before dining at the sumptuous Quarter Kitchen Restaurant, which serves authentic Cape Malay cuisine. The PortsWood is within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront where guests can enjoy a variety of chic boutiques and entertainment venues. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available.

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VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT LUXURY WATERFRONT HOTEL

THE TABLE BAY HHHHH

The Table Bay, opened in May 1997 by iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela, is situated on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Perfectly positioned against the exquisite backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, providing a gateway to Cape Town’s most popular allures. This luxurious hotel is part of Sun International’s Sunlux Collection. From Robben Island to the Atlantic breakwater, from the waterfront harbour to the heights of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, the hotel’s soaring, expansive design, complemented by feature floor to ceiling windows, celebrates these vistas. The spacious en-suite rooms boast beautiful outlooks of either mountain, harbour or sea views. The hotel has direct access to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, together with a wealth of activity options within the Cape surrounds which are just a concierge visit away. The Lounge is perfect to enjoy light meals or the famous Table Bay High Tea, while Camissa Brasserie is the hottest spot in Cape Town and celebrates cultural heritage with diverse cuisine.

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329

CAPE TOWN - WOODSTOCK HOTEL & RESIDENCES

STOCK EXCHANGE The epitome of creativity, a vibrant atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities merge at the Stock Exchange, an eclectic city hotel located in Cape Town’s most up-and-coming region, Woodstock. The hotel forms part of a mixed-use building, WEX1, which includes an entertainment deck, stylish residential units, retail outlets and restaurants. The striking development is conveniently located opposite The Woodstock Exchange and in proximity to the famous Old Biscuit Mill. These establishments all present trend-setting artistic expression in tangible form. The Stock Exchange allows guests to connect with the region’s beat, its exciting atmosphere and its people’s colourful creations, from fashion-forward clothing to compelling cuisine and artisanal products. It also provides the ideal base from which the rest of Cape Town can be explored, given its central location and its proximity to city transport facilities, including a MyCiTi bus stop, bicycle lanes and a train station. This trendy hotel aptly reflects the creativity and cultural richness that the Mother City houses.

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VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT LUXURY SERVICED SELF-CATERING APARTMENTS

WATERFRONT VILLAGE Waterfront Village, situated on the water’s edge in the picturesque V&A Waterfront Marina, offers guests superior facilities and services. Guests are spoiled for choice with a selection of one to three bedroom apartments, providing a wide selection of accommodation that will suit their individual needs. Guests can enjoy access to on-site reception, swimming pools and a gym. An abundance of wonderful shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the property. Crafted around tranquil waterways, the inspired architecture maximises the panoramic views, creating international desirability.

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94

CAPE TOWN - VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT CITY HOTEL

CAPE GRACE HHHHH

Situated on a private quay uniquely poised between Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, Cape Grace is the ideal location from where to soak in the natural splendor of our Mother City and enjoy the very essence of Cape Town living. Elegance and warmth are our hallmarks, made evident in every fine detail, from our welcoming reception to our luxurious harbour and mountain-facing rooms. Tales of the Cape’s richly storied past present themselves in our rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair to the atmosphere, while bright bursts of Proteas, that hint at the wonder of the Cape’s rarest natural botanical kingdom, enrich each room. Share in tailormade experiences like sumptuous tasting menus, rare whisky pairings, restorative spa treatments, and indulgent Afternoon Teas – all thoughtfully created to enhance your journey in the Cape and with Cape Grace.

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120

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CAPE TOWN - VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT - LUXURY HOTEL

VICTORIA & ALFRED HOTEL HHHH

History and modern luxury merge to create ageless beauty at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, which was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse. This iconic establishment was named after Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred who played an intrinsic role in the establishment of the Breakwater Basin, now the V&A Waterfront. The hotel is located in the very heart of this internationally acclaimed destination and is a sophisticated retreat amid the buzz. It offers some of the most enviable views of Cape Town Harbour, Table Mountain and the slick city that stretches out at the foot of this Natural Wonder. Timeless elegance and personalised luxury are found at the award-winning Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

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94


CAPE TOWN – VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT – LUXURY HOTEL

QUEEN VICTORIA HOTEL HHHHH

Queen Victoria Hotel is a luxuriously appointed, deluxe boutique hotel in the Portswood Ridge Precinct in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. The hotel not only encapsulates the luxurious style and attention to detail that defines small, luxury retreats around the world but also enjoys a unique location. The hotel has 35 luxurious rooms and suites, including a presidential suite with a generous terrace for al fresco entertaining. From the food and beverage offering at Dash, the hotel’s restaurant and cocktail bar, to the interior aesthetics, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies exquisite international flair that is fused with local flavour. With a management team and staff dedicated to making every guest feel like royalty, a stay at the Queen Victoria Hotel will certainly exceed your expectation of what five-star luxury is all about.

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35


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CAPE TOWN – VICTORIA & ALFRED WATERFRONT HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT® CAPE TOWN WATERFRONT BREAKWATER LODGE HHH

Experience a rich piece of history balancing modern-day comfort when you stay at the Protea Hotel by Marriott® Breakwater Lodge situated right next to Cape Town’s fabulous V&A Waterfront. Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres, shops and 25km from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel is also near all the main routes to the beaches, mountain walks and city hotspots as well as the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and Cape Town Stadium. The hotel boasts with 188 modern environmentally conscious rooms with standard rooms, business suites and family units. All rooms are equipped with a fridge, uncapped WIFI, tea/coffee facilities, air-conditioning, LCD TV with satellite channels/radio, direct-dial telephone and laptop-friendly electronic safes. Laundry facilities are available if required and guests can also make use of the gym or book a treatment at the spa. The Transit Lounge provides computer access and two additional lounges for relaxation. Guests have access to computers and printers close to the Reception area. Stonebreakers Restaurant offers a la carte & buffet menus daily with magnificent views of both the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. CPT

191

CAPE TOWN - V&A WATERFRONT LUXURY HOTEL

RADISSON RED HOTEL Come and experience our millennial inspired hotel which sits on the beautiful Waterfront of Cape Town. Rip up the rulebook! Our rooms are the perfect city base – filled with unconventional touches that never grow old. Enjoy all-day dining at our hotel’s OUIBar + KTCHN where Cape Town’s craft food and drink scene is celebrated. Head to the RED Roof bar to enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets over the horizon and linger on till late, lounging by the poolside. Events and Games? Our 4 conferencing venues are set up with all the latest technology, including high-speed Wi-Fi, a retractable screen, and a ceiling projector, plus wipe-off walls for brainstorming. Fury friends are welcome! Bring them along. We’ve got them covered.

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CAPE TOWN - DE WATERKANT LUXURY HOTEL

THE CAPITAL MIRAGE Located in the heart of the Mother City, situated in the uber-trendy De Waterkant area, The Capital Mirage gives guests the ideal opportunity to enjoy the incomparable Cape Town lifestyle. And if the spectacular views of Table Mountain and the city skyline are not enough, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Quarter shopping precinct, Seapoint and many other attractions that have helped make Cape Town the best city in the world for 4 years running. Each of the 65 rooms offers luxury guest amenities and bathrobes, DSTV, a Nespresso machine, and an alarm clock with iPod docking. Guests can dine at one of the 3 on-site restaurants, relax in the Snooker Lounge or enjoy a cocktail at The Utopia restaurant on the top floor. Chose to stay in the pulse of Cape Town’s stylish pocket of historic buildings, fashionable shops and restaurants.

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65

CAPE TOWN - MOUILLE POINT HOTEL

LA SPLENDIDA HOTEL HHH

Sidewalk cafés, the expansive Atlantic Ocean and a bustling promenade set the scene where La Splendida is found, in Mouille Point. This region is incredibly trendy and forms part of Cape Town’s upmarket Platinum Mile. The hotel is ideally suited to its surrounding environment as it similarly exudes a fashionable look and modern feel. La Splendida’s prime location, moments away from Cape Town Stadium, Green Point Park and the V&A Waterfront, add to the hotel’s appeal and the convenience it offers guests. Although surrounded by much excitement, the hotel maintains a peaceful, seaside atmosphere.

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24

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CAPE TOWN - V&A WATERFRONT MODERN CITY HOTEL

ONE&ONLY CAPE TOWN HHHHH

Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town’s waterfront, surrounded by restaurants, shopping, art and entertainment; on the doorstep of Table Mountain; and within easy reach of spectacular beaches, national parks, and winelands; One&Only Cape Town is the ultimate curator of discovery, from active adventures, to mindful moments and exclusive, tailored experiences. Through an unrivalled kids programme, magical destination spa, and a selection of the most celebrated vinicultural and dining experiences in the city, the best of South Africa is also brought to you, on resort. Boasting the largest rooms in Cape Town, all with al fresco space, the opportunity to unwind with loved ones brings balance to adventure-filled days, as you bask on idyllic, inner-city islands, or enjoy the vistas of one of the new Wonders of the World from your Marina Rise balcony.

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CAPE TOWN - SEA POINT HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT® CAPE TOWN SEA POINT

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This stylish hotel is based in the heart of Sea Point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 26km from Cape Town International Airport. Consisting of 124 fresh rooms to cater for the individual traveler, the discerning guest, families, as well as groups travelling together. The elegantly appointed rooms are air-conditioned and offer satellite television and tea/coffee making facilities. With majestic Table Mountain and Signal Hill as a backdrop, this distinctive hotel offers luxury and style. Soak up the sun beside the sparkling plunge pool, take exhilarating walks along the promenade or make use of the hotel’s gym and wellness centre. This unique hotel also offers a sophisticated and friendly La Café Coffee Bar, which serves a mouth-watering buffet breakfast in the mornings and tantalizing cocktails at sunset.

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124

CAPE TOWN - SEA POINT ICONIC SEAFRONT HOTEL

WINCHESTER MANSIONS HHHH

Winchester Mansions, situated along the Sea Point Promenade has earned its reputation as Cape Town’s iconic sea front hotel amongst local and international guests. It is perfectly located within close proximity to the V&A Waterfront, central business district and only 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. Guests can indulge in signature dishes from Harveys Restaurant and enjoy the famous Sunday Jazz brunch in the tranquil, Italian piazza style courtyard. Another event to enjoy at Winchester Mansions is the monthly Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery evening where Harveys welcomes food, wine and art lovers. The Ginkgo Health and Wellness Spa offers holistic treatments based on hands-on touch therapy or guests can simply relax at the hotels private, heated pool. Classical elegance abounds in the recently redecorated, luxurious rooms and suites that boast either sea or mountain views. The hotel also offers a full range of conference facilities, complimentary Wifi throughout and a complimentary shuttle service to the famous V&A Waterfront. This landmark hotel keeps guests returning yearly to experience the joie de vivre and the spectacular hospitality with that personal touch. CPT

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GREEN POINT CITY HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTTÂŽ CAPE TOWN VICTORIA JUNCTION HHHH

Explore the V&A Waterfront and the heart of Cape Town from stylish accommodations at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction, a creative urban destination convenient to the CBD, Green Point Stadium and so much more! A hybrid of modernist and contemporary chic, our Green Point, Cape Town hotels interior has recently been reinterpreted to provide a more sophisticated stay, but remains the darling of the glamorous set in Cape Town. With a trendsetting reputation, our Cape Town hotel features rooms to suit every taste and inclination. Whether seeking a standard guest room or one of our spacious, bi-level loft apartments, each accommodation features environmentally-friendly lighting, water-saving rain showers and energy efficient entertainment options, including Bravia LCD screens and coolers. Rest easy with our luxury linens, room service and complimentary high-speed Internet. Our hotel also offers all-day dining at the Connexion restaurant.

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172

CAPE TOWN - FRESNAYE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE CLARENDON FRESNAYE HHHH

The Clarendon Fresnaye is a family run boutique hotel with 16 beautifully furnished rooms and four family suites. Cradled along the slopes of Lions Head, this property harbours an interesting past having once been owned by the governor of The Cape, The Earl of Clarendon. Being a heritage building, this property has authentic character giving a traditional unique feeling and the modern touches have created a perfect combination. Here near the shores of the Atlantic, a wonderful place of rich green lawns and sparkling swimming pools, are set in a tranquil paradise against the backdrop of a mass of pink bougainvillea. This boutique hotel caters to families, honeymooners and the exclusive traveler who wants to enjoy the best of Cape Town. We offer a wide host of facilities which include wireless internet access, room service, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, plasma screens, private mini bars and snacks, electronic room safes, air conditioning – heating and cooling, off-street secure parking and a security guard throughout the night. A lavish Continental Breakfast buffet and delicious Full English Breakfast is served in the dining room or on the patio. Complimentary afternoon teas and cakes are served daily. CPT

20

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CAPE TOWN - BANTRY BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE CLARENDON BANTRY BAY HHHHH

With breathtaking uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean views, The Clarendon Bantry Bay is situated in the prime Cape Town location of Bantry Bay. This 5 Star fusion of pure sophistication and charm will leave all who visit with a yearning for more. Impeccable service by all of our dedicated and friendly staff, an idyllic setting and unbelievable attention to detail assures all visitors a memorable and unforgettable stay! Each of the 11 generously proportioned beautiful en suite bedrooms are designed and decorated in an individual style. We offer a choice of king or twin beds and with only the best quality linens used, all guests are ensured of a luxurious, comfortable nights rest! We offer a wide host of facilities which include wireless internet access, room service, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, plasma screens, private mini bars and snacks, electronic room safes, air conditioning – heating and cooling, and many rooms have a private balcony or patio with table & chairs. There is off-street secure parking and 24-hour security guard. A lavish Continental Breakfast buffet and delicious Full English Breakfast are served in the dining room or on the balcony. Complimentary afternoon teas and cakes are served daily. CPT

11

CAPE TOWN - CAMPS BAY LUXURY BEACHFRONT HOTEL

THE BAY HOTEL The Bay Hotel boasts an unrivaled beachfront location in Camps Bay. With the majestic Twelve Apostle mountain range as a backdrop and the Atlantic Ocean less than a minutes’ walk away, The Bay Hotel is surrounded by natural beauty. In-house breakfast restaurant Tides offers a decadent breakfast with stunning views of Camps Bay’s Sunset Strip, while Bistro at The Bay is the perfect spot for a glass of wine and leisurely lunch. Relax at our private beach club, Sandy B, or at the welcoming Caamil’s Bar, as you watch the sun disappear over the ocean. With 4 pools, a gym, and a spa, the hotel is close to the Mother City. Our concierge can help book an exciting tour or activity in Cape Town and surrounds. Whether you’re traveling for business or as a family holiday, The Bay Hotel is ready to welcome you to a perfect Camps Bay stay.

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78

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CAMPS BAY LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

CAMPS BAY RETREAT Camps Bay Retreat is a sanctuary for the soul. A luxury boutique hotel set on four acres of lush green nature reserve with a natural mountain pool, thickets of trees, a waterfall and streams. Stay in the elegant Earl’s Dyke Manor, the contemporary Deck House or the Villa where the stunning views include the natural surrounding beauty, the everchanging Atlantic Ocean, and the majestic mountains. The estate features 3 swimming pools and a spa with an outdoor nature tent for an unforgettable wellness experience. The in-house fine dining restaurant, Von Kamptz, offers delectable dishes made with only the freshest local produce, and vegetables and herbs grown on the estate. A fully-equipped tennis court and stunning, pathways throughout the gardens of the estate make it ideal for outdoor activity. A refuge for the body and a haven for the mind - you’ll unravel and surrender to tranquillity at Camps Bay Retreat.

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18

CAPE TOWN – CAMPS BAY LUXURY SERVICED APARTMENTS

THE CRYSTAL APARTMENTS Panoramic views of the Atlantic and spectacular sunsets are the order at The Crystal, architecturally stunning apartments in one of the world’s premier scenic settings. With easy access in and out of Camps Bay, these luxurious, fully serviced apartments consist of modern and luxurious studio and two-bedroom apartments. One swimming pool located on the terrace offer sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean and the perfect place to relax after an adventure-filled day in the Mother City. While hidden from view, the basement area is now home to some of the world’s most iconic sports cars that form the Crystal Car Club. Take a walk downstairs and revel in the pure performance and aesthetics of these supercars. The Crystal is a place that solo travelers as well as families have called home over the years.

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30

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CONSTANTIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE LAST WORD CONSTANTIA HHHHH

The Last Word Constantia is in the Constantia wine valley and is conveniently located short driving distances from the city, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and many other tourist favourites. The signature is the lush, colourful gardens which cocoon the sunken swimming pool and tanning deck, the entire Intimate Hotel™ a private and picturesque sanctuary for the lucky few. A most prestigious location, Constantia is the envy of the Cape suburbs and is home to many world-class restaurants and world-renowned wine estates, all waiting eagerly for our guests to indulge in their spoils. See Cape Town the way Capetonians do. Inside, it’s the warm and characterful hospitality which has become woven into the fabric of The Last Word experience and guests will find their smile as they become part of the family. The kindness continues with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi, breakfasts, garden picnics or light dinners, all beverages including select wines and premium spirits and nightly turndowns.

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9

CAPE PENINSULA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE LAST WORD LONG BEACH HHHHH

The Last Word Long Beach is right on the beach in the small fishing village of Kommetjie fronted by eight kilometres of pristine white sand. The majestic Table Mountain backdrop perfectly complements uninterrupted views of the sea from the hotel including every one of the six rooms. Décor by Jim Thompson and Kravet and custom artwork by Gabrielle Raath reflect the beach style. The is no better place in Cape Town to hideaway, relax, unwind and enjoy the surf, sun and sand than in your own five-star beach suite. With the help of their warm and characterful team, hosts Kim and Fanie will assist with daily arrangements and desires. Our three course dinners are a seafood speciality and include such guest favourites as snoek pâté, Patagonian calamari, Thai mussels and grilled linefish. It’s also complimentary. Also included unlimited Wi-Fi, breakfasts, all beverages including select wines and premium spirits and nightly turndowns.

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10

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SIMON’S TOWN HOTEL

aha SIMON’S TOWN QUAYSIDE HOTEL HHHH

Perfectly positioned on the water’s edge of Simon’s Town yacht basin, aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel offers magnificent views over False Bay and the majestic Simon’s Kloof Mountains. This modern property, with nuances of nautical elements reflecting the history of the town is situated along the Cape Point Route and offers unique accommodation, shopping and dining experiences for all. The Superb views of the Harbour and Naval Base makes this mountain and sea-facing accommodation establishment, an excellent choice for business and leisure travellers. aha Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel offers 29 rooms, with 8 Sea View rooms (with balcony), 14 Sea View rooms (without balcony) and 7 Mountain View rooms. The modern furnished, spacious balcony rooms offer stunning views from your private balcony over the False Bay yacht basin. Waking up to a glorious sunrise over the bay is the perfect way to start your day. All rooms are equipped with either twin or king beds, en-suite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, mini bar fridges, satellite TV, digital safe, Wi-Fi, hair dryer. CPT

29

HERMANUS SEASIDE HOTEL

HARBOUR HOUSE HERMANUS Perfectly located in the heart of the Old Harbour area, the exceptional location of Harbour House Hermanus Hotel & Apartments is what makes it ideal for guests wanting to indulge in everything this stunning seaside town has to offer. Harbour House Hermanus offers a wide choice of accommodation: from romantic, character-filled rooms in the stunning slate-roof Manor House, to modern and bright rooms in the contemporary Harbour House New Wing and spacious, comfortable and contemporary rooms and suites in the nearby Harbour Square, situated right across the road from Harbour House Hotel. The in-house restaurant, Selkirk’s, serves fresh lunch dishes daily, and the Lookout Terrace is the perfect place for whale watching with sweeping views of Walker Bay. The sparkling infinity pool offers a stunning place from which to unwind and watch the sunset. Solo travellers, couples, friends or families you’ll find your perfect accommodation at Harbour House Hermanus.

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41

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HERMANUS GUEST LODGE

WHALE ROCK LUXURY LODGE & VILLA HHHH

Whale Rock Luxury Lodge & Villa is a welcoming property set amongst lush gardens in the seaside town of Hermanus. Consisting of 17 rooms, all en-suite, the rooms are well appointed for comfort and have an attractive contemporary décor, with private terrace or balcony. Lovely distant views may be appreciated from the 1st floor suites. With the recent completion of the Villa, Whale Rock also now boasts two lovely swimming pools. Enjoy breakfast overlooking the pools and garden area or unwind later in one of the comfortable lounges with cosy fireplace and a glass of local wine. The Lodge is close to the start of the famous cliff paths above the bay where guests can look out for dolphins and whales in season (Jul to Nov). From this base, explore the quaint town of Hermanus with its shops, art galleries, golf courses and beautiful beaches or visit the Hemel & Aarde valley famous for its wine farms.

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17

HERMANUS BOUTIQUE HOTEL

NEW

THE MARINE HOTEL HHHHH

The Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay, the hotel offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching from June to November each year. Guests are even able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their own sea view room. The Overberg region is also a must for adventure sport seekers, offering a host of activities – including hiking, mountain biking and marine sports. Guests can indulge in exceptional culinary delights, overseen by Executive Chef Tronette Dippenaar: Breakfast at the 1920’s-style Pavilion restaurant, lunch and dinner at Origins, as well as High Tea and sundowners in the Sun Lounge & Bar. The 40 elegantly appointed rooms and suites include 10 Luxury Doubles with Sea View and 10 Premier Suites – both categories are perfectly positioned for watching pods of dolphins and whales as they swim in the bay below. Guests may take a refreshing dip in The Marine’s pool, located in the hotel’s tranquil courtyard, or in the Tidal Pool, which can be accessed from the cliff path.

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40

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CAPE WINELANDS - STELLENBOSCH LUXURY WINE ESTATE

LANZERAC HHHHH

Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, Lanzerac is synonymous with oldworld charm and rich Cape heritage. Experience the finest hospitality the Cape Winelands has to offer, indulging guests with warm and passionate service, the finest wine and cuisine and exquisitely styled rooms. The fifty-three en-suite bedrooms and suites at Lanzerac invite complete relaxation amid welcoming interiors, which blend both period grandeur and contemporary style. Each room is individually decorated with elegant finishes and a unique selection of timeless pieces, offering revered guests spacious interiors which honour their desire for privacy. Set on a working wine farm, guests are spoilt with easy access to the cellar and the Tasting Room at which they can embark on a sensory experience with innovative wine and chocolate pairings. In addition, guests can enjoy four swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), three restaurants, a Deli or unwind and rejuvenate at the Lanzerac Spa, a sought-after wellness retreat and relaxation hideaway. CPT

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STELLENBOSCH - CITY CENTER BOUTIQUE HOTEL

BATAVIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL HHHHH

Batavia Boutique Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the historic town of Stellenbosch. Offering accommodation to the discerning business and leisure traveller to the Cape Winelands of South Africa with all the grandeur of a classical 19th century guesthouse, Batavia Boutique Hotel offers all modern conveniences and five star service. Each guest is welcomed to Batavia Boutique Hotel in an atmosphere of cordiality and full respect for the complete privacy and comfort in this unique boutique hotel in the centre of Stellenbosch village life. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the historic town of Stellenbosch and is within walking distance of the Stellenbosch Museum, Moederkerk and a wealth of trend-setting galleries such as such as Portchie’s Red Teapot Gallery, award-winning restaurants and many social cafÊs and pubs. Wine tours to the Cape Winelands can be arranged with management. Accommodation is comprised of Luxury and Superior rooms.

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STELLENBOSCH WINELANDS VILLAGE-STYLE HOTEL

SPIER HOTEL HHHH

Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4 star Spier Hotel. 153 rooms are clustered around six courtyards, with each courtyard boasting its own swimming pool. The design is reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way. The hotel is a pioneer in responsible tourism and was one of the first in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004. In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognised the estate as the top international destination ‘Doing it All’. In 2015, Spier was voted 18th Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards list of the top 25 hotels in Africa. It was awarded gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in the category of Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment. The Spier Hotel is situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

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STELLENBOSCH HISTORIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL

RIVER MANOR BOUTIQUE HOTEL HHHH

River Manor is a boutique hotel located in the very heart of historic Stellenbosch. Our unbeatable location is within easy walking distance from everything that the historic oak-lined town has to offer. Housed in two adjacent manor houses and set in a landscaped garden on the banks of the Eerste River, we offer discerning travellers an unforgettable experience in a gloriously romantic environment. Our luxuriously- appointed rooms are spacious and contemporary with a classic undertone.

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18

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FRANSCHHOEK - CAPE WINELANDS BOUTIQUE HOTEL

FRANSCHHOEK COUNTRY HOUSE & VILLAS HHHHH

This boutique hotel and restaurant, situated on the outskirts of the village, is surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains. An hour’s drive from Cape Town. This restored manor house dates back to 1890 and offers 13 standard and luxury rooms and 12 Villa Suites. All en-suite rooms offer LED televisions, free Wi-Fi, nespresso machines and air conditioning. Almost all rooms lead out onto private balconies or private patio with magnificent views. The opulent Villa Suites are havens of style and luxury, each 100sqm in size with separate lounge, fireplace, DVD player, music throughout, two balconies, and more! Laze at one of the two pools (one heated) with beautiful mountain vistas, enjoy a massage, visit the boutique wine-farms in Franschhoek, or stroll in the charming town of Franschhoek (complimentary shuttle service to and from the village centre). The in house Monneaux restaurant is known for its modern and tasteful cuisine. A-la-Carte lunches are served on the magnificent new fountain terrace while dinner is served in the understated, yet elegant, dining room or enclosed verandah. CPT

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FRANSCHHOEK BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE LAST WORD FRANSCHHOEK HHHHH

The Last Word Franschhoek is situated in the heart of the village, South Africa’s gourmet capital, just minutes walk from cafes, boutique shops and, of course, its most in-demand restaurants. Wines farms are easily accessible by car, the popular wine tram or by using our in-house driver and vehicle. There are ten inordinately large rooms on two floors including two pool suites each with its own semi-private plunge pool. With the help of their cheerful and generous team, let managers Conrad and Franklin help plan your perfect Franschhoek experience by suggesting dining options and activities. After a long day of wine tasting, return to the oasis and relax around the pool or regenerate in the well-appointed comfort of your suite before heading back out to the local restaurants and succumb to their temptations. More indulgences with complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi, lavish breakfasts, all beverages including select wines and premium spirits and nightly turndowns.

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CAPE TOWN - FRANSCHHOEK VINEYARD ESTATE

MONT ROCHELLE HOTEL & VINEYARD HHHHH

Mont Rochelle is Sir Richard Branson’s hotel and vineyard located in Franschhoek. In an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard, just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Mont Rochelle has 22 rooms in the hotel including six suites all arranged around the main building. The Manor House is the newest addition to the property which is an exclusive 4-bedroom villa plus a bunkroom accommodating up to 6 children. A perfect setting for a private getaway for family or friends. Children of all ages are welcome at Mont Rochelle and accommodated in our suite categories. The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover 39 hectares (about 100 acres) and you’re welcome to go exploring. A favourite activity for many of our guests is picnicking on the estate! There are two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa, a gym and a heated outdoor pool. That’s not forgetting a 37-hectare vineyard and wine cellar of course.

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CAPE TOWN - PAARL BOUTIQUE HOTEL

CASCADE COUNTRY MANOR HHHH

Cascade Country Manor is a family-run boutique hotel and spa situated amid 100 year old olive groves and emphasises the joy of unwinding and relaxing in a pure, natural environment. A Mediterranean-style villa in the heart of the scenic Cape Winelands, 10min from Paarl, 20min from Franschhoek, offers a vast number of activities ranging from olive oil tastings to picnics by the waterfall. Unwind from your busy lifestyle in our spa, where our massage therapists will advise you on a variety of pampering options available. Relax to the soothing sounds of nature and immerse yourself in a sensory experience that will refresh and reinvigorate you. Cascade Country Manor is the ideal setting for a function or event, whether indoors or in a romantic al fresco setting under the stars. The 10 Classic and 5 Deluxe rooms suitable for families, individual travellers and couples. Cascade Country Manor is a hidden gem, but once its discovered it’s never forgotten.

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FRANSCHHOEK BOUTIQUE HOTELS

LEEU COLLECTION HHHHH

The Leeu Collection is the manifestation of the vision of founder Analjit Singh (aka BAS) for sophisticated escapes and unique guest experiences. The hospitality portfolio currently comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa’s winelands: Leeu Estates, a 17room country house and boutique winery in the Franschhoek valley (awarded the coveted ‘5 star premium award’); Leeu House, an exclusive 12-room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le Quartier Français, a romantic 32-room hotel including two independent villas, also located in the village. Within Leeu Collection is our Leeu Spa & Gym, a wellness sanctuary offering expert massages and holistic treatments; the premium Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines; Tuk Tuk Microbrewery and Everard Read Franschhoek. Relationships with award winning chefs ensure that both Leeu Estates and Le Quartier Français are home to award winning restaurants; namely La Petite Colombe, Protégé and Le chêne, completing the offering in South Africa. The Franschhoek valley, with its Cape Dutch heritage and strong French influences, is renowned as one of the world’s finest food and wine destinations. We invite you to experience the Leeu Collection lifestyle of serene surroundings, luxurious comfort, innovative cuisine, intuitive service and sensory enjoyment.

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CAPE TOWN - PEARL VALLEY LUXURY HOTEL

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THE PEARL VALLEY HOTEL BY MANTIS The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a luxury establishment situated on Val de Vie, internationally recognised for its polo facilities, world-class amenities and the acclaimed Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Set in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis affords guests easy access to the best food, wine and cultural experiences in the Cape Winelands. The hotel has 34 fully equipped rooms comprising of 22 one-bedroom suites, one of which is a wheelchair friendly one-bedroom suite and 6 two-bedroom suites. The building of Phase 2 has commenced which will add an additional 40 one-bedroom suites, with the completion date set for end December 2020. Guests can look forward to all the classic comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with Mantis.

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WESTERN CAPE FARM HOTEL & SPA

BABYLONSTOREN FARM HHHHH

Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, dating back to 1692. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing. With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, the garden is majestic. Every aspect of Babylonstoren – including the contemporary Farm Hotel & Spa, the Farm Shop and Bakery – are led by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden. At Babylonstoren Farm Hotel, the overall effect is relaxed yet well-heeled with some of the existing farm buildings transformed into sophisticated guest accommodation. Set adjacent to 3,5 ha (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetable garden, the hotel is characterised by thick whitewashed walls, elegant gables and hearty fireplaces that emulate an authentic farm stay experience.

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KLEIN KAROO LUXURY GAME LODGE

SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE HHHHH

Take an unforgettable journey to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo just a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. Surrounded by towering mountains and open plains Sanbona Wildlife Reserve will transport you to a place where time stands still and nature takes centre stage. Sanbona boasts an impressive collection of succulents and wildlife, including: elephant, white rhino, lion, cheetah, buffalo and numerous antelope species, all of which are free roaming within this privately owned 58, 000 ha reserve. Guests will have the option to experience 3 luxury lodges or the seasonal Explorer Camp. Dwyka Tented Lodge offers the ideal option for anyone in search of a tranquil yet luxurious tented experience. Tilney Manor is steeped in history, designed in true Karoo- Cape Georgian style, it is perfect for guests in need of an exclusive Karoo experience. Gondwana Family Lodge is the perfect choice for families with a tailor-made Kids on Safari program. The seasonal Explorer Camp, is a dedicated walking safari experience, designed for the adventurous traveler.

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CERES GAME LODGES

INVERDOORN PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

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Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve is situated under 2.5 hours from Cape Town, in the vastness of the majestic Tankwa Karoo. With thick wooded Acacia river beds and magnificent golden mountains on the horizon, Inverdoorn provides the ultimate tranquil Big 5 safari experience with exceptional birding opportunities. Safaris on its 10 000 hectare wildlife conservancy are offered on a day trip option or overnight stay with game drives presented by highly qualified rangers in traditional 4 x 4 vehicles. 4 & 5 star accommodation is offered in the premier Ambassador Collection (suites or chalets) or a variety of Lodge rooms. Inverdoorn is furthermore acclaimed for its Cheetah Rehabilitation programme and guests have the opportunity to learn more about this renowned project when on safari, with a Cheetah Educational. At night time the Karoo stars feel tangible, while guests gather around the boma fires and pools to share their safari stories. CPT

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CERES TENTED GAME LODGE

KUGANHA TENTED CAMP AND SPA HHHHH

The luxurious 5 star Kuganha Tented Camp and Spa is a tranquil safari dreamscape situated just 2.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town, where guests will feel a sense of exclusivity and serenity. The beautifully appointed tents are sensitively arranged amongst the thick wooded Acacia Karoo trees, with an inviting pool overlooking the Karoo veld. Each tent offers a personal dining experience on the patio or in the private dining veranda - setting the scene for leisurely breakfasts as the sun rises over the Tankwa Karoo. Personalised itineraries offer guests the freedom to use their time at Kuganha to unwind as they make use of the private pool, the exclusive spa bungalow and go on traditional safaris that whisk guests onto the 10 000 hectare wildlife conservancy to view the main attraction: Africa’s exquisite wildlife. While on safari, guests will have an awe-inspiring occasion as they learn about the Cheetah rehabilitation and conservation project.

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WESTERN CAPE - SOUTHERN KAROO PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE & SPA HHHH

Set in the pristine Southern Karoo Highlands against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa offers an exciting taste of real Africa just two short hours from Cape Town by road. Home to an enormous variety of game, including the Big Five, Aquila offers two to three hour game drives – the perfect way to see wildlife. Aquila’s four-star cottages are built largely from rock, thatch and wood to blend with the environment and offer every comfort like wooden viewing decks, air conditioning, crisp percale linen, rock bathrooms and, in some, alfresco rock showers. Aquila’s afro-chic Aquila Lodge comprises of 3 levels, accessible by a glass panelled lift with magnificent Karoo vistas. Aquila has an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar and a large dining room where the chef presents a rich variety of authentic South African cuisine. The African spa features a large heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms, a couples or group treatment room and an outdoor pool.

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MUST DO: Take the adventurous canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma forest, riding high on cables among the treetops. See the marvellous, multi-coloured stalactites and stalagmites in the Cango Caves. Bask on one of Port Elizabeth’s wide, sunny beaches, then stroll along the long and impressive promenade. Explore Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth. Take a sunset champagne cruise from Mossel Bay to Seal Island. Stand in awe in Nelson Mandela’s humble childhood home, and a museum dedicated to his life. In the East London Museum, see the coelacanth, caught nearby in 1938, when this deep-sea fish was thought to have been extinct for about 80 million years. Take a stroll or a horse ride along the pristine beaches of the Wild Coast.


THE EASTERN CAPE IS FULL OF SURPRISING CONTRASTS. ONE DAY’S DRIVE WILL TAKE IN SOPHISTICATED FINE ARTS, GOURMET DINING, AND A SUPERB, RUGGED, UNSPOILED SEASCAPE. The Garden Route is universally known for its spectacular natural beauty. The journey crosses magnificent mountain passes, winds gently along the unspoiled coastline, and ventures deep into the breathtaking state forest in the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its protection of South Africa’s remaining indigenous yellowwood trees. The lush, forested Garden Route takes in some of the country’s finest seaside resorts, like Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, and - perhaps the best of all - Knysna, with its giant sandstone ‘Heads’ framing the entrance to the tidal lagoon. Oyster lovers will be captivated by Knysna, the country’s largest commercial oyster farming centre. Hikers and ramblers are drawn there too, to tackle the numerous world-famous coastal hiking trails. Move up the coast and inland, and you’ll see the greenness fading into the stark semi-arid Karoo region. A tour of the fascinating limestone and ice formations of the Cango Caves will be breathtaking. As if that were not enough, many of the Eastern Cape’s first-class game reserves, public and private, invite you to see the ‘Big Five’ - and at Addo Elephant National Park, the ‘Big Seven’, including whales and great white sharks. A visit to this region of the Cape would not be complete without a glimpse of some of the remote villages, many almost unchanged since they were built. You’ll love the quirky nineteenth century architecture, with delightful rustic scenes and a warm country welcome. Step for a while into moments of South Africa’s history, as you visit a restored cottage in Cradock, home of the noted 19th century author and feminist, Olive Schreiner. Marvel at the unexpected splendour of the untamed Wild Coast in the former Transkei, where former President Nelson Mandela was born. Port Elizabeth, the gateway to the Eastern Cape, is different! You’ll sense it immediately. The startling out-of-the-ordinary vistas will generously reward your eastward journey.


DAY TOURS & ACTIVITIES The forever landscape to the east of Cape Town, reaching all the way to the Wild Coast and deep inland, is an amazing treasury of all kinds of good things and places. Our exquisite Garden Route runs south from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, to the quaintly artistic village of Knysna – few finer places from which to explore this green coastal belt of the Cape West Coast.

PORT ELIZABETH CITY TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily at 08h30 • Returns at ±12h00 The history of Port Elizabeth is bound up with that of the arrival of the 1820 British Settlers, and the remnants of that pivotal time still linger. You’ll explore the many memorable sights of the City and enjoy its superb examples of exquisite Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Travel along the beachfront, past the harbour and into the old town, with a visit to the Donkin Reserve, Settler’s Park and St George’s Park, proud home of Eastern Province cricket. Your experience highlights: • Port Elizabeth city exploration • Donkin Reserve • Settler’s Park • St George’s Park

KNYSNA & PLETTENBERG BAY TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Daily at 09h00 • Returns at ±17h00 Come and enjoy the glorious scenery from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay, and we’ll show you the stunning birds, bees and monkeys. We show you the famed cliff formations of the Knysna ‘Heads’, and we take you on a tour to the Birds of Eden, the largest free flight walk-through aviary in the world. A short hop away is Monkeyland, sanctuary and home to numerous monkey species from around the world. It’s fascinating. And rest assured, as we move from Knysna to ‘Plett’ as it’s known locally, we’ll all be keeping our eyes peeled for schools of dolphins which frequent this coastline. It’s a wonderfully graceful sight, and a fitting cherry

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on the top of a delightful day. Your experience highlights: • Knysna ‘Heads’ • Birds of Eden • Monkeyland sanctuary

FEATHERBED TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily from the Featherbed Ferry Terminus on Remembrance Drive - off Waterfront Drive (Near Station) at 10h00 • Returns 14h00 (Lunch included) This 4-hour excursion departs daily and includes a ferry cruise, 4x4 vehicle drive, 2,2 km guided nature walk and a delicious buffet lunch served in the new, re-established, open air, Food Forest Restaurant situated amongst the only surviving original Milkwood Trees (in the event of bad weather, meals will be served in the newly built indoor Milkwood Restaurant). Join us on this wonderful journey of rejuvenation and become part of our conservation efforts. Participate in our optional Seed Ball Project and shoot balls embedded with seeds of our indigenous flora, along the path in designated areas. The tours stop at designated spots, where the guides demonstrate a South African children’s game, ‘kettie skiet’ (shooting a catapult). All guests will feel they’ve become part of something that’s bigger than each one of us and left a legacy for generations to come. Good walking shoes are recommended as well as cameras, hats and sunblock in summer and a warm jacket in winter on the ferry. A perfect outdoor family holiday activity to be enjoyed by both young and old with a passion for nature.

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OUDTSHOORN TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Daily at 08h00 • Returns at ±17h30 We begin our day with a spectacular drive over the Outenique Mountain Pass into the feather capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, where you’ll get up close and personal with ostriches on a Karoo ostrich farm. You’ll have the opportunity to go right into the Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. We’ll visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch to marvel at crocodiles, snakes and numerous big and beautiful cats of the wild variety. As we said, a day of wild contrasts in Oudtshoorn, but likely to produce a feather in your cap! Your experience highlights: • Outenique Mountain Pass • Oudtshoorn • Karoo ostrich farm • Cango Caves • Cango Wildlife Ranch

ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Port Elizabeth at 08h00 on request • Returns at ±17h00 Addo Elephant National Park has, arguably, the best elephant viewing in South Africa, and with a full day at your disposal, you’ll have the leisure time for close encounters with these gentle giants. In addition, the Addo wildlife population includes rhino, antelope, buffalo and the king of the jungle, not to mention a bird list to excite the most blasé twitcher. From bee eaters to buffalo, this is a full day of what Africa does best. Wildlife, wonderfully. Note: The tour includes the entrance fee, a refreshment and lunch. Your experience highlights: • Close encounters with elephant • Game viewing

SWIM WITH SEALS

SHORT TOUR Departs Daily at 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00 from Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay Children over 6 years of age permitted Activity requires adult guardian to accompany children Swim with seals in Plettenberg Bay. We depart from central beach, where you step aboard ‘Robberg Express’ for an exciting beach launch. From there we make our way towards Robberg Nature Reserve, a Marine Protected Area, home to approximately 8000 Cape Fur Seals. Here you hop into the water, accompanied by a qualified dive master, to enjoy 30 minutes of amazing animal interaction among bundles of playful inquisitive fur seals. The ultimate wild animal encounter in their natural environment, without having to alter their behaviour.

WALK, TALK AND TASTE TSITSIKAMMA TOUR

Departs daily at 10h00 and returns at 12h00 Departs daily at 14h00 and returns at 16h00 No children under 6 years of age Tsitsikamma - place of abundant or sparkling water - is the setting for our tour of Khoisan history and cooking with our guide Stanley, a renowned local artist, author and historian with an insatiable interest in the Khoisan. Stanley introduces us to the ways and customs of the Khoisan followed by lunch with Ma Elna Grootboom our chef. The conversation over food is a natural progression from our walk through the community and flows uninterrupted. Stanley shares his knowledge on Khoisan and Griqua customs and practices as generously and willingly as he does the meal before us. Your experience highlights: • Professional guide • Food (guests should be open to eating African cuisine) • Refreshments


ACCOMMODATION GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE

GARDEN ROUTE LUXURY GAME LODGE

GARDEN ROUTE GAME LODGE HHHH

Established in 1999, Garden Route Game Lodge is a family owned and operated Private Game Reserve situated on South Africa’s world famous Garden Route Coast. Located just 3 1/2 hour’s drive from Cape Town, this malaria-free private game reserve, is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife including the ‘Big Five’. The family friendly reserve offers three accommodation types to suit a variety of needs. Enjoy the privacy and seclusion of our free standing luxury chalets overlooking the valley or nearby waterhole OR the spacious comfort of our elegantly appointed Main lodge rooms with private viewing decks and convenient location adjacent the pools. Our luxury Sunset Ridge units offer outside bath and shower as well as private heated plunge pools. In addition to morning and evening safaris in open vehicles, other activities include our Spa ,offering signature treatments, guided game walks, guided night drives, picnics in the reserve and private dining.

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BUFFELSDRIFT GAME LODGE HHHH

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a sprawling game farm in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains in the Cango Valley. Pristine bushveld, lush vegetation and a 5ha dam provide a haven for twenty three game species and more than 217 bird species. With its aim being to bring the highest quality of service to guests, Buffelsdrift tries to anticipate their every need. Situated 6.5km outside Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves, the lodge is in the heart of ostrich country, half an hours drive from the Swartberg Nature Reserve. In May 2004 this beautiful nature reserve became part of the 6th South African World Heritage Site offering a wealth of endemic plant species. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers 9 luxury waterhole tents (situated on the waters edge), 20 luxury tents and 5 luxury family tents. Each tent has its own en suite bathroom and private outdoor shower, air conditioning, mini bar, digital safe, tea/coffee making facilities and a game viewing deck. Seventy eight guests are accommodated in 34 tents with either twin or king size beds. The swimming pool is situated between the waterhole tents for accommodation guests only. GRJ

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OUDTSHOORN COUNTRY-STYLE GUEST HOUSE

DE OPSTAL COUNTRY LODGE HHHH

De Opstal is situated in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley, 14km from Oudtshoorn, on the Main Road to the Cango Caves. The lodge consists of typical Little Karoo farm buildings, dating back to 1830, beautifully restored and fitted with modern conveniences and set in a lush, beautifully maintained garden. Relax in the salt water swimming pool and enjoy hearty farm style breakfasts served in the spacious restaurant, which is also decorated in a style similar to the rest of the complex. Enjoy pre dinner relaxing in the bar before enjoying dinner prepared from ostrich and regional ingredients. Other guest exclusive activities on offer at a special rate include a meerkat encounter, a working ostrich farm tour and stargazing. The beautiful farm house, stables and milking parlour date back to 1830. All the buildings in the complex have been creatively converted into modern, quaint en suite bedrooms with the retention of an atmosphere of rustic charm. The 19 quaint en-suite rooms are tastefully furnished and have an old world ambience with subtle modern touches. All rooms have a lounge and a private patio. Matilda is the 8th generation on the farm. GRJ

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OUDTSHOORN BOUTIQUE HOTEL

SURVAL BOUTIQUE OLIVE ESTATE HHHHH

Perfectly positioned on the Route 62, it is easy to explore the many attractions offered by Oudtshoorn and the rest of the Garden Route. A luxurious and exclusive world where time stands still, a place where you can savour precious moments. Surval offers luxury accommodation in a serene olive farm setting. With all Surval Boutique Olive Estate has to offer their guests, from its 31 exquisite rooms and enticing cuisine to its unrivalled surroundings and first-class facilities, we look forward to welcoming you and helping you indulge in the true hospitality of the Klein Karoo.

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CLOSE TO OUDTSHOORN COUNTRY GETAWAY

DE ZEEKOE GUEST FARM HHHHH

De Zeekoe is a beautiful Guest House farm just outside Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Offering a variety of luxurious rooms and private stone cottages. Come and relax in the beautiful surroundings in the Garden Route’s Klein Karoo. Cool off in the pool and enjoy fine dining at the restaurant. Treat yourself to a massage in our new salon. This owner managed 3000 hectare working Lucerne farm, is malaria free, wheelchair friendly and child friendly. Enjoy a variety of facilities and activities. De Zeekoe also offer’s the unique in the world opportunity to ‘Walk with wild meerkats’ – Five Shy Meerkats.

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OUDTSHOORN SMALL HOTEL

HLANGANA LODGE HHHH

Hlangana Lodge is one of the finest small luxury establishments in South Africa, and the best choice for your stay in the picturesque town of Oudtshoorn. Located on the golden mile, en route to the Cango Caves and walking distance to the best restaurants in town, Hlangana Lodge is a four-star small boutique hotel set on more than a hectare of exotic gardens where you can have a refreshing drink by the saltwater swimming pool, have a drink in the lounge, visit the gym, relax in the green gardens or just sunbath on the terrace from your room. They serve a wide selection at the full buffet and champagne breakfast which is served in the sunny breakfast lounge. Just what you need for a day’s exploring and activities! Voted 3rd best small hotel in South Africa and 23rd in Africa in 2018.

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OUDTSHOORN LUXURY FARM ACCOMMODATION

LA PLUME GUEST HOUSE & SPA HHHH

La Plume is a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg mountains and Olifants River valley. A warm welcome awaits at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead with its tranquil surroundings and spaciousness, where Karin has combined old-world charm with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention. Enjoy exceptional local wine and traditional home cooked cuisine by prior arrangement. Join Bartel for early morning coffee under the gazebo before an informative pre-arranged farm tour. La Plume offers stylish luxury, with a diverse range of accommodation from Luxury Rooms, Family Cottages and Honeymoon Rooms to Superior Suites. With private entrances, sunny veranda’s and elegant, comfortable antiques, each of the 20 individually furnished air-conditioned rooms offer satellite television free Wi-Fi, mini bar and abundant comforts. Cool off in our salt water pool set amongst rolling lawns in our expansive garden or restore your body and soul at our exclusive spa. Our attention to detail, colour and texture is a contribution to the art of gracious living. GRJ

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ROSENHOF COUNTRY HOUSE HHHHH

Rosenhof Boutique Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the world. The 12 Luxury Rooms, each individually furnished, are situated around the courtyard and rose gardens, while the 2 Executive Suites are privately situated, each with their own private pool and separate lounge. Bird’s Cottage is the newest addition, and consists of a study and large lounge that opens up onto a patio and private swimming pool. Three en suite bedrooms are situated on the 1st floor. Bird’s Cottage is ideal for family or friends travelling together. The restaurant serves traditional country cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine list. Breakfast is equally memorable, served in the sunny breakfast room overlooking the manicured gardens. Cool down in the pool, visit Bliss Spa with a fully equipped gym, sauna and beauty clinic or explore the town on one of Rosenhof’s bicycles. Rosenhof is recognized as one of the finest establishments in the region.

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MOSSEL BAY TENTED LODGE

BOTLIERSKOP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Steeped in the heady scent of the aromatic fynbos that surrounds them, the Luxury Tented Suites of Botlierskop overlook the tea-coloured waters of the Moordkuil River. Each of the 24 elegant suites is bedecked in a nostalgic Colonial style to echo the grandeur of a bygone era. Stately four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting take pride of place. The en-suite bathrooms are lavish with decadently deep oval baths, twin basins and spacious al fresco showers affording spectacular views of the natural surrounds. Each suite is equipped with a mini bar, telephone, air conditioning, heating, a safe, tea and coffee station, hair dryer, electric blankets for chilly wintry evenings, pampering heated towel rails and its own private deck. The tented suites are connected to each other and to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways. The Deluxe Rooms are set on the riverbank with spectacular views over the surrounding flora. The Family Suites are well-equipped with two sleeper couches. The Executive Suites are especially spacious with a separate lounge area, writing desk and private plunge pool – perfect for honeymooners! Our Full Board Package includes all meals, two game drives daily. Value Add-Ons for longer stays include horseback safaris, spa treatments. Children from 6 years of age welcome. GRJ

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MOSSEL BAY CHILD FRIENDLY LODGE

THE VILLAGE LODGE @ BOTLIERSKOP The newest addition to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is The Village Lodge. Overlooking the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain range, the lodge is set on the landmark Kleinvlei Farm, now part of this picturesque 4,200-hectare, malariafree reserve. The Lodge is a harmonious blend of modern and historical houses, some dating back to the 1800s. These have been lovingly restored into two, three- and fourbedroom units with spacious en-suite bathrooms and contemporary countrystyle interiors. Each has its own entrance and patio with a garden or mountain view. The expansive herb and vegetable gardens surround a focal dam and water flows past the houses in a network of canals. Abundant fresh produce supplies the popular Bellevue Restaurant, formerly the district’s school house. Aside from sailing paper boats in the canals, young ones of all ages are welcome and will enjoy the playground, spacious lawns, sandpit, swimming pool, tadpole fishing and pony rides. Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is 30 minutes’ drive from George and 25 minutes north of Mossel Bay on The Garden Route.

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GEORGE RESORT HOTEL

FANCOURT HOTEL HHHHH

Fancourt, South Africa’s premier lifestyle resort, is nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, 7 km from George Airport. The resort lies on 613 hectares of pristine countryside sheltered by the Outeniqua Mountains. The Fancourt Hotel offers the discerning visitor 115 luxurious rooms and suites. These are perfectly suited for local and international families, couples, golfers and those simply looking for a warm, relaxed and entertaining Garden Route retreat. Discover Fancourt’s many leisure activities including The Spa with an indoor heated Roman Bath and world class wellness treatments. The Leisure Centre houses the popular Kidz Club, teen lounge, gymnasium, cinema, indoor heated and outdoor swimming pool. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, running and walking trails, bird watching and fishing. Four top restaurants each offer a distinctive dining experience to appeal to every palate. There are three Gary Player designed golf courses all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa as well as a Golf Academy.

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GEORGE LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE MANOR HOUSE HHHHH

With the elegance of yesteryear and the exclusivity of a serene country retreat, The Manor House at Fancourt epitomises understated sophistication and a tradition that spans over a century. As the former home of Henry Fancourt White, built in the 1850s by the British engineer in the style of a Cotswold mansion, this exquisite boutique country hotel retains all its stately charm, with original features and an air of historic importance and modern comfort that leaves guests relaxed and pampered throughout their stay. Stay in stylish surrounds, in the heart of a tranquil haven, set amidst 613 hectares of Garden Route countryside against the backdrop of the lush Outeniqua Mountains. Tastefully furnished to combine its century-old history with eco-friendly luxury amenities, The Manor House suite accommodation, lounge, bar and swimming pool promise an intimate, exclusive getaway for couples seeking a private sanctuary where their every whim is catered for.

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KNYSNA HOTEL

aha THE REX HOTEL HHHH

Located on South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route, aha The Rex Hotel is a celebration of urban style and impeccable service. A gateway to world-class restaurants, blossoming forests, nature reserves, magnificent golf courses and the shores of the serene Knysna lagoon. Discover the unique beauty of Knysna and its surrounds. The establishment features 60 Standard rooms, 22 Luxury rooms and 4 Luxury 2 bedroom apartments. Adjacent to the existing hotel, overlooking the courtyard are 56 Standard Twin rooms, with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms boast airconditioning, LCD TVs and extra-large windows. Modern design kitchenettes are featured in the King, Twin, Inter-leading and 2 Bedroom Apartments, adding to the guest’s convenience. The Restaurant, with its casual yet sophisticated décor and ambiance offers excellent service and superb cuisine, incorporating a mélange of dishes.

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KNYSNA - BRENTON ON SEA LUXURY BEACHFRONT RESORT

BRENTON HAVEN BEACHFRONT RESORT HHHH

Escape to South Africa’s haven of nature, Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort in Knysna. It is a breath-taking holiday location best known for its tranquillity and long sandy beaches. Immediately surrounding you at Brenton Haven is a spectacular beach directly below the resort, dramatic rolling dunes, clifftop walks, beautiful green forests, and the lush fynbos. It is a perfect location to enjoy the best of the garden route with activities for the adrenalin and adventure seeking to relaxing strolls on the beach, all nearby. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis and is provided via 26 Beach Villas and 9 Suites offering between 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. The resort offers modern high-quality finishes, well equipped kitchens, satellite television, free Wi-Fi, all bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and spacious decks with a BBQ area overlooking the ocean. The Butterfly Blu Restaurant is perched on a dune top with beautiful panoramic sea views making it one of the most idyllic restaurants in Knysna with beautiful food, an outdoor/indoor deck, lounge areas and cocktail bar. GRJ

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ACCOMMODATION GARDEN ROUTE & EASTERN CAPE

KNYSNA – BELVIDERE LUXURY LAGOONSIDE RESORT

BELVIDERE MANOR HHHH

Belvidere Manor is situated in a serene leafy estate with history dating back to 1834. Known for its welcoming hospitality guests are accommodated in 25 charming cottages which are designed to offer various configurations to suit the needs of those who really want to relax during their well-earned holiday. With one, two and three double bedroom options, each cottage has a sitting-room and kitchen and are perfect for single travellers and larger families. There are two restaurants on site – ‘Caroline’s’ situated in the stately Belvidere House where a taste of the sea can be enjoyed each evening, and ‘The Bell Tavern’ Knysna favourite pub, for casual meals, snacks & craft beers. A sparkling pool, boule court and tennis courts are available for guests’ use. The Hotel is just a few hundred meters from Knysna’s lagoon and offers beautiful views and an abundance of bird life. Sunset boat trips may be taken on the estuary, wide sandy beaches are a short drive from the hotel, and the town centre is just 9km away… relax, unwind and indulge.

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KNYSNA - WATERFRONT HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT®

KNYSNA QUAYS HHHH

One of the best hotel sites in South Africa, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays enjoys a spectacular outlook of the popular coastal town of Knysna. The hotel is nestled in the heart of the Garden Route and offers you a unique guest experience with premium accommodation accentuated with scenic beauty and natural surrounds. Renowned as the perfect holiday destination, the hotel is set on the Knysna Quays Waterfront with the lagoon at your doorstep. Facing the warm Indian Ocean through the Knysna Heads, the hotel offers a tranquil stay in spacious rooms overlooking the magical Knysna lagoon, historical train station and the Knysna town. The Protea Hotel Knysna Quays boasts wonderful facilities, which includes a headed outdoor swimming pool, wellness therapist for rejuvenating massages, free internet service and a unique dining experience with four restaurants to choose from on the Waterfront.

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KNYSNA COUNTRY-STYLE HOTEL

KNYSNA HOLLOW COUNTRY ESTATE HHHH

Knysna Hollow Country Estate is set on a secluded Country Estate just 5 minutes from the centre of Knysna, a quaint seaside town widely regarded as the jewel of the Garden Route. Knysna is the ideal base from which to explore the myriad of attractions the region has to offer. Knysna Hollow accommodates guests in 44 spacious, contemporary Garden Suites, all elegantly decorated in subtle hues of the surrounding forests and ocean creating a calm and inviting space. These modern Garden Suites are equipped with fantastic comforts and amenities and have private patios with outdoor seating overlooking the gardens and the two sparkling swimming pools. The modern Cape-country-style Manor House is the focal point of Knysna Hollow Country Estate and has been purposely designed to offer a contemporary, relaxed space where hotel guests can meet and enjoy genuine hospitality and cuisine. While the open-plan destination restaurant, Social Eatery, offers all-day dining with seasonal, locally-sourced dishes for which Knysna Hollow has always been renowned. Social Bar features a unique glass wine cellar and a library with internet work stations on a mezzanine level. All restaurant and bar areas open out onto outside verandahs with views of the gardens for outdoor dining and sundowners in the warm summer months.

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KNYSNA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

ST JAMES OF KNYSNA HHHHH

The St. James of Knysna is a five-star country house on the banks of the idyllic Knysna Lagoon. Expansive views and gentle breeze from the Knysna Lagoon and the Indian Ocean beyond The Heads create the atmosphere at The St. James of Knysna: stress-free and comfortable. It boasts luxury suites, bed and breakfast accommodation, guest lounge, an exclusive gift boutique and expansive formal and informal gardens featuring two swimming pools and numerous seating areas. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary, 90-minute cruise of the upper reaches of the Knysna Lagoon with skipper, Alex Mvandaba, on board the pontoon barge, ‘The Boat.’ Full English or Continental breakfast is included and light refreshments can be ordered from reception throughout the day, and can be served in the dining room, in the garden, at the swimming pool, or in your room or suite. And if you love the water – for canoeing, kiteboarding, or just paddling about – well, the Lagoon’s right there at the end of our lush and expansive gardens.

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KNYSNA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

KANONKOP HOUSE HHHHH

Kanonkop House offers boutique accommodation, relaxed luxury and personal attention - a home away from home. Gloriously situated and only minutes from the town of Knysna ‘the 4th best destination in Africa’. Upon your arrival relax on your terrace with chilled drink before freshening up and joining your hosts at the elegant guest bar for complimentary drinks and then heading out to dine at one of Knysna’s many restaurants. After a restful night contemplate the day ahead over a scrumptious breakfast served on the patio or in front of the fire in the dining room. Your hosts will provide insider tips on the best way to enjoy your day and make the most of the local area. Relax at the poolside, have an amazing in house massage or head out to explore the natural beauty of the Garden Route. Each of the 7 suites at Kanonkop House are individually furnished and decorated offering fabulous private balconies and breathtaking views of the Knysna Estuary or overlooking the pool and indigenous gardens.

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THE CRAGS - NEAR PLETTENBERG BAY COUNTRY LODGE

HOG HOLLOW COUNTRY LODGE HHHH

‘If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live’ Lin Yutang (1895 – 1976). Set on the edge of indigenous forest, with breathtaking views of the valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, stylish accommodation, panoramic views and friendly hospitality. Sixteen unique African-styled suites situated in the lush gardens around the main house, offer private wooden decks, king sized beds and most have cosy fireplaces. 2 private double story villas 400m from the main lodge are idea for families or small groups. Mouth watering breakfasts are served out on the sunny boma deck, while scrumptious dinners are served in the conviviality of the main house.

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GARDEN ROUTE - SEDGEFIELD BOUTIQUE B&B

KAMBAKU AT SEA We welcome you to Kambaku at Sea. Before you, the mountains. Behind you, the forest. On this expanse of forty hectares, our boutique hotel waits to envelop you in the beauty of this rich, natural environment. Here, you are part of our family. Our dedicated team cannot wait to meet you – to make your experience one of self-renewal and reinvigoration. Wake up to the scent and sound of an untouched habitat. Wildlife like bushbuck, honey badgers, otters and tortoises call this place home, and we cannot wait to share it with you. Kambaku @Sea is designed to showcase a mountainous panorama of lush vegetation that transforms with the passing of sunrises and sunsets. It’s a picture that will stay with you forever. Head out for a sunset cruise or paddle out onto the crystalline waters of the estuary on a kayak. Shop for trinkets in the curio shop or escape into the pages of a book beside a comforting fireplace. This is our brand of luxury.

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GARDEN ROUTE - KNYSNA HOTEL

PEZULA RESORT HOTEL & SPA Located on the Eastern Head of Knysna, surrounded by a lush paradise of indigenous forests, mountains, lakes, and pristine beaches, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa offers unsurpassed luxury on South Africa’s iconic Garden Route. Top class facilities and amenities make Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa truly spectacular. The estate is home to Pezula’s Championship Golf Course which has been dubbed as one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. The luxurious Suites at the hotel are comfortable, beautiful and inviting and offer spectacular views of the estate. Zachary’s Bistro, the in-house restaurant, offers delicious, locally sourced dishes to enjoy. The award-winning spa offers a rejuvenation escape, for those looking to fully immerse themselves in luxury relaxation. The Garden Route offers a variety of activities to take part in, and Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa is the ideal homebase for an actionpacked holiday full of activities and relaxation.

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PLETTENBERG BAY SEASIDE LODGE

THE ROBBERG BEACH LODGE HHHHH

Set at the heart of the Garden Route, The Robberg Beach Lodge is an absolute favourite for scenic views of the cool Indian Ocean. The lodge’s close proximity to Robberg Beach, one of the Garden Route’s renowned blue flag beaches, offers guests the opportunity to walk and enjoy the long stretch of sun, sand and ocean. Accommodation consists of 29 rooms in a selection of luxury 4-and 5-star room categories. Guests can retreat to the quiet comfort of their rooms, relax next to one of the two swimming pools or enjoy a meal in the newly renovated restaurant area. The rooftop viewing deck is the perfect setting to enjoy a sundowner and the sweeping views of the surrounding bay and well-known landmark, the Robberg peninsula. An abundance of restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and family friendly activities are located only a short drive away. In addition, a vast array of excursions can be arranged from the lodge. GRJ

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PLETTENBERG BAY LUXURY HOTEL

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THE PLETTENBERG HHHHH

The Plettenberg part of The Liz McGrath Collection is situated on a rocky headland in one of South Africa’s most spectacular beach towns - tucked neatly into the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay boasts a year-round temperate climate and pristine beaches, making it the ultimate South African seaside escape. The five-star hotel, with its 37 beautifully appointed rooms and villas, showcases the most breath taking vistas in Southern Africa, with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand. Guests may enjoy world-class cuisine courtesy of SeaFood at The Plettenberg, where fresh seafood is the order of the day.

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ST FRANCIS BAY LUXURY BEACH HOUSE

THE SANDS @ ST FRANCIS HHHHH

Nestled in the picturesque seaside village of St Francis Bay, overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean, The Sands invites you to relax and unwind in understated luxury and comfort. In keeping with village tradition, The Sands is an impressive white walled, thatched roof homestead offering a truly unique experience. The atmosphere is relaxed and homely, while no expense has been spared to ensure your ultimate comfort and enjoyment. The décor reflects the essence of Africa. The 5 spacious bedrooms offer the ultimate in understated luxury and style and open onto a private timber deck offering breathtaking views. The spacious ensuite bathrooms offer separate showers and jacuzzi bathtubs. The octagonal-shaped, glass fronted restaurant, with its impressive thatched roof and center fire-place, invites you to savour the panoramic view from its 300 degree vantage point. Soak up the summer sun on the timber deck surrounding the restaurant, alternatively, retire to the seclusion of one of the two pool decks, set amongst lush greenery. Beauty therapy and massage facilities are also available on request. PLZ

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PORT ELIZABETH HOTEL

THE BOARDWALK Merely metres from the coastline, The Boardwalk hotel offers 4-star accommodation in Port Elizabeth only a short walk from the Blue Flag-awarded Hobie Beach. All sea-facing hotel rooms enjoy unrivalled views over the Indian Ocean and offer Port Elizabeth accommodation that is conveniently positioned within easy reach of the city’s most popular attractions and activities. Not only popular for its 4-star hotel, The Boardwalk is also a unique entertainment, dining and The Lilizela Award Winning Conference Centre. With its classic Victorian architecture, The Boardwalk is one of Port Elizabeth’s luxury beachfront hotels that offers all the creature comforts of a 4-star hotel while still retaining the Friendly City’s famous spirit of playfulness. This is Port Elizabeth accommodation that feels like home. Besides being a luxury beachfront hotel, The Boardwalk is also an exciting entertainment venue offering visitors a wide range of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy, from restaurants and bars to arcade games and an exciting casino.

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NEAR PLETTENBERG BAY HOTEL

TSALA TREETOP LODGE HHHHH

Cocooned and cared for, high above the forest floor amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa. The elaborate afro-baroque décor’s earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings are inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, with the sophistication of the Western World. Tucked into the forest canopy, 10 luxury suites and 6 double bedroomed villas with private decks and plunge pools extending into indigenous canopies. Tsala is, in every sense, a magical place – breath taking views from everywhere, superb unobtrusive service and 4 unique dining options to match. Staying in your own private elevated hideaway is romantic and adventurous, along with its perfect location in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique Hunter Hotels property is an ideal base for your holiday adventure.

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NEAR PLETTENBERG BAY HOTEL

HUNTER’S COUNTRY HOUSE HHHHH

Elegant, charming and sophisticated, but oh so homely. Fragrant and colourful, Hunter’s flourishing gardens create an idyllic setting for this luxurious retreat in the heart of the Garden Route. Offering 27 luxurious rooms and suites with private patios and gardens with certain suites having their own plunge pools. The Hunter’s Estate offers 4 unique dining options from fine dining to bistro style eating, a main swimming pool area and magnificent gardens with spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities. Hunter’s is ideally situated as a base for your holiday adventure. This beautiful property combines a gracious elegance with sheer comfort and impeccable service with warm hospitality. Young or old, it is a place that fills your heart with fond memories and remains with you for a lifetime.

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PORT ELIZABETH BOUTIQUE HOTEL

MANTIS NO5 Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel is located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa – less than 10 minutes from the airport. Set in the affluent Summerstrand suburb, this art deco hotel is less than 150m from the beach. 10 designer suites with airy bedrooms all feature full en-suite bathrooms and outside seating areas. Three of these suites are in the 2010 Villa; a private annex with its own pool, sun deck, dining area, lounge, and private art collection. Mantis No5 is filled with cultural treasures; a private art collection with over 200 pieces enhances the restaurant, private cinema, intimate cellar dining room and exclusive cigar lounge. There is ample relaxation space for inhouse guests, including a spacious sun deck. Those who choose to seek out the local hot spots are spoilt for choice within a short drive of the hotel. No5 also offers in house Cspa Wellness by Camelot, fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi. PLZ

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PORT ELIZABETH BEACH HOTEL

THE BEACH HOTEL HHHH

A warm welcome awaits you in the heart of the Friendly City’s lively beachfront at The Beach Hotel. Perfectly positioned opposite Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth’s favourite, pristine beach and adjacent to the Boardwalk Complex, the hotel is the perfect choice for both business and leisure travellers. With a choice of three uniquely different restaurants, you are assured of a culinary adventure. Watch the magnificent sunset over the Indian Ocean, while indulging in an exotic cocktail on The Verandah... The Crest Restaurant offers full English Breakfast and a superb evening Buffet Carvery... Alternatively, you can enjoy a fresh take on fine dining at Ginger, Port Elizabeth’s award-winning a la carte Restaurant. Experience a fusion of elegant chic and contemporary cuisine. 58 Spacious bedrooms, some with stunning seaviews, cater to your every need including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, mini bar fridges and modern comforts. Whether a thrill-seeker or relaxed adventurer, there is something for everyone.

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PORT ELIZABETH LUXURY GAME LODGE

KARIEGA GAME RESERVE SUPERIOR RIVER LODGE HHHH

SUPERIOR UKHOZI LODGE HHHH

MAIN LODGE HHHH SETTLERS DRIFT HHHHH

THE HOMESTEAD HHHH

This amazing internationally renowned ‘Big Five’ malaria-free private game reserve is family owned and managed and offers an unforgettable safari experience at great value. A natural extension to Cape Town and the Garden Route, Kariega comprises 10000 hectares of pristine wilderness incorporating the picturesque Kariega and Bushmans rivers, a unique feature. Kariega’s landscape spans across 5 different eco systems, resulting in extremely high game carrying capacities which results in Kariega’s game viewing and birding experience being unsurpassed in the Eastern Cape. Kariega’s stunning beauty and rivers offer dramatic views and vistas resulting in unforgettable game drives and a diversity of unique activities including guided bush walks, river cruises, canoeing, fishing and visits to the nearby beaches. Guests enjoy a choice of 5 uniquely different luxury lodges to suit all needs – ranging from 4 to 5-star – namely: Settlers Drift, River Lodge, Ukhozi Lodge, Main Lodge and The Homestead.

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NEAR ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

BELLEVUE FOREST RESERVE HHHH

Bellevue Forest Reserve is situated in the heart of the Greater Addo Area. The reserve with its two lodges and wildlife is set within the unique wilderness of the Zuurberg Mountain Range Forests. This ancient configuration comes hand-in-hand with the various indicators of hidden gems, and the presence of wildlife thousands of years ago. Showcased through the various activities offered by the reserve in which guests can participate in. Looking for a little adventure too? At Elephants Lodge, adventurous outdoor activities include Giraffe Walking Safaris, Buffalo Encounters, Big Five Game Drives and Stargazing. This exquisite Bellevue Forest Reserve offers you two lodge offerings in a variety of room options for luxury, family, and safari lodge styles.

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PORT ELIZABETH COUNTRY HOUSE

HACKLEWOOD HILL COUNTRY HOUSE HHHHH

Serenity, luxury and privacy awaits you at this Boutique Country House set in tranquil gardens. Hacklewood Hill Country House is superbly decorated and exquisitely furnished with antiques and fine fabrics. Each of the 8 individually decorated rooms offer unsurpassed luxury in the classic country house tradition and include all modern comforts including private balconies, air-conditioning, heating, espresso machines and mini bars. The elegance of the Victorian era is continued in the spacious en-suite bathrooms, boasting separate showers, heated towel rails and feature bathtubs. Each bedroom has views of the magnificent garden, prolific with bird life. In the quiet privacy of Hacklewood Hill, you may choose to relax in the beautifully appointed lounge, take an invigorating dip in the pool or enjoy a game of tennis whilst our caring staff will see to your every need. Superb breakfasts, light lunches and creative dinners are served in the award-winning Restaurant - American Express Top 100 2011 to 2017. Guests may choose their wine directly from the impressive wine collection housed in the authentic wine cellar. PLZ

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THE GREAT KAROO LUXURY GAME LODGE

SAMARA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Spanning 70,000 acres of breathtaking malaria-free wilderness, awardwinning Samara offers a Big 5 safari with a difference – a unique conservation passion project in a singularly beautiful setting. Key to Samara’s vision is the concept of co-creation, where 26 guests at a time are invited to contribute to rewilding the landscape – a guest to land ratio almost unparalleled in Africa. The landscape itself is mesmerizing – an unexpectedly diverse semi-arid paradise encompassing 4 vegetation biomes (including the unique ‘Samara Mara’ plateau grasslands) where thousands of animals, including cheetah, elephant, black rhino and springbok, roam once more. Accommodation is in two intimate lodges. Karoo Lodge is a lovingly-renovated colonial-era farmstead. The Manor is an elegant villa which can also be booked exclusively for families and groups. Experiences include game drives, bush walks, wildlife tracking on foot, outdoor dining, conservation activities and a star bed. Children’s programme available for all ages. A spectacular destination for discerning travellers seeking a holiday with purpose and genuine hospitality, Samara offers a safari for the soul. PLZ

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CLOSE TO PORT ELIZABETH AND ADDO SAFARI LODGE

LALIBELA MARKS CAMP HHHH

LENTABA LODGE HHHH

TREE TOPS HHHH KICHAKA HHHHH

MILLS MANOR HHHHH

Lalibela is unique in the Eastern Cape in that over half of its land consists of the Savannah Grassland biome. This biome has an extremely high carrying capacity – as much as 25 times more than Valley Bushveld, the most common biome found in the Eastern Cape. This means that Lalibela is able to sustain truly vast herds of plains game and this, in turn, means it can sustain what is believed to be the densest population of free-roaming lions in South Africa. Game-viewing on Lalibela is spectacular! Comprising over 10,500 hectares of land, Lalibela has one of the lowest vehicle to hectare ratios in the Eastern Cape – this ensures that there is usually only one vehicle per Big 5 sighting at a time and certainly never more than two. Complimenting this world class gameviewing, Lalibela’s 5 lodges cover the full spectrum of tastes and demands – from top end luxury to exclusive-use villa to a child friendly lodge to a luxury tented camp. Mills Manor – 5-star luxury private villa Kichaka – 5-star newly renovated 2020 Tree Tops – tented camp in forest setting Lentaba Lodge – traditional stone & thatch Marks Camp – child friendly lodge

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GARDEN ROUTE - KENTON-ON-SEA GAME LODGE

SIBUYA GAME RESERVE HHHH

Spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only ‘Big 5’ game reserve accessed solely by boat. After arriving at Sibuya’s reception near the river mouth in Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a meandering 45-minute boat cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Reserve. With just 4 or 8 luxury tents in each camp and 4 elegant suites in the lodge, our professional guides are able to offer Big Five game drives, bush walks, boat trips and sumptuous beach and bush picnics. Swimming, canoeing and fishing are also on offer. Additional activities on request, massages and horse riding on the beach. Sibuya is home to nearly 400 species of birds and 45 species of game including the ‘Big Five’. Choose between two luxury 4 star camps and a lodge. Forest Camp, an adult’s only camp, situated on banks of the river, 8 spacious luxury tents. River Camp, our family camp, situated on the banks river, 4 stylish luxury tents. Bush Lodge, an adult’s only lodge, situated in the bush, 4 elegant suites.

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NEAR PORT ELIZABETH – JEFFREYS BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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INTLE BOUTIQUE HOTEL BY MANTIS Intle Boutique Hotel is a gateway destination leading to Knysna, Jeffreys Bay and the Eastern Cape game reserve. Escape to Intle, a boutique hotel set on 800 hectares of hills, valleys, thickets and fantastic hiking and cycling trails. With just nine rooms on a vast reserve, Intle is an intimate hotel experience with space to roam freely among grazing game such as giraffe, zebra, various antelope and birds of prey. Beautifully prepared dishes made with fresh ingredients sourced from neighbouring farms will be the highlight of your days, and your evenings will end in comfortable rooms overlooking the vast Gamtoos valley. Families have the option of booking three options that combine various rooms to make up a 4-bedroom family wing, or an enclosed 2-bedroom unit with a shared entrance or an interleading room with a shared bathroom.

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NEAR ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK BOUTIQUE STYLE COUNTRY HOUSE

WOODALL COUNTRY HOUSE & SPA HHHHH

This owner managed lodge is situated on a peaceful citrus farm, 65km from Port Elizabeth and close to Addo Elephant Park and other private game reserves. It is ideally suited for nature lovers, food and wine connoisseurs, as well as those seeking time out in the spa. Accommodation is private with exceptionally large rooms. There is a wide choice of relaxation areas, including indoor and outdoor sitting areas, library, sun-downer deck, chill room and television lounge. The gourmet cuisine, for which Woodall is renowned, is a highlight of any stay and celebrates the best of local flavours and freshly picked farm produce; complemented by the awardwinning wine cellar. The Citrus Spa, inspired by the surrounding orchards, offers a unique range of treatments, inspired by the surrounding orchards, and includes a sauna, hydrotherapy bath, steam room and Vichy shower. Daily safaris in Woodall’s open landcruiser, offer excellent game viewing, and arguably South Africa’s best elephant sightings.

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ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK LUXURY LODGE

GORAH ELEPHANT CAMP HHHHH

An authentic and uniquely intimate period safari. The thrill of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by the veranda of a stately colonial manor is unforgettable. This exclusive safari lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past. Experience the breath taking natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication to deliver an unforgettably unique 5 star adventure. The 1900’s was a time where the elite indulged in the extravagance of crystal, polished silver, white linen and G&T’s in the afternoon. At Gorah, guests are transported back to this era through the day-to-day luxuries offered at the Camp. 11 stylish tented suites entice you to stay sheltered under thatched canopies with private decks, the magnificent en suite tents are spacious and luxurious, recalling the golden era of safari in the early 1900s.

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NEAR PORT ELIZABETH BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

MANTIS FOUNDERS LODGE HHHHH

Mantis Founder’s Lodge is an intimate 6-suite escape, approximately an hour from Port Elizabeth, in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa. Founder’s Lodge is set on a private 400-hectare wildlife sanctuary with numerous wildlife species, such as zebra, giraffe, and sable. It is also home to Munu the Blind Rhino. Guests can enjoy exclusive guided nature walks on the reserve and private dinners in various locations around the lodge. Each suite overlooks the predator-free Founder’s reserve and the adjacent Shamwari Private Game Reserve where Founder’s Lodge guests enjoy Big Five game drives twice a day. Our talented local chef, Louise, prepares authentic South African dishes with locally-sourced ingredients. Mantis Founder’s Lodge makes use of a reverse osmosis water filtration system which provides purified water for bottling. This property was initially Adrian Gardiner’s holiday home, Chairman of The Mantis Collection; and features two lounges, a library, two swimming pools, a formal dining room and a bar with a classic billiards table. This intimate lodge offers many private spaces where couples, families and individuals can enjoy exclusive spaces to relax.

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NEAR ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

AMAKHALA GAME RESERVE HHH

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Amakhala Game Reserve is set in a spectacular stretch of rolling hills near the unspoiled coastline of the Eastern Cape. In this malaria-free reserve the ‘Big Five’ roam freely on the land they were driven from hundreds of years before. With many of the lodges owned and run by descendants of the 1820 Settlers, the Amakhala experience includes a rich historical undercurrent as well as warm hospitality in a luxurious African Setting. Ideally situated at the end of the Garden Route, this unique private reserve offers Big Five game viewing as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and over 16 antelope species and breath-taking scenery that will capture your imagination. Accommodation consists of a selection of 3 to 5 star rated Luxury Lodges, Tented Camps and Country Houses, many of which are child friendly. Experience professionally guided safaris in open landrovers, a guided walking safari or horse-riding activities.

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GREATER ADDO AREA LUXURY BUSH LODGE

KUZUKO LODGE HHHHH

Kuzuko Lodge known as the “Place of Glory�, is a malaria free Private Game Reserve bordering the northern Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest National Park in South Africa. The vision for Kuzuko Lodge was to create a Safari Game Park which combines conservation, job creation and social transformation. Overlooking the Karoo Plains & Zuurberg Mountains, the Lodge is built high up on a hill where breathtaking views from your private veranda are complemented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service. Being fully wheelchair and child friendly, the lodge offers unique experiences that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With zero sound and light pollution, crystal clear air, this tranquil setting is the perfect location for a wellness breakaway, family vacation, romantic escape, intimate wedding or conference.

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NEAR PORT ELIZABETH LUXURY GAME LODGES

SHAMWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

The award winning Shamwari Private Game Reserve is situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a mere 70 km from Port Elizabeth. Shamwari is home to 7 luxurious lodges and an Explorer Camp, all providing a truly unique and authentic African experience. The game drives are second to none featuring magnificent encounters with the coveted big five as well as herds of animals and spectacular bird species. The incredible field guides have ample experience and extensive knowledge of the fauna and flora of Shamwari. Shamwari has two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries and a remarkable Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. In collaboration with the Born Free Foundation, the Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres aim to draw attention to the plight of wild cats, confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is amongst the best in Southern Africa and is fully registered to provide veterinary care to young, abandoned, orphaned or injured animals. Thereafter releasing them back into the wild. PLZ

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PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Awake to the sounds of the African bushveld as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon bringing with it the prospect of another perfect day. Pumba is set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and provides an intimate African Safari experience never to be forgotten. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five as well as rare white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffes, various antelope and more than 300 bird species. Feel the heartbeat of nature as you explore the reserve in custom Landrovers or on guided walking safaris. Pumba Water Lodge offers 12 luxury chalets overlooking Lake Cariega while Msenge Bush Lodge is set on a flood plain with scenic mountain views offering luxury thatch and glass chalets. Chalets are luxurious and spacious with indulgent bathrooms and open onto private game viewing decks boasting plunge pools and outdoor showers. Whether dining indoors or under the starlit sky, enjoy African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair. Other activities include bird watching, bass fishing, stargazing and archery.

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Waterfalls, deep gorges, majestic black-maned lions and blood-red sands are all part of the vast, unspoiled panorama which makes up the landscape of the Northern Cape. If it’s pure, natural beauty and wildlife you’re after, prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary wealth of both, found throughout the magnificent Northern Cape region.

Watch the mighty Orange River plunge wildly into a gaping granite chasm at the Augrabies Falls, the sixth largest waterfall in the world. Spot the black-maned lion in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, sharing an unfenced boundary with Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. Don’t miss the diamond-mining town of Kimberley and its famous, awe-inspiring ‘Big Hole’, where diamonds were extracted at enormous cost of human labour and lives. View one of the world’s most breathtaking natural sights, the Namaqualand springtime where, as far as the eye can see in every direction, the windswept landscape is carpeted with colourful daisies.

From the awe-inspiring sandstone towers of the Golden Gate National Park to the enchanting artist’s haven of Clarens, this region will tug at your heart-strings with its mix of quaint, imposing and historical features. The Free State is fascinating and impressive, with its delightful mix of scenery, history and art.

MUST DO: Join in the annual Cherry Festival in Ficksburg, held every November. Celebrate the harvesting of cherries with music, theatre - and cherry-picking. Pay a visit to the First Raadsaal, the earliest seat of government, church and education in the Free State, unchanged since it was built in 1848. Stroll around art galleries, guest houses and funky restaurants, and enjoy a cup of genuine Free State coffee in quaint and colourful Clarens. Stand in awe before the giant sandstone formations in the Golden Gate National Park, an inspiration to local and visiting artists. In Bloemfontein, the City of Flowers, visit the National Botanical Gardens, the home of a petrified tree dating back about 150 million years! Take a brilliant panoramic view of Bloemfontein.


SOUTHERN KALAHARI LUXURY GAME LODGE

TSWALU KALAHARI RESERVE HHHHH

The word ‘Tswalu’ means ‘a new beginning’ and Tswalu Kalahari is driven by two ambitions: to create an inspirational experience for its guests; and a conservation vision, to restore the Kalahari to itself. These two goals sit in perfect equilibrium with each guest contributing directly to the sustainability of the reserve in a true model of eco-tourism. Tswalu guests are in search of rarity, adventure, privacy, and inspirational travel, and this extraordinary property provides all of these and more. Tswalu offers superlative game and sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including black-maned Kalahari lions, desert black rhino, cheetah, meerkats, pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf and African wild dogs. Guests will be allocated your own private game vehicle, guide and tracker to enjoy a completely flexible itinerary, and a variety of interactive safari experiences are offered to explore this vast malaria-free wilderness. Guests can track wildlife on foot, on horseback or in a 4x4 Land Rover.

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DURBAN & SURROUNDS OUTDOORS IS WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE! THIS IS THE WET ’N WILD CITY, WHERE THE SUN SHINES ALL YEAR ROUND, WHERE THE WARM INDIAN OCEAN CALLS, AND THE FUN NEVER SETS. THERE’S SWIMMING, SURFING, HIKING, BIKING, HISTORY AND SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN SCENERY.

MUST DO: Meander along Umhlanga’s promenade. Take a day trip to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Drive among the rolling green hills and enjoy country cuisine and relaxed shopping in the Midlands Meander. Test your surfing skills on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ beaches.

MUST DO: Meander along Umhlanga’s promenade. Take a day trip to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Drive among the rolling green hills and enjoy country cuisine and relaxed shopping in the Midlands Meander. Test your surfing skills on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ beaches.


OUTDOORS IS WHERE YOU HAVE TO BE! THIS IS THE WET ’N WILD CITY, WHERE THE SUN SHINES ALL YEAR ROUND, WHERE THE WARM INDIAN OCEAN CALLS, AND THE FUN NEVER SETS. THERE’S SWIMMING, SURFING, HIKING, BIKING, HISTORY AND SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN SCENERY. Meet the picturesque diversity of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ on an early morning stroll along Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront. There’s jogging, cycling, swimming, surfing and paddle boating. There are baptisms, talented sand artists and informal souvenir shops. It’s an amazing display of a living, flourishing city. Take a short drive to the north, to Umhlanga, sometimes called the ‘new city centre’. You’ll find a vibrant metropolis of the most impressive mansions, glittering office blocks and stylish beachfront apartments, the vast new development of today’s residential and commercial lifestyle. Here are the bright lights of Durban’s future. Durban’s port is the busiest in Africa, and the waterfront is fringed with colourful restaurants, bars, shops and live music venues. The harbour is busy, busy, busy with tugs, luxury yachts, huge container vessels and small tourist boats on the move all the time. It’s lively and exciting. A short drive inland takes in the spectacular Valley of a Thousand Hills, with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, a tantalising introduction to Zulu culture, and arts and craft shops of every kind. Go on westwards to the Kwazulu Natal Midlands for still more arts, crafts, food and culture in the Midlands Meander. You cannot think of visiting KwaZulu Natal without taking in the majesty and splendour of the Drakensberg Mountains, enjoying the numerous ‘Berg lodges and chalets, and viewing for yourself the ancient San artwork adorning the walls of caves and crevices, one of South Africa’s finest World Heritage Sites. In and around Durban, there’s everything under the sun and more!


DAY TOURS & ACTIVITIES This is the wet ‘n wild city, where the sun shines all year round, where the warm Indian Ocean calls, and the fun never sets. From the dramatic peaks of the exquisite Drakensberg mountain range to traditional Zulu villages, magnificent game reserves, historic battle sites and the warm Indian Ocean lapping onto wide, sandy beaches, KwaZulu-Natal is a tourist’s paradise. Let Thompsons Africa help you discover the treasures of this region.

DURBAN CITY TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 08h30 & 09h00 • Returns at ±12h30 Our tour begins as we travel along the brand-new Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban viewing the newly upgraded Point Waterfront. We move through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history! We continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on our way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where we view lovely sights of the harbour down below. Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6 000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters – an authentic experience. Visit the fascinating Phansi Museum - home to the largest publicly accessible collection of Southern African artefacts and traditions, including beadworks, headrests, Zulu clay pots and various other treasures. (Closed on weekends and entrance fee for own account). From culture to nature, we visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. We then conclude with a visit to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Your experience highlights: • Durban beachfront • Point Waterfront • Durban City Hall • Markets at Warwick Triangle • Phansi Museum (own account) • Durban Botanic Gardens • Moses Mabhida Stadium

DRAKENSBERG WORLD HERITAGE TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu & Sat between 06h00 & 06h30 • Returns at ±17h30 Discover the beauty of the undulating Drakensberg Mountain range as we travel through such breathtaking vistas as we visit the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Castle. The enigmatic Bushman paintings in the vicinity are not far, so we set off on foot for a leisurely 3km round hike to the site of the caves to discover this magical legacy of the bushmen (moderate fitness 90

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level required). Our guide there will share his knowledge of the paintings which date back 2 000 years. We’re bound to have built up an appetite, so we’ll tuck into the hearty lunch laid on. Our return to Durban is via a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture site – a historically significant moment in South African history and now commemorated with a world class sculpture, in memory of Nelson Mandela and his heroic role in the struggle against apartheid. Your experience highlights: • Drakensberg Mountain range • World Heritage Site, Giant’s Castle • 3km foot hike (moderate fitness level required) • Explore caves • Bushman paintings • Lunch • Nelson Mandela Capture site

SANI PASS/LESOTHO TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Mon, Wed & Fri between 05h45 & 06h15 • Returns at ±19h00 Note: A passport is required & visa conditions may apply For those with a sense of adventure, a 4x4 drive up the highest road pass in Africa will certainly provide you with a hefty dose of adrenalin. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with its breath-taking scenery. From Durban, we drive through the green hills of the Midlands towards the little country town of Underberg. Here, our 4x4 vehicle awaits us... the only form of transport equipped to tackle Sani Pass! You’ll have your passport stamped as we enter the Kingdom of Lesotho, and we stop at a nearby Sotho Village for you to enjoy a taste of the local culture. Lunch is served at the highest pub in Africa – truly – and, it stands to reason, the views are utterly breath-taking. Once you’ve recovered your breath, we wind down the Pass very slowly, and wind our way gently back to Durban. You’ll certainly have had a day filled with altitude! Your experience highlights: • Midlands Meander • Underberg • 4x4 Sani Pass experience • Sotho village • Lunch www.thompsonsafrica.com


ISANDLWANA & RORKE’S DRIFT TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Wed & Fri between 06h15 and 06h45 • Returns at ±19h30 Historians will love it for sure, but if you enjoy a really great story, the Battlefields tour is for you too – it’s both a thriller and a drama. KwaZulu-Natal is rich in Anglo-Zulu war history, where two of the most famous, at times heart-wrenching battles fought between the Zulu and British Armies took place. We visit the eerie battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and let your imagination paint mental pictures of the battle scenes played out here. Our tour includes lunch, and we wind our way home thereafter through some of the most spectacular scenery in the province of Kwazulu Natal. *A specialist Battlefield Guide is available at a surcharge on request. Your experience highlights: • Isandlwana • Rorke’s Drift • Lunch

SHAKALAND TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu & Sat between 08h30 & 08h45 • Returns at ±16h30 Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand, look into the future with an iSangoma or traditional healer... all this and more, packed into one exhilarating day. We’ve laid on some traditional Zulu beer for you to sample, while the craftsmen and community who make the spears, shields, beadwork, pots and their huts, open their doors so you can witness their skills and artistry. The Zulu dancers will thrill with their grace and energy, and we’ve made sure you’re treated to a most satisfying lunchtime feast! Come live a day in the life of a traditional community – you’ll find it informative and a far cry from anything you’ve ever experienced! Your experience highlights: • Zulu kraal • iSangoma or traditional healer • Sample Zulu beer • Discover Zulu skills and artistry • Zulu dancing • Lunch

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Mon, Wed & Fri between 06h30 and 06h45 • Returns at ±19h00 *Optional open safari vehicle game drive is available at a surcharge. This magnificent Big Five game park is not only home to 84 species of game, but it’s the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, world-renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme. A day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park doesn’t stop at the thrill of searching for the Big Five, but the hilly terrain offers spectacular views of the Reserve and your camera is going to love it. We’ve arranged lunch at the lofty Hilltop Camp – or similar – and it’ll give you a chance to check how close your bird count has come to the 425 listed birds in the Park. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is Kwazulu-Natal’s pride and joy, and after your visit, you’ll understand why. Your experience highlights: • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Big Five game drive • Lunch


PRIVATE KWAZULU-NATAL MIDLANDS TOUR

PRIVATE TOUR - AVAILABLE DAILY ON REQUEST Departs daily at 08h30 • Returns at 17h00 Note: Tour does not operate 24 Dec – 27 Dec & New Year’s Day *All Entrance fees and meals for guests own account Arrive at the historical memorial monument by 10h00 – a tribute to Nelson Mandela. It was here that Nelson Mandela was arrested while driving incognito from Durban to Johannesburg on the 5th of August 1962, after having been on the run from the Security Police for seventeen months and where he said goodbye to freedom for 27 years. Spend time marvelling at the fascinating sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli. Made up of 50 steel poles that symbolize the 50th Anniversary of the arrest, they range in height from 6 – 10 meters, and, over 20 metres wide, and lined up, form a portrait of Mandela, when viewed from a distance of 35 meters. We depart for Tsonga Shoes & Bags. The time-perfected art of handstitching beautifully-styled leather uppers to their uniquely designed soles is a Tsonga tradition, kept alive by local Zulu women who craft each shoe and handbag with a spirit of their authentic African heritage. Our next stop is Swissland Cheese! Here the pure, healthy milk of a small herd of free-roaming goats, is made into a large range of Swissland goat cheeses, free of antibiotics and colourants. Enjoy a tea and cheese picnic. We visit Ardmore Ceramic Art, where functional, superb quality ceramic and non-ceramic products including dinnerware, tapestries, furniture, fabrics for soft furnishings, and more, are on offer. Artists from the Ardmore studio are given training, direction, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work, and, over the years, have won numerous awards and exhibited widely in South Africa and around the world. Before returning to Durban, stop at Blueberry Hill for tea and eats, while taking in the beautiful views across the Drakensberg Mountains. The adjacent shop stocks a range of beautifully crafted furniture, home accessories and other goodies. Your experience highlights: • Historic memorial monument • Tsonga Shoes & Bags • Swissland Cheese • Ardmore Ceramic Art • Blueberry Hill • Tea and eats

ALIWAL SHOAL DIVE (REEF OR WRECK DIVE)

Departs daily at 07h00 and returns at ±12h00 (weather and sea conditions dependent) Enjoy some of the most exciting scuba diving in the world on Aliwal Shoal. Dive with ragged tooth sharks, tiger sharks and manta rays, dolphins and whale sharks. Guests can rest assured that the professional and dedicated team will have one aim in mind…to ensure you have a experience of a lifetime! Your experience highlights: • Professional, qualified crew • Dive gear provided • Ten reef dive options • Two wreck dive options

BALLITO COOKING EXPERIENCE

Departs Mon to Sat at 10h00 and returns at ±12h00 and 14h00 and returns at +- 16h00 Let us introduce you to the hidden gems of the North Coast, between King Shaka International Airport and the mighty uThukela River to its north: A domain of rolling hills covered with sugar cane plantations, coastal forests and popular coastal resorts. At the Marketplace in the heart of bustling Ballito, treat yourself to great coffee and a unique culinary experience: a ‘taste of local’ cuisine created by award-winning chef Phumlani Mthembu. Let Phumlani teach you to make ‘Kasi Taste’ dishes that are a fusion of Zulu and Indian flavours. Your experience highlights: • Coffee and culinary experience • Learn to make Kasi Taste dishes • Coffee, water and community contribution


UMHLANGA ROCKS - DURBAN HOTEL

THE OYSTER BOX HHHHH

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers all the majestic charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities. Facilities include a magnificent Spa, two swimming pools, luscious gardens and a 24-seater movie theatre. The family-run hotel is KwaZulu-Natal’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and the venue of choice for the conference and business markets. A spell at The Oyster Box will leave you with magical memories to last a lifetime.

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DURBAN - GOLDEN MILE MODERN BEACHFRONT HOTEL

SOUTHERN SUN ELANGENI & MAHARANI HHHH

The Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani complex is a beachfront landmark well known for its warm hospitality. The hotel offers the best beach front accommodation with easy access to the city’s main beaches and the 7km promenade that extends from Moses Mabhida stadium to the nearby uShaka Marine World. Hotel guests can also make use of facilities at both hotels and sign off bills from any of the restaurants. The hotel also offers family rooms with their double/double bed configuration. The hotel is home to several of Durban’s most exciting restaurants and bars including Grill Jichana, Daruma Japanese Restaurant, Lingela buffet restaurant as well as Vigour & Verve, presenting guests with a wide range of dining options, from generous buffets, to traditional Japanese and Durban’s exotic curries. With 3 heated pools and the relaxing Mangwanani Boutique Spa at Elangeni, guests are equipped with everything they need to enjoy the balmy Durban evenings. Take advantage of the onsite hairdresser, gym and free Wi-Fi. Bicycles are also available for hire to explore the long beach promenade.

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DURBAN-UMHLANGA HHH

The contemporary Holiday Inn Express Durban Umhlanga’s curving facade faces the Indian Ocean. You’ll pass an elegant fountain on your way to meet our friendly team in the light-filled Lobby. This affordable hotel is 10km from Durban’s vibrant city centre and rail station, and 13km from King Shaka International Airport, and is the perfect location for Durban South Africa conventions. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 900 metres away, has a host of entertainment options available for travelers, including hundreds of retail outlets, popular restaurants, movie-houses and the Wave House surf centre. Our azure swimming pool is ideal for some down-time, whilst our mini-gym helps travelers maintain their regular exercise regime. All guests enjoy free high-speed wi-fi throughout the hotel. The maritime theme continues in our Great Room, with its ornate sea shell decor, where a complimentary breakfast buffet is prepared each morning. Meet over Castle beers on our Great Room bar’s veranda before grill suppers at the Butcher Block steakhouse, next door to the hotel.

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GARDEN COURT UMHLANGA HHH

Garden Court Umhlanga is ideally situated in Umhlanga Rocks within close proximity to the Gateway Shopping Centre and popular uMhlanga beaches. The hotel offers spacious guest areas with internet facilities to cater for leisure travellers. The environment is welcoming and inspires relaxation, while the restaurant serves a variety of light meals and refreshing beverages throughout the day. The hotel boasts a lush courtyard that offers guests 2 heated pools, one with a play-ledge for young children to enjoy. A comprehensive gym facility on the 5th floor will ensure that health fanatics are also catered for. Spa treatments are available. The hotel’s 204 rooms offers a contemporary interior with colours and textures of natural reed that inspires a feeling of relaxation.t

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HILTON GARDEN INN UMHLANGA ARCH As South Africa’s very first Hilton Garden Inn, this internationally acclaimed hotel is ideally located within the business hub of the bespoke, mixed-use Umhlanga Arch only 20 minutes from King Shaka International Airport. Attracting both local and international travellers that can enjoy sub-tropical weather, incredible Blue Flag beaches, heritage and history, infinite nature and activities. Expect only the best with peaceful rest and work-filled days in one of our 203 guest rooms. The hotel’s facilities include a business centre, fitness hub, heated outdoor pool and various food and beverage outlets, including a garden and lounge bar. Enjoy elegant rooms with, Wi-Fi access, LCD televisions and many more amenities to make your stay one to remember and more enjoyable. Whether you are planning an important business meeting, a conference, or a magnificent event, choose Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch and enjoy our spacious meeting venues, personalized service, and delicious catering options.

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UMHLANGA BEACHFRONT BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL The sun-drenched coastline of uMhlanga Rocks Durban, is one of the premier coastal locations in South Africa, and sets a spectacularly romantic setting for the uncompromisingly comfortable, the Beverly Hills hotel. Here, fine dining and accommodation celebrate the elite, and make way for a truly prestigious guest experience. The luxurious Beverly Hills hotel attracts local and international guests who indulge in the near-perfect sub-tropical weather the region has to offer. Its proximity to the unspoilt beaches of uMhlanga and surrounding attractions make it the ideal destination for rest, rejuvenation and exploration. The recently installed gazebos on the pool deck create a gorgeous setting for guests wishing to enjoy a massage overlooking the ocean. A limousine service is also available on request for transfers to the airport. Accommodation is of an exceptional standard with uninterrupted sea views from the comfort of every room. Room options vary and include spectacular cabanas and suites. All rooms are sea facing and include a private balcony or terrace.

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THE CAPITAL PEARLS With breath-taking views of the ocean, The Capital Pears overlooks the silver coastlines of Umhlanga as far as the eye can see. Guests can step out and step into the luxury of our on-site shopping mall, the Umlanga pier and lighthouse, and many restaurants along the shore of the coastline. The apartments provide contemporary living spaces that strike a balance between the comfort of home and the luxury of resort living. For more convenient family travel, there are modest helper’s rooms that are budget-friendly and are available when booking the apartments. There is a resort swimming pool, bar, sun deck, Jacuzzi and children’s play area to complete the experience is upmarket shopping nearby at Pearls Mall, with 60 shops to choose from. Guests also have complimentary access to the Planet Fitness Gym.

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NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG LODGE

THREE TREE HILL LODGE HHHH

Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge. This Fair Trade certified lodge, places great emphasis on Sustainable Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated. This intimate, luxury 24 bedded lodge is owner-managed by Simon and Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident when you visit. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere in their four-star familyrun lodge. A myriad of activities are available from the lodge, which include Anglo-Boer War battlefield tours, horse trails, game walks, hiking, mountain biking and birding. The lodge has three two-bedroomed family cottages, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and six double cottages suitable for couples and single travellers.

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MUST DO: Have a close-up encounter with hippos, from a boat on Lake St Lucia. Catch sight of the white rhino, elephant and giraffe in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Revel in a day’s snorkelling at Cape Vidal. Venture out on a St Lucia night-safari to see the giant leatherback turtles. Go scuba-diving at Sodwana, one of the world’s top dive-sites. Recapture the horrors of the Anglo-Zulu battles at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Sip traditional home-made Zulu beer at a cultural kraal-village.


WHERE CAN YOU FIND AN OUTSTANDING WORLD HERITAGE SITE, HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK, THE OLDEST GAME PARK IN AFRICA, AND SOUTH AFRICA’S SUPREME DIVE RESORT? THE EXUBERANT HEART OF THE ZULU KINGDOM. For superb coastal resources, visit Zululand, with its Greater St Lucia (iSimangaliso) Wetland Park, Hluluwe-iMfolozi Park and rich Anglo-Zulu history. Isimangaliso Wetland Park, the country’s third-largest wildlife sanctuary and a magnificent World Heritage Site, is Internationallyrenowned and boasts a spectacular coastline, the second-highest vegetated sea-dunes on earth, and pods of hippo, crocodile and elephant. With its numerous environments and no fewer than 367 species of birds, the park is a remarkable feast for the senses. A major draw-card to the Zululand region is the opportunity to see the ‘Big Five’ in the vast Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. The Rhino Capture Unit of the park can take credit for helping save the endangered White Rhino from the brink of extinction. The Park is also home to 86 special species including hippo, cheetah, spotted hyena and the blue wildebeest, and as a prime birding destination, boasts 340 different bird species. In the past few years, the town of St Lucia has developed into a centre of action and adventure. Visitors set out to sea to watch the dolphins at play, they brave the surf with jet-boats, go snorkelling, scuba-diving, horse-riding or quad-biking. Near at hand is the subcontinent’s only breeding ground for the giant leatherback turtles, which can be seen at night. There’s more than enough on offer for everyone at this lively Coastal Resort. Could anything be more romantic than a walk on pristine beaches, flanked by some of the world’s most beautiful dune forests on the one hand, and the deepest aquamarine ocean on the other? You’ll be enraptured by the tranquil loveliness of the Zululand coastline. Part of the magnetism of the underwater mecca of Sodwana Beach is the solitude and serenity of the ocean. Scuba-divers glide among the teeming fish-life in the warm waters of the coral reefs. Even the shipwrecks add their quaint appeal to this spectacular experience. The abundance and colours of the marine life have to be seen to be believed.


DAY TOURS Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park together with the Indian Ocean, play host to a spectacular diversity of animal and bird life, and offer a number of extraordinary experiences to captivate visitors. Long-established home to the Big Five, the vast Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park established in 1895, is not only the oldest game reserve in Africa but has a proud international reputation for its dedication to the successful protection of the then endangered white rhino. In addition to the Big Five, the Park contains other special sightings, such as cheetah, wild dog, hyena, and other general game species. It’s one of South Africa’s finest. An hour or so away, lies the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (iSimangaliso Wetland Park), a worthy World Heritage Site comprising the magnificent Lake St Lucia and the Eastern Shores Game Reserve.

HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK OPEN VEHICLE SAFARIS

Departs From both Hluhluwe & St Lucia • Departs Daily on request No children under 8 years, except on a private basis Minimum 2 guests FULL DAY

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3 HOUR AFTERNOON Summer 16h00 – 19h00 (Nov – Feb) Winter 15h00 – 18h00 (Mar – Oct) If you visit Kwazulu-Natal, you can’t leave without visiting Big Five country in the oldest park in South Africa: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. This is the legendary park where a dedicated team made worldwide conservation history with their successful efforts to bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. You won’t simply be enthralled with this game-rich reserve and the extraordinary beauty of the terrain, but also with the sense of history having been made here. Our specialist tours are all conducted in specially modified open safari vehicles to enhance your game viewing and give photographers the very best vantage point to capture that perfect image. We only tour with qualified, experienced guides, so you will not only be one step ahead because of their intimate knowledge of the animal movements and habitats, but you’ll learn more than you could have imagined possible about everything from trees, to animal spoor, to the rich bird life. You’ll be in awe of the Big Five, but with increased knowledge, you’ll be equally spellbound by the smallest of creatures, the most beautiful of trees. You’ll be hooked on the camaraderie of being together when you meet that elephant, or spot that lion, and you’ll be back. That’s for sure. Your experience highlights: • Professionally guided open vehicle game drive • Big Five game viewing • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

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ST LUCIA TURTLE TOURS

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily from St Lucia on request according to low tide timetable Duration 6-7 Hours (Operates Nov - Feb only) No children under 8 years (Children 8 years and above pay adult rate) Minimum 2 guests In all likelihood, it’s once in a lifetime, so don’t even consider missing it. As the evening begins to fall, we set out on a quiet night drive on the beach to seek out, but never disturb, the leatherback and loggerhead turtles returning to their birthplace to lay their eggs; later in the season, we’re able to see the hatchlings making their desperate and dangerous dash for the ocean. Our evening expedition includes a night drive through the Eastern Shores Game Reserve, on to the beach, and – if all possible – a stealthy walk on the sand. We’ve packed our own refreshments and snacks, so it promises to be as convivial an evening as it’s likely to be thrilling. Your experience highlights: • Evening beach drive and walk • Leatherback and Loggerhead viewing • Evening game drive through Eastern Shores Game Reserve • Snacks and refreshments

ST LUCIA BOAT CRUISE

SHORT TOUR Departs Daily from St Lucia • Duration 2 Hours Minimum 2 guests All aboard the comfortable Santa Lucia, a spacious double-decker boat on St Lucia Estuary, with ample room for everybody to have the best view possible. We’re off on a two-hour relaxed interpretative cruise from the smartest vantage point – the water. We’ll get up close to the sight and sounds of hippo, crocodiles and other game species, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be serenaded by the haunting cry of the fish eagle...perhaps even watch one catch a fish. The boat has a coffee, snack and full bar on board, so relaxation is the order of the day. Your experience highlights: • Boat Cruise on St Lucia Estuary • 2 hour interpretative cruise • Animal and bird sightings • Coffee, snack and full bar (own account)

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ACCOMMODATION ZULULAND

ST LUCIA COUNTRY STYLE LODGE

LIDIKO LODGE

Lidiko

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Lidiko Lodge is a 16 bedroom, family owned, 4 star lodge centrally situated in the village of St Lucia, in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main building of the lodge is one of the original thatched buildings erected in St Lucia that oozes an old world Zululand charm. It houses the reception area; drawing room; a small library for guests as well as the dining deck with views of the park like gardens. Free Wi-Fi is available. The lodge rooms are fitted with a bar fridge, wall safe, television, hairdryer and complimentary coffee and tea facilities. All the rooms are generously proportioned, offering full air conditioning, en suite bathrooms (bath and separate shower) and private patio. At Lidiko guests are accommodated in style and comfort and it is the ultimate destination for those seeking the best of both a beach and bush holiday. Lidiko is the ideal destination from which to explore the Wetlands with its 5 major eco systems, pristine beaches and Big Five game parks, whilst enjoying village life.

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ST LUCIA SEASIDE HOTEL

ELEPHANT LAKE HOTEL HHH

Located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary presenting westerly views across the St Lucia Estuary. Surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s TOP tourist attractions, the hotel is ideally located as a base from which to explore the region. The popular family friendly hotel offers 56 spacious rooms, en suite, airconditioned and with a private balcony or patio. Facilities include a sparkling pool, lounge bar, viewing deck, garden and A la Carte restaurant. The restaurant provides service over all meal times and the viewing deck is the perfect venue to enjoy a sundowner or to observe the regular visits of hippo to the hotel gardens. The hotel is the perfect base from which to explore various excursions, including St Lucia Estuary hippo and crocodile tours, open vehicle safaris in iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Big Five safaris in Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

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ACCOMMODATION ZULULAND

ST LUCIA BED AND BREAKFAST LODGE

ST LUCIA LODGE HHH

Nestled in the centre of St Lucia Village, gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland park, the tranquil St Lucia Lodge offers guests conveniently located, well appointed, comfortable accommodation. St Lucia Lodge consists of 34 bedrooms, air-conditioned, en suite and equipped with televisions, wall safe, tea/coffee making facilities and more. Breakfasts are served in the dining room or Al Fresco Lapa with a swimming pool and service bar available to resident guests. Ideally located with quick access to all shops, bars, entertainment and attractions that are on offer in St Lucia. Access to the St Lucia Estuary and beach is only a short trip away. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all public areas of the lodge. Whilst staying at St Lucia Lodge, guests have the option of various eco-activities on offer in the immediate area that include St Lucia Estuary Hippo and Croc viewing tours, day and night open vehicle safaris into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Big Five Safaris into the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve.

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LAKE ST LUCIA - iSIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK LODGE

MAKAKATANA BAY LODGE HHHH

Experience the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives, and an unforgettable boat cruise on Lake St Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sacred family owned and run, 8 roomed exclusive lodge is situated on the western shores of Lake St Lucia, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal. You will get to experience the home to more than 1000 hippo and 1200 crocodile on our personalized adventure filled safaris exploring this treasured park. Our passionate rangers take you on full-day safaris to explore the Wetlands, coastal dune forests, pristine beaches seeking out wildlife and over 500 bird species. Enjoy peaceful solitude in the comfort of one of our eight luxury game viewing suites, that are spacious, set on raised decks and equipped with outside showers and baths. It is here that you can cherish the unexpected choir skills of the hippo, the harmonising of their penetrating and powerful grunts that leave an unforgettable imprint of Africa in all our visitor’s hearts.

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ACCOMMODATION ZULULAND

ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK - KOSI BAY KOSI FOREST LODGE

KOSI FOREST LODGE Situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site, this 20 bed wilderness lodge offers guests the opportunity to stay in comfortable thatched, wooden & canvas accommodation with romantic outdoor bathroom bomas, while exploring the pristine wetlands & lakes in guided canoes, boat trips and vehicles. This is a nature lover’s paradise – activities include discovering the waterways on guided canoes, spending the day on the lakes on a boat trip, walking through fascinating Raffia Palm forests, 4x4 trips to Kosi Bay Mouth for excellent snorkeling & turtle tracking (Dec-Jan).

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ELEPHANT COAST - ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK BEACH LODGE

THONGA BEACH LODGE Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal. This 24 bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches. It is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkelling and excellent off-shore SCUBA diving and excellent birding opportunities. Guided birding, scorpion and spider walks and Turtle Tracking are offered in season. The 12 thatched bush suites offer either Ocean or Forest Views with Deluxe Ocean Views room sporting private plunge pools. The suites are positioned to afford maximum privacy & minimal environmental impact. Excellent cuisine is enjoyed al fresco on the dining deck or beach deck overlooking the sea. This is an ideal choice for honeymooners, families, SCUBA divers or anyone who wants to simply relax. A civilized distance from civilization.

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HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE BEAUTIFUL BUSH LODGE

RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private/ community owned lodge in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. The lodge commands spectacular views over 96 000 hectares of Big Five territory and an active waterhole. The chic eclectic design of the lodge exudes a sense of peace & relaxation. A maximum of 36 guests are accommodated in either Honeymoon Bush Villas with private plunge pools, luxury Bush Villas with lounge area, fireplace & private decks or Safari Rooms (ideal for families with young children). Twice daily game drives are conducted in the park home of White Rhino Conservation. Guided Bush Walks are highly recommended. The spa with breath taking views offers an extensive range of treatments. Holistic spa therapies can be enjoyed in the beautiful spa. An 11 metre infinity lap pool with viewing deck is an ideal spot to relax after a safari drive. Delicious meals are served either on the dining deck while looking for wild animals in the park below or in the spacious dining area.

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ACCOMMODATION ZULULAND

HLUHLUWE GAME LODGE

THANDA SAFARI HHHHH

Thanda Safari is situated in the heart of Zululand offering a ‘Big Five’ wildlife experience, matched with a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. The nine luxury suites at Thanda Safari Lodge have private plunge pools, viewing decks, salas, lounges, fireplaces and bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Public facilities include a lounge, library, dining room, boma, dining deck, wine cellar and an award-winning spa. The exclusive-use Villa iZulu can accommodate ten guests in five suites. Thanda Tented Camp is built in colonial safari-style, offering an authentic bush experience. The tents have wooden decks, comfortable rooms, en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. Public facilities include a reception and lounge area, curio shop, dining tent, rimflow pool and boma. The honeymoon tent (Jabula) features a king-sized bed in a spacious bedroom, lounge, private boma, outdoor shower and splash pool. Activities offered include spending time and working with our conservation team, exclusive guided bush walks, photographic safaris with our resident wildlife photographer and, as part of our involvement in the Zulu community, a range of cultural and community experiences in our neighbouring villages. RCB

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RORKE’S DRIFT HISTORIC LODGE

FUGITIVES’ DRIFT Fugitives’ Drift’s flagship tours to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift have achieved the international reputation for which Fugitives’ Drift is renowned. Douglas Rattray and his team of superb storytellers bring history to life, enthralling any listener. Evident in every corner of Fugitives’ Drift is the Rattrays’ love of South Africa, its people, and its unique and diverse history. There are several different options for accommodation at Fugitives’ Drift, with something to suit everyone. Both the lodge and the guest house offer spacious rooms with private verandas, excellent food, and swimming pools set in beautiful gardens home to innumerable bird species. The lodge is the most luxurious accommodation, with larger, air-conditioned rooms, and inside and outside showers. The lodge also houses the Harford Library, which has panoramic views over the Buffalo River, and the Fugitives’ Drift Museum. Umzinyathi farmhouse is a beautiful three-bedroom self-catering unit a short drive away from the lodge, with spectacular views out over the game reserve.

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ZULULAND GAME LODGE

MKUZE FALLS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZuluNatal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the ‘Big Five’ as well as nearly 430 species of birds are resident. Overlooking the Mkuze Waterfall, the lodge features 8 luxurious thatched Chalets and 1 Safari Suite, accommodating guests in utmost comfort and style. All Chalets are built on raised wooden platforms and the spacious veranda of each unit provides fantastic views of the river, the waterfall and the surrounding hills. The Safari Suite is ideal for honeymooners or those who want to experience something a little extra. Guests are invited to join the open-vehicle safaris with experienced field guides and rangers who also conduct bird, bush and game walks on request. Enjoy two game drives daily in this Private Big Five Reserve. The spa centre is run by a fully qualified massage therapist and beautician and offers the various treatments to help guests unwind and relax in the tranquillity that is Mkuze Falls.

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MUST DO: Visit the world’s number one game reserve - the Kruger National Park. Pause to marvel at the wonder of God’s Window. Take in a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, an awesome moonscape of deep hollows and channels, set among spectacular cliffs, waterfalls and enchanting rock formations. Recapture the past as you stop for tea or coffee at Pilgrim’s Rest, where even the petrol station looks like an antique-shop. Enjoy sundowners as the sun sets on a game drive in a private reserve.


YOU COULD NOT IMAGINE A FINER BIG GAME AREA THAN THIS, WITH SUPER-LUXURIOUS AFRICA-STYLE LODGES, GOURMET BUSH CUISINE AND EXCITING, ADRENALINEPUMPING WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES. If you listen carefully, you may hear a faint roar in this north-east corner of South Africa. This is big game territory. In the world-famous Kruger National Park you’ll find the largest concentration of game species on earth, and the best developed infrastructure of all Africa’s game parks. The Kruger National Park is without doubt the best do-it-yourself drive-through reserve on the continent. If your preference is the more secluded, luxurious version of an ‘Out-of-Africa’ experience, take your choice from the wide range of breath-taking private bush camps in the Sabi Sand and Timbavati areas to the south of Kruger Park. In these ultra-luxurious private reserves and camps, you’ll find the gourmet cuisine you desire, stunning accommodation, heavenly spa treatments, outstanding service and personal attention . . . While your game rangers will regale you with enthralling bush stories and the intimate details of every kind of life in the bush. These private reserves offer amazing game experiences: the Sabi Sand is famous for its leopard sightings, while the Timbavati boasts great herds of buffalo. In addition to these memorable safari adventures, the region holds many more sensational natural attractions than can be listed here. You will stand in awe at the view from God’s Window near Graskop, or the Blyde River Canyon’s rust-coloured sandstone cliffs and craggy buttresses. Take a drive to Pilgrim’s Rest, the charming Victorian town ‘frozen’ in the time of the gold-mining prospectors. In Limpopo Province to the north, you’ll find more rich wildlife sanctuaries, magnificent scenery and a world of historical and cultural fascination. Mix the past and the present as you view the archaeological treasures found at Mapungubwe National Park, a world heritage site. The journey is abundantly worth-while. Add a side-line to your trip, with a short hop from Southern Kruger, to spend a night or two in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital. The city has everything from an intriguing history, to unequalled seafood meals and, if this is your choice, a late night with a Latin American swing.


HAZYVIEW DAY TOURS It’s here that the ‘Out-of-Africa’ images are lived out in glorious style. Experience the best of the African bush in open safari vehicles, take a breathtakingly scenic drive through the Panorama Route, and gasp at the wonder of the rock formation aptly known as God’s Window. And from extreme beauty, we go extremely wild, and enjoy a traditional South African meal under a billion stars in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting game reserves. Mpumalanga has so many attractions for the day visitor, and you can be assured that Thompsons Africa has compiled a fascinating range of tours to ensure you taste and savour the best the province has to offer.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK OPEN VEHICLE SAFARIS

No children under 8 years (except on a private basis) Departs daily on request FULL DAY:

Summer 05h00 – 15h30 (Oct to Mar) Winter 05h30 – 16h00 (Apr to Sep)

MORNING:

Summer 05h00 – 11h30 (Oct to Mar) Winter 05h30 – 12h00 (Apr to Sep)

AFTERNOON:

Summer 13h30 – 18h00 (Oct to Mar) Winter 13h00 – 17h30 (Apr to Sep)

Experience the legendary Kruger National Park, home to the magnificent ‘Big Five’ animals of the world, and a host of others besides...147 species of mammal, and over 500 bird species. Our specialist tour into this famous reserve is in specially modified, open safari vehicles, both to enhance your game viewing, and to provide the finest, unimpeded vantage points for photography and bird watching. There’s little between you and your subject! Our qualified experienced guides will undoubtedly enhance the experience by their deep understanding of the bush and the movement and identification of animals and birds, something they will impart to you. You’ll not only relish the experience of being in the Kruger environment, but you’ll leave with gems of info you’d never have known before.

MORNING WALKING SAFARI

HALF DAY TOUR Departs daily on request at 05h00 (subject to availability) Minimum 4 guests No children under 13 years We’re up before the sun, to steal a march on the wildlife of Kruger National Park. They’re either just waking, or heading for bed. Led by a highly experienced Trails Ranger from our starting point, strap on our comfortable walking boots, and set off on foot to get up close and personal with game, big and small, and learn something precious about their world. Our ranger will teach us some bush skills, from animal tracking to bird and plant identification. It’s fun, it’s fascinating and you’ll fall in love with the sight, scents and wonderful sounds of the bush as the sun creeps up. Nobody knows what will be around the next corner, but rest assured, it’ll make your heart beat that little bit faster. Your experience highlights: • Big Five game walk • Animal tracking • Bird identification • Plant identification

Your experience highlights: • Professionally guided open vehicle game drive • Big Five game viewing • Kruger National Park

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PANORAMA ROUTE

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Mon, Wed & Fri at 09h00 • Returns at ±16h30 Mpumalanga is a magnificent region, home to many of South Africa’s most spectacular natural sights. We’ll journey to the best of the best, visiting the legendary Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world, and enjoy the never-ending Lowveld landscape from the ledge of God’s Window. We visit the quaint, historical mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, and tuck into a delicious lunch at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes. In the afternoon, we give ourselves time to explore the extraordinary rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, one of nature’s most intriguing creations. En-route back to Hazyview, time and weather permitting, guests have the opportunity (own account) to experience the Graskop Gorge lift tour which will take you 51 metres down along a cliff face into the mountain forest below. Once at the bottom, a wooden walkway, rising and falling and crossing suspension bridges, will take guests along a 600 metre interpretation trail through the indigenous forest. From canyons to potholes, Mpumalanga’s a province of many splendid things. Your experience highlights: • Blyde River Canyon • God’s Window • Pilgrim’s Rest • Lunch at Harrie’s Pancakes • Bourke’s Luck Potholes

ENDANGERED WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat at 08h00 and returns at ±16h30 It’s educational, it’s thrilling and, for those passionate about wildlife, nature and conservation, it’s an amazing day! We visit two highly successful conservation centres dedicated to preserving our wildlife, and experience a behind-the-scenes look at the extreme dedication and skill of our animal conservationists. We visit Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre – the largest in South Africa – and learn about techniques employed on injured, poisoned and abandoned animals and birds of prey. We’ll be invited to handle certain of the birds and animals. At Hoedspruit’s famed Endangered Species Centre, we’ll be privileged to see rare sightings such as wild dog, cheetah and aardwolf. We’ve planned lunch at the Centre to maximise your time there. You’ll take away with you more than you imagined at the end of the day! Your experience highlights: • Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre • Lunch

CANYON CRUISE AND PANORAMA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu and Sat at 09h00 on request and returns at ±17h30 Discover the splendour of the third largest Canyon in the world with a leisurely interpretive boat cruise along the lush subtropical banks of the Blyde River Canyon. View Africa’s largest active Tufa falls - the spectacular 200m Kadishi Tufa Waterfall, as well as the famous Three Rondavels with their uncanny resemblance to traditional African huts. The abundance and diversity of wildlife, including numerous fish and antelope species as well as Hippos and Crocodiles, primate species and a diversity of birdlife such as the African Fish Eagle, African Finfoot and much more, will keep you enthralled while you learn more about the natural history of the Blyde River Canyon. After this stunning tour we head off to do a panoramic tour of the highlights of Mpumalanga, giving you a good oversight of the area, and undoubtedly enticing you back for more on your next visit! We’ll visit Three Rondavels, as well as Lisbon Falls and God’s Window. For those with cameras, the boundless vistas of God’s Window were created with you in mind. No matter whether you’re a photographer or simply a lover of exquisite scenery, you’ll enjoy our perfect portions of the Mpumalanga magic! Your experience highlights: • Boat cruise – Blyde River Canyon • Tufa falls • Three Rondavels • Lisbon Falls • God’s Window

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CHIMPANZEE EDEN & BOTANICAL GARDENS

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu and Sat at 08h00 and returns at ±16h00 It’s a unique day, and we make the most of it! Its conservation, education, and botany, but wholly experiential. We watch the lives of chimpanzees in semi wild surroundings at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden – it’s a unique opportunity to study these primates who share 98 percent of our DNA! A gratifying thought is that our presence here (our entrance fee) contributes to the rescue of another chimpanzee. We enjoy a hearty lunch at the Institute, with time over for a leisurely stroll through the exquisite Lowveld Botanical Gardens. A fitting end to an enriching experience. Your experience highlights: • Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden • Lunch • Lowveld Botanical Gardens

SUNSET SAFARI

EVENING TOUR Departs daily on request at 16h00 (subject to availability) and returns at ±20h00 Minimum 4 guests No children under 6 years When the sun sets, we enter the Park in our open safari vehicle in the expert company of an experienced Ranger. By the light of the moon (we hope) and a large powerful spotlight, we track the elusive nocturnal animals of Africa. It’s a wonderful experience, and no matter what is to be seen or found on that night, the magic of the bush by starlight, is something unforgettable. Your experience highlights: • Professionally guided, open vehicle game drive • Big Five game viewing • Kruger National Park

SHANGAAN RIVER CLUB

EVENING TOUR Departs daily on request at 17h30 (subject to availability) and returns at ±20h30 Immerse yourself in a feast of culture with a night of Shangaan dance and song at the Shangaan River Club. Let the African spirit entertain you, your family, friends and colleagues. The Shangaan River Club welcomes all to the festivities under the thatched boma where song, dance, verse and magnificent food come together for a feast in the true sense of the word. Your experience highlights: • Learn of the rich heritage and customers of the Shangaan people • Welcome drink of local maize beer • Culture songs and dances performed by local aids orphans • Traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine

SUNSET SAFARI & AFRICAN BOMA DINNER

Departs daily on request at 14h00 (Winter) and 15h00 (Summer) and returns at ±20h30 Minimum 10 guests No children under 8 years Dinner drinks for guests own account As the shadows lengthen and the heat of the day starts to cool, we set off on our exciting safari in an open safari vehicle with tiered seats. We enter the Kruger Park as the animals are waking up from their afternoon siesta, and they are hungry! They will be looking for their next meal and we hope to see the Big Five, and many other exciting animals. Keep your camera poised to capture that amazing photos of our sightings of the magnificent animals. We arrive at our boma, set on the banks of the Phabeni River. Soak up the unique atmosphere of dinner in the bush, cooked African style over hot coals. We hope to see the usual abundance of animals coming to drink from the river. After a delicious dinner we head back to Hazyview, hoping for more exciting animal sightings, and feeling privileged to have enjoyed this incredible African experience. Your experience highlights: • Big Five game viewing • African bush dinner • Kruger National Park

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MALALANE DAY TOURS The joys of the magnificent Kruger National Park and vibrant Maputo in Mozambique are yours for the taking. From tracking the Big Five in a customized open safari vehicle or setting off with an armed game guard to take on Kruger by foot; from the vibrancy of the Mozambican capital of Maputo, to a decadent seafood meal from the sea right to you on the beach... such are some of the diverse activities, extreme excitement and innumerable pleasures awaiting you in these world-renowned corners of Africa. A whole new world is holding its breath for you – let Thompsons Africa help you explore it.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK OPEN VEHICLE SAFARIS

Departs daily on request No children under 8 years (except on a private basis) FULL DAY

Summer 05h00 – 15h30 (Oct to Mar) Winter 05h30 – 16h00 (Apr to Sep)

MORNING

Summer 05h00 – 11h30 (Oct to Mar) Winter 05h30 – 12h00 (Apr to Sep)

AFTERNOON

Summer 13h30 – 18h00 (Oct to Mar) Winter 13h00 – 17h30 (Apr to Sep)

Experience the legendary Kruger National Park, home to the magnificent ‘Big Five’ animals of the world, and a host of others besides...147 species of mammal, and over 500 bird species. Our specialist tour into this famous reserve is in specially modified, open safari vehicles, both to enhance your game viewing, and to provide the finest, unimpeded vantage points for photography and bird watching. There’s little between you and your subject! Our qualified experienced guides will undoubtedly enhance the experience by their deep understanding of the bush and the movement and identification of animals and birds, something they will impart to you. You’ll not only relish the experience of being in the Kruger environment, but you’ll leave with gems of info you’d never have known before.

MORNING BUSH WALK

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu and Sat at 04h15 (Summer) and 05h00 (Winter) and returns at ±09h30 Minimum 4 guests No children under 13 years On with your boots, we’re going walking deep into the African bush at sunrise. Accompanied by two knowledgeable, armed bush trackers, we set off quietly to follow the spoor of game, learning about their movements and the significance of certain marks or sounds. We learn how to identify plants and birds too. It’s a glorious morning, with the opportunity of seeing wildlife up close, as well as honing our tracking skills. You’ll have earned your morning cup of coffee! Your experience highlights: • Professionally guided Big Five game walk • Morning coffee • Kruger National Park

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JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE – CHIMPANZEE EDEN

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu and Sat at 08h00 and returns at ±13h30 Chimpanzees are intriguing, endearing creatures which hold a particular fascination for us. Studying them in this semi-wild environment at close range in this, the first and only sanctuary in South Africa is an amazing and heart-warming experience. At Chimpanzee Eden, you’ll watch them at feeding time, from the superb vantage point of multiple viewing decks. Your specialist guide will share innumerable intriguing facts about chimpanzee behaviour and language, and in the educational hall, you’re free to wander through the multimedia exhibits and view the signage illustrations. We complete the morning with a light lunch, a golden opportunity to swap notes on the experience. Your experience highlights: • View chimpanzees up close and personal at semi-wild sanctuary • Chimpanzee feeding viewing • Specialist guide • Educational hall with multimedia exhibits and signage illustrations • Light lunch

MOZAMBIQUE DAY TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Mon, Wed and Fri at 07h00 and returns at ±17h00 Note: Passport required and visa conditions may apply Historical, cultural, scenic! Our Mozambique day tour is a three-in-one experience. It was here that Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 on his way to India, and Maputo, the capital city, is redolent with the Portuguese history of the region. We tour this fascinating City, cruise along the Marginal - the famous palm-lined avenue along the beachfront - and our guide will point out all the highlights of historical, cultural and scenic beauty. This city hums with activity, and you’ll see and feel the hustle and bustle of a city which never sleeps. Your experience highlights: • Maputo city tour • Famous railway station designed by Sir Herbert Baker (Paul Kruger attended the opening in 1896) • Fort built out of red coral

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SWAZILAND DAY TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu and Sat at 06h00 and returns at ±16h00 Note: Passport required and visa conditions may apply From one country to another in a matter of minutes! As you cross the border, you’ll not only feel the warmth of the friendly, welcoming people of Swaziland, but you’ll fall in love with the lush fertile valleys and magnificent mountain scenery. Our journey takes us over the Maguga Dam Wall, and perhaps a glimpse of the Banana Leaf Dancers. We visit the Nsangwini Rock Art and explore the bushman paintings tucked away in a rock shelter, dramatically perched above the Komati River below – no finer way to learn about the origins of the Swazi people. For the artisans, shoppers and crafts lovers among us, Ngwenya Glass is a Must See. We’ll watch highly skilled glass blowers creating their wonderful works of art, all handmade from recycled glass. A short distance away, we’ll pop into a traditional craft centre where you can choose that special curio for that special person back home. And after all that shopping, a light lunch is definitely what’s needed. Your experience highlights: • Maguga Dam Wall • Banana Leaf Dancers • Nsangwini Rock Art • Bushman paintings • Ngwenya Glass • Traditional craft centre • Light lunch


ACCOMMODATION MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO

HAZYVIEW COUNTRY-STYLE HOTEL

aha CASA DO SOL HOTEL & RESORT HHHH

A perfect setting in the heart of the scenic Mpumalanga, this luxury estate 4 star hotel is a haven of tranquil pools, deeply shaded glades and lush flower gardens. A prevailing sense of elegance, peace and quiet belies the fact that the wild and untamed world of the famous Kruger National Park is a mere 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The hotel, with its village architecture and sub-tropical gardens is a sanctuary of tranquillity and spectacular sunsets. Rooms are beautifully appointed and comprise 4 different room types, each with its own individual character and style, each offering very private accommodation, with every modern amenity. Casa Do Sol hotel attracts guests seeking a romantic hideaway, the lure of the bush, as well as business and conference travellers wanting a leisure environment underpinned with business efficiency, and all delivered with warm and friendly hospitality.

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NEAR KRUGER NATIONAL PARK HAZYVIEW

SABI RIVER SUN RESORT HHHHH

Located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi River Sun Resort hotel in Hazyview is the perfect destination for visitors seeking a unique wildlife experience in the warm heart of Mpumalanga province. Comfortable and homely accommodation, enhanced by spectacular views, a rich natural heritage, and abundant wildlife, all combine to create a stay that is utterly relaxing and unforgettable. In addition to its natural splendour and safari opportunities, the resort offers guests appetizing dining, an 18-hole golf course, recreational facilities, and conferencing, as well as a year-round children’s entertainment program. The Eden Spa offers the opportunity to unwind in an atmosphere of bliss and privacy, with a range of exclusive rejuvenating treatments. Our Hazyview hotel offers guests 60 well-appointed en suite rooms, characterised by modern convenience and comfort. For the very best in warm African hospitality, resort activities and safari experiences, there is only one place to go: Sabi River Sun Resort.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY TENTED LODGE

MDLULI SAFARI LODGE Mdluli Safari Lodge is an affordable luxury tented experience inside the incomparably beautiful Kruger National Park, developed in partnership with the Mdluli Royal Family and Community. The lodge is on the south-western side of the Park, which is often a hotspot for spotters of the Big Five. It’s easily accessed through a private road near Numbi Gate, which is a four-hour drive from Gauteng. The contemporary restaurant and bar have beautiful panoramic views over a river. The restaurant features an à la carte lunch menu, separate boma areas for large and small group dining and, of course, the unique pleasure of dining in the bush. The lodge offers 50 luxury air-conditioned, en suite tents, which can sleep a family of four. Each tent has a private patio, and both an indoor and outdoor shower. The contemporary restaurant and bar open up beautiful panoramic views over a river, and you can also get a perfect 360-degree view of the Park from the observation deck.

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HAZYVIEW CABANAS Hazyview Cabanas is in the heart of big game country, conveniently located in Hazyview, its well-manicured lawns stretching all the way to the banks of the Sabie River. The resort is a mere 20-minute drive to the Kruger National Park. The on-site restaurant and bar, The Reserve at Rivers’ Edge serves international cuisine, traditional favourites and features a wood-fired pizza oven, appealing to all ages and palates. The restaurant seats 120 guests inside and 80 outside on the deck overlooking the river, where diners can enjoy our speciality cocktails. The luxury cabins feature air-conditioning, espresso machines, flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi access, USB wall outlets and more. Guests have great views of the river which they can enjoy from their own private splash pools or loungers on the patio. There are double or family suite options to choose from. Nearby area attractions include the world-famous Kruger National Park, Mac Mac Falls, God’s Window and the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest.

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HAZYVIEW COUNTRY-STYLE HOTEL

HIPPO HOLLOW COUNTRY ESTATE HHH

Hippo Hollow Hotel is nestled amongst lush indigenous gardens on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview. Retreat in comfort to one of 37 thatched chalets, 26 hotel rooms or 28 deluxe rooms which overlook either the picturesque gardens with two large swimming pools, or the mighty Sabie River. The a la carte restaurant looks out over a favoured grazing spot of the local hippopotamus, where you can enjoy a delicious meal or sip on cocktails at sunset. In addition; join the Shangaan River Club for a cultural evening of food, song and fun under the African sky, presented by locals and their chief. Take an adventurous helicopter ride, or enjoy a visit to Elephant Whispers,and have the opportunity to touch the elephant and saddle-up for the most amazing journey of your life!

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HAZYVIEW COUNTRY-STYLE HOTEL

PERRY’S BRIDGE HOLLOW BOUTIQUE HOTEL HHHH

Perry’s Bridge Hollow is set amongst Baobab, Fig and Acacia trees in the heart of the Colonial Perry’s Bridge Trading Post Centre. Situated outside Hazyview, the hotel’s proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route make it the ideal venue to unwind while exploring the Lowveld. Accommodation is relaxed yet sophisticated in 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The Trading Post offers clothing boutiques, curio shops, interior design décor store, art gallery, hair and beauty spa as well as an Information Centre to book your adventure activities. Kuka Restaurant with its afro-chic mood serves classic meals with a traditional funky twist. Experience a night of Shangaan dance and song at the neighbouring Shangaan River Club, or enjoy a visit to Elephant Whispers for an exciting Elephant Interaction.

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ACCOMMODATION MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO

WHITE RIVER BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

CASTERBRIDGE HOLLOW BOUTIQUE HOTEL HHHH

Casterbridge, once a spreading Mango plantation in White River, has been transformed into one of the most original and enchanting country estates in South Africa. Just 20 km from Nelspruit, a mere 40 km from Hazyview and Sabie; White River has become home to a host of creative talents; artists, designers, fine craftsmen, ceramicists, cooks and restaurateurs. Casterbridge Hollow is a concept that has evolved with great charm. All 24 Standard, 2 Honeymoon and 4 Family suites have balconies overlooking the courtyard & swimming pool. Equipped with all the modern amenities from air-conditioning & heating, fans, Satellite television, Tea / coffee making facilities, Mini bar fridge and Digital safe. It is the ideal destination from which to access the reserves of the Lowveld and the attractions of Mpumalanga. Dine in the Ă la carte restaurant, Magnolia, on a variety of mouth-watering dishes complemented by a superb selection of South African wines.

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BADPLAAS GAME LODGE

NKOMAZI GAME RESERVE HHHH

An untamed African experience awaits at Nkomazi Private Game Reserve, surrounded by towering mountains, broad river valleys and impressive grasslands. This piece of land, south-west of the Kruger National Park, stretches out over 15 000 hectares is home to a diverse ecosystem that supports both Highveld and Lowveld game species, as well as an abundance of birdlife. This makes for spectacular game viewing and a unique safari experience. At the Komati Tented Lodge, true tranquillity is found. The lodge is characterised by the Komati River which continuously emits a gentle rumble. This reminder of one’s proximity to nature complements the tranquil atmosphere that is felt throughout Nkomazi Private Game Reserve. Steeped in history, the reserve is home to some of the oldest rock formations on earth, embellished by ancient San rock art.

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MPUMALANGA - WHITE RIVER BOUTIQUE HOTEL

OLIVER’S Situated just outside White River in Mpumalanga, Oliver’s is an owner-managed boutique hotel located on the secure White River Country Estate. Overlooking the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course, our ‘home away from home’ environment allows guests to experience the marriage between Austrian flair and subtle African influences. Our bespoke accommodation in upmarket rooms includes family options as well as an inhouse restaurant offering mouth-watering a-la-carte continental dishes, with our wine cellar providing the perfect venue to enjoy our raclette and fondue. Our on-site Wellness and Beauty Centre offers massages, face and body treatments, manicures, pedicures and waxing services. Guests staying with us have access to world class golf courses including Leopard Creek or day touring the Mpumalanga panorama with its attractions such as Kruger National Park, God’s Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes and many other spectacular sights. With Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport a mere 15 minutes’ drive away, it is easy to see why Oliver’s is the perfect pre or post Safari stay.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TENTED CAMP

PLAINS CAMP @ RHINO WALKING SAFARIS The ultimate safari experience has got to be discovering nature on a walking trail. Plains Camp, on the only officially declared wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park was established specifically to provide this unique and exciting experience. Plains Camp’s focus is on exploring the 12 000 hectares of unspoilt reserve allocated for our exclusive use on foot, with short game drives to finish off afternoon walks. Our trails’ guides are highly qualified and experienced conservationists. This respect is reflected in the camp itself, a shady tented haven which nestles under a thicket of knobthorn trees, overlooking the Timbetene Plain and waterhole. The décor is reminiscent of a bygone era of luxury, with authentic antiques and the finest white linens. With only four en suite tents, the ambience and service is personal and intimate. For something special, consider spending a night under the stars at the Sleepout Decks, and for an all round safari experience, include our sister lodge, Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Children from 12 years of age welcome.

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ACCOMMODATION MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK GAME LODGE

RHINO POST SAFARI LODGE Experience responsible, eco-conscious tourism, luxurious affordable accommodation, and staggering biodiversity, including the highly publicised big five. Enjoy our relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and let us show you Africa’s heartbeat. Rhino Post Safari Lodge, situated 30km from Skukuza in the Kruger National Park borders the famous Mala Mala Game Reserve. Twice daily, on road, game drives conducted on both the private concession and in the Kruger Park offer excellent game viewing. Set on the banks of a riverbed this 16 bed lodge has 8 canvas, wood and thatch bush suites carefully positioned with impressive views of the riverbed from the bathroom, outdoor shower and patio deck. On our doorstep, a mere 30 minute drive from Rhino Post, is Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris, from where exclusive walking safaris are conducted. Guests are accommodated in elegant en suite African Explorer Style tents. Morning guided safari walks last approximately 4 hours. Shorter afternoon walks are combined with evening game drives. An additional activity is a Sleepout experience in a tree house under the stars. SKU

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY LODGE

LUKIMBI SAFARI LODGE Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a luxury lodge within the Kruger National Park. 15 000 hectares of unspoilt bush ensure that our guests have a true wilderness experience. Game drives on open vehicles are on our own private roads and bush walks are part of the daily routine. Lukimbi is built along the Lwakahle River. All sixteen suites have views across the river to the open plains beyond. Two of the suites have private plunge pools and another is wheelchair friendly. The suites all have telephones. For guests who feel they have overindulged, there is a fully equipped gym. Or there is a swimming pool for cooling off. There is also a conference centre and a private chapel in the grounds. The lodge has a whimsical sense of fun throughout. There are wonderfully different plaster carvings on the chimneys in the lounge and dining rooms. A stay at Lukimbi is one of peace and tranquillity with some of the best game viewing in South Africa.

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LIMPOPO - PHALABORWA SAFARI LODGES

SEFAPANE LODGE HHHH

Sefapane Lodge & Safaris has been providing guests with our brand of Limpopo hospitality for years. Situated 1 km outside the Phalaborwa Gate into the Kruger National Park, this is the perfect position for guests to explore the park and the surrounding region. Whether travelling for leisure adventure or with family, the Sefapane Lodge & Safaris portfolio of accommodation and activities offers guests the freedom to choose Africa at their own pace! There are two sparkling swimming pools, large ponds where fishing can be arranged on a catch and release basis, and a number of tranquil spots in a tropical garden where guests can read a book, bird watch or chat to friends and family. There is also an open-air restaurant that serves delicious meals, the Tusk bar where friends have been gathering for decades and Misava Spa where guests can relax and unwind.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

MJEJANE RIVER LODGE HHHH

The magnificent 3500ha Mjejane Game Reserve has been absorbed into the Kruger National Park and enjoys direct access to the Kruger over a private causeway. With over 14km of Crocodile River frontage, Mjejane offers an outstanding Big Five safari opportunity, allowing guests to experience the bush face-to-face, track animals, walk along dry riverbeds and experience the heart of Africa. Boasting 16 rooms, each of which offers a spacious air-conditioned haven of well-appointed comfort and private verandah. A welcoming lounge and intimate dining room are the hub of hospitality at Mjejane River Lodge. Evenings in the outdoor boma are a spectacular way to enjoy the African cuisine. From the first friendly welcome, to your journey of discovery through the African bush with an experienced game ranger at your side, to a starlit dinner around a dancing fire, to the individually decorated luxury bedrooms, Mjejane River Lodge is a truly unforgettable destination.

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PRIVATE CONCESSION WITHIN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

IMBALI SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era, incorporating comfort and luxury in the serenity of the African bush. This exclusive lodge in the world-renowned Kruger National Park has just 12 private suites, each with their own private plunge pool. Each suite has a large king bed and romantic en-suite bathroom with magnificent views of the wilderness beyond. All suites are air conditioned, and have telephones and mosquito nets. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the main area allows you stay in touch with your loved ones, to tell them about your safari adventures each day. The sparkling swimming pool in the main area promises a refreshing dip while providing the opportunity to enjoy the rich and varied wildlife that comes to the Imbali water hole for a cooling drink. Spa treatments are available in the privacy of your suite.

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PRIVATE CONCESSION WITHIN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

HAMILTONS TENTED CAMP HHHHH

Set within a 10 000ha private concession this is truly the ‘Gem of Kruger’. Hamiltons Tented Camp was named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park. Hamiltons Tented Camp epitomises luxury with an outstanding safari experience. Six magnificent tented suites complete with teak floorboards, dreamy mosquito nets, slipper baths, outdoor showers and a superb view of the seasonal river are linked to the main lodge area by raised timber walkways amongst ancient Jackalberry trees. Uncompromising elegance and breathtaking beauty identifies Hamiltons Tented Camp. Activities include Nomadic African Spa treatments and open vehicle safaris, where, guests will enjoy some of Kruger’s most spectacular landscapes and an extraordinary variety of wildlife, birdlife and plant life. With a fine tradition of luxury in true ‘Out of Africa’ style, guests are assigned personal butlers and rangers in this 1930s themed tented camp.

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PRIVATE CONCESSION WITHIN THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

HOYO HOYO SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Located within a 10 000 ha private concession in the world renowned Kruger, Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge borders the Northern Sabi Sands and Manyeleti reserves. This unique lodge boasts a breath-taking blend of ethnic luxury, encompassing both warmth and style. Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge offers an intimate atmosphere with only six luxury air conditioned suites, each with king sized bed, en-suite bathroom with stone bath, outdoor shower and private game viewing decks. The cozy main area is centered around a sunken fire pit, and circular timber decks which offer views of the waterhole and surrounding plains. The lounge and dining rooms echo the circular shapes of the suites and each boasts a blazing fireplace. The adjoining refreshing rim flow pool is a favorite spot to unwind during the hot summer days. The cuisine is of world class standard served with a delicate balance of traditional African and western cuisine to accommodate all taste’s.

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ACCOMMODATION MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

JOCK SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Perfectly positioned in the southern area of the Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge rests at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers. This 6000ha exclusive concession is situated half way between Skukuza and the Malelane Gate, a mere 40-minute drive from the Skukuza airport. The legendary wildlife experiences are enhanced by the exclusive dry river bed traversing of 23km that only Jock guests can enjoy. The Big Five sightings of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, herds of buffalo and elephant are frequent at Jock, not to mention the exceptional birding experiences on offer. Steeped in settler history, Jock Safari Lodge offers two luxury lodges reflecting the elegance of a bygone era. Activities such as daily guided game drives and walking safaris led by professional rangers offer close encounters with Africa’s wildlife.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

ELEPHANT PLAINS GAME LODGE HHHH

Elephant Plains Game Lodge is one of the best ‘value for money’ options in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. We believe in offering guests affordable luxury. The discerning traveller has a choice of three different accommodation options - Rondavels, Luxury Suites and a Honeymoon Suite. Because Elephant Plains is situated in the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, it is renowned for excellent Big 5 game viewing. Elephant Plains Game Lodge has become synonymous with excellent leopard sightings. Join our experienced ranger and tracker teams for game drives that would live up to the Africa of your imagination… creating a lifetime of memories!

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PRIVATE CONCESSION WITHIN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE HHHHH

Suspended high above the N’wanetsi River, the dramatic cliffside setting of Singita Lebombo Lodge’s 13 contemporary glass-walled suites ensures inimitable views of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The lodge’s cutting-edge design is cleverly integrated into its African wilderness setting, where everything defers to nature and light-filled structures welcome the breathtaking surrounds inside. Surrounded by Singita’s 33,000-acre private concession in the Park, the lodge boasts communal areas that extend seamlessly into rocky outcrops dotted with giant euphorbia trees. Features include a roof terrace, multimedia room, library, interactive kitchen, espresso bar and an all-day ‘bar-deli’. The exclusive-use villa – comprising two 2-bedroom suites, each with their own private pool – is set apart from the lodge and includes a full staff complement, private boma, open-plan kitchen and airy living areas that spill onto inviting outdoor spaces with an expansive pool.

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SINGITA SWENI LODGE HHHHH

Nestled on the banks of the Sweni River, this intimate lodge provides a bold new African context for contemporary design – as well as an artisanal food journey focussing on sustainable, seasonal flavours. Offering intimate engagements with nature, the lodge features seven suites, including a secluded Pool Suite with a shaded riverfront deck. The option to connect this suite to the adjacent one allows for a more expansive option and adds an extra layer of privacy that’s perfect for families. Inspired by beetle shells, chameleons, birds’ wings and the surrounding trees, Sweni Lodge’s subtle glamour celebrates gold and bronze ore, gleaming timbers and vibrant pops of colour. With guests having private access to 33,000 acres of the Kruger National Park, unforgettable game-viewing experiences in one of the continent’s most iconic wildlife areas are par for the course.

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ADJACENT TO THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – GAME LODGE

ABELANA GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Abelana Game Reserve is a 15,000ha Big Five game reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park and the Selati Game Reserve and has a 10km stretch of the semi-perennial Selati River in its northern section. The stylish, newly rebuilt 20-room Abelana River Lodge offers spectacular views over the Selati River and is home to a plethora of wildlife and a variety of bird species including the Pel’s fishing owl. The main area and swimming pool overlook the river and include indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar, lounge and fire pit. All en suite rooms are under thatch with outside shower and spacious deck overlooking the river. The rooms are airconditioned with ceiling fans and a mini bar. The Abelana Safari Camp accommodates eight guests in four Meru-style tents. Located in an elevated position in the remote southern part of the reserve amid spectacular granite outcrops known locally as ‘koppies’ and overlooking a large watering hole. Views are spectacular and daily guided walks and game drives allow guests to explore large tracts of bush in absolute exclusivity. The tents are simple, comfortable and well-appointed, offering an authentic safari experience. They are all equipped with beds offering a twin or king size configuration with lighting provided by solar power.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE HHHH

Due to its prime position within the Sabi Sand Reserve, Arathusa Safari Lodge offers an extraordinary safari experience where guests can expect a high concentration of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings. Experienced and knowledgeable rangers are paired with excellent local trackers, to ensure visitors enjoy close encounters with wildlife on game drives whilst conservation ethics are carefully maintained. The lodge consists of 13 luxury suites. Four of the suites are in a more remote setting for those that enjoy total privacy and have the added luxury of private plunge pools. The remaining nine suites face the waterhole in front of the lodge. The lodge’s open-plan design and natural décor blend seamlessly with the African bush surroundings. The infinity swimming pool overlooks the open plain and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a sweltering African summer’s afternoon. Arathusa’s exceptional value for money, sensational game viewing, consistent service levels and luxury safari spa put the lodge in a league of its own.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE AND KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGES

LION SANDS GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Lion Sands Game Reserve is the only private reserve to flank both the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve and world-renowned Kruger National Park. All four of its lodges – River Lodge, Narina Lodge, Ivory Lodge and Tinga Lodge - are situated on the perennial Sabie River, and offer guests the pinnacle of African contemporary luxury. Whether family, honeymooner, wildlife enthusiast or singleton, every visitor can expect a highly personalised safari and leisure experience. Visitors have the opportunity to view unparalleled wildlife in the company of Field Guides with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the guests who visit. The Hi’Nkweni Villa at Tinga Lodge as well the Fish Eagle Villa at Ivory Lodge each accommodate maximum 6 guests, with the added value of private land rover. The Lion Sands Treehouses (incorporating Chalkley Treehouse, Kingston Treehouse and Tinyeleti Treehouse) are regarded as ‘The Ultimate Bush Bedrooms’ where guests can appreciate the hours of dusk perched – on their own - above the active plains, before slumbering in the open under the incredible night sky. SKU

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

SAVANNA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Savanna Private Game Reserve prides itself on delivering exceptional safaris, with the emphasis being on game viewing. Located in the Sabi Sand, this exclusive 5* lodge promises to deliver exceptional levels of personal service and great attention to detail. Savanna has nine beautifully appointed suites. The thatched Savanna Suite consists of two separate en-suite bedrooms, each with their own deck and heated plunge pools. These rooms lead into a central elegantly furnished lounge, ideal for families or a small group wanting privacy and exclusivity. Seven of the nine suites offer a unique blend of “Out of Africa� romance with the convenience of every modern facility. They have Bedouin-styled draped ceilings below tented roofs, set on permanent structures for privacy, security and comfort. All Suites are the epitome of elegance and comfort. All suites have WIFI, air-conditioning, fans, en-suite bathrooms, inside and outdoor showers, mini bars, coffee machines, deck and private plunge pools. Facilities include a gym, safari shop, bar, wine cellar, dining area, loft library and a spacious patio looking over the pool and indigenous gardens to one of 5 waterholes that surround the lodge.

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THE DULINI COLLECTION HHHHH

The Dulini Collection is a trio of bespoke lodges nestled in the heart of the Sabi Sand Private Reserve, one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservancies and the luxury safari destination of choice. Two game drives are offered daily in the comfort of custom designed safari vehicles, seating no more than 6 guests. The Dulini Collection speaks of a deeply personal wildlife adventure: the classic safari experience for the sophisticated traveller. At Dulini Lodge, six suites set beneath the shade of ancient Ebony trees, grace the river bank. Each suite offers a, private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor. Tucked secretively into the lush elbow where the Mabrak and Sand Rivers confluence, Dulini Leadwood’s four suites whisper of lavish luxury in the breath-taking setting. With exclusive lodge use, it is a perfect Villa offering to families. Dulini River, embraced in the riverine grandeur of ancient ebony trees, exudes a sense of indulgence true to the long-standing safari tradition. The enthralling elevation of the six luxurious suites, offers inspiring views over the regal Sand River, to the savannah beyond.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

ULUSABA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is Sir Richard Branson’s safari lodge where guests can taste the spoils of Africa in peace and tranquillity and share their time between our two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences. Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie and provides panoramic views over miles of bush and includes Cliff Lodge which is ideal for families and friends seeking an exclusive getaway. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms. Children of any age are welcome at the Rock Lodge and can visit the Cub’s Club, which runs a fun daily programme of activities aiming to both entertain and educate cubs about their surroundings.

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MALAMALA GAME RESERVE HHHHH

MalaMala Game Reserve is the benchmark for the luxury safari industry in Southern Africa. It is one of the largest private Big Five game reserves in South Africa and is world renowned for offering the finest and most consistent Big Five game viewing this side of the equator. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), MalaMala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced boundary with the world-famous Kruger National Park (KNP) and lies strategically sandwiched between the KNP and the Sabi Sand Reserve. Importantly, MalaMala has 20 kms (13 miles) of Sand River frontage. This perennial river acts as a magnet for animals in this pristine wildlife area and is the foundation of MalaMala’s unrivalled game viewing and wildlife experience.

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LEOPARD HILLS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

The award-winning 5-star luxury lodge of Leopard Hills in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve boarding the game-rich Kruger National Park, overlooks an active waterhole and features eight glass-fronted, airconditioned sophisticated suites, each with a private plunge pool and spectacular views over the African bush from private decks. Leopard Hills offers a grand mix of modern comforts, yet is bursting with African authenticity. Enjoy intimate encounters in the wild from the safety of your state-of-theart safari vehicle with dawn and dusk game drives and bush walks conducted by highly trained rangers and trackers. Savor silver service dining in the lodge or on your private verandah as well as outdoor feasts in the boma and on the upper deck. Wine connoisseurs will find just what they want in the wine cellar. Our treatment sala and gym have proved very popular among guests. What better way to work up a sweat than in our gym overlooking the bush below? Or to enjoy an array of pampering massage treatments in our glassfronted sala, which has spectacular vantage point off the main pool deck offering absolute privacy with spectacular views. The Reserve comprises over 10,000 hectares of incredibly diverse ecosystems making Leopard Hills the ideal destination to view plentiful game in its natural habitat.

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SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE – BUSH LODGE HHHHH

Famed for its vast open spaces and uninterrupted vistas of the natural bushveld, Bush Lodge takes you on a decorative journey through the African continent. Each of the 25 suites, including the Mandleve Presidential Suite and Luxury Villas, is air-conditioned and feature naturally sourced décor to blend into the luxuriousness of your surroundings – with sumptuous linens and fabrics, ensuite glass fronted bathroom with indoor and al-fresco shower that lead to a private patio. There is ample space to relax, unwind and savour the tranquillity of the bush and as an extra indulgence, the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African spa experience. The two swimming pools and enormous covered viewing decks overlook a waterhole where wildlife regularly come to drink. Families are well-catered for at Bush Lodge and children of all ages can enjoy the EleFun Centre, where fun and games with trained caregivers are aimed at nurturing a deeper understanding and love for the surrounding bush.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - EARTH LODGE HHHHH

Earth Lodge merges so well with the surrounding bushveld that it is virtually invisible and is a masterpiece of artistry and innovation in harmony with nature. The luxury suites blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment, by the use of skilfully selected materials and textures mimicking nature’s perfect design with bespoke and tactile décor features. The secluded terrace lounge is framed by a full-length pool and flanked by a sundeck, perfect for spotting wildlife in the unending African bushveld beyond. These suites encourage inspiration, rest and quiet reflection on the timelessness of the African bushveld. The lodge features the Amani African Spa, cavernous wine cellar with an enviable South African wine collection, as well as the unique fire-pit lounge, where guests can enjoy the beauty of the African night sky around a roaring fire. During the day, guests can relax around the ‘day bar’ and recline on the comfortable day beds with a refreshing cocktail and enjoy the sounds and sights of the surrounding natural bush. For the more energetic a ‘gym with a view’ is available for those who wish to maintain their fitness levels. This is the past, present and future of nature – this is Earth Lodge.

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SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - LITTLE BUSH CAMP HHHHH

With six magnificent, luxury suites, Little Bush Camp represents an African masterpiece and reflects organic art in effortless harmony that is quintessentially 5-star elegance. Each suite, with a private deck and sunken Jacuzzi allows for the illusion of being alone in the vast African bush. The pool area is just out of sight across the riverbed and an outdoor boma is the perfect setting for indulging in the finest safari cuisine. Little Bush Camp is a link between Yesterday and Tomorrow, imparting an African spirit that is evident throughout. Each suite is air-conditioned, has mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, private spa bath on the deck, en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower and a private viewing deck overlooking the surrounding natural bush.

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SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE – SELATI CAMP HHHHH

Born of history, inspired by the legends, the exquisite seven suite Selati Camp is a tangible reminder of this grand steam train era, and epitomises the ambience of yesterday. The luxury suites, including the LM Honeymoon suite and Ivory Presidential suite, are the epitome of sophisticated styling and feature original antiques and memorabilia, floor to ceiling glass doors which create a connection with the bush outside, leading to a private outdoor space. The historically themed lounge and bar area are filled with reminders of times gone by and this intimate haven opens up to the outdoor “boma”, where superb meals are enjoyed under the star-studded African sky. The safari dining deck is the perfect perch to enjoy a gourmet meal whilst watching game drinking at the nearby waterhole or relax at the adjacent lounge deck where you can recline and enjoy an armchair safari surrounded in luxury. Reminiscent of classic safaris and authentic adventure, this intimate sanctuary is an ideal refuge for the nature lover. Selati Camp perfectly combines turn of the century elegance with personalised safari luxury.

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SABI SAND LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

SINGITA BOULDERS LODGE HHHHH

Singita Boulders Lodge was inspired by the ancient boulders on which it rests and the remarkable wine cellar – featuring an award-winning collection – was built around some of the organic-shaped rocks found on the site during construction. Expansive decks and walkways invite continuous engagements with the surrounding wilderness, while each of the 12 glass-fronted suites features spacious interiors, a fireplace, private deck, outdoor shower and heated pool. Handmade furnishings and luxurious, textured fabrics integrate seamlessly with the raw African beauty outside. Set on the picturesque banks of the Sand River in Singita’s private reserve in the world-renowned Sabi Sand, the lodge offers a front-row seat to 45,000 acres of untouched wilderness teeming with wildlife – including frequent leopard sightings.

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SINGITA EBONY LODGE HHHHH

Singita Ebony Lodge is set on the banks of the Sand River in Sabi Sand and offers a fresh and contemporary interpretation of classic safaris. The lodge combines the romance of a tented camp and bush lodge, and the interiors – inspired by the adventure and charm of old-world explorers’ camps – seamlessly incorporate polished wood and natural fibres in cool tones. All these elements are brought to life by the rich, golden glow of vintage brass, hand-woven baskets, khaki canvas and exposed thatch. Each of the 12 luxurious suites includes its own private plunge pool and expansive decks. Almost all external walls have been replaced with glass and canvas to optimise views and space. The decks, which are perfect for leisurely dining and relaxing, are suspended off the river banks, allowing guests to be fully immersed in nature.

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SABI SAND GAME RESERVE - MPUMALANGA GAME LODGE

INYATI GAME LODGE HHHH

Set on the lush banks of the Sand River, Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and experienced rangers and trackers, every guest departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul. Inyati consists of three family chalets and eight standard chalets. Each airconditioned chalet features an en-suite bathroom with twin hand basins, separate bath, shower and toilet. The lodge accommodates 25 guests in total.

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SABI SAND LUXURY LODGE

IDUBE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Idube Private Game Reserve is one of the longest existing game lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The extensive lawns are home to a variety of animals. Although these tolerate the presence of humans, they remain wild and free and have become firm favourites with guests. The 8 suites are built at some distance from each other among the Knobthorn and Jackalberry trees. The suites are all individually decorated in a modern African theme. All the suites have high ceilings and are particularly suitable for anyone suffering from respiratory problems. The windows and doors have extra screens which keep insects outside. Each suite is air conditioned and there are overhead fans. Each en suite bathroom has with inside showers and outside shower as well. Private decks with comfortable Morris-type chairs ensure complete relaxation. In addition to the original suites, the Makubela and Leadwood Suites offer the ultimate in luxury, comfort and privacy. The en suite bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers. Each suite has its own private splash pool. KMIA

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – SKUKUZA LUXURY TRAIN HOTEL

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KRUGER SHALATI – THE TRAIN ON THE BRIDGE HHHHH

Kruger Shalati – The train on the bridge, a new unique and iconic hotel in the heart of the Kruger National Park. Permanently positioned on top of one of the main rivers in the Kruger Park, atop the historical Selati bridge outside Skukuza rest camp, the train on the bridge not only offers you the best game viewing opportunities right from your bed, but also a designer experience in one of the most sought-after new properties. 24 rooms in 12 carriages, plus 7 rooms on land next to the bridge in Bridgehouse, with a dining and reception area for all guests’ comfort. The rate includes: all meals, all house beverages, 2 game drives daily and airport transfer to/from Skukuza airport.

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KAPAMA GAME RESERVE - HOEDSPRUIT - LIMPOPO LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

JABULANI HHHHH

Set within a Big Five private game reserve in the Greater Kruger Park of South Africa, Jabulani’s six suites and exclusive-use Zindoga Villa ensure a refined, personalised and intimate safari experience. Jabulani was created to help look after a herd of rescued elephants by the Roode family, and has led to the establishment, by Adine Roode, of South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage, alongside the Jabulani stables, called HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation & Development). This Relais & Châteaux lodge is a marriage of conservation and hospitality, a place to meet magnificent wildlife, wine and dine under open skies, and soulfully reconnect with nature. Each spacious suite is complimented by both a private deck and plunge pool. Guests can spend time with the Jabulani elephant herd, watching them during their midday swims or while they forage in the wilderness, and listen to their devoted carers’ insightful stories about these precious animals.

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MAKALALI RESERVE - HOEDSPRUIT SAFARI CAMP

GARONGA SAFARI CAMP HHHH

Garonga is situated in the Greater Makalali Private Nature reserve north of Hoedspruit in Limpopo, South Africa. The Reserve is 22,000ha in an incredible natural wilderness area with the Drakensburg Mountains as a backdrop. All of the big game is present on the reserve as well as an abundance of plains game including black and white rhino, cheetah and hyaenas. With only a very few commercial lodges in the reserve this affords a truly intimate safari experience. We also offer special conducted walks during safari time, unique only to Garonga. As well as safaris we also offer a number of additional activities and facilities, such as the amazing star bath, a bush bath, yoga sala, sleepout experience, massage, and microlite flights. Guests can choose to do as little or as much as they want. Our slogan is ‘Safari For the Soul’, so chill out and relax. Our accommodation consists of six luxury tents at Safari Camp, and three luxury suites at Little Garonga; both very different, private and intimate. All tents and rooms are en suite. Our selection and quality of food is truly awesome; beautifully presented and delicious. Come and enjoy a truly awesome safari experience at Garonga.

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aha MAKALALI PRIVATE GAME LODGE HHHHH

aha Makalali Private Game Lodge is located close to the mighty Drakensberg mountains west of the Kruger Park. Makalali Game Reserve boasts the ‘Big Five’ - Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo. aha Makalali Main Lodge is a newly built 5 star lodge, comprising of 30 comfortably designed standard rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are air-conditioned and feature luxurious interiors with classic leather and wood furnishings. aha Makalali River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River. This 5 star lodge consists of three camps that have six luxury suites each. All the camps are private yet within easy access of one another, featuring a plunge pool plus enclosed dining and lounge area. All suites have an en-suite bathroom which includes an indoor and outdoor shower and fireplace.

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HOEDSPRUIT LUXURY GAME LODGE

KUNAME LODGE HHHHH

Kuname Lodge is a small, unashamedly exclusive luxury safari lodge set in about 9000 hectares of pristine African bush, in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, home to the Big Five, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant, and only 45 minutes’ drive from the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. An African jewel set in untouched wilderness, Kuname Lodge invites you to explore the timeless beauty of the spectacular, untamed Garden of Eden. Enjoy a cocktail beside the cool, clear waters of the rock pool or sip on a glass of champagne while you unwind. Kuname Lodge will touch you deeply, rejuvenate you and soothe your soul. The 5 luxury, air-conditioned suites are nestled in the dense African bush with magnificent views of the Kuvenjane River and Drakensberg mountains.

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KARONGWE RIVER LODGE HHHH

Karongwe River Lodge, situated within the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, captures the essence of the african bush, with its enchanting view over the Makhutsi. The spacious lounge leads onto a vast deck allowing for endless opportunity to view elephant and grazing antelope, or spend the afternoon relaxing beside the pool before being whisked away on a late afternoon safari in an open game drive vehicle, traversing over the 9000 hectares of supreme african bushveld, tracking the Big Five. Dining under the stars has never been more romantic as you enjoy our Pan African cuisine in a rustic Boma or the beautifully appointed dining room. Finally settle in at your leisure in one of our 11 spacious and air-conditioned suites, all with their own viewing decks & en suite bathrooms. River Lodge offers guests a choice of 5 Luxury, 2 Family and 2 Executive Suites, with the 2 Presidential Suites enjoying their own private plunge pools.

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HOEDSPRUIT LUXURY GAME LODGE

CHISOMO SAFARI CAMP HHHH

This beautiful safari lodge is located on the Big Five Karongwe Private Game Reserve. Chisomo Safari Camp is the ideal camp for group travelling. Luxury safari suites face the beautiful Makhutzwe River and the magnificent wildlife can be viewed from the decks as they emerge from the reeds. Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck are as common a sight as elephant, lion and even the elusive leopard. Guests enjoy dinners at the luxuriously furnished, thatched public area overlooking the river and the bush or a traditional braai at a specially created bush dinner site where traditional dishes are served under the stars. The camp is easily accessible by tour bus and vehicle parking space is provided just outside the reception area. Game viewing on the Karongwe is exceptional with an unequalled variety of flora and fauna additional to the famous Big Five. All safari suites have a private deck with chairs for guests’ viewing pleasure.

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SHIDULI PRIVATE GAME LODGE HHHH

Situated in Tzaneen, Limpopo, on the Big Five Karongwe Game Reserve. Offering an unrivalled African safari experience where the warm atmosphere, friendly staff and fine cuisine complement the excellent game viewing, guests can enjoy a lush indigenous garden dappled in shade, lounges with internet facilities, bar, huge sparkling swimming pool and thatched dining areas punctuated with original South African art. Three main lounges are stylishly decorated in leathers, silks and stone and an outside lounge offers a view of the watering hole. The 24 intimate rooms offer romantic beds fitted with crisp white linen swathed in flowing mosquito nets under the canopy of a thatched roof. The Royal Suite lies tucked away a short distance from the main lodge. The en suite bathroom includes a bath as well as a large glass shower enclosure which leads to an outdoor shower on the deck.

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HOEDSPRUIT LUXURY GAME LODGE

BECKS SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Set in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve and overlooking the stunning Makhutswi River, this intimate location offers eight safari suites bordering the river as well as two family or couples oriented suites looking onto a popular waterhole. Outstanding views welcome guests to a unique lifestyle experience, combining luxe living with a deep appreciation for South Africa’s natural terrains. Deeply connected with the location’s unrivalled backdrop, each air-conditioned safari suite boasts a high-impact design scheme incorporating both contemporary, bold visuals and elements from nature. The spacious interiors incorporate the unusual combination of steel and wood; while the unique peaked tin roofs create an auditory connection with the sounds of the bush. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant-grey ensures a relaxing and elegant setting to enjoy a secluded escape from bustling everyday life.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK LUXURY SAFARI CAMP

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THE LAST WORD KITARA The Last Word Kitara is in the 60000ha Klaserie Private Nature reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, home to the largest and most diverse concentration of wild animals in the world, including the Big Five. Kitara is a real bush retreat in the more remote regions of the Klaserie, where game viewing is very exclusive. It’s the ultimate safari. Guests will have nature virtually to themselves. Six luxury suites are perched on the banks overlooking the Klaserie river where big game can be seen regularly. Day or night guests will be accompanied on game drives and walking safaris in small personal groups. The cuisine is discerning and the drinks most agreeable. Link your safari to visits to The Last Word’s other Intimate Hotels in Constantia, Franschhoek or Long Beach, Kommetjie. All meals and Wi-Fi are complimentary, as are select beverages, wines and premium spirits.

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THORNYBUSH NATURE RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

THORNYBUSH GAME LODGE HHHHH

Thornybush Game Lodge is the oldest offering at Thornybush, opening its doors back in 1961. Over the years the lodge has undergone numerous refurbishments and upgrades, getting it to the elegant lodge it is today. As one of the biggest lodges with 20 luxury suites, Thornybush Game Lodge is a firm favourite with wedding parties and for celebratory events. Suites are spacious and extremely comfortable, overlooking a river where elephants and buffalo are regular visitors. The central dining area, lounge and bar are popular with guests as they wile away the day, or enjoy a cocktail watching the sun set over the bush.

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THORNYBUSH NATURE RESERVE LUXURY TENTED CAMP

SASEKA TENTED CAMP HHHHH

Saseka Tented Camp is the newest addition to Thornybush. Eight luxury tents overlook the seasonal Monwana River, offering guests spacious, elegant comfort in the heart of the bush. The central lounge and dining area is the perfect place for guests to read a book, enjoy a meal or take in whatever wildlife may be walking through the river bed at that point. Designed by well-known duo, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Saseka has been featured in international design magazines for it’s interesting, eye-catching detail – paying homage to the classical safari of days gone by but with a modern twist, blending seamlessly into the surrounding bush. You will feel at one with nature here while still enjoying all the modern luxuries a five star property like this offers.

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SABI SAND GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

SIMBAMBILI GAME LODGE HHHHH

Simbambili Game Lodge, set in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, offers nine recently renovated suites. The elegant décor of each room is expertly matched with large outdoor areas, complete with private plunge pool and sun loungers. The central lounge, sun deck and dining area overlooks an active waterhole and is the perfect spot to enjoy a welldeserved sundowner. Simbambili is a five star lodge and offers all that you’d expect from an establishment at this end of the scale, just with a grace and elegance that makes you want to come back time and again.

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JACKALBERRY LODGE HHHHH

Jackalberry Lodge at Thornybush is relatively small with only seven suites, offering guests spacious comfort with a home-away-from-home feeling. The central pool and hacienda are firm favorites with guests as they relax after a successful morning game drive. Animals walk freely between the rooms, resulting in game viewing opportunities around every corner. The thing guests remember most about Jackalberry though, are the people. Long-standing staff members have created a wonderfully warm, welcoming atmosphere making it difficult for guests to want to leave. If you’re looking for a memorable safari experience in Big Five country, then Jackalberry is for you.

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THORNYBUSH PRIVATE GAME RESERVE SAFARI CAMP

TANGALA SAFARI CAMP HHH

An intimate and personal experience awaits you at Tangala Safari Camp. Situated in the heart of the world renowned Thornybush Game Reserve with sweeping views overlooking expansive waterhole towards the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range. Guests are sure to be treated to thrilling big 5 game drives and unforgettable experiences. The lodge is comfortable yet rustic and relies on solar energy and gas. Comprising of 4 Chalets and 6 Safari Tents guests are assured of personal attention, delicious meals and outstanding service. The rooms are traditionally decorated and comprise of twin or king beds en-suite his and hers basins, showers and loo. There are also fans mosquito nets and solar lighting. The main areas consist of an open plan interactive kitchen, boma, dining room. The lounges and decked swimming pool area overlook the active waterhole. Meals are served in either our dining room or on our deck overlooking the waterhole and between activities guests are welcome to relax by the pool sunbeds or lounge areas.

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TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

ROCKFIG SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Each of the six elegant suites at RockFig Safari Lodge provides comfort and luxury, featuring indoor and outdoor showers, a bath with a view and a large veranda. With the lodge’s interactive kitchen at the heart of it, the indoor and outdoor guest spaces segue into each other and create a relaxed ambiance, suffused with an authentic bush feel, ideal for guests seeking private moments and for exclusive use bookings for family celebrations. Two waterholes close to the lodge provide guests with exceptional Big Five game viewing and photographic opportunities. The experienced guides and trackers pride themselves in providing close wildlife encounters while keeping both the guests’ safety and the environment their priorities. Bush breakfasts are offered daily, ensuring that safari enthusiasts can spend extended time in the field. Every guest has a ‘window seat’ and with only four guests per shared vehicle, each game drive feels like a private safari experience. Children of all ages are welcome and families are guaranteed a private vehicle affording flexibility and privacy.

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aha BONGANI MOUNTAIN LODGE HHHHH

Discover the spirit of Africa as you step into the magnificent aha Bongani Mountain Lodge, situated in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range, bordering the Kruger National Park. This is the ideal area to connect with nature and the culture of this fascinating region. Walk the ancient paths of the San People, with over 250 recorded San Rock Art Sites estimated to be about 1,500 years old, the greatest concentration of recorded rock art per square meter on earth. Luxury accommodation, including an en-suite bathroom and private deck offering magnificent wrap-around views, comprises: 20 Double-bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (10 of which include a sleeper couch) 18 Inter-leading Rooms, featuring either a Double Bed or Twin Beds (ideal for families with young children). The attractive on-site restaurant offers beautiful views of the bush and mountains and serves a delicious bush breakfast, leisurely lunch and buffet dinner. KMIA

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TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

KAMBAKU RIVER SANDS At Kambaku River Sands, we’ve created an experience that will give you all the space and time you need to pause, breathe in and reconnect with the here and now. Our luxury suites and bathrooms are designed to create an atmosphere of blissful solitude. Glass-encased spaces invite the outside in as you immerse yourself in the vastness of the surrounding nature. The beauty of the Timbavati Game Reserve is unfenced and open to the Kruger. Kambaku River Sands is a place of sanctuary for Africa’s Big 5: the leopard, lion, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo. Our game rangers are seasoned experts and will furnish you with all the information you need as you encounter indigenous wildlife thriving in their natural habitat. Kambaku River Sands is equipped to cater to your every need. Treat yourself to world-class cuisine and specialist wine tastings, dine alfresco or in the riverbed surrounded by camp fires. Enjoy an all-inclusive, five-star experience that begins with a warm welcome and ends with a longing to return. Arrive expectant. Leave enchanted.

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TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE When we eat together, laugh together – when we travel together, we create the kind of experiences that we’ll reflect on and call ‘the good times’. Kambaku Safari Lodge is a place designed for those good times. We believe that safaris should be family adventures. Our children’s program is aimed at educating and entertaining young minds. There is so much to see, so much to learn. Children jump at the opportunity to become certified junior rangers by the end of their stay – a worthy accomplishment for the future custodians of our precious wildlife. Watch the organic radiance of the African bushveld unfold in a way that celebrates the spirit of community. Wild dogs, hippos, hyena – spot them as our seasoned game rangers reveal the indigenous diversity of the Timbavati Game Reserve. This four-star experience is designed to bring people together, to open a window to a new way of thinking about safari travel. Happiness is a place.

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MODITLO RIVER LODGE HHHHH

Moditlo River Lodge sits at the heart of the Blue Canyon Conservancy, a stretch of protected land in close proximity to the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park and is home to an astonishing array of fauna and flora. Our 18-bedroom lodge was designed to combine the rustic nature of a bushveld retreat with the style and elegance you’d expect of a first rate safari destination. Visitors can look forward to every comfort and convenience, including game drives conducted by passionate, knowledgeable nature guides; a full-service restaurant that serves the very best in South African wines and cuisine; as well as al fresco boma barbeques prepared by our talented chefs. Sit back, relax and drink in the sounds of the African bush as you enjoy a pampering at the hands of the very best wellness therapists. Families with kids will be happy to know that we welcome children of 8 years and older.

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KINGS CAMP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjacent and open to the Kruger National Park. The reserve is a wildlife haven boasting a diversity of animal life including the ‘Big Five’. The reserve is also home to the famous white lions. The camp is positioned on the edge of a savanna plain scattered with Acacia trees. A waterhole, located right in front of the camp attracts a wide variety of wildlife day and night. Kings Camp offers gracious hospitality from a bygone era in a unique romantic ambience, and invites guests to relax in fine colonial style, combined with flexibility that puts the comfort and requests of our guests first. Generously spacious Luxury Suites and one Luxury Family Suite, are elegantly decorated in a Colonial-style, and are equipped with air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private veranda. Luxury Family Suite: Suites 2 and 3 converts into a Family Suite with an interleading door to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.

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MOTSWARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHH

An African dream beckons, one that is defined by extraordinary scenery, an authentic atmosphere and warm hospitality. This is Motswari Private Game Reserve, a familyowned and operated luxury safari lodge. Here, majestic creatures, including the Big Five, offer incredible viewing opportunities as they bask in their natural habitat. Motswari means ‘to conserve and protect’ in Tswana and that is what the reserve aims to do. Motswari Private Game Reserve, located within the Timbavati and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, stretches out over 18, 000 hectares. It has been in existence for over four decades and its friendly staff members are intrinsic to its success. Great emphasis is placed on personal attention, ensuring that each guest instantly feels at home in this stunning setting. Artworks by owner, Marion Geiger-Orengo, additionally bring the lodge to life and add to its visual appeal. Guests arrive as visitors and leave as friends

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KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - NEAR HOEDSPRUIT LUXURY GAME LODGE

KAPAMA BUFFALO CAMP HHHHH

Buffalo Camp is a quiet and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade of the trees and simply absorb the surrounding peace and wildlife. Set among tall, shady trees, with a seasonal river below, Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that consistently delight our guests. Dark wood and leather finishes add a nostalgic air, whilst oil lanterns illuminating the walkways at night create a wonderfully romantic ambience. Each of the 10 Luxury Tents feature en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, as well as heated blankets for cooler weather comfort. Tea and Nespresso coffee facilities come standard, along with a fully stocked mini bar. For peace of mind, there’s a lock-up safe for your valuables, and for our guests from abroad, international plugs for convenience. To cool off at Buffalo Camp, slip into the sleek, elevated rim-flow pool with views directly into the forest canopy. Meals are a la carte and are served under the traditional thatch for breakfast and lunch with dinners served in the open air boma. HDS

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KAPAMA KARULA LODGE HHHHH

With its light, airy, open spaces and views from every angle, Karula is truly the pride of Kapama as our flagship lodge. Effortlessly elegant and stylish, Karula will steal the breath of even the most seasoned traveller. Each of the ten Superior Villas measure at least 90m² each, with an opulent full en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers. Each Villa has a fully stocked mini bar, Nespresso coffee machine, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Each Villa also has its own deck area, with a full-size heated swimming pool with views onto the Klaserie River. Two of the Villas are purpose-built for families with a second bedroom which is also en-suite and is equipped with a flat-screen TV, selection of movies and a Wii game console. After a day out in the wild, there’s nothing more welcome than a pampering treatment in our luxurious spa or relax in the steam room, ice bath or therapy pool. But if you’re in need of something more energetic, our state-of-the-art fitness centre may be just for you.

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KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - NEAR HOEDSPRUIT LUXURY GAME LODGE

KAPAMA RIVER LODGE HHHHH

The largest of our camps, River Lodge’s wide, open spaces and airy design are a constant reminder that you’re sleeping under the African sky. River Lodge is more festive and social than our smaller, quieter camps, which is why young couples and groups of friends are often among our guests. The lodge offers three types of accommodation options in spacious rooms, each featuring full en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar fridge and climate control air conditioners. Between invigorating dawn and evening safaris, relax next to the sparkling rim flow pool or for something more indulgent, make your way to the 12m x 12m pool & cocktail bar. Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the River Lodge Spa is a firm favourite with all our guests. Lounge by the spa pool or get a quick workout in before you hand yourself over to our highly trained and experienced beauty therapists for one of our distinctly African treatments.

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KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - NEAR HOEDSPRUIT LUXURY GAME LODGE

KAPAMA SOUTHERN CAMP HHHHH

The charm and hospitality of Southern Camp staff make it a warm and inviting place for families looking for the ultimate African safari. Southern Camp offers five-star luxury accommodation, warm hospitality and friendly service in a tranquil setting that will be savoured by even the most discerning nature lover. All 15 Suites at Southern Camp have full en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, mini bars and tea and coffee stations are standard in all Suites. Private patios offer the opportunity to enjoy relaxing sundowners. The 10 Villas have their own private lap pool, inside and outside showers, large minibar, espresso machines. 3 of the Villas have been designed with families in mind with a second connecting bedroom for the children with its own bath, shower, double vanity and outside patio. An ideal place to relax with a good book, or soak up the surrounding scenery, the lounge and pool deck are excellent vantage spots from which to game view too. Meals are enjoyed in either the tastefully decorated dining room or in the traditional outdoor boma.

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LIMPOPO - WATERBERG LUXURY TENTED LODGE

SAFARI PLAINS HHHHH

Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Waterberg Mountain Range in the Limpopo Province, a mere two hours’ drive from Johannesburg. The exquisite beauty of its wide-open savannahs, free roaming Big 5 and spectacular vistas is an idyllic melting pot for a majestic wilderness destination. Set along the winding sand pathways, each of our breathtaking tented suites commands a stunning space within the natural, indigenous bushveld. These safari-style tents offer utmost comfort and an opulent ambience with private timber wrap-around decks. Safari Plains redefines luxury in the bush, with a magnificent high–ceiling dining room, elegant lounge, impressive bar, and relaxing spa. Explore the surrounding bushveld on open vehicle safaris, bush walks or horseback safaris. An outstanding big five safari experience awaits on the twelve thousand hectare private game reserve that is home to Safari Plains.

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ACCOMMODATION MPUMALANGA & LIMPOPO

WELGEVONDEN LUXURY CAMP

CAMP NDLOVU HHHHH

Camp Ndlovu is situated in the Big Five, malaria-free area in the 37 000-hectare Welgevonden Game Reserve, in the Waterberg region of Limpopo and offers breathtaking views of the undulating countryside. Dining at Camp Ndlovu becomes an African culinary delight with seasonal menu’s that will treat your taste buds to an array of flavours. Meals can be taken indoors or outdoors at your pace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, in the dining area or on the terrace, is served throughout the day or enjoy a boma dining experience under the stars. There is an outdoor pool and fitness centre, a Spa, game viewing deck and an onsite bar. Activities include game drives in an open game vehicle and safari walks with trained and knowledgeable game rangers. The suites are luxurious and elegant and with only five suites, including a family suite, exclusivity is ensured. Each air-conditioned luxury unit suite comes complete with its own plunge pool, outdoor shower and outdoor bath, air-conditioning and fan, king size extra length bed, a lounge with fireplace, Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary coffee pods, a mini bar and an extensive wooden deck with pool loungers and private dining areas. JNB

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MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

MARATABA SOUTH AFRICA HHHHH

Marataba is a really special place, located at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. Set within the Marakele National Park, this malaria-free reserve is a private concession comprising 23000 hectares. The view paints a dramatic picture, with contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys. The wildlife enthusiast is assured of a distinctive and unforgettable safari experience. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats, as well as an amazing variety of birds have settled here. There are a variety of activities from which to choose. Whether game drive, bush walk, walking trail, sunset river excursion on Miss Mara, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place. Glamping in one of 15 Tented Suites at Marataba Safari Lodge – fully furnished, and with an en-suite and outdoor shower – gets guests closer to nature without having to rough it, and the main lodge also includes a swimming pool. Marataba Mountain Lodge, set above Waterfall Valley, comprises a main lodge, with pool and relaxation areas, and just five deluxe Eco Suites. Thabametsi Treehouse is Marataba South Africa’s million-star accommodation, where romantics, adventurous families and solitude seekers alike can discover the magic of an African night in the open. JNB

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MUST DO: Try your luck at the Royal Swazi Sun & Casino. Get the adrenalin pumping with white water rafting on the Great Usutu River. Select your souvenirs from the perfectly crafted glass animals or artistic wine glasses at the Ngwenya Glass Factory - then relax in the spacious coffee shop. Watch the massive hippos at play in the Mlilwane Game Reserve. Consult a Swazi traditional healer on an organised day tour.


THIS IS THE SMALLEST COUNTRY IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE BUT THERE’S NOTHING SMALL ABOUT ITS NATURAL BEAUTY, OUTSTANDING WILDERNESS RESERVES AND WARM-HEARTED PEOPLE.


EZULWINI VALLEY LODGE

MANTENGA LODGE HHHHH

Mantenga Lodge is found in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven) situated among natural surroundings at the foot of Sheba’s Breasts Mountains overlooking the legendary ‘Execution Rock’. Along with its popular onsite restaurant, swimming pool and bar, the Lodge is ideally located to explore all that the Kingdom of eSwatini has to offer. The 38 Rooms are tastefully furnished each with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, DSTV, telephone as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) is also available throughout the hotel.

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ACCOMMODATION ESWATINI

ESWATINI CITY HOTEL

ESWATINI – HILTON GARDEN INN MBABANE HHHH

Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane is located in the city center of the largest city in Eswatini. Our Hotel is just a few minutes from multiple corporate offices, banks, shops/ malls, restaurants and traditional craft markets. We are only 20 minutes from the Oshoek Border Post and 84 minutes from King Mswati III International Airport. Other nearby tourist attractions includes the well-known Ngwenya Glass, Sibebe Rock, Swazi Candles and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

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ESWATINI HOTEL

LUGOGO SUN Lugogo Sun - a mere 15�minute drive from Mbabane, the capital of Eswatini, the resort is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours from Johannesburg, 6 hours from Durban, and 3 hours from Nelspruit. Royal Swazi Spa and Lugogo Sun are situated in the lush Ezulwini Valley. Only a 5 minute courtesy shuttle drive from one another, they offer you the chance to enjoy all the superb facilities and activities of the valley. Beyond the classic pursuits like tennis, volleyball, lawn bowls and squash, there are a number of fascinating historical, cultural, wildlife and adventure trails to explore at your leisure. A warm and friendly Swazi welcome awaits you at the Lugogo Sun. There is room enough for individual guests, sports groups, conference delegates and families in this friendly, relaxed hotel.

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NORTH EAST ESWATINI GAME LODGE

HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK HHH

Hlane Royal National Park, Eswatini’s largest conservation area encompassing prime bushveld and foothills of the Lebombo Mountains, offers intriguing variety with extensive savanna, ancient hardwoods and riverine forests which support both rich birdlife and the largest herds in the kingdom. Held in Trust for the Nation by His Majesty King Mswati ll, Hlane holds sacred sites and purpose, with 50 years of intriguing conservation and cultural history. Unpretentious Ndlovu Camp offers camping, a village of en-suite rondavels and self-catering cottages. The central open-air restaurant overlooks a waterhole frequented by wildlife. The absence of electricity enhanced by a Lion’s roar makes for an authentic bush stay. Remote Bhubesi Self-catering Camp offers that private breakaway. Self-drive is possible in certain areas. A number of Guided Game Drive options bring the bush to life while the SunUp Cycle is a fabulous way to get bush-active and various Guided Walks slow the pace nicely. Overnight Ehlatsini Bush Trails are an exciting alternative for small groups of 4-10 people.

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EZULWINI VALLEY GAME LODGE

MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY HHHH

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Eswatini’s Outdoor Lover’s Paradise offers an array of activities of adventures in the picturesque Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven), flanked by the dramatic backdrop of mountains and the huge Usuthu Forest stretching into the distance. The name ‘Mlilwane’ (‘Little Fire’ in siSwati) was derived from the numerous fires started by lighting strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that ignited the conservation movement in eSwatini. Mlilwane’s diverse habitats support a surprisingly extensive species list. Endless hours of guided and self-guided exploration within the sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. The southern plains stretch to the striking Nyonyane Mountain (Execution Rock) with its exposed granite peak and historical story. Mlilwane is a hype of diverse activities from horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, game drives and birding. Mlilwane Rest Camp offers a range of affordable accommodation with 3 en-suite beehive villages, self-catering and catered options available. The Hippo Haunt Restaurant and swimming pool with summerhouse provide the opportunity for true relaxation.

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MUST DO: Surf the waves onto a man-made beach at Lost City. Enjoy a round of golf on one of the most extraordinary courses in the world. Try your luck in Sun City’s Casino. See the rare wild dog in the Madikwe Game Reserve.


SWITCH OFF THE CITY BLUES. GO NORTH WEST TO EXPLORE YOUR WILDER SIDE. Rub your eyes, clean your glasses – it’s unbelievable but true! Just two hours from Johannesburg, into the heart of untamed bushveld, and suddenly it’s there – towering domes, glowing lights, seemingly ancient stonework, giant sculpted animals and swaying palm trees. Welcome to the mind-boggling Palace of the Lost City, and Sun City Resort. Golfing? Yes, if you’re looking for one of the world’s two top-ranked courses. The beach? In North West province? Yes, there’s a man-made beach complete with waves. This is a world-famous oasis of pleasure and entertainment, the setting for major international events such as the miss world contest, celebrity rock concerts, golf tournaments and lavish extravaganzas. Right next door is the Pilanesberg National Park, home of the ‘big five’ and a renowned bird haven. Here are some of the best animal spotting opportunities, including scavenger hide, underground and with glass viewing ports, not to mention a birdhide on stilts in the middle of Mankwe Dam. Travel further north – still only four to five hours from Johannesburg – to the Madikwe Game Reserve, an enthralling joint venture between the state, the private sector and local communities. Here is one of the most successful wild dog rehabilitation programmes in the country, and a haven for a fascinating variety of wildlife. Several exclusive game lodges have been established in this reserve, a reflection of the quality and quantity of game to be seen here.


ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

SUN CITY RESORT HOTEL

CABANAS HHH

Situated at the Sun City Cabanas Lake, the 3-star island style Cabanas offers guests a contemporary twist and a great ‘base’ to explore the resort and to recharge in between their fun-filled days and wild nights exploring the resort. The hotel offers a choice between 24 standard lake-facing rooms, 120 standard twin rooms, 32 family lake-facing rooms, 201 family standard rooms and 3 accessible rooms all fully air-conditioned with shower, television, telephone and safe. Take a leisurely stroll down to the lakeside beach at Waterworld, where you can jet ski, water ski, parasail or catch a leisurely cruise and then, as the sun sets, enjoy chic cocktails at the Cabanas Pool Deck. The hotel is two and a half hours drive from O.R Tambo International airport. Transfers from Pilanesberg International Airport are available for private flights upon request

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SUN CITY RESORT HOTEL

SOHO HHH

Located in the heart of Sun City, Soho was the first hotel on the resort and opened in December 1979 and is set in a manicured garden overlooking the Gary Player Golf Course. Soho hotel has been repositioned as the resort’s ‘always on’ hotel, boasting the iconic casino that started it all alongside a host of food and beverage outlets, revitalised bars and nightclubs. Soho hotel stands out for its alluring glamour and around the clock excitement and offers pool and lake-facing rooms on the edge of the world –famous Gary Player Golf Course. Guests are guaranteed a comfortable stay, with fantastic views and easy access to all of the entertainment and activities on resort. Soho has a wide range of bars and restaurants which include the glamorous Legends restaurant, Sun Terrace restaurant, The Raj, Lily Asian Kitchen and Hard Rock Café The hotel is two and a half hours drive from O.R Tambo International airport. Transfers from Pilanesberg International Airport are available for private flights upon request. JNB

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

SUN CITY RESORT HOTEL

CASCADES HHHHH

Named after the waterfalls and calming pools that trickle throughout the property, the 5-star Cascades hotel is surrounded by lush scenery and exquisite luxury. Offering 241 elegant rooms, decorated with style and under-stated luxury, The Cascades is an oasis of calm. Suites have patios and a lounge area. The Peninsula Restaurant offers a superb daily breakfast buffet and guests can enjoy a light meal and premium beverage choices in the Luma Bar and Lounge. The Mediterranean restaurant, Bocado, offers a relaxed, no-fuss style of dining with great choice, friendly service and fun atmosphere. Guests have convenient access to all the adventurous and thrilling activities Sun City has to offer and is within walking distance of the casino, health spa, Gary Player Country Club and Sun Central. 2½ hour drive/200km from O.R. Tambo International Airport and 5 min drive/8km from Pilanesberg International Airport. The hotel is two and a half hours drive from O.R Tambo International airport. Transfers from Pilanesberg International Airport are available for private flights upon request.

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SUN CITY RESORT HOTEL

THE PALACE HHHHH

From its inception in 1992, The Palace has enthralled and amazed visitors from all over the globe. The Palace, part of Sun International’s Sunlux Collection, is the epitome of sophistication, with its high, intricately painted ceilings, mosaic artworks and golden zebra-hide upholstered décor. Boasting exquisite rooms and suites, each is fitted with luxurious handcrafted furniture worthy of royalty. The restaurants and bars at The Palace are among the best at Sun City and offer world-class menus in opulent surroundings. Explore the option of a private guided game drive or a hot air balloon safari for unforgettable viewing opportunities within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. 2½ hour drive/200km from O.R. Tambo International Airport and 5 min drive/8km from Pilanesberg International Airport. Direct flights from OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport to Pilanesberg International Airport on select days, with a complimentary shuttle to Sun City.

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

aha IVORY TREE GAME LODGE HHHH

aha Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers 5 star accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a malaria free reserve which hosts the Big Five. The central facilities include a stunning feature pool, bar, conference room, dining room, boma, curio shop and an award winning spa. The lodge has 60 standard rooms, four luxury suites and a presidential suite that are all decorated in a range of earthly tones ranging from terra cottas to deep blues and have been carefully co-ordinated to ensure comfortable seating both indoors and out. Every room and suite is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower, while the presidential and executive suites have their own private plunge pool. The lodge also has a private villa with its own exclusive fire pit, large swimming pool and its very own safari vehicle and chef.

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PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK LUXURY GAME LODGE

aha SHEPHERD’S TREE GAME LODGE HHHHH

aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The entire lodge lies in an exclusive-use zone in the south-western portion of the 57,250ha. This “Big Five” malaria-free reserve is built to offer commanding views of the surrounding bushveld. In addition to twice daily game drives, guests can also enjoy bush walks to get up close and personal with the diverse species within the reserve. aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge offers 26 Standard rooms (or 13 Family Suites) and 4 spacious Executive Suites situated adjacent to the magnificent main lodge. A gourmet restaurant serves the most delectable cuisine, while a casual lounge and bar provide magnificent vistas of the impressive landscape. Guests can enjoy 2 game drives daily which are conducted in the Pilanesberg National Park during the morning and afternoon when you are guided by your game ranger in an open 10 seater game viewing vehicle.

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK LUXURY BUSH LODGE

BAKUBUNG BUSH LODGE HHHH

Bakubung (meaning ‘People of the Hippo’) is set like a jewel in the scenic splendour of the Pilanesberg National Park, just 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg. This luxurious bushveld haven which surrounds a hippo pool, offers comfort, breathtaking scenery and tranquillity in Big Five territory. View game from an open safari vehicle, or enjoy a memorable wildlife walk accompanied by an experienced field guide. A children’s playground caters for the little ones and baby-sitting services are available. Other facilities include a tennis court, a swimming pool, outdoor dining ‘boma’, Legacy Balance spa and complimentary Wi-Fi. Isn’t it time that you enjoyed all the comforts of home, in a place that couldn’t feel further away?

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PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK LUXURY BUSH LODGE

KWA MARITANE BUSH LODGE HHHH

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge (meaning ‘Place of the Rock’) is nestled on the slopes of an ancient volcano in the ‘Big Five’ Pilanesberg National Park. Only 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg. Kwa Maritane offers a myriad of activities, including outdoor chess, a ‘bushputt’ course, 2 all-weather floodlit tennis courts, a volleyball court and indoor table tennis and pool tables. All of this complements the more traditional wildlife experiences of a bush lodge, from guided game drives by day and night to bush walks and bush boma dinners. Enjoy the unique 180 metre underground tunnel leading to a hide overlooking a waterhole, which is the perfect vantage point for an intimate look into the African wilderness, your presence undetected by the animals that frequent the waterhole.

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK LUXURY BUSH LODGE

TSHUKUDU BUSH LODGE HHHHH

Built high on a hilltop, Tshukudu Bush Lodge offers sweeping views of the Pilanesberg National Park and an active waterhole. Just 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg. Guests can enjoy day or night game drives with experienced Field Guides. The reserve is home to 80 animal species and 360 varieties of birdlife and is a veritable feast for wildlife enthusiasts. Drawing inspiration from the lodge’s exquisite natural environment, the cuisine on offer has a distinctly African influence. Each custom designed luxury chalet’s and Tshukudu suites offers guests romantic sunset views from each private balcony.

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MADIKWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE TENTED SAFARI CAMP

aha THAKADU RIVER CAMP HHHH

aha Thakadu River Camp is a wholly owned Community based Tented Safari Camp within Madikwe Game Reserve. The Tented Camp, located on the banks of the Marico River, is an ecotourism partnership between North-West Parks, the Molatedi Community and African Hotels & Adventures. The main camp is located between the Marico and a small tributary of the Marico. The main area comprises an open plan lounge, dining and reception area, with the pool and bar area offering views of the gully and river to the north. A traditional ‘lapa’ falls within a glade of natural riverine forest. The décor of the camp has a strong AfroAsian Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stone, fibres, cloth and carpets as well as metal and wood featuring prominently throughout the camp. The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.

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MADIKWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

MADIKWE HILLS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE HHHHH

Set on a hilltop amongst huge boulders and age-old Tamboti trees, Madikwe Hills overlooks the endless bushveld of the malariafree Madikwe Game Reserve, where the plains teem with game and a world of intrigue. Its majestic beauty awaits to enchant you! Ten ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own verandah and private plunge pools are ingeniously placed amongst the boulders. The unusual yet subtle dÊcor integrates natural elements with colours highlighting Africa’s ambience. Along with a warm and friendly atmosphere, Madikwe Hills offers you the highest standards of service and fine cuisine accompanied by a superb selection of wines or choose your own from the cellar. Our unique boma offers a traditional and elegant atmosphere of dining under African stars. Traversing over 75000 hectares of vast plains, Madikwe Game Reserve offers spectacular game viewing. The Reserve is home not only to the Big Five, but also to a wealth of other fascinating creatures, including the rare Wild Dog. The ultimate in luxury and privacy, Little Madikwe Hills boasts a 2 bedroom Private Villa with its own game drive vehicle with field guide and tracker, as well as a villa attendant and personal chef to take care of your every need! Two additional standard suites can also be reserved to form a completely private camp, which accommodates up to 8 guests.

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE GAME LODGE

IMPODIMO GAME LODGE HHHHH

Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge at the source of a natural spring commanding stunning vistas of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Each of the 8 Luxury Suites and Deluxe Safari Suite features full en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, closed system fireplaces and private deck amongst other luxuries. Our passion has always been to bring the most amazing experiences to our guests and with that in mind the Elephant Hide was born. Our guests get to enjoy a fully stocked bar, Italian coffee and air-conditioned comfort whilst they soak up the wildlife just meters away at the waterhole. In addition the lodge also features a sala, swimming pool, bar, lounge and deck with stunning views over the reserve. Join your ranger and highly experienced Shangaan tracker on dawn and dusk safaris. We love to go out of our way to ensure that kids and parents both have an unforgettable safari experience. Kids may participate in our kiddies program, where the children are entertained and occupied with fun and educational activities. HDS

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MADIKWE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

MATEYA SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Mateya Safari Lodge is situated in the 75 000 hectare, malaria-free, Madikwe Game Reserve, which is easily accessed by road or by daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg International Airport. The reserve is home to the super seven (buffalo, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black and white rhino and wild dog), plains game and 350 species of birds. The lodge accommodates 10 guests, in 5 individually designed air-conditioned luxury suites. Each offers en suite bathrooms with open air shower, private deck and flow pool, with superb bush views. Guests can relax in the lounge, elevated deck areas and African interest library, while admiring a superb collection of African art. Game drives with a maximum of 4 guests per drive are offered by experienced field guides and trackers. Meal times are an indulgence in a superb variety of international cuisine accompanied by wines selected from the 8 000 bottle wine cellar. Mateya also offers a bush boardroom with full internet facilities, a curio boutique, gym and health spa.

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

TAU GAME LODGE HHHHH

The Madikwe Game Reserve boasts year-round game viewing and is one of the few reserves where one can view a wide variety of fauna, including the Big Five, wild dog and cheetah and is also home to a bird population of over 250 different species. All thirty luxury chalets at Tau Game Lodge overlook a natural waterhole, offering excellent views of animals approaching from the opposite bank. Families with children of all ages are welcome at Tau Game Lodge, with the Tau Cubz Club offering children aged between 3 to 5 years a shorter kiddie’s safari and fun activities. For a special conference experience, consider the wellequipped Convention Centre, which can seat up to 150 delegates and boasts high quality equipment. The Tau Spa Oasis is a calm sanctuary where one can indulge their senses in a unique fusion of therapies designed to replenish and soothe body, mind and soul. Tau offers guests an opportunity to contribute to the local community through the Tau Foundation.

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PILANESBERG LUXURY GAME LODGE

BLACK RHINO GAME LODGE HHHH

Black Rhino Game Lodge is nestled in a Tamboti forest, overlooking a busy waterhole. Small and intimate this luxury lodge is a perfect family breakaway or romantic breakaway only 1.5 hours from Johannesburg. 23 suites offer spacious wellappointed accommodation. Each air-conditioned suite offers expansive bathrooms including an outdoor shower. The private game viewing decks are the perfect spot to enjoy the tranquility and excellent birding opportunities. The well-trained guides will take you on an exceptional game experience, throughout the Black Rhino Reserve (which is a private concession) and the greater Pilanesberg National Park.

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ACCOMMODATION NORTH WEST PROVINCE

MADIKWE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

MADIKWE SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Madikwe Safari Lodge, located within the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve bordering Botswana, presents a vast open landscape where the Kalahari merges with the bushveld and abundant wildlife thrives. Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury lodges, each with its own appeal. The right lodge for you will depend on whether you are travelling with the family, with a group of friends or on your own, and on your personality. Do you prefer a smaller and more intimate lodge environment, or a more social atmosphere in the company of other guests from around the world? Lelapa Lodge has the spirit and comfort of being at home, and guests of all ages are welcome. Dithaba Lodge has just four suites, and is located slightly higher up on the mountain with incredible views over the open plains. Kopano Lodge also comprises only four suites with a beautiful common area offering an intimate and private experience.

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MADIKWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

TUNINGI SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Tuningi offers a five-star African safari which is enhanced by personalised service in a friendly and relaxed environment. Without compromising on luxury, Tuningi has not forgotten the specific needs of families and caters for children of all ages. The Family Suites are not only perfect for families looking for extra space, but offer all the same comforts and finishes of the Luxury Suites. Exciting and stimulating children’s activities make this a perfect family escape. The main thatched Lodge building features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounges, an elegant dining room and magnificent rim-flow pool overlooking a waterhole where you can indulge in the sights and sounds from just a few feet away. Or retreat to the hide where you can experience amazing close-up views of the animals drinking at the waterhole. A sweeping wooden deck links areas and leads to a boma under an ancient fig tree – perfect for outdoor dining around a log fire. Enjoy fine cuisine and a selection of top wines in our intimate dining room or under the stars.

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MADIKWE GAME RESERVE LUXURY GAME LODGE

SANCTUARY MAKANYANE SAFARI LODGE HHHHH

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari lodge is situated on 1,800 hectares of private ground within one of South Africa’s best kept secrets, the malariafree Madikwe Game Reserve. Home to the Big Five, this is one of the country’s premier game-viewing destinations, and one of the best areas in Southern Africa to see wild dog. The reserve remains largely unknown and free from the throngs of visitors found in some of South Africa’s more famous parks. The lodge has eight suites secluded in lush forest overlooking the Marico River. Each has spectacular glass-walled bedrooms, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river, allowing guests to experience the natural beauty of their surroundings. There is a spa, an award-winning cellar, an airconditioned gym and swimming pool. Guests can also sleep under the stars surrounded the lodge’s raised ‘Star View Sleep-Out Hide’.

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MUST DO: Catch the spectacle of gumboot dancing, or swoop up and down on a rollercoaster if you’re brave enough, at the historical theme park Gold Reef City. Go shopping with the seriously rich in Rosebank or Sandton. Hear the stories of former inmates of prison ‘Number Four’, now known as Constitution Hill, the home of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Recapture the past with a visit to the Apartheid Museum, and contemplate the effects of white supremacy. Take the ultimate trip back in time, to the dawn of humanity, the World Heritage Site of the Sterkfontein Caves.


SOMEHOW, THE HECTIC GOLD RUSH DAYS OF 1886 STILL RESONATE IN ‘EGOLI’, JOHANNESBURG, THE VIBRANT METROPOLIS, THE CITY OF GOLD. This is the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, the financial and commercial heart of the country, home of the imposing Stock Exchange building. Business is business, but pleasure is pleasure – in the affluent suburbs of Sandton, Hyde Park, Rosebank, Melrose Arch and Fourways, are vast, opulent shopping centres to appeal to the most avid of shoppers. There’s something for everyone – exclusive boutiques, outstanding eateries, vibrant pavement cafes and theme complexes for entertainment. To gain a perspective on the history of South Africa, see the Apartheid Museum, a fascinating if not disturbing record of notso-long-ago South Africa. At the other end of the spectrum is the impressive Constitutional Court, the protector of our basic human rights and freedom. Both recapture the darker aspects of our history, but conclude with a positive affirmation of new beginnings. See a different kind of lifestyle: venture into the vast, worldrenowned township of Soweto for an eye-opening tour of the laid back drinking dens, the ‘shebeens’. Tuck into a midday feast of modern local cuisine, share experiences with the people of Soweto, and you may be lucky enough to be treated with impromptu live music. In the suburb of Randburg you’ll find unique waterfronts with shops and waterside restaurants. An hour’s drive from Johannesburg is a delightful arts and crafts meander in the tranquillity of the Magaliesburg Mountain area. Gauteng is understandably proud of its World Heritage Site, the Sterkfontein Caves, where the earth’s earliest hominid has been discovered. The Cradle of Humankind includes important archaeological findings from 15 sites, and ultimately the discovery at Sterkfontein. Just a few kilometres away, at Maropeng, is a world-class exhibition centre to complement the Sterkfontein discovery.


JOHANNESBURG DAY TOURS & ACTIVITIES Egoli, City of Gold. They came from far and wide to strike it rich in Johannesburg when gold was discovered in 1886. Our multicultural ‘City of Gold’ still pulsates with entrepreneurial energy, power and the jingle of money, so it’s little wonder the pace is fast and furious. Let Thompsons Africa guide you through this intoxicating maze.

JOHANNESBURG CITY TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 08h15 & 08h45 Set off for Constitution Hill, home of South Africa’s architectural marvel, the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison (closed Sundays). Explore the inner city of Johannesburg learning about the gold rush and visit the Top of Africa, the 223m high Carlton Centre, with views as far as the capital city of Pretoria, before exploring the Maboneng Precinct, a wonderful example of urban regeneration on the eastside of Johannesburg. Return to your hotel via the lush, upmarket suburb of Houghton. Your experience highlights: • Constitution Hill • Constitutional Court • Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison (closed Sundays) • Johannesburg inner city • Top of Africa - Carlton Centre • Maboneng Precinct • Houghton

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SOWETO TOUR

HALF DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 12h45 & 13h15 You know the name. It’s a legend. SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who, despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions, have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitist northern suburbs lack. Inside Soweto, we visit the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. Our journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Our next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death; we pass Mandela House, and give you time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). Finally we take you past the largest stadium in Africa, Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Soweto is unlike a suburb you’ve ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African Story. Your experience highlights: • Kliptown Open Air Museum • Regina Mundi Church • Hector Pieterson Museum • Mandela House (own account) • Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final www.thompsonsafrica.com


PRETORIA AND CULLINAN DIAMOND TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu & Sat between 08h00 & 08h30 The Cullinan Diamond Mine is the site of the World’s oldest and South Africa’s third richest diamond mine. Premier mine opened in 1902 and together with it founded the pretty Victorian village of Cullinan. The Cullinan Mine produced the world’s largest gem quality diamond – a massive 3106-carats uncut! This diamond was chiseled into 98 individual diamonds including the Great and Lesser Stars of Africa, the 2nd and 3rd largest polished diamonds in the World which are now set in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The tour starts with a 15 minute video before we are led into the high security premises of the mine where we are shown the workings and machinery of the mine. We then visit the enormous open cast mine, excavated from Kimberlite rock which is now four times larger than the famous ‘Big Hole’ in Kimberley. Continue to Cullinan Diamonds where we view diamond cutting and polishing before we are invited to browse the loose diamonds and exquisite jewellery and perhaps make that special purchase! After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue with our cultural journey of exploration through our capital, the Jacaranda City, so called for its breathtaking purple-lined streets when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. We’re ready and set to trace South Africa’s extraordinary history via a range of imposing, intriguing museums and monuments, beginning with the legendary Voortrekker Monument, a memorial to the early settlers. We travel on to the Kruger Museum, the private residence of President Paul Kruger of the old Transvaal Republic. We’ve chosen to end this City Tour with the Union Buildings, not only an architectural icon, but site of the emotionally charged scene which played out at Nelson Mandela’s joyful inauguration as president in 1994. You’ll be standing precisely where South African history turned the corner. Your experience highlights: • Cullinan Diamond Mine workings and machinery • Open cast mine • Diamond cutting and polishing

SUN CITY & THE PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Daily between 06h30 & 07h00 Wild and wonderful, that’s for sure. The day begins early with a professionally guided, closed vehicle game drive into Big Five country: the Pilanesberg National Park. Who knows which of the Big or Little Five you’ll see? Close neighbour to this superb natural reserve, is Sun City, one of South Africa’s most popular theme resorts, and you’ll have full access to the casino for a little flutter or two. For the really curious, you’ll want to visit the Valley of Waves, Swimming Pools, and even enjoy a guided tour of the Lost City (own account). It’s a fabulously relaxing day…and might prove very profitable for some!

Your experience highlights: • Professionally guided, closed vehicle game drive • Sun City casino • Valley of Waves (own account) • Guided tour of the Lost City (own account)

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun between 08h30 & 09h10 Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Come with us on this full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented. Our day begins at the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. Our next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Our next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum. (own account) We’ve chosen to lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant. We then continue our journey driving past the affluent suburb of Diepkloof, which is in stark contrast to the lower income areas seen earlier in the day, en-route to the iconic Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa. It’s a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it’s a story with the right ending. Your experience highlights: • Kliptown Open Air Museum • Regina Mundi Church • Hector Pieterson Museum • Mandela House (own account) • Lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (own account) • Diepkloof • Apartheid Museum


HISTORY OF HUMANKIND & LESEDI CULTURAL TOUR

FULL DAY TOUR Departs Wed, Fri & Sun between 07h00 and 07h30 We’re going right back to our beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. From past to present, we’ll be exploring Five cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village, heart and home to families of a range of African tribes, all living harmoniously in traditional homesteads. You’ll be right there experiencing the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures, and you’ll find it fascinating! Our multilingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa, and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of our multicultural community. We will enjoy a traditional African meal, a fine way to round off a day of new experiences and fresh insights. Your experience highlights: • World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind • Maropeng Visitor Centre • Lesedi Cultural Village • Traditional African meal

BILL HARROPS ORIGINAL BALLOON SAFARI

Departs daily (weather dependent) at sunrise (+- 06h30 winter and 05h00 summer) Duration – 3 to 4 hours (excluding time for transfers) Scenic flight at the Magalies River Valley is approximately 1 hour Experience the thrill of drifting in the skies while taking in panoramic views of the majestic Magaliesberg. A hot cup of tea, coffee and biscuits, are served from the clubhouse pavilion prior to your flight at sunrise. The flight of about one hour over the Magalies River Valley, an area that offers some of the best ballooning weather in the world, is followed by a glass of sparkling wine on landing and a delectable breakfast served on the patios of the clubhouse pavilion which has views of the Magalies Mountains. Your experience highlights: • Balloon Ride • A hot cup of tea, coffee and biscuits • A glass of sparkling wine upon landing • A delectable breakfast • A citation of bravery • Transfers to and from The Pallazzo Hotel, Monte Casino (Book a Thompsons Africa transfer to and from The Pallazzo Hotel should guests be staying at other hotels)


ADJACENT TO OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JOHANNESBURG) RESORT COMPLEX

EMPERORS PALACE HOTEL CASINO CONVENTION AND ENTERTAINMENT RESORT HHHHH

Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort offers a choice of four hotels totaling 657 rooms, perfect for your first night in and last night out of Johannesburg or connection flights. A complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport is available at 20min intervals. The resort offers a choice of accommodation options, magnificent casino, dining to suit every palate, exhilarating entertainment including a cinema and theatre venues. Guests staying at the four hotels have access to all facilities offered at Emperors Palace.

Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel

Peermont Mondior Hotel

Peermont Metcourt Suites

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PEERMONT D’OREALE GRANDE HOTEL, JOHANNESBURG

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The deluxe 5-star D’oreale Grande Hotel features 182 beautifully appointed rooms and suites providing convenience and regal comfort. All rooms have 24-hour room service and satellite television with local television channels and radio stations, a writing desk with a business panel comprising standard electronics and a modem connection with free internet access. Make use of Octavia’s Sensorium Day Spa, relax on the pool deck at Neptune’s Pool Bar or dine at the elegant conservatory-style Aurelia’s Restaurant. 182

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PEERMONT MONDIOR HOTEL, JOHANNESBURG

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The elegant 4-star Mondior Hotel sets an exciting standard in world-class business, conference and leisure accommodation. The hotel features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary elegance with cutting-edge technology. All rooms have extra length beds, walk-in shower, LCD flat screen televisions, multi-channel satellite television, high speed Internet access and storage safes. Enjoy Breakfast at the chic Oriana restaurant or a cocktail at The Silver Moon Bar. Guests can enjoy all the facilities offered at Emperors Palace. 0h03 JNB

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PEERMONT METCOURT SUITES, JOHANNESBURG

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The 3-star select services Metcourt Suites features 76 spacious rooms that include standard and family rooms. The rooms are all ergonomically designed for spaciousness with modern and bright finishes, furnished in classic style and are equipped with interactive pay television, selected satellite channels and hairdryers. Wi-Fi connectivity is available in public areas. Breakfast is served in the Primavera restaurant. Guests also have access to facilities offered at the other three hotels on resort; day spa, two swimming pools and gym. 0h03 JNB

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PEERMONT METCOURT HOTEL, JOHANNESBURG

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Ultra-modern convenience at its best ... the three star, Peermont Metcourt hotel offers 348 chic and comfortable rooms ideal for corporate, convention, international and leisure guests requiring affordable accommodation, while the plus-sized rooms are ideal for families. The hotel also offers a private and sheltered pool terrace with a covered patio, full gymnasium and a relaxing, manicured garden. Enjoy breakfast at the F.L.A.G. Café or watch sport at the 21 Degrees cocktail bar. A boardroom and business centre are available for residents’ use and the Olympus Sky Bar, on the rooftop, offers magnificent views of the airport. 0h03 JNB

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ADJACENT TO O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LUXURY AIRPORT HOTEL

INTERCONTINENTAL O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT HHHHH

South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel is located just 68 metres from the International Arrivals Hall and is within quick, safe and easy walking distance. This multi-award winning property boasts a large terrace and is an ideal base when arriving in Johannesburg. The Camelot Health Spa offers a variety of pampering and rejuvenating facilities as well as an indoor heated swimming pool. Artefacts and materials from various African countries were carefully selected and represent the continent’s landscapes, rock formations, sunsets and rainstorms. 24-Hour Quills Restaurant is aptly named after the 18-metre-long porcupine quill hanging from the ceiling and offers a unique African dining experience. Great attention to detail is paid to all 138 fully sound proofed rooms which have been impeccably appointed at this leading airport hotel. Standard features include free Wi-Fi, flat screen LCD TVs, espresso coffee machines, trouser press, DVD player with complimentary DVD library, safe, minibar and MP3 player. The hotel is within walking distance to the Gautrain.

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ADJACENT TO O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MODERN AIRPORT HOTEL

SOUTHERN SUN O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HHHH

A mere 5 minutes by complimentary shuttle transfer takes you to this stylish, comfortable hotel which is conveniently located adjacent to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. The contemporary feel with its elegant surroundings set the tone of this fine hotel. Bernoulli’s Restaurant offers an extensive choice of Mediterranean themed cuisine while Bernoulli’s Wine Bar is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner drink. Fitness enthusiasts can make use of the in-house gymnasium or relax at the outdoor swimming pool. The beauty salon, business centre and internet station is also available along with free Wi-Fi. The 366 en suite bedrooms are tastefully furnished and comprise of deluxe rooms, superior rooms as well as executive rooms including several family rooms with their double double beds. All bedrooms are equipped with a wide range of amenities including flat screen television with satellite channels, airconditioning, tea/coffee facilities, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi up to 500MB per day.

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NEAR OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MODERN AIRPORT HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT® O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT HHHH

Our newly refurbished hotel, located in Johannesburg, offers complimentary shuttles to Rhodesfield Gautrain Station and O.R. Tambo International Airport, as well as prime access to rich retail. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit our travel desk to get started on some of South Africa’s greatest tours. However, with our warm, personal service and modern amenities, you might find it difficult to leave our hotel. Stop by our cargo-themed restaurant, The Warehouse, for breakfast, lunch or dinner to find an authentic experience, inspired by local cuisines. Finally, withdraw into our modern rooms, featuring everything you need for a relaxing stay. You’ll find flat-panel TVs, marble bathrooms, room service and plush beds to rest your head after a long day. An unforgettable South African adventure awaits at Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport.

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JOHANNESBURG – KEMPTON PARK BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

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This exclusive boutique hotel is located 11 km from the Johannesburg International Airport, O.R. Tambo in a quiet suburb of Kempton Park away from the flight path of arriving and departing planes. The 8 Luxury Suites and 1 Executive Suite are uniquely decorated and come with all the comforts of a modern boutique hotel. With a full en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, Wi-Fi connectivity and so much more, guests are accommodated in utmost luxury and comfort. A well-established lush tropical garden, a swimming pool and large patio ensures relaxing outdoor living. The Blue Hippo Restaurant offers guests delicious meals on site, allowing the option for accommodation to be booked on a B&B basis or DBB. The wellness salon provides guests with a chance to relax and be pampered and the rates include a 15 minute complimentary back, neck and shoulder massage as well as return transfers from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

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JOHANNESBURG - OR TAMBO AIRPORT HOTEL

SILVERBIRCH @ BIRCHWOOD HHHH

Silverbirch @ Birchwood has been specially developed for the discerning and modern business and leisure traveller. 235 beautiful rooms, positioned and designed to ensure a comfortable and peaceful night’s rest. Set apart with access control in a tranquil part of the Birchwood grounds, far from the conference bustle. Arrive on the free airport shuttle service from OR Tambo International and be escorted to the express check-in facility and finally transported with one of our friendly porters to your luxurious accommodation room. Silverbirch also has smaller, exclusive conference facilities with excellent dining at The Grill @ 120 Restaurant.

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JOHANNESBURG - ROSEBANK BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

54 ON BATH HHHHH

Discover a contemporary and fashionable haven on Bath Avenue right in the heart of Rosebank, adjacent to the newly renovated Rosebank Shopping Centre and the Arts and Crafts market. From the moment you arrive into the elegant lobby with its delightful lounge to the luxury and comfort of your room, you will enjoy intuitive and friendly service. At Level Four Restaurant you’ll enjoy distinctive dining, offering classical cuisine with contemporary influences. Sophisticated and unique, the Champagne Bar offers an array of champagne, cocktails and wines accompanied by sumptuous bar snacks. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi up to 750MB daily and complimentary Chauffeur Drive within 3km radius of the hotel. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, high tea in the gardens as well as in room massages. Each of the elegantly styled rooms with views over the garden or the abundantly green city skyline are comfortable and spacious and exude the warmth of fine living. All offer espresso machines, block out curtains, fluffy duvets, crisp white linens and feather top beds.

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JOHANNESBURG - HOUGHTON ESTATE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

THE RESIDENCE HHHHH

Located in the old established suburb of Houghton. The Residence has the perfect balance of style, exquisitely thought out design and warm hospitality. The luxury hotel is within easy reach of many tourist attractions and facilities – the South African Museum of Military History, the Johannesburg Zoo, the Killarney and Houghton Golf Clubs, and the Johannesburg Botanic Garden is 7.4 km away. The Residence, with elegant Dining Room, the Boat Lounge, the Piano Bar, the Pool Area, boardrooms and the Ballroom Conference room, is a deluxe haven. The hotel features three outdoor pools, a full-service spa, a bar/lounge, outdoor tennis court and fitness room. For pure indulgence the Hotel’s Spa has two treatment rooms and a Hydro Steam Room and Sauna. All rooms are individually decorated, with private furnished balconies and en suite bathrooms with free-standing tubs and have flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, Nespresso machine and free Wi-Fi. There are upscale amenities like fireplaces, along with thoughtful touches including free minibar items and bathrobes. The more lavish suites feature private hot tubs. JNB

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FAIRLAWNS BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA HHHHH

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a unique, exclusive and up-market sanctuary for today’s traveller. Elegant enough to host European royalty, relaxed enough for one visitor to comment ‘a home away from home, only better’, this establishment is truly a world-class venue. The hotel boasts a Balinese spa which combines healing, philosophies, beliefs with modern technology and luxurious products to create a variety of beautiful treatments. Amuse-Bouche Food & Wine offers superb a la carte cuisine while the Manor House Bistro is ideal for an afternoon enjoying high tea. Complimentary transfers within a 5km radius are offered. The 41 opulent suites are each individually decorated to the highest world standards with the Maison Spa Suite and Villa Moji playing host to many local and international celebrities.

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JOHANNESBURG - HOUGHTON LUXURY HOTEL AND WELLNESS CENTRE

THE HOUGHTON HOTEL The Houghton Hotel provides a unique and personalised offering, with a passion for genuine hospitality deeply rooted within our cultural identity. An exceptional lifestyle resort offering a 5-star deluxe experience. Accommodation made up of 44 King Suites designed for ultimate comfort and luxury, measuring 48m². Each suite has floor to ceiling windows with views over either the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course or magnificent city views. Each King suite features flat screen TV, mini bar, laptop sized safe, Nespresso machine, climate control air conditioning, full en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath and marble walk-in rainfall shower. The 10 Executive King Suites features the same however the Executive King and 2 Junior Suites offer a more spacious living area. Guests looking for definitive extravagance, offering 120m² of lavishly designed 4 Presidential Suites with impressive views. With bespoke open-plan living spaces that accommodates a separate lounge and en-suite dining area. Elevated style meets high design with 6 Penthouse Suites, each boasting private pools and jacuzzi’s with whimsical city-scape and golf-course views. The opulent Rockstar Penthouse at 830m² with four remarkable bedrooms, private jacuzzi, swimming pool, steam room, fire-pit and bar.

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JOHANNESBURG - SANDTON LUXURY CITY HOTEL

PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT®

BALALAIKA SANDTON HHHH

Discover a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling business and entertainment hub of Sandton at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton. This 4 star hotel features two sections, the Balalaika and the Crown Court, each with its own lush, landscaped garden and sparkling swimming pool where guests can relax, unwind & experience the timelessness and calm of a bygone era. 300 stylish guest rooms and 30 suites - each unit is air-conditioned with complimentary Wi-Fi and en-suite bathroom. Every bathroom provides a separate bath and shower. The hotel’s upgrade project will give a complete new modern look and feel to the entire hotel. Our extremely popular Bull Run Restaurant, (attached to the hotel), offers exceptional on-site dining with a flair for delicious meat dishes, whilst our Colony restaurant will prepare a mouth-watering full English breakfast buffet . Other on-site amenities include a limited fitness facility and business centre. With 7 conference venues and boardrooms we can fully cater for up to 350 delegates, attending an event, conference or meeting. Every 30 minutes our complimentary shuttle bus offers transport to one of the largest shopping Malls -Sandton City, as well as to the Gautrain Station. Ideally situated, the hotel’s location is convenient for access to the main Johannesburg/Pretoria highway and OR Tambo International Airport. JNB

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JOHANNESBURG - SANDTON ICONIC LUXURY CITY HOTEL

SANDTON SUN HHHHH

Located in the heart of Sandton, one of the most exclusive residential and business districts, the Sandton Sun hotel has become synonymous with style and timeless hospitality. The award-winning hotel offers visitors a choice of 326 spacious and superbly appointed en suite rooms, studios and suites. The recently refurbished rooms boast a fresh elegant look, including new luxurious bathrooms, mood lighting, flat screen satellite television, air-conditioning, 24 hour in-room dining service, mini bars and Wi-Fi. Family rooms are available on request. Seasonal restaurants are punctuated by the San Deck offering breath-taking views of the City. A show kitchen, grand café-style San Restaurant and el-fresco bar complete the food and beverage offering. Leisure facilities include the luxurious Sandton Sun Spa, 24 hour fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Directly connected via skywalk to the Sandton City shopping centre, the hotel offers a free shuttle to the Gautrain and is a mere 12 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport.

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JOHANNESBURG - SANDTON MODERN CITY HOTEL

DAVINCI HOTEL & SUITES HHHHH

Located on Sandton’s prestigious Nelson Mandela Square, the DaVinci Hotel and Suites offers guests all the luxuries and comforts they have come to expect from Legacy’s extraordinary portfolio of hotels and resorts. Boasting 166 en-suite rooms, 50 one, two and three bedroom suites and four penthouses - the DaVinci has something for every taste. Take time to relax in the Legacy fitness gymnasium or infinity edge swimming pool, or simply let our therapists pamper you in the Legacy Balance spa. Enjoy sumptuous New York inspired fare in Maximillien Restaurant. Situated in the heart of the Sandton business and shopping district, the hotel offers direct access to Legacy Corner Mall, Sandton City Shopping Centre and Nelson Mandela Square, as well as easy access to the Sandton Convention Centre.

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THE MICHELANGELO HHHHH

The Michelangelo has been strategically positioned to overlook the cosmopolitan piazza of Nelson Mandela Square, a mere 33km from OR Tambo International Airport. The splendour of the Renaissance architecture will leave a lasting impression from the moment you arrive. The stylish and elegant suites offer world-class facilities. Situated in the heart of Sandton’s business district, The Michelangelo offers easy access to Africa’s finest shopping and entertainment. Indulge in fine dining at the Piccolo Mondo Restaurant or enjoy a light cocktail at the cocktail bar. Each of the 242 rooms, including 2 accessible rooms, has an en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower. Unwinding has never been more of a pleasure with the hotels health hydro, executive lifestyle fitness centre, sun-deck, sauna and steam bath.

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HOLIDAY INN SANDTON HHHHH

Experience an unsurpassed warm and friendly welcome upon entering this grandeur hotel where premier quality and service is provided in comfort and style. The Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road is located in the heart of Sandton, in close proximity to a number of key attractions such as Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, and Nelson Mandela Square; which offer a diverse range of restaurants, shops, entertainment and vibrant nightlife. The Gautrain Train Station is a stone’s throw away, therefore this Sandton hotel offers the ideal base for the business and leisure traveller. Whether you’re overnighting for business or leisure, or simply enjoying sun downer cocktails or dinner with friends, Holiday Inn Sandton, Rivonia Road provides a memorable experience catering for all your requirements! You’re at the heart of everything we do!

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THE MASLOW HHHH

The Maslow Sandton is a specialist business hotel situated in the heart of Sandton’s Financial District, and in close proximity to the Gautrain Station, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. With its exceptional location and modern design, The Maslow offers everything from business to leisure with the alluring Lacuna Bar, the tempting Lacuna Bistro, the productive Wayfarer business lounge, a rejuvenating spa and a Outdoor pool surrounded by an oasis garden. The hotel also features conference and meeting facilities which includes a divisible ballroom, an auditorium and state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms. This premier 4 star hotel is the home of superior comfort, relaxation and elegance. All rooms offer air-conditioning, blackout curtains, a rain shower, coffee machine, tea/coffee station, 40-inch LCD television and free uncapped Wi-Fi.

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GAUTENG - SANDTON LUXURY HOTEL

THE IVY VILLA HOTEL & SPA BY THE CAPITAL The intimately boutique style of The Ivy Villa Hotel & Spa will spoil guests with refreshingly tasteful 5-star luxury treatment. The individually appointed rooms are superbly stylish. There’s every facility from a spa to a cigar lounge, all with the surprise of a hidden garden of tranquillity; calm amid the noise and haste. There are 24 luxury en-suite rooms with private balcony, 20 executive suites with a lounge and kitchenette, and 16 villas and 1 presidential suite. The Ivy Villa Hotel & Spa is sublime – especially when it comes to the sheer convenience of being centrally situated. In fact, while The Ivy is miles apart from any other experience, it’s perfectly positioned close to the thriving centre of Sandton – the premier capital of South Africa for shopping, business and commerce.

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GAUTENG - SANDTON LUXURY HOTEL

THE CAPITAL ON THE PARK Guests can experience unmatched hospitality at The Capital On The Park; a modern and sophisticated oasis in the heart of Sandton, where luxury seamlessly combines with convenience. Offering 300 superbly appointed hotel rooms, stunning 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, as well as spectacular penthouse suites. From a state-of-the-art techno gym, heated pool, spa featuring sauna, Jacuzzi and steam shower, a jogging park, in-house restaurant, Grab & Go deli, convenience store, room service, weekend kid’s club to an indoor golf range, valet service and champagne bar with spectacular views of the Sandton skyline, guests enjoy a vast array of great facilities and much, much more! The Capital on Park is a resort with a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a premium location. Immerse yourself in the sophisticated lifestyle in a city bustling with attractions suitable for different palettes.

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MUST DO: Meander about the Union Buildings gardens, where thousands gathered in 1994 to see the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black President. Marvel at the imposing Voortrekker Monument, and brave the steps to the top for a panoramic view of the city. Stroll through the city’s many arts and crafts shops. Stand in awe at the spectacle of thousands of lilac coloured jacaranda trees in bloom.


PRETORIA, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL OF SOUTH AFRICA, REFLECTS THE EXTREMES OF THE COUNTRY’S HISTORY. A VISIT TO PRETORIA IS A GIANT STEP TOWARDS A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE COUNTRY. This beautiful city is a showpiece of South Africa’s sad and controversial past, and of its vibrant new life. Statues and monuments commemorating the country’s past history are seen in the very environment where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first black President of an optimistic, forward-looking nation. But it’s not all about the past. This is a modern and growing city, with a firm grasp on the future, with first-rate shopping, top restaurants and a lively arts community. The heart of the new Pretoria is to be found in the hamlet of Hatfield. In the centre of the city is Church Square, presided over by the huge bronze statue of ‘Oom Paul’ Kruger, seen by many as the father of Afrikanerdom. South of Pretoria, high on a hill, stands the proud shrine to the Afrikaner community, the massive Voortrekker Monument. But the most famous landmark in Pretoria is the crescent-shaped Union Buildings. Here, in 1994, in these terraced gardens, in one of the pivotal moments of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela took office as President. Springtime in Pretoria will leave you breathless, when the 70 000 cultivated Jacaranda Trees burst into bloom and carpet the streets in endless lilac. It’s a sight to behold, when the many statues stand proudly in a blur of colour.


ACCOMMODATION PRETORIA

PRETORIA - MENLYN MAINE MODERN LUXURY CITY HOTEL

THE MASLOW TIME SQUARE Located in the heart of the Menlyn Maine Precinct, The Maslow Time Square is a premier hotel in Pretoria which gives you access to unrivalled entertainment, top retail outlets and the finest culinary experiences on offer. Designed to facilitate all modern business needs, The Maslow Time Square is packed with state-of-the-art facilities and technology to inspire you. Our 238 room multi-level accommodation provide luxurious rooms to suit your needs. Enjoy private dining, complimentary WiFi and other amenities that will help restore body and mind. Explore experiential dining at its best at Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar South Africa and Something’s Cooking by J Something. Time Square Casino is on the doorstep of The Maslow Time Square and offers around-the-clock gaming. And when it’s time to let your hair down, the 8 500-seater Time Square Sun Arena hosts the biggest names in business!

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PRETORIA – MUCKLENEUK UPMARKET BOUTIQUE HOTEL

TRADE WINDS PRETORIA BY MANTIS Upmarket boutique hotel based in one of South Africa’s most cosmopolitan cities, Pretoria. Centrally located to popular urban hubs, Gautrain station and major highways. Trade Winds Pretoria by Mantis is an eco-urban estate that offers travellers and the community of Pretoria an intentional urban lifestyle. Eco-urban living promotes well-being by nurturing access to the five elements of sustainable net-zero living: water, energy, food, personal security and transport. Trade Winds was created with each of these in mind. The boutique hotel offers 16 individual, private suites for short-term and longterm stays, a 10 - seater boardroom, swimming pool, high-speed internet and dining room. The gardens include edible elements and greenhouses, solar panels providing power to the property and a water reservoir for clean drinking water. Trade Winds was built for sustainability and minimal environmental impact, without compromising your comfort and convenience.

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ACCOMMODATION PRETORIA

PRETORIA - ARCADIA BOUTIQUE-STYLE HOTEL

COURT CLASSIQUE SUITE HOTEL HHHH

There’s a new way to stay in the city: Live Local. The 4-star Court Classique Suite Hotel provides spacious all-suite living in Pretoria, South Africa. Whether you are on an overnight stop between luxury train safaris, or on an extended visit to the Capital City, make your travels that bit easier with our free Wi-Fi, free parking and free transfers within Tshwane from 07h00 – 18h00 every day. Airport transfers from Gauteng’s major airports, 35 minutes drive and day tours to attractions like the Big Five Dinokeng Nature Reserve or the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve are all a booking request away. Explore our Capital City on a guided cycling tour or venture out to the Cullinan diamond town. Relax at our Kipepeo Spa, Swahili for ‘butterfly’, which invites guests to peel back the layers of stress and jetlag at the hands of our qualified therapists. There is no greater luxury than feeling at home - let us show you how to live local.

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WATERKLOOF RIDGE - PRETORIA LUXURY GUESTHOUSE

CASTELLO DI MONTE HHHHH

Castello di Monte will magically transport you to another era, when life was lived with effortless grace. Elegantly nestled in the lush green hills of Waterkloof Ridge, the classic Italianate beauty overlooks the spectacular green belt bordering Eastern Pretoria as well as the famous Pretoria Country Club. The beautifully sculpted gardens, mature olive trees, lavender hedges and de-stressing water features compliment the tranquil charm of Castello, only minutes away from the bustling city. Choose one of 9 Luxury bedrooms. Favoured by diplomats, business and leisure travelers as well as locals savouring the fine-dining as well as establishment’s romantic accommodation, Castello, as it is fondly known, also offers the added luxury of intimate special events, weddings and conferencing. Ideally situated minutes from the Blue Train and Rovos Rail stations for a relaxing overnight before or after the train journey. At Castello, you are our welcomed, honoured guest!

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AVIS VEHICLE FLEET - NAMIBIA

The below vehicles are recommended for all Namibian tours outside of town areas. Vehicle Groups: H, I, N, K and M

Smaller vehicles are not suitable for gravel roads.

Group A - Economy

Group H - People Carrier 8-Seater

Ford Figo or similar

VW T6 Kombi or similar

This compact hatchback offers the equal enjoyment of comforting space along with the fun thrill of the drive. With features that every driver needs and wants in a town car. Minimum age: 18

Wanting to make memories with the friends or family? Then this is the stylish vehicle for you. Its sophistication means business while the space speaks comfort and reliability. but you cant have all this space and comfort without great performance and fuel economy. Minimum age: 18

5 Seats

1 Bag

5 Doors

8 Seats

5 Bags

5 Doors

Manual

Petrol

Air Con

Automatic

Diesel

Air Con

Group B - Compact New VW Polo Vivo Hatch - 1.4 55kW Trendline or similar

The Volkwagen Polo Vivo is the perfect travelling companion for holidays and weekend breaks with friends and family. Offering comfort, space and a decent engine, this vehicle will have you reminiscing about the good times on the road. Minimum Age: 18 5 Seats

2 Bags

Manual

Petrol

Group I - Full Size / 4x4 Vehicle Toyota Fortuner 4X4 or similar The Fortuner is for the open road enthusiast and high spirited adventurist with a want for life. If you are looking for some excitement and luxury then this group is for you. Minimum age: 18

5 Doors

5 Seats

3 Bags

5 Doors

Air Con

Automatic

Diesel

Air Con

Group C - Intermediate

Group K - Intermediate

Toyota Corolla Quest Sedan or similar This car is perfect for the family or that extra bit of leg room. For that holiday destination or comfortable drive to the office you won't be disappointed with the luggage space or drive. Minimum age: 18

Toyota RAV4 4X2 or similar Our ever increasingly popular group, this group offers you something different from your usual driving experience. A higher ride to see our beautiful country, space for that luggage or for the family, comfort for those long trips or just a quick outing and last but not least the look of adventure. Minimum age: 18

5 Seats

3 Bags

4 Doors

5 Seats

2 Bags

5 Doors

Manual

Petrol

Air Con

Automatic

Petrol

Air Con

Group E - Intermediate Toyota Corolla Quest Sedan or similar This car is perfect for the family or that extra bit of leg room. For that holiday destination or comfortable drive to the office you won't be disappointed with the luggage space or drive. Minimum age: 18

Group M - Speciality / 4x4 Vehicle All Wheel Drive Nissan X Trail AWD or similar Do you feel the call for the African bushveld or our riveting seas, maybe our breath-taking mountain passes? You can experience all this and more with the Nissan X-Trail 4x4. Minimum age: 18

5 Seats

3 Bags

4 Doors

5 Seats

3 Bags

5 Doors

Automatic

Petrol

Air Con

Automatic

Petrol

Air Con

Group G - Premium

Group N - Full Size / 4x4 Vehicle

For a more luxurious drive, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a sleek, refined performance to be desired. This automatic has all the space you need with all the comfort you can ask for in a rental car. Minimum age: 18

The Toyota Hilux Double Cab is for the open road enthusiast and high spirited adventurist with a want for life. If you are looking for some excitement and luxury then this group is for you. Minimum age: 18

Mercedes-Benz C-Class or similar

Toyota Hilux Double Cab or similar

5 Seats

3 Bags

4 Doors

5 Seats

7 Bags

4 Doors

Automatic

Petrol

Air Con

Automatic

Diesel

Air Con

PREMIUM RATES INCLUDE:

PREMIUM RATES EXCLUDE:

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

• Premium Collision Damage Waiver (PCDW) • Premium Theft Loss Waiver (PTLW) • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) • Tyre Rim and Hubcap Damage • Windscreen Damage/Repair • Sandblasting Damage • Claim Administration fee in the event of Damage or Theft • Unlimited Kilometers • One Additional driver fee • Location surcharge • Tourism Levy • Value Added Tax • Third Party Liability Insurance • General Public Liability Insurance

• Child Safety Seat • Delivery and Collection fee • Contract fee in South Africa / stamp duty in Namibia • Cross border fee • Frequent flyer Miles • Fuel • One way cross border fee • One way fee within country • Refundable Rental deposit • Traffic fine handling fee • Valet charged when applicable Rate inclusions and exclusions are subject to confirmation of booking. Standard cover details available on request.

• Renters must carry a Driver’s Licence or a valid unendorsed driver’s licence with English translation and photograph.

NOTE: All vehicles are right hand drive and are subject to change without notice. The vehicle features referring to the number of passengers and bags are estimates only. We would recommend hiring an air conditioned vehicle as the temperatures can reach high levels in the summer months.

The key to the Avis Fleet: Passengers Medium Bags Small Bags *Vehicle fleet is subject to change without prior notice.

Tank Capacity and Carbon Emissions 80 Diesel 248 GM/km

• International Drivers Licence in English. • The minimum rental age is 18 years and the driver must have been in possession of a valid drivers licence for a minimum of 1 year. • There is no maximum rental age, however, Personal Accident Insurance is not included for persons over the age of 75 years. • It is a legal requirement in Namibia to be in possession of your drivers licence at all times whilst driving a vehicle. • Over Border Rentals: Must be requested on reservation. Renters wishing to enter a country other than the country of rental, must be in possession of a Letter of Authority from Avis, obtainable from Avis when you pick up your vehicle. No entry is allowed into Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi and Mozambique. • The minimum rental period is 2 days and calculates on a 24 hour cycle, which starts from the time of collection. Should a vehicle be returned late, the renter will be charged for an additional day at the extension rates which will have to be settled direct with Avis on return of the vehicle. • The renter’s valid credit card is required on collection of the vehicle.


INDEX

Page

South Africa Hotels

123

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

76

Kariega Game Reserve

28

15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection

75

Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort

137

Karongwe River Lodge

179

54 on Bath

76

Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort

146

Kings Camp Private Game Reserve

125

Abelana Game Reserve

155

eSwatini - Hilton Garden Inn Mbabane

68

Knysna Hollow Country Estate

178

African Rock Hotel

180

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

104

Kosi Forest Lodge

144

aha Bongani Mountain Lodge

65

Fancourt Hotel

135

Kruger Shalati - The Train On The Bridge

114

aha Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort

49

Franschhoek Country House & Villas

54

Kuganha Tented Camp and Spa

28

aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites

106

Fugitives' Drift

137

Kuname Lodge

162

aha Ivory Tree Game Lodge

95

Garden Court Umhlanga

84

Kuzuko Lodge

136

aha Makalali Private Game Lodge

60

Garden Route Game Lodge

163

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

162

aha Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

136

Garonga Safari Camp

63

La Plume Guest House & Spa

45

aha Simonstown Quayside Hotel

82

Gorah Elephant Camp

38

La Splendida Hotel

164

aha Thakadu River Camp

78

Hacklewood Hill Country House

79

Lalibela

66

aha The Rex Hotel

122

Hamiltons Tented Camp

47

Lanzerac

83

Amakhala Game Reserve

45

Harbour House Hermanus

51

Leeu Collection

55

Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

115

Hazyview Cabanas

130

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

126

Arathusa Safari Lodge

95

Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch

102

Lidiko Lodge

52

Babylonstoren Farm

116

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

126

Lion Sands Game Reserve

163

Bakubung Bush Lodge

156

Hlane Royal National Park

155

Lugogo Sun

47

Batavia Boutique Hotel

62

Hlangana Lodge

119

Lukimbi Safari Lodge

139

Becks Safari Lodge

69

Hog Hollow Country Lodge

165

Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve

77

Bellevue Forest Reserve

24

Holiday Inn Express Cape Town - City Centre

168

Madikwe Safari Lodge

29

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

94

Holiday Inn Express Durban - Umhlanga

103

Makakatana Bay Lodge

67

Belvidere Manor

184

Holiday Inn Sandton

129

MalaMala Game Reserve

167

Black Rhino Game Lodge

26

Hollow on the Square Boutique Hotel

154

Mantenga Lodge

64

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

122

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

82

Mantis Founders Lodge

66

Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

74

Hunter's Country House

75

Mantis No5

60

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

134

Idube Private Game Reserve

151

Marataba South Africa

22

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness 121 Retreat

Imbali Safari Lodge

166

Mateya Safari Lodge

160

Cabanas

166

Impodimo Game Lodge

115

Mdluli Safari Lodge

151

Camp Ndlovu

177

Intercontinental OR Tambo Airport

121

Mjejane River Lodge

43

Camps Bay Retreat

81

Intle Boutique Hotel by Mantis

107

Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

25

Cape Cadogan & More Quarters

54

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

157

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

34

Cape Grace

134

Inyati Game Lodge

145

Moditlo River Lodge

26

Cape Town Hollow Boutique

135

Jabulani

50

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

50

Cascade Country Manor

141

Jackalberry Lodge

147

Motswari Private Game Reserve

161

Cascades

123

Jock Safari Lodge

117

Nkomazi Game Reserve

189

Castello di Monte

70

Kambaku At Sea

118

Oliver's

117

Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

144

Kambaku River Sands

39

One&Only Cape Town

138

Chisomo Safari Camp

145

Kambaku Safari Lodge

25

Pepperclub Hotel

189

Court Classique Suite Hotel

69

Kanonkop House

116

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

183

Da Vinci Hotel & Suites

148

Kapama Buffalo Camp

70

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

61

De Opstal Country Lodge

148

Kapama Karula Lodge

118

Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris

62

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

149

Kapama River Lodge

182

Prote Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton

102

Elephant Lake Hotel

149

Kapama Southern Camp

40

Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point

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41

Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Victoria Junction

61

Surval Boutique Olive Estate

188 Trade Winds Pretoria by Mantis

37

Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

27

Taj Cape Town

73

23

Protea Hotel by Marriott Fire & Ice! Cape Town

142

Tangala Safari Camp

164 Tshukudu Bush Lodge

178

Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo Airport

167

Tau Game Lodge

87

67

Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays

106

Thanda Safari

168 Tuningi Safari Lodge

85

Pumba Private Game Reserve

42

The Bay Hotel

129 Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

36

Queen Victoria Hotel

75

The Beach Hotel

35

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

37

Radisson Red Hotel

96

The Beverly Hills Hotel

34

Waterfront Village

119

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

11

The Blue Train

46

Whale Rock Luxury Lodge & Villa

105

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

72

The Boardwalk

40

Winchester Mansions

48

River Manor Boutique Hotel

23

The Cape Milner

81

Woodall Country House & Spa

143

Rockfig Safari Lodge

38

The Capital Mirage

63

Rosenhof Country House

185

The Capital On the Park

10

Rovos Rail

96

The Capital Pearls

114

Sabi River Sun Resort

42

The Clarendon Bantry Bay

131

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - Bush Lodge

41

The Clarendon Fresnaye

131

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - Earth Lodge

32

The Commodore Hotel

132

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - Little Bush Camp 43

The Crystal Apartments

132

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve - Selati Camp

128

The Dulini Collection

150

Safari Plains

181

The Houghton Hotel

78

Samara Game Reserve

185

The Ivy Villa Hotel & Spa

53

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

44

The Last Word Constantia

169

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

49

The Last Word Franschhoek

182

Sandton Sun

139

The Last Word Kitara

140

Saseka Tented Camp

44

The Last Word Long Beach

127

Savanna Private Game Reserve

65

The Manor House

120

Sefapane Lodge

45

The Marine Hotel

84

Shamwari Private Game Reserve

184

The Maslow

138

Shiduli Private Game Lodge

188

The Maslow Time Square

80

Sibuya Game Reserve

183

The Michelangelo

179

Silverbirch @ Birchwood

31

The Onyx

141

Simbambili Game Lodge

93

The Oyster Box

133

Singita Boulders Lodge

161

The Palace

133

Singita Ebony Lodge

52

The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis

124

Singita Lebombo Lodge

71

The Plettenberg

124

Singita Sweni Lodge

32

The Portswood Hotel

160

Soho

180

The Residence

94

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

71

The Robberg Beach Lodge

177

Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport

72

The Sands @ St Francis

30

Southern Sun The Cullinan

33

The Table Bay

30

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town

27

The Three Boutique Hotel

48

Spier Hotel

21

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

68

St James of Knysna

64

The Village Lodge @ Botlierskop

103

St Lucia Lodge

104

Thonga Beach Lodge

33

Stock Exchange

140

Thornybush Game Lodge

24

Sunsquare Cape Town City Bowl

97

Three Tree Hill Lodge

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NO. OF BEDROOMS / SUITES

GAME VIEWING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

NO. OF CHALETS / HUTS / COTTAGES

GAME VIEWING - ’BIG FIVE’ PREMISES / NEARBY

NO. OF TENTS

BIRD WATCHING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

AIR-CONDITIONING IN BEDROOMS

GOLF ON PREMISES / NEARBY

FANS IN BEDROOMS

FISHING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

TELEVISION, DSTV / SATELLITE

GYM / SPA / WELLNESS ON PREMISES / NEARBY

TEA & COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES

HORSE RIDING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

MINI BAR

DIVING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

RESTAURANT/S ON PREMISES / NEARBY

WINE TASTING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

BAR/S ON PREMISES / NEARBY

WHALE WATCHING ON PREMISES / NEARBY

WI-FI FACILITIES

NATURE WALKS/BUSH WALKS ON PREMISES / NEARBY

SWIMMING POOL/S ON PREMISES / NEARBY

GREEN FRIENDLY

PARKING

ANIMAL INTERACTION ON PREMISES / NEARBY

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Child-friendly hotels gladly plan for families travelling with kids, and can provide camping cots, extra mattresses for children, sleeper couches and suitable rooms - large or interleading - for everyone’s comfort.

Jamie & Tj van Rensburg

www.southafrica.net Bellevue Forest Reserve

These establishments offer excellent discounted rates for children, suitable meals for the young family members, child-care services, and even the little extras that children need. Family-friendly accommodation includes hotels, game lodges, apartments and self-catering cottages that welcome children of all ages.

AIRPORT CODES SOUTH AFRICA

HOTEL GRADING THE TOURISM GRADING COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA (TGCSA) South Africa has introduced an official star grading scheme for the hospitality industry, under the auspices of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA). This is a voluntary scheme and accommodation establishments are currently registering and being graded. The scheme grades establishments from one to five stars in various categories: • Self Catering • Bed & Breakfast • Guest House • Lodge • Country House • Hotel • GUIDELINES FOR THE TGCSA STAR RATINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:   

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Good quality in the overall standards of furnishings, service and guest care. Very good quality in the overall standard of furnishings, service and guest care. Superior (excellent) comfort and quality with a high standard of furnishings, service and guest care. Exceptional quality and luxurious accommodation (matching the best international standards). Highest standard of furnishings, flawless service and meticulous guest care.

Bloemfontein Cape Town Durban East London George Hoedspruit Johannesburg Kimberley King Shaka Kruger Mpumalanga MalaMala Phalaborwa Polokwane Port Elizabeth Swaziland Upington

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At Thompsons Africa we are mindful of the plight of wildlife across the globe and in Africa in particular. We are especially conscious of the importance of conserving our wildlife heritage. After all, we are blessed to be the caretakers of an abundance of wildlife that brings so many travellers to our shores. Thompsons Africa does not support any wildlife interaction that we deem to be unethical in either its purpose or in any way results in cruelty as a side effect. As a priority we ensure that we are 100% involved with our partnered wildlife organisations, and as a member of The TreadRight Foundation, we practise the promise to make the welfare of our wildlife our number one concern. Our endorsement of the SATSA Animal Interaction Charter further reinforces our commitment to an ethical approach to the long-term conservation of wildlife welfare.