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South Africa

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Use our expertise to get you there South Africa is a unique country and known as the rainbow nation, as it encompasses many different peoples from varying ethnic backgrounds. There are many reasons why you should consider South Africa for your next holiday destination, particularly if that holiday is planned for the winter months in the UK. Excellent winter sunshine, direct flights with no jetlag on a wide variety of airlines all

mean that South Africa is a leading contender for winter holidays. In South Africa there are great beaches, wonderful and varied scenery, a wide diversity of hotels from comfortable bed and breakfast to some of the leading hotels of the world, first class malaria free safari, Kruger National Park, fantastic whale watching opportunities, the Garden Route, Cape Point, the Drakensberg

Mountains, the historic battlefields, the list goes on and on as to what South Africa has to offer. Our company has been sending clients to South Africa since the end of apartheid and has built up an enviable expertise in not only the main tourist destinations, but many of the off the beaten track destinations as well.

Complete peace of mind

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At first sight booking on the internet does seem a good way to book your holiday. However: compare our prices and we think you will find them exceptionally competitive. Remember that when you book elements individually on the internet you may have no financial protection whatsoever. For instance if you were to book a British Airways flight and a hotel stay separately on the internet and there were problems with either, then there is no financial protection from ABTA, ATOL or IATA. You can only achieve complete peace of mind by booking with an operator like The Independent Traveller, who holds ABTA, IATA and ATOL credentials

It is easy to book, but very costly to un-book items through an internet site. Our expertise and knowledge are included free when you book with us. Our directors have been travelling to South Africa ever since the end of apartheid and not only have we sent many individuals, but countless groups as well, so our knowledge of South Africa is extensive.

hotel. Throughout the trip you have a 24 hour contact number for our agents to aid you if there were any problems along the way.

How do I start to get a quote? You can ring 01509 618800 or e-mail: southafrica@uni-travel.co.uk or visit our website: www.itissouthafrica..co.uk and give us an idea of what you want.

No hidden costs At first sight many prices on the internet seem cheaper than those produced in brochures such as ours. Our prices include all local taxes, are quoted in pounds sterling and are guaranteed once paid for that they will not increase with exchange rate variations. Additionally many web sites, particularly South African sites, do not include the applicable taxes until the very last point of booking. It can come as a great surprise when between 17% and 20% is then added to the supposedly cheap cost of your hotel room.

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Planning your perfect holiday Our ground agents One of our biggest selling points is that we work exclusively with one ground agent in South Africa, who has served our needs since the end of apartheid. Each and every client is personally met at the airport of arrival, their documents and final vouchers are handed to them, and they are helped in picking up their car or to their first

We always ask for a phone number and generally prefer to talk to clients on the phone just to assess exactly what their ideas are. From that conversation we then produce a quote, which is sent to you in writing either by e-mail or by post. We are normally able to do this within three working days of receiving your request for a quote. If we cannot do it in that period we will come back to you and let you know when the quote will be available.

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What if I want to change it?

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All of our quotations are put together on an individual basis and we are happy to change it in line with your individual requirements. Our job is to ensure that you limit what you want to do to what is reasonable to do within one day.

South Africa is a safe and convenient holiday destination that will more than exceed your expectations. Our company has vast experience working in South Africa and coupled with the excellent support of our South African ground agents we are able to offer one of the most comprehensive holiday planning services to South Africa. Whatever your needs we are sure that we can produce a holiday that will exceed your expectations.

What if I want something that is not in the brochure? Brochures of this nature are never the complete item. As I am sure you can appreciate with all our experience a brochure full of all our ideas would be something like the Encyclopaedia Britannica. We often pride ourselves; if we can’t source it and book it, then it probably doesn’t exist.

Just the ticket Your tickets and documentation are normally produced two/three weeks prior to your departure date. If you live locally you may choose to come and collect them, otherwise we will post them to you. Your documentation pack includes tickets, maps, hotel and car vouchers and our much acclaimed “Top Tips”, which includes valuable information with regard to the areas that you will be travelling in.

How do I go about booking it? Once you have accepted our quotation we will then go ahead and request the hotels from our suppliers. With many of the hotels we have block space and in many hotels we have our own preallocated rooms, some of which have unique features.

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What happens if I have a problem whilst I am away? Our ground agents in South Africa operate a 24 hour contact number, or alternatively you can contact our office answer phone and we will help to resolve any problems for you. You are supported throughout your trip from start to finish.

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Fly Drives - The Garden Route - KwaZulu Natal - Kruger & Scenic Mpumalanga

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Car Hire Imagine driving without traffic jams, with wide open spaces, dramatic mountain ranges skirted by rolling Veld, and mile after mile of superb coastline. Enjoy good quality roads that enable you to get around safely and quickly, in a familiar road environment on the left hand side of the road. You are in South Africa! Toyota Corolla Manual · 4 door · Air-conditioning · Radio/tape Power steering. Suitable for 2 adults and 2 children with 3 bags.

Locations

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Avis has over 100 locations across South Africa so there is always one close to you. All major Airports have Avis Depots as well as many Railway stations. If you would rather pick up your car later why not ask for a quote for Avis Chauffer drive to your Hotel from the airport. We can have your car delivered to the hotel at a later date.

◗ Realistic speed limits 120kms. (75 mph) on major roads and 100kms (60mph) on secondary roads. ◗ All fuel has to be paid for in cash but many garages have ATM machines. ◗ Self service is unheard of and attendants will also clean your windows. ◗ Distances can be great in South Africa so plan carefully and use our expertise to enjoy your trip. ◗ Be careful in Rural and Wilderness areas as the wildlife has yet to learn the Highway Code.

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Flights Imagine boarding a plane in the U.K. and some 12 hours later you are at the very tip of the great vibrant continent of Africa. We do not work exclusively with one airline but work as your agent in the changing market place to find the best deal for you. For some it might be the cheapest deal, for others the ease of local airport departure or the best deal on a premium seat upgrade. We always show you alternatives without the need to spend hours on a computer. Impartial advice for the best deals With over 35 years of experience in buying airfares for clients travelling around the world we feel that we can offer a service that is second to none. Rather than just pick a preferred airline we will normally give you at least two options of air travel, selecting from the very best deals available from a multitude of suppliers. Our brochure doesn’t contain any airline prices as the current fluid situation in the airline industry means that a continued series of seat sales and special deals are on offer and that any prices printed are nearly meaningless by the time the ink is dry on the brochure.

(5) Your complete holiday arrangements booked by us are fully covered financially by ABTA, ATOL and IATA, so that you can book in complete peace of mind.

Do you have upgraded seats available? Yes, with all of our airline partners we have some upgrades to Premier Economy and Business Class dependent upon the airline. Many of these are at prices well below the normal published price issued by the airline and we feel that we can offer an excellent choice of upgraded options should you so desire.

Should I book it myself on the net?

Which airlines do you deal with?

We are happy to book ground arrangements only, and many clients are able to utilise their air miles for their holiday arrangements. If booking directly on the net we would ask you to bear in mind the following factors:

Over the years we have built up an amazing network of contacts and contracts with virtually every major airline flying to Africa. Among the airlines we work with are South African Airways, British Airways, Air Namibia, Nationwide, Fly Globespan, Virgin, KLM, Air France and Lufthansa. Each airline offers different options, pricing structures and some offer the ability of regional departures thus saving the need to fly down to London before your flight to Africa.

(1) Cheap flights can very quickly become expensive at the last push of the button when such items as flight surcharges and taxes are added. We quote them right at the start. (2) Most “cheap” flights mean full payment at the time of booking, most of the flights that we offer allow deposit payment and the balance to be paid 12 weeks prior to departure. (3) Flight schedule changes by some of the less reliable charter airlines, sometimes by several days, can play havoc with carefully made travel plans. In high season it is often very difficult and expensive to change pre-existing arrangements. (4) Most web sites show only their own flights. It is our policy to examine and quote you a flight option with all the reliable airlines serving your destination.

Points to remember ● Most airlines operating to and from Africa fly overnight both ways to your end destination. Our airline contracts enable us to fly onwards to smaller non gateway cities and we would be pleased to supply additional information with regard to this service. ● The flight is an important part of your holiday and it is worth some time and effort to ensure that the flights selected meet your needs. ● Make sure you tap into our vast amount of experience and expertise in dealing with airlines.

Are fuel surcharges and airport user fees included in your pricing? We quote our airfares including current taxes and airport user fees, but exclusive of fuel surcharges which are added at the time of ticketing. In the quotation given to you at the time of booking we will indicate to you the current fuel surcharge price if you were to have booked and paid in full for your flight at the time of booking. This way we feel gives a clear indication of the total cost of your airline flights.

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The Garden Route Fly Drive All our fly drive package prices are based on the following: 1. Bed & breakfast accommodation at the hotel grade selected 2. The provision of a car –Golf size for Premier Grade and a premium car for Premier Reserve Grade including taxes and insurance.

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3. Full detailed itineraries and driving instructions, together with our “Handy Hints” section to let you know what to do and when to do it

Today you will travel to your airport of choice and fly overnight from the UK to arrive in Cape Town the next morning.

4. Personal “Meet & greet” service on arrival at South African airport

Day 2 Arrive in Cape Town

Since 1580 Cape Town has been a haven for travellers and few cities have such an outstanding position overlooked by Table Mountain. There is much to see and do, great beaches, colourful markets, historical castle and Robben Island. We include in your fly drive the cost of the open top bus tour allowing you to easily see all that Cape Town has to offer. Overnight Cape Town.

5. 24 Hour help-line in the event of an emergency in South Africa.

What is not included: 1. Excursions suggested, activities indicated by “opportunity to”, although we are in a position to pre-book many of these if you so desire 2. Car hire items such as one way drop charges and extra driver charges, gratuities to service providers, e.g. hotel staff, waiters, etc Our fly drives are put together as examples of what can be achieved in a specific time period. Some can be joined together to provide extended stays, often by the use of relatively low priced internal flights within South Africa. Please ask our staff to help tailor a trip to meet your specific needs.

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One of the most beautiful areas of South Africa is the Eastern and Western Cape, Cape Town and the Garden Route. Many brochures feature this area, but we believe that the fly drive itinerary below encompasses all that is good in the region, together with a few extra visits and destinations not featured by other companies.

You will be met by our representative at Cape Town airport and assisted through the airport to include picking up your rental car and your final documentation before setting out to your Cape Town hotel of choice. The balance of the day to enjoy Cape Town with the help of our unique ‘Handy Hints’ document.

Day 4 Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Your drive to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope through numerous bays and small townships is spectacular and beautiful. One of the best places to see the magnificent proteas blooming naturally. The Cape of Good Hope, the most southerly point in Africa, is spectacular at any time of the year. On your return to Cape Town visit the Cape penguin colony at Boulders. This evening an opportunity to experience the restaurants and shopping in the V & A Waterfront development. Overnight Cape Town

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made holidays from The Independent Traveller Drive from Knysna to George via Mossel Bay, the site of South Africa’s only oil well, Breede River to Hermanus. Between June and November the coastline as far north as Port Elizabeth provides a home for over half the world’s species of whales and dolphins. Hermanus offers the largest concentration of Southern Right Whales anywhere in the world with daily sightings from land right from the town centre. Overnight Hermanus.

Day 5 Wine and Mountain Passes A short drive from Cape Town you enter the winelands area world famous for the production of South Africa’s fine wines, ports and brandies. Towns such as Paarl, Stellenbosh and Franschhoek will be familiar to those who enjoy South Africa’s fine wines. Many clients elect to add an extra day in this area. Our route deviates from the norm via Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn. Magnificent rolling farmlands stretch for miles. Overnight Oudtshoorn area.

Day 6 Ostrich and Caves When ostrich feathers were a requirement of every lady Oudtshoorn was a booming town. Latterly with the discovery that ostrich meat is low in cholesterol its fortunes have returned and in the area there are numerous ostrich farms, which are well worth a visit. Cango Caves, a short drive away, are some of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and these magnificent limestone caves, as big as many cathedrals, are highly recommended. Overnight Oudtshoorn.

to be found on our Christmas tables. Visit Grahamstown, the home of the monument to the British settlers of South Africa. Continue on to the seaside town of Port Elizabeth for your overnight stay. Note: it is on this day that you would add in a safari in the malaria free Eastern Cape area – see our safari notes.

Day 10 The Classic Garden Route Today the classic Garden Route, which stretches from Storms River in the east to Mossel Bay in the west is one of the most spectacular scenic areas of South Africa. In this area there is something for everybody: magnificent coastal beaches and secluded coves, nestled between the mountain range and the sea. In the heart of this area is the town of Knysna, scenically nestled around the lagoon world-famous for its wonderful oysters. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery and we will send you off the main highway to visit some of the small coves and beaches before arriving at Knysna, which will be your home for the next three nights.

Day 11 Featherbed and Oysters Day 7 The Swartberg Pass and the Great Karoo Today you will cross the Great Karoo, an area of semi-desert that stretches from Uniondale to Graaff-Reinet. As the earlier settlers crossed this area, many on Ox carts, they discovered ostrich. For the adventurous this morning we would suggest a detour over the Swartberg Pass, higher than Ben Nevis, offering some spectacular views. You will arrive into Graaff-Reinet mid to late afternoon depending on which route you take. Time to enjoy this preserved Cape Dutch town with its wide strands and spectacular Cape Dutch architecture. Overnight Graaff-Reinet.

Day 8 Cape Dutch and Desolation Valley This morning perhaps an opportunity to try a walking tour of Graaff-Reinet, which lets you into the secrets of this Cape Dutch colony, its magnificent churches, architecture and history. In the afternoon a visit to Desolation Valley, described by some as South Africa’s Grand Canyon, offering wonderful views particularly at sunset. Overnight in Graff-Reinet.

A full day in and around the Knysna area, perhaps an opportunity to take a trip around the lagoon and across to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the Knysna Heads, a small opening in the cliff face where the sea pounds and races through a narrow gorge into the sheltered waters of the Knysna lagoon.

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Day 14 Whales, Great White Sharks, Wine and Golf A full day in the Hermanus area and possibly the option of taking a cruise from Gansbaai, Here the boats during the whale watching season get you upfront and personal with the magnificent Southern Right Whales. At other times of the year the area is famous for the colonies of great white sharks that feed on the Cape Fur Seals as they give birth. The local micro climate between the sea and the mountains produces some of the highest quality wines in South Africa Whatever the season Hermanus has a lot to offer including some excellent local golf courses and some wonderful beaches. Overnight Hermanus.

Day 15 Your last day – Homeward Bound All too soon your trip to South Africa comes to an end. You will go through the Franschhoek Pass back through the Cape wineries and a last opportunity to buy some South African wines to take home with you. Your flight will leave in the early evening arriving back in the UK the next morning.

Day 12 A Train ride to remember Amongst the many other things you can do in this area is the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, one of the few remaining steam trains in South Africa, which travels daily from Knysna to George and returns in the late afternoon. Here you will have the opportunity at lunchtime to enjoy the town of George and some of the best coastal scenery in the whole of Africa. Middelburg

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Day 9 Oranges and the Eastern Cape This morning you will travel down through the rural areas of Eastern Cape, through the orange growing area so famous for the Outspan oranges

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KwaZuluFlyNatal Drive The area between Johannesburg and the Indian Ocean coast around Durban is the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal. The area encompasses the historic homelands of the Zulu nation, who were once feared and respected throughout Southern Africa as one of the most powerful indigenous people. So famous is the name that “Zulu” is the call sign used around the world for the letter Z in the International Aviation Alphabet. leading up to and during the battle. Certainly an emotional experience, which helps to illustrate what a great nation the Zulu people really are.

Day 4 The Midlands Meander Within this area there is a beautiful day drive known as the Midlands Meander. This allows clients to drive slowly through the area taking in some of the unique sights and historical markers. Return this evening to your hotel in this most scenic area.

Day 7 KwaZulu Natal Coast/ The Dolphin Coast A short drive away is the stunning coastal area north of Durban. The farther north you go the more deserted the beaches become. There are some superb beach resorts in this area and on some of the more deserted beaches the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. This part of the trip can be expanded to fit your individual schedule. Overnight on the coast.

Day 5 Rorke’s Drift

Day 1 Your first taste of Africa Most flights leave the UK in the early evening and travel through the night to arrive into Johannesburg early the following morning.

A short drive away are some of the most famous battlefield sites of the Zulu Wars. Rorke’s Drift is an emotive visit and also the site of the highest number of VC’s awarded in one battle. Your comfortable lodge in this area, set amongst magnificent scenery, will form your base for the next two days. The visit to Rorke’s Drift is normally done late afternoon to coincide with the timing of the battle and making the whole experience more realistic.

Other things to do in the area We can tailor make other activities. There are a number of safari options, including Phinda – see page 12, adjacent to the St Lucia Wetlands. We can also arrange for you to fly back from Richard’s Bay or Durban, saving the long drive back to Cape Town, at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a trip with historic interest, outstanding scenery, great food and great beaches this area of South Africa will not disappoint..

Day 6 Isandlwana Day 2 Welcome to Africa You will be met at Johannesburg Airport with our personal Meet & Greet service and a transfer arranged to your hotel in either Johannesburg or Pretoria. The area has much to offer and we will discuss the options for the remainder of the day.

The site of what many acknowledge to be the biggest defeat of the British Army in Africa, which preceded Rorke’s Drift by 24 hours. A short drive away takes you to an open plain dominated by a mountain peak, from this peak your guide will vividly describe what happened in the period Mo

Day 3 Discover the Drakensberg Your car will be delivered to your hotel this morning and you will set out to discover the Drakensberg Mountains, the largest mountain range in South Africa. A collection of mountain ranges, small lakes, breathtaking views and interspersed with some of the most fertile and productive land in the whole of Africa, not surprising that the food is the feature of many hotels in this area. If you enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing (not the big cats), birding, great walking and climbing this area is a definite must. Overnight in the central Drakensberg area.

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Kruger & Scenic Mpumalanga Fly Drive The northern part of South Africa is the most developed and at the same time the most unspoilt. Johannesburg is the most “Afripolitan” city South Africa has to offer and is the economic powerhouse of the country. To the north you will find a dry savannah landscape stretching to Zimbabwe with agricultural development. Travel east and find the world’s 3rd largest canyon on the edge of the high veld plateau. Below this lies the famous Kruger Park on the border with Mozambique. The private game reserves surrounding the Kruger Park offer South Africa’s finest game viewing experiences. Day 4 The Panorama Route The drive along the Panorama Route features some of the finest mountain scenery in Africa. The look out points - Wonder View and God’s Window, give an indication of the spectacular scenery in this area. Whilst in the area we will guide you to scenic Route 532, forgotten by many, but with amazing waterfalls visible from the road. Overnight Hazyview.

Day 5 & 6 Safari

Day 1 Your first taste of Africa Most flights leave the UK in the early evening and travel through the night to arrive into Johannesburg early the following morning.

When visiting Africa, and South Africa in particular, safari is almost always on people’s list of “Must do’s”. The Kruger National Park and the surrounding safari areas are home to one of the highest concentrations of animals in the world. The Big Five and the Significant Seven are all to be found in abundance. Please look at pages 1013 for full details of safaris in this area and beyond. Overnight Kruger Park area dependent on which safari chosen.

Your final night on this fly drive will be in Dullstroom, a small mountain town famous for its excellent fly fishing, boutique shops and restaurants. A unique town with the distinction of having the highest railway station in South Africa. Overnight Dullstroom.

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Day 2 Welcome to Africa You will be met at Johannesburg Airport with our personal Meet & Greet service and a transfer arranged to your hotel in either Johannesburg or Pretoria. The area has much to offer and we will discuss the options for the remainder of the day.

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Safari Enter the Wild Many people will believe that no trip to Africa is complete without a safari to see the majestic animals that roamed the lands before the European migration. South Africa offers some of the best safari on the continent. The sunset in the bush coupled with the sounds and smells of the wilderness is something that will stay with you for a long time. Private lodges or National Park rest camps South African National Parks have a series of rest camps in the Kruger and Addo National Parks. The basic accommodation and self drive safari, which is limited to the hard roads, do offer a very affordable safari experience. To enhance your experience it is always better to add a trip in the large National Park’s vehicles accompanied by a resident game ranger. Please ask us for a quotation. The private game lodges offer rustically luxurious accommodation and prime game viewing off road in small groups, maximum nine, but often fewer. The package will normally be all inclusive, including local drinks, and offer a realistic chance of seeing the Big Five and the Significant Seven. In most cases you will be accompanied by a local tracker and a game warden.

Malaria Free We offer both malaria free and safaris where you should take malaria tablets. Please see individual safari information for details. Malaria free safari does not mean a poorer safari experience, many areas of South Africa are now malaria free.

Length of stay Whilst we recommend a minimum of two nights safari as the absolute minimum, you will find that by staying for three nights you will greatly enhance the amount of game that can be seen.

Age restrictions Policy with regards to children varies from safari to safari. Restrictions are put in place for safety reasons as many small children have limited attention span and noise at the wrong time is both a safety issue and may scare off game that has taken a long time to find. On safaris to very outlying areas clients over 65 may be asked to provide a medical compliance form signed by their doctor.

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Wake up with tea and coffee and cake Early morning game drive including coffee in the bush Return to camp for breakfast, normally served on the veranda Lunch is served, often by the pool Tea and coffee and cake Evening game drive Return to camp for evening meal and discussions on the day

Between the activities you are encouraged to use the facilities of the camp, including the swimming pool, or just relax. It’s surprising however how many times during this relaxation period that with the use of binoculars you get some outstanding wildlife viewing due to the position of the lodges.

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Lalibela is conveniently located approximately 1.5 hours north of Port Elizabeth and consists of over 7500 hectares featuring five eco-systems. This makes an ideal habitat for the Big Five and recently wild dog have also been introduced into the eco-system. There are four lodges, each with their own distinctive character and kept deliberately small so that guests can be offered a fully personal service to enable the rangers as far as possible to tailor the game viewing to each individual client’s specific request. The

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lodges all have large lounges, viewing deck and sunny swimming pool and wherever possible dining is outside in the boma to get that true African feel. Lalibela offers an excellent value game viewing opportunity with a realistic chance of seeing the Big Five. Situated in a malaria free area and fits in ideally with our Garden Route Fly Drive.

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Shamwari Game Reserve in the malaria free Eastern Cape area fits easily into our Cape Fly Drive programme. Situated in verdant bush along Bushman’s River approximately half way from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown, its 20,000 hectares are home to Africa’s Big Five and a large number and variety of other animals as well. Due to its location the property is steeped in settler history, particularly the British settler history of this part of the world. There are six separate lodges on this large property,

each built in different eras, including Longlee Manor originally built in 1910 and the main lodge of this game reserve. Each lodge has its own individual character with some lodges not allowing children, whilst other lodges place no restriction on children. Top quality safari in a malaria free area is the hallmark of what Shamwari has to offer.

PUMBA P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E RV E Located close to Grahamstown and just over one hours drive from Port Elizabeth in the very heart of a malaria free area, this lodge fits very easily into our Garden Route Fly Drive programme. Your accommodation comprises of 12 stone walled thatched waterfront cottages. Each cottage having a private setting with a unique view of the lake. The cottages open up onto a private timber deck with outside showers and plunge pools and are very well fitted out with facilities that include air conditioning, earthenware fireplaces and fine linen to ensure absolute comfort. The

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property extends in excess of 6000 hectares and is home to Africa’s Big Five and visitors have the chance to experience sighting the graceful giraffe and the seldom seen leopard. In addition the reserve is home to over 300 species of birds. The main lodge has magnificent views over the plains and the lake and the Bush Bar is a perfect setting for Sundowners before dinner. The combination of first class accommodation, air conditioning with your own private timber deck and stunning views of the lake, coupled with readily accessible game makes Pumba a firm favourite.

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a CC Africa property, is located in the malaria free area of the Eastern Cape and alongside 42 km of the winding Great Fish River. Some 16,000 hectares house the Big Five, together with Cape African wild dog in a spectacular setting. There are three lodges on the reserve: the Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, which is more suitable for children, and the exclusive Uplands Homestead which is only rented as a complete unit, but does provide cost effective

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Phinda, a CC Africa lodge, is located adjacent to the St Lucia Wetlands in Northern KwaZulu Natal and comprises of 22,000 hectares. A realistic chance of seeing Africa’s Big Five and in addition it is the home of over 380 separate bird species, making it one of the best locations in South Africa for clients looking to experience bird watching. Close by is Sodwana Bay with great marine diversity, which is easily accessible from Phinda Lodge. The lodge comprises of several small

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lodge units, each with their own unique character. Its close proximity to the river means that part of your game drive will take place on water opening up new viewing opportunities and in particular some excellent bird watching. This game reserve is easily added to your Kwa Zulu Natal fly drive programme before you spend a restful time on the great beaches along the Mpumalanga coastline.

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Madikwe Safari Lodge, a CC Africa lodge, is located 4.5 hours north west of Johannesburg by car. Comprising of some 76,000 hectares, it is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries within South Africa. Due to the wide variety of habitat to be found at Madikwe, there is a wide diversity of animals including the Big Five, cheetah and a thriving population of wild dog. Set on a gentle slope nestled between two rolling hills, the safari lodge overlooks game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg

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safari in a very personal way for four or six passengers travelling together. The wide variety of terrain means many indigenous species and some excellent plant life are readily found at this lodge. It fits ideally into our Garden Route Fly Drive programme and has always had excellent feedback from previous clients. The elephant photograph from the main safari introduction page was shot at Kwandwe.

Hills in the distance. With a maximum of 16 suites in three separate lodges you will never get the feeling of being one of the crowd. That combined with the fact that it is one of the few malaria free lodges in the expansive game viewing areas make Madikwe a popular choice amongst our clients.

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This CC Africa property is located in the world famous Kruger National Park. In fact it is the first concession within the park itself. Ngala, meaning lion in Shangaan, is positioned at the junction of the Mopane Forest and the spectacular Timbavati flood plains. The reserve offers two Lodges: Ngala Lodge and Ngala Tented Safari Camp. The Lodge consists of twenty thatched chalets and a luxury suite, all with private verandas overlooking a waterhole often populated by elephants, give this a classical safari

ambience. The tented camp offers six ultra luxurious en-suite tents with air conditioning. A feature of both lodges is individual butler service ensuring the very highest standards, which is extended to the dining room that has a fine reputation for its food and wine list. Home to the Big Five and with over 20,000 hectares to traverse across, spectacular wildlife viewing is normally achieved. If you are looking for top quality safari in luxurious surroundings the world famous Kruger Park Ngala offers that option.

BONGANI M O U N TA I N L O D G E Bongani Mountain Lodge, a CC Africa lodge, is situated in the Mthethomusha Game Reserve adjacent to the world famous Kruger National Park. This 8000 hectare lodge, as its name suggests, is perched high on the mountainsides with commanding views of the Lebombo and Malaelane Mountain ranges. The area has some impressive San (bushmen art), which makes the visit worthwhile in its own right. Home to the Big Five and over 320 varieties of birds, the game viewing is impressive

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and the valley bottoms provide excellent habitat for the larger members of the antelope family such as kudu, impala, Burchell’s zebra and the common waterbuck. The dainty klipspringer is seen amongst the boulder outcrops and if you are lucky on your night drives you may catch a glimpse of the Meller’s mongoose. The 20 chalets and 9 family suites are laid out like a mountain village, just a short walk away from the main lodge. Most lodges have commanding views of the valley below.

LONDOLOZI P R I VAT E G A M E R E S E RV E Londolozi is one of South Africa’s premier game lodges and is situated in the Sabi Sands Reserve, which abuts the world famous Kruger National Park. In fact there are now no fences between the two reserves and animals are free to travel between at will. With over 14,000 hectares of their own land this area has become known as one of the very best in the world for spotting the Big Five and is acknowledged to be perhaps the best location in Africa for spotting the elusive leopard. Two lodges overlook

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the Sand River, whilst another two lodges are in more forested areas which helps to ensure that game viewing is private. As you would probably expect, the cuisine is first class and distinctive. The excellent grazing found in this area means a high density of prey, which in turn enables a very high cat population to be maintained. If leopard viewing is your prime target there is no better reserve than Londolozi.

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Hotel Accommodation Premier Reserve & Premier Hotels Premier Reserve Hotel Accommodation 1. This accommodation is some of the very best in South Africa and many properties within this category have been recognised internationally as exhibiting world-class standards. 2. All accommodation has been inspected by the grading authorities in South Africa and either by ourselves or our ground agents, and is regularly inspected on a continuing basis. 3. Some accommodation is included as it has a special or unique position or offers a unique service. 4. All accommodation includes full breakfast, on site dining facilities and bar facilities.

Premier Hotel Accommodation 1. These are superior hotels in the prime tourist areas of South Africa and a few more off the beaten track destinations. 2. All hotels have full facilities and all offer breakfast included in the cost. 3. Most hotels have either a restaurant on site, or in the case of one or two of the smaller guest houses a wide variety of locally recommended restaurants allowing you to sample the cuisine of the area. 4. Most properties have on site swimming pool.

Few countries in the world are blessed with as wide a range of top quality accommodation as South Africa. South Africa’s portfolio contains some of the world’s leading hotels, some in interesting and varied places, together with some Guest House accommodation that is world class. Whichever type of accommodation you select during your trip you can be assured of a warm welcome, exceptionally high standards and a cuisine to delight the palate. Do I need to pre-book all my accommodation? To ensure that you have a comfortable safe accommodation each and every evening we strongly recommend that you pre-book your accommodation. Our experienced staff, coupled with the experience and on the ground knowledge of our ground agents, means that we can ensure that whatever style of accommodation you choose each and every night your needs are met.

Can you offer other hotels? Space prevents us from featuring all the hotels within our portfolio. The accommodation illustrated is indicative of what is available in each area. If you have been recommended to use another hotel or indeed want to travel to an area not illustrated here, we are sure we can find you accommodation to meet your needs.

Is the price I see the final price? All our hotel prices are inclusive of all taxes and local charges with the exception of parking in some city centre hotels. Unless otherwise stated they will include breakfast and in some destinations due to their location and nature they may well include all meals.

How do I choose my accommodation? Travelling around South Africa you will find a wide variety of accommodation to suit every taste.

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We strongly recommend during your visit that you mix the types of property, using a combination of some grand hotels and also some of the spectacular guest houses, that particularly in the more rural areas give you access to some phenomenal views. Ask our experienced staff for advice.

Is breakfast included? Virtually all hotels and guest houses in South Africa offer breakfast included in the rate, which normally consists of an extensive buffet featuring hot and cold dishes, enough to set up even the most hearty appetite for the day ahead.

Do they have restaurants? As you would expect the larger hotels and many of the larger guest houses also offer the facility for on site meals, both at lunchtime and in the evenings, whilst our smaller guest house properties offer highly recommended local restaurants to enable you to sample the cuisine of the area.

How do I find my hotel? When you pick up your voucher that pre-pays for room and tax at your hotel, also included will be a detailed set of driving instructions on how to find your hotel. These instructions are written in such a way to provide a straightforward and safe routing to your accommodation.

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If you want to stay in Cape Town, but wish to stay out of the city centre, yet convenient to the beaches, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the downtown area, Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia would be an excellent choice. Snuggling up to the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and set in 9 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the quality of this hotel is apparent within minutes of turning into its impressive drive and winding your way up to the reception. First class service and attention, fabulously

appointed rooms, all of which are air conditioned and individually decorated, are amongst the features of this property. To add to your enjoyment there are two swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym and an excellent pitch and putting green for those who wish to hone their skills. The Greenhouse Restaurant offers traditional cuisine and one of the best breakfasts in South Africa, whilst the Cape Malay Restaurant offers an option for the more adventurous.

CAPE TOWN T H E T W E LV E A P O S T L E S H OT E L & S PA The Twelve Apostles Hotel has an outstanding location, where the earth, sea and sky meet poised above the Atlantic rollers flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and her Twelve Apostles mountain range in glorious Cape Town. The ambience and facilities of the hotel fully live up to its stunning position and the sunsets in particular viewed from the veranda of the bar are outstanding. The restaurant has an enviable reputation for modern cuisine. The excellently equipped rooms are in a variety of

styles and many having outstanding sea views. Swimming pool and spa facilities coupled with the hotel’s own 16 seat cinema are all there to ensure that guests have an enjoyable and spectacular stay. This hotel, due to its location, can only be fully enjoyed with the benefit of a rental car throughout your stay. Although out of the heart of Cape Town you are less than a 15 minute drive to the V & A Waterfront with its numerous shops restaurants.

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CAPE TOWN R A D I S S O N S A S H OT E L WAT E R F RO N T Nestled beside the Atlantic Ocean, the Radisson SAS Hotel Waterfront offers visitors commanding views of its private marina and to Robben Island in the distance. Located a short 5 minute walk to the V & A Waterfront with its excellent shopping and dining options, but set aside from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. First class quality rooms, many of which have commanding views of Grainger Bay have recently been refurbished to the very highest international standards. One of the

features of the hotel is the excellent dining room, which has recently been voted in the Top 10 restaurants in Cape Town. Breakfast is served on the patio and candlelight dinners are also served outside during the summer months. On site swimming pool with great ocean views and the free use of a nearby health and fitness centre. Few hotels in the centre of Cape Town have such ocean views coupled with good secure on site parking.

DRAKENSBERG C L E O PAT R A’ S M O U N TA I N FA R M H O U S E Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse is spectacularly set in the heart of the Drakensberg Mountains alongside a dam, where from both the dining room and the lounge you can see the weaver birds building their nests above the trout lake. The accommodation is of good quality and the rooms are distinctly and individually furnished. Both the accommodation and the spectacular setting takes second place at this hotel to the superb cuisine produced by the resident chef owner. Five

course dinners and sumptuous breakfasts are served and included in the rate using only the finest ingredients. The menu is described to the guests personally by the chef each evening, who shares his obvious enjoyment of good food and wine. A short drive from the Farmhouse and you can enjoy a walk into the very heart of the Drakensberg Mountains and within less than half an hour you are in complete wilderness. Certainly a place to visit if you have a hearty appetite for great food.

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HERMANUS BIRKENHEAD HOUSE Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus overlooking Walker Bay Birkenhead House offers eleven rooms lavishly, but discretely furnished, offering the ultimate of comfort. This hotel features in the Condee Nast Traveller Hotlist, one of 50 New Hotels of the World. During the whale-watching season you can have magnificent views of the Southern Right Whales from the terrace and during the rest of the year the two adjacent beaches provide excellent bathing. The hotel operates an “all

inclusive” policy, but unlike many other properties in this category only features the finest of foods and wines. At night when you come down to dinner the pool area is surrounded by lanterns and when you return to your bed after dinner expect to find flower petals in pretty patterns on your bedclothes. Imagine, if you can, opening your window in the morning, the ocean in front and in season whales right in front of you. The small size means that the service levels are exemplary.

HERMANUS THE MARINE The historic Marine is set on the cliffs above Walker Bay in the very heart of Hermanus and has been so since 1902. At any time of the year its commanding view of the bay is spectacular, but none more so than between July and early December when the Southern Right whales are resident in Walker Bay. As you would expect of a hotel of this quality the rooms are excellent, many with sea views. There is a beautiful pool and two on site restaurants, one featuring fresh seafood and the other

acknowledged to be one of the finest dining restaurants in the Western Cape, giving guests an unrivalled choice without leaving the hotel. When in the area you have the option of great beaches, excellent golf and some of South Africa’s finest wineries, many of these products will be served to you in the dining room. An elegant hotel, part of the Relais and Chateaux programme, with a consistency to be expected from the Liz McGrath collection.

JOHANNESBURG N o 1 0 S E C O N D AV E N U E H O U G H TO N E S TAT E In the exclusive northern suburbs of Johannesburg, No. 10 Second Avenue as it is known was built in the 1930’s as a stylish and imposing mansion set in large and tranquil landscaped gardens. An oasis of peace in a busy city. The room quality, the excellent swimming pool, the friendly welcome, coupled with first rate security make this a popular choice of clients staying in Johannesburg. The restaurant is excellent and the steaks served are some of the best in the whole of South Africa. The location of this

property means that it can be used for overnight airport stopovers incorporating our chauffeur driven transfer. It is an ideal base for visiting Johannesburg’s fine shopping, where the hotel will arrange the necessary transfers and city tours, including Soweto are easily arranged from this property. A stay at No. 10 will not disappoint even the most discerning traveller and the attentive staff will look after your every need.

KNYSNA B E LV I D E R E M A N O R H OT E L Imagine, if you will, a 10 acre site perched on a small hill overlooking one of the most scenic lagoons in Africa and you will be at the site of Belvidere Manor, one of Knysna’s most prestigious properties. Your accommodation is in one, two or three bedroom cottages, spaciously set out around the extensive beautifully landscaped gardens, which include an excellent pool and the old Manor House, which serves as the venue for breakfast and dinner. Whenever possible both meals are

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served on the veranda or the patio, giving fabulous views down to the lagoon. Since its early days Belvidere Manor has always been known as a place that serves top quality cuisine and its reputation is undiminished today. The unique Bell Tavern, located on the site, offers simpler meals and a place for a quiet drink whilst enjoying the ambience and scenery of the property.

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The Plettenberg, set on a dramatic rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, is a former manor house that offers spectacular views of the sea and the sand below. 27 Luxury rooms and suites, all of which are en suite, and superbly decorated to a very high standard. Many clients feel that at this hotel the premium for the sea view rooms, which are also larger, is well worthwhile. Breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the sea and the Sands Restaurant offers a distinctive and

varied menu with spectacular sea views thrown in for good measure. Two swimming pools, one heated, have made this a firm favourite of clients throughout the years. The beaches at Plattenberg Bay are recognised to be amongst the best in South Africa, there is excellent golf in the area and a pleasant town to explore. An elegant hotel, part of the Relais and Chateaux programme, with a consistency to be expected from the Liz McGrath collection.

SUN CITY T H E PA L AC E H OT E L The Palace of the Lost City has become synonymous with international stars, concerts, movie shoots and international golf tournaments. It is one of the world's most extraordinary hotels. The interior features exquisite mosaics, frescoes and hand-painted ceilings depicting South Africa's wildlife and culture. The en-suite rooms have an entrance foyer, lounge and seating area. Guests can enjoy buffet-style meals and light snacks at the Pool Braai Buffet and Snack Bar and there are various other

restaurants at the resort. The Grand Pool is a huge swimming pool situated outside the main entrance to The Palace and is intricately decorated with mosaics and sculpture. The Palace is a fantasy world of Africa's jungles, cliff-tumbling gardens, streams, waterfalls, swimming pools, and al fresco entertainment areas and is one of the world’s most exclusive resort venues offering luxurious accommodation and scintillating entertainment.

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THONGA BEACH T H O N G A B E AC H L O D G E Set on a spectacular beach setting approximately four hours north of Durban, Thonga Beach Lodge can only be reached by 4x4 vehicle, the journey taking just over an hour from the parking point. Only eleven thatched bungalows greet you when you arrive, most with spectacular sea views. They are clustered around a central lodge. You often dine under the stars with the sound of the waves to accompany the fine cuisine. Miles of spectacularly isolated beach are also home between November and February to the turtles

that make their painstaking way up the beach to lay their eggs followed by hatchlings racing to the ocean. Superb snorkelling and scuba diving is available directly from the lodge. Close by is Lake Sibiya, Southern Africa’s largest freshwater lake, with a large hippo population. This hotel is unique in that it is a partnership with a local tribe, who provide many of the employees and the profits are then returned to the tribe to develop the local community.

WINELANDS M O N T RO C H E L L E H OT E L Just a short drive away from Cape Town you enter another world with vineyards surrounded by majestic mountains. Here you will find Mont Rochelle nestled on the slopes of the majestic Franschhoek Mountains with commanding views of the Cape winelands, which produce some of South Africa’s finest wines. Each of the 22 rooms offer superb accommodation. A feature of this property is its fine cuisine and to that end there are two on site restaurants, one a formal dining room offering the

very best that South Africa has to offer exquisitely cooked and presented. The second restaurant is more relaxed and Mediterranean in style offering a superb al fresco cuisine. A luxurious wellness centre, sauna, swimming pool, bar pool and gymnasium are amongst the facilities. The hotel offers in house guests wine tasting and there are opportunities in the local area for walking, hiking, mountain biking, trout fishing and horse riding on neighbouring establishments.

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BALLITO THE BOAT HOUSE

Situated in the heart of the Dolphin Coast a short drive north of Durban on the shores of the Indian Ocean, this hotel offers a warm welcome to its many visitors. A stones throw away from the beach and many rooms enjoy panoramic views of Salmon Bay stretching out in front of the hotel. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. In addition to the on site restaurant a short walk to the village of Ballito will open up other dining opportunities.

CAPE TOWN CAMPS BAY RETREAT

Set in the Camps Bay area of Cape Town, this property offers a wide variety of accommodation in a tranquil setting with panoramic views of Camps Bay beach. Within easy walking distance of the beach itself, besides first class rooms and accommodation the property has a well renowned spa on site offering a full range of treatment for clients.

CAPE TOWN PRESIDENT HOTEL

Located in Cape Town’s Bantry Bay area the President offers a great base for exploring the city. Great beaches are on the doorstep and you are a short ten minutes away from the V & A Waterfront and the centre of Cape Town. All guest rooms have en suite facilities, hairdryer, air conditioning, safety deposit box and the on site restaurant and bar provide for your needs. There is an excellent swimming pool to complete the facilities.

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BATTLEFIELDS AREA FUGITIVE’S DRIFT

Fugitive’s Drift Lodge and Fugitive’s Drift Guest House are two adjoining facilities on the same property. The lodge is the original home of the Rattray family, who pioneered the Battlefield Tours of the Zulu wars, and the Guest House has been converted from an original farmhouse to its current use. Both have full dining facilities and separate pools. The accommodation in the lodge itself reflects the grandeur of colonial times, whilst the Guest House rooms are more modern and slightly smaller. Whichever you choose, the Battlefield tours are the same.

CAPE TOWN FLOREAL HOUSE

If you are looking for a smaller hotel in the Cape Town area set underneath the shadow of Table Mountain with sweeping views of Cape Town and the bays below, then Floreal House will be your answer. This first rate property offers highly individual attention, sumptuous breakfasts served when weather permits on the patio, swimming pool and the sort of personal attention that can only be afforded in very small hotels. It is convenient to all the many attractions that Cape Town has to offer, yet offers the peace of tranquillity of its more suburban location.

DRAKENSBERG ARDMORE GUEST HOUSE

Situated in the central Drakensberg area of KwaZulu Natal, this guest farm offers cosy accommodation, either in the main building or in a separate thatched rondawel. There are two bedrooms in the main house and the separate rondawel can accommodate families or small groups up to 5 people. There is a separate guest lounge in the main lodge with log fireplace and stunning views of the mountains. Dinner is served farm style in a beautiful dining room in the company of your hosts and other guests. Whenever possible a traditional farmhouse breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking Ardmore’s lovely gardens. Many of the vegetables come directly from their own organic vegetable garden.

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Situated in an outstanding scenic area and the heart of trout fishing in South Africa this superior guest house offers three distinctive types of accommodation: a luxury apartment, a flat and a cottage at the lower end of the elegant garden. Breathtaking scenery and clean unpolluted air, an ideal stopover en route to the Kruger National Park, but perhaps worthy of a longer stay to enjoy the fine facilities of this property and the history and scenery of the surrounding area.

GRAAFF-REINET DROSTDY HOUSE

This hotel was originally the residence of the equivalent of the Lord Lieutenant in colonial days. The accommodation is unique in that the guests now stay in rooms that were converted out of the original slave quarters and are set in little rows behind the main building. The hotel itself has an excellent swimming pool and a six course table d’hote dinner, which has to be experienced. Graaff-Reinet is one of the best examples of Cape Dutch architecture in South Africa

FRANSCHHOEK AUBERGE CLERMONT

This guest house created in an old wine cellar amongst the wines of this working vineyard and fruit farm offers excellent en suite accommodation with many rooms having great views of the surrounding vineyards and orchards. Swimming pool and tennis courts all add to the quality of this unique property.

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This small thatched property is located less than 10 minutes from the Kruger National Park and is also well placed for exploring the Panorama Route. The 14 rooms all have verandas, there is a fine swimming pool and the a la carte restaurant is open seven days a week for your enjoyment. A fine base for exploring the Lowveld.

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One of the earliest hotels in Hermanus, it enjoys commanding views over Walker Bay famous for its whales between June and November. All rooms are en suite with tea and coffee making facilities. An on site pub and many restaurants are within very easy walking distance. The hotel offers much to visitors to Hermanus, whether in the whale watching season or later on to enjoy the magnificent beaches of this area.

Situated in the Sandton district of Johannesburg this five star deluxe property offers all the facilities you would expect of such a hotel. First class recently refurbished rooms, two swimming pools, extensive buffet breakfast and restaurant and bar for your entertainment and enjoyment throughout the day and evening complete the facilities of the hotel. A short distance from the renowned Sandton Shopping Centre, considered one of the best in South Africa. It is also within easy reach of Johannesburg International Airport.

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OUDTSHOORN HLANGANA LODGE

Conveniently located on the edge of Knysna Lagoon and close to the vibrant town of Knysna, this small lodge offers a wide variety of rooms ranging from superb suites to still luxuriously equipped standard rooms. You are sure of a warm welcome from the resident hosts. Breakfast is a feature of the day and after a hard day’s sightseeing you can relax by the swimming pool, enjoy a drink in the bar or sit on the outside deck and enjoy the view of Knysna Lagoon.

This superior lodge close to all the attractions of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, offers superior accommodation in an exotic garden that stretches to over 1 hectare in size. There is a choice of room types and the property offers fine facilities including a large indoor pool and a breakfast buffet, which enjoys an excellent reputation and serves local delicacies including ostrich sausage. For your evening enjoyment the lodge will be pleased to recommend one of the fine local dining establishments just a short walk from the hotel.

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STELLENBOSCH BONNE ESPERANCE GUEST HOUSE

Conveniently located a short walk from the sea front in Port Elizabeth, this excellent property offers first class rooms in a secure environment. There is a beautiful lounge area, a swimming pool and small garden, where during the summer months the breakfast buffet is set out for your enjoyment. A short drive away is the Broadwalk Centre with a fine range of shopping and dining opportunities to meet your needs.

Bonne Esperance Guest House is conveniently located in Stellenbosch, the home of South Africa’s oldest university. In addition it is the centre of the wine lands area and an ideal base for touring the many superb wineries that have made South African wine so popular. Excellent accommodation, a pool in the gardens and first class hosts make this an ideal base for a wine tasting tour.

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The Sun City Hotel is located in the centre of the resort, which has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars. All hotel rooms are en-suite and there are five fabulous restaurants on site. You can take refuge from the African sun in the hotel’s swimming pool or take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful gardens. The casino generally keeps most adults busy, but there are many other activities.

This gem of a hotel is situated in Swaziland, a country within a country, and a short drive from the capital, Mbabane, within 90 acres of the beautiful Swaziland Highlands. First class rooms, an excellent restaurant and veranda with commanding views of the local countryside. Fresh produce from their own extensive organic gardens make this an ideal stop to and from the Kruger. Swaziland is a slightly different destination and enjoys some fine scenery and some excellent golf courses.

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Victoria Falls What is included: 1. Return flight Johannesburg to Livingstone. 2. Two nights on a bed and breakfast basis in either the Zambezi Sun or the Royal Livingstone hotels on twin share basis. 3. Return transfer from Livingstone Airport to Victoria Falls. 4. Excursion to Zimbabwean side of the Falls. 5. Late afternoon Sundowner Cruise.

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Many clients wish to combine a trip to South Africa with a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural phonomena. To this end we have put together a three day add on package to facilitate this request. Given the current political climate we have elected to stay on the Zambian side of the Falls, but have included an excursion to the Zimbabwean side as a day trip. Day 1 Your first glimpse of the Falls On arrival in Livingstone transfer to Mosi-oatunya National Park. This park abuts the Zambezi River and the Falls themselves. The balance of your day to discover the Falls’ area.

perspective as they relentlessly cascade 350 ft. Return to the Zambian side after lunch in time to board your late afternoon Sundowner Cruise, which will give you access to some tremendous bird life and see the hippos at play.

Day 2 Late afternoon cruise

Day 3 Your last glimpse of the Falls

After a leisurely breakfast transfer to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls, allowing a different

Around lunchtime transfer back to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

a. It is possible to return to the UK on Day 3 or alternatively you can transfer directly to Victoria Falls on your day of arrival.

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ZAMBEZI SUN is a Gobi style hotel simply finished with bright mosaic colours and fabrics close by to the magnificent Victoria Falls. The accommodation is in eight buildings round a central pool area and the complex is serviced by a centrally located check in area, restaurant and bar. Widely used by The Independent Traveller clients over the last few years it has proved to be a highly popular hotel within easy access to all the attractions of the local area.

b. Why not add a short safari to Chobe National Park in Botswana, a short transfer from Victoria Falls. c. You can access Victoria Falls by the Rovos Train route and fly back to Johannesburg or vice versa. We would be pleased to quote.

ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL One of the Leading Hotels of the World, this five star property is located along the banks of the Zambezi River just a short walk away from Victoria Falls itself. The superbly furnished rooms and the thatched main building with its wide verandas demonstrate its heritage and roots in the colonial past. A superb dining room offering a wide choice of dishes and a river deck bar where you can watch the rainbows form in the spray from the Falls as the sun sets.

d. Helicopter flights that must be pre-booked can add a spectacular aerial view to your trip.

Golf at it’s best ZIMBALI GOLF RESORT Zimbali is located north of Durban directly on the Indian Ocean. A full service golf resort, which offers five star accommodation in rooms and suites throughout the gardens of the estate. The 18 hole championship golf course designed by Tom Wyerscough is one of South Africa’s best. Many holes have magnificent views of the forest and to the Indian Ocean beyond. We can make arrangements for you to play many of the other premier courses in the local area.

Here are just a sample of the fabulous Golf courses that can be fitted into our Fly Drive Holidays

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FANCOURT GOLF RESORT Situated close to George this golf resort is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, so you can be assured of a first class experience. In an area of outstanding scenic beauty with a historic manor house, the championship standard courses set a challenge to all levels of golfer. Other courses such as Pezula and Simola are close by to add variety to your golf holiday. Few locations in South Africa can rival Fancourt for the depth and breadth of experience they can offer.

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The Blue Train The colour of luxury Ever since the early development of South Africa rail has been important. In 1932 a deluxe rail service was inaugurated between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Originally called Union Limited, the train soon became known as the “Blue Train” due to its colour. The legend continues today with some of the finest service and accommodation levels to be found on a train anywhere in the world. Dining The Blue Train has always been a showcase of the very best of gourmet cooking in South Africa and of South African wines. On your journey you will be served two lunches in casual elegance, one breakfast and one dinner, although dinner is more formal. The menu contains such South African delicacies as Karoo lamb, ostrich fillet, Knysna oysters and award winning wines.

The Journeys Pretoria – Cape Town and reverse Today the train travels from Pretoria to Cape Town and reverse, a 27 hour journey covering some 1600 km. The scenery is some of the very best that South Africa has to offer and is seen from the ultimate luxury of either your private suite or the wonderfully wood panelled elegance of the Club Car. When you travel from Pretoria to Cape Town an excursion is made to the Kimberley Diamond Museum and the Big Hole, from where some of the world’s most famous diamonds have emerged. On the northbound route from Cape Town to Pretoria a visit is made to the Historic Matijiesfontein.

Cape Town – Port Elizabeth and reverse On a limited number of occasions each year the Blue Train runs excursions from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and vice versa. Here the journey along the spectacular Garden Route includes a full day excursion to Oudtshoorn including a visit to an ostrich farm and Cango Caves and lunch on this occasion is served off the train. This 40 hour journey encompasses some of the finest coastal scenery in South Africa. Please note that this is a very limited service and full details of the dates can be seen in our accompanying price list and booking conditions.

Your Accommodation The Blue Train is kept deliberately to a small size to ensure that the highest standards of service can be replicated on each and every journey. Your on board accommodation comprises of a maximum of six luxury suites per train and a maximum of 36 deluxe suites per train.

Linking the private suites of the Blue Train are two wooden panelled Lounge and Club cars. The Lounge Car is non-smoking and is where high tea is served, whilst the Club Car allows cigar smoking and is a favourite venue for after dinner drinks and cocktails. Whichever route you choose and whichever type of suite you book, your journey on the Blue Train will be an experience of a lifetime.

The deluxe suites feature either twin beds with a shower or double bed with a bath and hand held shower. Please note that there is a limited number of double bedded suites available per train. The interiors are birch veneer and the bathrooms fitted out with Italian marble. The luxury suites are slightly larger and all have full baths to allow perhaps the ultimate luxury of a bath on a train whilst you cross the spectacular South African scenery. Each carriage contains four deluxe suites or three luxury suites and each has its own personal butler, whose sole job is to look after the guests within the particular carriage. Within the suites, whichever you choose, the fittings are of the very highest standard and would not be amiss in a 5 star hotel.

The Blue Train representing all that’s best in South Africa’s recent history - a great railway journey

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Rovos Rail The pride of Africa The Routes Pretoria - Cape Town Rovos Rail takes 48 hours to complete the 1600 km journey following the old Karoo pioneering trail and including two stops for excursions to the Kimberley Gold Mines and the historic town of Matjiesfontein. Included in the cost are two dinners, two lunches and two breakfasts, together with the visits to the Kimberley Mine and the historic town. The service operates approximately 1.5 times per week in either direction and the full operating schedule can be found in the accompanying price list.

The Pride of Africa as Rovos Rail is known is one of the most luxurious train services in the world. Established in 1989, the company founded by Rohan and Anthea Vos, has painstakingly restored and refurbished historic rolling stock found across South Africa and they now operate an extensive premium rail service to some of the most spectacular destinations in South Africa. The Dining Experience Each Rovos train has two fully equipped dining rooms featuring fine china, cutlery and crystal, and perhaps uniquely is able to provide full dining experience for the whole train at one sitting. The menus represent all the best of South Africa utilising premium quality produce cooked and presented to the very highest international standards. With lunch and dinner premium quality South African wines selected to compliment the menu are served with each and every course.

Pretoria - Victoria Falls This journey that takes approximately 54 hours departs from Pretoria, normally on a Thursday northbound and a Saturday southbound, on a weekly basis during the high season. There is limited service at other times of the year, please see our price list for full dates of operation. The journey traverses the Soutpansberg Mountains towards Messina, where you cross the border. The following day your journey continues to Bulawayo, where if the train has made good time there is a visit to the Natural History Museum before arriving into Victoria Falls on the Saturday evening.

Cape Town to George This 24 hour route along the spectacular Garden Route from Cape Town to George includes a Winelands excursion and covers some of South Africa’s stunning coastal scenery. A limited service is run during the busy months, please see our accompanying price list for full timetable. Please note that on request at the time of booking a complimentary connecting ticket from George to Knysna on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is available.

The Trains Each train comprises of a maximum of 32 suites, which have been retro-fitted into historic rolling stock restored to an exceptionally high standard with wood panelling and true Edwardian style.

Your Accommodation Rovos offer three types of onboard suite: The Royal Suite, approximately half the size of a normal railway carriage, features a full bedroom, lounge and a full bathroom complete with Victorian bathtub, perhaps the ultimate in onboard rail experience. The Deluxe Suite, smaller in size than the Royal Suite, but still with its own individual lounge area and full bathroom. The Pullman Suite can be set up with either twin or double beds and has the same bathroom as the Deluxe Suite, but does not have its own separate lounge area. Whichever suite you choose, the standards are the same, nothing better than the absolute First Class will do.

The Pride of Africa featuring lovingly restored rolling stock with a wide variety of routes

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Our brochure includes many of the key elements to make your trip to South Africa both memorable and enjoyable.

Things you might care to know about your South African Holiday 1.

Our expertise in all aspects of South African travel is based on many years of both group travel and individuals exploring this wonderfully diverse country. When you combine this knowledge with the ground care and assistance from our exclusive ground agents it is no surprise that our holidays continually exceed clients’ expectations.

South Africa is the most southerly and most developed country in Africa. Although large in size it has good road structure and an internal transportation system that allows access to all areas of this beautiful country.

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Language - The main languages in South Africa are Afrikaans and English. The indigenous people speak a wide variety of local dialects but most of the younger people will speak Afrikaans or English. There are very few areas in South Africa where you will not be able to make yourself easily understood.

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Climate - Located in the Southern Hemisphere the weather is ‘back to front’ to ours in the U.K. Generally the warmest months to visit are Oct-April with the Cape area enjoying a Mediterranean style of climate. The Northern part around Johannesburg has very hot summers with some rain but dry and generally warm winters (our summers)

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Driving - You drive on the left hand side of the road on good quality roads. Use our expertise to select the right car for your trip.

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Fuel - Currently the fuel price in South Africa is considerably cheaper than the U.K. Petrol stations are always attended and they not only fill your car but clean the windscreen as well! Please note all fuel is paid for in cash but most petrol stations also have small shops and ATM’S.

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Taxes - All our rates include current taxes unless otherwise stated. Please allow for this when comparing prices particularly with the internet.

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Food - South Africa’s climate allows for a great choice of high quality food to be grown. It is well cooked and presented and varies from ‘meat and two veg’ originating from its Northern European routes to Indian curries brought over by the sugar plantation workers. Whatever your choice the service level and presentation are world class. Expect to pay approx. 50% of the cost of similar meals in the U.K. The wine is great as well!

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Tipping - Service comes as standard in South Africa but great service should be rewarded. We will indicate to you appropriate tipping levels with your final documentation.

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Is South Africa Safe? - There are areas of South Africa that it would be unwise to travel to. The same can be said of most countries in the world including our own. In the main tourist areas you are perfectly safe and with simple precautions you will encounter nothing but a warm welcome. The expertise of our ground agents and their 24/7 phone number all add to our on the ground care.

10. Vaccinations - We recommend that you consult your own Doctor in respect of any precautions that you should take. Whilst there are no compulsory vaccinations we always recommend that your protection against polio, tetanus and hepatitis are up to date. Several areas mainly in the north require protection for Malaria. The Cape Area at the time of writing is Malaria free as are the Safari areas in the Eastern Cape. Your Doctor has access to the most up to date information. Always use plenty of high factor sun screen. 11. What documents do I need to enter South Africa? - Currently a full 10 year British or E.U. passport valid for at least 6 months after your return date is required. Your passport must also have 2 blank pages. It is the responsibility of all travellers to ensure that they have the right paperwork. If you hold a passport other than those listed above please ask. 12. Foreign Office Travel Advice – The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check this information on www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo . 13. Booking Conditions - Our detailed booking conditions are contained in our combination price list and booking conditions included separately with this brochure. We ask that you review them carefully as they form the basis of contract between yourselves and us in providing your holiday arrangements.

Whatever you expect from a holiday, South Africa has it all. World class beaches, scenery that reflects its diverse nature, history with a rich past, wildlife viewing both on land and at sea, some exceptional hotels and guest houses, food and wine from the very top draw and a genuine warm welcome. Allow us to plan a holiday that will exceed your expectations.

Our Preferred methods of payment Maestro Debit Card Delta Debit Card Cash Payments Cheque Payments

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Methods of payment for which there is a small charge Visa Credit Card (2% of Total Charge) Mastercard (2% of Total Charge) Those of you who are single travellers may feel that the cost per person of your holiday appears higher than it should be. The reason for this supplement is that our contract with the hotels is based on a price per room while our holidays are sold per person, including flights and other elements. Therefore, the per person price for a lone traveller includes the entire room cost. We do not make additional or excessive profits from these sales, the prices charged merely reflect the real cost to us. In some hotels there are rooms that are designed for single occupancy only. In this instance there will normally be a supplement but usually less than when a single person occupies a double room. These single rooms are often smaller and sometimes less well appointed. PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS. Our thanks go to the South Africa Tourist Board, our hotel and safari partners and Jean & Malcolm Peasnall for the photographic reference used in this brochure.

Call now and see South Africa the way you want to see it For Bookings or Further Enquiries - Call us 24 Hours

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The Independent Traveller, Devonshire House, Devonshire Lane, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3DF Your holiday arrangements are organised by The Independent Traveller, Devonshire House, Devonshire Lane, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3DF. The Independent Traveller is a trading name of Uni-Travel Limited (registered in England No. 2238595), which includes a student travel division, a division specialising in agricultural tours, ranch holidays and The Independent Traveller. The group is fully bonded by ABTA, both as a tour operator and travel agency, and holds for additional security a full IATA licence enabling it to issue airline tickets on all the world’s major airlines. The air holidays and flights in this brochure are also ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4660. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk . Our vast experience and financial security mean that The Independent Traveller offers unrivalled choice and safety in booking your travel arrangements to South Africa, and trades under ABTA number 96395, V9150 and ATOL number 4660. In order to provide you, the client, with the fullest range of services, on occasions we act as retail agents for other ATOL holders and you will be notified of the appropriate ATOL number with your written confirmation.

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