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BOTSWANA & KALAHARI DELUXE

15 days / 14 nights

Overview


Accommodation

  • Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa
  • Kings Pool
  • Abu Camp
  • Cape Grace
  • TSWALU – The Motse
Destination

  • Johannesburg
  • Linyanti Concessions
  • Okavango Delta
  • Cape Town
  • Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Arrive

  • 10 Mar 2017
  • 12 Mar 2017
  • 15 Mar 2017
  • 18 Mar 2017
  • 21 Mar 2017
Duration

  • 2 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 3 nights

Map


Destinations

Johannesburg: Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa 10 Mar 2017 – 12 Mar 2017

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.


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Linyanti Concessions: Kings Pool 12 Mar 2017 – 15 Mar 2017

The Kwando-Linyanti river system is home to a series of private game reserves, known for their exotic animal species and luxury safari options. An abundance of wildlife roams freely between the woodland habitats, ancient floodplains and forests that make up these lush, unfenced reserves. The big game in this area increases dramatically during the dry season when the area hosts large herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo as well as the world’s highest density of elephant. Several packs of wild dog are found in the area and lion, leopard and cheetah are frequently sighted. Night drives allow for the discovery of nocturnal creatures such as civets, genets, honey badgers and spring hares. This vast, untamed wilderness is the perfect location for those seeking a unique African adventure in an exclusive and remote big game habitat.


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Okavango Delta: Abu Camp 15 Mar 2017 – 18 Mar 2017

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water.

Highlights include the elusive Sitatunga antelope which has found refuge in this pristine wetland ecosystem, while birds such as the African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and many others provide a spectacular display.


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Cape Town: Cape Grace 18 Mar 2017 – 21 Mar 2017

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.


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Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve: TSWALU – The Motse 21 Mar 2017 – 24 Mar 2017

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, now protecting over 110,000 hectares of spectacular grasslands and mountains. The vision of this reserve is to “restore the Kalahari to itself.” No more than 30 guests at a time can discover the beauty of this arid savannah, its diverse wildlife and the serenity of what may well be South Africa’s last great wilderness.
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Guests are encouraged to experience a variety of game-viewing opportunities over and above the regular game drives in a 4X4 vehicle – from guided bush walks, leisurely horseback safaris, to spending time with habituated meerkats. Every booking receives a private vehicle, guide, and tracker. This allows for total flexibility and a personalised safari plan offering with no set game drive times.

A customised safari plan means that Tswalu has no set meal times and therefore caters to guests at their pace without impacting on their safari experience. Guests are also able to experience a variety of dining options including boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings, champagne breakfasts and dune picnics.


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Accommodation

Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa | Johannesburg 10 Mar 2017 – 12 Mar 2017

The Saxon has a story to tell. Originally a private home and host to many honoured guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Elegant. Luxurious. Unforgettable. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and the Award winning Spa, the Saxon will take you on an unforgettable journey. This is truly the place you can call home. Let the Saxon treat you to personalised, discreet service and unparalleled South African hospitality. The Saxon is a quiet retreat from the outside world that offers panoramic views over the indigenous gardens towards the city skyline beyond. Each of our rooms is fully equipped with a business area comprising complimentary use of a laptop with a secured wireless Internet connection as well as an iPod docking station, HD LCD screen television, full Digital Satellite bouquet and Blu-ray DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital movie library. The hotel also offers a Fitness Centre with fully equipped Kinesis equipment which is available 24-hours a day, change rooms, and personal trainer on request. Award-winning Leading Spa with extensive Hydro facilities and innovative Signature treatments.
Your Stay:

  • 2 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Xhosa, Zulu, English, Dutch, Italian
  • No. Rooms: 53
  • Special Interests: Gourmet, History & Culture, Leisure, Relaxation, Shopping, Wine, Birding

Luxury Room

Drenched in warm African sunlight, and luxuriously furnished in the Saxon’s signature African style, the Luxury Rooms exude an atmosphere of elegant tranquillity. Serene in marble and light wood, the décor brings in subtle geometric prints and plush furnishings interspersed with novel Eastern influences and African artefacts. Airy and spacious, the open plan layout includes a lounge and dining area, a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 32 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The generous separate bathroom has an oversized bath and a walk-in shower. Latticed shutters open to views over the gardens and city skyline or the pool terrace. (861sq ft/80sq m)

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Executive Luxury Room

The Executive Luxury Rooms provide a sense of quiet retreat, your home away from home. Decorated in contemporary African style, the décor incorporates natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves. Each room has a quiet seating and dining area and a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The luxuriously appointed separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, dual sinks and a walk-in stone clad shower. There is a dedicated 24-hour butler service. Each room has a private deck leading out into the lush gardens. Each Executive Luxury Room can be interconnected with an adjacent Executive Luxury Room. (861sq ft/80sq m)

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One Bedroom Suite

The One Bedroom Suites are decorated with an African inspired palette creating a serene ambience of relaxation and tranquillity. Each suite has its own entrance hall, guest bathroom, dining room and lounge opening onto a balcony. The in room dining area incorporates a business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The suite is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The spacious One Bedroom Suite incorporates a king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu and walk-in cupboards. The generous separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, walk-in shower, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. There is also a fully equipped butler’s kitchen and dedicated butler service. The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. Latticed shutters ensure privacy and open onto views over the gardens and northern views of the Johannesburg city skyline. (2 152sq ft/200sq m) .

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Executive One Bedroom Suite

The palatial Executive One Bedroom Suite is decorated in a contemporary African style, incorporating natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves. Each suite has its own guest bathroom, and separate lounge and dining area, as well as a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The spacious and modern suite incorporates a king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, walk-in cupboards and generous separate bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in stone clad shower, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. There is a fully equipped butler’s kitchen with dedicated butler service. The suite is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. A private balcony overlooks the lush gardens with water features and each suite has access to the terrace and plunge pool. Each Executive One Bedroom Suite can be interconnected with an adjacent Executive One Bedroom Suite. (2 152sq ft/200sq m)

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Nelson Mandela Presidential Suite

Enter the magnificent Nelson Mandela Presidential Suite via a glass-enclosed elevator and experience unequalled luxury. The stately African décor of this premier suite is the epitome of the style and elegance for which the Saxon is renowned. There is an entrance and reception area, guest suite, a lounge and dining area, guest bathroom, a seating area and a business area with full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. The majestic main bedroom with its king size four-poster bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, leads to the walk-in dressing room. There is a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The lavish separate bathroom has an oversized Jacuzzi bath, a walk-in shower and private steam room. Every detail is considered, from the magnificent African décor, to the fully equipped butler’s kitchen with 24-hour dedicated butler service and chef. This suite offers the best views of the estate, overlooking the pool terrace, impressive infinity pool and beyond the gardens and treetops towards the Johannesburg skyline. This distinctive signature suite is designed to surpass the expectations of the most discerning visiting members of Royalty, Heads of State, dignitaries and international celebrities. (4 305sq ft /400sq m)

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Executive Luxury Villa

The Executive Luxury single storey stand-alone Villa offers seven Executive Luxury Rooms furnished in contemporary African style. The décor features natural textures such as stone cladding and light and dark woods, providing the ultimate in luxurious African elegance. Sculptures, paintings and other celebrated pieces of the Saxon art collection line the walls and alcoves. The Executive Luxury Villa has its own lounge and dining room with seating for up to 18 guests. The full seating and breakfast area and bar lead out to the private plunge pool on the terrace overlooking the lush landscaped gardens. There is a fully equipped kitchen with dedicated 24-hour butler service and chef. The Executive Luxury Rooms provide a sense of quiet retreat, your home away from home. Each room has a quiet seating and dining area and a full business desk, complimentary WiFi, international multi plugs and iPod docking station. The room is equipped with a 40 inch Bang & Olufsen HD LCD screen television and Blu-ray DVD player, together with a state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital music library. Every detail is considered to ensure your absolute comfort, including a king size bed dressed with the world’s finest linens, a pillow menu, opulent robe and slippers, and abundant fresh white towels. The room is made up and turned down daily and a newspaper is delivered to your door every morning. The luxuriously appointed separate bathroom has a freestanding bath, dual sinks and a walk-in stone clad shower. Each Executive Luxury Room can be interconnected with an adjacent Executive Luxury Room. A private elevator transfers guests from the underground parking garage. A skywalk leading to the main entrance of the Saxon offers intriguing views over the landscaped gardens. Executive Luxury Villa under roof 9 504sq ft/883sq m, Terrace and courtyard 904sq ft/84sq m, seven Executive Luxury Rooms of 861sq ft/80sq m.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access, Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, Gym (nearby)

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fridge, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television, Outside Shower, Smoking Rooms, Underfloor Heating, Complementary Wi-Fi, Pure Cotton Linen

  • Services

Airport Shuttle, Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk, Foreign Exchange

The Terrace

The Terrace is the central meeting point of the Saxon. From dawn to dusk it is the perfect setting for relaxation and taking in the abundant birdlife while enjoying a refreshing cup of tea, cocktail or a delicious lunch. As the day unfolds you will see the Chefs going to the vegetable garden to get inspiration and pick fresh ingredients for the special menus of the day. The terrace is ideal for experiencing the glorious African sunshine over a long leisurely lunch or afternoon sundowners.

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Saxon Qunu Grill

Qunu Grill extends a warm African welcome, enticing you with its rich surroundings, red tones, woven lampshades and an ambient glow, enhanced by the remarkable hanging gardens. Beyond the hanging gardens the doors open onto the Fig Terrace where guests can dine under the striking canopy of fig trees. With its picturesque indoor-outdoor atmosphere Qunu Grill exudes a sense of being an intrinsic part of Africa.

Qunu Grill pays homage to its South African roots, being named in honour of our beloved elder statesman former President Nelson Mandela’s country home in the Eastern Cape, and takes you on the ultimate African grill experience.

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Luke Dale Roberts x the Saxon

Celebrated for its multi-sensory experience, Luke Dale Roberts x the Saxon guides the guests on an interactive experiential journey of the senses. The Chefs pour all their passion, expertise and creativity into creating a menu that reflects their emotions, passions and inspired ideas, all with an effortless simplicity.

Sourcing only the freshest handpicked seasonal ingredients from the Saxon vegetable garden and pairing them with specialised artisan produce, the menu is a showcase of superior fragrance and flavour. Individually presented to the guests by the Chefs and the Sommeliers, every course is paired with the finest local and international wines.

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Kings Pool | Linyanti Concessions 12 Mar 2017 – 15 Mar 2017

Kings Pool consistently delivers the best dry season game viewing in far northern Botswana. Situated on the border with Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, Kings Pool is in an area vital to the seasonal movements of elephant herds, and to the survival of rare roan and sable antelope. Looking down over the Linyanti River, and up from the safety of sunken hides gives guests unexpected angles from which to witness great wildlife moments.

Nine luxuriously-appointed guest rooms, including one for families, provide indulgent sanctuary between game drives and other activities such as sumptuous dinners on the camp’s colonial-style barge.

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Special highlights include sundowners on the Queen Sylvia barge and time out at the unique underground hide!

Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • Safari Lodge
  • No. Rooms: 9
  • Special Interests: Birding, Nature, Wildlife

Standard Tent(s)

Of the standard tents; eight twin bedded tents and one king size bedded tent. The twin beds can be moved together to make a double bed. There is one guide/pilot tent which is smaller than a standard tent.

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Family Unit

1 family tent consisting of 2 bedrooms each with its own bathroom and entrance; inter-leading walkway between the two bedrooms.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Pool

  • Room Facilities

Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Safe, Shower

  • Services

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Activities and Services


Kings Pool Camp – Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4×4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.

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Kings Pool Camp – Night Drives

Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day.

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Kings Pool Camp – Nature Walks

On request, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.

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Kings Pool Camp – Hides

There are two hides in the vicinity of Kings Pool from which to view and photograph animals and birds. One is located at the western end of camp and the other is an original underground hide, with the water at eye level.


Kings Pool Camp – Fishing*

Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer on a catch-and-release basis. *Seasonal.

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Kings Pool Camp – Birding

Birding is outstanding at Kings Pool Camp, with the Linyanti Concession an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA), particularly for birds of prey like Dickinson’s kestrel and waterbirds. In summer southern carmine bee-eaters nest near camp.

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Kings Pool Camp – Massage Treatmens

Massages are available for you to enjoy in the privacy of your tent.

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Abu Camp | Okavango Delta 15 Mar 2017 – 18 Mar 2017

Abu Camp offers Africa’s premier elephant interaction experience where you’ll have the opportunity to see the Okavango Delta through the eyes of the herd as they accompany you into the bush, and subtly make a case for the conservation of all elephants.

The six luxury guest tents, with private plunge pools and viewing decks, peep out across a lagoon from under ancient fig trees. Game drives, guided walks, and mokoro and boat excursions reveal the many wonders of this wildlife-rich area. The Abu team delight in creating unique moments for guests, whether in the company of elephants or at night around a crackling campfire.

– INSIDER TIP –
Book a night under the stars in the Abu Star Bed. The king-sized bed on a raised platform is close to the elephant boma, so you’ll be lulled to sleep by the contented rumbling of the Abu herd below.

Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • Safari Lodge
  • No. Rooms: 6
  • Special Interests: Birding, Nature, Wildlife

Standard Tent(s)

There are six luxury twin bed tents. Each tent has a private viewing deck.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Gym, Library, Pool

  • Room Facilities

Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Lounge Area, Safe, Private Pool / Jacuzzi

  • Services

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Activities and Services


Interaction with the Abu Herd

Get to know each elephant, with activities offering an all-encompassing experience into the world of the herd, including walking with them, observing their daily life as well as discussing conservation with local researchers.

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Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open safari vehicles. These drives showcase the abundance of wildlife in the varying habitats which range from open grasslands to secluded island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels.

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Mokoro Excursions

Season-dependent mokoro excursions offer a taste of the more conventional Okavango, however at Abu we offer mokoro with a difference – alongside elephants splashing through the water! The traditional dugout canoes are navigated by a skilled poler and offer guests a tranquil and romantic perspective of the region.

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Nature Walks

Walking in the bush with an experienced guide can be one of the most exciting ways of viewing game, as well as appreciating the smaller critters and plant life in and around the concession.

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Star Bed Expirience

The ultimate immersion experience into the sensory world of the elephant can be experienced by sleeping out under the stars overlooking the elephant boma. Be lulled to sleep by the contented rumbling and low snores of the elephants below.

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Birding

Some 380 birds reside in the area and the diversity of activities offered at Abu can lead to special sightings such as lesser jacana, pygmy goose, wattled crane, slaty egret, coppery-tailed coucal and even rosy-throated longclaw amongst others.

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Cape Grace | Cape Town 18 Mar 2017 – 21 Mar 2017

Nestled on a private quay in Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront between a working harbor and the serenity of an international yacht marina, Cape Grace showcases the essence of the Cape, whilst staying true to the warm atmosphere and personalized levels of service that have for years defined the hotel. Cape Grace is centrally located, with quick and easy access to the airport, city center and popular tourist destinations. From the globally inspired offerings of the hotel’s restaurant Signal, to the whisky, wine and cocktail treats that await below deck at the popular Bascule Whisky, Wine and Cocktail Bar, to the African delights that surprise at The Spa at Cape Grace, the hotel is dedicated to surpassing expectations.
Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: English, Afrikaans, French, German, Portuguese, Xhosa, Zulu
  • No. Rooms: 120
  • Special Interests: Shopping, Watersports, Beach / Coastal, Gourmet, Relaxation, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Sports, Wine


Luxury room

Our Luxury rooms are conveniently situated on the ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel and offer warmth and elegant style.

Luxury rooms can also be booked with inter-leading doors – ideal for families. These rooms feature French doors that reveal scenic views of Cape Town’s working harbour.

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Table Mountain Luxury room

Table Mountain Luxury rooms boast glorious views of the iconic Table Mountain, Signal Hill and the international yacht marina, offering warmth and elegant style with personalised details such as an intimate reading area complete with guest’s own book and newspaper selection. Ideally suited for families as inter-leading rooms are available.

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Superior room

Superior rooms are spacious rooms with the added luxury of a generous step-out balcony from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Waterfront and parts of the city. The generous room size makes a Superior room ideal for families, with a foldaway sofa providing a comfortable bed for a child to sleep in.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in Superior rooms.

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Rooftop Luxury room

A true ‘room with a view’, Rooftop Luxury rooms are loft-like spaces with the added luxury of a rooftop breakfast patio from which to appreciate the sights and sounds of the Waterfront harbour, the yacht marina or Table Mountain. For added comfort, each Rooftop Luxury room also has a separate dressing room and an intimate reading area, complete with a selection of books.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in Rooftop Luxury rooms.

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Rooftop Terrace room

With breathtaking views of the V&A Waterfront, yacht marina or Table Mountain, these top floor rooms feature French doors that open onto spacious step-out balconies for making the most of the beautiful surrounds, while the room itself has a generous living area as well as a separate dressing area.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in Rooftop Terrace rooms.

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One Bedroom Suite

The One Bedroom Suite has it all. Unique room details include a separate lounge and dining area as well as a CD player and DVD machine for in-room entertainment. These spacious suites open out onto generously sized balconies overlooking Signal Hill and Table Mountain – the perfect setting for a private dining experience.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in every 1 Bedroom Suite.

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Two Bedroom Suite

The Two Bedroom Suites epitomise luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms and a sizeable balcony, including a fully equipped kitchen, separate lounge and dining area as well as a CD player and DVD machine – ensuring a comfortable stay for those wishing to make the most of their in-room downtime.

As with all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in every 2 Bedroom Suite.

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A Three Bedroom Suite is the ideal choice for families or small groups travelling together. These generously sized suites feature three en-suite bedrooms, a separate kitchen with a separate living area and dining facilities as well as a substantial balcony for keeping an eye on the yacht marina and Waterfront happenings.

Like all rooms at Cape Grace, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV, secure room safes and even an iron and ironing board are standard in every 3 Bedroom Suite.

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Penthouse

Absolute privacy, sumptuous luxury and spectacular views seduce all who stay in either of the two Penthouse Suites, where lavish details abound at every turn. From a luggage unpacking service to a complimentary full mini bar as well as personalised meal planning with the hotel’s Executive Chef, no stone is left unturned to provide the ultimate hotel experience for our Penthouse Suite guests.

Each of our Penthouses consists of a spacious room with generous lounge and dining areas and a walk-in closet, while the large top floor terrace ensures breathtaking views of the Waterfront and the city. A private Jacuzzi and outdoor dining area on the terrace creates the perfect setting for romantic dinners for two. Ideal for honeymoon couples or those wishing to indulge in an utterly unforgettable experience, you’re bound to leave feeling on top of the world.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Disability Services, Gym, Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Clothes Press, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Iron / Ironing Board, Bath, Hair Dryer

  • Services

ATM, Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

Signal Restaurant

Signal Restaurant provides a welcoming setting, where guests can enjoy fresh, local cuisine.

Led by Executive Chef, Malika van Reenen, Signal’s menu connects the Cape’s colourful past with the present through innovative combinations, the freshest ingredients and distinctly South African flavours. Be prepared to be blown away by the array of culinary delights from Signal Restaurant.

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Bascule whisky,wine and cocktail Bar

On the water’s edge of the international yacht marina on Cape Town’s Waterfront, Bascule is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the busy Waterfront surrounds. There are over 500 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer.

The Bascule Lounge, with its warm wood interior, stylish furnishings and fire place is situated adjacent to the main bar; it is the perfect venue for light lunches, dinners, exclusive whisky tastings and private dining.

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TSWALU – The Motse | Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve 21 Mar 2017 – 24 Mar 2017

Tswalu’s main property, the Motse, nestles at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse means “village” in Tswana and our village consists of just nine spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites.

These legaes are built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Recently redesigned by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson, our suites define an elegant, barefoot luxury. Writing in Conde Nast Traveller, Justin Cartwright describes their charm;

Each suite comprises a spacious bedroom with an open fire, a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower, and a large dressing and study area. Your private sun deck overlooks a waterhole and the changing Kalahari animals it attracts.

Two legae have been designed especially for families. Each offers two separate bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room again leading on to a shady, private terrace. These legae are each over 170 square metres in size and create the perfect environment for any family group.

The Motse accommodates no more than 20 guests at any one time to make for a truly intimate Kalahari safari experience. The main house is a spectacular space in which to meet, with its elevated decks and elegant lounges. An infinity pool offers an endless view over the savannahs and a secluded spa is designed to complete your total relaxation. The mezzanine library is equipped with satellite tv (the Motse also has full broadband Wi-Fi access throughout) and its museum cases display rare artefacts from the area. All profits from our exclusive Foundation Gift Shop go directly to fund important new research on the reserve.

Your Stay:

  • 3 Nights
  • Fully Inclusive

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Star
  • Safari Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: English, French, German
  • No. Rooms: 9
  • Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine

Rooms

  • Motse family suite

The unit rate for the two bedroom Motse family suite includes a maximum of 2 children under 17 sharing. If an additional (third) child is required please enquire directly. Please indicate your flight choice as an extra on the booking form, if applicable.

  • Motse suite

In a Motse Suite 2 children under the age of 12 are free when sharing with parents. For children over 12 a Family Suite must be booked, or an additional Suite is required. Please indicate your flight choice as an extra on the booking form, if applicable.

Motse lagae

Six standard legaes or suites, each have a spacious bedroom with an open fire, a sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers, and a large dressing and study area. A private sun deck overlooks a waterhole and the changing Kalahari animals it attracts.

Features and facilities:
– Indoor & outdoor showers
– Open fireplace
– Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole
– Separate dressing area
– Broadband Wi-Fi Access
– Direct dial telephone

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Family lagae

Three legae or suites, each accommodating four people, have been designed especially for families. Each offers two separate bedroom suites with their own en-suite bathrooms, separated by an expansive living room which leads on to a shady, private terrace overlooking a waterhole. These legae are each over 170 square metres in size and create the perfect environment for any family group.

Features and facilities:
– Indoor & outdoor showers
– Open fireplace
– Private sun deck overlooking a waterhole
– Separate dressing areas
– Broadband Wi-Fi Access
– Direct dial telephone

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Bar, Gym, Internet Access, Kiddies Club, Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Complementary Wi-Fi, Balcony / Deck, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Heated Towel Rails, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah


Games Drives

Game drives at Tswalu are a unique experience because guests have their own vehicles, guide and tracker. Our expert Field Guides have been specially trained in Kalahari wildlife and each contributes personally to the constant programme of research and conservation on our reserve.

In addition to this, Tswalu is over 100 000 hectares in size. This means that you will not see another vehicle on your game drive. It also means that game drives can be completely tailored to the guests’ interests.

As well as discovering many rare and endangered species for the first time, every guest leaves with a deep appreciation of the beauty of this entire eco-system.

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Bush walks

Guided bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. We want people to get even closer to the land. To touch the unique vegetation (and learn about some plants’ extraordinary properties). To inspect nests and burrows. To examine the smallest insect.

A morning can begin by walking to a meerkat colony and watching these engaging mammals warm themselves in the sunshine before they scamper off to forage.

Night walks are now also possible, offering the chance of exceptional sightings such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena at even closer range.

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Horseback safaris

Another exciting game viewing option at Tswalu is a horseback safari.
Horseback safaris allow guests to explore the dunes and savannahs on our well-schooled and well-mannered horses, which are suitable for all ages and all levels of experience.
There is no better way to get close to nature and the wildlife. On a horse safari in at Tswalu, you become part of the landscape and many of the animals react differently to your presence. No-one who experiences this kind of closeness with wildlife ever forgets it.
Our equestrian guides are well trained in the Kalahari ecology, and will lead you on a true safari where you can ride alongside antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, or watch them from a distance without detection.
Children are welcome on horseback safaris. Both trail and English saddles are available and every piece of necessary equipment is provided, in every imaginable size.

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Junior Ranger’s Programme

Children are welcome at Tswalu and the reserve is well equipped to cater for them. Tswalu believes that they too can be part of the conservation vision.

The youngsters will be introduced to the Junior Ranger programme and given a backpack with guides and tools to help them learn about the Kalahari. During their stay they will make their own bow and arrow for archery, learn how to identify spoor, and track game on foot.

In between game walks and drives there are activities at The Motse specially designed to occupy the kids while mom and dad relax. Tswalu’s stables will create a special “pony camp” for any child who shares their passion for horses. There is no malaria in this part of the Kalahari and the pool is a big attraction. They can chat to the rangers, decorate cup cakes and even cook their own bush dinner in the special children’s boma. A separate children’s menu caters for their individual tastes.

Babysitters can be arranged for younger children if parents want time alone.

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Tswalu Spa

Tswalu’s Spa is a combination of sensual spaces which combine to create one of the most unusual spa experiences in Africa.

Designed to enhance the natural beauty of the Kalahari and take advantage of the superb climate, the outdoor treatment area is within an indigenous spa garden where guests may find the occasional antelope grazing alongside them and be lulled into a deep state of relaxation by the sound of birdsong.

The indoor spa area is a natural extension of the earth, inspired by nature and the splendour of the Kalahari, with natural finishes and fabrics and simple spaces which together create a sense of tranquility and barefoot elegance.

Guests may also choose to have their treatments at an outdoor tsala, where a rustic structure protects one from the elements and is positioned to give a bird’s eye view of the open grasslands of the reserve against the backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountain range.

Treatments at Tswalu Spa include exfoliation treatments using fine red Kalahari dune sand or desert mineral crystals from the natural mineral rich salt pans of the Kalahari, infused with plant-based emollient rich aromatic oils. Authentic signature massages are performed by local therapists.

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Dining at Tswalu

Tswalu offers a number of dining options for guests who can dine indoors or out, in the dining room or at the pool deck, and can enjoy their meals at times that suit them.
From a late breakfast at the pool, a picnic in the dunes, a feast in the boma, or sundowners and snacks on your private deck… guests will delight in the delicious gourmet meals prepared by Executive Chef Justin Pillay.
Justin joined the reserve on 8 October 2012, bringing with him a wealth of experience as a head chef and a fine-dining specialist. He has created an exceptional wining and dining experience at Tswalu, stamping his influence on all the dining options and striving to establish Tswalu as a top culinary destination.
Tswalu’s wine list has been carefully selected from the best South African wines available and guests will enjoy the food and wine pairing menus.
The wine list was awarded Platinum status by the coveted Diners Club Wine List Awards in 2012.

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Tswalu gourmet dining

Enjoy a 6 course tasting menu under the stars.

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Bush picnics

Ideal when out on an all safari.

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Bush dining

Outdoors and under the stars.

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Daily Information

Day 1: Johannesburg Fri. 10 Mar 2017

On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA and transferred to Saxon Hotel for 2 nights. (Journey time 40mins).

At the Saxon we create our own standards. Every detail is considered, from the quality of the food to the finer points of our warm hospitality, you can expect only the best. The best is what we know, it is entrenched in the roots of our African spirit. On arrival at the Saxon you will be greeted warmly by our arrivals staff and our Concierge, working together as a family to ensure your stay is an unforgettable one. The sense of space, the landscaped gardens and remarkable infinity pool set a serene backdrop for a restful journey. You become aware of the sights and sounds and the warm atmosphere as you arrive at the entrance with its sweeping staircase. The lounge and terrace offer views over the gardens.

Return to Hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Saxon Hotel in a Villa Luxury Suites on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 2: Johannesburg Sat. 11 Mar 2017

Enjoy the wonder of the history of Johannesburg and surrounding areas through the eyes of master story teller Robin Binckes. Robin, winner of the inaugural Tour Guide of the Year Award “for his contribution towards tourism in Gauteng province,” specializes in the History of this country, and its people. If you want to experience South Africa through the eyes of one of it’s most passionate citizens….

Visit to Alexandra Township – Learn of the hardships and challenges of daily life in Alexandra township close to Johannesburg’s bustling city centre.

Later in the afternoon visit the Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience. The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga known as apartheid.

Overnight: Saxon Hotel in a Villa Luxury Suites on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 3: Linyanti Concessions Sun. 12 Mar 2017

After breakfast and check out procedures, you will be transferred to OR Tambo International Airport for your connecting flight to Maun Airport (Flight included in cost). On arrival at Maun Airport, you will be met by a representative followme2AFRICA (Wilderness Safaris) and assisted to your flight to Kings Pool Camp, your home for the next 3 nights.

Kings Pool Camp is located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a vast private concession in the northern part of Botswana, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The accommodation here is luxurious, the wildlife spectacular.

Kings Pool Camp has nine well-appointed tents of canvas and thatch. Each has a large bedroom area, lounge, private plunge pool and ‘sala’. The spacious en-suite bathrooms are tiled with double showers and hand-basins – as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower close to nature! Raised walkways allow the elephants and other animals to wander freely through the Kings Pool Camp to and from the water. The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on expansive raised decks. There is also a communal pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ for dining under the stars.

Kings Pool Camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, apparently named after a Scandinavian monarch who spent a number of nights camping out on its banks – long before any camp was built here.

Kings Pool Camp is famed not just for the sights, but also the sounds of wildlife all around. For this reason the camp has two hides. One is located at the western end of the camp where one can spend one’s entire siesta time watching game come down to drink. The other is an original underground hide, with the water at eye-level. Seeing massive elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an extraordinary experience

Overnight: Kings Pool Camp in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Fully Inclusive & Activity basis


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Day 4: Linyanti Concessions Mon. 13 Mar 2017

05h00 – Wake up call. Light breakfast is served

05h30 – Depart for morning activities, returning to camp at approximately

10h00 – Brunch served

16h00 – Afternoon tea consisting of a selection of sweet and savoury snacks.

16h30 – Depart on afternoon game viewing activities

19h30 – Return to camp (later if good game sighting).

20h00 – Pre-dinner drinks are served at the bar.

20h30 – Three course dinner served with table wine.

21h30 – Coffee and drinks at the campfire

Overnight: Kings Pool Camp in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Fully Inclusive & Activity basis


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Day 5: Linyanti Concessions Tue. 14 Mar 2017

05h00 – Wake up call. Light breakfast is served

05h30 – Depart for morning activities, returning to camp at approximately

10h00 – Brunch served

16h00 – Afternoon tea consisting of a selection of sweet and savoury snacks.

16h30 – Depart on afternoon game viewing activities

19h30 – Return to camp (later if good game sighting).

20h00 – Pre-dinner drinks are served at the bar.

20h30 – Three course dinner served with table wine.

21h30 – Coffee and drinks at the campfire

Overnight: Kings Pool Camp in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Fully Inclusive & Activity basis.


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Day 6: Okavango Delta Wed. 15 Mar 2017

After morning activities and check out procedures, you will be met by a representative from followme2AFRICA (Wilderness Safaris) for your flight to Abu Camp for 3 nights.

At Abu Camp, you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu herd. You will form a strong emotional bond with the herd that is both humbling and inspiring and at the same time, gain an understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu Camp is based.

Named after a very special bull elephant, Abu Camp is set in a pristine copse of riverine forest and blends in seamlessly with the magnificent surrounding hardwood trees. Looking out over a large lagoon, an imaginative use of canvas has created a unique and luxurious style of tent. Each of the tents has its own distinctive furnishings and fittings, imparting an air of opulence in the bush, and featuring an indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor copper bath and a plunge pool sunk into the elevated teak deck. The multi-decked lounge and dining area and a well-stocked library and study, gym and pool will keep you entertained, informed and energised while at Abu Camp.

Overnight: Abu Camp in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Fully Inclusive and Activities basis.


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Day 7: Okavango Delta Thu. 16 Mar 2017

07h00 – Breakfast

07h45 – Ride out into the bush on the elephants plus walking with them for those keen. another great option would be a morning game drive to discover what the nocturnal creatures have been up to overnight, and experience the start of a new day in the bush as the diurnal animals become active in the golden morning light.

10h00 – Bush tea and anatomy talk using one of the elephants as a live model. Game drive back to camp for lunch.

13h00 – Lunch and siesta

15h30 – Tea and viewing the elephants mud bathing walk/ride the elephants back to camp on a different route.

Sunset in camp.

19h00 Farewell bush dinner.

Overnight: Abu Camp in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Fully Inclusive and Activities basis.


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Day 8: Okavango Delta Fri. 17 Mar 2017

07h00 – Breakfast

07h45 – Ride out into the bush on the elephants plus walking with them for those keen. another great option would be a morning game drive to discover what the nocturnal creatures have been up to overnight, and experience the start of a new day in the bush as the diurnal animals become active in the golden morning light.

10h00 – Bush tea and anatomy talk using one of the elephants as a live model. Game drive back to camp for lunch.

13h00 – Lunch and siesta

15h30 – Tea and viewing the elephants mud bathing walk/ride the elephants back to camp on a different route.

Sunset in camp.

19h00 – Farewell bush dinner.

Overnight: Abu Camp in a Luxury Thatched Tent on a Fully Inclusive and Activities basis.


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Day 9: Cape Town Sat. 18 Mar 2017

After morning activities and check out procedures, you will be met by a representative from followme2AFRICA (Wilderness Safaris) for your light aircraft to Maun Airport. On arrival at Maun Airport you will be assisted to your flight Cape Town. (Flight included in cost)

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA and transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel for 3 nights. (Journey time 30mins)

Classically-inspired from the exterior, gracefully elegant within, Cape Grace is a luxurious retreat that evokes a sense of gentler times. Set on its own quay at Cape Town’s vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, it becomes a destination on its own offering the ultimate guest experience. Cape Grace’s charm lies in its intimate atmosphere, stylish decor and personalized hospitality.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Suite on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 10: Cape Town Sun. 19 Mar 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30, by a representative of followme2AFRICA for a Half Day tour of the City.

This tour includes Table Mountain (cable car fee included), Castle of Good Hope, South African Museum and Company Gardens (included in cost).

Table Mountain

By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on the 4th of October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

Castle of Good Hope

Built between 1666 and 1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The Castle was, however, not the first fort to be built at the Cape. A quadrangular fort was built after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, where the Grand Parade and the main Post Office are situated today. In 1936 the Castle was Octlared a National Monument. The Castle of Good Hope houses the military personnel of the SA army in the Western Cape, the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks, the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for traditional Cape Regiments.

Return to Hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Suite on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Cape City Tour (Morning) – Private

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity of excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern city it has become.

Duration: 3h00
Departure Times: 08h30


Day 11: Cape Town Mon. 20 Mar 2017

Today you will be collected from reception at 08:30am, by a representative of followme2AFRICA for a Full Day tour of the Cape Peninsula.

This tour includes visits to Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach to view the penguins and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. (included in cost).

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (excluded in cost), go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre.

Return to Hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cape Grace Hotel in a Suite on a Bed & Breakfast basis.


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Day 12: Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve Tue. 21 Mar 2017

After breakfast and check out procedures, you will be met by a representative from followme2AFRICA and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

Tswalu offers superlative game and sightings of some of South Africas rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including black-maned Kalahari lions, desert black rhino, cheetah, meerkats, pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf and African wild dogs.

A variety of interactive safari experiences are offered to explore the 100 000 hectare malaria-free wilderness with its wide open spaces, rolling savannah landscapes and Korranaberg mountains, and guests can track wildlife on foot, on horseback or in a 4×4 Land Rover. Between game drives indulge in boma feasts and bush dinners, sundowners, wine tastings, champagne breakfasts and dune picnics. Or book a treatment in the award-winning Tswalu Spa with its outdoor treatment area and indigenous spa garden.

Overnight: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in a Motse Suite on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drive basis.


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Day 13: Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve Wed. 22 Mar 2017

What makes Tswalu unique is the complete flexibility of the game viewing experience. They offer all guests a private vehicle, guide, and tracker, and they can therefore create their own safari plan. There are no time schedules – guests can view game all day and all night – it’s up to guests.

Overnight: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in a Motse Suite on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drive basis.


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Day 14: Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve Thu. 23 Mar 2017

What makes Tswalu unique is the complete flexibility of the game viewing experience. They offer all guests a private vehicle, guide, and tracker, and they can therefore create their own safari plan. There are no time schedules – guests can view game all day and all night – it’s up to guests.

Overnight: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in a Motse Suite on a Fully Inclusive and Game Drive basis.


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Day 15: Departure Fri. 24 Mar 2017

Depart Tswalu Kalahari Reserve to OR Tambo Airport (Flight included in cost). On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a followme2AFRICA representative and assist you with check in to your International flight returning home.

Flights

Date

12 Mar 2017
12 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017
15 Mar 2017
18 Mar 2017
18 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017
24 Mar 2017

Departure

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Maun Airport [MUB] Kings Pool
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Maun Airport [MUB] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] TSWALU – The Motse

Arrival

Maun Airport [MUB] Kings Pool
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Maun Airport [MUB] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] TSWALU – The Motse
OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Transfers

Date

10 Mar 2017
12 Mar 2017
18 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017

Pick Up

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa
Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Cape Grace

Drop Off

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Additional Information

Trip Preparation

Please ensure that you consult your doctor prior to traveling.

Malaria

Although there is no formal requirement of immunizations for accessing South Africa, it is recommended that you take Malaria precautions (tablets) especially due to your safari visiting Malaria Risk areas.

Malaria within South Africa’s borders is encountered mainly in:
• northern and eastern Mpumalanga,
• northern KwaZulu-Natal,
• the border areas of the Northern and North West provinces.

Outside of the South African borders it is found in:
• the lower lying areas of Swaziland,
• in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
• northern parts of Botswana (more specifically Kasane),
• in northern Namibia,
• in Kenya.

Ticks

After conducting bush walks (or similar – whilst being on foot), it is advisable to brush your clothes down and to examine your cloths or exposed areas if your body for ticks. If a tick is found on your skin, carefully remove these without leaving the biting/mouth parts of the insect in your skin. Anti-tick sprays are readily available and are a useful precaution known to be very effective against ticks. Wearing long pants and socks will prevent many bites.

Symptoms would normally present itself after a 5 to 7 day incubation period and may include: fevers, headaches, malaise and in some clients even a skin rash. A tick bit is normally visible as a dark black mark and is a helpful diagnostic. Tick bit symptoms can easily be treated with course of antibiotics, however this is generally not always a necessary requirement.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is an incurable viral illness but one can be vaccinated to prevent infection. Yellow Fever is a virus which is transmitted by mosquitos. The Yellow Fever virus is predominantly found in certain areas of West Africa, Central Africa and South America. Proof of vaccination is required when visiting countries like Kenya and Tanzania. If your itinerary includes Mozambique, travelling from a Yellow Fever destination would require you to provide proof of inoculation before being allowed entry.

Currently there is no requirement for Yellow Fever when visiting South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia. Please consult the World Health Organizations website for details on VF requirements: www.who.int/ith/ITH_country_list.pdf

Inoculations must be received at least 10 days before travel, as the vaccine is not effective within 10 days. The YF vaccine will provide immunity against the virus for 10 years. You will receive a Yellow Card which you must carry with you when travelling.

Exemptions: Pregnant women, HIV-positive, if undergoing chemotherapy or people with a suppressed immune system. Any person that falls within the above would be required to visit a clinic/medical practitioner for a consultation and request that they be given an exemption certificate.

YF Symptoms: Normally experienced six days after being bitten, and include: fever, headache, body pains, and most often nausea

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.


Banking and Currency

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango.

Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Note:

  • A valid international driver’s licence is required.
  • We drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cellphones can only be used ‘hands free’.
  • Speed limits are generally set at 120km on freeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
  • Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
  • Petrol stations are widespread.
  • Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa

Another means of getting around South Africa are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the new Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and OR Tambo International Airport.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.


Climate and Weather

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters are also available at major airports.

Botswana

Despite recent and surprisingly rapid modernization, Botswana’s cities provide little in the way of tourist attractions. However, what the cities lack in excitement, the surrounding wilderness areas more than make up for in outstanding natural beauty. The country’s primary tourist draw card is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta – the largest inland delta in the world provide a haven for an abundance of African wildlife. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi salt pans where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.


Banking and Currency

Currency

Botswana’s currency is Pula (which means ‘rain’ in Setswana). It is divided into 100 thebe (which means ‘shield’ in Setswana). Travellers’ cheques and foreign currency may be changed at banks, bureaux de change and authorised hotels.

The US dollar, Euros, British Pound and the South African Rand are the most easily convertible currencies (and accepted by some estabishments – but, generally, then an inflated rate of exchange will be applied).

Banking

Seven main commercial banks, as well as a number of foregin exchange bureaux, operate in Botswana. Operating hours are Monday to Friday 08h30 to 15h30 and Saturday 08h30 to 10h45.

Full banking services are available in major towns, although ATMs are sprouting up all over the country. Most credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants. Cultural sites and community art and craft outlets usually only accept cash.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Public transport in Botswana is geared towards the needs of the local populace and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Botswana’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

Driving off the main roads in Botswana is only recommended to expects in 4×4 vehicles, that are equipped correctly. Most lodges offer transfers or they can be arranged. If, however, you will be driving in Botswana: your home driving licence will be accepted (with an official English translation if necessary; driving is on the left side of the road; and the national speed limit is on tarred roads is 120km/h and 60km/h in towns and villages.

Be sure to watch out for wild animals on the roads!

There are major airports in Maun, Kasane and Gaborone, while smaller charter flights are used to get to the other top attractions and camps.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Tap water is considered safe to drink, although outside main cities and towns, visitors are advised to check first and sterilise water if in any doubt. Bottled water is available in most tourist centres. Filtered water is available at most camps and shops offer bottled water – it is advised to be well stocked of bottled water if you are travelling off the beaten track. Milk is pasteurised, and dairy products, local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally safe.

Safari lodges and camps serve international-style cuisine, generally of an extremely high standard, along with local beer and imported wine and spirits. Good restaurants and bars can be found in main towns, often within hotels. Beef and goat are very popular meats. Elsewhere, food is more basic: millet and sorghum porridge are the local staples.

A discretionary 5 to 10% tip is typical for restaurant bills. In many places, a service charge is automatically added. It is customary to tip the game guide and lodge staff while on safari.


Climate and Weather

Botswana’s climatic pattern is typical of southern Africa, although its rainfall is less than countries further east. The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.

As with Namibia, April and May in Botswana are generally lovely, with the sky clear and the landscape green. Night temperatures start to drop during these months, especially in the Kalahari. Note that places in and around the Okavango tend to have less extreme, more moderate temperatures than the drier areas of the Kalahari.

From June to August the night-time temperatures in drier areas can be close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day, when the sky is usually clear and blue. It’s now very much ‘peak season’ for most safari areas: the land is dry in most areas so the animals congregate around the few available water sources.

This continues into September and October, when temperatures climb again, drying the landscapes and concentrating the game even more. This is the best time for big game safaris – although October can feel very hot, with maximum temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C.

November is difficult to predict, as it can sometimes be a continuation of October’s heat, whilst sometimes it’s cooled by the first rains; it’s always an interesting month.


Clothing and Dress Recommendations

In summer, lightweight, lightcoloured cottons are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort. In winter, wear trousers, longsleeved shirts / blouses and jerseys. From May – August, night temperatures can fall below zero degrees celsius, so warm jerseys and jackets are vital, especially on morning and evening game drives. Garments of neutral colours that blend with the bush and forest are advisable for safaris and game viewing. Bring a lightweight jacket and/or jersey for unexpected temperature changes or rain. Closed, comfortable walking shoesor gym shoes are a must in all seasons. Special attention should be given to protection from the sun. Bring a sunhat, good quality sunscreen, sun lotion and polarised sunglasses. Wide brimmed sun hats are essential.


Electricity and Plug Standards

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana are the “Type M ” South African SABS1661 (“Large” 15 amp BS-546) sockets. This is actually an old British standard. The “Type M ” South African plug and socket is not to be confused with the “Type D ” Indian plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Botswana usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you’re plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. If you need to use appliances that are not compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, you will need a voltage converter.


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