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SAFARI & BEACH ADVENTURE

14 days / 13 nights

Overview


Accommodation

  • Thornybush Chapungu Tented Bush Camp
  • Winchester Mansions
  • River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • La Pirogue Hotel
Destination

  • Thornybush Game Reserve
  • Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch
  • Flic En Flac Beach
Arrive

  • 23 Apr 2017
  • 27 Apr 2017
  • 30 Apr 2017
  • 2 May 2017
Duration

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

Map


Destinations

Thornybush Game Reserve: Thornybush Chapungu Tented Bush Camp 23 Apr 2017 – 27 Apr 2017

A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush has evolved over the years into a visitor’s paradise, “our collection of Lodges offers something for everyone. Bush lovers can saturate themselves, not only in the big five, but also in the remarkable fauna and flora,” while less than enthusiastic bush goers can recoup their sanity relaxing in the luxurious surrounds, enjoying delicious cuisine and pampering themselves at one of the spas. Whatever your preference you never leave Thornybush the same as when you arrived.


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Cape Town: Winchester Mansions 27 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 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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Stellenbosch: River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa 30 Apr 2017 – 2 May 2017

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.


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Flic En Flac Beach: La Pirogue Hotel 2 May 2017 – 6 May 2017

The Mauritian seaside village of Flic en Flac is located in the district of Black River on the western coast of the island, about 15 km south of the capital, Port Louis. What was once a small fishing village has developed into one of the country’s premier tourist areas. Its glorious golden sand beach is the longest on the island and is lined with Casurina Trees, some of the island’s most luxurious hotels, as well as some lovely little tourist shops, excellent restaurants and laid-back beach bars where you can sit back, relax, and indulge in a delicious fruity cocktail. Flic en Flac is blessed with a wonderful crystal clear lagoon which is protected by the surrounding coral reefs, providing excellent and safe swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling conditions. If you are seeking a relaxing retreat in an idyllic island setting, look no further than the picturesque village of Flic en Flac.


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Accommodation

Thornybush Chapungu Tented Bush Camp | Thornybush Game Reserve 23 Apr 2017 – 27 Apr 2017

Let your spirit fly free. Where the soul of bygone Africa meets the present. Chapungu is the Shona name for the Bateleur Eagle, the majestic bird that quarters the skies above our tented camp nestled deep in the savannah of Thornybush.

Here you can enjoy the elegance and style of a bygone era combined with all the trappings and convenience of modernity. Tranquil and intimate, the 8 en-suite air conditioned tents are washed with afternoon sunlight and colour, and offer outstanding bushveld views from their private decks, each with an outdoor bath.

Boma dinners are an occasion and an opportunity to savour the finest fare. A superb selection of wine is available in the lodge’s wine cellar. Settle around a log fire to recount the days’ game experiences before retiring to the lounge for a night-cap, or the comfort of your tent.

Enjoy a timeless African experience, where the eagles soar.

Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Full Board and Activities

Fast Facts:

  • 4 Star
  • Safari Lodge
  • Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
  • No. Rooms: 8
  • Special Interests: Big 5, Leisure, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Birding, Nature

Tented accommodation

Each tent rests on a raised wooden deck, providing elevated vistas of rolling plains bathed in the amber glow of the midday sun, where darting birds tweet their greetings from scrubby acacias. A spotlight provides twenty-four hour access to your views and even the en-suite bathroom flows out onto a deck with a large bathtub, allowing you to submerge yourself in luxurious relaxation in the great outdoors. A sample of bath-time amenities is provided for your convenience and there is also a shower for quick rejuvenation.

When you’ve absorbed your fill of the African sunshine, you can retreat to air-conditioned comfort and continue your vigil through glass paned doors, sustained by refreshment from the mini bar (on req.) and an unlimited supply of bottled water. Additional comforts to remind you that you are still in the present day include a tea and coffee station, complimentary sherry station, umbrella, hair-dryer and room safe. International adapters are available from reception.

Plump king-sized beds will envelop you after the day’s adventures. Sink into slumber, cocooned in luxurious cotton linen, lulled by the stillness of the night and gentle whirring of the overhead fan.

Facilities

  • Property Facilities

24-hour Security, Bar, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Secure Parking, Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Private Vehicle Available, Spa

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Bath, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Shower

  • Services

Credit Card, Room Service


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Dawn and Dusk Safaris

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Rover with experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of the best wildlife Africa has to offer.

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Guided Bush Walks

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

No children under 16 years of age. Walks are per lodge managements discretion.

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Winchester Mansions | Cape Town 27 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017

Ideally located on the Sea Point Promenade overlooking the gorgeous Atlantic coastline, this landmark hotel is the picture of elegance and luxury. Guests can unwind in style and comfort in a range of exquisitely decorated and spacious rooms and suites, all of which boast fabulous views of the sea, the mountains or the hotel’s beautiful colonnaded courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza. The Winchester Mansions occupies a gorgeous original Cape Dutch home featuring a heated pool, a sundeck, and a renowned onsite restaurant offering excellent South African cuisine with a classic European twist.


Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • 4 Star
  • Hotel
  • Spoken Languages: English, German, Afrikaans, Xhosa
  • No. Rooms: 76
  • Special Interests: Leisure, Shopping, Watersports, Gourmet, Relaxation, Beach / Coastal, Cycling, Wine

Classic Room

A non sea facing colonial style bedroom with en suite bathroom.

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Junior Suite

A sea or non sea facing large colonial style bedroom with a separate lounge area and en suite bathroom.

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Family Suite

A sea of non sea facing colonial style suite with a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom, and in most cases a smaller second bedroom. It also features a large separate lounge with a TV.

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Harvey Suite

A colonial style sea facing presidential suite which consists of 2 en-suite double bedrooms with a lounge and dining area, kitchenette and guest rest room.

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Modern Classic Room

A non sea facing contemporary style bedroom with an en suite bathroom.

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Modern Junior Suite

A sea facing or non-sea facing contemporary style open plan bedroom and lounge with an en suite bathroom.

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Balcony Suite

A contemporary style sea facing suite with a large open plan bedroom and lounge area with a large en suite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Robben Island Suite

A contemporary style sea facing presidential suite which consists of an en suite double bedroom with a large lounge area and a guest rest room. This suite overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Robben Island. An optional second bedroom could make this and ideal room for a family.

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Secure Parking, Pool, Restaurant, Bar, Spa, Conference Centre, 24-hour Security, Business Centre, Gym (nearby), Malaria Free, Internet Access (Complimentary)

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Tea / Coffee, Safe, Fan, Shower, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heater, Satellite / Cable Television, Complementary Wi-Fi

  • Services

Room Service, Credit Card, Babysitting Service, Foreign Exchange, Room Service (24 hours), Airport Shuttle (Available)

Harveys Restaurant, Courtyard & Bar

Food, flair, flavour at Harveys . . .

A “sundowner” is a drink taken at sundown, preferably whilst watching the sun slowly disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean.
There are only a few places in Cape Town where one can do that in style and the terrace of Harveys restaurant at the Winchester Mansions hotel is one of them. Bistro by day and restaurant by night, Harveys offers guests South African cuisine with a European twist.

No secret to the locals, the Winchester Mansions’ Sunday Jazz Brunch is an absolute must. Throughout the year, renowned local and international jazz artists perform at the brunch, in summer in the Mediterranean setting of the courtyard. Enjoy a glass of fine sparkling wine on arrival, a complimentary Sunday newspaper and a cosmopolitan brunch buffet. We dare to say it is one of the best brunches to experience in Cape Town and are glad to get back up from Don Albert, a well-known jazz journalist who declared us the “numero uno” spot in his weekly blogg on www.artslink.co.za

Also, if you have a chance, join us for the monthly Grapes, Gourmet and Gallery evening where Harveys welcomes food, wine and art lovers. We have joined forces with Patrice Boussekey’s Eclectic Gallery and some of the best wine estates in the Cape for you to enjoy a great evening.

River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa | Stellenbosch 30 Apr 2017 – 2 May 2017

This charming boutique hotel is situated on the banks of the Eerste River, in the historic oak-lined ‘Avenue’, a mere 2-minute stroll to the village centre with its numerous museums, galleries and restaurants The historic manor is set within secluded gardens and has two swimming pools and an exclusive spa. Decorated in keeping with the theme ‘Colonial charm with a touch of Africa’, the guest house has wrap around patios and an upstairs terrace all combining to create an atmosphere of luxury, space and privacy where guests may enjoy personal service and hospitality. 16 spacious en-suite rooms all elegantly decorated with antiques, combine ‘olde world’ charm with modern conveniences.


Your Stay:

  • 2 Nights
  • Bed & Breakfast

Fast Facts:

  • Hotel

Petitie Room

Smallest room type approx 17-20meters square, en-suite shower only, overhead ceiling fan, no aircon.

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Standard Room

1.Standard room type / medium size room
2.Twin or kingsize beds
3. Smaller than the Superior rooms.
4.En-suite bathrooms Shower Only OR Bath Only
5.Air Conditioning on request – all overhead ceiling fans

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Classic Room

These have the added luxury of being larger in space & size than Standard.
En-suite bathrooms with bath or /and shower. Fully air-conditioned.

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Superior Room

1.These are beautiful, spacious rooms.
2.En-suite Bath and Shower – generous in size
3.Many having original Victorian baths – need to be requested
4. ALL AIR-CONDITIONED with overhead ceiling fans

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Facilities

  • Property Facilities

Gym (nearby), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Secure Parking

  • Room Facilities

Air Conditioning, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Heater, Laundry Service (Available), Mini Bar, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

  • Services

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La Pirogue Hotel | Flic En Flac Beach 2 May 2017 – 6 May 2017

The magnificent beach stretches along the crystal-clear sea protected by the barrier reef further out. All along the beach, a vast, luxuriant palm-grove basks in the sweet fragrances of frangipani. Welcome to La Pirogue, the most authentic and Mauritian of resorts. With its superb new infinity pool, remodelled restaurants and redecorated guest-rooms, the renovated resort has even greater appeal. Between the beach and the Indian Ocean the days are too short to experience all the activities on offer. Pulsating to the rhythm of enthralling shows, the tropical night is no less intense.

With its romantic tropical atmosphere and its warm-hearted personnel, ever attentive to guests’ needs, La Pirogue more than ever keeps its promises of thoroughly gratifying, unforgettable holidays. Spread out in its vast and luxuriant tropical garden along one of the longest and finest beaches in Mauritius, the resort revels in space and privacy. Located on the west coast of Mauritius 35 km from the capital city of Port Louis, La Pirogue offers numerous excursion possibilities, notably in the beautifully natural south of the island. Modelled on a fishing village, La Pirogue’s authentic and comfortable architecture is one of harmonious variations on the theme of a pirogue’s sail billowing in the wind, from the resort’s main building to its cottages of volcanic rock, wood and thatch.


Your Stay:

  • 4 Nights
  • Half Board

Daily Information

Day 1: Thornybush Game Reserve – Sun. 23 Apr 2017

Today your honeymoon begins. On arrival into OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) and will be escorted to check in desk for your connecting flight to Hoedspruit Airport.

On arrival into Hoedspruit, you will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and will be transferred to Thornybush Waterbuck Lodge, your home for the next 4 nights.

Waterbuck Game Lodge is uniquely positioned adjacent to a water estuary in the Southern part of The Thornybush Nature Reserve, and provides extraordinary wildlife diversity within the confines of a closely located watering hole and abundant birdlife. Waterbuck is truly a ‘home from home’ with centralised entertaining accommodation of warm and comfortable proportions, flanked by individually located bedroom Suites accessed through pathways a few yards from each other providing both privacy and security, individual views from Suites and bathrooms, generous dressing rooms en-suite for added comfort and convenience.

Overnight: Thornybush Chupungu Tented Bush Camp on a Full Board and Game Drives Basis


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Day 2: Thornybush Game Reserve – Mon. 24 Apr 2017

05h30 – Wake up.

06h00 – Tea/Coffee.

06h30 – Morning Safari.

09h30 – Breakfast.

13h00 – Lunch.

15h30 – Tea/Coffee .

16h00 – Sundowner Safari.

19h30 – Dinner.

Overnight: Thornybush Chupungu Tented Bush Camp on a Full Board and Game Drives Basis


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Day 3: Thornybush Game Reserve – Tue. 25 Apr 2017

05h30 – Wake up.

06h00 – Tea/Coffee.

06h30 – Morning Safari.

09h30 – Breakfast.

13h00 – Lunch.

15h30 – Tea/Coffee .

16h00 – Sundowner Safari.

19h30 – Dinner.

Overnight: Thornybush Chupungu Tented Bush Camp on a Full Board and Game Drives Basis


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Day 4: Thornybush Game Reserve – Wed. 26 Apr 2017

05h30 – Wake up.

06h00 – Tea/Coffee.

06h30 – Morning Safari.

09h30 – Breakfast.

13h00 – Lunch.

15h30 – Tea/Coffee .

16h00 – Sundowner Safari.

19h30 – Dinner.

Overnight: Thornybush Chupungu Tented Bush Camp on a Full Board and Game Drives Basis


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Day 5: Cape Town – Thu. 27 Apr 2017

Today your Safari Adventure ends. You will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and will be transferred to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Cape Town International Airport.

On arrival into Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) and transferred to the Winchester Mansions Hotel for your 3 night stay.

Winchester Mansions, Cape Town’s Leading beachfront Boutique hotel, is situated along the Atlantic Seaboard’s famous Platinum mile and is an exclusive, privately-owned 4 star establishment. Built in the mid 1920’s, in Herbert Baker style, Winchester Mansions embodies the charm and gracious hospitality of a bygone era. As a repeated winner of the ‘Best Luxury Hotel’ category at the annual South Africa AA guide Travel Awards, the only consumer based award in the country – It sets itself apart among other hotels in and around Cape Town, with its spectacular location, as well as it’s stylish elegance and renown personalised service. ‘The Mansions’ is a mere 5 minutes from the well known Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the Clifton beaches. All 51 luxurious rooms and 25 lavishly furnished suites are styled by one of Cape Town’s top designers and include the exclusive ‘Top of the Mansions’ – our contemporary, loft style rooms, as well as the two newly refurbished floors that boast a more Classic and Traditional feel. All rooms offer Satellite TV with international channels, telephone, electronic safe, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, separate walk in showers in all bathrooms and air conditioning.

Overnight: The Winchester Mansions Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis


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Day 6: Cape Town – Fri. 28 Apr 2017

Today you will have the morning to relax and enjoy what the hotel has to offer. You will be met at around 1pm by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) and will embark on a Cape City Tour.

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.

he tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City and the Atlantic Seaboard with Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay harbour. In the city itself, stop at the Company Gardens. Enjoy a walk through the garden and a visit to the SA Museum. This is followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

The drive through the City Centre would also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990.

Overnight: The Winchester Mansions Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis


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Cape City Tour (Afternoon) – 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 7: Cape Town – Sat. 29 Apr 2017

Today after breakfast you will be met at 08h30am by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) and will head out for your Cape Point and Peninsula tour.

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.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we 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.

We then make our way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Overnight: The Winchester Mansions Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis


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Cape Point and Peninsula Tour (Private)

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.

Duration:9h00
Departure Times:08h30


Day 8: Stellenbosch – Sun. 30 Apr 2017

Today you will be met in reception by a followme2AFRICA representative (Ilios Travel) and will head towards the beauty that is the Cape Winelands district. En-Route, you will enjoy a full day Winelands Tour before your check in to River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa, your chosen home for the next 2 nights.

River Manor, with its National Monument status comprises two historical houses set in the picturesque Oak-lined ‘Avenue’ across from the Eerste River, a mere two minute stroll from the village centre with its museums, street cafe’s, restaurants and galleries. The 16 spacious en-suite rooms, furnished within the theme of Colonial Charm with a touch of Africa are stylishly decorated with antiques and combine old world charm with modern conveniences. An exclusive Health and Beauty Spa is set within the gardens of River Manor where guests are able to indulge in true luxury and pampering. Enjoy Colonial poolside breakfasts before setting out to explore Stellenbosch and its surrounding winelands. Hosts Johan and Leigh together with the River Manor team look forward to welcoming guests to their gracious manor with traditional hospitality and personal service.

Overnight: River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa on a Bed and Breakfast Basis


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Cape Winelands Tour (Private)

Duration:9h00
Departure Times: 08h30


Day 9: Stellenbosch – Mon. 1 May 2017

Today you will have the day at leisure. Enjoy a Spa treatment at the hotel or take a walk around the historic town of Stellenbosch.

Overnight: River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa on a Bed and Breakfast basis


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Day 10: Flic En Flac Beach – Tue. 2 May 2017

Today is check out day and the your South Africa experience comes to an end. You will be met by a representative of followme2AFRICA (Ilios Travel) and will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival into OR Tambo International Airport, you will make your way to International departures to take your flight to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

The unrivaled charm of its cosy and unique thatch-roofed bungalows in a lush coconut grove on the flamboyant sunset coast, La Pirogue weaves privacy into an intimate nest. Here, guests revel in the exquisite feeling of stepping from one’s very own island home straight into the gardens and onto an endless beach and vast lagoon. The resort’s vast expanse offers sheer luxury of space to lovebirds, seasoned couples on a romantic escapade to rekindle the flame, families as well as full-fledged tribes for an affectionate bonding time.

Overnight: La Pirogue Hotel on a Half Board basis


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Day 11: Flic En Flac Beach – Wed. 3 May 2017

Day at leisure. Optional activities available

Overnight: La Pirogue Hotel on a Half Board basis

Includes room, breakfast and dinner / Rate excludes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages / Enjoy free pool activities like water polo, volleyball, basketball or aqua gym / Free golf green fee at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club plus free boat transfer / Free in room wi-fi internet and in public areas


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Day 12: Flic En Flac Beach – Thu. 4 May 2017

Day at leisure. Optional activities available

Overnight: La Pirogue Hotel on a Half Board basis

Includes room, breakfast and dinner / Rate excludes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages / Enjoy free pool activities like water polo, volleyball, basketball or aqua gym / Free golf green fee at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club plus free boat transfer / Free in room wi-fi internet and in public areas


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Day 13: Flic En Flac Beach – Fri. 5 May 2017

Day at leisure. Optional activities available

Overnight: La Pirogue Hotel on a Half Board basis

Includes room, breakfast and dinner / Rate excludes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages / Enjoy free pool activities like water polo, volleyball, basketball or aqua gym / Free golf green fee at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club plus free boat transfer / Free in room wi-fi internet and in public areas
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Day 14: Departure – Sat. 6 May 2017

Today is check out day.

Flights

Date

23 Apr 2017
27 Apr 2017
2 May 2017
2 May 2017

Departure

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Eastgate Airport [HDS] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

Arrival

Eastgate Airport [HDS] Cape Town International Airport [CPT] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport [MRU]

Transfers

Date

23 Apr 2017
27 Apr 2017
27 Apr 2017
30 Apr 2017
2 May 2017
2 May 2017
6 May 2017

Pick Up

Eastgate Airport [HDS] Thornybush Chapungu Tented Bush Camp
Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Winchester Mansions
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport [MRU] La Pirogue Hotel

Drop Off

Thornybush Chapungu Tented Bush Camp
Eastgate Airport [HDS] Winchester Mansions
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
Cape Town International Airport [CPT] La Pirogue Hotel
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport [MRU]


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.

Mauritius

Blessed with crystal clear turquoise waters, gorgeous powder white sand beaches and a wonderful tropical climate, the idyllic island of Mauritius is a remarkably romantic holiday destination. While most visitors spend their days relaxing in one of the many luxurious holiday resorts, there is much more to this little island than merely cocktails and coconuts. Those who venture inland will dis­cov­er lush, jungle-clad mountains, glistening blue lagoons, impressive rivers and water­falls, extinct volcanic craters, charming little ramshackle towns and villages, and some fabulously friendly locals. Must-see attractions include: the bustling capital of Port Louis with its lively local markets; the remarkable 85m high Chamarel Waterfall; and Eureka, a historical plantation mansion turned museum offering visitors a glimpse into the island’s colonial past. No matter how you spend your time on this lovely little island, it is sure to fulfil all your fantasies of a tropical island paradise.


Banking and Currency

Currency

The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian rupee – MUR or rs, which is divided into 100 cents

Do not change money in your home country as you are likely to get a lower exchange rate. The rate in Mauritius is much better. When you arrive at the airport in Mauritius you will see a host of exchange bureaus at the arrival halls. Just bring your own currency and change it over there for a better deal. If you do not manage to change at the arrival halls there are branches of Thomas Cook and Shibani Finance in the popular tourist areas of Grand Baie and Flic en Flac.

Banking

Banks are open from Monday to Friday 09h15 to 15h15 and Saturday from 09h1 to 11h15 (Some banks only).

Credit cards are normally accepted by banks and most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.


Travel, Transport and Getting Around

One major highway runs north to south, otherwise a good network of paved, if sometimes narrow, roads cover the island. There are numerous car hire firms include major international and independent firms. People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road.

Taxis are regulated and metered and linked to provinces or hotels, printed on a yellow panel on the drivers’ door. Bus and taxi services are best used in urban areas. Bicycles and motorbikes are also available for hire.


Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Mauritius is a paradise for the senses, not only for the eyes with its beautiful landscape, but also for the palate. Culinary traditions from France, India, China and Africa, the best-known and appreciated cuisines in the world, have been passed on through generations.

Depending on the region, rice or a variety of flat bread called chapattis or roti, called farata (paratha) by the local people, is eaten with curries. The extensive use of spices like saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and herbs like thyme, basil, and curry leaves are the common ingredients that provide some powerful, yet subtle, savour.

You can buy many snacks on the streets of Mauritius. Mauritians have a sweet tooth and make many types of ‘gateaux’, as they are called. The cakes vary and you can find cakes very much like those in France and others similar to Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun and Rasgulla among many others.

Mauritius produces a wide range of cane rum. Don’t forget the coconut water with a dash of lime and a splash of local rum over ice. The local beer Phoenix and is usually served very cold.

The local water is relatively clean and the Mauritians drink it. You need therefore have no fear if you use it for cleaning your teeth etc. However, it is better you boil the water before drinking it or buy bottled water which is freely available in the local shops or at hotels and resorts.


Climate and Weather

The hottest time of the year on Mauritius is December / March when you can expect temperatures of 30 degrees C (approx. 90 F) but with less humidity. There is always a breeze from the ocean however so that most people will find it pleasant. Cyclones (tropical storms) can also occurr during this period.

For those people who do not enjoy warm weather or want a more active holiday, we recommend going in July/August when the temperature is 24-26 C. On the coast the temperature can go down to 16-18 C during the night so that we recommend taking a pullover.

As you can see the variation of temperature on Mauritius is small such that enjoyable holidays can be spent there at any time of the year. Although the weather is normally sunny it does rain. The rain showers are normally short and are a pleasant change from the sun.


Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Men can usually spend most of the time in short trousers unless you want to enter a hotel for the evening, in this case long trousers are required. Additionally the maid in the house washes and returns clothes by the next day so that you do not need to take much with you. Do not overload your suitcase with unnecessary clothes. Leave some room for any shopping that you do on Mauritius.

Mauritius has a well advanced textile industry so that instead of taking all your holiday clothes with you might consider buying them locally on the local market. The shops are full of ready to wear polo shirts, T-shirts, shorts, shirts, trousers, pullovers, dresses and beachwear at low prices.

Disposable nappies for babies cost about 2 times the price on Mauritius as they do in Europe. We recommend either taking enough with you or taking nappies which the maid can wash.


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.


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