The Secrets of South Africa

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Day 1

On arrival after clearing customs and immigration, proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative for your private road transfer to Bushmans Kloof where you will stay for three nights. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

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Day 2

Bushmans Kloof is a place of natural wonder where guests may indulge in an infinite range of exhilarating activities, or do absolutely nothing but inhale the beauty and tranquillity of nature. A South African Natural Heritage site, it boasts an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna, including many endangered species, and is home to over 150 kinds of birds, 750 plant species and over 35 species of mammals, including the rare Cape mountain zebra.

A host of enriching, relaxing and invigorating experiences are on offer, including educational talks at the Heritage Centre, and guided walks to some of 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites that are found in the reserve. This provides an extraordinary opportunity to gain deeper insight into the fascinating history of the Bushman in the Cederberg wilderness area. Guests may also participate in an assortment of exhilarating outdoor activities such as nature drives, botanical walks, mountain biking, archery and fly fishing.

The intimate Spa provides welcome sanctuary with an inspiring holistic healing and wellness focus deeply rooted in nature, offers solace for body, mind and spirit. Succumb to the peaceful sounds of nature at the riverside Spa Gazebo and lose yourself in a timeless world of luxury and comfort in this captivating wilderness reserve.

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Day 3

Tonight enjoy a private dining experience under the stars.

‘Kadoro’ means ‘tinderbox of stories’, a poetic and fitting name for this rustic, secluded cottage in the heart of the reserve. Originally an old shepherd’s house, the structure has been renovated and furnished, but not modernized. Kadoro has no electricity; outside, the starlit Cederberg Mountains wend their way into the distance under clear night skies. Ideal for romantic private dining and intimate groups; a dinner by candlelight will give you a glimpse into a bygone era. Enjoy this rural setting alongside an exquisite culinary experience of delicious braaivleis (barbecues) or wholesome soups and stews.

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Day 4

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the 12 Apostles where you will stay for four nights. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

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Day 5

The day is at leisure. Consider adding a scenic tour of the Cape Winelands or to the Cape of Good Hope.

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Day 6

Enjoy fine dining and incredible views at Azure Restaurant this evening.

Savour the finest indigenous and international cuisine on offer in our extremely popular Azure Restaurant. Christo Pretorius, Executive Chef, is on hand to create a variety of exquisite dishes including meat, seafood and vegetarian options.

From our delightful entree selection or the delicate fresh oysters to main, your taste buds will be infused by the finest of organic ingredients.

Round off the perfect meal with a delightfully sweet dessert. Bea’s double baked cheesecake, taken on our stunning terrace overlooking the ocean, will truly allow you to experience the magic of Azure!

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Day 7

Enjoy a day at leisure.

Catch the “Hop-on-Hop-Off” bus to the cable way for a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, or if you are feeling energetic, and want to stretch your legs, you could take one of the hiking trails up and come down by Cable Car.

Walk past loud blubbery seals sunning on the pier and take the ferry to Robben Island to visit former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Go on a township tour to experience traditional “Cape Flats” life and African culture and cuisine.

Within easy reach of your hotel, the V&A Waterfront offers world class shopping and entertainment opportunities such as diving at the Two Oceans Aquarium, the SA Maritime Museum, clay pigeon shooting cruise with Tigger 2, harbor cruise or a sundowner cruise, helicopter flip, and more.

Sit in one of the relaxed bars that line the Victoria Waterfront and listen to the numerous languages and dialects that fill the air. Sample the delightful cuisine, and discover a sensational blend of flavors as diverse as its cosmopolitan influences. No matter how you choose to experience Cape Town, the Mother City’s unique embrace promises to hold you in her clenches for years to come.

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Day 8

On arrival, you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative for your road transfer to Phinda Mountain Lodge or Phinda Forest Lodge where you will stay for three nights. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.

Enjoy two full days of activities at &Beyond Phinda Lodge. When you are not out on a game drive or a nature walk (subject to availability) in search of incredible wildlife, enjoy the seductive comfort and uninterrupted views from the lodge. Dip in your private plunge pool or simply lounge on the deck overlooking the dense green slopes.

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Day 9

Enjoy two full days of activities at Phinda Mountain Lodge (or Forest Lodge).

Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives that continue after nightfall. &Beyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular species or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behavior of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is renowned for its exceptional sightings of the elusive cheetah and the rare black rhino, as well as the Big Five. There is also a number of resident lion prides and rangers will do their best to provide you with an exceptional sighting of all of these animals.

Black rhino tracking on foot can be booked at an additional cost. Slip on a pair of walking shoes and spend the morning with an expert ranger and tracker to find the rare and endangered black rhino on foot. Follow rhino tracks, recognize rhino middens and scratching posts, and read the signs of the bush in search of your quarry.

Other activities that can be booked at an additional cost include: walking safaris, photographic safari, swimming with whale sharks, Zulu village tour, Maputaland beach adventure, guided tour of the endangered wild cats project rehabilitation and breeding center.

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Day 11

After breakfast and a morning activity you will be transferred to the Oyster Box Hotel where you will stay for three nights.

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Day 12

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort and amenities.

Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minutes walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Afro-chic Durban city centre, International Airports and numerous stylish shopping centres…yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth.

Nearby tourist attractions of immense interest to travelers include Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Ushaka Marine World, Sun Coast casino, the historical Natal Midlands and majestic Drakensberg Mountains and historical battlefields.

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Day 13

This evening enjoy a curry buffet dinner at The Ocean Terrace while enjoying Incredible Indian Ocean views.

The beautiful Ocean Terrace overlooking the rolling Indian Ocean is perfect for family and more casual dining.

With authentic Tandoori and pizza ovens to prepare some of your favorite dishes with exceptional taste and aroma, this enchanting restaurant offers mouthwatering Indian cuisine.

The Ocean Terrace is also the perfect backdrop for a relaxed drink, elegantly enhanced by a nearby rim flow pool.

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Day 14

You will be collected from your hotel for your private road transfer to Durban Airport where you connect with your home bound flight!

Included

– Scheduled activities/tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified. Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities per day (morning and afternoon);

-Luxury Trips' local reps available 24/7 while travelling;

– Services of lodge guides and staff;

– Air/ground transfers as specified;

– Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST);

– Relevant park fees;

– All accommodation as specified;

– Excursions/activities as specified;

– Drinks – differs between camps/lodges;

– Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted;

-Luxury Trips Final Documentation.

Excluded

– Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;

– Any scheduled flights and related taxes;

– Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;

– Staff gratuities;

– Any new gov. taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;

– Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;

– International airfare.