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Algemene Informatie 2004

... 28 dagen door Zimbabwe, Swaziland en Zuid-Afrika. een reis die ons tot op de dag van vandaag heugen zal ...

Dag 1. Vertrek vanuit Brussel via Johannesburg naar Victoria falls.


Dag 2, 3 en 4. Victoria falls.
Overnachting: Matetsi water lodge op basis van vol pension inclusief locale dranken en twee activiteiten per dag. (oa sunset cruise op de Zambezi, game drives in open 4X4 voertuigen, nacht game drives etc.)


Matetsi Water Lodge is situated on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River forty kilometres west of Victoria Falls and close to the Botswana border at Kasane.  Set under Mangosteen and Waterberry trees Water Lodge comprises three small, exclusive camps each with six double ensuite lodges.  Each lodge is air-conditioned and has its own private plunge pool and veranda.  The design emphasis reflects ancient Zimbabwe and the river sweeping past in moods of blue slate, teakwood, mazista tiles and soft furnishings.  Meals are prepared by accomplished chefs and served on the intimate riverside dining decks under the giant trees that envelop the lodge.  Lodge activities include day and night game drives in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, fishing, boat cruises and seasonal canoeing.  If requested the Lodge will arrange an excursion for those who wish to participate in the many optional activities in and around Victoria Falls


Dag 5 en 6. Transfer naar de luchthaven van Victoria falls – Kruger Mpumalanga luchthaven.
Ophalen van U voertuig.
Panorama route – Blijde rivier canyon.
God’s window, Bourke’s potholes, Pilgrim’s rest..
Overnachting: Jatinga lodge op basis van kamer en ontbijt.


Located on the outskirts of White River, the hotel is nestled amongst over 30 hectares of magnificent rolling green lawns and lush sub-tropical gardens with some of the most impressive river frontage winding its way through the estate. The hotel currently has 11 rooms and one suite that have all been tastefully decorated in Victorian, Provencal and Colonial furnishings and fabrics and offer guests luxurious comfort and secluded privacy. Showers, set in private gardens planted with flowers of remembrance, rosemary bushes, are just one of the unique features that guests can enjoy when checking into the Victorian rooms. All rooms have: A well stocked mini bar,(ice is delivered to your room every afternoon in time for sundowners!) ,24-hour room service menu ,Satellite TV ,Telephone, Valet and Laundry service. Jatinga’s A la Carte Restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a varied and tempting menu that will satisfy even the most discerning diner. The Lord Milner the lodge’s pub is the meeting place for pre-dinner drinks. The cosy atmosphere, enhanced by the pub’s vibrant burnt orange walls, tends to capture guests for yet another round! By crossing the small private courtyard that leads from the bar, guests will find themselves in the snooker room where a game can be enjoyed. Sundowners on the wooden deck down at the river are a must for guests wanting to take in some of the abundant bird life together with a breath-taking sunset. Jatinga caters for small to medium conferences with a fully equipped conference room that can accommodate 30 people comfortably. Conference packages are available on request. Plans for an additional 10 new rooms are well underway. These will be located at the bottom of the estate, over-looking the White River, and will be aptly named, The River View Suites/Rooms.


Dag 7, 8 en 9. Kruger park – Sabi Sabi privaat game park.
Londolozi is de nr. 1 lodge, vorig jaar verkozen door de reizigers in het prestigieuze “condé nast traveler” magazine.
Overnachting: Londolozi op basis van vol pension inclusief locale dranken, game drives.


Pioneer Camp is situated upstream of Founders Camp and consists of three suites and three chalets. The exclusive suites are all air-conditioned and feature a hearth, en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower plus a romantic sala (intimate covered deck). The three river-front chalets are air-conditioned and have an en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. The chalets are a sand colour with mudcloth bedspreads and raffia inset cupboard doors with linen curtains, slate floors and largely West African artefacts.  The pioneer spirit of the suites at Pioneer Camp, display fascinating old fashioned pioneer pictures reflecting the Varty family heritage. An interesting feature of the suites are their chandeliers. There are heavy wooded beds, bay windows and seating built out from the fire place. The intimate guest area at Pioneer Camp provides a unique interactive experience - the lounge, kitchen and dining areas are all open-plan. The swimming pool is a welcoming treat on warmer days. Pioneer Camp is completely self-contained. Guests are welcome to visit Londolozi Bateleur Camp's curio shop and orientation centre. At mealtimes, you can savour Pan-African cuisine - truly food for the soul.  The dining area and kitchen are open plan, offering an airy, expansive feel, enhancing your enjoyment of delicious African dishes. Evening meals may also be enjoyed under the stars in the boma (reeded enclosure).


Founders Camp has five chalets and one suite secluded in dense riverine forest overlooking the Sand River. The air-conditioned chalets feature an en suite bath, shower and a wooden deck. The suite has a stone-laid outdoor shower as a refreshing additional feature. The north-facing chalet rooms are a sand colour with mudcloth bed spreads and raffia inset cupboard doors with linen curtains, slate floors and hand-picked African wall sculptures. The artefacts are largely West African in origin. The bathrooms reflect a modern African theme with the use of wrought iron. The suite also exudes an African feel with sand colours and leather with black metal lights.You can take a stroll down the walkway leading to a secluded thatched sala (intimate covered deck) lookout point for unobtrusive game and bird viewing. We invite you to peel off your safari attire and float in our swimming pool or socialise in style under our covered lounge area. Founders is a self-contained camp. Guests are welcome to visit Londolozi Bateleur Camp's curio shop and orientation centre. The boma (enclosed reeded area) is on ground level adjacent to the pool, while the dining area overlooks the magnificent Sand River. You can savour Pan-African cuisine - food for


Dag 10 en 11. Pongola.
Transfer met uw voertuig naar Pongola een fantastische streek juist ten zuiden van de grens met Swaziland.
Overnachting: White elephant op basis van vol pension en game drives of boottocht.


Situated in the beautiful Pongola Game Reserve, White Elephant Lodge is a family-managed operation, and offers every comfort for a sojourn into the African wilderness. Pongola Game Reserve is a sanctuary for a large variety of game species, including buffalo, white rhino, elephant and leopard. This early 1900-style lodge offers luxury safari style tents, all twin bedded with en suite bathroom, and a private verandah with mini bar. Game drives are conducted in open Land Rovers with professional guides, walking trails and evening lake cruises. Enjoy superb cuisine with traditional African flavour. Tiger fishing is one of the highlights of this beautiful game reserve.


Dag 12. Durban
Overnachting: Ridgeview lodge op basis van kamer en ontbijt. (in de direct omgeving zijn meer dan 30 restaurants)


This owner- managed Lodge is Durban's Five Star graded Guest House (a little boutique hotel), which offers many of the comforts and facilities on a par to Durban's larger hotels. This grading assures guests of a high standard of service, refreshingly clean, unashamed luxury, supreme comfort and warm hospitality, that "Home from Home" feeling. The Lodge has for the guests exclusive use ,a lounge, dinning room, verandah, air-conditioned pub with spectacular  views of Durban and the Indian Ocean, plus a swimming pool set in landscaped lush sub- tropical gardens .

&All seven double / twin (4 twin 3 double) en suite bedrooms are air-conditioned and appointed with TV plus satellite, radio/alarm, direct dial telephone with E-Mail connections, hair-dryer, bath robes, safety deposit box, tea /coffee facilities with biscuits, fresh fruit plus iced water. Laundry and valet services are also offered at the Guest House. Other facilities include airport transfers, all major credit cards are accepted, faxing and computer services, self-activated remote controlled electronic gate access with secure open and limited lockup parking. A full English and Continental breakfast is offered at the Guest House.

&The Guest House is centrally situated, high on the Berea, opposite Entabeni Hospital off South Ridge Road, away from the city and yet still very close to all attractions. There are 30 restaurants within 2km radius of the Lodge or dinner can be "ordered-in" from a choice of 20 restaurants.  The Guesthouse is situated close to the beach - 5 km, city- 3 km and airport- 15 km, shopping centres, ICC, Kings Park Sport Stadiums and easily accessed to all major road routes into Durban. We are also on the bus route into the city and beach.


Dag 13, 14 en 15. Transfer luchthaven en vlucht van Durban – Port Elizabeth.
Een mooie rit waar U in de namiddag aankomt in Plettenberg.
Overnachting: Hog hollow country lodge op basis van kamer en ontbijt.Verschillende tochten en activiteiten kan men zelf ondernemen. Tsitsikamma forest, Knysna met een tocht op de lagune, een treinrit doorheen de mooiste streek van de tuinroute….


Hog Hollow Country Lodge, a private nature reserve, is situated 18km East of the small coastal town of Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the magnificent area providing guests with an ideal base to explore the Garden Route. Twelve uniquely individual rooms offer uninterrupted views over the indigenous forests and Tsitsikamma Mountains. These comfortable African-styled rooms, situated in the gardens surrounding the main house, are decorated in earthy colours, naturally woven fabrics, artefacts and tones from north-eastern Africa, and local handcrafted woods. Each room has a private wooden deck, fitted with its own hammock and wooden furniture overlooking the forest and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Hog Hollow is well known for its delectable food and friendly, personalized service. Meals are prepared using only the freshest of local produce and any guests with specific dietary requirements are catered for individually. Farmhouse breakfasts are served on the wooden deck overlooking the forest on crisp clear days or indoors near the huge fireplace when it is cooler. In the evenings, guests enjoy scrumptious dinners around the communal table in the convivial comfort of the candle-lit main house. Guest can enjoy a picnic on the stream running through the reserve or laze about the pool and enjoy the sun.


Dag 16, 17 en 18. Hermanus

We maken een rit van ongeveer 4h naar Hermanus. Indien gewenst kunnen er verschillende routes genomen worden.
We verblijven drie nachten in Schulphoek aan de rand van de oceaan.
Overnachting: Schulphoek op basis van kamer en ontbijt.


Perched on the edge of the earth, in one of the most beautiful, natural landscapes the world has to offer - nothing between the hotel and the Antarctic other that a few thousand miles of ocean. The "whales-eye" view of the life on the mainland is of a dramatic mountainscape overflowing with African fynbos, the indigenous Cape flora. The hotel has 46 individually decorated bedrooms and suites each with private facilities. Many have commanding views across Walker Bay or into the beautiful internal courtyards with swimming pool and garden. The Marine gladly accommodates children over the age of 12 years. All the rooms are equipped with airconditioner, hairdryer, mini-bar, TV, satellite, underfloor heating, robes, heated towel rails, safe, extra blankets and pillows. Guests can choose between The Marine and The Pavilion restaurant. The hotel has one conference room, namely the Terrace Room that is adjacent to the swimming pool in the courtyard. The room seats 22 guests in boardroom style seating and can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests for a cocktail reception.


Dag 19, 20 en 21. Stellenbosch

Langs de kust naar het pittoreske Stellenbosch. River manor is gelegen in het centrum van het stadje op loop afstand van winkels en restaurants. De wijnlanden zijn dichtbij alsook Kaapstad etc.
Overnachting: River manor country house & spa op basis van kamer en ontbijt.


Historical River Manor is set across from the banks of the Eerste River in the quiet oak-lined Avenue, a mere two minutes stroll from the village centre with its museums, street cafe's, restaurants and galleries. River Manor offers 14 spacious en suite rooms (with either bath and shower or shower only), each furnished with original antiques providing comfort and luxury. The rooms are equipped with modern conveniences (including television with M-net, hairdryers, computer linkup facilities etc.). Secretarial services are available at reception, along with Internet and email facilities. A luxurious honeymoon room with its own private balcony is also available. At the end of the day, guests can retire to the luxury and comfort of the lounge or veranda sipping sundowners whilst watching the sun set against the majestic Simonberg mountain range. Other facilities include: 2 Large pools in spacious and private garden Health and Beauty Wellness Studio, off street secure parking, Secretarial facilities (fax, typing, Internet etc.), 2 Lounges with fire-place, Conservatory, Picnic baskets on request, Exclusive wine/golf/historical tours aranged, Trout fishing, horse riding. hiking, etc. nearby and Airport Transfers arranged.


Dag 22,23, 24 en 25. Kaapstad.

De moederstad is één van de mooiste steden ter wereld. Mooie vergezichten, vele attrakties etc.
Overnachting: Les Cascades de Bantry bay op basis van kamer en ontbijt.


Les Cascades de Bantry Bay is an elegant lodge perched on the hillside below lion's head in the most exclusive bay on the Atlantic seaboard.  Bantry bay and part of neighbouring clifton, both completely sheltered from the often-merciless south easter winds, are indeed the most coveted corners of the cape peninsula.  The lodge provides a tranquil and luxurious haven, while cape town's main attractions, the v&a waterfront and table mountain are only a short drive away. clifton’s famous beaches are within walking distance.  All six luxurious and very spacious en suite rooms in the main lodge have private balconies with comfortable sun beds and cosy sitting corners. Each fully air-conditioned room has a separate en-suite shower and bath, and all rooms are furnished with king size beds and have generous seating arrangements.Standard room accessories include satellite TV, a CD player, telephone, mini bar, hair dryers, heated towel rails, and an electronic safe.The architecture and décor have distinct Bali-style influences enhanced with warm earthy hues, and soft furnishings in brown and beige. Comfortable colonial furniture and object d'art set the tone for a relaxed stay.


Dag 26 en 27. Rovos rail.

U laat Uw wagen achter op het station van Kaapstad waar U de meest luxueuze trein neemt van de wereld; “rovos rail”.
Overnachting: Rovos rail in een de luxe suite op basis van vol pension.


Rovos Rail offers accommodation of an unmatched quality combining the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff and the cuisine is of a superb standard befitting an exclusive tour. Each of the tastefully appointed Deluxe or Royal suites has twin or double beds, lounge area and private en suite bathroom with hairdryer, shaver point, bath robes and complimentary vanity pack. Breakfast, lunch and a formal dinner are served in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining car - meals carefully prepared are complemented by a selection of excellent South African wines. There is a rear observation car, a cocktail lounge and comfortable sofa lounge.  In maintaining the spirit of travel in days gone by, and to encourage the art of conversation, there are no radios or television sets on board and a cellular phone is available for emergencies only.


Dag 28. Pretoria.

Aankomst in Pretoria. U wordt afgehaald door een vertegenwoordiger van Illyria house.
Overnachting: Illyria house op basis van kamer en ontbijt.


Enjoy the tranquil and elegant Illyria House, set in a secure ambassadorial area, yet only 5 minutes from Pretoria railway station and 25 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport. Be pampered in the romantic ambience at the elegant Illyria House, surrounded by a collection of fine antiques and 17 th century tapestries. With only six en suite double rooms, exceptional hospitality and cuisine are assured. Every room offers hairdryers, mini-bar facilities, coffee/tea making facilities, DSTV, fans, heaters and heated towel rails. Hairdressing, manicures, facials and body massage by appointment. Our guests have free access to the prestigious Health and Racquet Club nearby.  Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and hairdressers can also be provided in the house. Day tours can be arranged for our guests upon arrival. Sporting facilities ranging from horseriding and golf to tennis and hiking trails by arrangement. Personalised tours to the Botanical Gardens and the State Theatre can also be arranged


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