Sitting proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and a five-minute walk from the picturesque St Peter Port quayside, The Old Government House Hotel & Spa offers the perfect welcome in this beautiful, balmy corner of the British Isles.
Upon arrival at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, you will be met and transferred to The Oyster Box.
Umhlanga is an affluent residential and resort town 5-minutes north of the city of Durban. It has a wonderful Village atmosphere with several bars and restaurants all within walking distance of the hotels. The famous lighthouse of Umhlanga stands proudly as one of the most famous lighthouses in the world.
The Oyster Box (3 nights)
Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront and just 15-minutes from the airport, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, The Oyster Box is one of South Africa’s national treasures. Voted the #1 hotel in South Africa for 3 years in row, we are a proud member of the Red Carnation Hotel collection.
Things to do at The Oyster Box:
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a 65,000-hectare reserve, pioneered by local landowners in the 1950s, and share a border with the world-famous Kruger National Park. Today many of these families are now third and fourth generation landowners, their legacy being the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa.
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge (3 nights)
Part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in luxury South African Safari Lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth and almost invisible in the landscape the lodge uses texture, light and space to present a lodge like no other. Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, it has been described as the most environmental sensitive lodge in Africa.
Things to do a Sabi Sabi:
Morning and evening game drives.
Morning guided bush walk.
There will be a light aircraft transfer flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your flight to Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls or as it is locally known ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – The Smoke that Thunders, is possibly the most famous waterfall in the world, located on the Zambezi River, providing a habitat for several unique plant and animal species. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and Explorer, is believed to be the first European to view the Victoria Falls on the 16th November 1855. He named his sighting in honor of Queen Victoria. It is a World Heritage Site.
The Victoria Falls Hotel (2 nights)
Like The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, The Vic Falls Hotel (as it is affectionately known) is a matriarch in the Southern Africa region with incredible history and luxury. Steeped in history, the hotel was originally built in 1904 as accommodation for the workers building the Victoria Falls Bridge. The bridge was built as part of Cecil John Rhodes’ dream of a railway line stretching from Cape to Cairo.
Things to do in Victoria Falls:
Morning transfer to Kasane for your light aircraft transfer to Kings Pool
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Situated on the southern banks for the Linyanti River, forming a natural border between Namibia and Botswana, this private concession boasts splendid scenery of untouched grasslands, riverine forest, and meandering lagoons. Unlike the Chobe National Park and the Okavango in the south, Linyanti remains wonderfully underused with a high concentration of game.
Kings Pool (3 nights)
Overlooking the handsome oxbow lagoon of the same name as the camp, Kings Pool sits at the heart of the important wildlife corridor that straddles Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The river along where the camp is located, hosts a numerous species of birds and is a magnet for game, especially elephants in the dryer months.
Activities at Kings Pool:
Light aircraft transfer from the Linyanti to Xigera Safari Lodge.
An incredible natural phenomenon that turns this part of Botswana into a swamp inland delta. All the water that flows into the delta is ultimately evaporated and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Traditionally about 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the 6000-15 000km2 area. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, is on the Eastern side of the Delta.
Xigera Safari Lodge (3 nights)
This is the story of an ancient place; of rebirth, of family legacy, and of a lodge that is so pioneering, so authentic, that it reinvents the very idea of what it means to experience the African bush. This is Xigera (pronounced “Kee-jera” and named after the pied kingfisher), a bold new statement in Botswana’s most unspoilt wilderness, opening in 2020 on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Xigera is a labour of love, a miraculous and enchanting transformation that will create experiences that are, quite simply, extraordinary.
Activities at Xigera Safari Lodge:
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