Accommodations En Route (Cape to Cairo)
All accommodations on our Cape to Cairo Journey of a Lifetime will be Deluxe or Stay of Distinction with the exception of four stops which will be First Class, the best in the area.
THE TWELVE APOSTLES – Cape Town (D)
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Perched on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with magnificent Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, this luxurious hotel harmoniously blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings and serves as the perfect setting for gently restoring harmony to body, mind and soul. The hotel is just 15 minutes from the V&A Waterfront. The hotel offers an exceptional array of facilities - a garden and rock pool, mountain picnic trails, two restaurants, live entertainment in the Leopard Room Bar & Lounge, and a 16-seater cinema. The hotel offers complimentary scheduled transfers to Camps Bay and the V&A Waterfront between 8:00AM and 8:00PM. Experience the exquisite play of light on the mountains and sea from the peaceful comfort of 70 rooms and suites, each individually designer-decorated with understated elegance. The hotel is a natural choice for discerning travellers.
Superior Sea Facing Room - Superior Sea-Facing Rooms have a sunken lounge, with views stretching over the winding coastal road below and the endless horizon of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean in the distance. All rooms are open-plan, with luxurious en-suite bathrooms. By day, watch the whales and dolphins in the surf below or take in the magnificent sunset over cocktails in the evening, from your own private balcony.
Amenities include: Choice of king bed or twin beds … Maximum occupancy two adults and two children Average room size: 55 sq. meters / 592 sq. feet …24 hour room service … Individually controlled heating/cooling system … Bottled mineral water … All rooms are non smoking with an option to have an ashtray on the patio or balcony … B | AFRICA natural in-room amenities …Digital telephone system with voice mail … Entertainment centres with DVD and access to movie library … Evening turndown service … Hairdryers … Diginet line for internet access … Plush bathrobes and Ladies and Gents slippers … In room electronic safe … Tea and coffee making facilities.
ROVOS RAIL (D)
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The golden age of luxury train travel has been renewed in the heart of the African bush. These beautifully restored trains consist of up to 20 coaches that can be drawn by steam, diesel or electric locomotives operating at various stages of the journey. The sleeping cars as well as the observation and dining cars have been splendidly refurbished in the style of the period but with an eye for modern comfort. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers who are attended by highly motivated members of staff, and provides a cuisine of superb standard. Rovos Rail offers unique rail safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. While taking in the savage beauty of the Eastern Transvaal, you will relive the romance and the adventure of the pioneers, slave traders, ivory hunters and gold prospectors who dared to conquer the region over a century ago.
Deluxe Suite - The Deluxe Suites (±10 sq metres/±118 sq feet) accommodate two passengers in either twin or double beds and have a lounge area and en-suite bathroom with shower. The wood-panelled rebuilt sleeper coaches, remodelled and refurbished to mint condition, offer every modern convenience and comfort. In the en-suite bathrooms, original fittings combine with the modern technology of hot showers, hair dryers and shaver plugs. The spacious suites offer passengers the opportunity to travel in privacy, comfort and luxury, with fittings and facilities that are of the highest standard. All are equipped with a writing surface and a personal safe for valuables. There is also a bar fridge filled with beverages of the passengers’ choice and room service is available 24 hours a day.
Amenities include: Shower …Toilet … Basin … Air conditioner …Heated towel rail … Fire extinguisher … Safe … Luggage rack … Adaptors … Plug points/shaver plugs … Hair dryer … Fridge … Tea drawer … Amenities … Dressing gown and slippers … Goggles … Laundry bag … Shoe bag … Writing desk … Internal telephone system … Room service
TAU GAME LODGE - Madikwe (D)
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The Tau is a luxury safari lodge situated on the far northern border of South Africa, in malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country. The main Lodge has two levels and has a comfortable lounge, a conference room, bar and dining room which are semi open-air and overlooks the waterhole. Delicious buffet breakfasts and lunches are generally served in the main building or on the veranda next to the plunge pool, while dinner is served in one of the cozy bomas under the stars, or in the lapa next to the main lodge. The Tau Game Lodge can accommodate 60 people in 30 luxury thatched chalets. Furnishings and décor of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired. The thirty luxury thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge and offer excellent views of animals approaching the waterhole from the opposite bank.
Luxury Thatched Chalet - The décor and furnishings of Tau Game Lodge are Africa-inspired and the rooms are equipped with both air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Thirty luxury thatched chalets are spread out in U-formation on either side of the lodge, offering excellent views of animals approaching the water from the opposite bank. The accommodation consists of 30 luxury thatched chalets, all with views of the game approaching the water hole. Each chalet ensures privacy with its own viewing deck, en suite bathroom, open-air shower, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL - Victoria Falls (SOD)
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Established in 1904, the Grande Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the magnificent Batoka Gorge with the Victoria Falls only a 10 minute walk away along the hotel's private path, 22km from Victoria Falls Airport. This gracious 161 room Colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens, and includes 3 restaurants, a swimming pool, 2 floodlit tennis courts and a quaint chapel. The hotel epitomizes the romance of grand travel, offering guests total relaxation. The highlight is traditional high tea on the terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Batoka Gorge.
Deluxe Room – Echoing its glorious past, The Victoria Falls Hotel’s traditional rooms and suites are truly a five star experience. Style and sophistication are trademarks of the hotels executive suites, which are luxuriously appointed with décor being warm, inviting and rich with tradition. All rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation. The standard room services include same day laundry and 24 hour room service.
Amenities include: Digital satellite television … Safety deposit box … Bath tub and shower … Bar fridge (only in deluxe rooms and suites) … Hairdryer … Air conditioning … Smoke detectors & sprinkler system … Telephone … Shaver socket … Complimentary early morning tea & coffee … En-suite bathroom ( toilet, bathtub and shower)
ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE – Arusha (D)
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Arusha Coffee Lodge lies cradled in the endless acres of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique hotel lodge has been designed around the farms’ original plantation homes, radiating the warmth and invitation of the old colonial plantation homes historically distinctive to the coffee plantations. Luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine, and roaring fires, beckon to the most seasoned traveller. The Arusha Coffee Lodge accommodation consists of 18 plantation houses lavishly furnished, featuring split-level living room area and a private deck patio. Offering every guest amenity and fancy, the Arusha Coffee Lodge is the place to relax and rejuvenate before or after a Tanzanian Safari. Laze around the swimming pool, enjoy a sundowner at the Safari Bar, and unwind after a delectable meal in the lounge with a good liqueur and a fireside chat.
Plantation Suite - The theme of coffee is never far away at Arusha Coffee Lodge, and this is never more evident than in the Plantation Suites where coffee beans are included within the design features of both the bedroom and the en-suite bathroom.
Amenities Include: En suite bathroom including triple-headed shower … 32” flat-screen television … International satellite TV service … In-room Wifi … Bathrobes and slippers … Private sun terrace with log-fire burner … Balcony terrace with lounge furniture … In-room electronic safe … Fully stocked mini-bar … Internal telephone system … Room service from personal attendant … Tea and coffee making facilities … Laundry service available
&BEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE – Ngorongoro Crater (D)
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Ngorongoro Crater lodge consists of three adjacent, glamorous camps with 30 Maasai-inspired suites perched on stilts on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From the outside, this unobtrusive lodge resembles a magical Maasai village, and was described by travel magazine, Discover Africa, as "Versailles meets Maasai in the game lodge at the edge of the world". Set in classic crescents, each stone and thatch suite has spectacular views of the crater from large glass windows in the bathroom, lounge and bedroom, yet is almost invisible from the crater floor. North and South Camp have 12 suites each, while intimate Tree Camp has six suites. Inspired decor and eclectic design makes the accommodation at Ngorongoro Crater ideal for celebrating a special occasion. Each sumptuous suite at Ngorongoro Crater is discreetly tended by a personal butler, who will bring you tea in bed, stoke your fireplace and draw your bath, scattering the water with rose petals, ready for your enjoyment.
Standard Suite – Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence. En-suite bathrooms with a centerpiece of fresh roses feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breath taking views from all around of the incredible game-rich Crater. Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau - brocade sofas, gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers and paneled walls - and be instantly transported into one of the most famous African landscapes with just one glance out the window of the lodge. In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the breathtakingly beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.
LEMALA KURIA HILLS - Serengeti (D)
Offering unrivalled luxury, Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge is situated in the Wogakurya Hills, close to the Mara River on the Tanzanian side of the border and within the main corridor of the world-famous wildebeest migration. Large boulders and kopjes form the prominent features of the site and each guest tent has been carefully positioned amongst these to ensure privacy and spectacular vistas over the gentle grassed slopes, open woodland and tree lined watercourses, which all make up the scenic north Serengeti landscape.
The Lodge has a clean and contemporary design that remain undeniably African at heart, largely through the warmth and vibrancy of the team that call it home.
Magnificent kopjes dominate the public areas, with superb views from the bar, sitting and dining areas, swimming pool and the decks. Guests may enjoy several dining options in camp or out in the bush with a choice of freshly cooked starters, main course, desserts and house drinks. Tea is served in the afternoon before your game drive and cocktails at sunset on one of the kopjes overlooking the Isuria escarpment.
A separate tent in the wild forms the Melengali Spa where you can indulge in massages and manicures in a peaceful, natural setting. Whether you are here for the migration between June and October or forprivacy and seclusion at other times of the year, you will find Lemala Kuria Hills a place of incredible luxury and beauty where you can relax or explore the amazing wildlife, landscapes and habitats of thenorthern Serengeti with our superb guides either on foot or in our custom-designed 4x4s.
- 15 Glass fronted suite tents, twin or super-king beds (triples are available) 35 beds in total
- Public areas made up of three tents housing a combined lounge and bar area, an inside and outside
- Dining area and the reception area and gift shop
- 24hr electricity supply provided by solar and backup generator
- En-suite flush toilet, running water and hot showers and a freestanding bath
- All suites have plunge pools and there is a swimming pool with sundeck in main area
- Laundry services available
- Internet access throughout the Lodge
- Open game viewing vehicles are available (refer to rate sheet)
- All alcoholic house and non alcoholic drinks and Wifi included
- Walks are available, however need to be booked in advance (refer to rate sheet)
- Children under the age of 6 are not recommended however management reserves the right to accept bookings on prior approvals. (child rates applicable for children aged between 6-16)
KIGALI SERENA - Kigali (F)
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Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. The hotel is in central Kigali, just 10 kilometers from Kigali International Airport and is close to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. The hotel offers 148 rooms that are presented in typically pan-African style with either twin or queen-sized beds.
Superior Room – All the newly-renovated rooms are presented in typically pan-African style with either twin or queen-sized beds. Varying slightly in size between 25 and 30 sq meters, these rooms offer either twin or king-sized beds and a luxury bathroom with both tub and shower.
Amenities include: 24-hour room service … air-conditioning … WIFI and in-room modem hook-up … direct-dial phone … voice-mail … in-room flat-screen satellite TV … mini-bar … private safe … tea and coffee-making facilities … hair driers … porter/concierge … 24-hour on-call doctor … Business Centre … ‘Maisha' Health Spa
VIRUNGA LODGE - Ruhengeri (D)
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The magnificent Virunga Lodge is set on a stunning hilltop in a spectacular location with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The lodge has been described as having "the best view in the world" and as "one of the finest lodges in Africa". The lodge's eight bandas offer elegance and great comfort, with their 'organic, bush-chic' design reflecting the local building style. Each banda has its own terrace with spectacular views of the volcanoes or lakes.
Banda - The 10 stone guest Bandas, each individually named after regional African lakes, with tile roofs (2 deluxe, 4 doubles and 4 twins) reflect the local building style. All come with en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity, shower with hot and cold running water. Rooms have mosquito nets, 240v lighting and a private veranda.
SHERATON ADDIS HOTEL – Addis Ababa (F)
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The Sheraton Addis Hotel is located in the center of Addis Ababa and in the vicinity of the National Museum, United Nations Conference Center, the UNECA headquarters, the Merkato and Bole International Airport (7km). The hotel is a sanctuary of Ethiopian grandeur, where a landscape of vibrant greens and colorful wildflowers meets the African sky. Experience an exceptional level of personal service in one of the 294 guest rooms and suites at the Sheraton Addis Hotel. From glittering pools with enchanting underwater music to an indulgent menu of soothing massages at the hotel's Aqva Club to a large variety of restaurants with sophisticated options to dine and socialize, the Sheraton Addis Hotel delights all the senses. The Gaslight Night Club located in the hotel is one of Addis Ababa's greatest nightlife places. You can explore beautiful Ethiopian art throughout the hotel which launched a yearly art exhibition called "Art of Ethiopia" to help young Ethiopian artists to showcase their artwork and contribute funds to local art schools in Addis Ababa.
Executive Room - Executive rooms at the Sheraton Addis are unusually spacious, luxuriously furnished and tastefully decorated. Each room offers a comfortable environment for relaxation. Executive rooms are situated on an Executive Floor giving the guests access to the Executive Lounge which offers casual privacy and is exclusively reserved for guests staying in Suites or on the Executive Floor. Guests can enjoy soft music, watch television and conduct discrete one-to one meetings over a drink and canapés. The Executive Lounge is open daily from 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM and offers happy hour drinks of all varieties from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Each room offers a comfortable environment for work or relaxation and are luxuriously furnished and tastefully decorated.
Amenities include: Luxury Collection King size bed … Individually controlled air-conditioning …Two telephone lines … Computer data port access (The hotel has also introduced internet lease lines to make communication faster and more efficient) … Flat Screen TV, 42 inch … Electronic mini-bar and private electronic safe … Large and practical work desk … Luxury Collection … Bathroom amenities, towels, slippers, bathrobes, hair dryer and weigh scale … Speakers in the bathrooms … Bottled water provided daily … Complimentary morning coffee or tea served up to 8:30 AM upon request with wake up call … Fruit basket delivered upon request.
MENA HOUSE – Cairo (SOD)
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This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. It was a hotel as early as 1880 and was taken over by the Oberoi Hotels in the 1970's. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with balconies and marble bathrooms and the Pyramids hover in the background. Guests can play golf on the 18-hole course in the shadow of these wonderful structures. Facilities of the Mena House include a European-style casino, a discotheque, excellent restaurants and bars.
Premier Pyramid View Room - Mena Garden – Each room offers a breath-taking view of the Pyramids, the Palace and the lush gardens. All guest accommodation at Mena House is air conditioned with private bathroom. Rooms and Suites are lavishly appointed with traditionally inspired furnishings and rich carpets. All Suites in the old Palace section feature beautiful traditional detailing, murals, screens, panelling, gilding, fine upholstery, original wooden balustrades and arched windows. Guests in the Suites enjoy the privilege of private butler service and 24hr in-room dining.
Amenities include: Cable network … Wired or wireless internet access … Electronic in-room safe … Multi-line telephone(s) with voicemail … Refrigerated private bar … Dining table & Coffee table … Make-up mirror & weighing scale … Hair dryer … Thick terry bathrobes … Hypoallergenic pillows on request … Complimentary tea/coffee making facility … 24 hour in-room dining … Down pillows … Twice daily housekeeping service … Complimentary shoe shine service.
OBEROI PHILAE - Nile Cruise (D)
With just twenty-two cabins and suites, The Oberoi Philae is perfect an intimate, luxury River Nile cruising experience The bright, spacious accommodations have large French windows from which guests can enjoy magnificent River Nile views and are equipped with the latest technologies and high speed WiFi, throughout. The elegant indoor and poolside dining spaces are tastefully decorated and afford spectacular views.
Luxury Cabin: Spanning 388 square feet (36 square metres) the Luxury Cabins include a spacious bedroom-cum-living area and a separate bathroom. They are furnished with a king or twin-size beds, topped with a plush 10" mattress and offer a pillow menu that caters to bespoke individual preferences. Guests can enjoy River Nile views from the privacy of their magnificent bathroom. Fitted with a large, multi-pressure overhead shower and a separate hand shower, and with walls lined with sparkling mirrors and fine Egyptian style mosaic tiles, these bathrooms epitomise elegance.
Amenities include: Blackout blinds... Soundproof, openable French windows... Air conditioning... Coffee machine... Personal bar... Alarm and docking station... 24-hour express laundry... 40" LED television... DVD player... Electronic safe... High speed WiFi... Wireless telephones... iPod docking station
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