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Spectacular South Africa

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 4,070

This comprehensive South Africa tour offers a taste of all that makes the country such a great destination, including its wine regions, natural beauty, abundant wildlife, national parks, and rich native culture.


This 15-day South Africa adventure sets out from Cape Town, exploring this multifaceted country in depth before finishing up with a Kruger safari.

Settle into Cape Town, a coastal city enjoying one of the world’s most dramatic settings. Spend your first day exploring the nearby Winelands, and discover why South African wine is on the rise with connoisseurs around the globe. Then explore the Cape in all its natural splendour, from the top of Table Mountain to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Floral Kingdom. With so much to explore in Cape Town, you might even want to consider booking an extra day or two before the tour departs.

Set out along the coast on your way to Hermanus. You’ll visit the penguin colony at Stony Point, Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, and enjoy a boutique winery stop. If you’re here between July and November, keep your eyes peeled for whales at Walker Bay. If not, just enjoy the cliff side views before going on to Knysna, home of the famous Cango Caves, and Oudtshoorn, the centre of the country’s Ostrich trade. Enjoy a cruise on Knysna Lagoon, and admire the wildlife and plant life of Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Some of South Africa’s best wildlife spotting is done offshore. Set out from Plettenberg Bay on a water safari, encountering dolphins and seals in their natural habitat. You might even spot Southern Right or Humpback whales. Back on land, try the world’s highest bungee jump if you dare. Then go on to Storms River Mouth for outstanding Indian Ocean views, before a connecting flight takes you to Durban, and the land of the famous Zulus.

North of Durban, the tiny village of St Lucia serves as gateway to Simangaliso Wetland Park, a large estuary that supports hippos, crocodiles and abundant birdlife. After a cruise through here, go in search of the Big Five in Hluhluwe-iMfoloi Park, returning to your luxury lodge for sundowners after an exciting day of sightings. The next day, head into Swaziland, the tiny country landlocked by South Africa, and visit an authentic chief’s village for a glimpse into Swazi culture.

Spend your last two days exploring two of natural South Africa’s most famous attractions, the Panorama Route and Kruger. Catch a glimpse through God’s Window, see the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels at Blyde River Canyon, then go on to Kapama Private Game Reserve at North Kruger. Called Africa’s Eden, it’s the site of your first open air vehicle safari with an expert tracker. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five, plus over 350 bird species as you set out on numerous game drives. In your down time, do as the animals do and take it easy, or indulge in a luxury African spa treatment. Enjoy high tea before your last afternoon game drive.

Return to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, with the option of a hot air balloon flight or elephant back safari at your own expense.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,070

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Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
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Cape Riviera

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    Cape Riviera



    Situated at the foot of Table Mountain in the heart of the up-market suburb of Oranjezicht Cape Town, Cape Riviera Guest House offers luxurious accommodation for the discerning guest. This historic home, with its modern addition, enjoys two separate pools in order to maintain a ...

    Situated at the foot of Table Mountain in the heart of the up-market suburb of Oranjezicht Cape Town, Cape Riviera Guest House offers luxurious accommodation for the discerning guest. This historic home, with its modern addition, enjoys two separate pools in order to maintain a sense of privacy is set in tranquil surroundings and has sweeping views over Moltino Reservoir, the City, Table Bay and Table Mountain.

    Ideally located and only minutes away from the city are many of Cape Town's famous restaurants, beaches shopping malls and vineyards.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)

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Day 2

Cape Town

After breakfast you meet your tour guide and fellow travellers and set out to the picturesque Winelands, where century old vineyards are surrounded by awe inspiring mountain scenery. We have left today's itinerary open. With extraordinary wine estates from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and fascinating historical landmarks to explore, your highly knowledgeable tour guide will discuss the many possibilities and tailor-make a memorable Winelands experience for the whole group.

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Day 3

Cape Town

This morning we ascend one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature -- majestic Table Mountain (weather permitting), for unrivalled views of Cape Town. Thereafter we drive along Millionaires Paradise to Camps Bay, heading towards the charming working harbour at Hout Bay. We wind along legendary Chapman's Peak Drive (if open) hugging the cliffs and relishing the breath-taking ocean views. After lunch (for own account) we visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope, an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.

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Day 4

Cape Town to Hermanus

We depart Cape Town after breakfast. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal Fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stoney Point. In the 'Hemel en Aarde' region, one of South Africa's newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.

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Duration1 Night
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Harbour Square Hotel

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    Harbour Square Hotel



    Harbour Square Hotel, located in the heart of the historic town of Hermanus, boasts 18 well appointed rooms and suites decorated in a modern style, featuring picturesque views of the mountain cliffs or the majestic ocean below. The spacious suites are fitted with a fully ...

    Harbour Square Hotel, located in the heart of the historic town of Hermanus, boasts 18 well appointed rooms and suites decorated in a modern style, featuring picturesque views of the mountain cliffs or the majestic ocean below. The spacious suites are fitted with a fully equipped, open-plan living area leading out onto a patio from which to enjoy the sights of the bustling town below.

    Guests staying at Harbour Square Hotel are hosted by Village & Life's iconic Harbour House Hotel, offering exclusive access to a variety of superior services and facilities, including a Wine Bar, Lookout Terrace, restaurant and Mint Wellness salon.

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    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool
    • Terrace
    • Wellness Salon
    • Wine Bar

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Day 5

Hermanus to Oudtshoorn

This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July -- November, the possibility of whale sightings could add further enhancement to our explorations. We depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (for own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic 'Route 62', then onward to Oudtshoorn.

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Duration1 Night
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De Opstal Lodge

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    De Opstal Lodge



    Situated in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley just a short drive from the quaint town of Oudtshoorn. This cosy guest house is located on a working ostrich farm with spectacular views. The homestead dates back to 1830 and, together with its tranquil surroundings, is reminiscent of ...

    Situated in the picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley just a short drive from the quaint town of Oudtshoorn. This cosy guest house is located on a working ostrich farm with spectacular views. The homestead dates back to 1830 and, together with its tranquil surroundings, is reminiscent of yesteryear. Guests will enjoy superb traditional dishes and fine local wine in the rustic restaurant. The rooms are tastefully furnished with antiques and Cape Cottage furniture and all have air-conditioning.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wedding Chapel

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Day 6

Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Today we will have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter enjoy a guided tour at an ostrich farm, which will give us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the 'feather capital of the world'. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Belvidere Manor Hotel

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    Belvidere Manor Hotel



    Belvidere Manor - situated in the Garden Route's treasure trove of pristine beaches, lush indigenous forests and tranquil estuaries. South Africa's most romantic - and most relaxed - getaway. Enjoy the beguiling tranquillity of the west shore of Knysna's lagoon. Relax by the swimming pool ...

    Belvidere Manor - situated in the Garden Route's treasure trove of pristine beaches, lush indigenous forests and tranquil estuaries. South Africa's most romantic - and most relaxed - getaway.

    Enjoy the beguiling tranquillity of the west shore of Knysna's lagoon. Relax by the swimming pool in the beautiful gardens (Belvidere Estate is a nature-lover's paradise with more than 270 bird species identified), or retreat to the secluded comfort of the sunny terrace or cosy fireplace in your own Cape-style cottage. Mornings are made for taking things easy and the afternoon is designed for rest and recovery...

    Guests are accommodated in 28 individual cottages situated in 10 hectares of gardens. Offering single or double storey options, the cottages have either lagoon or garden views.
    Each cottage has a wide veranda or "stoep", a comfortable living room, a fully equipped kitchen and one, two or three double en-suite bedrooms. They are fully serviced.

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Day 7

Knysna

This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will learn more about the fascinating history, fauna and flora of the area. Return for lunch under the milkwood trees. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure (unescorted) to further explore the charming village of Knysna.

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Day 8

Knysna to Tsitsikamma

We depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (weather permitting). During the summer months we may encounter bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During the winter months we may see southern right and humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you will have the opportunity to attempt the world's highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (for own account and weather permitting). We arrive late afternoon at the picturesque village of Storms River.

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Duration1 Night
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Tsitsikamma Village Inn

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    The magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn, is a privately owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, the hotel consists of 49 free-standing rooms, village-style, where each cottage is individually decorated and has its own garden ...

    The magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn, is a privately owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, the hotel consists of 49 free-standing rooms, village-style, where each cottage is individually decorated and has its own garden matching the specific colonial building style found in the Garden Route.

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Day 9

Tsitsikamma to Port Elizabeth to Durban to Umhlanga

This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean (weather permitting). We continue our journey to Port Elizabeth airport for our onward flight to Durban. On arrival in Durban we will be met and transferred to our accommodation for the evening, on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Duration1 Night
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Beverly Hills Hotel

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    Beverly Hills Hotel



    With miles of glorious golden beaches and near perfect subtropical weather, this idyllic playground attracts sophisticated visitors from around the globe, seeking the best of sun, sea and glamour. The signature restaurant, the Sugar Club, has a contemporary ambience with dramatic views of the Indian ...

    With miles of glorious golden beaches and near perfect subtropical weather, this idyllic playground attracts sophisticated visitors from around the globe, seeking the best of sun, sea and glamour.

    The signature restaurant, the Sugar Club, has a contemporary ambience with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean, and where the food is rated among the best in the country, confirmed by its membership to the Chaine de Rotisseurs and the Moet et Chandon Restaurant Circle.

    The "elements café bar" is a chic, relaxed café offering a gourmet café menu, while the lounge area is the perfect spot to unwind and watch the dolphins swim by.

    All rooms offer dramatic uninterrupted sea views and have been restyled in muted hues of browns and creams. All suites are indulged with the services of a personal butler.

    The hotel boasts a state of the art fitness centre as well as executive meetings rooms and boardrooms.

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    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 10

Durban to Zululand

After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa's wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (depending on favourable weather conditions) affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. Continue to a private game reserve where you can experience the unique richness that this peaceful region has to offer. Enjoy an afternoon game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue our search for elusive nocturnal creatures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Ubizane Wildlife Reserve

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    Ubizane Wildlife Reserve



    Ubizane, the Zulu word for 'the place of calling' is full of wonder and beauty as it literally calls you into it with its charming splendour. Situated in the heart of Zululand, this wildlife reserve is teeming with birdlife, wildlife and flowing landscapes, that roll ...

    Ubizane, the Zulu word for 'the place of calling' is full of wonder and beauty as it literally calls you into it with its charming splendour. Situated in the heart of Zululand, this wildlife reserve is teeming with birdlife, wildlife and flowing landscapes, that roll majestically around the reserve and envelope the seasonal Mzinene River as it snakes its way through the reserve.

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    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Ensuite Bathrooms
    • Play Park
    • Refrigerator
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 11

Zululand to Swaziland

This morning will be an early start with tea, coffee and rusks after which we set out on an early morning safari in search of the Big Five, enjoying the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.

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Duration1 Night
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The Royal Villas Swaziland

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    The Royal Villas Swaziland


    The Royal Villas Swaziland offers award winning accommodation, conference facilities and fine cuisine all year round. Set in a beautiful secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains, the gold and browns of the African savannah are echoed throughout the Villas with each ...

    The Royal Villas Swaziland offers award winning accommodation, conference facilities and fine cuisine all year round. Set in a beautiful secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains, the gold and browns of the African savannah are echoed throughout the Villas with each room designed to make the most of the African sunlight and views. Located just 10 minutes from the capital Mbabane, the Villas are well positioned close to a range of attractions and activities.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Laundry facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Private Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace
    • Tour Desk

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Day 12

Swaziland to Mpumalanga

After breakfast we visit a chief's village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in the cultural practices. Afterwards, we cross the border back into South Africa for an afternoon arrival in the lush Sabie River Valley.

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Duration1 Night
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Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge

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    Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge



    Surrounded by the lush forests of the Mpumalanga province, Oliver's is situated on the secure White River Country Estate overlooking the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course. The intimate comfort of the establishment and beautifully appointed rooms allow guests to experience ...

    Surrounded by the lush forests of the Mpumalanga province, Oliver's is situated on the secure White River Country Estate overlooking the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course. The intimate comfort of the establishment and beautifully appointed rooms allow guests to experience the marriage between Austrian flair and subtle African influences. Oliver's is within close proximity of the world-renowned Kruger National Park (25 km) as well as the Blyde River Canyon with panoramic drives along the escarpment and lies in a Malaria-free area. The nearby Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA - 12 km) gives easy access from and to any major city in South Africa and internationally. The area is well known not only for its superb temperate sub-tropical climate summer as well as winter, but also for its many scenic and adventurous attractions.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Disable Facilities
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • WiFi

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Day 13

Mpumalanga

Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a wilderness paradise. After checking in, we depart on an open vehicle safari accompanied by a ranger and tracker. We go in search of a diverse range of animal and bird species and hope to encounter the Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Kapama River Lodge

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    Kapama River Lodge



    Kapama River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated within the Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a very generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms. The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to this, the largest ...

    Kapama River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated within the Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a very generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms. The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to this, the largest lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Although large, it is stylishly furnished and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 14

Mpumalanga

The day starts with an early morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. In the afternoon we will gather for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon safari. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.

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Day 15

Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit Airport

Enjoy a final early morning open vehicle safari, before returning to the lodge for brunch. Upon checking out, you will be transferred to nearby Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport for your onward flight to Johannesburg.

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DEPARTURES:

  • 2017: Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 17; Apr 21; May 19; Jun 16; Jul 14;  Aug 11; Sep 15; Oct 13; Nov 10; Dec 15.
  • 2018*: Jan 19; Feb 16; Mar 16; Apr 20; May 18; Jun 15; Jul 13;  Aug 10; Sep 14; Oct 12; Nov 9; Dec 14.

For 2018, the accommodations on Day 9 will change from the Oyster Box to the Beverly Hills Hotel

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Roundtrip Airport transfers
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of a qualified English speaking driver/guide
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Hotel Porterage

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

 

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