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Additional Property Updates

26/09/2019

More property updates we have received recently.

ACCOMMODATION – SOUTH AFRICA  

Premier Hotel Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa) will be closing its pool deck and swimming pool area for upgrades for the period 09 September 2019 until 30 September 2019. The Library and Business Centre will also be closed for upgrades for the period 09 September 2019 until approximately mid-October. 

Winchester Mansions (Cape Town, South Africa) has advised that it will be closed for the period 01 April 2020 until 31 October 2020, however, these dates are not yet official and are subject to change. They are currently planning a complete rebuild. We will advise on further updates.

Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa (Stellenbosch, South Africa) will be closed for refurbishments for the period 01 May 2020 until 17 July 2020, this includes Indochine Restaurant.

Falcon View Manor (Knysna, South Africa) will be closed for annual renovations for the period 05 May 2020 until 26 June 2020.

Holiday Inn Express Sunnypark (Pretoria, South Africa) has been rebranded and has been renamed the RH Hotel Pretoria.

Bakubung Bush Lodge (Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa) will be renovating their reception area as of 05 August 2019. The project is expected to take about six weeks and should be completed as of late September 2019. During this period, the reception and check in/check out area will be moved to the Wildlife Centre. The Wildlife Centre will also be temporarily moved to the Hippo Kiddies Club Room opposite the tennis courts. The Hippo Kiddies Club activities will still take place during this time, but will be limited to outdoor activities only, weather permitting.

Kambaku River Sands and Kambaku Safari Lodge (Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa) will be closed for maintenance for the period 31 January 2020 until 22 February 2020.

Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve (Limpopo, South Africa) has announced that the reserve has free-roaming buffalo, enhancing the safari experience. The reserve has not seen free-roaming buffalo for almost 100 years and re-introducing them was an enormous and successful task.

Angela’s Camp (Klaserie, Limpopo) has changed their name to Misava Safari Camp.

Kings Camp (Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa) has revamped its Luxury Suites, two to five, into elegant new Superior Suites. They now have a more spacious lounge area, an expansive deck and a private plunge pool. The Library of the camp has also been converted into a lounge space and the reception and entrance received a revamp.

Cheetah Plains (Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa) has officially been graded as a five-star establishment.

Armagh Country Lodge (Stormsrivier, South Africa) has been renamed to Tsitsikhaya.

Belgrace Boutique Hotel (White River, South Africa) will no longer be operating as a hotel as of mid-December 2019.

Madikwe Hills (Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa) has undergone a serious of improvements and upgrades including all new walkways and decks, a spa make-over, remodelled lounge and a new deck added to one of the Suites.

Jaci’s Lodges (Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa) has been officially selected as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. The Unique Lodges of the World is a collection of world-class hotels that offer rare experiences as well as being dedicated to community and the conservation of its surrounding habitats.

Leopard Mountain (Zululand, South Africa) has officially been graded as a five-star establishment.

 

ACCOMODATON – ESWATINI 

Ndlovu Camp (Hlane Royal National Park, Eswatini) has completed its maintenance on its waterhole.

 

ACCOMMODATION – BOTSWANA

Important Update: Many of the camps in the southern Okavango Delta (Okavango Delta, Botswana) are not offering mokoro or water activities due to the low water levels. Please double check your accommodation.

Boteti River Camp (Makgadikgadi National Park, Botswana) will be expanding and adding to more Standard Rooms to the existing five Standard Rooms. The two new additional rooms will be available for booking as of 01 April 2020.

Chobe Game Lodge (Chobe National Park, Botswana) will be undergoing minor maintenance to the Eastern Area of the Lodge and the stairway leading to the swimming pool. Upgrades to the electrical supply infrastructure will also be taking place during this time. The lodge will be closed off for all new bookings during the 06 December and 20 December 2019.

Chobe Elephant Camp (Chobe National Park, Botswana) will be expanding and adding four Standard Rooms as well as a Family Unit with two inter-leading rooms. The new family unit will be open for bookings as of 1 April 2020, the first two new standard rooms as of 1 May 2020 and the second two new standard rooms as of 1 June 2020.

Deception Valley Lodge (Central Kalahari Reserve, Botswana) will be closed for refurbishments for the period 01 January 2020 until 25 March 2020.

Khwai Guest House (Khwai, Botswana) will be adding a new reception and lounge area as well as adding a plunge pool. New room types will also include two family units with two inter-leading rooms each. Each family unit will have a central lounge, connecting to the two bedrooms. The first new family unit will be open for bookings from 1 May 2020 and the second family unit from 1 June 2020.

Linyanti Tented Camp (Linyanti Concession, Botswana) may as of 01 September 2019 be booked as a standard FIT Camp and sole-use is no longer a requirement.

 

ACCOMMODATION – ZAMBIA

Mfuwe Lodge (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia) will be closed for refurbishments for the period 09 January 2020 until 09 April 2020.

Kuyenda Camp (South Luangwa National Park. Zambia) closes annually for the period 01 November until 14 June.

Chamilandu Bush Camp (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia) closed annually for the period 01 November to 06 June.

Chindeni Bush Camp (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia) closes annually for the period 01 December to 03 May.

Bilimungwe Bush Camp (South Luangwa National Park) closes annually for the period 27 December to 13 May.

Kapamba Bush Camp (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia) closes annually for the period 06 January to 26 April.

Zungulila Bush Camp (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia) closes annually for the period 06 January to 16 April.

 

ACCOMMODATION – MOZAMBIQUE 

Dugong Beach Lodge (Vilanculos, Mozambique) has upgraded/added the following:

  • Upgraded infrastructure & buildings
  • New safari vehicle, boat & 2 new generators
  • Renovated deck areas, fire pit & sea wall
  • Water activity and fishing equipment added
  • Replacement and/or renovation of furniture
  • New operational equipment & uniforms
  • Now offers bush & beach horseback riding
  • Offers daily Sundowner cruise & Spa treatments

 

GENERAL 

Reminder: The pickup point for Livingstone Island Tours (Victoria Falls, Southern Africa) has been moved from the Royal Livingstone Hotel to a launch site approximately 1.5 km upstream of the Hotel.

 

AIRLINES 

Airlink (Southern Africa) will be adding an additional flight between Johannesburg and Pemba. As of 24 September 2019, they will add a Tuesday flight to the weekly schedule. Flights will depart Johannesburg at 10H10 and arrive in Pemba at 13H00 and depart Pemba at 13H30 and arrive in Johannesburg at 16H25.

Important Note: Eastgate Airport has announced that due to the current changes of flights, they request that passenger departure or arrival flight details be confirmed with the airport, a day prior or the morning of the flight.

Please take special note of the following:

Departure

  • Passengers departing from Eastgate Airport need to check in 1 hour and 30 minutes before departure.

Arrivals

  • All drivers/rangers/tour guides etc are to report at the reception desk to confirm that the passenger/s are definitely on the flight and indicate passenger’s destination, as there have been incidence of passengers leaving bags behind.
  • Please supply as much information about your passengers as possible.

 

The Following block out dates apply to Springbok Atlas Tours and will not be available for booking:

06 OCTOBER 2019

  • South Africa Odyssey Tour
  • Wild Kingdoms Safari Tour

06 OCTOBER   2019

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
    FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

08 OCTOBER  2019

  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
    FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour PM ONLY
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

14 OCTOBER 2019

  • Dolphin and seal catamaran cruise
    HALF DAY| TOUR CODE STMC

15 OCTOBER  2019

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
    FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM ONLY
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

15 DECEMBER 2019

  • South Africa Odyssey Tour
  • Wild Kingdoms Safari Tour

22 DECEMBER 2019

  • Garden Route Uncovered

25 DECEMBER 2019

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

26 DECEMBER 2019

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM & PM
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

31 DECEMBER 2019

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
    FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM ONLY
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

01 JANUARY 2020

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
    FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

02 JANUARY  2020

  • Pretoria Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
    FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM ONLY
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
  • Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
  • Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
  • Johannesburg Walking Tour
    HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11
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