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The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa lobbyThe Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed an old power station into a unique 5 star boutique Knysna hotel. All the old machinery which was used in this power station has been lovingly restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics.

All the artwork displayed on the walls of the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa is locally produced, and the hotel takes great pride in supporting its heritage. This can be seen in the Forest Wing, where the colors and prints of Clinton Friedman, a famous South African Botanical Photographer, are the inspiration for the decor. Keep an eye out for his close-ups of leaves, seeds, pods, forest trees and the mysterious Knysna elephants. Another example of this is the Thesen Wing, where tribute is paid to the island itself. The décor highlights Knysna’s icons, it utilises the colours of the forest, and it includes imagery of the much-loved Knysna Loerie.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa standard bedroomThe hotel offers guests a choice of seventeen standard rooms, six luxury rooms, a honeymoon suite, and two self-contained suites adjacent to the hotel. All standard rooms boast large, comfortable king-sized beds, and a wide variety of convenient amenities, making this a prime spot for accommodation in Knysna. The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a separate shower and bath, two basins and heated towel rails. What’s more, the rooms are secured with a Ving card access system, granting guests a sense of security and relaxation. Each of the rooms provide luxurious amenities such as a flat screen TV, Wi-fi, a fully-stocked mini bar, and a tea and coffee station.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel & SpaThe 90-seater Island Café restaurant at the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa overlooks the stunning canal, and serves up extraordinary dishes from a diverse a la carte menu. The Gastro Pub and Deck, on the other hand, allows guests to enjoy watching the sun go down, whilst sipping on something from the extensive drinks menu, and filling up on an imaginative pub-style variety of snacks.

The Turbine Spa is one of the finest on the Garden Route, offering guests a wide variety of relaxing treatments from massages to facials and a Rhassoul Steam Room.

Above all else, Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa strives to combine elegance and flair with ultimate comfort and relaxation, to ensure each guest is left feeling like they’ve had a Knysna accommodation experience like no other.

Cape & Safari

Cape Town and Kruger National Park

From the ‘fairest Cape in the World’ to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, our Cape & Safari itinerary takes you to Cape Town and Kruger National Park on an unforgettable journey through South Africa.

Tour Length: 10 days

Land  from $6,095 per person

Cape Town | Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

Cape Town and Kruger National Park, Cape Town aerial viewWelcome to the ‘fairest Cape in the World’. Colonial monuments co-exist with delightful modernity in the glorious city of Cape Town. Basking in a Mediterranean climate for most of the year, veteran travelers insist Cape Town’s setting tops even the trendiest resort in the south of France; certainly the wines are just as delicious!

Relax and enjoy guided sightseeing: a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a tour of the delightful city and an excursion along the full length of the Cape Peninsula on our Cape & Safari itinerary.

Cape Town and Kruger National Park Cape & Safari mapOur Cape & Safari Cape Town and Kruger National Park itinerary then continues on to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, Kruger National Park. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is your safari paradise for 5 exciting days.

Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your first lion on the hunt. Be prepared for non-stop action as you search for the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives. Open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers, allow for close-up encounters and superb photographic opportunities. During the quiet midday, a guided walking safari places you ‘nose to nose’ with the smaller denizens of the bush.

Cape & Safari – Cape Town and Kruger National Park Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Relax on an overnight flight to South Africa as your journey to Cape Town and Kruger National Park begins.

Day 2-4 Cape Town (3 nights)
Two glorious days exploring the Cape Town and environs. Ride a cable car up to Table Mountain and tour the colorful Malay Quarter. Pose on the very edge of the continent on a Cape Point tour and meet penguins, seals and playful baboons.

Day 5-8 Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (4 nights)

Cape & Safari Cape Town and Kruger National Park Chitwa ChitwaWing to Kruger Park… wildlife heaven! Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephant, lions, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, hyena… to name a few. Open safari vehicles plunge into the bush in pursuit of leopard on the hunt. Don’t miss the midday walking safari!.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge is an exquisite balance between unbridled luxury and environmental harmony. Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto its own private deck with private plunge pool, overlooking the nearby lake.

Day 9 Depart Johannesburg
“Farewell” to Africa. Wing back to Johannesburg and depart.

Day 10 Arrive USA
Welcome home with memories and photos of Cape Town and Kruger National Park to last a lifetime!

Tempted to see a bit more? Think about adding Victoria Falls, Chobe Botswana or even an exciting extension to Kenya or Tanzania.

A Taste of South Africa

Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park

Come along on A Taste of South Africa through Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park! Spend four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town, voted one of the top destinations in the world, with the opportunity for self-exploration or optional full and half day tours. Continue on an exciting three day wildlife adventure at a private luxury Big 5 game reserve with the style and elegance you’d expect of a first rate safari destination.

Tour Length: 9 days

Land from $2,395 per person sharing.

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Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park Cape Town waterfrontSituated in the shadow of Table Mountain and  surrounded by pristine white beaches is Cape Town; home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife.

Cape Town affords the visitor a multitude of activities, from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.

Choose from a variety of optional activities, at additional cost,  during your stay in the Cape.

How far do you have to travel to find peace and quiet and connect with the simple life? When it’s time to get back to the things that really matter – such as the tranquility of nature, exciting culture and fascinating history, come along on A Taste of South Africa to Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park.

Tempted to see a bit more with our A Taste of South Africa?  Think about adding Victoria Falls, Botswana or even an exciting Great White Shark Cage Diving adventure!

A Taste of South Africa Itinerary – Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park

Day 1 Depart USA
Embark on your overnight journey to South Africa; Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park await you.

Day 2-5 Cape Town (4 nights)
Enjoy four nights in this wonderful world class mecca for food, history and adventure enthusiasts.  Relax and take advantage of the local amenities at your centrally located, vibrant, chic hotel. Add to your Cape Town experience by selecting from our optional full and half day tours (at additional cost).

Day 6 & 7 Greater Kruger Park Private Reserve (2 nights)
Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park wild dogsWing to Kruger Park airport and transfer to your private reserve. Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs and hippos.

Look for a pack of wild dogs, the second rarest African carnivore species, with only an estimated 2000 remaining specimens. Birdwatchers can also look forward to ample sightings of the several hundred bird species typical to the low veld.

Day 8 Depart Johannesburg
After a final morning game drive, wing back to Johannesburg in time to connect with your home-bound international flight.

Day 9 Arrive USA
Welcome Home with memories of your visit to Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park!

A Taste of South Africa offers the following optional Cape Town tours:
Half Day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour
Full Day Cape Point Tour
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
Note: All optional tours are at additional cost.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls

Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls

The Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls visits exclusive African destinations at the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ and ‘The Last Refuge’ and features incredible accommodations.

Tour Length: 11 days

Land from $10,395 per person

Johannesburg | Victoria Falls | Kasane | Selinda Reserve |Okavango Delta | Maun | Johannesburg

Botswana Safari with Victoria FallsCommence your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls journey in the culturally rich city of Johannesburg, before winging it to Victoria Falls, called the “Smoke that Thunders” by the locals. Delight in a guided tour of the Falls and ply the famed Zambezi River on a sunset boat cruise.

Continue on your Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls as you cross the border to Botswana, known as “Old Africa’s Last Refuge” – a never-never land where the beasts roam free as they have done for millennia.

The landlocked nation is blessedly underdeveloped, thanks to the severe Kalahari desert that blankets half the country under wind-blown sands. With a small human population (including some of the last remaining Bushmen), Botswana is truly a ‘wild’ safari destination.

Excitement starts immediately as your bush pilot maneuvers the light aircraft over the vast Botswana wilderness at an altitude that allows for aerial game viewing.  Stay at two distinctly different yet sophisticated Botswana lodges that are unique in design and personality; each is located in specific ecological enclaves that offer a smorgasbord of activities. The fauna focus is bird life, hippo, crocodiles and other wetland species as well as the big land mammals. Open 4×4 vehicles allow you to get so close to the wildlife that you can leave your zoom lenses behind!

If you have more time to explore, consider adding Cape Town or Kruger Park to your regal sojourn on the Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
An overnight flight to South Africa… and the excitement begins as you embark on your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Intercontinental O.R. Tambo JohannesburgDay 2 Johannesburg
Welcome to Africa!  On arrival at O. R. Tambo International Airport, walk to your hotel to check in for your one night stay.  Located only a short walk away from the arrivals hall of Johannesburg’s largest international airport, the award-winning InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport, South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, offers travelers a luxurious and enjoyable stay upon arrival. Services and amenities at the luxury InterContinental Johannesburg O. R. Tambo Airport hotel are available to all hotel guests, in order to maximize comfort and convenience.  5 star services include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a health spa, indoor pool, self-service workstations and a fine dining restaurant.  Relax at your airport hotel and fall asleep under African stars.

Day 3 Johannesburg – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Old Drift Lodge bomaCheck out and walk to O. R. Tambo International Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls (flight not included).  On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a representative who will assist you to your complimentary transfer to the Old Drift Lodge.  Located upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. The main lodge area has 360 degree views, North facing onto the Zambezi & South facing onto a water hole. A 7 kilometre stretch of river flows between the camp and the town of Victoria Falls, making Old Drift Lodge the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls.

Day 4 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria FallsExplore the impressive Victoria Falls on a guided walking tour through the rain forest.  The Victoria Falls is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

Enjoy a multi-hued sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos. With the iconic river at your doorstep, it is hard not to be charmed by the calming ebb of the current. Breathtaking, complex ecosystems thrive around the lodge, and as the boat bobs on the water, guests can drink in a 360-degree view of this magnificent environment on your Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Day 5 Victoria Falls – Kasane – Selinda Reserve, Botswana
After your morning activity, enjoy breakfast back at the lodge and bid farewell to Victoria Falls. Transfer to Kasane Airport for your scheduled air transfer to The Selinda Airstrip. On arrival at the airfield, the road transfer to Selinda Explorers Camp is approximately 45 minutes, allowing time for game viewing en route. Selinda Explorers Camp is accessible only to guests arriving by scheduled air transfers or private air charters.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls wild dogs in SelindaThe Selinda Reserve is a 300,000 acre private wildlife sanctuary in the northern part of Botswana. The reserve centers around the famous Selinda Spillway which weaves its way through the reserve, linking the outer reaches of the Okavango Delta in the west with the Linyanti Swamps in the east. As it is upstream of the Savuti system and west of the Chobe it has all the advantages of excellent game and bird viewing but with the huge advantage of being away from the main tourist routes. Wild dogs are known for denning in this area and there are cheetahs as well as good prides of lion, hyena, jackal and leopard.  This area is a wildlife hot spot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis.

Day 6 Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Selinda Explorers CampThere’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception! Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “Wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated as you continue on your Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls. The grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage traveling trunks lends an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.

Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. They’re spacious and stay true to the classic age of safari, when the journey was more important than the destination.

Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls lion prideWith the wildlife viewing activities at Selinda Explorers Camp mainly focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by open vehicle game drives, this wildlife hot spot is home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo, prides of lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope which are all seen with regularity.  As an added bonus while on guided walks, you will be seeing the small, incredibly interesting things often missed on vehicles.

After the safari experience, guests enjoy a delicious dinner back at Selinda Explorers Camp and then rest up for tomorrow’s adventures.

Day 7 Selinda Reserve – Duba Plains, Botswana
Duba Plains CampAfter enjoying your morning activity, enjoy breakfast back at the lodge and then transfer to the Selinda Airstrip for your scheduled air transfer, a 30 minute journey, to The Duba Plains Airstrip. The renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acres private reserve typical of the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains Camp offers 5 bespoke tents, in addition to a separate 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite.

Designed by Dereck Joubert to blend into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of the shade but also to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s, Duba Plains is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains. Upon arrival, guests are transferred to Duba Plains Camp and may enjoy lunch at the lodge, pending your arrival time.

Day 8 Duba Plains, Botswana
Duba Plains Camp game viewingDuba Plains takes rightful pride in its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. Duba Plains is also known for interesting Kalahari species like Aardwolf and Pangolins.

Encounter huge herds of buffalo, elephant and zebra – favorite prey for hungry lions, cheetah and leopard. Witness survival of the fittest on daily game drives in open safari vehicles, conducted by professional safari guides.  The evenings draw to a close with sumptuous feasts under starred heavens, serenaded by the night-time bush calls.  Each of our camps have executive chefs and a hand-picked wine list and Duba Plains is no exception, boasting a cellar of a few hundred bottles of wine from friends of the Jouberts.

Day 9 Duba Plains, Bostwana
An early morning game drive take you out into a wild landscape. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats to rhino, antelope, and buffalo. Equally atmospheric and exciting are evening drives. Animals and birds emerge from their siesta, and suddenly the bush is alive with sights and sounds on your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.

Day 10 Duba Plains – Maun – Johannesburg – Depart
Guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge and depart on an early morning game activity. Upon return, guests will be transferred by road from the lodge to the Duba Plains Airstrip to Maun Airport. On arrival at Maun Airport, check in for your onward flight  Johannesburg (flight not included).  Shake off the bush dust, wing back to Johannesburg and board your departure flight.

Day 11 Arrive USA
With unforgettable safari memories of your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls.