September 22, 2014 | Kirker Holidays
As the UK basks in unseasonably warm September weather, it’s hard to imagine that winter is on its way. Despite this temporary respite, alas, it is only a matter of time before socks replace sandals… so get ahead of the hordes and plan a delightful escape to Southern Africa now, where pleasant temperatures and cloudless blue skies promise a welcome extension to what has been a superb British summer.
Specialist tour operator, Kirker Holidays offers an array of Southern Africa itineraries, ranging from indulgent city breaks and sublime safaris to historic battlefields tours, luxury train journeys and relaxing beach experiences. Choose from tailor-made single and multi-centre itineraries in South Africa (including Cape Town, The Winelands, Hermanus & the Overberg Coast, The Garden Route, Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Kruger National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve & Kwazulu Natal; Botswana (including The Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park & Savute Game Reserve); Zambia (including Victoria Falls) and Mauritius.
Kirker’s dedicated Southern Africa brochure is brimming with suggestions for tailor-made short breaks and multi-centre holidays, including several hotels that appear in its programme for the first time this year:
In CAPE TOWN…
In the WINELANDS…
At VICTORIA FALLS…
Built in 1904, the four-star Victoria Falls Hotel promises discerning travellers the epitome of traditional comfort, as well as a private footpath – winding through tropical gardens where the hotel’s outdoor pool can also be found – that leads to the falls. Or opt instead for the four-star deluxe Victoria Falls River Lodge, nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River (with the falls visible on the horizon), and enjoy game viewing excursions from land, river or on foot, observe the river birds and roaming warthogs from the garden’s tree hide or indulge in a spa treatment, either in your room or by the infinity pool.
Also making a welcome return to Kirker’s Southern Africa programme after a few years’ absence are:
On the banks of the Bushman’s River, the four-star River Lodge has ten spacious thatched suites, comfortable public areas and observation deck with magnificent views, whilst Settlers Drift – which opens in December – promises an opulent, five-star luxury tented lodge experience in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness.
In the north of South Africa, close to the Botswana border, Madikwe Game Reserve boasts endless wildlife-watching opportunities. Its 75,000 hectares of open grassland, rolling hills and riverside forest are home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as a myriad of other animal and bird species, including the African wild dog, which has been successfully reintroduced. With a range of family-friendly lodges, Madikwe is malaria free and makes an excellent add-on at either the beginning or end of a South African holiday – combined, for example, with Cape Town and Mauritius:
An 11-night holiday, blending three nights each in Cape Town and Madikwe Game Reserve with five nights in Mauritius costs from £3,715 pp. The price is based on two sharing and includes BA flights (London) to Cape Town/from Mauritius, private hotel transfers, internal flights, accommodation with breakfast at the four-star Cape Cadogan hotel in Cape Town, all meals/game drives at the Madikwe Safari Lodge and half-board accommodation at the four-star deluxe Paradise Cove hotel on Mauritius.
Kirker’s team of Southern Africa specialists can ably assist clients to create a tailor-made itinerary that suits their particular requirements – whether visiting for the first time, returning to the region to explore more of its off-the-beaten-track destinations or travelling to pursue a particular interest, such as wildlife, wine or Battlefields history. For example:
A seven-night holiday combining cosmopolitan Cape Town* with the magnificent coastline and glorious whale-watching opportunities of Hermanus costs from £2,445 pp in October, which is the best month to spot whales here. The price is based on two sharing and includes flights (London), private transfers and seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast – four at the four-star Winchester Mansions on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard and three at the four-star Ocean Eleven in Hermanus.
Explore this diverse region – renowned for its fascinating Battlefields history, spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful beaches and excellent game-viewing – on an 11-night holiday. The price is from £3,245 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow) to Johannesburg, internal flight (Durban to Johannesburg), hire car, nine nights’ accommodation (at Three Tree Hill Lodge, Fugitive’s Drift Lodge, Thanda’s tented camp and The Oyster Box, most meals, guided tours and game drives. (Two nights’ flying).
*Visitors to Cape Town will also receive a copy of Kirker’s popular Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing, whilst the services of Kirker’s Concierge – to make restaurant reservations and arrange private guided tours, whale watching, wine-tasting and other excursions – are available for clients visiting all Southern Africa destinations.
For further information on booking a Southern Africa itinerary, call Kirker Holidays on 020 7593 2289 or visit www.kirkerholidays.com.
Ends / 22 September 2014