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  • South African SplendorFeaturing: Johannesburg, Shamwari Game Reserve, Knysna, Hermanus and Cape Town Anne Johnston, International Travel Consultant 6703 Highway Blvd – Katy, TX 77494 Toll Free: (800) 423-4236 ext. 24; Local Telephone: (281) 371-2500; Fax: (281) 371-2514 ajohnston@kerdowney.com – www.kerdowney.com
  • Your journey at a glance:Day Itinerary Accommodation MealsDay 1 Arrive Johannesburg Westcliff HotelDay 2 Johannesburg/Port Eliz/Shamwari Game Reserve Long Lee Manor B,L,DDay 3 Shamwari Game Reserve Long Lee Manor B,L,DDay 4 Shamwari Game Reserve Long Lee Manor B,L,DDay 5 Shamwari Game Reserve/Port Elizabeth/Knysna Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa BDay 6 Knysna Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa BDay 7 Knysna/Hermanus The Marine BDay 8 Hermanus The Marine BDay 9 Hermanus/Cape Town The Constantia BDay 10 Cape Town The Constantia BDay 11 Cape Town The Constantia B,LDay 12 Cape Town/Depart In Transit B
  • ~Itinerary~Day 1JohannesburgWestcliff HotelWelcome to Africa! South Africa is a land of luxurious hideaways, legendary scenic wonders, hometo the Big 5 of wild game, rugged bush, metropolitan sprawl and world famous wine. This is a tripfor couples, from pampering spas and unique shopping to spectacular whale watching. We willsample perhaps the last frontier of undiscovered golf courses and discover South Africa together.Upon arrival, Ker & Downey’s exclusiveMeet & Greet service will assist youthrough Customs and Immigration,then transfer you to your hotel. Hereyou’ll relax from your flight and spendyour first night surrounded by luxury.Situated in Johannesburgs mostexclusive residential suburb, TheWestcliffs hillside setting withcascading, sculpted gardens andelegantly opulent accommodation evokea bygone era of leisure and refinementin one of the worlds most vibrant andcosmopolitan cities. The Westcliff is acharming and romantic retreat - and its accommodations are both ergonomic and unashamedlyindulgent. The extravagantly sized rooms and suites all feature gorgeous over-sized marblebathrooms and most have a private balcony overlooking the zoological gardens or one of the estate’scharming cobbled courtyards. Others feature sunny patios and the majority have glorious views ofthe estate’s tumbling gardens or the leafy northern suburbs, complete with lush greenery andsoothing water features.Day 2Johannesburg/Port Elizabeth/Shamwari Game ReserveLong Lee ManorAfter breakfast, you will be met then transferred to the airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth.Upon arrival into Port Elizabeth you will be met for your transfer to Shamwari.The Shamwari Game Reserve, a 61,000 acre malaria free, private game reserve situated in the EasternCape of South Africa, has received numerous international awards, including the Worlds LeadingConservation Company and Game Reserve for five consecutive years. It is situated in verdant bushalong the Bushman’s River, halfway between Port Elizabeth (45 minutes drive outside the city) and
  • Grahamstown, on the Eastern Cape and forming a natural extension to the famous Garden Route.Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realization of one mans dream, andthe success of many peoples passion.Steeped in settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild andfree, the reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animaland bird life. This is the ultimate African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsibletourism.Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This splendidlyrestored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticingcuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor is a reminder of an era of gracious living - positioned asthe flagship of Shamwari - it overlooks the sweeping plains leading down to the Bushmans River.Long Lee Manor accommodates 38 guests in elegant en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning andheating, as well as family suites for the children. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in themain dining room or around the open blazing fire at the Barn. Between game drives guests can lazearound one of the two pools, relax in the beautifully appointed garden lounge, or experience arejuvenating treatment in the spa.Early morning and evening gameviewing drives in open LandRovers over the rolling hills andvalleys as well as guided naturewalks and bird watching are allpart of this magnificent experience.These hikes can often be thehighlight of your African trip, for itis really only then that you gain aperspective of this great continent.The heat of the day is usually spentin the shade, playing tennis,swimming, reading and, of course,enjoying a delicious lunch.
  • Day 3 & 4Port Elizabeth/Shamwari Game ReserveLong Lee Manor Game viewing is carried out this morning and in the evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle (which seats up to 6) over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your plans into the group. In the early morning (if you are keen) you will leave before dawn, spending up to 3-4 hours spotting before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast. Blankets aresupplied for those cold morning starts! Between 4:00 - 5:00pm, you assemble again for the evening drive. As the animals emerge from theirmidday cover, you may see elephants browsing, rhino drinking at a waterhole, or perhaps the shybushbuck motionless in the dense bushveld. At dusk, the Land Rover stops at some panoramic spotfor a sundowner (from the icebox) and snacks.Then, as the light fades, your ranger will plug in a powerful hand-held light. With its help, you cansweep the veld, seeing first the eyes and then the forms of a variety of nocturnal animals. By 8:00pmyou are back at your lodge where a drink in the bar with your ranger, amid cheerful recollections ofthe days discoveries is followed either by another great meal expertly prepared by the chefs, or abarbecue next to a roaring fire. End the day with a hot shower and a well-earned sleep.Day 5Shamwari Game Reserve / Port Elizabeth / KnysnaPezula Resort Hotel & SpaA Ker & Downeyrepresentative will meetyou for your transfer toGeorge and to the fabulousPezula Resort.Sophisticated Africanhospitality, ultra-luxuryaccommodations,magnificent vistas andscenery, outstandinggourmet food, a multi-
  • award winning spa, a secluded Indian Ocean beach and numerous on-site activities await you fortwo nights. Canoeing the Noetzie River, walking or horseback riding the forest trails, and shoppingin the nearby village will occupy your time, as will a spa treatment and a round of golf on the PezulaChampionship Golf Course.Soaring above the glittering Knysna lagoon and offering breathtaking mountain and ocean views,Pezula enjoys a setting that has to be seen to be believed. It nestles in its own golf estate on anexclusive cliff-top retreat. It is surrounded by an aromatic mantle of Cape coastal fynbos - bushes,trees and wild flowers teeming with birds and insects. And it overlooks a nature reserve while alsoencompassing the exquisite sheltered beach at nearby Noetzie. And thats merely the setting. Each of the 82 magnificent suites (20 junior, 60 luxury and 2 executive) is a cocoon of comfort and sensuous seclusion. Luxuriate in a massage or aromatherapy session on your private balcony. Linger over a romantic dinner for two in your room while you enjoy the warmth of a genuine log fire. Or put your feet up in front of the television - there are 24-hour satellite channels for your pleasure and relaxation. However you choose to spend your time, amenities such as an in-room refreshment center and individual climate control insure supreme comfort. After a game of golf or a walk on aspectacular nature trail, here is the perfect haven to welcome you home, with all the style and luxurythat epitomize this exceptional hotel.While the non-golfers are pampered at the resort, this afternoon our golfers will play golf at Pezula’sbreathtaking, award-winning18-hole golf course, designedby David Dale and RonaldFream of GolfPlan USA. Thecourse offers visitors whowish to play the ultimate golfcourse in Knysna anunsurpassed golf experienceand rates amongst the bestand the most scenic golfcourses in the world. In 2001,just a few months after itopened, the course wasawarded Best New GolfCourse in South Africa. InFebruary 2005 Complete Golferrated it a Five Star Golf Experience. Today, you will enjoy the 18 hole golf course at the Pezula Resort.
  • The Pezula Golf Club offers clubhouse facilities that are in keeping with the overall five-starexperience, and includes a terrace with spectacular views, restaurant, bar, golf shop, short gamepractice area and putting green. The Shareholders Lounge houses a library, private lounge, diningarea and bar. Golf carts are obligatory and the resorts carts are fully equipped with GPS systems andcomputerized scoring.Day 6KnysnaPezula Resort Hotel & Spa This morning, enjoy a second round of golf at nearby Simola Golf Estate. If this is what you choose, a Ker & Downey representative will meet you for your transfer to Simola Golf Estate. Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge, simply because the views around the course are awe- inspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations. It’s also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on theGarden Route, reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the naturallay of the land. Upon completion of your round, you will be met by a Ker & Downey representativewho will transfer you back to Pezula. South Africa is a haven of rest, relaxation and revitalization, anoasis of calm. Some may choose to forego golf today and ratherspend some time in the nearby village of Knysna, one of thesouthern Cape Coast’s most popular holiday destinations.Visiting the quaint local shops, lunch along the beach or quay, astop at the overlook with commanding views of the lagoon andthe heads, two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of thelagoon and connecting the estuary with the sea, or a hike orcanoe trip along the lagoon offers you the chance to enjoy thewonderful people and scenic relaxation of one of South Africa’smost picturesque towns.Evenings may be spent in the award-winning Zachary’sRestaurant or under the stars at Zachary’s Terrace. Pezulacannot adequately be described and offers an unrivalledlifestyle destination.
  • Day 7Knysna / HermanusThe MarineToday you will drive down the lovely Garden Route to Hermanus.The Marine Hermanus is unique in its position, perched atop the cliffs on one of the most beautifullandscapes in Africa. Enjoy coastal walks with exquisite views across Walker Bay, where there isnothing between you and the Antarctic other than a few thousand miles of ocean. Spend the day atthe heated swimming pool with a glass of champagne or pamper yourself in the beauty spa. With itsunderstated luxury and sophisticated décor, the hotel boasts 45 air-conditioned luxury rooms andsuites, each individually decorated.Hermanus is the undeniable heart of SouthAfrica’s whale route and home to theworld’s only Whale Crier, who blows hiskelp horn when whales are sited. TheHermanus Whale Festival takes place everySeptember when whale watching is at itspeak. The well-known cliff path andbaordwalk hugs the shoreline for over 7miles and presents both spectacular viewsas well as the opportunity for a romanticstroll. Great White Shark cage diving,cooking classes in many of the worldfamous area restaurants or simply drinkingin the champagne air (the name given to theair between South Africa and the AntarcticCoast), you’ll fall in love with this beautifulseaside town.
  • Day 8HermanusThe MarineToday golfers will drive to Arabella for a round of golf at this world renowned course. The Arabella golf course in South Africa is ranked by Compleat Golfer Magazine as the number one golf course in the Western Cape. It was also featured in Golf Digest’s USA’s Top 60 courses outside of America in 2007. Designed and built in 1999 by celebrated South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich, this classic parkland course has spectacular views across the Bot River lagoon and across theKogelberg mountain range. The pristine fairways are kikuyu, while the greens, which frequentlyreceive high praise from professionals in the game, are Dominant Bent. The golf course has beenrefined in the past six years with the addition of several bunkers and the revamp of the par-four 6thhole in order to rid it of its blind tee shot.There is no doubt that a round of golf here ranks with the best experiences anywhere in the world.Following golf, return to Hermanus to share stories of the round with those who have spent the dayshopping in Hermanus or relaxing at The Marine. Tonight may be spent under the stars at any of thearea restaurants, relaxing in your suite or falling asleep to the sounds of the Indian Ocean against theshoreline.Day 9Hermanus / Cape TownThe ConstantiaToday, you will transfer to CapeTown, enjoying an afternoon winetour en route.The cool maritime climate and thejust-right soil composition combineto make the Hemel-en-AardeValley the ideal location for thefussy Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blancand Chardonnay vines. In this
  • picturesque valley wine lovers can treat themselves to a unique wine tour among the southernmostvineyards in Africa. Your guide and host will explain the unique talents of the South Africanwinemakers, take you into the vineyards, and offer you a taste of some of the world’s finest wines.Following your tour of the Winelands you will continue into Cape Town. Situated in the heart of theCapes oldest wine region and close to five of South Africa’s top wine estates, The Constantia is anelegant and luxurious boutiquehotel offering a unique and specialholiday experience. This five-starBoutique Hotel is convenientlypositioned in close proximity tomany of the celebrated Caperestaurants as well as just minutesfrom the chic and fashionable CapeTown shops. Great attention todetail has been placed on privacyand security. Even the luxuryswimming pool and surroundingtanning deck has been landscapedand sunk below ground level, toensure complete privacy. All sixsuites include air conditioning, under floor heating, heated towel racks, satellite TV and private safes.Day 10Cape TownThe ConstantiaThis morning, teetimes have beenarranged at PearlValley.The master plan wasshaped by the visionof golf legend JackNicklaus and hisunique touch isevident throughoutthe course at PearlValley Golf Estates.Nicklaus, who hasbeen named ‘the mostinfluential man in golf’, has used his wealth of knowledge and experience in the game to develop atruly stunning golf course. Officially opened at the beginning of November 2003 by Nicklaus and
  • South African great Gary Player, Pearl Valley Golf Estates was named ‘best new golf course of theyear’ by Golf Digest magazine in 2005 and is currently ranked the ‘5th best course in South Africa’ and2nd best conditioned by Golf Digest.Those who choose not to play golf today may relax at The Constantia, visit the area shops, tour thenearby wine estates, or simply relax in the sun.Day 11Cape TownThe ConstantiaThis morning meet your guidein the hotel lobby for yourprivate tour of Cape Point andthe Peninsula, often referred toas one of the world’s mostscenic areas. Sit back and relaxas you travel along the AtlanticSeaboard past Sea Point,Clifton and Camps Bay. Stop atthe granite boulders where youhave the most magnificentviews of the Twelve Apostles,Table Mountain and the beachof Camps Bay. Continue alongVictoria Drive past Bakovenand Llandudno to Hout Bay – an incredibly charming small village and fishing harbor.Onward, as you leave the beach, you will wind your way up over 1,970 feet above the ocean to Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives. Here you will have a bird’s eye view of Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. During the migration season (June-December) you have the opportunity to witness the Southern Right Whales as they swim with their mate and pod members near the shoreline of this magnificent coast. Whales come here to calve and mate and there is a good possibility to see breeching whales in the surf and just beyond. Next, visit the Cape of GoodHope Nature Reserve and explore the flora and fauna of the region as well as the rocky coastline ofCape Point, perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
  • Stop at the tip of the Cape Peninsulaand either walk or take the funicularto the lighthouse at Cape Point withits beautiful views overlooking FalseBay, so named as the early navigatorsthought they had arrived at TableBay. Our drive will take us to theCape of Good Hope, the southwestern most point of the Africancontinent. Leave the Reserve anddrive along the False Bay coastlinethrough historic Simonstown to FishHoek. You will head back to CapeTown over Boyes drive with views ofthe fishing village of Kalk Bay and the seaside towns of St. James and Muizenberg.Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens situated on the slopes of Table Mountain is your next stop. Cecil John Rhodes bought Kirstenbosch in 1895 and, when he died seven years later, he left it to the people of South Africa. It contains a unique collection of southern African plants, and the garden is one of the few in the world devoted to indigenous plants. In springtime, between July and September, large areas of the gardens are ablaze with color. Time is spent in this magnificent garden before returning to your hotel at approximately 6 pm. The tour includes entrance feesto the Cape of Good Hope, the funicular, Boulders Beach, Kirstenbosch Gardens as well as lunchalong the way.Day 12Cape TownToday, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home. ~End of Ker & Downey Services~
  • Land Only: $ 7,995.00 per person - x 12 travelers Day 5 - Pezula - green fees including cart, half-way house and club hireDay 6 - Simola - green fees including cart, half-way house snack and club hire (hollow tining 1st week of September) Day 8 - Arabella - green fees including cart and club hire Day 10 - Pearl Valley - green fees including cart and club hire Prices subject to change pending agreement to terms and conditions An advance payment of 20% is required to confirm services * Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure Booking Reference - KHFI110337 - Consultant - Anne JohnstonLand Only Includes:Day 1 - Transfer - JNB to Rosebank/SandtonDay 1 - 1 night in Johannesburg at The Westcliff Hotel - Luxury Room - B&B - 1 x Room - Includes breakfastDay 2 - Transfer - Rosebank/Sandton to JNBDay 2 - Transfer - PLZ to ShamwariDay 2 - 3 nights in Shamwari Game Reserve at Long Lee Manor - Luxury Room - Full Board - 1 xRoom - Includes all meals, local beverages and house wines, and game drives and walksDay 5 - Transfer - Shamwari to KnysnaDay 5 - 2 nights in Knysna at Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa - Studio Suite - 1 x Room - Includes breakfastDay 6 - Transfer - Pezula to Simola Golf CourseDay 6 - Transfer - Simola Golf Course to PezulaDay 7 - Transfer - Knysna to Hermanus / GrootbosDay 7 - 2 nights in Hermanus at The Marine - Luxury Double - Bed and Breakfast - 1 x Room - Includes breakfastDay 8 - Transfer - Hermanus to ArabellaDay 8 - Transfer - Arabella to HermanusDay 8 - Excursion - Wine tasting at Hemel en Aarde ValleyDay 9 - Transfer - Hermanus to Cape Town with GuideDay 9 - 3 nights in Winelands at The Constantia - Superior Room - Bed & Breakfast - 1 x Room - Includes breakfast, local beverages, and house winesDay 10 - Transfer - Cape Town to PaarlDay 10 - Transfer - Paarl to Cape TownDay 11 - Excursion - Private Full Day Cape Peninsula TourDay 11 - Excursion - Lunch including tipsDay 12 - Transfer - Cape Town Hotels to CPT with GuideRegional Flights:Flight - Johannesburg (JNB) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
  • Excludes:PorterageInsurance not mentioned aboveAll accommodation not mentioned aboveAll meals not mentioned aboveAll international and domestic flights and airport taxes not mentioned aboveAll transport not mentioned aboveAll expenses of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, etc.Tips and gratuitiesBeverages not mentioned aboveEntrance Fees not mentioned aboveAll other services not mentioned aboveThis is a proposal only – no space is being held. All prices are based on tariffs and exchange ratesprevailing as of the date of this proposal and are subject to change without notice. Itinerary sequence is subjectto change without notice based on accommodation availability. Similar accommodations may be substitutedbased on availability. Air schedules, quoted rates, and space are always subject to change by the airline withoutnotice, and airline seats cannot be reserved until we receive passport copies for each traveler. To avoid airfarechanges, upon your advance payment, please purchase your airline tickets in full. If schedule changes result inan itinerary modification, any additional costs incurred will be passed on to the passenger.