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Shamwari Re-opens Villa Lobengula

Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape will be reopening Villa Lobengula, which will welcome bookings for individual couples as of 03 October 2016. The lodge will, however, still be available for exclusive bookings.

Villa Lobengula is currently undergoing an extensive interior and landscaping overhaul which will be completed by the end of September 2016.

Road Closures during the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will take place in the Mother City on Sunday 18 September 2016, starting at 07h00 just outside the V&A Waterfront. Road closures and delays can be expected, so please visit the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon website for a detailed road closure report.

Additional Property Updates

More property updates we have received recently.

As of 01 September 2016, the name of the Junior Suite at The Trevoyan Guesthouse (Cape Town, South Africa) has been amended to Bluemoon Suite.

Grootbos Forest Lodge (Gansbaai, South Africa) is currently closed due to a fire that broke out on 27 August 2016. Garden Lodge and the Villa remain operational. Forest Lodge will re-open on 15 December 2016.

Garden Route Game Lodge (Albertinia, South Africa) opened its Sunset Ridge Luxury Rooms on 01 September 2016.

As of 01 September 2016, the previously known The Windermere is now called The Windermere by Mantis (Port Elizabeth, South Africa).

St Lucia Eco Lodge (St Lucia, South Africa), formerly known as Seasands Lodge and Conference Centre, is under new ownership and management and currently undergoing renovations due to be completed by 30 November 2016. Please note that the lodge will still be open during this time.

The departure and arrival times and duration of flights between O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg, South Africa) and andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) have been updated:

  • Outbound leg: 13h15 – 15h00
  • Reverse leg: 14h30 – 16h15
  • Estimated duration: 01h45min

The rooms at SunSquare Montecasino (Johannesburg, South Africa) are currently being upgraded and this is due to be completed by March 2017. The hotel will remain operational during this time as one floor at a time will be revamped, keeping guest disruption to a minimum.

The sleep-out experience at andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve (Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa) is no longer available as of September 2016.

Letaka Safaris (Botswana) has decreased the maximum number of guests on its scheduled departures from 9 to 7 guests. This means that each guest will be guaranteed a window seat for the duration of their safari.

As of 08 September 2016, Tongabezi / Livingstone Island (Zambia) offers guided walks from the Eastern Cataract to Livingstone Island.

The 4-seater Airvan to andBeyond Vamizi Island (Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique) is no longer available from 01 September 2016. The Piper (seats 3 adults) and the Caravan (seats 9 adults) will be replacing the Airvan, and both are subject to availability. The Coastal C206 (seats 4 adults) is still available for charter flights.

The resurfacing of the Onguma private airstrip (Etosha, Namibia) has been recently completed.

The Namibian Airports Company has implemented a Security Tax per person at all Namibian airports. The tax is applicable to both domestic and international departures from 17 September 2016.

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