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Jun

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Important Property News

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Please note the following for the various properties:

Alikra Lodge & Shufflers exclusive Use Cottage in Knysna; a recommended high end, modern boutique establishment. (run and owned by Sam, sister of Mark from Kanonkop). http://www.alkiralodge.co.za/

Andries Stockenstrom has closed down with immediate effect – we recommend The Drosdty Hotel in Graaff Reinert as a very adequate alternative.

Bellaments in De Kelders, Gansbaai – a wonderful family option run by Frank and Rita, ex Sea Star Lodge http://www.bellamentesirene.com/#!facilities-and-rates/cyg

Blue Views & South Beach Villas and Apartments; high end options with amazing locations around Camps Bay, etc, for clients opting for private stays over and above hotels. Various options ranging from 1 Bedroom Apartments to 7 Bedroom Villas …. http://www.blueviews.com/

Dulini Collection has taken over Leadwood Lodge and River Lodge from & Beyond.

Entabeni Wildside Camp (being rebuilt after burning down) will re-open July 2016.

Ezard House has been sold and is closed for business.

Four Rosmead will be closed 03.05.-31.07.2016 for a full refurbishment. In addition, at least 2 directly neighbouring properties are undergoing renovations; it is not known when this work will be completed but should they continue beyond the closure dates of Four Rosmead noise and disruption are the be expected.

Grootbos is currently building a new and additional 4 bedroom Villa – due to open end 2016. Details to follow.

Jock Explorer Camp is closed with immediate effect.

Kwande Great Fish River will be closed 01.-14.08.2016; thatch roofs are being redone, as well as room decks. Ecca Lodge will be closed 01.-30.06.2016; upgrades to main deck, guest dining area and pool will be done. Melton Manor will be closed 01.-30.06.2016; a new raised deck will be build. Uplands Homestead will be closed 01.-30.06.2016; renovations will include garden and gazebo.

Lanzerac Construction Work – in addition to Spa being renovated (see previous information) the room block across the Oval will also be renovated until mid December 2016 – we discourage bookings during this period (but we did visit Lanzerac recently and can report that the already renovated rooms are beautiful and once Lanzerac has completed the entire refurbishment programme, the product will be a fantastic 5 star option in the Winelands on one of the most beautiful wine estates, with an excellent location virtually in Stellenbosch)

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge will be closed for a complete refurbishment from 01.05.2017 – 31.08.2017; we are awaiting details and fact sheets highlighting the plans for the new Lodge, which will include a brand new 2 Bedroom Villa.

Mala Mala has announced that Main and Sable Camp will be invigorated and carefully re-imagined; there is no specific time line to this – it will be an ongoing process as they quietly sharpen the “look” and feel of the camp. Guests will NOT be impacted by any work done. Also, existing plans are under way to build a new camp in the southern section of Mala Mala Game Reserve, known as Charleston. Details to follow and opening of camp planned for no earlier than 2019.

Rhino Ridge and Tanamera have specifically requested that clients DO NOT make use of GPS devices to reach these properties; they will be certain to lose their way. Instead, please use the route description as supplied by Ilanga Travel. A general recommendation that we underline for locating all properties situated outside of cities – in particular Safari Lodges and Country accommodations. It is not uncommon that we receive calls from clients, hopelessly lost due to being guided incorrectly by GPS devices.

African Collage 2017 (Rovos Rail) – itinerary extended by one night – new rates and itinerary available on request – The additional day added will affect the old itinerary, as follows:

Pretoria to Cape Town direction

Day 5 :

Stop at Ladysmith :

Non golfers : Battlefields and game drive Spionkop / Golfers :Golfing at Champagne

Cape Town to Pretoria direction

Day 6 :

Stop at Ladysmith :

Non golfers : Battlefields and game drive Spionkop / Golfers :Golfing at Champagne

Saxon Hotel has begun renovating their SPA; completion is planned for October 2016

Twelve Apostles will be upgrading their Helipad over the next few months; completion date will be made public as soon as possible. For the duration of this time all Heli-services to and from the hotel have been suspended.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel will be closed 01.06.2016 – 31.08.2016 for a full refurbishment.

Windermere will close 26.06.2016 – their lease was not renewed.