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Additional Property Updates

15/08/2019:

More property updates we have received recently.

ACCOMMODATION – SOUTH AFRICA  

The Zambezi River at Victoria Falls (Southern Africa) water level has significantly gone down and has affected the waterfall on the Zambian side, it is estimated that it will be dry by the end of this month on the Zambia side. 

The AC Marriot Hotel (Cape Town, South Africa) has advised that a new gate has been installed that provides easy walking access to the V&A Waterfront.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point (Cape Town, South Africa) the replacement of the cold water, hot water and sewerage pipes has been extended to 31 August 2019 and is estimated to take no longer than the 10th August 2019.

African Pride Arabella Hotel and Spa Autograph Collection (Cape Town, South Africa) will be undergoing a refurbishment and the completion date is set for 07 September 2019. The refurbishment will not affect the hotels other facilities and all the rooms on the first, second and third floors will be redone.

Klein Oliphants Hoek Boutique Hotel has changed its name to Chapter House Boutique Hotel (Franschhoek, Cape Winelands). The hotel will be closed for renovations for the period 01 July 2019 until 31 August 2019.

Spier Wine Farm (Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands) has released block out dates for the period 06 September 2020 until 11 September 2020.

Tswalu Kalahari (Northern Cape, South Africa) has officially re-opened its main camp, The Motse, after an extensive five-month renovation project.

De Opstal (Oudtshoorn, Garden Route) will be closed for renovations for the period 01 June 2020 until 30 June 2020. 

Tuscan Villa Guesthouse (Knysna, Garden Route) will be closed for renovations for the period 01 July 2019 until 22 July 2019.

St James of Knysna (Knysna, Garden Route) is currently undergoing renovations and the completion date has been extended until the end of August 2019.

St James of Knysna (Knysna, Garden Route) have experienced delays in their renovation process and will not be completed at the end of August 2019.

Entabeni Safari Conservancy (Limpopo, South Africa) has suspended all hot air ballooning activities until further notice.

Bidvest Car Rental Lanseria Airport (Johannesburg, South Africa) will be moving to a new kiosk in the multi storey parkade at the airport on 01 August 2019.

Bakubung Bush Lodge (Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa) will be renovating their reception are as of 05 August 2019. The project is expected to take about six weeks and should be completed as of late September 2019. During this period, the reception and check in/check out area will be moved to the Wildlife Centre. The Wildlife Centre will also be temporarily moved to the Hippo Kiddies Club Room opposite the tennis courts. The Hippo Kiddies Club activities will still take place during this time, but will be limited to outdoor activities only, weather permitting.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate (Kruger National Park, South Africa) has extended its pool closure to 20 September 2019.

Inyati Game Lodge (Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa) has completed a substantial refurbishment of its lodge. 

White Elephant Safari Lodge (Pongola Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal) will be closed for refurbishments for the period 01 August 2019 until 31 December 2019. 

Protea Hotels by Marriot Durban Umhlanga Ridge had a name change to Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge (Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa). Please note that the hotel conference room on the first floor will be removed and refurbished and converted into a breakfast area, this will take place from September 2019 to December 2019.
 

ACCOMMODATION – NAMIBIA 

The Chobe Princesses (Kasika Island Zambezi Region, Namibia) have recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and each houseboat has been updated with new mattresses, linens, new dining room chairs and tables as well as other additions.
 

ACCOMODATON – ESWATINI

Ndlovu Camp (Hlane Royal National Park, Eswatini) waterhole is currently under maintenance and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2019.
 

ACCOMMODATION – BOTSWANA 

Under One Botswana Sky (Botswana, Southern Africa) has announced the immediate introduction of game drives at Moremi Crossing and Gunn’s Camp. This new additional activity will be available during the drier cycles when water activities become limited. Gunns Camp will be able to accommodate 6 guests per vehicle and Moremi Crossing will be able to accommodate 9 guests per vehicle. 

Ker & Downey Botswana (Botswana, Southern Africa) have announced that they will be keeping Kanana Camp and Dinaka Camp open through January and February 2020. Traditionally the Ker & Downey Botswana properties close each year from the 6th January opening again on the 1st March. This camp closure period is used for annual leave, training, maintenance and refurbishments. A new system has been implemented enabling such operational functions to take place throughout the year.

Xigera Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana) will be closed for refurbishments until further notice.

Chitabe Lediba Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana) will be closed for the period 12 January 2020 until 23 January 2020 for scheduled maintenance.

ACCOMMODATION – MOZAMBIQUE 

Massinga Beach Resort (Inhambane, Mozambique) will be closed for annual maintenance for the period 01 February 2020 until 29 February 2020. 

Coral Lodge (Mossuril, Mozambique) closes annually for the month of February. It will be closed again 01 February 2020 until 29 February 2020.

ACCOMMODATION – ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe) has undergone a major refurbishment of it’s the Boma – Dinner and Drum Show. The venue has a new look with new décor and the kitchen has been entirely rebuilt and modernised as well as other structural enhancements.


GENERAL

The Following block out dates apply to Springbok Atlas Tours and will not be available for booking:

16 AUGUST 2019
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM ONLY
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8

22 AUGUST  2019
Pretoria Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM ONLY
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8 

23 AUGUST  2019
Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8

12 SEPTEMBER 2019
Pretoria Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM ONLY
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
Johannesburg Walking Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

08 OCTOBER  2019
Pretoria Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour PM ONLY
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
Johannesburg Walking Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

15 OCTOBER 2019
Pretoria Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
Johannesburg Walking Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

31 DECEMBER  2019
Pretoria Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ4
Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Tour
FULL DAY | TOUR CODE SJ7
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour AM AND PM
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ8
Walking Tour of Maboneng Arts & Crafts Markets
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ9
Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ10
Johannesburg Walking Tour
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SJ11

01 AUGUST  2019 – 31 AUGUST 2019
LIVING DESERT TOUR
HALF DAY | TOUR CODE SS2

Maitengwe Border Post (Zimbabwe-Botswana Border Post) is currently undergoing and upgrading and modernisation process that is set to expedite movement and clearance of tourists between the countries.

Zimbabwe National Parks (Zimbabwe, Southern Africa) concessions have changed the way that conservation fees are levied as of 01 July 2019.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (Cape Town South Africa) has amended its re-opening date to 12 August 2019. It has been closed for its annual maintenance process.

Reminder: The pickup point for Livingstone Island Tours (Victoria Falls, Southern Africa) has been moved from the Royal Livingstone Hotel to a launch site approximately 1.5 km upstream of the Hotel.