SAMDPR Accommodation

South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race

Want to be part of the vibe and thrill of the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race? Then why not join us at our new home at Heron Banks Golf and River Resort and experience the race weekend schedule and events.

African Olive Travel Concepts have put together accommodation packages catering for all tastes and budgets and a variety of pre and post touring options to explore the region. See the links below with further information on the event. We look forward to seeing you!

Venue and Location

Emerald Resort & Casino is situated on the banks of the Vaal River in Gauteng, South Africa Emerald Resort & Casino is situated on the lush banks of the Vaal River, a mere hour’s drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

The extensive property, along 7km’s of river frontage, is the ideal location for a fun-filled family getaway. The Resort offers an array of accommodation options, restaurants, entertainment like the all-year-round heated Water Park – Aquadome, to Animal World Zoo and game drives, ten pin bowling, outdoor activities as well as the Emerald African Spa.

Accommodation

There are 3 accommodations options available at Emerald Resort and Casino catering for any style and budget.

Emerald Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Whilst visiting the Emerald Hotel you will instantly notice the luxurious North-East African inspired decor. A sanctuary set far from the bustling big city, the four-star hotel’s 75 twin/double rooms and 02 suites offer you spacious comfort and all of the amenities you could need.

Room facilities include: Air-conditioning / Digital Safe / Telephone / Hairdryer / TV selected channels / Internet Access / Tea & Coffee making facilities.

Bush Lodges ☆☆☆☆

Hidden away in a natural setting, the secure, luxurious Bush Lodges offer guests two-bedroom units styled to resemble the safari lodges of the Serengeti. Adventure awaits just outside of these semi self-catering lodges, built for ultimate comfort and in luxurious style.

River Resort Chalets ☆☆☆

Step into adventure from one of the comfortable, self-catering River Resort Chalets that provides two, four and six sleeper units - ideal for weekend getaways or longer stays.

Just a quick walk from the banks of the Vaal River, the chalets offer guests easy access to a range of adventures including boating facilities for water sport enthusiasts.



Package Costs

Emerald Hotel

  Thursday – Sunday ( 3 night package)
Thursday 1st February – Sunday 4th February
Wednesday – Sunday ( 4 night package)
Wednesday 31st January – Sunday 4th February
Hotel Standard Room R7625 pp sharing / R9800 single R8120 pp sharing / R10300 single
Additional Night R1310 per person sharing PER NIGHT
R1855 per single PER NIGHT
Hotel Suite R10300 pp sharing R10900 pp sharing
Additional Night R1990 per person sharing PER NIGHT
1 Bedroom Bush Lodge R7625 pp sharing R8120 pp sharing / R10300 per single
Additional Night R1310 per person sharing PER NIGHT
R1855 per single PER NIGHT
2 Bedroom Bush Lodge R10200 pp sharing
(based on 04 guests sharing the lodge)
R10800 pp sharing
(based on 04 guests sharing the lodge)
Additional Night R1650 per person sharing PER NIGHT
Inclusions
  • 3 night’s accommodation for specified dates
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • River Boma BBQ on Thursday 1st February
  • Welcome Cocktail Function on Friday 2nd February
  • Lunch and Awards Dinner on Saturday 3rd February
  • Loft visits, basketing, golf tournament, fishing competition and Ten Pin Bowling Challenge
  • Value Added Tax & Tourism levy
  • 4 night’s accommodation for specified dates
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • Sunset River Cruise with canapes on Wednesday 31st January
  • River Boma BBQ on Thursday 1st February
  • Welcome Cocktail function on Friday 2nd February
  • Lunch and Awards Dinner on Saturday 3rd February
  • Loft visits, basketing, golf tournament, fishing competition, Ten Pin Bowling Challenge
  • Value Added Tax & Tourism Levy
  • Accommodation is available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Family rooms are available for a family of four (02 adults and 02 children under 18 sharing with parents). The cost for children to attend the functions is at an additional cost per child.

River Chalet

  4 night stay 3 night stay 2 night stay

1 Bedroomed River Chalet

     
pp sharing R5,290.00 R4,155.00 R2,850.00
single R7,665.00 R5,950.00 R4,050.00

2 Bedroomed River Chalet

     
2 guests sharing R 6,165.00  R 4,000.00  R 3,280.00 
4 guests sharing R 4,550.00  R 3,595.00  R 2,465.00 

Road Transfers to and from Emerald Resort

Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of African Olive Travel displaying signage reflecting your name or the name of your party. You will then have the opportunity to collect foreign exchange from one of the many banks at the airport and make use of the coffee shops available whilst awaiting the arrival of fellow travellers.

Emerald resort is located 45 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport. Transportation to and from the resort is on offer as follows:

  • Shuttle transfer at designated times shared with other fanciers: ZAR 650 per person one way including the services of a SATOUR registered driver-guide and a bottle of complimentary mineral water per person.
  • Private transfer with no waiting time (highly recommended for business and first class passengers). Please contact us for a quote, a variety of vehicle options are available to match your requirements.
  • Taxi service available through Uber for you to arrange at your convenience.

Distances from the Resort

  • Golf Courses – Various from 1 to 5km
  • Virgin Active Gym – 0.5km
  • Vaal Dam – 45km
  • River Rafting – 50km
  • O R Tambo International Airport – 95km
  • Johannesburg – 80km
  • SAMDPR Lofts – just across the river by boat!

 Adventure Awaits!

Emerald Resort is full of exciting entertainment and family-friendly activities. Beyond the bright lights of the casino there are a plenty of activities for a fun-filled visit including the aqua dome water park, Animal World zoo, adventure golf, rock climbing, fishing, bowling and the Emerald African Spa. In addition to the resort activities the following off-site sightseeing activities will be offered on Friday, 02 February 2017:

Explore Parys (08h00 – 17h30)

Cost: ZAR 1350 per person (min 06 participants)
Includes: air-conditioned transportation, services of registered English speaking guide, lunch and applicable entrance fees.

After breakfast, we set off to the Vredefort Crater site on the outskirts of Parys. The dome is one of the largest and oldest known meteor impact sites in the world and South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site. During the exploration of this area, you will be able to enjoy the remarkable features this landscape has to offer with unique fauna and flora. Your expert guide will provide background information as you explore various sites in the area some of these offering evidence of human habitation and activity dating back to late Stone Age and Iron Age. We travel to the Dog and Fig brewery, a craft microbrewery with a difference, producing unique beers for lunch followed by a beer tasting. We return to Emerald via the town of Parys whilst you have the opportunity to browse a number of art galleries, antique and gift shops.

Parys – White Water River Rafting (07h00 – 16h30)

Cost: ZAR 1800 per person (min 06 participants)
Includes: air-conditioned transportation, services of registered English speaking guide, lunch and applicable entrance fees.

It’s an early departure from Emerald Resort for an adrenalin packed white water rafting at its best! We travel to Fleet-woods located 10 minutes from Parys where you will be served with a cold-drink, and learn how to surf with a two man “croc” for a start. We give a safety talk, provide all equipment including life- jackets and helmets, and you are accompanied and led by experienced and qualified river guides. Once you get into the feeling of handling the paddle and steering the raft, things will get more technical and you then will be able to enjoy the “real” white water through the longest rapid, 800meters, where you will be able to play in the rapids with the river guides. From here things will slow down into a paddle through the Lovers Lane and Knuckle Crusher rapids down to Dimalachite where a scrumptious barbeque lunch will await on the banks of the river. After lunch, we travel to the town of Parys where you are able to browse around the art galleries and crafts shops on offer before heading back to Emerald Resort in the late afternoon.

African Olive Travel Concepts

Deirdre Kallmeyer
Mobile +27 82 852 7534
deirdre@africanoliveconcepts.co.za

 
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