With its uniquely rich diversity of heritage-based attractions, both built and natural, St Helena offers many things to see and lots to do — from visiting the Georgian town to the rugged coastline, from the rolling hills to the stark yet striking geology at Sandy Bay. That’s the thing about this destination here’s so much more to the island than you may think. St Helena is home to the most varied heritage and nature, breathtaking views from the highest peaks, inviting waters, and 100% quaintness. We beckon you to a true discovery.
WHY ST HELENA.
Whether you’re simply looking for somewhere off the beaten path St Helena offers adventure for everyone, Marine life is equally outstanding, from a variety of dolphins, whales and the whale sharks. This biodiversity has fascinated and influenced scientists and explorers Walking, rambling and hiking are amongst the most popular activities St Helena is home to over 1,000 species, of which over 400 are endemic to the Island.
St Helena has a small population, mainly descended from people from Europe (mostly planters, government employees and ex-soldiers serving in the local St Helena Regiment), Chinese and slaves (mostly from Madagascar and Asia, only a few coming from Africa from 1840 onward) The estimated population of St Helena at the end of 2016 is 4550. St Helenians, also known as “Saints”, are known for their friendliness – everyone waves and greets each other, even to passing cars.
The climate of St Helena is controlled by the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell and the Equatorial Trough. Despite the island’s locality within the tropics, its climate is kept mild and equable by the South East Trade Winds. The trade winds blow from high to low almost continuously making our weather so changeable, a dull rainy morning can often lead onto a bright sunny afternoon. The four seasons are not recognised on St Helena, as there are no drastic weather patterns.
Numerous volumes describe the natural history of the island, documenting the endemic and endangered species ranging from the gumwood tree to the wire bird. Millions of years in the making, these fragments from the wreck of an ancient world include tree ferns, black cabbage trees, Jellico, a native dogwood and the golden sail spider. The Diana’s Peak National Park is a testament to the island’s pristine environment; a home to most of St. Helena’s endemic wildlife.
The History of St Helena is fascinating and touches many aspects of world history. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, it became a Dutch then a British possession . It was a strategically important port of call during the British Empire, until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships. The island’s remote location meant it was used as a place of exile for key prisoners, including some 6 000 Boers, King Dinuzulu, Bahraini princes and, of course, Napoleon.
St Helena Island is situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, at 15° 56′ south and 5° 45′ west. The nearest land is Ascension Island, which is 703 miles (1,125km) to the North West. It is 1 200 miles (1 950km) from the South-West coast of Africa and 1 800 miles (2 900km) from the coast of South America. A 47 square mile island, it is one of the remotest settled islands in the world. A sub-tropical paradise, it is also one of the most spectacular as far as contrast goes. St Helena is 10.5 miles long and 6.5 mile
• Language: English
• Climate: Warm to hot
• Currency: British Pound
• Travel Insurance is essential
• Medical Insurance is essential
• There are no ATMs on the island
• No requirement for vaccination
• Car hire must be arranged in advance
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS
Jacob’s Ladder * Diana’s Peak National Park * Millennium Forest * Walking and Hiking (22 Post Box Walks) * Birding (seabirds and endemic Wirebird) * Napoleon’s House and Tomb * Plantation House and Jonathan the Tortoise * Boer, Zulu and Slave legacy tours * St Helena Distillery * St Helena Coffee tours * Scuba Diving * Watching and swimming with Whale sharks * Sunset Cruises / Stargazing * Sport Fishing * Whale & Dolphin watching
FLIGHTS (included in package)
A GUIDELINE TO FLIGHTS TO ST HELENA FROM JOHANNESBURG RETURN
SA8131 JOBURG (JNB) – ST HELENA (HLE) 09H00 13H15 SAT
SA8132 ST HELENA (HLE) – JOBURG (JNB) 14H30 21H15 SAT
To depart: SATURDAY departures ONLY
ACCOMMODATION (included in package)
A GUIDELINE TO ACCOMMODATION & TRANSFER RATES IN ST HELENA
- Rates are ONLY a guideline and can only be fixed or confirmed when travel dates are in place and a booking is made
- Rates are subject to currency fluctuations and availability on a daily basis
- Rates are inclusive of breakfast.
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
- Minimum stay of 3 nights at a property
- There is a service fee of R400 per booking file which covers international bank admin and transfer fees
TRANSFERS (included in package)
CAR HIRE (optional)
Car hire must be pre-arranged before arriving in St Helena. Please enquire about car hire rates per day
Excursion rates available on request
***BETRANDS COTTAGE GUEST HOUSE ***
Bertrand's Cottage is a historic country guest home situated in Longwood opposite Napoleon's house, offering a variety of hospitality services including accommodation, a restaurant and events.
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY) : From R27,850.00
***BLUE LANTERN GUEST HOUSE ***
Blue Lantern guest house offers visitors a high standard of accommodation when visiting St Helena. The family run eight-bedroom guest house offers clients home from home comforts. At the Blue Lantern Guesthouse you will be guaranteed a warm welcome, good food a great night’s sleep and the ever-popular St Helena hospitality.
The guesthouse is ideally located tucked away in the lower part of Jamestown, the lower main street and shopping is two minutes’ walk away, the seafront and bars are less than five minutes away. The Blue Lantern offers six comfortable double rooms and two twin rooms. All rooms are en-suite which includes tea and coffee making facilities, fan and TV. All rooms have private entrances. The shared lounge offers relaxation along with an open balcony that has a view of the famous Jacobs Ladder. WIFI is available throughout the guesthouse via a Hotspot. Laundry services are available on request.
8 Rooms: 6 x double En-suite and 2 x twin En-suite
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From R27,500.00
***CONSULATE BOUTIQUE HOTEL ****
A mid-18th Century building on the Main Street of Jamestown with its old colonial wrought iron balconies, the Consulate Hotel provides comfortable and relaxing accommodation in the centre of Jamestown.
Ideally situated a 5 minute walk from the seaside and in close proximity to Jacobs Ladder, the Museum, Castle, Archives, shops, restaurants and pubs, the Tourist Office, Arts & Crafts Centre, Dive Centre and the Yacht Club, we provide you with a “Home from Home” from which to explore the unique island of St Helena.
Facilities include 16 rooms, a public bar, coffee shop and snack bar, restaurant, 2 residents lounges, library, laundry, TV, Wi-Fi, Pay Phone, Smokers and Terrace Gardens, and a large covered courtyard with a fire place.
16 Rooms: 8 x double en-suite and 8 x twin en-suite
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From R30,100.00
***FARM LODGE COUNTRY HOUSE ***
Built in approximately 1670 as an East India Company planters’ house, Farm Lodge is set in its own grounds of 10 acres with lawns and lush tropical gardens, affording peace and tranquillity.
Being six miles from Jamestown, (20 mins drive) and in the heart of the countryside, we are in the cool of the hills, situated at 1,500 feet. As we are also a farm, most of our produce for the table is fresh from the garden including our own Arabica coffee.
5 Rooms: 3 x double en-suite and 2 x twin en-suite)
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From: R27,299.00
***HARRIS GUEST HOUSE ***
Irene Harris has been operating her guest house since 1999. Offering an inviting and warm family atmosphere, this Guest House combines period features with a homely feel. Situated in the centre of Jamestown and close to the attractions, Harris's Guest House is a wonderful place to immerse oneself in the soul of Jamestown. A large, period lounge is available to watch TV or DVDs or relax with a good book.
3 Rooms: 1 x double en-suite, 1 x twin, 1 x family
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From: R27,200.00
***MANTIS HOTEL *****
Located at 1 Main Street in Jamestown, the island’s capital. Mantis St Helena is a 30-bedroom boutique hotel set in the original East India Company’s officers’ barracks built in 1774.
The Hotel boasts a large restaurant, cocktail bar, guest lounge and two spacious outdoor terraces. Offering luxurious Heritage Rooms and Suites and newly built Contemporary Rooms, Mantis has set a new accommodation standard on the island.
Mantis St Helena, is a combination of restored historic buildings and a new contemporary building situated in the capital Jamestown, a few minutes’ walk from the sea front, swimming pool, museum, Jacob’s Ladder, public library, archives, shops, bars, restaurants, transport links and tourist information office.
The hotel is located adjacent to St James' church, the oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere. The buildings were built once St James Church was finished in 1774.
30 Rooms: 30 x double En-suites
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From R32,150.00
***TOWNHOUSE BED & BREAKFAST (BED & BREAKFAST PROPERTY)***
The Town House Bed and Breakfast is ideally situated in Market Street in Jamestown. The Bed and Breakfast is very popular amongst are guest for its location and reputation. The Town House offers home from home comforts and is suited to both tourist and business clientel. The Bed and Breakfast is just a five to ten minute walk to most of the popular landmarks in Jamestown. The following locations are a short walk away from the town house. Seafront, Shops and Restaurants, Pubs/Bars, Taxis, Hospital, Bank, Castle Gardens, Museum, Solomon’s Shipping and Insurance Offices, SURE Telecommunications Office (Internet/TV etc.)
4 Rooms: 1 x Double Bed – En-Suite / 1 x Double Bed – NON En-Suite with sole use of private bathroom / 2 x Twin Single Beds -En-Suite / 1 x single Bed – En-Suite
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From: R26,920.00
Wellington Guest House is so called as it was once visited by the Duke of Wellington shortly before the Battle of Waterloo. This living piece of history, built in the late 1700's, was for many years the family home of Ivy Robinson and her parents, Lionel and Ethel Yon until, they opened their doors as a guest house in 1965. Providing a home from home for visitors, Ivy aims to make guests feel like part of the family. Ivy says that 'natural service' is inherent in the Yon name, and "Yon Offers Natural Service" has been their motto for years, a prime example of the hospitality and friendship offered on St Helena.
6 bedrooms: 1 x double and 5 x twins (Bathroom located on top floor)
PACKAGE RATE PER PERSON SHARING (GUIDELINE ONLY): From: R26,650.00