South Africa’s climate begs for food feasts celebrated out in the open under big skies studded with stars. Here are some special feasting spots and, for that matter, places to stay in enormously good style.

Embers at Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat in the Cederberg is an ancient landscape of great boulders and vast plains. Built into a natural sandstone amphitheatre on a dramatic cliff, Embers is a feasting place of infinite beauty, gazing out over a spectacular valley. Dine under the light of the moon in this magical place, lit by a roaring fire and a multitude candles and lanterns.

Boma dinner at Sabi Sabi

At Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, there’s a splendid feasting experience called Under African Skies. Enter an outdoor boma to a splash of vibrant colours, handcrafted art and earthy fabrics, open to the twinkling heavens. Around the boma are ancient indigenous trees and beyond that, unending bush. Eat al fresco to the foot-tapping beat of the Marimba, with Shangaan dancers to entertain you.

Azure Restaurant at 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town

A sunset over the Atlantic Ocean is enough to make anyone weak at the knees, but add to that the steady overhead gaze of the majestic limestone Twelve Apostles, and it becomes positively awesome. Azure at 12 Apostles is a grand choice for dinner, where the sun sets over the great Atlantic in a spectacular blaze of colour. Sit inside or out, and enjoy picture-perfect views and mouthwatering food.

Abalone House, Paternoster, Western Cape

Kick back to a sumptuous traditional braai on the Cape’s West Coast, at Abalone House, set beside the sea in small-town Paternoster. These five-star fireside feasts include West Coast favourites such as snoek and crayfish, the catch of the day, fresh mussels, and delicious fire-baked potbread or roosterkoek.

Thonga Beach Lodge, Mabibi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

Or how about an exclusive, barefoot dinner for two on the remote beachsands of KwaZulu-Natal’s Mabibi Bay? Far from the crowds, you’ll be dining at Thonga Beach Lodge on the shoreline where great turtles come to lay their eggs at night. Feast in the moonlight beside the sea.

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