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Beach Holidays

Where in South Africa can you sleep in a sand forest on the edge of a lake, soak in a tub set in pearl-white sand beneath the stars, and spend blissful days walking in raffia forests, canoeing on beautiful channels, and snorkelling at a secret paradise where the Kosi River meets the big sea? And what’s … Continue reading “Placid Lakes, Palm Forests, Starlit Bathtubs and Utopian Untrampled Shores: Kosi Forest Lodge KwaZulu-Natal”

Cape Town’s city and surrounds present a bright, sparkling collage of leisure and holiday-appeal. There’s the urban vibe and cosmopolitan feel of the Metropole; the vine-bedecked valleys and gastronomic delights of the Cape Winelands; and there are endless beaches to explore along both sides of the Cape Peninsula. Holidays in Cape Town can be as … Continue reading “Summer Topspots in Cape Town: Where to Check in and Chill”

Gansbaai – Goose Bay when translated from the Afrikaans, is a wonderworld of rugged coastline featuring caves, coves and limestone rock formations, where whales come and flaunt themselves very close to shore. But geese, peculiarly, are no longer a focal point in their namesake town.

Exquisitely beautiful, and home to a large colony of endangered African penguins, Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has notched its mark high up on the list of the world’s truly unique beaches. It’s been awarded eighth place by Tripadvisor, on the basis of user-generated opinions.

With a reputation for endless summers and waves as big and beautiful as any surfer would want them, Jeffreys Bay draws people from all corners to the magic of the ocean. Hopeful wave-seekers flock to the popular little ocean town – just a short jaunt from Port Elizabeth – for its legendary surf  breaks. Here, … Continue reading “Where the Surf’s Up Real Big: All Boards Point to Jeffreys Bay”

Quite a lot, actually, and it comes beautifully parcelled as a unique experience at gorgeous Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse. During the last three weekends of May, Abalone House’s Saffron Restaurant will be offering brandy-tasting evenings by Blaauwklippen and Laborie vineyards. This comes paired with an exquisite 5-course menu, priced at only R250.00 per person.

Set all notions of haste aside and gift yourself with two leisurely hours to make an unhurried journey from Cape Town to Arniston. Threading its way through the beautiful hills of the Overberg, the route is, in itself, a soul-soother.  And at the end of it, there’s exquisite Arniston to win you over. That’s if … Continue reading “Caves, Shipwrecks, Quaint Little Fishing Boats & a Big Whoosh of Sea Air: Arniston has it All”

There’s a sensational sight to behold each year during June / July on the wickedly beautiful Wild Coast: the annual Sardine Run.  Also dubbed the Greatest Shoal on Earth, this massive fish migration begins on this stretch of South Africa’s coast and runs north east towards warmer waters. To put this magnificent event into perspective, … Continue reading “Silver Seas: Catch the Sensational Sardine Run on the Wild Coast”

World Heritage Site status is probably enough of a reason to go and visit this 36 000 hectare utopia, but let’s also name a few of De Hoop’s specific drawcards:

An oceanside stroll to the Slangkop Lighthouse is wonderfully easy – a toddler could manage, and it’s a good leg-stretch after a drive through Simons Town / Cape Point / Scarborough.

Whether it’s tramping rocky cliff paths that wind above fizzy cream soda-coloured oceans that blows your hair back, or catching a funicular in a clear, heaven-bound direction to catch your breath at unbelievable vistas, Cape Point is essential sightseeing for every visitor to Cape Town. 

Launch a splendid South African tour in beautiful Cape Town and conclude with an exciting Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, visiting famous wine country and fantastically scenic coastal spots along the way.