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Country Getaways

No holiday in the Western Cape of South Africa would be complete without visiting at least a few of the small charismatic country towns that add so much appeal to the region. Self-drive visitors in the Western Cape are well advised to hit the road and explore some of our charming country towns once they … Continue reading “7 Charismatic Country Towns in the Western Cape and Where To Stay”

Combed vineyards in a multitude of perfect rows. Verdant valleys. Great old trees and lordly mountains. Farm-style ease and comfort. And from every window at La Cotte Forest Cottages, there’s a feast of a view – to pacify, to mesmerize, to delight and re-energize.

Shrouded in silence and topped by the widest, deepest and most liberally star-strewn skies one could imagine, the Great Karoo is an awe-inspiring desert landscape where time stalls. Life is slow and deliberate – reverent, almost, and with plenty of room for travellers coming to pay their respects. The landscape is unforgiving in its climatic extremes, yet … Continue reading “Crazy About the Karoo? Great Places to Stay in South Africa’s Great Karoo and Little Karoo”

There’s a Spanish proverb that promises, “With wine and hope, anything is possible.” In the Cape winelands, there is wine in abundance, and there’s also mild Mediterranean-type weather, gobsmackingly beautiful scenery, and a plethora of sumptuous hotels and lodges, some on magnificent wine estates where fine wines are produced and the sensuous pleasures of good living … Continue reading “Wine, Weather and Super-Sumptuous Stays for Romance in the Cape Winelands”

There’s something so infinitely romantic about autumn in South Africa, when the trees turn to chestnut, claret, rose and ruby red, announcing the spectacular transitioning of summer to winter. Seasonally speaking, March to May is an enchanting ‘in-between time’ – the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and it’s an exceptionally pretty time … Continue reading “Autumn Getaways South Africa: Bring on the Tones of Chestnut, Claret, Rose and Ruby Reds”

It’s not hard to fall in love with an incy-wincy village in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Take Barrydale, for example. Its sits poised and pretty in a fertile farming area smack-bang on famous Route 62. Cute country cottages, life in the slow lane and lovely artsy people creating interesting things are part of the appeal. It’s the … Continue reading “Barrydale Western Cape: Slick 6 Best and Beautiful Places to Visit”

Placid estuary, stilted water birds, bunches of bokkoms and homegrown boat cruises – these and cheery, unpretentious small-town living are what the coastal town of Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast are all about. Set on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay, the town is an inviting habitat for birds, … Continue reading “Boats, Bokkoms and Good Cheer – On Tap at Velddrif on the Cape’s West Coast”

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf would most certainly have had nothing to fear at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse! Sitting pretty in the paradise of the Kamberg Valley in KwaZulu-Natal’s Drakensberg area, this is a getaway for people who adore food and sumptuous dining. But not … Continue reading “Food from the Gods: Culinary Magic at Gourmet Getaway Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in KwaZuluNatal”

You name what you love, and chances are that the many-splendoured “dorpie” (small town) of Swellendam will oblige. Swellendam undoubtedly adds immensely to the magic of the Western Cape’s Overberg region, with people as warm and welcoming as the day is long. It also holds rank as one of South Africa’s very oldest settlements, and … Continue reading “Trotting Through the Overberg, Getting Away to … Swellendam”

Go where the grasslands are green and lush, and the country air clear and crisp. And spoil yourself at the Fordoun Hotel and Spa. Fordoun lies in the very heart of the KwaZulNatal Midlands, and on the famous Midlands Meander. Sheep graze away peacefully and horses are at home in the rolling farmlands surrounding Fordoun, which is the perfect … Continue reading “A Spa Spoil in the Land of Green: Fordoun Hotel & Spa, KwaZuluNatal Midlands”

Cupid-fever is in the air, most distinctly, which means it’s time for a romantic getaway. Here’s a wonderful Waterberg getaway package for a 2-night stay for two people at Shangri-La Country Hotel – a gorgeous patch of paradise with the tropical Nile Valley as its lookout. This Limpopo country hotel is an ideal Valentines choice … Continue reading “Romantic Getaway in the Waterberg: Perfect for Valentines but Available until end March 2014”

Stop beside a still pond abloom with water lilies and the sense of serenity and contentment is almost instant. This was our first glorious impression on arrival at Lily Pond Country Lodge, and it endured beyond our stay there. Occupying a little paradise of its own at Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route (The Crags … Continue reading “A Moment or Two of Grace on the Garden Route: Commune with the Lilies at Lily Pond Country Lodge”