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Family Holidays and Leisure

So the whole family sets off on a bumper safari and arrives at family-friendly Tuningi Safari Lodge, a five-star hideaway deep in the wilderness of the North-West’s Madikwe Game Reserve, with over 75 000 hectares of wild adventure-territory at your feet. But let’s not jump the gun – getting there comes first: that’s a 4-hour drive from … Continue reading “Take the Kids to Tuningi Safari Lodge where All, Young & Old, have a Bumper Safari”

Family safaris are one of the exciting child-friendly holiday options in South Africa. Several luxury safari lodges provide outstanding offerings to families, with carefully tailored programmes bringing fun and learning to all ages. From bug spotting to mask making, from clay-play to bush Olympics, our lodges have come up with some wonderfully imaginative activities for … Continue reading “Fab Kid-Friendly Safaris in South Africa”

Catch a movie in Cape Town under the stars at Cape Town’s fabulous open-air cinema!  The Galileo Open Air Cinema has a phenomenal setting in the spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens at Newlands, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Cape Town. Films are screened weekly during summer, on Wednesday evenings, on the Marquee Lawn. Enter … Continue reading “The Galileo Open Air Cinema: Big Screen Under Big Sky at Kirstenbosch”

It could be yoga in a pristine reserve that takes your fancy, or hot-footing it through the fynbos with the kids to find Easter eggs, or a weekend learning the secrets of Italy’s well-known passion-foods. These, and all sorts of other things besides, are coming up in De Hoop Collection’s special packages for 2013.

The Garden Route is aburst with holiday activities to suit all tastes. These are some of the animal sanctuaries near Plettenberg Bay, popular with families and lovers of creatures great, small, exotic and in some cases, endangered.

From the opulently sublime to the comfy and ridiculously good-value safari, and all sorts of variations in between, South Africa offers so many different kinds of safari experiences. In a country that has a wide range of landscapes, diverse wildlife and an imaginative array of twists to the good old safari, there really is something … Continue reading “Safaris in South Africa: From the Sublime to the Ridiculously Good-Value Safari”

South Africa’s Food & Wine Capital, Franschhoek, bursts at the seams with eateries, all along the spectrum from fine to funky. But there’s plenty else to do besides pleasing the palate, and here are some of the options:

Cape Town is spectacularly well endowed with beaches, and many of them have the prestige of blue flag status. Let’s do a speedy scoot around the bays and beaches, the coves and sandy corners that are part of what makes Cape Town the love-affair city for travellers from all over the world.

  Southern Right Whales flock to the bays of De Hoop Nature Reserve to nurture their young. Bontebok – an endangered species – graze De Hoop’s lands in surprisingly large numbers. Eland and Cape Mountain Zebra are at home in the reserve too, along with ostriches, the scurrying yellow mongoose,  a variety of other mammals and a large array … Continue reading “Get Nurtured in Nature at Dazzling De Hoop”

There are times when nothing less than a lodge-to-yourselves will do.  A family reunion, a special birthday or anniversary celebration, or any kind of gathering of the clan where plenty of space and privacy are essential – these are the times when you need a pad of your own – and many private game reserves come … Continue reading “A Bush-Pad of Your Very Own: Some Fabulous Exclusive-Use Lodges in South Africa”

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”

Bilbo Baggins, the hippo that wandered off from Cape Town’s Rondevlei to Zeekoevlei, is going to have a fabulous new home at Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route.