Family Holidays and Leisure

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.

South Africa is a sterling choice for a family holiday, offering countless family accommodation options and child-friendly activities. The country spills over with natural treasures and wide open spaces, with enough space for everyone to play.

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.

How exciting to see the first signs of Spring! In some parts of the Cape landscapes are already brightly abloom with Spring flowers. The whales are another Spring gift, and they’ve been seen already in some of our warm, sheltered bays. So why not put some spring in your step, quite literally, and skip off … Continue reading “The Joys of Spring: Plan a Getaway during Flower and Whale Season”

After a two-day jaunt in the stunning Spioenkop Valley, two Exclusive Getaways leisure-trippers returned refreshed and full of the joys of a Spring getaway in KwaZulu-Natal. Our enthusiastic adventurers were hosted by Simon and Cheryl Blackburn at their beautiful Spioenkop homestead, resting contentedly above the valley.