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Babylonstoren in the Cape Winelands is not only a luxury farm hotel of note, but also offers wonderful healing tea rituals in its Healing Garden, a component of the magnificent gardens at Babylonstoren which visitors come from far and wide to see. The healing garden has been planted with medicinal herbs, and during the healing tea ritual, … Continue reading “Healing Tea Rituals at Babylonstoren in Cape Winelands”

A land of vast, unspoiled wilderness areas, exquisite scenery and acclaimed food and wine, the South African experience lends itself to a sensory extravaganza. Bring your senses awake and alive with these matchless and luxurious experiential travel ideas in South Africa. They engage sight, sound, touch, smell and taste in the best ways imaginable.

When the mercury rises in Cape Town, the are a number of cool, shaded water-spots at which to hide out and beat the heat. We share some of our favourite cooldown places in Cape Town’s forests and gardens, nature reserves, beaches and seaside promenades.

Silvermine West – the portion of the Silvermine Nature Reserve featuring the reservoir – reopened on 22 December 2015 – a wonderful pre-Christmas gift following a 10-month closure for rehabilitation after the March 2015 ‘Cape Fire’. As frequent visitors to the reserve, we had been eagerly awaiting the re-opening, and so we were there bright and early … Continue reading “Silvermine West Re-Opened: We Visited on 22 December 2015”

Cape Town has just been voted Best Destination in Africa, and no wonder! South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ is the Queen of Accolades, sitting right near the top of countless ‘world’s best’ polls. There’s no doubt about it: no trip to South Africa is complete without a stay in Cape Town. There are magnificent hotel and guest house options … Continue reading “Cape Town: 10 Big Bucketlist Things To Do in the Mother City South Africa”

Any aspiring shark-cage divers in the house in need of a tiny nudge or some practical information? Well, Meisha Mustak – who’s one of our Getaway Consultants – re-emerges after-hours as an adventurer who – by her own admission – will try most things at least once. Her latest escapade was a shark cage dive, and so … Continue reading “Are You Thinking of Taking the Plunge? We Chat to an Adventurer after her Shark Cage Dive at Gansbaai”

What an amazing alchemy! Edge up close to master goldsmiths and jewellery-makers and see raw gold being transformed into exquisite showpieces. Housed in the grand Huguenot House built in 1752 – a marvelous fascination in its own right – Prins & Prins Diamonds are at the forefront of jewellery manufacture and diamond sales in South … Continue reading “A Private & Princely Jewellery/Diamond Tour in Cape Town: Prins & Prins Diamonds”

South Africa is a world of plenty, brimming over with phenomenal landscapes and scenery, superb wildlife, pristine beaches, dreamy country hideouts and nature havens.  Here are a few getaway ideas for a South African Christmas, and this is just s small taster of all that’s on offer in a country spilling over with travel possibilities.

The wonder of giant turtle viewing was one of the amazing experiences mentioned on last night’s #TravelChatSA on Twitter, where people talked about  South Africa’s multitude of delights for travellers. And indeed, turtle viewing is an awesome experience. The place to stay for this is Thonga Beach Lodge, a casually exclusive cluster of sublime suites … Continue reading “Stand By for Turtle Time and a Rad Turtle-Viewing Getaway on a Remote Shore of KwaZulu-Natal”

When you can’t decide between the bliss of a soothing, green wilderness and the enchantment of the sea, choose a perfect piece of paradise that gives you both. And more besides. Not far from Cape Town, and just beyond Hermanus and Stanford, there’s a very accessible and captivating wonderland of ancient forests and fynbos-clothed mountainsides … Continue reading “Grootbos: Big & Beautiful … a Majestic Mosaic of Nature”

One of my most fondly remembered South African safari experiences was a silver moonrise in the Groot Marico. Another was seeing a big Sabi Sand sky aflutter with Blue Waxbills.  In the Manyeleti, a highlight was watching my all-time largest pride of lion, reclining well fed and lethargic on a charred piece of earth etched stark and black … Continue reading “So What’s the Game Plan? A Typical Day on Safari in South Africa”

Flowers and fossils, braais and bokkoms, theatre and thingimijigs – the West Coast of the Western Cape is a scenic bonanza and has an array of things to see and do. It’s a wonderful area to explore, for visitors and South Africans alike. One of the major drawcards of the West Coast is that there are still … Continue reading “West is Best: Things to Do on the West Coast”

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