Nature Getaways

Creaking timber, furtive birds, the occasional snap of twigs. Secluded siesta-spots beside knotted tree trunks. Black nights bathed in moonlight, giving way to daylight’s first beams glinting through the forest canopy … these are some of the delights of an enchanted forest getaway in South Africa. Select luxurious forest accommodation at some of South Africa’s enchanting forest lodges.

South Africa is a high ranker in responsible tourism and offers many superb eco destinations and sustainable tourism products. Some of these simultaneously provide oodles of luxury – every bit as splendid as their contributions to conserving our exquisitely precious tip of Africa.

You don’t have to be an orphaned feral child like Tarzan, or marooned in the jungle like Jane, to be mesmerized by the charms of a treetop getaway in South Africa. From the bushveld of Limpopo and North-West to the indigenous forests of the Garden Route and small country towns of the Western Cape, South … Continue reading “African-Jungle Style: Tantalizing Treehouses and Treetop Getaways in South Africa”

Wilderness wonderlands and getaways that are free of dangerous predators deliver the supreme gift of freedom. Freedom to walk, freedom to hike, freedom to horse ride or picnic close to nature without threat. Here are some spectacular nature getaways in South Africa where the wilderness offers safe, predator-free access to its magic.

In our persistently plugged-in and switched-on world where we’re almost always available on multiple digital networks, information bombards us at a torrential pace. Digitally cluttered, socially over-connected and (probably) under-engaged, the idea of a regular digital detox is starting to win favour. Those in support of ‘the balanced life’ advocate a regular “secular Sabbath” (see for … Continue reading “Holidays Unplugged: Getaways in South Africa for Digital Detox”

Here’s the recipe for a perfect Gourmet Food and Wine Weekend getaway spoil at the magnificent Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat in the Cederberg, Western Cape – a few scenic hours away from Cape Town: 1. Allow you hosts to mix together inspired, world-class cuisine and superb wines in a spectacular wilderness. 2. Sit back … Continue reading “Gourmet Food and Wine Weekends in 2015 at Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg, Western Cape”

We were lucky enough to stay at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve’s magnificent Dwyka Tented Lodge for a very prized wild-earth encounter in the Western Cape. Our experience was magnificently memorable – both at the lodge and during our encounters with the wilderness and its wildlife.The wilderness experience and wildlife safari is supreme in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. It is an exquisite and vast wilderness … Continue reading “A Day in the Luxurious Life of Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Western Cape”

Capetonians, when you find yourselves due for a top-up of nature and nurture, here are some great getaways ex Cape Town. They are not a major trek away, yet offer a delicious sense of having traded the city snarl for the exquisite pleasure of being somewhere a little off the beaten track. Whether you head for the beachy … Continue reading “A Top-Up of Nature & Nurture: Getaways Off the Beaten Track in the Western Cape”

“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”

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”