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Nature Getaways

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”

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”

If your idea of a great holiday is to get out in nature and actively experience the wonders of the natural world, a stay at Hluhluwe River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal will keep you on your toes.  Here, you get the best of many worlds – the bush, the beach, the forests and the wetlands – … Continue reading “A Nature Holiday on the Land Rover, the Boat & the Bike: Rad Adventures at Hluhluwe River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal”

When you get away to Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve (and bear with the last few kilometres on a gravel road – it’s well worth it!), you’re heading for pure, untainted wilderness. It’s a wonderworld of curiously weathered rock formations, majestic canyons and wide open spaces. This uniquely appealing place is a true hideaway. It’s concealed in a … Continue reading “This Rocks! Stay Four-Star in Cave Rooms and Round Huts amid Massive Rock Formations at Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve”

Pack your creative yearnings and your bags for a fabulous 3-night Artists’ Retreat at Isibindi Zulu Lodge in a rugged Zululand reserve, to take place from 18-22 August 2013.