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Nature Getaways

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.

Ultra-divine and right off the well-worn track, Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the remote and beautiful shoreline of the Maputuland coast. It’s a luxury lodge resting discreetly in dune forest just above one of the most untouched wilderness beaches remaining on the African continent. Mabibi Bay is a magical place of coastal forests, lakes … Continue reading “Seamless Suntans, Luxury Living, Turtles and Tons More on an Unpeopled Shoreline in KwaZulu-Natal”

  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”

It’s not just flowers that are bursting forth in the Cederberg. The new menu at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat is also full of the bounce of Spring, and re-emerging fresh and fabulous for Summer.

Celebrate our gorgeous coastlines by experiencing them afresh. Pack up the family and head for one these awesome coastal spots in the Western Cape:

South Africa is wide and vast, and abundantly gifted with gorgeous landscapes and fascinating wildlife. From safari hideouts deep in the wilderness to trendy urban playgrounds, from secret mountain getaways to vine-combed valleys and pearl-white beaches, the holiday options in South Africa are almost endless.

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”

Drop the blinds, leave the budgies with a double scoop, lock up your routines and head for the hills. Or the plains, the valleys or the bushveld. A weekend getaway offers a change of view that as good as wipes the body-mind slate clean and offers a Quick Refresh. Here are some of our suggestions … Continue reading “Exit Jozi. Weekend Getaways Away from the City”

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.

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.

Whales and wine? Well, yes, unlikely bedfellows in some respects perhaps, but when it comes to combining the Western Cape’s most precious gems, what a perfect pairing! And better still when the pair becomes a trio with the addition of some fine music. The De Hoop Collection has brought these Cape treasures together into an exciting Wine, Whales … Continue reading “Whales, Wine and Music: A Tantalizing Trio at De Hoop on 27-29 July 2012”

Anyone for a horse riding holiday in South or East Africa? From the great wildebeest migration seen from the saddle, to easy canters through the countryside, South African and East African getaways offer a variety of horseback experiences.