Off the Beaten Track

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion,” was the sentiment of Albert Camus. South Africa has many spaces rugged and remote – extraordinary faraway (and less faraway) places to retreat to, for the riches of quietude, slowing down, and the exquisitely restorative and inspiriting gifts of nature.  … Continue reading “Exceptional Retreats in the Cape of South Africa: Places Away From it All, Restorative and Luxurious”

Treading the earth is a precious way of experiencing the wilderness. Walking safaris are pure ‘first-person’ experience, with nothing between you and the wild territory you’re exploring. We offer a few superb guided walking safaris in South Africa, offered by reputable ‘old-timers’  in the safari league.

Sleepouts, star beds and luxury open-air suites are the ultimate outdoor accommodation, allowing for experiences that are an arm’s reach away from the wilderness, its beauty and its wildlife. Several luxury safari and nature lodges in South Africa offer stylish sleepout facilities, usually as an optional one-night add-on experience to an indoor stay. We bring you a round up of gorgeous … Continue reading “Under the Stars: Luxurious Wilderness Sleepouts in South Africa”

Samara Private Game Reserve is a privately owned and award-winning wildlife sanctuary in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Spanning 70 000 acres, it forms part of an ancient landscape called the Karoo – a place of deep silence and great big skies that blink at night with liberal scatterings of stars. The Samara Private … Continue reading “Samara Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape: A Safari With Soul”

No need to flap! The Western and Eastern Cape has some superbly luxurious tented safari camps, where the wildlife encounter is as rewarding as the lodgings are indulgent. We have a hand-picked selection of beautiful wilderness reserves – all malaria-free – that are home to Africa’s big and small wildlife, and offer exceptional lodgings in exclusive tented, … Continue reading “5 Handpicked Luxury Tented Safaris in the Cape”

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat has another fabulous line-up of food and wine getaway weekends in 2016. A pristine wilderness in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains is a captivating landscape in which to enjoy gourmet food partnered with super-fine wines from prestigious wine estates – all this and a weekend of incredible nature activities in the abundant … Continue reading “Food and Wine Weekends at Bushmans Kloof in 2016: Put on Your Nature Bib and Tucker”

Guest Post: by Webjet South Africa is a beautiful country with a landscape as diverse as its people. At the right time of year you can find everything from verdant green forests and pristine sandy beaches to untouched swaths of Karoo vegetation and even snow-capped mountains. If you’re a local, then you’ll know most of these … Continue reading “7 Magical Places in South Africa to Pop the Question”

A riverside holiday in South Africa can be a wonderfully scenic getaway that might include some wildlife viewing from a comfy deckchair; a dash of boating, canoeing or fishing; or lazy hours on a riverbank contemplating nature in all her riverside splendour. It might even include a lanternlit dinner for two, far away from the city, with toes a-tingle in … Continue reading “Bank on It! Stunning Riverside Lodges in South Africa”

Gondwana Game Reserve is about to open its new tented eco camp, promising a close and rewarding connection with the free-roaming wildlife and the beautiful fynbos of the Garden Route – just 4-5 hours out of Cape Town. The new eco-safari experience at Gondwana will have its emphasis is on active participation in conservation.

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.