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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.

“Escape!” is the inner call that impels us, sometimes, towards time out. It’s the call to some place secluded – perhaps with a splash of romance, where one can languish awhile shielded from the fast-track. We’ve selected three prime and delicious breakaways for you – one on the enchanting Wild Coast, one in the far north of Kruger, and one … Continue reading “Secret Places: 3 Sublime Hideouts in South Africa where No-one will Find You”

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”

Slow travel doesn’t have to mean a trek to a monastery in the nether reaches of Tibet. Or a solitary footslog to Timbuktu. Slow travel can happen anywhere, as long as it invites the benefits of slowing down. Pausing the break-neck pace of everyday life and easing into a different way of living time, offers a dimension of life far greater, broader and deeper … Continue reading “Travel in South Africa Slow-Brewed: Getaways at a Peaceful Pace”