Off the Beaten Track

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”

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”

It’s not hard to fall in love with an incy-wincy village in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Take Barrydale, for example. Its sits poised and pretty in a fertile farming area smack-bang on famous Route 62. Cute country cottages, life in the slow lane and lovely artsy people creating interesting things are part of the appeal. It’s the … Continue reading “Barrydale Western Cape: Slick 6 Best and Beautiful Places to Visit”

Holiday accommodation in South Africa brims with appealing options – there are countless lodges that are chic, luxurious, touch-close to nature and offer top-of-the-range holiday experiences. But if you enjoy something just a little different in the line of unique and unusual holiday accommodation, consider these appealing getaway choices:

In Spring the West Coast comes alive with flowers. There are many places along the West Coast to enjoy the Spring flowers – and we’ve visited a few lately – but be sure to see the wild veld flowers in the Darling area on your next West Coast getaway. The roadsides burst into colour and reserves are decked out … Continue reading “West Coast Spring Flower Magic: All the Glory of the Wild Veld Flowers at Darling”

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”

Places remote and unspoiled have an irresistible pull. There’s something incomparably satisfying about leaving your footprint on a pristine beach, washed perfectly clean of the tracks of anyone who might have come before you. The Wild Coast of Southern Africa – the home of Prana Lodge – is just such a place, unspoiled and exquisitely … Continue reading “Hide Away at Stunningly Secluded Prana Lodge on the Wild Coast”