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”

A traditional safari in South Africa will generally feature some kind of traditional entertainment in the form of song and dance. This is often provided at dinner time, outdoors in a traditional boma under the stars. Other types of cultural experiences offered by certain lodges (safari and nature lodges) might include storytelling, traditional food preparation or sharing of … Continue reading “Traditional Entertainment on Safari and Elsewhere in South Africa”

Having the sole use of a lodge large enough to accommodate the whole family – where several generations may be travelling together – or a getaway sufficiently sizeable for a number of friends holidaying as a group, is an extra-special luxury. Offering privacy from other guests not in your party, sole-use lodges are suitable options for family celebrations, reunions and holiday downtime. Exclusive-use lodges also … Continue reading “Luxury Multigenerational Family Travel and Private Small Group Getaways in South Africa”

If “gardens are a form of autobiography” (Sydney Eddison in Horticulture magazine), the charming gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, Cape Town are not only a most splendid legacy left by the late Mrs Liz McGrath, but also bear her remarkable stamp in a number of ways.

The gracious Cellars-Hohenort Hotel rests in Constantia’s exquisite wine-producing basin in Cape Town. The prestigious estate has stood the test of time since the late 17th century, flourishing through its seasons of history as vineyards, wine cellars and ‘high-place’ farmstead, and as one of Cape Town’s foremost luxury garden-estate hotels developed by the late Mrs Liz … Continue reading “Green, Serene and Gracious Beyond Measure: The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town’s Own Valley of Wine”

Whatever the season, it’s always wonderful to visit Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa in the Stellenbosch region of the Cape’s exquisite winelands. Sumptuous accommodation in vineyard-surroundings, gourmet food, sensational wines, acclaimed art, exclusive diamond purchasing opportunities, spa indulgence and more: each season at Delaire Graff has its own mood, magic and enchantment:

A land of vast, unspoiled wilderness areas, exquisite scenery and acclaimed food and wine, the South African experience lends itself to a sensory extravaganza. Bring your senses awake and alive with these matchless and luxurious experiential travel ideas in South Africa. They engage sight, sound, touch, smell and taste in the best ways imaginable.

Prana Lodge is a sumptuous and well-secluded forest-meets-beach lodge on the captivating Wild Coast. This romantic holiday sanctuary set beside Chintsa Bay has just added the brand new Diamond Villa. This lavish addition has magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and Chintsa beach, and offers all the trappings of comfort and luxury.

Reduced rates is one of the best things about going on a winter safari. Lodges usually drop their rates substantially in winter, and some also offer excellent safari specials to South African residents, bringing luxury safaris within the means of locals who might imagine that these are only for international guests whose currency has much … Continue reading “Reduced Rates, and Other Cool Things about Winter Safaris”

Leading luxury safari lodges in South Africa pull out all the stops when it comes to creating fabulous safari holidays for families. Imaginative activity programmes for children, provision of spacious family suites with interleading rooms and offerings of stunning sole-use villas for private family safari holidays are all available. Enjoy our round-up of exceptional family-friendly safari accommodation … Continue reading “All In The Family: South Africa’s Luxury Family-Friendly Safari Stays”

A luxury safari in South Africa is far, far more than coming close to the Big Five – though that, of course, is a great part of it. One of the grand extras of an opulent safari is the rushing raindown of an outdoor shower or the blissful surrender-and-soak made possible by an al fresco bath tub. South … Continue reading “Clean Up Your Act: Luxury Outdoor Showers and Tubs in the South African Wilderness”

Exquisitely renewed and in league with fine contemporary safari destinations in South Africa, Mhondoro Game Lodge is a superb Welgevonden safari hideaway for romantics and people who in search of a sleek and mod safari hideaway.