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There’s masses of luxury on offer in South Africa’s hospitality world, so much so that the benchmarks for luxury are continually being raised.  At one time, having a spa on site defined a lodge as extraordinary; nowadays – within a certain range, it’s commonplace, and perhaps for some, a minimum expectation.  Expectations, actually, are key, and … Continue reading “What, Really, is Luxury? Exclusive Getaways has Many Kinds of Luxury & Safaris in its Goodie-Bag”

Setting off on safari to the central Sabi Sand entails a sturdy stretch of driving, with at least 440 km of distance to cover, and perhaps more, depending on which lodge you’re travelling to.  If you’re looking for some great stopover suggestions en-route, which also make for wonderful safari preludes, think Hazyview or White River.

Fancy a spell in the bush with a topnotch birder, binocs in one hand and camera in the other? What better place to go on a specialist birding safari than Cheetah Plains, a pristine piece of wilderness in the Sabi Sand which can rightfully brag about its more than 400 bird species.

Addo Elephant National Park is one of the crowning glories of the Eastern Cape.  Pristine, free of the risk of malaria, and tramped by elephants who come excitingly close for viewing, Addo is close to compulsory for visitors and homegrown folk who love the bush.

KwaZulu-Natal is currently offering some superb special offers on accommodation, including some five-star safaris. Grab a top safari experience at very reasonable rates, or treat yourself to a de-stressing break of a few days at stunning Oribi Gorge at a discounted price.

Fresh and chipper, the restyled Cheetah Plains sports a lively touch of class, and continues to offer one of those reassuringly traditional safaris where it’s all about the bush and it’s magic. Well, almost all about the bush …

There are times when nothing less than a lodge-to-yourselves will do.  A family reunion, a special birthday or anniversary celebration, or any kind of gathering of the clan where plenty of space and privacy are essential – these are the times when you need a pad of your own – and many private game reserves come … Continue reading “A Bush-Pad of Your Very Own: Some Fabulous Exclusive-Use Lodges in South Africa”

“We had a lovely stay in SA, but by far the nicest experience was Lukimbi Safari Lodge. Not only the real bush feeling, but also perfect housing, lovely food, but above all a very warm ambience and hospitality of all staff (from manager, assistants, cooks, waitresses, ranger to tracker; in short no exception) and a … Continue reading “How Does One Tell a Bumper Safari From the Rest? A: By What Guests Say Who’ve Been-There-Done-That”

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”

The Fight Against Malaria A possible breakthrough in the fight against malaria has been made by scientists at the University of Cape Town, collaborating with Swiss colleagues. A team under UCT’s Dr Kelly Chibale has identified a compound that could become part of a single-dose cure for all strains of malaria, and might also have … Continue reading “Strides in the Fight Against Malaria: University of Cape Town at the Forefront”

A safari is always a tad more thrilling when you’re staying in a tent. The sounds are a little closer, and the spirit of adventure a snatch more intense.  But when we talk tents, we’re not referring to boy scout lookalikes that do little more than provide a rudimentary place to crash. We’re talking tents that … Continue reading “Tented Safaris & Sleepouts in South Africa From Kruger to Kzn: Take Your Pick”