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Autumn is a beautiful time of year. The trees are switching their garb to shades of russet and red, the nights are lengthening their dark coats for cosy snooze-ins, skies are flaunting more subdued tones, and traditionally it’s the celebratory season of harvest. Moderate autumn temperatures make it a wonderful time of year for getaways to … Continue reading “Autumn Getaways for Less: Grab a Special Offer”

“There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.” ~ Paul Simon Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in South Africa, and very possibly in all the world. It is a glorious medley of romance and nostalgia, classic luxury, silver-service dining and genteel sociability. It’s also a sensory … Continue reading “Delectable Duo: Rovos Rail Train Trip and Boutique-Style Luxury Stay in Pretoria”

If you’re in the market for a getaway that doesn’t stretch your budget beyond its seams, consider one of our thirteen appealing getaways on a budget in South Africa. The best rates are up for grabs in winter, so the prices below are for low season travel. Some of our select getaways on a budget are 4 … Continue reading “13 Appealing Getaways on a Budget in South Africa”

Hot-air ballooning is an elegant, eccentric adventure in space and time, taking you high above the treetops, or to dream among the clouds. Take to the sky on a fabulous special offer on Bill Harrop’s hot-air balloon safari over the Magalies River Valley!

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”

A safari is that bit more exciting when your base is a tent. Come and enjoy Kwafubesi‘s very comfy, en-suite safari tents – there are just five and each has its own viewing deck that grants you glorious views of those beautiful amber plains of Limpopo. This tented safari camp is in the well-known Mabula … Continue reading “One for the Locals: A Tented Safari in Limpopo that’s Great Luck for your Buck”

Hermanus is a top-favourite whale watching destination in the Western Cape . Whales come in great numbers to Walker Bay between June and November to breed and calve. Watch the incredible Southern Right Whales from any number of excellent vantage points along the ‘cliff path’ of Hermanus. The vegetation-fringed cliff path weaves along …

Have you ever wondered why travel people speak so fondly and fuzzily about winter as the secret season? The fabulous truth is that winter in South Africa is a super-special time to get away, for all sorts of excellent reasons: during the secret season – May to September – prices plummet dramatically to super-affordable value for … Continue reading “Secret Season Value-for-Money Getaways in South Africa”

Valentines Day is a tempting invitation to wallow and indulge in romance, and to spoil the person you adore. If  you’re short of ideas, let us make some fabulous suggestions for Valentines getaways in South Africa. Bring on exquisite landscapes, bring on hideaways grand and gorgeous, bring on the ice buckets and rose petals, and … Continue reading “Bring on Romance and Value-Adds for Valentines Day Getaways in 2014”

The Paternoster Seafood Festival 2013 will take place on the beach in this gorgeous coastal town on 30 November. Stalls open at 09:00, offering a feast of West Coast seafood specialities. There will also be horse riding, kayak hire and beach buggy rides, as well as a fun run and mountain bike challenge. There will … Continue reading “Paternoster Seafood Festival 2013 and Where to Stay in this Gorgeous Coastal Town”

“A place to fall in love with the world again“. So true at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek. The garden at Babylonstoren is fast becoming legendary. Not only does it impressively span all of 8 acres – it can also claim that every one of its 300 plants is edible. It’s a growth-sanctuary of a place, featuring … Continue reading “A Garden is not a Garden is not … When it comes to Amazing Gardens, Babylonstoren leaves others in the Shade”

The wonder of giant turtle viewing was one of the amazing experiences mentioned on last night’s #TravelChatSA on Twitter, where people talked about  South Africa’s multitude of delights for travellers. And indeed, turtle viewing is an awesome experience. The place to stay for this is Thonga Beach Lodge, a casually exclusive cluster of sublime suites … Continue reading “Stand By for Turtle Time and a Rad Turtle-Viewing Getaway on a Remote Shore of KwaZulu-Natal”