“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” St Augustine’s musing may be true for some, yet often when we stand way up there on a pinnacle before great landscapes, we encounter something very special – and sometimes, life-changing. We offer you the luxury of some magnificent exclusive getaways perched on a pinnacle in South Africa.
The Outpost Kruger National Park
This wonderful lodge is secluded way up there above a river valley and vast wilderness in the far northern reaches of the Kruger National Park. The area is called the Pafuri Triangle, and is a diverse eco-collage of woodlands, Fever Tree forests, thorny Acacias, ancient Baobabs, and flood pans. In a word, sublime. The suites were designed for supreme enjoyment of the huge world that lies before you, a declared Ramsar Wetland Site. Reatractable screens, generous deck space, dreamy daybeds make sure that your 180 degree views are perfect. Mail us.
Singita Lebombo Kruger National Park
This sublime pinnacle-lodge stands elevated on a clifftop over the Nwanetsi River. Lebombo’s luxurious loft-style suites have staggering views, and the camp is an aesthetic delight and pure indulgence. Magnificent safaris in South Africa’s iconic wildlife reserve are matched by ultra-gorgeous lodge facilities and accommodation, and generous personal service of the highest order. Mail us.
Legend Golf & Safari Resort Limpopo
Golfers, by the time you get to play your 19th hole, you need to catch a sky-ride with a helicopter to do so. There’s a place of sheer magnificence from which you play the incomparable ‘Extreme 19th’. In between superb golf on a unique course designed in the shape of Africa, enjoy an exciting safari in the scenic Waterberg. Mail us.
Isibindi Zulu Lodge KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields
A dozen thatched chalets are dotted along the pinnacle of an eco reserve in the Zululand of battles that have gone down in the annals of history. Made to resemble traditional huts, the suites look like beehives, and each has a deck of its own looking out over the vast landscape. Up here, you feel as though you own the world. Beauty is everywhere, and silence is abundant. If you can tear yourself away from the solitude of your hideout atop the reserve, go on tranquil nature drives with Isibindi’s guides, do a lazy picnic (there are no dangerous predators around), and explore the historic battlefields with guides who revel in the old stories of skirmishes, defeats and victories in Zululand. Mail us.
Grootbos Hermanus Area Western Cape
Sometimes the best way to be at the sea is to be above the sea. This is true at Grootbos, perched glamorously up on a green hillside above the whale-waters of Walker Bay. On one side, a short drive away, there’s popular Hermanus; on the other is Gansbaai, another whale-watchers haunt. The suites at Grootbos are large and luxurious, set along garden pathways at Garden Lodge, or in the forest at Forest Lodge. Wherever you are, the views are exquisite, scooping up the green of the forests, the blue of the oceans and the infinite wonder of the wide blue yonder. Get out there with the guides and tramp pristine coastlines; enter mysterious caves; view seals, whales, penguins and dolphins from a boat; meander through the fynbos and the milkwood forests, and enjoy the glory of nature on horseback. Mail us.
Kanonkop House Knysna
This gorgeously luxurious guest house wins hands-down for its exceptional high-point views of the Knysna Lagoon and The Heads. This is the place to book if you’re wanting a serene retreat that’s also close to the great attractions of Knysna and its neighbouring Garden Route holiday-havens. The placid water views are breathstopping, and so are are those of the indigenous forests where Knysna Loeries are at home. Accommodation is immaculate and the furnishings carefully selected, creating individual sanctuaries for travellers who enjoy a personalised experience. Mail us.
12 Apostles Cape Town
Hugging the mountainside beneath the timeless gaze of Cape Town’s magnificent Twelve Apostles rock formations, and looking across the immense Atlantic Ocean, 12 Apostles has a spectacular position. Views on all sides are breathtaking, and both mountains and sea offer exqusite holiday activities close to the hotel. World-class service and facilities ensure a holiday away from the ordinary. Mail us.
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