Tucked into the banks of the Sweni River, this intimate lodge is a hidden jewel that provides a bold, new African context for contemporary design, architecture and food. Exuding glamorous attitude, Singita Sweni’s seven suites - including a pool suite for families or honeymoon couples - are hidden in the trees, and guests have private access to 33,000 acres of the Kruger National Park. Gold and bronze ore, polished mud, and gleaming recycled timbers add texture, splashes of vibrant colour are inspired by beetles, chameleons and birds’ wings, while neutrals draw in the light. With idyllic proximity to the river, guests are treated to up-close sightings of an incredible number of wildlife that wander down to drink or wallow in the river.
The Londolozi Private Granite Suites offer an extraordinary experience for the exclusive use of six Guests. Bold, inspiring materials mirror the extrusion of granite rocks that flank the camp while conveying the raw essence of Africa. A palette of silver, charcoal and elephant grey in a range of sumptuous materials creates an elegant and contemporary setting in each expansive suite. The emphasis is on space, light and privacy while blurring the barrier between inside and out. A seamless integration with nature is achieved with large doors and windows all opening directly onto the Sand River. Each suite has a private, heated swimming pool. Private Granite Suites can be booked individually or as a private camp for six Guests, making it ideal for honeymooning couples or small groups celebrating special occasions.
Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. It is an extraordinary gift passed down over generations and even for those of us who have known its sweeping landscapes since birth, it remains a place of extraordinary beauty and discovery. Ivory Lodge is the understated jewel in the Lion Sands' crown. Here, hospitality is designed entirely around YOU (from customised spa therapies and private dining, to safaris with surprise refreshment stops) and luxury – much more than a sophisticated room in an exotic location – has substance.
Boasting a name that means tranquil, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge features nine delicate floating suites that looks out over the river from the dappled shelter of a cool forest. Following the curve of the river bank, each area in the lodge will offer magnificent river views. Raised above ground level, the spacious suites offers sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and bathrooms that open out onto the forest, creating private spaces in the open air. Cleverly designed living areas can be converted to cater for children’s sleeping arrangements at night. A beautiful spa and gym area offer a haven of tranquility where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.
Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. It is an extraordinary gift passed down over generations and even for those of us who have known its sweeping landscapes since birth, it remains a place of extraordinary beauty and discovery. River Lodge is a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with light and bright contemporary décor, and limited walls allowing a flow between the inside and out. Wooden walkways lead off to a spa, gym and pool, and back to the main lodge, where the deck’s connected water features give the impression of floating on the river. Whether you enjoy your time socially or quietly in the bar, restaurant, MORE Gallery (with guest Creative Lab) or firepit lounge, the running theme here is luxury living.
Singita Castleton found in the heart of the Sabi Sand offers a new concept of exclusivity and lifestyle safari. A private and intimate lodge, Singita Castleton is designed as the ultimate customised rental, with accommodation in six individual cottages complemented by a swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa. Castleton retains the inviting, soulful ambience and elegance of the original camp in a series of revitalised spaces that encourages relaxation, togetherness, and a deep engagement with nature. Living spaces extend outdoors onto broad verandas overlooking a watering hole where animals gather to drink and a country style kitchen draws guests into the heart of the home. Reminiscent of an African farmhouse, richly detailed interiors in a neutral palette contrast with traditional tartans and classic prints creating an unbuttoned, lived-in appeal.
Just seven luxury suites (plus a 2-bedroom Marula Suite) make Makanyi Private Game Lodge an excellent choice for guests seeking exclusivity in one of Africa's most prolific game viewing destinations. Overlooking a permanent waterhole with traversing rights to over 9000 hectares of private concessions the lodge prides itself on not only giving guests a very private safari experience, but also on its homely atmosphere with welcoming staff, superb cuisine and the utmost attention to detail. Open plan flowing from bathroom to bedroom to lounge to deck. All suites have a terrace to relax and view the game which frequents the lodge grounds, and all have views of the permanent dam. Custom made furnishings, indoor& outdoor showers, free-standing bathtubs, lounge area with open fire for winter nights, sun loungers & day beds on the deck for lazy days, luxury bathroom amenities, mini bar & fridge, Tea & Coffee making facilities, ‘Nespresso’ coffee machine, Wi-Fi and high-speed internet access (bush technology permitting!), & in-room safe.
Chic and contemporary, andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil bush surrounds. It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm, earthy tones used throughout. Built on platforms, each tented suite is cleverly designed to blend into the riverside trees, minimising impact on the environment. Mature indigenous shade trees form a luxuriantly cool canopy overhead and elegant guest areas overlook the seasonal Timbavati River. The camp’s lap pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing, while a massage sala adds a touch of pure indulgence. The food at Ngala is as individual and inventive as the camp itself. Private lunch platters are savoured on the viewing decks, at the poolside or on the lush lawn. Theatrical al fresco dinners in the dry riverbed are unforgettable.
RETURNAfrica’s origins lie at Pafuri in the far north of the Kruger National Park. It is here, on the ancestral land of the Makuleke people, that we have built a unique partnership and a collection of superb safari experiences. Our operation is rooted in more than two decades of friendship with the Makulekes, who lost their home under apartheid but who have now returned as our landlords, our business partners and our guides. Our concession lies in a vast triangle between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers along South Africa’s northeastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east. The land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camps are located, harbours an abundance of life. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here. The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a transfrontier park that spans three countries. Our diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous specials in what pundits regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.
In the midst of the world-renowned game-rich Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies a grand and somewhat stately five star country home hugged by wild bushveld and endless vistas of the Kruger. Walkers Bush Villa is an ornate, yet relaxed, bush hideaway furnished with decor that marries Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” to the Tate Gallery. Original owners of Critchley Hackle Lodge and Walkersons Hotel and Spa in Dullstroom, Ingrid and Howard Walker, certainly aren’t strangers to creating exceptional destinations. Guests visiting Walkers Bush Villa are welcomed with a ceremonial entrance of two cheetah statues guarding a lengthy driveway flanked by colourful flowers. The driveway leads into a paved courtyard with a water fountain serving as the centrepiece. Immediately you’re struck with a tranquil solitude of classic country meets colonial bushveld. Walkers is a five star, fully-catered 4 bedroomed country villa that has been built from scratch, making the architecture and layout unique. 3 of the bedrooms have a similar layout - and hug the courtyard area. Each of the rooms are separately located from the main house. The master bedroom, the pies de resistance, adjoins the main house and boasts a bidet, an indoor and outdoor bath, and an indoor shower. There's even a private sleep-out room which is also accessible from the patio. The villa is furnished with a variety of collectibles and handcrafted items.
The spirit of safari comes alive at the historic &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Step back in time into the classical ambiance of this original 1920s homestead and marvel at the spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape that surrounds the Sand River from each of the 12 guest suites. Rolling lawns carve out a niche in a wild and tumbling landscape that host memorable game viewing in one of the most renowned Big Five regions in the world. Spacious sitting, dining and bar areas steeped in the colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury contain mementoes of a time long past, while the untamed outside whispers a promise of adventures not to be forgotten. Delight in early morning and late afternoon game drives, interpretive bush walks, birdwatching and impressive viewing of spotted hyena, various antelope, elephant, white rhino, buffalo and hippo. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. Wildlife is the biggest drawcard for most travellers and the guide and tracker teams are equipped with a wealth of knowledge. Game drives in the Sabi Sand are able to go off road in search of exceptional sightings and your safari may also continue after dark, with a specially filtered spotlight used to illuminate nocturnal wildlife.
Set within a 10 000 hectare private concession this is truly the “Gem of Kruger”. Hamiltons Tented Camp was named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park. Hamiltons Tented Camp epitomises luxury with an outstanding safari experience. All 6 spacious luxury tents are decorated in true "Out of Africa" style with antique styled hip baths, outside showers and flowing mosquito nets. In addition, all have private wooden decks with views onto the river bed and Savannah grasslands beyond. The décor is light and neutral; teak furniture and floors, gilded mirrors and crisp white linens deliver a classy luxury tent experience enhanced by the panoramic bush and river views that begin at the edge of the deck. Magnificent tented suites complete with teak floorboards, dreamy mosquito nets, slipper baths, outdoor showers and a superb view of the complete seasonal river, linked to the main lodge area by raised timber walkways amongst ancient Jackalberry trees. Uncompromising elegance and breathtaking beauty identifies Hamiltons tented Camp. Activities include African Spa treatments and open vehicle safaris, where, guests will enjoy some of Kruger’s most spectacular landscapes and an extraordinary variety of wildlife, birdlife and plant life.
If you’re searching for that rare and unforgettable safari experience, offering a luxurious destination within breathtaking natural surroundings, then welcome to Mateya. The Mateya Safari Lodge is one of the most prestigious lodges of its kind in the world and certainly one of the most exclusive in Southern Africa. Located in the spectacular 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, Mateya is the ultimate compliment of exquisite architectural design and comfort enhanced by the splendor of a pristine African setting. Mateya is designed for the discerning traveler, offering a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for a maximum of ten guests. As such, you are assured exclusivity, privacy and the very highest standards of personal care and attention at all times.
Tucked away in the far north of South Africa is a 75000 hectare, malaria-free wilderness inhabited by a profusion of species from Vervet monkeys to Leopard and - of course - the odd very fortunate human. The sheer, unadulterated wilderness of this place is breathtaking, as is this remarkable lodge - crafted from an exquisite palate of rich woods, raw stone and soft muted tones. Elegantly proportioned suites offer individual rim-flow pools, sweeping wooden decks and private outdoor showers. Guest facilities are of the highest quality whilst service is attentive and warm, never intrusive. Designer dining off the highest standard, a team of Chef's prepare gourmet dishes for guests who dine within the plush surrounds of the elegant dining room or beneath a million stars for those glorious evenings.
Madikwe’s wooded hills give way to savannah and Kalahari plains, roamed by all of the Big Five and countless other mammals. Look up and you will see hundreds of resident and migrant birds gracing its skies. Coupled with the reserve being malaria-free, this all makes for a special place to explore. While the luxury of Madikwe Safari Lodge lies in having direct access to some of South Africa’s best Big Five safari experiences, it is also the pleasure of coming back to thoughtful comforts, warm hospitality, and excellent meals after several hours in the bush that defines five-star stays here. The Madikwe brand of luxury comes standard, and what sets each of its retreats apart is its unique feel – appealing to different travelers.
The essence of the solar-powered, Scandi-style Marataba Mountain Lodge is in its exclusive location – secluded in the Waterberg and surrounded by the Marakele National Park. Its design and operations have taken their cue from the earth, serving to merge the lodge with its environment. Marataba welcomes those in search of peace and space. Just five private Eco Suites, welcoming just 10 guests at a time, open onto a wilderness world of their own – renowned for its magnificent scenery and flourishing wildlife. The main lodge provides more social relaxation areas and a shared Rock Pool, which seems to skim off into the Waterfall Valley below. Mountain Lodge is one of only two luxury lodges in the Marakele National Park.
Accommodation at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge comprises eight luxurious, secluded suites, each overlooking the Marico River. Each suite has spectacular glass-walled bedrooms and a spacious bathroom, offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and the river. The suites all have open-fronted lounges, private sundecks and spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The entire front of the ensuite bathroom can be opened to the bush. Each suite has a private lounge as well as a private viewing deck with a spectacular view of the bush. The stylish main lodge is on the edge of a ravine overlooking a waterhole frequently visited by game and has a spacious lounge and dining area. Fine wines from the award-winning wine list complement exceptional cuisine created by the team of internationally trained chefs. There is also a spa, an air-conditioned gym and heated infinity swimming pool. The main lodge provides complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a curio shop, a library area, and an upstairs den.
A safari-chic take on the traditional African farm homestead, offering the perfect private setting for larger families and friends travelling together. Located on the other side of the mountain within the Morukuru Family private property inside Madikwe Game Reserve, the five-suite Farm House is an oasis, surrounded by luscious green lawns, and set within a 100-hectare fenced-in safe area which is home to general game, so kids can play and roam at will, and guests may have the freedom to walk and explore. Furnished by well-known South African interior designer, Sumari Krige, Morukuru Farm House is unpretentious yet stylish, with bespoke items produced by local artists and craftsmen in a neutral palette. Following the owners’ brief to create spaces where families with children of all ages can completely relax, the overall sense is kick-off-shoes and curl-up-on-the-couch comfort. The five huge en-suite bedrooms – linked to the main area by a covered walkway – are all equally luxurious, because we believe that a family holiday should be special for every family member.
Etali Safari Lodge offers guests a unique and personalised luxury African Safari Experience, wherein nature, relaxation and comfort combine to form an unforgettable memory. Etali is an owner-managed lodge with only 8 Luxury Suites available allowing for a pro-active focus on the individual needs of each guest. Each Luxury Suite offers a refuge where a closer bond with the natural world can be built, with all of the conveniences you need and none of the distractions you don't. Etali Safari Lodge is situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. Guests enjoy frequent sightings of Big Five, Cheetah and African Wild-dog limited to 3 off-road vehicles, allowing for an intimate and private wildlife viewing experience. Etali Safari Lodge is ranked #2 amongst speciality lodging in Madikwe on TripAdvisor.
At Jaci’s Tree Lodge, guests are accommodated in custom-built treehouses that seem to float high above the ground. Guests can enjoy a magnificent accommodation experience with views into the surrounding riverine forest as well as glimpses across the Marico River. "Tree House" amongst the Riverine forest on stilts, up to 4 meters from the ground. Built of rosewood, thatch and stacking doors - the forest surrounds are invited in, to compliment an open plan, en-suite enormous stone bath and outdoor "jungle shower". Jaci’s Tree Lodge blends into the overarching canopy of the surrounding bush and foliage, making for fantastic birdwatching in a natural environment. Due to its structure, on wooden stilts connected by raised walkways, Jaci’s Tree Lodge isn’t suitable for small children. Kids 13 years and older are welcome.
Set along the banks of the Marico River, aha Thakadu River Camp provides luxurious tented accommodation and a stylish, comfortable base from which to explore the splendid game viewing that only Madikwe Game Reserve, close to the Botswana border, can provide. With its strong Afro-Asian safari ambiance, aha Thakadu River Camp offers 12 Luxury Tented Suites, perfectly blended within their natural surroundings, and each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. 3 of the Suites are family Units, with an extra double-size sleeper couch. All suites include an indoor bath and shower. The main lodge area is built on stilts within the riverfront vegetation and guarantees a serene setting for breakfast, dinners and relaxation.
On the far Northern border of South Africa lies a beautiful area known as the Groot Marico and it is in this spectacular setting, in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, that Privately owned Tau Game Lodge is situated. Breeding herds of Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Lion, Cheetah, Spotted and Brown Hyena, Buffalo, Leopard, Zebra and the endangered Wild Dog, various Antelope species, Giraffe, Ostrich and Warthog, together with an array of small mammals, are amongst the magnificent animals that roam the reserve. Tau Game Lodge was built in 1995 and overlooks a natural waterhole, which attracts a variety of game, as does the diverse vegetation that thrives in the fertile topsoil. The lodge has since been revamped and offers comfort and luxury.
Perched on a dramatic hill top with wraparound views of the spectacular Ubombo mountain range, and the surrounding Zululand bush, &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge is a dramatic safari destination. Boasting 16 suites, three family cottages and the exclusive family suite, they all offer breathtaking raptor’s-eye views of the reserve below. Roomy luxurious suites boast natural light through expansive glass windows, elegant ensuite bathrooms inspired by Zulu basketware designs, a beautifully appointed personal bar, private sitting area, sunken lounge and a spacious veranda with a plunge pool and outdoor shower. Intimate sitting areas brim with sunlight, and open decks make the most of the magnificent views. A spacious bar area links the pool, spa and gym that features state-of-the-art equipment, and a yoga deck with a view. Delicious meals are served in the dining area that features an interactive kitchen and pizza oven, and under a star-studded sky in the traditional stone and reed Boma.
The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lts. Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of the 1/24th. It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga. Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Walks and horserides through the reserve to view abundant game and birdlife are offered. The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both with spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages with private verandahs and swimming pools.
Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge (formerly known as Three Trees at Spioenkop). This Fair Trade certified lodge, places great emphasis on Sustainable Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated. This intimate, luxury 20 bedded lodge is owner-managed by Simon & Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident when you visit. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere in their four star family-run lodge. These 40sqm stand-alone cottages are clad in corrugated iron exterior & wood paneling interior. They have been elegantly designed to transport you back in time, although are all equipped with modern conveniences such as heated towel rails, overhead fans and panel room heaters.
Fringing Phinda Private Game Reserve's wildlife-rich wetland system, situated along the edge of the rare sand forest, the sophisticated andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge is intimately integrated into the surrounding bush. Gracious and elegant, this charming lodge comprises six thatched suites decorated in a subtle blend of North and West African styles, with hints of a Balinese influence. Each suite, which features a luxurious ensuite bathroom, dressing room, private plunge pool and game viewing deck, overlooks a grassy meadow where guests can observe herds of grazing antelope and zebra, as well as a variety of birdlife. The atmosphere is exclusive and personal, with a mixture of understated sophistication and pure luxury. Large private lap pools provide the ideal place to relax and enjoy the drama of the African wilderness unfold, while warm and inviting open fireplaces make the comfortable guest sitting area the ideal place to unwind on a cool afternoon. Delicious and innovative cuisine is served on the expansive outdoor decks or in a beautiful and remote bush setting, creating lifelong memories.
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal. This 24 bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches. It is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkelling and excellent off-shore SCUBA diving and excellent birding opportunities. Guided birding, scorpion & spider walks & Turtle Tracking are offered in season. The 12 thatched bush suites offer either Ocean or Forest Views with Deluxe Ocean Views room sporting private plunge pools. The suites are positioned to afford maximum privacy & minimal environmental impact. Excellent cuisine is enjoyed al fresco on the dining deck or beach deck overlooking the sea. This is an ideal choice for honeymooners, families, SCUBA divers or anyone who wants to simply relax.
Kosi Forest Lodge is an intimate rustic 3 star lodge situated under a canopy of magnificent trees within a tranquil sand forest alongside the Kosi Lakes System, an unspoilt wilderness area that is part of the iSimangaliso World Heritage Park. This 20 bed lodge offers comfortable accommodation in wooden, canvas & thatch cabins, great home cooking and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities. A lovely sweeping pool overlooks Lake Shengeza where one can relax on the viewing deck in the shade of Umdoni trees while watching hippos & flamingoes in the lake. Daily guided canoe trips and walks through ancient Raffia Palm Forests are offered at no additional cost. Additional activities are a boat trip exploring this unique system of lakes and channels where one can see hippo, crocodile, rare birds like the Pels Fishing Owl and Palm Nut Vulture, included in this day trip is a picnic on the unspoilt shores of Bhanga Nek beach.
From its stunning clifftop position in the town of Hermanus, Birkenhead House enjoys exhilarating ocean views and close proximity to the beach. Breezy beach house style is mixed with contemporary artwork and opulent furnishings to create an elegant and inviting environment. Eleven suites with either sea or mountain views offer the height of comfort and luxury: balconies, underfloor heating and huge bathtubs allow guests to make the most of their stay, whatever the weather. Spa, pool and gym offer the chance for indulgence, relaxation or exercise. Cliff and beach walks are an invigorating way to take the air but numerous sporting and leisure activities are available in the area, from golf to shark-cage diving. Whale watching, for which Hermanus is famed, can be done from the hotel from June to November, with September the height of the season.
Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa is surrounded by sweeping views across stunning vineyards and mountains towards Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations. An unforgettable holiday destination, each lodge is tailored to provide an unrivalled guest experience. Linked to the Main Lodge, yet in a world of their own, luxurious David Collins Studio-designed interiors are inspired by a pared-back colour palette, where beautiful South African accents and art frame each view out to your own private terrace. Spacious living spaces and light filled interiors flow seamlessly outdoors where guests can choose to dip into their private, heated plunge pool or relax within the natural surroundings. Sleep soundly in oversized beds dressed with the finest linens; relax in marble bathrooms furnished with an indulgent array of beauty products and enjoy spacious dressing areas.
The Silo is an exclusive five-star hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. This magical hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio. The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). Zeitz MOCAA houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.
The exterior of the building was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building’s original structure is the addition of the ingenious glass windows inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors.
Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa's largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 110,000 hectares (1,100 sq km or almost a quarter of a million acres). For comparison, this is twice the size of Pilanesberg National Park and bigger than the entire Madikwe reserve. This vast and magical landscape takes conservation as its first priority; indeed Nicky Oppenheimer's vision is to “restore the Kalahari to itself”. Tarkuni has a natural bush camp feel with understated elegance and, above all, a sense of luxury, relaxation and tranquillity. While guests will experience comfort and an incredible sense of space in the shared living areas, they are guaranteed exclusive privacy in their individual suites. Tarkuni is an exclusive homestead which can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 individual suites. Each suite has a king-size bed with exquisite cotton linen, and and en-suite bathroom and both indoor and outdoor showers.
The Cellars-Hohenort is located in "Cape Town's Vineyard", the historical Constantia Valley on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain. All 51 rooms and suites boast panoramic views of the iconic mountain or over the 9.5 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Cape Town is South Africa's oldest city, famous for its diverse cultures, natural beauty, cuisine and wine. The Cellars-Hohenort is ideally situated as a central point from which to experience the diversity of activities, including Cape Point, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia Valley Wine Route, the famous beaches of Boulders and Camps Bay. Back at the hotel there are two award-winning dining experiences, these include Greenhouse, one of South Africa's Top 10 rated restaurants, and The Conservatory, serving a selection of what was Liz McGrath's favourite dishes.
Perched high on the Franschhoek Pass, in the shadow of the Middagkrans mountains and boasting remarkable views of the valley below, La Petite Ferme is today a refined country escape that has seen the ebb and flow of food trends, retained loyal customers through the decades, and attracted a new generation of gourmands with its authentic country cuisine and warm hospitality. Today La Petite Ferme boasts a boutique hotel, acclaimed country restaurant and celebrated winery. The boutique hotel at La Petite Ferme is certainly an excellent example of country elegance and hospitality and offers nine unique rooms, each boasting panoramic views of the Franschhoek valley and surrounding winelands. True to La Petite Ferme’s farming roots, the talented team of chefs at the restaurant also bring a renewed focus on working with local producers.
Set amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa. Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, the impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water features leads into a magnificent foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns. The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills.
Forest Lodge is a masterpiece of sophisticated and contemporary design, reflecting the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The clean lines, high ceilings and large windows frame and accentuate the incredible sweeping views across the rolling hills of fynbos and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay beyond. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point! Orientated towards the setting sun, every evening offers another grand spectacle of light and colour. The 16 freestanding luxury suites are accessed via an enchanted cobbled pathway beneath the ancient forest canopy. Each of the freestanding suites are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular views.
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is authentic Cape Town at its loveliest – beauty, sophisticated charm, and quirky personality in equal measure. Set just off the buzzing Kloof Street in a scenic suburb of Cape Town, you can live like a local and still be treated as our guest. In respect of facilities, you have at your disposal the lounge and breakfast room, which have been carefully considered to provide every creature comfort without sparing on the fine detail. What’s your pleasure? A game of chess or cards, a book from our library, or perhaps lounging at the poolside? You may even choose to get in touch with the world from time to time, and are welcome to use our Wi-Fi from the comfort of your room or any of the public areas. Join us for afternoon or lemonade, or after sunset for an aperitif and canapés.
Basse Provence Guest House 3km from Franschhoek is the four-star sister accommodation to Rickety Bridge, situated across the Franschhoek River on the neighbouring estate. This 1855 thatched Cape Dutch Manor house and neighbouring Country House have been totally refurbished, blending traditional Huguenot heritage with stylish modern luxury. With views of a vine-green valley and ageless mountains with no beginning or end, guests have described the personal service, attention to detail and pure relaxation as 'heaven on earth'. Basse Provence has 8 en-suite rooms and one two bedroomed cottage, which is the ideal accommodation for families on holiday in Franschhoek. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite television, minibars, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryers and free wi-fi.
The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a unique 5 star boutique hotel on the Garden Route with a massive wow factor. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides. The Hotel comprises of the Island Café & Tapas Bar as well as twenty four individually themed suites of the highest standard. The Amani Spa offers the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence. Cal’cacchio Pizzeria offers al fresco dining on the water's edge and kids play area with activities on offer that include kayaking and bicycles. We have two state-of-the art conference venues – each can seat 20 boardroom and 40 cinema style which are inter-leading for larger events.
De Hoop Collection offers a wide variety of affordable accommodation from Self Catering Cottages to fully catered luxury suites. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as De Hoop – sea, sand dunes, the vlei, a floral sensation of rare fynbos plants, diverse antelope and the Potberg Mountains. Birders observe wading birds on the shores of the vlei while the Potberg Mountains are home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, eland, baboons and ostrich. Activities are diverse and guests choose between various day walks through the rich fynbos plains or along the deserted coastline, or mountain biking along the many gravel roads or scenic game drives.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and holiday destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. It’s a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature, however fleeting the moment, where wildlife roam the landscape under the relentless African sun. Nestled within the lush vegetation of Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Sindile at Shamwari Private Game Reserve provides luxury tented accommodation within the wilderness. The luxurious lodge, catering to individuals over the age of 16, comprises of nine premier tents each with a private heated plunge pool. Sindile, Shamwari’s new luxury tented camp is a secluded, luxury getaway set deep in the African veld. Named for the famed leopard of Shamwari, the camp mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary, blending with the surrounding bush while providing excellent vantages over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains. Sindile is isiXhosa for ‘survivor’.
Set in thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley, Ecca Lodge offers breath taking views onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs Featuring six suites, of which three are dedicated to families. The double suites can accommodate 2 adults each and the family suites accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 16yrs on day beds in the lounge). The family suites also include a private vehicle and ranger. Private vehicle is available at an additional cost for guests staying in a double suite.
The lodge is intimate, relaxed and trendy with décor inspired by the vibrant colours and textures of our nearby villages. The suites of Ecca Lodge are airy and open with flowing interiors that extend outwards to the wilderness. Wraparound decks, complete with private plunge pools and outdoor showers, offer sweeping views and complete relaxation. All ages are welcome. Interior design reflects the vibrant colours and textures of Africa. Main guest areas feature a spacious sitting room with fireplace, dining room and bar area as well as a deep veranda with expansive wooden viewing deck overlooking rolling spekboom valleys.
The thrill of quietly watching a herd of elephants stroll by the veranda of a stately colonial manor is unforgettable. This exclusive safari lodge recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past. Experience the breath taking natural world of Africa merged with colonial nostalgia and modern sophistication to deliver an unforgettably unique 5 star adventure. The luxurious and spacious tents recall the golden era of safari in the early 1900s. Each luxury tent has an en-suite bathroom with shower, an interior relaxation relaxation area and a private deck offering panoramic views across the savannah plains. Offering the Big 5, Gorah is malaria free and is the only private concession and Camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park. The Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth is just an hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth and is an ideal way to start or finish your Garden Route adventure. A Hunter Hotels property, Gorah is a recipient of the Relais & Chateaux worldwide Welcome Award, two x National Park’s business partner of the year award and best lodge in the Eastern Cape from SA Tourism.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and holiday destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province. Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is the pinnacle of private game reserves and home to the coveted Big 5. It’s a place where guests can exist in harmony with nature, however fleeting the moment, where wildlife roam the landscape under the relentless African sun. Shamwari has 7 lodges and 1 explorer camp; each providing distinct experiences. From exclusive tranquillity, effortless family enjoyment or the back-to-nature appeal of a luxury tented camp. Allow yourself to be immersed in an African experience at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Eagles Crag offers you ultimate luxury and privacy and breath-taking scenery. Eagles Crag comprises 9 luxurious suites fashioned of glass and stone. Not only is the accommodation classically beautiful, but you’re also exposed to uninterrupted views of the surrounding rock faces where eagles soar.
As each suite is well secluded, you can enjoy the utmost privacy for your rest and relaxation.