In South-Africa, you will never stop exploring. Simon, being born and raised in this amazing country, is still discovering new and amazing places to stay. From fly-fishing cottages to houses on the beach and family friendly safari stays (yes, now that we are a family it’s time to expand our horizons).
Our South African gems will constantly change, with every exploration we do we will find new ones. The golden oldies are shared below. Enjoy!
- Cape Grace – This stylish yet elegant and most of all friendly hotel is perfectly positioned on its private quay in the V&A Waterfront. The Waterfront is not your ‘real Africa’ but it offers nice shops and great restaurants and bars. It’s also the gateway to Robben Island. The Cape Grace offers complimentary transfers in their fancy BMWs to various destinations in the city. If you don’t have the budget to stay here, go for a nice whisky or a good glass of wine at Bascule, the bar.
- Stormsrivermouth Restcamp – You go here for the views. And the smell of the ocean. The waves break literally in front of your own self-catering cottage and the high forest and fynbos are backing you. Enjoy a morning coffee on your deck while dolphins frolic in the breakers. With a little bit of luck you will spot some southern right whales, coming inshore to breed!
- Marataba Trails Camp – Even for the most experienced safari traveler, Marataba offers a setting that is out of this world. The Waterberg mountains bordering the reserve explode in colours during sunrise and sunset, giving you a sense of place that is out of this world. Traveling with a group of friends and keen to do some hiking? Book your stay at trails camp; you’ll have it all to yourself and won’t see another face!
- Highlands Mountain Retreat – The location of Highlands Mountain Retreat is unbeatable, set up above the cloud line in the Drakensberg mountains. Stay here for three nights and enjoy adventurous hikes, the Saturday markets of Clarence and the cosiness of your own log cabin, including a fireplace.
- Bushmans Kloof – Situated North of Cape Town this is a place where you go to relax and unwind. There is ancient rock art to admire, friendly wildlife and since there are no predators on the estate you can take your own mountainbike and explore the area together. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served all day long and booking a spa treatment is not very difficult….