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The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. Explore the historic KwaZulu-Natal for a truly unique experience of South Africa.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier wildlife destination and is one of the biggest attractions in this diverse country. Those wanting a luxury safari experience away from the crowds tend to favour the private concessions and here we give our guide to these.
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town has it all – history, culture, gastronomy and breath-taking scenery. Here we give you the low-down on our top Cape Town experiences and homes-away-from-home…
South Africa is without doubt the most family-friendly country in Africa and offers a wide-range of experiences to suit all ages and interests. From an exciting malaria-free safari to exploring the beautiful Cape to the warm Indian Ocean beaches along the Garden Route, we can help you put together the perfect holiday for your family. Here we give our rundown on our favourite spots for families to get you started.
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We asked Charley Boorman, the charismatic modern-day adventurer, travel writer and motorbike enthusiast about his travels to Africa and particularly South Africa...
Andrew Rattray is one of the leading battlefields guides, having succeeded his father as the guide at Fugitives’ Drift, the lodge his parents began in 1989. His father, David, tragically died in 2007, but was well known for his tours and lectures about Zulu history and culture – a mantle which is now carried by Andrew. We asked him a little about life as a battlefields guide…
After living in beautiful Cape Town, our South Africa specialist Annie was looking for a new experience, and where better to head than KwaZulu Natal. Filled with breath-taking scenery, Zulu culture, history and wildlife – KwaZulu Natal is off-the-beaten-track in South African terms and well worth a visit, particularly for return visitors.
Blue Gum Country Estate
Near Stanford, South Africa
Best for: Beach, Family, Off the beaten track
Blue Gum Country Estate is a family-run farm guest house near Stanford in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. A superb option for families, Blue Gum Country Estate offers great service and dining, and a chance to experience the best of rural South Africa.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Blue Gum Country Estate, situated on the Klein Rivier near Stanford just beyond Hermanus, offers a unique experience for those in search of rustic sophistication in a magnificent natural setting of the Overberg. Named after a 140-year old blue gum tree that grows on the front lawn, the estate is both a working farm dating back to 1839 and a private family-run guest house. The twelve rooms at Blue Gum are all different, as you would expect in a private home. Some are more spacious, others more family-friendly, but they all have a warm domestic feeling with an emphasis on quality and comfort. Several of the rooms have open fireplaces, which staff are more than happy to light for you.
Blue Gum Country Estate has two restaurants, one that is family-friendly, and the more formal adults only Blue Gum Restaurant. Nestled amongst an olive grove, the estate boasts vineyards, rolling lawns, and extensive gardens with swimming pool, tennis and boules courts, and you can borrow a mountain bike and go off exploring, or enjoy a good read or board game in the extensive library.
Today Blue Gum is being established as a wine farm with three hectares of Shiraz grapes under cultivation and a further seven hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot planned. There is also a two hectare olive orchard. The estate extends up the Klein River Mountain directly behind the guest house and is great to explore the diverse flora and fauna. For those less energetically inclined a sundowner at the Boma patio bar adjacent to the main lounge offers spectacular views and magical sounds of the fynbos. Numerous activities and excursions are on offer including mountain biking, nature walks, historic towns, antique shops, boat cruises, fly-fishing, magnificent beaches and some of the best whale watching in the world.
When to go
The best time to visit Hermanus is from July to November, and although temperatures may be a little cooler from July to October (from 8°C to 20°C or 46°F to 68°F) this is when the southern right whale migration makes their way around the South African coast. As well as heading out on a boat to see these magnificent animals, land-based whale watching is also possible in the area. Travelling from November to March will bring warmer weather, but unlikely views of the whale migration.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Sea Kayaking at Walker Bay
Explore the South African coastline around Hermanus in a kayak where you will be able to get up close and personal with marine life such as cape fur seals, penguins, cormorants, and birdlife while an experienced guide leads you around the bay.
Great White Shark Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
Take a walk along the Robberg Peninsula, an outcrop of land on the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.