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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.
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.
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Best for: Family, Malaria free, Wildlife
De Zeekoe Guest Farm is a beautiful rural farmhouse near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. Peaceful and romantic, De Zeekoe is one of the best places to see meerkats, and offers superb activities that let you fully experience rural South Africa at its best.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
De Zeekoe is a stunningly located owner-managed farm near Oudtshoorn, set between the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo. Apart from providing a stylishly relaxing stay in gorgeous surroundings, a stay at De Zeekoe also gives guests the unique opportunity of closely observing the farm’s habituated wild meerkat community.
De Zeekoe's old colonial homestead is over 150 years old, and accommodation consists of twenty-three rooms, three cottages and four cabins. Cottages and cabins are located a little further away from the main house, with the cabins sitting lakeside. Rooms in the main house all have large bedrooms with full en-suite bathrooms and open-air showers, and open onto shady verandas, from where guests can enjoy spectacular views of the lush gardens, the vast plains of the Little Karoo beyond, and the mountains in the distance. Meticulous attention has been given to the smallest of details, from the ostrich feather cushions and Persian carpets to the sandstone tiles in the bathrooms. Cabins are a little more basic, but still very comfortable and offer a little more privacy away from the main house.
Delicious fresh ingredients such as figs, olives and quinces from De Zeekoe’s organic orchards, along with free-range meat are imaginatively prepared in the cuisine, and the al fresco setting could hardly be more spectacular. After a long exhilarating day under the hot African sun, guests can unwind by the swimming pool or with a massage given either in the salon or under the shade of an old indigenous Karoo thorn tree.
We would recommend at least two nights at De Zeekoe, as there is a wonderful variety of activities to enjoy. The magnificent Cango Caves, Swartberg Mountains and ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn are all within easy reach, guests can enjoy some superb birding, hiking, canoeing, and horseback rides. Perhaps best of all is the chance (weather permitting) to enjoy a dawn meerkat adventure, as your guide takes you to a community of wild habituated meerkats on the farm. Sitting on a chair observing the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking is a truly fantastic experience and it is a unique privilege to get so close to these little creatures in the wild.
When to go
The average temperature along Route 62 varies very little. During the summer months, from November through to March the weather is nice and warm, especially in March, when the weather tends to be at its warmest. The temperature does drop slightly during the winter months and can have highs of 19°C (67°F) and lows of 7°C (45°F), especially during July and August. However, for the most part, Route 62 stays fairly temperate all year.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Visit an ostrich farm
Oudtshoorn along the famous Route 62 is the ostrich capital of the world. You can see how the birds are bred as well as the various ways in which ostrich products are fashioned and marketed. If you are lucky you may even get an ostrich hug!
Visit the Cango Caves
Visit the Cango Caves to experience the large underground limestone caves of the Klein Karoo. With towering stalagmite formations and dripstone caverns you'll be amazed at how big they are and learn about the legends of the cave.
Wake up early and visit the nearby habituated meerkat colony at sunrise. Meerkats are part of the 'Shy Five' and this tour allows you to see them in their natural environment as they appear out of their burrow as the sun rises.