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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.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge
The Crags, South Africa
Best for: First time, Honeymoon, Imagine Favourites
Hog Hollow has been an Imagine favourite for many years offering seclusion in one of the Garden Route’s most picturesque locations. Beautiful suites, attentive service and spectacular views make this one of the most in-demand places to stay in the area.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Set in its very own private nature reserve, Hog Hollow Country Lodge enjoys some of the most impressive views along the Garden Route. Located away from the busier beach resort of Plettenberg Bay and the harbour town of Knysna, in the scenic area known as The Crags, guests are guaranteed privacy, exclusivity and nature in equal measure here. Although the beach is further afield, guests can walk (or even horse ride) to some of the Garden Route’s most popular attractions including Monkeyland and the Elephant Sanctuary.
Hog Hollow may not be the right choice for those wanting to avoid driving, but for those after a personalised stay, away from the crowds and in breath-taking surroundings, Hog Hollow is hard to beat. Owners, Debbie and Andy, and their friendly staff will ensure you make the most of your time on the Garden Route as well as providing delicious home-cooked meals, perfect after a day packed full of activities.
Hog Hollow provides accommodation in sixteen suites all with a private deck in the lush gardens of the lodge, guests also have use of a large outdoor pool and dam which take advantage of the impressive setting. Decorated in earthy tones to reflect the surrounding nature reserve, each suite has beautiful views, an en-suite bathroom and sitting area. Three suites are double storey, comprising a master bedroom upstairs, with a sofa bed on the lower level, perfect for young children. Alternatively, the exclusive use Villa at Hog Hollow has three bedrooms and its own infinity pool, making it perfect for families or a group of friends travelling together.
When to go
The Garden Route offers visitors a Mediterranean climate, with moderately hot summers and mild to chilly winters. As one of the richest rainfall areas in South Africa, the Garden Route remains lush and green all year-round. Summer is from November to March with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C, especially from December to February. From April, temperatures begin to fall again, with evenings being much colder. From June to December, the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Kayak & Lilo in Tsitsikamma National Park
Take this two to three hour kayak and lilo adventure in Tsitiskamma National Park where you’ll explore the Storms River Gorge, the tranquil pools and deep caves all in a kayak or whilst balancing on a lilo.
Dine at Emily Moon
Book a table and spend an evening at Emily Moon. This restaurant offers delicious meals and is situated just outside of the hustle and bustle of Plettenberg Bay with fantastic views over the river and the mountains in the distance.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Explore the fynbos and ancient gnarled milkwood forest of the Cape with expert guides and find out that South Africa has so much more to offer than you may have realised.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Bloukrans River Bungee Jump
Set at a terrifying 216 meters above the ground, the Bloukrans Bungee is one of the world's highest commercial bungee and definitely one for the thrill seekers! While looking out at the surrounding mountains take the plunge off the bridge.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Keurbooms River
Head up the Keurbooms River on a boat trip before grabbing a paddle board for an hour-long stand up paddle boarding experience with the lush and peaceful Kuerbooms Nature Reserve surrounding you. A perfect excursion for the whole family.
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.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Visit the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay and learn about the conservation efforts and rehabilitation work to help ensure the continuity of various endemic species. From a diverse variety of animals, both land and marine based.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would be seen in their natural habitat.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route
Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town and sample the delights of the beautiful Winelands before embarking on a road trip along the scenic Route 62 and joining the world-renowned Garden Route ending with a malaria-free 'Big Five' safari in the Eastern Cape.