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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!
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.
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 compact itinerary is ideal for those searching for scenic countryside and history of South Africa, as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. The cosy lodges provide a homely and intimate stay.
Hunter’s Country House
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Best for: Family, Self Drive
Hunter’s Country House is an award-winning lodge near Plettenberg Bay on South Africa’s famous Garden Route. Great for families, Hunter’s Country House is a peaceful retreat ideally placed for exploring the area’s mountains and golden beaches.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located in an idyllic setting along the Garden Route is Hunter's Country House, renowned for its superb blend of ambience, cuisine and hospitality; the emphasis here is on discreet, unobtrusive and friendly service. The House boasts twelve Garden Suites under thatched roofs, placed along a winding path within the country gardens. These suites offer a classic and cosy escape with a fireplace, en-suite bathroom, and a garden patio as a place for guests to relax. The three Family Suites have two spacious bedrooms, allowing families to stay close while being able to have space. These suites also have a cosy fireplace, en-suite bathroom with a separate bath and shower as well as a garden patio. The Deluxe Pool Suite offers tranquillity and a haven of luxury with a large bedroom and en-suite with two basins, heated towel rail and an outdoor shower.
The main house offers candle-lit dining rooms, an award-winning wine cellar and main lounge with open hearth, library and the ‘Chapel in the Forest’, all adding to the charm of this beautiful property. Hunter’s dining options offer a beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a conservatory, dining room and outdoor boma all offering atmospheric settings. A well-stocked wine cellar is available, which guests are welcome to make use of during evening meals.
As for activities, the golden beaches, majestic mountains, indigenous forests and tranquil lagoons of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna are all on Hunter’s doorstep. Guests are treated with a range of activities, from walking, boat trips, playing golf or riding a horse, to dining in a fine restaurant – the staff at Hunter’s will be happy to arrange it.
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.
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.