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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.
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Luxury
The Plettenberg is a stylish seafront hotel enjoying an unrivalled natural setting near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The food at the Plettenberg is wonderful, and it is hard to imagine finer views anywhere along the Garden Route.
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The Plettenberg Hotel is an elegant 5-star hotel occupying a prime position on the Plettenberg Bay sea front. It lies between two excellent swimming beaches, with Plettenberg Bay’s shops and restaurants only a short walk away. There are a total of 35 luxurious rooms and suites, all of which are air-conditioned and offer an idyllic and exclusive experience. The hotel boasts two infinity edge swimming pools, one of which is heated, which appear to flow into the Indian Ocean below.
The Plettenberg’s ‘Sand’ restaurant serves superb global cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood, while dolphins and whales are frequently spotted from the hotel terraces. For an exclusive private getaway, The Plettenberg Hotel’s two fabulous villas – the Beach House and Lookout Villa are ideal. The three bedroom Lookout Villa has wonderful views of the sweeping bay from its open plan lounge and dining room. It has a well-stocked galley kitchen and the house is equipped with flat screen televisions, DVD players and other modern amenities. Located next to the hotels main building is The Beach House. Decorated in soft creams and blues with bleached wooden floors, it ensures utmost privacy and seclusion, whilst still offering access to all the hotel facilities and 24-hour butler service. The Beach House has two en-suite bedrooms, a large sitting room with fireplace, dining room and small service kitchen. The main bedroom leads onto a sundeck and private swimming pool, with spectacular views of the bay and mountains.
Plettenberg is a beautiful place to spend a couple of days whilst on the Garden Route and visitors can expect incredible views with plenty to keep both couples and families occupied. Plettenberg offers something for everyone, from beautiful nature reserves such as Robberg, to various wildlife sanctuaries like Monkeyland, Elepahant Sanctuary, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors will find it hard to fit everything in. For those seeking a little more adventure, there are canoeing and rappelling tours and horseback riding.
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.
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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.