Category: South Africa

Top 5 luxury safari siesta spots

Top 5 luxury safari siesta spots

The safari siesta is something that becomes the epitome of relaxation when you are out in the bush. In the heat of the day in Africa the wildlife retreats to the shade and has a good old snooze, which is exactly what most safari goers also do. Many of the more luxurious properties have heavenly […]

Top 3 beachfront destinations in Cape Town

Top 3 beachfront destinations in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world. The expansive coastline is a visual feast of craggy mountains, secluded coves, long stretches of white sandy beaches, and barrelling waves. There are many splendid seaside suburbs worth visiting, so we’ve rounded up our top 3 beachfront haunts to make your decision […]

5 of the best ways to celebrate Christmas on safari

5 of the best ways to celebrate Christmas on safari

As Christmas is rapidly approaching, it seemed a very appropriate time to touch upon some great reasons why an African safari is an excellent way to celebrate the festive season. Christmas is one of those occasions that is celebrated a myriad different ways. There are cultural and geographic differences, but also each family seems to […]

The top 5 countries to visit in December

The top 5 countries to visit in December

With the cold, dark evenings and rain setting in, it’s the perfect time to escape the British winter and spend the festive season somewhere a little more exotic – and probably warmer. From the warm, tranquil shores of southern India to the joyous New Year celebrations in South Africa, here are our recommendations for the […]

Top 4 private guides in Africa

A good private guide is a person of many parts… spotter, tracker, host, storyteller, aide-de-camp, concierge and all of these elements can combine to create a simply unforgettable safari experience. Although hiring a private guide will add to the cost of an itinerary, the knowledge and experience that they bring with them is simply invaluable; […]

Delicious group meals in South Africa

Delicious group meals in South Africa

For many, an unforgettable holiday can be measured in good meals shared with good friends. After all, there’s nothing quite like feasting upon exotic game as the sun slowly sinks over the horizon, or enjoying dinner in an establishment where the waiters aren’t just serving food, they’re serving time. However you choose to whet your […]

The top 3 horse safaris in South Africa

The top 3 horse safaris in South Africa

There are few greater thrills than exploring the African bush on horseback. It’s a surreal way to experience the sights, sounds, and serenity of the bush, but more than that, you’ll be able to get very close to the wildlife that would otherwise avoid loud vehicles. Here are 3 recommended horseback safaris in South Africa: […]

5 unforgettable African rail experiences

5 unforgettable African rail experiences

Luxuries of a bygone era, there is little that can relax the mind and soul more than a luxury steam rail holiday. Countryside passes by at an elegant pace, time stands still, and more tea is served. If you have always wanted to experience this luxury of yesteryear, here are Africa’s most delightful rail holidays: […]

7 secret safari experiences in Africa

7 secret safari experiences in Africa

Africa may be having a tough time of it of late, but the continent is a pretty big place, with some pretty fabulous corners that are rarely explored. One of the main attractions remains the unparalleled wildlife, so if you want to trump your friends in the ‘obscure destinations visited’ stakes, try these secret safari […]

8 of the world's 'ultra luxe' bathrooms

8 of the world’s ‘ultra luxe’ bathrooms

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. A good bathroom is a necessity, a beautiful bathroom is a luxury, but the following bathrooms, are just out of this world. I like to put them in the ‘Ultra Luxe’ box. A section of the ‘marketing mix’ which has been thoroughly thought about and is […]

20 great reasons to visit Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

20 great reasons to visit Shamwari Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Whether you’re going on safari for the first time or you’re a seasoned traveller who has been on safari many times before, look no further than Shamwari Game Reserve. We stayed there recently and had a truly amazing time. Here are 20 reasons why this reserve serves as an excellent luxury option. 1. Accessibility In […]

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Riverdene Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having stayed at the wonderful Long Lee Manor on the Shamwari Game Reserve, we moved on to the reserve’s family friendly Riverdene Lodge accommodation. Many game reserves won’t allow any children at all until a certain age, but what makes Riverdene Lodge unique is that kids of all ages are welcome – and extremely well catered for – and […]

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Short stay: Long Lee Manor, Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Having taken a short flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, we were taken by our driver to the Shamwari Game Reserve where we were to spend the next few nights, leaving the industry of PE with its ’mechanical giraffes’ (cranes that looked very much like giraffes) behind and passing the Maitland sand dunes as we departed this […]

Celebrating the call of the road: our top 5 road trips

Celebrating the call of the road: our top 5 road trips

The open road has always been synonymous with incredible travel experiences. Mix iconic landscapes, a classic automobile, with a sense of adventure and you’ve got an winning combination for a luxurious and intrepid exploration. This summer I got a taste for the open roads of the USA’s South West and was hooked from the first […]

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

On a recent trip to South Africa, we had three nights in Cape Town before heading out to the Eastern Cape for a safari experience at the Shamwari Game Reserve.  Cape Town has to rank as one of my favourite cities in the world – it offers so much variety and here is a whirlwind […]

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […]

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