GOD'S OWN GARDEN - NAMAQUALAND FLOWER EDITION

Stampriet, Kalahari South, Fish River Canyon, Southern Namibia, Kakamas, Springbok, Karoo, Lambert's Bay, Cape Town and Franschhoek

15 Days - 14 Nights | 2 guests
Kalahari Farmhouse Gondwana Collection Namibia ( Stampriet ) - 1 night  D, B&B  

 

 

Kalahari Game Lodge ( Kalahari South )  - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Canyon Lodge Gondwana Collection Namibia ( Fish River Canyon ) - 1 night  D, B&B  

 

 

Grünau Country House ( Southern Namibia ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Vergelegen Guesthouse & Restaurant ( Kakamas ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Annies Cottage ( Springbok ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Calvinia Hotel ( Karoo ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Grootvlei Guest Farm ( Lambert's Bay ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Parker Cottage ( Cape Town ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Lekkerwijn Country House ( Franshhoek) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

   

 

 


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D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

NAMIBIA

Located in south-western Africa, Namibia boasts a well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa, and an impressive list of breath-taking natural wonders. Visitors can explore the capital of Windhoek and discover the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund boasting remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To appreciate this extraordinary country appropriately, you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes Namibia has to offer. These include: the impressive Fish River Canyon; the vast Etosha National Park teeming with abundant wildlife, such as lions, desert-adapted elephants and the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra; the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert; and of course the Namib Desert stretching for over 2000 km along the magnificent Atlantic Coast. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

The currency of Namibia is The Namibian Dollar (NAD; symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is also acceptable as currency in Namibia.

The import and export of local currency is limited to N$50,000. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided sums equal to or exceeding NAD5,000 are declared on arrival. Export of foreign currency is unlimited up to the amount imported and declared.

Banking

Banking hours: Monday - Friday 09h00 to 15h30 and Satuday 08h30 to 11h00

Banks are found in most towns, with most being closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank and credit cards as well as travellers  cheques. 

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted. Credit cards are not usually accepted at petrol stations, so bear this in mind when you visit the ATM. Setting aside an emergency petrol cash fund is a good idea if you’re planning to drive.

You can also obtain cash from many of the ATMs. Several international banks have branches in main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they have not been informed. 

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or South African Rand. In general, you can expect a better exchange rate for traveller’s cheques than for cash.

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Public transport in Namibia is geared towards the needs of the local populace, and is confined to main roads between major population centres. Although cheap and reliable, it is of little use to the traveller as most of Namibia’s tourist attractions lie off the beaten track.

It is easy to travel around Namibia by car, and a 2WD vehicle is perfectly adaquate for most journeys. However, long distances, poor mobile phone coverage outside of main towns and infrequent petrol stations that only accept cash mean that planning ahead is vital.

There are major airlines that fly into Windhoek and Swakopmund. Other destinations are reachable by car or charter flight. 

Namibians drive on the left and all signposts are in English. Seat belts must be worn at all times and talking in a mobile phone while driving is prohibited. The general speed limit is 120km/h on tarred roads outside of towns and 100km/h on gravel roads. In built up areas, the speed limit is 60km/h.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Traditional Namibian cuisine is rarely served and so the food at restaurants tends to be European in style and is, generally, of a very high standard. 

Namibia is very meat-orientated, and many menu options will feature steaks from various animals. However, there is usually a vegetarian and seafood section offered by most camps and restaurants.

In the supermarkets you'll find pre-wrapped fresh fruit and vegetables (though the more remote the areas you visit, the smaller your choice), and plenty of canned foods, pasta, rice, bread, etc. Most of this is imported from South Africa.

The water in Namibia's main towns is generally safe to drink, though it may taste a little metallic if it has been piped for miles. Natural sources should usually be purified, though water from underground springs and dry riverbeds seldom causes any problems. However, filtered and bottled water are readily available in most towns and all camps, lodges and hotels.

 


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

Partially covered by the Namib Desert, one of the world's driest deserts, Namibia's climate is generally very dry and pleasant – it's fine to visit all year round. Namibia only receives a fraction of the rain experienced by countries further east. Between about December to March some days will be humid and rain may follow, often in localised, afternoon thunderstorms. These are more common in the centre and east of the country, and more unusual in the desert.

April and especially May are often lovely months in Namibia. Increasingly dry, with a real freshness in the air, and much greenery in the landscape; at this time the air is clear and largely free from dust.

From June to August Namibia cools down and dries out more; nights can become cold, dropping below freezing in some desert areas. As the landscape dries so the game in the north of the country gravitates more to waterholes, and is more easily seen by visitors. By September and October it warms up again; game-viewing in most areas is at its best, although there's often a lot of dust around and the vegetation has lost its vibrancy.

November is a highly variable month. Sometimes the hot, dry weather will continue, at other times the sky will fill with clouds and threaten to rain – but if you're lucky enough to witness the first rains of the season, you'll never forget the drama.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Namibians have a somewhat relaxes attitude to dress codes. A jacket and tie is very unusual. In fact, long trousers and a shirt with buttons are often quite adequate for a formal occasion or work wear. A pair of sensible shoes, jeans and a t-shirt is recommended. 

During the day it is generally hot, so pack light weight loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such linen or cotton, that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry. 

Avoid blue clothing - the tsetse flies are drawn to the colour blue, and their bite can give you African Sleeping Sickness. 

Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect your against mosquitoes at night. 

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in Namibia are Type M (SABS-1661). If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in Namibia usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.



SOUTH AFRICA

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed. 

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways. There are also low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and Safair. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Please note that a valid international driver's licence is required. We drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa and Uber is available.

Another means of getting around South Africa are inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone.There is the popular MyCityBus system in Cape Town as well as a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail.  There is also the Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province llinking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa's fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.  Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

 


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day.  Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry.  Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 - 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don't forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers.  But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire  (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in the Republic of South Africa are Type M (SABS-1661).  If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in South Africa usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.

 

DAY 1 : STAMPRIET

Upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport take possession of your car and commence your journey to your first destination, Kalahari Farmhouse in the little village of Stampriet. 

Stampriet was founded in 1898 as a trading post in what was then German South West Africa. It was the scene of many battles between German and Nama troops.  The name Stampriet is an Afrikaans translation of the Khoekhoe name Aams. Given that stamp is Afrikaans for "bump," and riet is Afrikaans for "reed," it is likely named ever after the reeds one must trample to reach the watering hole or as a place where the "reed dance" or Umhlanga (ceremony), the famed royal ritual in southern Africa, was held.  The local boreholes are strong, sometimes yielding up to 3.5 million litres of water a day, allowing local farmers to irrigate crops grain crops, especially maize and lucerne.

 

     
     

  

DAYS 2 - 3  : KALAHARI SOUTH

Heading deeper into the Kalahari you arrive at Kalahari Game Lodge some 250 southeast of Stampriet  bordering the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park.  In the afternoon you have the opportunity to partake in a game drive amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari. Expect to see giraffe, hartebeest, gnu, oryx and many other plains game. The next day is dedicated to track down Kalahari lion. With a bit of luck you will be able to discover these kingly beasts.

The Kalahari lion is a sub-species of pantera leo that behaves and looks different from other lions as a result of its adaptation to the Kalahari environment. Compared to other lions, it lives in smaller groups, covers larger home territories and hunts smaller prey. One of its favourite dishes is the Gemsbok, but when they are not available lions also eat antelopes, porcupines and other small mammals. The Kalahari lion is lighter and males have black manes.

     
     



ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Kalahari Game Lodge Lion Tracking : Kalahari Game Lodge is the only place in Namibia where Kalahari lions still roam free in the desert, the lion tracking activity at Kalahari Game Lodge is an exhilarating game driving experience which focuses on tracking and following the Kalahari Lions in the reserve using GPS-technology.

By tagging a number of key lions, one can keep track of the pride to ensure their conservation while also having the chance to observe/encounter the king of the Kalahari in close proximity within the unique and magnificent area, the highlight of any African safari.

 
   
     




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Game drive




DAY 4 : FISH RIVER CANYON

Leave the Kalahari behind and set your bearings towards the Fish River Canyon via Koes.  Pass through Keetmanshoop for some refreshment and filling up the car. Arrival at Canyon Lodge is in the afternoon. Check in, unload your car and prepare for a sunset nature drive in the private Gondwana nature reserve, or simply relax at the lodge after the long drive. Sundowner is served from an elevated spot to see the sun settling over the western horizons, while sipping a beer or a chilled glass of wine. If you are not too tired, drive to the Fish River Canyon for a first visit, until sunset.

The Fish River Canyon  is the largest canyon in Africa, It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 160 km long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep. The canyon consists of an upper canyon, where river erosion was inhibited by hard gneiss bedrocks, and a lower canyon formed after erosion had finally worn through the gneisses.

     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Fish river canyon :
Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon's southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.

 
 
     


EXPERT TIPS

Since the major viewpoint at Hell's Bend is located on the eastern edge of the canyon you will see the canyon only against the light, which makes taking photos of it a difficult task. the view of the canyon is much more rewarding in the morning when the western and southern flanks are illuminated by the rising sun, i.e. when the light falls in from behind you. Therefore it is convenient to visit the canyon in the morning. However, the Fish River canyon offers magnificent views also in the afternoon, and merits to be visited twice, in the morning and in the afternoon. 



DAY 5 : SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

Take your time to take in the magnificent views of the Fish River Canyon in the early morning light from the main view point, and take a stroll along its edge down to Hikers Point to have a view into the abyss. Then drive on  Ai-Ais and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool that is fed by the sulphurous hot springs with water that comes out at 60°C from deep underground.  The springs are a popular holiday destination for Namibian, South African and international holiday-makers. The thermal waters are rich in sulphur, chloride and fluoride, and are reputedly good for anyone suffering from rheumatism. Lunch may be taken in the restaurant of the resort, if so wanted. Then Grünau Country Hotel is waiting for you to check in, relax and have your sundowner on the veranda.

 

     
     



ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Ai ais Hotsprings resort : Welcome to Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon Namibia for all your accommodation needs. Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon offers quality accommodation for holiday or business travel. Offering an excellent place to relax around the thermal baths & heated swimming pool, especially after a hot, dusty drive or when completing the Fish River hiking trail. It is the ideal destination when heading towards South Africa, or north to Sossusvlei and Windhoek, for individual travellers and families alike.

Ai-Ais, which means "burning water" in one of the local languages, refers to the sulphurous hot springs which are found in this area. The resort lies at the southern end of the Fish River conservation area and offers a welcome respite to visitors, especially hikers at the end of their walk through the Fish River Canyon. The main attraction at the resort is the spa complex. The extreme heat of the springs date back to 1850 when they were discovered by a Nama herder searching for his lost sheep. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, serving buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seating up to 100 visitors. Other facilities include a laundry and room service, secure parking and up-to-date disabled ramps into all buildings, including the rooms.

 
   
     

 





DAY 6 : KAKAMAS

Today your crossing into South Africa and into the area of the "Green Kalahari" as the route along the Orange River is also referred to. Drive to the town of Kakamas, where Vergelegen Guesthouse is located. in the afternoon visit the famous Augrabies Falls where the Orange River plunges nearly 60 metres down the falls on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. 

The original Khoikhoi residents named the waterfall "Ankoerebis" — "place of great noise" — from which the Trek Boers, who settled here later on, derived the name, "Augrabies". The Augrabies Falls have recorded 7,800 cubic metres (280,000 cu ft) of water every second in floods in 1988 (and 6,800 cubic metres (240,000 cu ft) in the floods of 2006). This is over three times the average high season flow rate of Niagara Falls of 2,400 cubic metres (85,000 cu ft) per second, more than four times Niagara's annual average, and greater than Niagara's all-time record of 6,800 cubic metres (240,000 cu ft) per second. The gorge at the Augrabies Falls is 240 metres (800 ft) deep and 18 kilometres (10 mi) long, and is an impressive example of granite erosion.

In the evening taste some exquisite locally produced wine that has found connoisseurs all over the world. 



     
     


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Augrables falls



DAYS 7 - 8 : SPRINGBOK


Today's destination is Springbok, the flower capital of Namaqualand. After a leisurely four-hours drive check in at Annie's Cottage, your base for the next two nights. In the afternoon spend some time at the Goegap Nature Reserve. 

Goegap Nature Reserve lies about 15 kilometres east from Springbok. The best time to visit the reserve to fully enjoy its splendour is from late July or August through to October, if you are wanting to see the spring flowers. (Depending on the rains the flowers may be earlier or later and this varies from year to year).  The Goegap Nature Reserve with its granite peaks and sandy plains are dominated by Carolusberg, the highest point in the area. Goegap's wild flower garden contains an enormous collection of succulents endemic to the area.

Besides the unbelievable number of floral species, Goegap Nature Reserve boasts a recorded 45 mammalian species including springbok, gemsbok, the endangered Hartman's Zebra and the aardwolf amongst several others.

The next day is dedicated to the discovery of the flowers in the region. Visiting the Namaqua National Park is a rewarding experience.  The Namaqua National Park lies within this vast landscape,  close to the little town of Kamieskroon, just off the N7 route to Namibia.

Whilst for most of the year Namaqualand is a semi-desert, July to September sees a burst of colour after the rains resulting in literally millions of flowers that literally transform the landscape of the Namaqua National Park into a show that easily rivals the natural wonders on Earth. Namaqualand is an area of striking contrasts and a harsh climate that has meant that flora and fauna have had to adapt or die.

The landscape in the reserve is dotted not only with fields of brightly coloured daisies in spring, but there are also quiver trees, massive granite outcrops, quartz patches, and a sky so vast, it has to be seen to be believed - small wonder that it has been coined 'big sky country'.



Namaqualand Daisies Cosmos
     
     


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Goegap nature reserve


Namaqua national park:
Visitors to the park in early August and September will experience unforgettable scenes of nature displayed in vivid colours. Namaqualand daisies and other spring flowers abound in shades ranging from pastels to brighter and bolder hues. Butterflies flutter, birds soar and long-tongued flies dart around while porcupines, baboons and other creatures explore the multi-coloured carpet. All this occurs against a backdrop of quiver trees and huge granite outcrops and, as the sun sets, even more vivid colours are cast on this extraordinary natural scene, followed by glittering stars to light up the night sky.

Namaqualand flowers: Every year in early spring, the arid Namaqualand region of South Africa transforms itself into a kaleidoscope of colour with the flowering of thousands of wildflowers. This short-lived, vibrant explosion of colour in what is usually a barren landscape, brings a multitude of local and international visitors who come for the flower season’s endlessly photogenic landscapes, wild flower shows and warm West Coast hospitality.

 
   
     


DAYS 9 - 10 : KAROO

The next two days are spent to explore the splendours of the spring flower bloom of the Northern Cape, while you are transferring to Calvinia for overnight. using the back roads via Leliefontein and Nieuwoudtville. Check in at the Calvinia Hotel and set off to explore the region. 

The next day you may want to undertake a round trip  from Calvinia via the Tankwa Karoo National Park  to Sutherland and back to Calvinia via Kompromise to discover the splendours of this semi-desert during the early rains that trigger the flower bloom.  

Situated within the confines of the Succulent Karoo, the Park is approximately 150 000 hectares in extent and is bounded by the steep slopes of the Roggeveld Mountains to the east and the R355 in the west which links Karoo Poort and Ceres with Calvinia. The Park straddles the border between the Northern and Western Cape and is drained by the Renoster and Tankwa Rivers. The Park is still under development, yet offers the visitor some of the most unique and surreal experiences of any National Park in South Africa. Tankwa Karoo is the type of National Park that appeals to the connoisseur of wide open spaces, peace and solitude and offers spectacular landscapes across the lunar-like Tankwa Plains to the distant ramparts of the rugged Roggeveld Mountains.

During the spring months the dry plains burst into life with the blooming of millions of wild flowers after the advent of the first spring rains, which transforms the barren plains and hillsides into colourful landscapes of yellow and purple.

 
     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Namaqualand flower route

 


DAY 11 : LAMBERT'S BAY

Your journey continues into the Western Cape Province and Lambert's Bay via Clanwilliam, centre of the Rooibos (Red bush) tea industry. Visit the Rooibos factory there and take stroll in the historical centre of town. Then continue to Lambert's Bay 70 km further west. Check in at Grootvlei Guest Farm on the outskirts of town and spend some time at the Cape Gannet colony next to the harbour on Bird Island. Try the famous Muisbosskerm open air restaurant nearby Grootvlei Guest Farm for exquisitely prepared and grilled seafood.  However, make sure that you are warmly dressed as the evenings can be chilly in August. If you prefer to dine indoors, Isabella's Restaurant at the Lambert's Bay Waterfront offers a large selection of fine seafood.
Resting at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain range, a little over two hours’ drive from Cape Town, lies the little hamlet of Clanwilliam. Regarded as the only town in the world where rooibos is planted and cultivated, it is also famous for its locally made veldskoens or leather shoes.
Clanwilliam is one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa and historical walks through the town centre take in seven national monuments that include the original farmhouse of Jan Disselsvalleij - the town was initially his namesake before it became Clanwilliam in 1814 - the old jail building, now a museum, and an 1820 Settlers house.

 

     
     



ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Lambert's bay : Set along South Africa's rugged and beautiful western coast, the small seaside fishing village of Lambert’s Bay is best known for Bird Island, delicious seafood, white-sand beaches, rolling dunes and offers many outdoor activities. Popular with city slickers who venture up here from Cape Town, Lambert’s bay provides a tranquil retreat. It offers an array of wonderful activities including: exploring the quaint harbour with its fleet of colourful fishing boats and hopping on a boat tour to Bird Island to view the numerous gannets and cormorants as well as dolphins, whales, seals frolicking in the surrounding waters. The town can also serve as an excellent base to explore the charming towns of Elands Bay, Doring Bay and the magnificent Cederberg area. Visitors can also look forward to learning about the indigenous Khoi culture, view ancient rock paintings, and feast on fresh crayfish at a variety of open-air restaurants. Other popular activities include: angling, crayfish diving, hiking, and 4x4 trails.

   
     


Cape Gannet breeding colony 




DAYS 12 -13 : CAPE TOWN

From Lambert's Bay cape Town is only a stone throw away. After a leisurely three-hours drive you will arrive at the Mother City. Check in at Parker Cottage and set off to explore the historic town centre with the Company Garden and museums, and the world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront next to the harbour.

The next day drive to Cape Point via Muizenberg, Fishhoek and Simon's Town. Stop over at Boulders Beach to visit the Jackass Penguin colony there.  Enjoy your  stay at Cape Point before continuing your round trip to Kommetjie, Chapman's Peak and and Hout Bay before arriving at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden where you may want to spend a few hours strolling along this lush park at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain. 

Other attractions are the cruise to seal island starting from Hout Bay, a visit to Robben Island Museum (here Nelson Mandela and many apartheid activists were incarcerated), undertake a harbour tour and many more.

 

TM and Stadium
     
     

RECOMMENDED

Table mountain : Without a doubt it is Table Mountain that makes Cape Town the unique city it is. Rising up over 1000m above sea level, it is the icon that makes Cape Town instantly recognizable. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat and a big draw card for tourists. So intertwined with the identity of Cape Town is Table Mountain that a visit to the city isn’t complete without having walked or taken the cable car to the top.

 

 
 
 
            
 
 




Cape Town : Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.



 
 




Boulders beach : Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves - but please always take care. It is a rare pleasure to swim with the penguins but don't touch or feed them. They might look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.

 
 
 
 
   
     


Cape Point : 
Cape Point is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside of Cape Town. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Cape Point is open daily and is a must-see.


 
 
 


Kirstenbosh botanical gardens :
On the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcases some of the Cape’s rich flora. Taking centre stage here is the unique ‘fynbos’ vegetation. Those who work up an appetite while exploring this garden paradise can visit the restaurant or tea room, which are fully stocked with delicious meals, yummy treats and refreshing beverages. In summer, Sunday music concerts provide sunset entertainment. Kirstenbosch is rated as the seventh best of its kind in the world.


 
 
 
 
 
 





DAY 14 : FRANSCHHOEK

At the end of your journey spend the last day in the winelands of the Fairest Cape. visit the historical town centre of South Africa's second oldest town of Stellenbosch, do some wine tasting in one of the many wine cellars and explore the picturesque town of Franschhoek. 

In the evening check in at the Lekkerwijn Country House and dine in one of the many fine restaurants in Franschhoek.

 

     
     


ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Cape Winelands : Resting at the foot of the Boland Mountains, the Cape Winelands is renowned for producing some of the world’s finest wines. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape boasts incredible mountain scenery and numerous luxury wine farms laden with vineyards stretching across lush fertile valleys. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities including: exploring a collection of historic little hamlets and towns dotting the countryside, sampling a wide selection of world-class wine at a historic Cape Dutch farmstead as well as many other wine estates; and enjoying a network of hiking and biking trails traversing the picturesque landscape. While the wine is undoubtedly the highlight of the region, visitors can also enjoy a meal at some of the country’s best restaurants offering delicious food and wine pairings.

 

 
 
 
 
 
     



Franshhoek : Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning 'French Corner' as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.

 

 
 
 
 
   
     


RECOMMENDED

Boschendal wine tasting : The iconic Boschendal Farm Estate was founded in 1685 and is one of the oldest farms in South Africa. Wine tasting is offered daily at the Cellar Door Wine Tasting Centre from 09h00 to 16h30. Several multi-award winning and limited release vintages are offered by the experienced hosts as visitors are guided through various tastings. A popular product is the chocolate wine on offer. Handmade souvenirs and wine are also for sale in the wine tasting room.



 
 
     

 



DAY 15 : END OF ITINERARY

Sadly, all things come to an end and so today you transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for your return flight back home.




STAMPRIET

Stampriet is a tiny rural town in Namibia which lies over the banks of the Auob River roughly ten kilometres north of Mariental. The town is best known for being the starting point on a heritage route, which is scattered with memorials and battle sites of the war with the Germans, which took place between 1904 and 1907. The water flowing from the Kalahari and the strong boreholes of the area have made it possible to produce wonderful fruit and vegetables here. The historic guest house is a must-see.

Kalahari farmhouse Gondwana collection Namibia - Stampriet

Kalahari Farmhouse is located 53 km northeast of Mariental in Stampriet (Kalahari).

Kalahari Farmhouse is closed to the public from 01 January to 31 March each year.

A lush secret-garden in the arid Kalahari. This intimate lodge has 11 chalets finished with colourful quilts, fireplaces and cosy farmhouse charm. Visit the adjacent Self-Sufficiency Centre, join a trip into the Gondwana Kalahari Park to watch the sunset over the fiery red dunes, and rest.

Your Stay: 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Your rooms: 1 x double room
Info: Gues House
Nº rooms: 11 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests: Flora, Nature, Relaxation, Wine
Standard twin room

All the rooms over look the lush green gardens of the old farmhouse. Each room has twin beds and en suite bathrooms (showers only). All rooms have air-conditioners, tea and coffee facilities and a small verandah overlooking the garden.


 
     
     


Standard four bed family room

This room is located at the end of the lush green gardens. The open plan room has four single beds and an en suite bathroom (shower only). The room has air-conditioning, as well as complimenary tea and coffee facilties.


 
     
     


Standard Family room (Inter-leading)

The family room is located at the end of the lush gardens. Two adjoining rooms, with an interleading door. Both rooms have twin beds, each have their own en-suite bathroom (shower/bath). The rooms each have their own air-conditioners.

   
     
     

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card

Excursion into the Kalahari

Explore the Gondwana Kalahari Park on the sunset drive and celebrate life atop a red Kalahari dune. Drink in the beauty of the Kalahari where gemsbok flourish and sociable weavers build gargantuan nests atop camelthorn trees. In winter stretch your legs before a long fire next to the fish pond (the old farmhouse swimming hole) where barbel and carp that measure from your elbow to finger tips laze the days and nights away. Step along the trails around the lodge, keeping eyes open for springbok, zebra and wildebeest. And after your meal how about a star walk in the veld nearby?

 
 
     


Morning or sunset game drive

These drives are the perfect way to getting acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The approx. 3 hour morning or sunset drive with scenic views across the Kalahari dunes is something to remember forever.

This activity departs from Kalahari Anib Lodge.




 
 
     


Garden tour

Enjoy a tour through the Farmhouse's lush gardens

 
 
     

 

KALAHARI SOUTH

Neighbouring Botswana, in southeastern Namibia, the renowned Kalahari Desert spans over the spectacularly scenic landscape in the south which features small red-orange dunes, similar to those of the world-famous Sossusvlei. This semi-arid southern terrain is covered with a thin layer of golden savanna and forms part of the Kalahari Basin. This landscape of ancient dunes and yellow grasslands is home to an array of desert-adapted wildlife who call southern Kalahari home including: antelope, spotted hyena, cheetah, meerkat, ostrich, gemsbok, porcupine, the Kalahari lion and a large number of migratory birds. Visitors can discover centuries-old Bushmen paintings, soak up the magnificent views of the southern Kalahari and stay over in one of the many lodges in the area and enjoy nature walks, nature drives and horse riding.

KALAHARI GAME LODGE - KALAHARI SOUTH

The Kalahari Game Lodge (KGL) is a luxury private game farm situated next to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the south-eastern boarder of Namibia.
This oasis surrounded by red sand is a mere 18 km west of the newly opened Mata-Mata border post, making it easily accessible for not only visitors in Namibia, but also those visiting South Africa. The KGL has eight luxury chalets with beautiful views of the Auob river.
For the more adventurous, there are six secluded campsites in the Auob riverbed.
Your Stay: 2 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, 1 x Double room
Luxury en-suite Chalet

Chalets have 2 x three quarter beds. No Family units- bed rolls for 2 children under 9 can be added - enquire directly from reservations. Small kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. Patio overlooking the Auob Riverbed with views of the Red Kalahari dunes.

   
     
     



Campsite

Six exclusive campsites that are widely spread. Each has its own private ablution facilities. Solar lights (own lighting advised) and solar geyser (or donkey boiler). There is no electricity available. No meal pre-booking - enquire at check-in.

   
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Safe, Shower

SERVICES

Credi card

FISH RIVER CANYON

Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85 kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon's southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais, or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restcamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim. Other popular activities include: scenic chartered flights, horse riding, nature drives and seasonal kayaking.

Canyon lodge Gondwana collection Namibia - Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge is located 20 km east of the Fish River Canyon on the C 37.

A gem in the rugged environment, Canyon Lodge is a fusion of farmhouse flavour and natural splendour. Walkways lead to 30 natural stone chalets nestled amongst granite boulders. Celebrate dawn amongst the quiver trees and the aweinspiring adventure of life from the rim of the Fish River Canyon.

 

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: Lodge

Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German

Nº rooms : 25

Special interests : Birding, Flora, Hiking, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife, Wine

Canyon lodge

Canyon lodge interiors

Standard twin room

The rooms are nestled against granite bolders and the natural rocks are incorporated into the rooms. The rooms have twin beds, en suite bathrooms (showers only) and air conditioners.


 
   
     



Standard triple room

The rooms are nestled against granite bolders and the natural rocks are incorporated into the rooms. The rooms have 3 beds, en suite bathrooms (showers only) and air conditioners.


 
   
     



Standard family room

The rooms are nestled against the granite bolders.The family rooms are airconditioned, open plan and have 2 single beds and a double bed with an en suite bathroom. There are only 2 family rooms, 1 room with only a bath and another with a bath and a shower.


 
   
     

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Internet Access (Paid), Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card

Excursion into the Fish River canyon area

Experience the wild expanse of the Gondwana Canyon Park where the fences of ten farms were dismantled to recreate a Namibian Eden. Take a guided drive to the Fish River Canyon to be inspired by new perspectives. Join a 3-4 day Canyon Trail for an experience of a lifetime. Meander along the 4x4 Wildebeest Drive watching plains animals. Celebrate sunrise amidst the quiver trees and sunset from a hillock, overlooking spectacular scenery. The Canyon lodges are comfortable havens to take a break from the road. Explore and discover the ancient wonderland, or simply luxuriate in the peace, lounging at the poolside, snoozing in the coolness of your chalet or sitting on the terrace dipping into a book.


 
 
     



Morning hike

This hike (about 6 km) takes you right into Gondwana Canyon Park. You are accompanied by a guide who will gladly share his knowledge about the fascinating desert landscape around the canyon. This Tour does not go the Fish River Canyon. (Approx. 3 hours)


 
 
     



Sunrise walk

We drive you to a spot with a grand view. Watch the sunrise while enjoying coffee and tea. Then we walk back the short distance to the lodge. This tour does not include the Fish River Canyon. (Approx. 1 hour)


 
 
     


Hike from the village to the lodge

A hiking trail takes you from Canyon Village up to a mountain plateau. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the vast plains adjacent to the canyon. At ‘Archway Rock’ you start to make your way back into the plain and to the lodge. (2 - 3 hours)

 
 
     



Canyon drive

Especially for guests who want a break from the wheel or those on a fly-in safari. You are taken to the two major lookout points along the Fish River Canyon. Our guide will tell you all about the canyon's fascinating geology. (Approx. 3 hours)

 

 
 
     



Sundowner drive in Gondwana canyon park

The 3 hour drive is the perfect opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the geology, flora and fauna of the Gondwana Canyon Park. This tour does not include the Fish River Canyon. It starts at Canyon Lodge or Canyon Village. Approx. 3 hours

 
 
     



Sundowner walk

All guests are invited to wrap up the day with a short excursion to our very own ‘local’ mountain. Have a drink and watch the sun go down.

 
 
     

RESTAURANTS

Canyon Lodge dining area

SOUTHERN NAMIBIA

Southern Namibia offers a harsh but beautiful environment stretching from the Orange River up to the Central Namibian highlands, Southern Namibia is epitomised by vast, slowly changing landscapes. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape features the Naukluft mountains, Namib desert dunes, and the Fish River Canyon. Southern Namibia is dotted with quiver trees, covered in golden grasslands, and crowned with burnt red dunes fringed by blue sky-lines. A spectacular array of wildlife roams freely including klipspringer, oryx and kudu. Visitors can soak up the breathtaking views of the Fish River Canyon, discover the wild desert horses near Aus, and explore the famous ghost town of Kolmanskop. Don't miss the ancient ochre dunes of Sossusvlei.

Grünau country house - Southern Namibia

The Grünau Country Hotel has been a favourite stopover since the 1970's. This warm, welcoming hotel with its distinct tower has changed hands a few times over the past 40 years and has been under new ownership since March 2015.

The a la carte restaurant serves only the highest quality of meat which ranges from beef to locally supplied game, lamb and pork. Traditional dishes such as lamb stews and even curry-tripe for the adventurous are served. In addition to the restaurant, there is also a fully equipped ladies bar.

Grünau Country Hotel is conveniently situated on all the major routes to and from South Africa. The accommodation is only 90km from the Fish River Canyon and the hotel offers a shuttle service (by prior arrangement) to hikers who plan to hike in the Canyon. Ai-Ais Hot Springs is only 110km from Grünau.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room

KAKAMAS

The pretty, underrated farm town of Kakamas rests on the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape, near the border with Namibia and just south-west of Upington. Boasting gorgeous natural springs, excellent wine tasting opportunities and a private game reserve, the town is a little-known destination with much to offer. Visitors can relax in the stunning, turquoise The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs which have been converted into pristine pools set deep in the ravines, surrounded by wild fig trees. Animal lovers can spot leopards and a huge array of brightly coloured birds at the Khamkirri Private Game Reserve, while gourmands can indulge in a range of spectacular flavours at the wine estates and world-class restaurants. Other highlights include: functioning water wheels on the canals, the historic German war graves, and a range of outdoor sports.

Vergelegen Guest House & restaurant - Kakamas

Vergelegen Guest House was built especially with keeping the guests needs in mind. Situated on the outskirts of Kakamas on a beautiful farm setting near the world famous Augrabies Falls. One overlooks the contrast of barren landscapes and lush green vine yards of the Orange river valley.
The guest house offers 25 luxurious and comfortable en-suite rooms each with a personal touch. Family and Self Catering units also available. All rooms have private entrances which walk out on a covered patio with patio furniture. Take time to relax at the swimming pool under the African sun or take a walk down to the river. In winter you can relax at our cozy fireplace.
THE GUEST HOUSE  (AA Awards Finalist)
All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available. 24 Hour reception.
Vergelegen is a convenient stop-over or holiday base for tourist, nature lovers, businessmen and travellers alike. It offers friendly, informal country hospitality at affordable rates.
THE RESTAURANT (Awarded Best Country Restaurant in SA)
On the premises you can dine in our award winning a le carte restaurant which had numerous write-ups. Our menu in the restaurant consists of local traditional fare and our wine list the best of the local Cellars and Cape Wines. In winter dine at the fireplace and in summer outside on the patio and enjoy sundowners and a hearty meal. A feast of cuisine to excite everybody’s taste buds is prepared by the owners and their well trained staff. We cater for vegetarians. Fully licensed.
Facilities for conferences for up to 30 people. Catering available on request. Ideal for private meetings and promotions. Catering for all occasions, venues and functions.
Cocktail Bar and Coffee Shop available on premises for our guests convenience
Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Luxury single en suite room

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Single use only (1 person)

 
   
     


Luxury double en suite room

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Double or Twin use only. (max. 2 people)

 
   
     


Luxury Family en suite room

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Family use only. 1 Double bed and one single bed (max. 3 people)

 
   
     


Luxury Family en suite unit

Consist of two interlinked en suite rooms. One with King-size bed and single bed and the other two single beds ,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower or bath, private covered patio. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, bar fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Family use only. 1 Double bed and 1 single bed in the one room and 2 single beds in the other room. (max. 3 people)

 
   
     
     


Luxury self catering suite

Consist of one en suite room with King-size bed,Flat screen TV with DSTV, bathroom with shower and bath, separate Kitchen with lounge, private covered patio/courtyard with gas braai.

All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are Flat screen televisions with selected DSTV channels, fridges, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Family use only. 1 Double bed and one single bed (max. 3 people)

 
   
     


Self catering luxury studio apartment

Consist of 3 bedrooms with two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge with TV(DSTV),DVD/CD player, office and private courtyard with braai facilities

All rooms have air-conditioning and heating. Provided in the rooms are, safes, coffee and tea facilities. All linen and towels, and complimentary amenity kit are provided. Additional services include: laundry services, private braai area and e-mail and fax facilities. Wake up calls and room service available on request. FREE WiFi and secure parking.

Unit consist of 3 bed rooms. Main bedroom with double bed and en suite bathroom. The other two rooms with 2 single beds each. (6 people max.)

 
   
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym (nearby), Internet Access, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Cooking Equipment, Cooking Facilities, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service, Travel Desk

SPRINGBOK

Nestled amongst rugged mountains, Springbok is Namaqualand’s commercial and cultural centre. This prosperous town has various sites of interest, including historical monuments, museums, a scenic 4x4 route and interesting geology. Springbok is also close to the beautiful Namaqualand wildflower reserves, the secluded Richtersveld National Park and the thundering Augrabies Falls.

Annies Cottage - Springbok

Annies Cottage is a bed and breakfast guesthouse situated in the heart of Springbok, in the centre of Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. The old manor house was restored to its former colonial glory and features 11 luxurious en-suite guest rooms, all fitted with comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. The manor also offers a barbeque area and a laundry facility. Guests can also spend their afternoons around the swimming pool, enjoying a book on the veranda, or under the shady Jacaranda trees.
Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room

KAROO

Extending across 400 000 square kilometres of the country, the Karoo is South Africa’s largest ecosystem and its semi-arid scrublands shelter a surprisingly rich diversity of plant, bird and animal life. Composed of the Great and Little Karoo, this vast semi-desert region may seem harsh and unforgiving to some, but to others, it’s a sanctuary of peace and silence with its own unique, compelling beauty. The Karoo’s landscape is characterised by rugged mountains hiding ancient caves giving way to vast undulating plains peppered with indigenous succulents and grazing ostrich and sheep. Highlights of the area are the fossil trail in the Karoo National Park and the annual Olive Festival in the small town of Prince Albert.

Calvinia hotel - Karoo

Rated number one hotel on Tripadvisor, Calvinia Hotel offers comfortable, air-conditioned en-suite rooms. There is a restaurant & bar on the premises and a lovely pool to cool down in. The hotel can also cater for conferences, weddings, and special events.

Free WIFI / DSTV / 24hr Reception / Wheelchair friendly / Braai Areas / Air conditioned / Swimming Pool / Restaurant / Bar / Secure Parking

Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room

Double rooms

Our en-suite double rooms offer a double bed, air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     



Twin rooms


Our en-suite twin rooms offer two single beds, air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     


Family rooms 4 sleeper


Our en-suite 4 sleeper family room offers air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     



Family rooms 3 sleeper

Our en-suite 3 sleeper family room offers air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     


Family rooms 5 sleeper


Our en-suite 5 sleeper family room offers air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     



Single room

Our en-suite single room offers air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     



VIP room

Our en-suite VIP Rooms offer a double bed, air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small work table and chair, flat screen TV with a variety of DSTV channels. There is high quality linen and towels provided during your stay.

   
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Conference Centre, Internet Access, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Internet, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Credit Card, Laundry Service

LAMBERT'S BAY

Set along South Africa's rugged and beautiful western coast, the small seaside fishing village of Lambert’s Bay is best known for Bird Island, delicious seafood, white-sand beaches, rolling dunes and offers many outdoor activities. Popular with city slickers who venture up here from Cape Town, Lambert’s bay provides a tranquil retreat. It offers an array of wonderful activities including: exploring the quaint harbour with its fleet of colourful fishing boats and hopping on a boat tour to Bird Island to view the numerous gannets and cormorants as well as dolphins, whales, seals frolicking in the surrounding waters. The town can also serve as an excellent base to explore the charming towns of Elands Bay, Doring Bay and the magnificent Cederberg area. Visitors can also look forward to learning about the indigenous Khoi culture, view ancient rock paintings, and feast on fresh crayfish at a variety of open-air restaurants. Other popular activities include: angling, crayfish diving, hiking, and 4x4 trails.

Grootvlei - Lambert's bay

Relax in one of seven beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (shower facilities). Each room is equipped with MNet, satellite TV and coffee/tea making facilities. Breakfast is served inside or on the terrace. The guest house offers various private verandas where one can sit and read a book away from all the other guests. The guest house has a communal dining room, tastefully furnished lounge area flowing onto a large courtyard, a fully stocked bar as well as a covered braai or conference room.

Your Stay: 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Room 6 - main guesthouse, Queensize

Queen bed; courtyard view


Room 1 -on the dunes, Kingsize

Kingsize luxury bed


Room 2 -on the dunes, Kingsize

Standard Double bed


Room 4 -on the dunes, Gran suite

Grand Suite - Honeymoon


Room 3 -on the dunes, Kingsize

Luxury kingsize bed


Room 1 - main guesthouse, Luxury Kingsize

Luxury ocean view


Room 2 - main guesthouse, Luxury Kingsize

Luxury garden view


Room 3 - main guesthouse, Luxury Queensize

Luxury queen bed

garden / venue view


Room 4 - main guesthouse, Luxury Kingsize

Luxury double

Ocean view


Room 5 - main guesthouse, Luxury Kingsize

Luxury kinsize bed


Room 7 - main guesthouse, Luxury Queensize

Luxury queensize bed






CAPE TOWN

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Parker cottage - Cape Town

Parker Cottage is a little different to the usual hotel or guesthouse experience. Rather than just being a conventional place to sleep, we offer an urban retreat right in the heart of the oldest and most creative part of Cape Town. We are about four things:

•Simplicity: no reception desks, mini bars or piped music and television by request only.

•Comfort: five star quality mattresses and linen in all rooms, superb gourmet breakfasts, fast wifi and wine evenings all included in the price.

•Service: consistently nominated the best B&B in Cape Town year after year

•Society and Environment: an honest, open-hearted policy to the planet and our employees/suppliers.

Your Stay: 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Beautiful rooms

Our mid range rooms have either a shower and garden views (Koi Pond) or shower rooms and air-conditioning (Klienemonde and Pomegranate). and the Southmoor room. All rooms with King or twin beds as you prefer.


 
 
     



Cosy rooms

The Nguni Room has a King bed and a huge, original Victorian bath tub. Hamra Room is on a quiet corridor with king bed and large walk-in shower.


 
   
     



Fantastic rooms

The Fitzroy Room features a King-sized bed, a fireplace, a freestanding bath and a separate shower. Garden views. The Von Veh Room has a King-sized four poster bed and a full en-suite bathroom. Paterson room with king size bed walk-in shower room en-suite


 
 
 



Cosy rooms 2

The Kane Room is our smallest room, decorated in a colonial/ Afro Chic mix. There's a Queen bed and a glimmering Oregon pine floor to give a warm ambiance. It has a compact shower room en suite.


 
   
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Cooking Equipment, En-Suite, Fridge, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television

FRANSCHHOEK

Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning 'French Corner' as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.

Lekkerwijn country house - Franschhoek

Historic Cape Dutch Homestead owned by the Pickstone family for over 100 years, offers guest house accommodation in the heart of the Cape winelands. House is full of Harry Pickstone's collection of Cape antiques. There are extensive grounds and gardens with swimming pool. Lekkerwijn provides a unique experience of staying in an authentic Cape Dutch home and hearing abotu its history from the family.

We are right next door to Boschendal, Alle Bleue and Solms Delta wine estates, all of which offer wine tasting, excellent restaurants and picnics. Families with kids welcome. Driver available to take guests to local restaurants and functions at any time of the day or night. Families welcome, baby sitting available from trained child-minder. We have numerous miniature animals, including Transkei pigs, dwarf goats and rabbits to amuse kids (and adults). About 8 of the top 20 restaurants in the country are all 10-15 minutes drive from Lekkerwijn towards Franschhoek or Stellenbosch.

Your Stay: 1 Night,  Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Garden room

A one bedroom unit with shower room - self contained and private.



Ballroom - 2 bedroom cottage

2 bedroom cottage with large sitting room. There is a bathroom with bath and shower. Guests can choose to do self catering if they wish. Daily service does not include washing dishes, cleaning kitchen etc.