AFRICAN SPLENDOUR - GREAT SOUTHERN AFRICA EDITION

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Panorama Route, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Whale Coast, Franschhoek, Cape Town and Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
16 days - 15 nights 2 guests
Singita Ebony Lodge( Sabi sand private game reserve ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Highgrove House Country Hotel( Panorama route ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Victoria Falls Hotel ( Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls ) - 2 nights  D, B&B  

 

 

Mantis No5 boutique Art Hotel ( Porth Elizabeth ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

The Plettenberg ( Plettenberg bay ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Rosenhof Country House ( Oudtshoorn ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge ( Whale Coast ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Leeu Estates ( Franschhoek ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel ( Cape Town ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Tswalu The Motse ( Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve ) - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 


Keys
D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

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.

 

ZIMBABWE

A nation of spectacular natural beauty, friendly people and rich culture, Zimbabwe’s status as one of Africa’s leading safari destinations was dampened for years by its political instability. But now that the country is transcending its strife and returning to a state of equilibrium, it is once again emerging as a vacation highlight of the continent. Victoria Falls – known to locals as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the sheer power of this massive body of water plunging into the Zambezi Gorge is awe-inspiring and unforgettable. Lake Kariba, with its game-rich shores and islands, is an idyllic safari spot featuring mind-blowing sunsets; Hwange National Park is known for its huge herds of elephants; and a kayak trip down the Zambezi through the Mana Pools National Park will appeal to the intrepid traveller, providing close encounters with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other wildlife.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

Zimbabwe uses its own unit of currency, the Zimbabwe Dollar.  No other currency is accepted. Do not plan on being able to use cash machines in Zimbabwe to draw money. Before leaving home please exchange all the money that you will need for your trip. Most of this should be in 1, 5, 10 and 20 denominations because change is not always available. In an emergency you can try Barclays Bank, Stanbic Bank or Standard Chartered Bank as they will infrequently accept foreign debit cards for withdrawing cash.

Banking

Banks in Zimbabwe are open for business Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08h00 to 15h00, on Wednesdays from 08h00 to 13h00 and Saturdays from 08h00 to 11h30. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. 

Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted in Zimbabwe, however it should be noted that very limited facilities will have credit card machines, and the connection is not always reliable so it is advisable to carry cash as back up.

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Taxis are safe and reliable, and can be booked through your hotel front desk. Taxis in cities travel within a 40km radius of the city. Always take a taxi at night.

Major airlines fly into Victoria Falls, Harare and Bulawayo. Charter flights are available to most attractions and camps. 

Zimbabwe has a good road infrastructure, by African standards, although potholed. Between major towns, there are frequent road blocks. Traffic drives on the left side of the road. 

If you are driving yourself around Zimbabwe, be sure to check on fuel availability in advance. If you are covering long distances within the country, ensure you carry extra fuel in 5 or 10lt metal containers in case of emergency. Fuel is generally available, but supply can fluctuate. Fuel is only available for cash.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Zimbabwe's native cuisine is based on sadza, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made of meat and tomatoes, or dried fish. Safari camps will often prepare sadza if requested, and it is almost always available in small restaurants in the towns.

Camps, hotels and lodges that cater to overseas typically serve a variety international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is usually excellent.

If you are driving yourself around and plan to cook, then get most of your supplies in main towns. There are a number of South African shopping chains operating in Zimbabwe which will generally have all that you will need.

Water in the main towns is usually purified.. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbour. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatising yourself to it. However, if you are in Zimbabwe for just a short period of time, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water available in towns and from all camps, lodges and hotels.


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

In Zimbabwe, the rains come principally in December, January,February and March; the further north you are, the earlier the precipitation arrives and the later it leaves. Zimbabwe's higher eastern areas usually receive more rainfall than the lower-lying western ones.

By April and May most of the rain is gone, leaving a verdant setting, which is starting to dry out. Especially in more southerly and higher locations, the night-time temperatures start to drop.

The nights in June, July and August become much cooler, so don't forget to bring some warmer clothes, in case you want to spend an evening outside; the days are still clear and warm. For Zimbabwe, this is the start of the 'peak season'– days are often cloudless and game sightings continually increase.

Into September and October the temperatures rise once again: Zimbabwe's lower-lying rift valley – Mana Pools – can get very hot in October. During this time, you'll see some fantastic game, as the Zimbabwe's wildlife concentrates around the limited water sources.

November is unpredictable; it can be hot and dry, it can also see the season's first rainfalls – and in this respect it's a very interesting month, as on successive days, you can see both weather patterns.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

When in Zimbabwe the cardinal rule is to wear casual, comfortable clothes during the day as temperatures can get very hot. It is advisable to wear light loose-fitting clothing, such as cotton or linen, as they are cool and easy to wash. Warmer clothes are advised for the evenings and rainwear for the wet season. 

A brimmed hat and sunglasses are a good idea year-round. Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers will also guard against the scorching sun rays. It is recommended you wear light shoes, especially if your itinerary entails a lot of walking. 

For safaris, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Earth colour clothes, such as browns, greens and tans are advisable. 

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in the Republic of Zimbabwe are Type G (BS-1363) and Type C (CEE 7/16 Europlug) and Type D (BS-546).  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 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.

 

DAYS 1 - 2 : SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

 

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met at the aircraft door by our representative and assisted with customs and immigration formalities before proceeding to the departure gate for your onward connection to Skukuza. If your luggage has not been checked through, our representative will assist you with collection and check-in.

Scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza – not included

Private road transfer from Skukuza Airport to Singita Ebony Lodge. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours.

Spend 2 nights at Singita Ebony Lodge in 1 Double Suite with en suite facilities on a full board basis including accommodation, drinks (excluding French Champagne), daily activities, Wi-Fi, laundry, Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution. Activities include two open Land Rover safaris per day and walking safaris. Located in Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa, Ebony Lodge provides guests with access to 45,000 acres of an incredible wildlife sanctuary that’s renowned for its high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.

 

     
     

  

DAY 3  : PANORAMA ROUTE

After breakfast, you will spend most of this day exploring the wonderful sightseeing activities of this region before arriving at Highgrove House Country Hotel. Lunch is offered at Harries Pancakes in Graskop. Visit:

God’s Window - a stunning view from Highveld to Lowveld

The Pinnacle - a 30 m high quartzite “needle” which rises dramatically out of a fern clad ravine

Bourke’s Luck - fascinating rock forms at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers

Blyde River Canyon - endless viewpoints over the third largest canyon in the world

Lisbon, Berlin and Mac Mac Falls - impressive scenery and deep waterfalls

Pilgrim’s Rest - restored Gold Rush mining town and home of Jock of the Bushveld.

Spend 1 night at Highgrove House in 1 Double Executive Suite with en suite facilities on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

     
     





DAYS 4 - 5 : VICTORIA FALLS ( ZIMBABWE )

Private road transfer from Highgrove House to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Scheduled flight from Nelspruit to Livingstone – not included

Meet & Greet outside the arrivals hall at Livingstone Airport for your Private **gold service** road transfer to Victoria Falls Hotel in a luxurious air-conditioned vehicle. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour road transfer excluding immigration and customs. Immigration and customs must be cleared at both the Zambian and Zimbabwe border posts. Don't forget your passports.

Spend 2 nights at Victoria Falls Hotel in 1 Double Stables Signature Wing Room with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including Wi-Fi. The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site. AMEX cards are accepted.

Private Tour of the Falls **gold service**

You will be met at Victoria Falls Hotel to start your private Tour of the Falls. The private **gold service** road transfers are in a luxurious air-conditioned vehicle and includes a bottle of mineral water. The Victoria Falls reaches its Zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, guests may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Guests will be accompanied through the rain forest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist guests with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed. After the experience you will be dropped off at Victoria Falls Hotel.

In the afternoon you will be met at Victoria Falls Hotel to start your scheduled Ra-Ikane sunset cruise. There simply is not a better way to enjoy the dazzling African sunset than from the comfort of a Ra-Ikane boat on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Our ever-popular sunset cruise offers a unique way to explore the channels of the river and to get an up-close view of the pristine wilderness and African game along its banks. Enjoy an array of canapés, a full bar and a charming crew who can impart a bit of interesting Victoria Falls history with you on board the Ra-Ikane. After the experience you will be dropped of at Victoria Falls Hotel.

     
     




DAY 6 : PORT ELIZABETH

Private **gold service** road transfer from Victoria Falls Hotel to Victoria Falls Airport in a luxurious air-conditioned vehicle. Transfer time is approximately 20 minutes. A bottle of mineral water is included.

Scheduled flight from Victoria Falls via Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth – not included

On arrival in Port Elizabeth, proceed to the car rental company and collect your rental vehicle. (Car rental not included). Proceed by self drive from Port Elizabeth Airport to No 5 by Mantis. The drive will take approximately 10 minutes.

Spend 1 night at No 5 by Mantis in 1 Double Luxury Suite with en suite facilities on a bed & breakfast basis including Wi-Fi.

 

     
     





DAYS 7 - 8 : PLETTENBERG BAY

Proceed by self drive from No 5 by Mantis to The Plettenberg Hotel. The drive will take approximately 2 hours 40 minutes.

Spend 2 nights at The Plettenberg Hotel in 1 Double Suite with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including mini-bar, welcome drink on arrival and Wi-Fi.

A worthwhile visit en route from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay is the Tsitsikamma Forest. Allow some time for a leisurely hike in this tropical ambience. In Plettenberg Bay visit the Bird of Prey Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre. This outstanding rehabilitation centre strives to raise community awareness of raptors and the impact of humans on their environment. Birds of Eden in Plettenberg Bay is the world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a wonderful way of life for over 2000 previously caged birds. The completely unique venture of Birds of Eden is an enormous two hectare dome spanning a gorge filled with verdant, indigenous forest. Within it are some 100 species of incredible African birds, a few of them endangered, that provide anyone entering the dome with a literal experience of paradise.



     
     





DAY 9 : OUDTSHOORN


Proceed by self drive from The Plettenberg Hotel to Rosenhof Country House. The drive will take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Visit the famous Cango Caves and one of the many ostrich farms in the area, for which Oudtshoorn is well-known as South Africa's biggest produceer of Ostrich feathers.

Spend 1 night at Rosenhof Country House in 1 Double Standard Room with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including wifi.



Cango Caves
     
     





DAYS 10 - 11 : WHALE COAST

 
 

Proceed by self drive from Rosenhof Country House to Grootbos Forest Lodge. The drive will take approximately 4 hours.

Spend 2 nights at Grootbos - Forest Lodge in 1 Double One Bedroom Luxury Suite with en suite facilities on a full board basis including accommodation, welcome drink, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar, fresh fruit daily in suite, daily activities, various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks, conservation levy and transfers to/from all activities. Activities include horse riding for non and experienced riders through the reserve (weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person), guided walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks, nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December), Hive to Home bee excursion and bird-watching. 

 

     
     


 


DAY 12 : FRANSCHHOEK

Proceed by self drive from Grootbos Forest Lodge to Leeu Estates. The drive will take approximately 2 hours.

Spend 1 night at Leeu Estates in 1 Double Studio Room with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including accommodation, limited mini bar and nespresso machine in room, unlimited Internet access, all national phone calls, 1 complimentary tasting of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines at Leeu Estates per guest per stay and complimentary shuttle services within a 10km radius (available to a maximum of 6 rooms).

Explore the town of Franschhoek, famous for its Huguenot Museum.  Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb Méthode Cap Classiques sparkling wine range from Old World to New World thinking, resulting in a diverse range of wines.

 

     
     




DAY 13 : CAPE TOWN


Proceed by self drive from Leeu Estates to Belmond Mount Nelson. The drive will take approximately 1 hour.

Spend 2 nights at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in 1 Double Junior Suite with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including Wi-Fi, complimentary shuttle to the Waterfront, use of business centre (subject to availability), bottled water on turn down, Gymnasium with 24 hour access (for Guests age 16+) and use of our sauna, steam room and plunge pool within the Librisa Spa (for Guests age 16+).

Explore Cape Town City, visit the Table Mountain, take a drive down to Cape Point, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and sip some wine in the country's oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia.

     
     




DAYS 14 - 15 : TSWALU KALAHARI GAME RESERVE


Proceed by self drive Belmond Mount Nelson to Cape Town International Airport. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes.

Seat in charter light aircraft transfer from  Cape Town International Airport to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Flight time is approximately 2 hours. Includes transfers between the private hangars and the main terminal building, rental car companies and airport hotels (must be booked with reservations in advance). Please note that luggage (must be soft sided bags) is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kg) on Tswalu scheduled flights, inclusive hand luggage.

Spend 2 nights at Tswalu in 1 Double Motse Suite with en suite facilities on a full board basis including accommodation, drinks, daily private game viewing activities, in-suite tea & coffee facilities, in-suite honour bar and gourmet pantry, Wi-Fi, laundry, valet service and national telephone calls. Private activities include game drives, walking safaris and horse-back safaris.

Incredible landscapes Habituated meerkats Black rhino
     
     




DAY 16 : END OF ITINERARY

Seat in charter light aircraft transfer from Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, from Tswalu to OR Tambo International Airport. Flight time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Includes transfers between the private hangars and the main terminal building. Continue to  the counter for your return flight home.

End of services.

 



FLIGHTS

FLIGHT DEPARTURE  ARRIVAL
Scheduled Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP] Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]
Scheduled Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] Port Elizabeth Airport [PLZ]
Charter Flight Missing Point TSWALU The Motse
Charter Flight TSWALU The Motse OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]



SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first-ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, Lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.

Singita Ebony lodge - Sabi Sand private game reserve

The new Singita Ebony Lodge, located on the Sand River in the Singita Sabi Sand reserve offers a contemporary take on the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style. The lodge comprises 12 suites, each with its own private plunge pool. Inspired by the romance and adventure of tented camps and explorers’ abodes, the external walls have been almost completely removed and replaced by canvas and glass to create safari tent-style suites to maximise views, and to allow guests to be immersed in nature. Outdoor pavilion decks – ideal for dining and relaxing – are suspended off the river banks as if hanging in the trees.
Your Stay: 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: Lodge
Nº rooms: 12 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu
Special Interests: Adventure, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wine.Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Singita Ebony Suite

Singita Ebony Lodge offers eight 1-bedroom suites, each with a private plunge pool and game viewing deck.

   
     
     



Singita Lewis Suite

Singita Ebony Lodge offers two 1-bedroom Lewis Suites, each with a private plunge pool and game viewing deck. These suites are located closer to the main lodge, which makes them a great option for families.

   
     
     



Singita Family Suite

The family suites at Singita Ebony Lodge allow families to relax in their own space and share the wonderful experience of a safari together. The family suites offer an en-suite master bedroom with outside shower and comfortable second en-suite bedroom, private game viewing deck, a living room with fireplace and swimming pool for guests to enjoy shared time together.

   
     
     



Singita two-bedroom suite

Singita Ebony Lodge offers one 2-bedroom suite, each with a private plunge pool and game viewing deck. The suites have a joined entrance but are completely private from each other are perfect for families needing a little more privacy.

   
     
     
Ebony Villa

The villa is comprised of two family suites which are connected by a private lounge, swimming pool and deck area, and comes with enough room for six adults.

   
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Gym, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

Game drive

Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, while spot lit nighttime drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa. Our game drives are all conducted in state-of-the-art Land Rovers, each accommodating a maximum of six guests. During your stay at Singita Sabi Sand, you are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife including leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and many species of birds.

   
     
     



Guided safari walks

Walking safaris are an incredible way to experience the bush up close and personal. Your expert guide and tracker will accompany you as you track animals on foot through the wilderness and explore the magnificent plants and landscapes around you.

   
     
     



Stargazing safaris

There is perhaps no more transcendent experience than looking up at a full sky of sparkling stars. Man has had a love affair with the nighttime sky for centuries and with very little pollution and no city lights to detract from the stars, your view of the heavens here will be crystal clear – nothing between you and the vast African sky above.


Gym

Fully equipped gyms are available for guests’ convenience. Each facility provides picturesque views of the bush, allowing you to keep an eye on the action outside while you work out. 


Swimming

Each suite at Singita Ebony Lodge comes complete with a private infinity pool as well as the idyllic swimming pool at the main lodge area.

 

   
     
     



Spa

The Singita wellness philosophy takes personal rejuvenation to a level well beyond any pampering you’ve previously experienced. All of our peaceful lodge spas, where nature provides its own special calm, present the ultimate escape, sure to restore equilibrium and peace to body and mind. Spa treatments are at an additional cost.

 

   
     
     




Singita boutique & gallery

Not your regular curio shop, you will find original treasures that have been gathered from all corners of the African continent. A range of collectable sculptures, home-ware and furnishings will allow you to recreate ‘the safari dream’ within your own home. Artefacts, as well as authentic carvings and jewellery created by local craftsmen are just a few of the treasures you may find to take home as gifts. Amongst beautiful museum quality, fine-art prints and works by some of the most respected artists on the continent, there are many pieces especially designed for Singita. Here too you can find a range of quality branded Singita safari wear.

We offer a worldwide shipping service so you may make your purchases at the lodges with the option to send them straight home.




Premiere wine boutique

As one of South Africa’s most influential buyers of wine, Singita’s cellars are home to some of the most sought-after private reserves and vintage wines the country has to offer. Whether you are a connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass of wine, our experienced sommeliers delight in introducing guests to a vast selection of varietals from all over the world.
Through Singita Premier Wine Direct guests may purchase wines from our cellars: either to be taken home at the end of their trip or conveniently delivered to their door. As an addition to cellar purchases, we have secured allocations of highly limited, sought-after wines, including ‘Icons’, ‘Single Vineyard’ and ‘Limited Release’ wines, directly from leading wineries in South Africa. Stored in temperature-controlled cellars, these wines are unlikely to be available anywhere else.
   
     
     



Canine unit experience

Guests have the opportunity to visit the Sabi Sand Canine Unit for an interactive session where they can participate in an actual tracking exercise with a dog and handler. Guests have the opportunity to meet with a senior handler and go behind-the-scenes at the base camp and see the workings of this dedicated and specialized unit. The dogs are highly trained and able to perform multiple functions, from pursuing intruders to sniffing out rhino horn and ammunition from vehicles and bags. Due to the sensitive and costly nature of the program, a donation amount of ZAR5,000 per person has been set. A minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 guests are allowed per demonstration.

   
     
     

PANORAMA ROUTE

Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features sensational views of breathtaking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora. The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful route. Panorama’s undoubtable highlight is the verdant splendour of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include: the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window. Don’t miss the world-famous Kruger National Park and the picturesque gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest, a historic living museum.

Highgrove house country hotel - Panorama route

Highgrove House Country House a 5 star graded property situated on a farm at Kiepersol - Hazyview between orchards of avocado and macadamia nuts, luxury accommodation and SPA.

Kruger National Park - Phabeni Gate - Numbi Gates - 20 min drive
Panorama route with God's Window and Blyde Canyon 40 min

2 Executive Suites - private pool,sauna,private sitting room luxurious accommodation
6 Luxury Suites - private entrances, own sitting room, enclosed verandah

Onsite restaurant with international cuisine.
On-site, award winning, Orchard SPA
Tours and Transfers in Luxury Vehicles

 

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

Executive suite

Airconditioned Private Suite with a private pool, private sauna, private garden,verandah,own lounge, mini bar, tea tray & Nespresso machine, fireplace, Kingsize bed, and a bathroom with a courtyard shower.

   
 
     



Luxury suite

Luxury Suite with a private entrance. Sitting room with a Fire Place, Mini bar, DSTV, Vernadah and Airconditioning.

   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, TV Room

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Laundry Facilities, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Travel Desk

VICTORIA FALLS - ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most impressive waterfalls. It is set on the magnificent Zambezi River which creates the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These spectacular falls can be easily visited and viewed from the Zimbabwean side. Considered to be the world’s widest waterfalls, Victoria Falls measures 1708 metres in width. The small town of Victoria Falls, which lies adjacent to the waterfalls, serves as a great base from which to explore the attractions this area of Zimbabwe has to offer. The surrounding area provides a wide range of adrenalin-filled activities for adventure lovers. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: scenic flights, micro lighting, white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking and trips to the Chobe National Park.

Victoria falls hotel - Victoria falls ( Zimbabwe )

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three IS0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.

 
Your Stay: 2 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, 1 x Double room
Info: Hotel 5 stars 
Nº rooms : 161
Spoken languages: English
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Gourmet, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
Standard room

Graced with traditional colours and fine-wood furnishings that provide an elegant and comfortable finish. The 64 bedrooms are available with single, twin or double beds. All rooms have bathrooms with bath/shower combination and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities. Some bedrooms are inter-leading and eminently suitable for families.
 
   
     
     



Central deluxe room

Furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa” ambiance, the 46 Central Deluxe Rooms are situated in the main section of the hotel and are tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colours in tune with Zimbabwe’s celebrated climate and diverse beauty. The Central deluxe rooms have a spectacular view of the perfectly manicured gardens and some overlooks the Batoka Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge. That spans the legendary Zambezi River.
 
   
     
     


Stables signature wing room

These 42 deluxe rooms are situated in the stand-alone Stables Signature Wing with a view of the front lawns or lush courtyard. These rooms are furnished in a modern style with a bygone feel. Bathrooms incorporate luxury world-class amenities, Victorian bath tub with large separate walk-in showers and luxury Charlotte Rhys amenities. Ideal for families travelling together.

 
   
     
     



Honeymoon suite

Two Honeymoon Suites are located in the stylish Stables Signature Wing, optimizing privacy and exceptional comfort in a luxurious and well-appointed suite that surpasses expectations. A spacious balcony to socialize and relax. Attractive four-poster beds, turndown gifts, snacks and sparkling wine and other added-value offers make these suites exceptionally welcoming, especially for honeymoon couples.. These suites are extremely desirable for all couples looking forward to be pampered.

 
 
     
     



Deluxe suite

Our two Deluxe Suites have been refashioned to offer discerning clients modern luxury and elegance, overlooking the lush gardens or stunning Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River. They have four-poster king-sized bed, chest of drawers, Satellite TV, Mini bar and Private safe.
 
   
     
     



Executive suite

Our two delightful “Songwe” and “Baines” Executive Suites in the Grand North Hammerhead Central Building are perfect for the business traveller or discerning guests who enjoy a luxurious and spacious environment. Suite guests have full access to all the facilities and amenities of The Victoria Falls Hotel. The suites have a spectacular view of the famous Batoka Gorge, Victoria Falls Bridge that spans the Zambezi River linking Zimbabwe and Zambia, and perfectly manicured gardens. Separate bedrooms and private lounge with opulent bathrooms of distinction.
 
 
   
     


Batoka suite

The grand suite in main section of the hotel furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa” feel. The Suite has a spectacular view of the famous Batoka gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge that spans Zimbabwe and Zambia. This stylish suite has the country décor and generous space in which to relax or entertain and is tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colours in tune with Zimbabwe’s celebrated climate and diverse beauty.

 
 
   
     



Royal suite

Our opulent yet-to-be refurbished Royal Suite, in the main section of the hotel, is stylish and modern with country décor and generous space in which to relax or entertain. The suite inter-connects to deluxe rooms with well-appointed bedrooms, lounge, bathroom with shower and bath. The Royal corridor features intriguing historical photographs of the Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Souvenir Royal Tour from 7-15 April 1947 which encapsulated the opening of Parliament in Harare (Salisbury), Royal Tour of Bulawayo and HRH Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret attending a Girl Guides rally at Hartman Hill, Salisbury (now Harare).

 
   
     
     




Presidential suite

All rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation.

 
   
 
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Chapel, Conference Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Available), Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service (24 hours)

Living room

Enjoy dinner and dancing in the elegant Edwardian Livingstone Room, with classic a la carte and tables d'hote menus. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotel's style of grandeur and opulence, the dress code has been relaxed for the convenience of the guest. A fine selection of wine and liqueurs are available. Maximum seating capacity of 120 pax

 
 
 
     



Jungle junction

Dining at the Jungle Junction offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of African flavours. Entertainment from ethnic groups epitomises the spirit of Africa. Jungle Junction is the ideal venue for incentives groups. The Jungle Junction has a maximum seating capacity of 140 pax.

 
 
 
   



Stanley's terrace

Stanleys Terrace is a must for light meals throughout the day. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon, with spectacular views of The Victoria Falls Bridge and the Victoria Falls themselves. Stanleys Terrace is the ideal location for sundowners and offers a table d'hôte menu with an a la carte menu on offer after 1100hrs. Stanleys Terrace has a maximum seating capacity of 100 pax.

 
 
   
     

PORT ELIZABETH

Set on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth also referred to as PE, is known as the Friendly City as well as the Windy City and hopefully, if you stay here you will get a chance to experience the former and not the latter. Port Elizabeth was established to home British settlers who were brought out on a government-sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the Cape Dutch and the Xhosa conflict. The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the beautiful Garden Route and serves as an excellent base to explore the Eastern Cape’s magnificent game reserves and pristine beaches. Visitors can explore the Addo Elephant National Park, inhabited by hundreds of elephants; and other wildlife, climb the area’s largest dune at Maitland’s Beach and jump on a boat tour to spot rare seabirds and whales.

Mantis No5 Boutique art hotel - Port Elizabeth

Mantis No5 is an immaculately restored Art Deco building in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Located less than 10 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport, No5 is nestled in the affluent Summerstrand suburb, away from the hustle and bustle, yet an easy stroll to the ocean which is less than 100 metres away. No5 by Mantis is filled with creative treasures—a privately-owned art collection and world-class facilities all hand selected for the enjoyment of both business and leisure travellers.

Setting the precedent in Port Elizabeth for luxury accommodation and service, No5 is a showcase of authentic South African art and a masterpiece of comfort and opulence. The 10 suites are complimented by a fine dining restaurant, dining cellar, whiskey and cigar lounge, boardroom, private cinema, Camelot Spa, gym and pool.

Port Elizabeth, also referred to as PE or the Friendly City, is located in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape. It is known as a 10-minute city, for its blue flag beaches and as the gateway to the Garden Route. Port Elizabeth is the ideal stop over before or after visiting any of the Big 5 Game reserves, which are only 1 hour away.

Your Stay: 1 Night, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, 1 x Double room
Info: 5 stars hotel
Nº rooms : 10 rooms
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
Special Interests: Beach / Coastal, Gourmet, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Relaxation, Sports, Wine
Presidential suite

Named after Zanele Mbeki, the Presidential suite boasts a private lounge area complete with business desk, a selection of beverages from your private bar or freshly brewed coffee. A Private bedroom with 4 poster King size bed, beautifully appointed double bathroom complete with shower and bath, private terrace to further enhance your experience.

Suite Features

In addition to the standard luxury conveniences such as air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, private mini bar, hairdryer, flat screen television, electronic safe & luxury bathroom amenities; further facilities include:

Selective Satellite bouquet
Espresso Coffee Maker
International plug ports

 
 
   
     



Luxury class suite

Spacious suite with separate lounge and bedroom. Equipped with business desk, lounge with a selection of beverages from your private bar or freshly brewed coffee, beautifully appointed double bathroom complete with shower and bath, sizeable bedroom with King size bed, private garden to further enhance your experience.

Suite Features

In addition to the standard luxury conveniences such as air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, private mini bar, hairdryer, flat screen television, electronic safe & luxury bathroom amenities; further facilities include:

Selective Satellite bouquet
Espresso Coffee Maker
International plug ports

 
 
     
     



Business class suite

Open planned, spacious suite equipped with business desk, lounge with a selection of beverages from your private bar or freshly brewed coffee, beautifully appointed double bathroom complete with shower and bath, sizeable bedroom with King size bed, private balcony to further enhance your experience.

Suite Features

In addition to the standard luxury conveniences such as air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, private mini bar, hairdryer, flat screen television, electronic safe & luxury bathroom amenities; further facilities include:

Selective Satellite bouquet
Espresso Coffee Maker
International plug ports

 
   
     
     



2010 Villa

Located across the road at No 10 Brighton Drive, these open planned suites come complete with sizeable bedroom, beautifully appointed double bathroom complete with shower and bath and private garden to further enhance your experience.

Communal Villa Facilities include:

Lounge Area
8 seater Dining Suite
Fully Furnished kitchen
Pool and deck area

Suite Features

In addition to the standard luxury conveniences such as air-conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, private minibar, hairdryer, flat screen television, electronic safe & luxury bathroom amenities; further facilities include:

Selective Satellite bouquet
Espresso Coffee Maker
International plug ports

 
   
 
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Clothes Press, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Iron / Ironing Board, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

Fine venues at NO5 Boutique art hotel

EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM:

The ideal venue for executive meetings & workshops, the boardroom features:

Seating for 10 delegates;
Presentation projector;
Wireless connectivity (throughout the building) with Wi-Fi/LAN & network points available;
LCD screens for video conferencing;
Network points for internet access;
Telephone & fax lines;
Dedicated printer;
Dimensions: 4.5 m x 6m.

CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE:

Meet in the Champagne Lounge for coffee, tea & refreshments prior to your meeting & during your breaks. The lounge flows onto an outside terrace that overlooks the rim-flow pool.

DINING CELLAR:

For private dining & special functions, our Provencal-style Cellar with its warm ambience, culinary delights & selection of wines will make any occasion memorable. Seats 14 guests.

MOUNTBATTEN THEATRE:

Modelled on Prince Charles’ cinema in Clarence House, London, the Theatre ensures absolute viewing pleasure, whether for business or recreational purposes & provides:

Full Satellite Bouquet;
DVD player;
Seating for 14 guests – auditorium style;
Blue Ray & High Definition technology;
THX Dolby Surround Sound;
Dimensions: 8m x 5m.

JAZZ ROOM:

The Jazz Room presents creative South African cuisine with international influences. Meals are prepared with the freshest produce & complemented by fine, rare local & imported wines. The dining experience can be extended to the outdoors. Seats 28 guests.

SALON PRIVÈ:

This venue provides the perfect end to a successful business day. An impressive range of smooth single malt whiskies & Cuban cigars will meet the expectations of even the most discerning gentlemen. Ladies most welcome.

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Jazz Room

The Jazz Room at No 5 is open daily from 07:00 to 22:00, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come to the Jazz Room for a taste of South African cuisine with a fusion influence.

 
 
     
     

PLETTENBERG BAY

Set along the spectacularly scenic Garden Route in South Africa, the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. The Portuguese explorers called it the 'Beautiful Bay', and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with endless pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground to the wealthy, beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts, while leisure time is given over to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water on a safe beach is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

The Plettenberg - Plettenberg bay

The Plettenberg – situated on a rocky headland in one of South Africa's most spectacular beach towns – is the ultimate escape. This property, with 37 individually decorated rooms and suites, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach. The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, along the adventure–rich Garden Route which is world–renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities. From regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside, The Plettenberg is the ideal place to relax and unwind, recharge and reinvigorate.
Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: 5 stars hotel
Nº rooms: 37 rooms 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests:   Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Sports, Star Gazing, Watersports, Wildlife, Wine

Double room

An elegant choice at The Plettenberg, the Double Rooms are individually decorated and offer a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout the rooms ensure ultimate comfort for guests. Maximum two people per room. Each Double Room ranges in size between 30-45m2.

   
     
     



Luxury double rooms


Each with their own sitting area, bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout, the Luxury Double Rooms are individually decorated to reflect the marine environment surrounding the hotel.
Views over the immaculate gardens at The Plettenberg vary between each luxury double room. Maximum two people per room. Amenities in the Luxury Double Rooms, which range in size from 35-70m2.

   
     
     


Luxury double sea view

Overlooking the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay and surrounding ocean, the six Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View each offer their own perspective of the area.

Each room is as unique as its view, with a sophisticated individual decor scheme and offering the ultimate in comfort with a sitting area, walk-in showers, and air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout.

Guests can enjoy the gorgeous hues of sunset here from their private step-out balconies, and get a closer view when pods of whales or dolphins move in towards the bay.

The Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View range in size from 38-54m2. Maximum two people per room.

 
 
     



Suite

With tasteful decor inspired by the surrounding views of Plettenberg Bay, the five Suites each offer an individual palette for guests to enjoy.
A separate lounge area, bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout offer luxury and comfort for guests, allowing them to relax and enjoy the hotel and service.
Suites range in size between 48-70m2. Maximum two people per room.

   
   
     


Premier Suite

With seven individually decorated Premier Suites from which to choose at The Plettenberg, guests are sure to enjoy all the variations of these rooms. Each Premier Suite offers a view over the surrounding area which can be enjoyed from a private step-out balcony opening up through French doors.
Each spacious Premier Suite offers separate lounge, satellite TV, and bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There is air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout.
Premier Suites range in size between 50-78 m2. Maximum two people per room.

   
   
     

 

The beach house

With a spacious deck overlooking both the beach and surrounding mountains of Plettenberg Bay, The Beach House is ideal for enjoying the views in an exclusive space with five-star service.

Guests of The Beach House will have easy access to The Plettenberg’s hotel facilities in the adjacent buildings, while still relishing the privacy this accommodation option offers.

Two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms lead off a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and a small service kitchen. Included are a private swimming pool, flat-screen televisions and DVD players, satellite TV channels, and Wi-Fi.

The Beach House offers 150m2 of space. Rates at The Beach House start at R 16 765.00 per unit.

 
 
 
     



The lookout Villa

Overlooking the scenic Plettenberg Bay, guests of The Lookout Villa can expect to be spoilt in one of the most exclusive addresses in the area. Pods of whales and dolphins, darting seagulls and ocean views can all be enjoyed from this special accommodation option at The Plettenberg.

This 190m2, three-bedroom villa is an ideal option for families, with its open-plan lounge and dining area. A well-stocked galley kitchen, private swimming pool and garden, as well as flat-screen televisions and DVD players, satellite TV channels and Wi-Fi throughout, are all standard here. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Maximum two people per room. Rates for The Lookout Villa start at R 20 350.00 per unit.

 
 
 
 
 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Gym (nearby), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

A cultural sojourn

 
The ultimate seaside getaway, Plettenberg Bay offers a multitude of varied and unique experiences for all ages. It’s a destination with a year-round temperate climate, beautiful beaches and unrivalled scenery – it’s also a destination that has a culture of conservation, living history, and annual events and festivals, as well as a flourishing creative community.
The Plettenberg is located within walking distance of the Lookout Art Gallery. Established in 1974, its collection of art (from ceramics to paintings) focuses on the Southern Cape and South Africa. Also, get to the heart of Plett’s art community at Old Nick Village, a network of restored heritage buildings set in lush, indigenous gardens and housing resident fine artists and master craftsmen. Find local design, entertainment and so much more.
Another interesting creative cultural excursion is to Global Village, a quaint shopping village filled with arts and crafts purveyors to discover. The whole family will love it.
Speaking of family-friendly options, visitors will also enjoy Adventure Land in Harkerville, with activities ranging from waterslides to quad bikes. Another must-visit is the Plett Puzzle Park, with its life-size 3D maze, the forest puzzle walk that meanders through the natural forest, and a rope maze for the kids.
Plettenberg Bay’s rich eco-systems support many kinds of creatures, big and small, and as such, there is a sharp focus on conservation. There are a number of parks that offer one-of-a-kind encounters with wildlife.
One of the most famous is Monkeyland, a sanctuary for various species of free-roaming monkey; visitors can join them in the forest on a “monkey safari”. Located next door is Birds of Eden, which is said to be the largest free-flight aviary in the world. Think indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways. At the Elephant Sanctuary visitors can touch, feed, walk as well as ride African elephants. There are many such experiences, and some include birds of prey, snakes, wolves and more.
With its beautiful backdrop and efficient infrastructure, Plettenberg Bay hosts many annual festivals and events; look out for regular concerts, too. Some of the highlights on the calendar include the Tour de Plett, the Whale Rally, the Plett Fringe Festival and, most recently, the Plett Food Film Festival.



   
     
     



Bays, beaches and beautiful forests

Plettenberg Bay, tucked neatly into the Garden Route, boasts golden beaches, a rugged peninsula and dense green forests. There’s so much to see and discover that is rich with adventure, experience and spectacular sightseeing.
Are you looking for a relaxing seaside getaway? The Plettenberg, perched on a rocky headland overlooking endless views of ocean, mountain and beaches, offers the ultimate base from which to explore the variety of outdoor activities.
Plettenberg Bay boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, where activities such as surfing, kayaking and skimboarding are popular. Plett is said to have the second-most temperate climate in the world (after Hawaii) and its beaches can be visited year-round, with some just a short walk from the hotel’s doorstep.
Travellers can head to the beach from The Plettenberg, down a path fragrant with fynbos and with a beautiful view of the ocean. Located nearby is Lookout Beach: perfect for families, the little ones can splash in the lagoon and build sandcastles on the shore. There are plenty of activities for all ages too, including kayaking on the lagoon or surfing in the sea.
A popular swimming beach, Robberg 5 is also known for bodyboarding and surfing. For a long walk along a stretch of pristine coastline, Keurboomstrand is just the ticket (surfers love this beach, too).
Those simply wanting to relax on the shore can enjoy land-based whale watching (in season), or spy dolphins playing in the surf.
A must-visit place is the Robberg Nature Reserve. Immerse yourself in the wild natural beauty of its beach, which stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island. Or if you like things a bit busier, head to Central beach for a slice of Plett life; very popular for surfing, it’s also the launch site for marine safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours.
Along the Garden Route, visitors will find a large variety of adventure sports, from horse riding to bungee jumping.
For a bird’s eye view, the Bloukrans bungee jump is the world’s highest commercial bridge jump (216m) and is set amid the beauty of the Tsitsikamma Forest. Skydive in Plett for what is said to be “the most scenic drop zone in the world”. And keep things sky high with a Tsitsikamma canopy tour, where participants follow a course 30m above the forest floor.
Those who like to stay closer to the ground will enjoy the Outeniqua biking trails, self-guided trails in the Harkerville coastal forests and marine reserve.
Another must-see site is Groot Boom in the Tsitsikamma National Park (a diverse and beautiful reserve encompassing five eco-systems, with many activities and hiking trails). The “Big Tree” is an Outeniqua yellowwood, native to the montane forests of Southern Africa; it is estimated to be between 600 and 1 000 years old, and is said to be South Africa’s oldest yellowwood.
Golf is also very popular along the Garden Route, which was named the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States. Practice your swing at a number of beautiful golf courses, amid stunning natural scenery.



   
     
     


Ocean blue adventures

Situated in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay (20 minutes from Knysna), Ocean Blue Adventure offers a rare and powerful experience through permitted boat based whale watching & dolphin encounters. We also offer an “at one with the ocean” kayaking tour, and township tours. All tours are guided with expert crew and tour operators who are internationally qualified. Call us today for a booking or more advice. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away. The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay.
Summer = Dolphin Season
In summer you have a great chance to see the rare Humpback Dolphins found in only certain areas of the South African coastline! You will also see Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Dolphins… We will also take you to the Robberg Seal Colony where you will see around 5,000 seals in their natural environment.
Winter = Whale Season
In winter you have a very high likelihood of seeing Southern Right and Humpback whales. Our tours include the Robberg Seal Colony (home to +- 5000 seals) and other marine life of the day.
   
     
     

 

Scuba diving

Go scuba diving or take diving courses and charters around Plettenberg Bay.

There's scuba diving for all levels of experience (including kids) on Plettenberg Bay's coral reefs. Seal dives, night dives and shore dives, inside and outside the Bay, will bring you mask to nose with over 100 species of fish. If you're lucky, you may even find yourself among a pod of dolphins.

Shore dives on offer include Redbait Reef, known as the Bay’s ‘house reef’, which is great for beginners or the less-experienced diver. It’s easily accessible from the beach and its plentiful natural light is a boon to the underwater photographer.

Buy a cheap disposable underwater camera if you’ve never tried this before and snap up reef fish, cuttlefish, sharks, sea urchins, anemones and squishy sponges.

You’ll need to swim a short way to reach Shallow Blinders, a 3-pinnacled coral reef that nurtures dozens of fish. Check out ragged-tooth, pyjama and leopard sharks plus rays, octopus, cuttlefish and boxfish.

Swim a bit further out to Blinders Reef where the Wall awaits you: a technicolour dream of soft coral and its many denizens, including orange wall sponges, blue choirboys, strawberry anemones and, everywhere you look, multi-coloured coral.

If you’re a fisherman, take your rod out to sea and hope for blacktail, red roman, yellowbelly rock cod or the extremely tasty galjoen.



   
     
     



Keurbooms river cruise

Experience the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, sit back and relax with an ice cold beverage and let your eyes and mind be, titillated with majestic scenery as you slip along shimmering waters cascading with dense pristine forest lining your meandering journey. Let your ears be alighted to the mighty sounds of our natural orchestra of bird calls amplified by our amp theatre of gorges.
This is a reality for Keurbooms River Ferries and our guests who take this journey with us.
This awe inspiring journey is only a bird call away from Plettenberg Bay and a stone throw away from the Knysna Waterfront in the Garden Route, Western Cape. The boats depart every day, each journey is two and a half hours of pure pleasure for people of all ages, including those of us who are physically challenged.
We can accommodate large groups or should you wish to have a private experience you may charter one of our vessels.
This forest and gorge experience is only accessible via the pristine Keurbooms River Estuary so join us on a memorable journey and come and feel a part of what is left of a once mighty Knysna Forests.

 

   
     
     


Bloukrans bungy jump

The Bloukrans Bungy is the worlds highest commercial bungy bridge. It is also the highest commercial natural bungy jump in the World. We have had a number of world records associated with Bloukrans. In 2003, Bloukrans bungy was recognised as the worlds highest commercial bungy jump. In 2008 we were part of two more world records. Veronica Dean performed 19 bungy jumps in one hour and Bill Boshoff performed 101 jumps in a 24 hour period. Bill's world record was subsequently surpassed but in 2011 we facillitated Scott Hunty to regain the world record with 107 jumps in the 24 hour period.
The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River. Our bungy jump operations is open 365 days of the year during all weather conditions (except gale force winds)
Our primary focus is on maintaining the highest quality safety standards on our operations so that bungy jumping can be experienced and enjoyed by all. All our operations are covered by comprehensive public liability.
We are pleased to announce our online store is now live.....We recommend that you pre book any jumps no less than 48 hrs in advance– particularly if it is a group booking. This will enable us to plan our day more effectively and to process your jumps/jumpers more timeously.

   
     
     


Tsitsikamma canopy tours

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour© is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.
The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor...
Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2½ to 3 hours.
The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment.
Construction of the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour© has been done in accordance with strict civil engineering standards. The system was designed and created by an adventurous civil engineer who constructed a similar canopy tour in Costa Rica. Concept to completion took fourteen and a half months.
The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a 'kitting up' session where full body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around!
From the start on the launch platform a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms, built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world - any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings.
Spend a couple of minutes relaxing while your guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest - pointing out different trees and the magnificent giant ferns way below. The bird life is incredible. Knysna Loeries, sightings of the elusive Narina Trogon and the Vervet monkey are not uncommon.
The Tsistikamma Canopy Tour© consists of 10 platforms and 10 'fufi' slides, the longest of which is 100m! About three hours later you exit the forest, having undertaken the journey of a lifetime. You have contributed to the creation of new jobs and are helping the forest regeneration project.


   
     
     


Outeniqua biking trails


Resident pro tennis coach Barkie McKrea will teach you to improve your serve, volleys and all aspects of your game.
Barkie teaches beginner to advanced players, solo or in groups.
Equipment is available to hire from the hotel.

The Garden Route is home to some of the most extraordinary mountain biking in the counrty. From the lush forests and sweet tasting streams to the spectacular heights of the Outeniqua Mountains this area has it all. It is our intension to show these enjoyable trails in a safe comfortable way.

Our trails are suitable for all people with a moderate level of fitness. Persons with doubts as to their physical capabilities are recommended to consult their physicians and call us before participating.

Rider safety is of the utmost importance on all our trips. Mountain biking is a hazardous sport, and all our trips encompass a variety of terrain and riding conditions. If a section looks to difficult, don't hesitate to walk it. The guides will always be on hand to assist. Helmets are a necessity, these can be bought or rented from us. All guides carry a first aid kit.

Outeniqua Biking Trails take low impact riding and camping seriously, and encourage all riders to do the same. We feel this is necessary to ensure future enjoyment of our remaining forests.



   
     
     

 

Monkeyland primate sanctuary

Monkeyland opened its doors to the public on the 6th of April 1998. Our unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route and for very sound and sunny reasons. Monkeyland has captured the hearts of visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The sanctuary is exceptional as it caters for several species of primateswho are not caged. They are free to move about the forest and this they do most harmoniously.

At Monkeyland, the emphasis on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. The transfer of information about these fascinating creatures enhances your visit to the sanctuary during a safari. The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational. Our guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

On the guided safaris you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. The knowledgeable rangers will tell you all about these fascinating mammals as you encounter them roaming free in the forest. They also point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself.

Monkeyland provides the primates who live here with a stable environment, one with permanence and where there is definitely no exploitation. At Monkeyland, care exceeds the regulations regarding animal welfare. Monkeyland is, most importantly, a place where primates are rehabilitated both physically and emotionally. We strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. It is therefore tourism driven and totally sustainable. A monkey safari is much more than just an unforgettable forest adventure; it is the vehicle that allows you to become part of our rehabilitation process.

It is because of sanctuaries such as Monkeyland which go beyond idealism, and who strive to do something positive, that we can look forward to a more optimistic future.

   
     
     


Birds of eden

Birds of Eden, is the Garden Route's very own world class free flight bird sanctuary.

The unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors.

Like Monkeyland, the popular primate sanctuary next-door, Birds of Eden boasts its own canopy walk, while shorter than the 128m bridge at Monkeyland, it hangs above the clouds. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds, miniature monkeys and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.

Birds of Eden opened to the public on the 15th of December 2005.

   
     
     



Elephant sanctuary

Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience and elephant back riding. We offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides our guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Our dedicated staff is committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result we have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with our guests.

Elephant Tour Overview:
Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. On some hot or rainy days you may see the elephants swimming. Enjoy a drink and visit our curio shop. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. Brushing the elephants down is offered on the Elephant Brush down Experience Tour which starts at 07h30 and 15h30. Elephant Back Riding is a stand-alone activity or an optional extra. We offer various tours depending on the duration and intensity of experience you desire. The different tours are listed below with summaries as to what to expect and the rates.

Elephant Back Riding:
Riding is an opportunity to experience elephants from a different perspective. It is not a safari experience. (Only for the fit and adventurous). Wear jeans or long pants. Guests may choose Elephant Back Riding without doing an Elephant tour or they may add it onto any of the Elephant tours. Children must be 8 years+ in order to ride elephants. The Elephant Ride is bareback and is only for a short duration of approx 10-15 minutes.

   
     
     



Lawnwood snake sanctuary

 
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary offers hourly informative, interactive tours for any ages with over 100 snakes and other reptiles to see. Open daily 9am – 5pm. We cater for the snake phobic to the snake lover.
Join us for a one hour guided tour consisting of an indigenous snake pit, various outdoor exhibits, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, following by enormous pythons, monitor lizards and crocodiles. For the tour, be sure to bring a camera and comfortable walking shoes.
Enjoy a forest walk, tranquil picnic spots and interacting with our various other creatures. For the less adventurous, relax at the tea room or explore the curio shop.

   
     
     



Radical raptors

RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey.

The centre opened at the Heath in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route on the 6th December 2008. Radical raptors operate directly under the rules & regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation.

RADICAL RAPTORS strives to provide on site facilities for the treatment of injured birds of prey and suitable secure housing for birds undergoing treatment.

Proven falconry techniques are used throughout the rehabilitation process to ensure the birds are exercised and cared for in the optimal way.

The release process involves intensively training the raptor to ensure that it is fit and able to hunt for itself. Prior to release, the bird is thoroughly examined, weighed and measured and all data is recorded.

Hand raised raptors are classified as human imprints having identified themselves as humans. Human imprints will not breed naturally and therefore are not releasable candidates. They will claim territories yet not produce offspring. RADICAL RAPTORS utilizes human imprints and birds with permanent injuries as ambassadors in our education and eco-tourism programmes.

   
     
     



Lookout art gallery and shops

Looking for a beautiful piece of South African art? Then stop off at the Lookout Art Gallery which has been in Plettenberg Bay since 1974. You will find a collection of original artworks that is representative of the Southern Cape.

Come and see some of the best contemporary South African art which include a variety of media - ceramics, sculpture, glasswork and paintings.

Feel free to browse and if one or more of the paintings take your fancy you will be pleased to know that the gallery is able to pack and ship the works all over the world. Some of the artist housed at the gallery are Sue Kemp, Sam Nhlengethwa, Roelof Rossow, Ruth Squibb, Myfanwy Bekker and Paddy Starling to name but a few.

   
     
     



Old Nick village

Old Nick Village in Plettenberg Bay is a landmark shopping destination on the Garden Route, featuring an eclectic collection of shops owned by creative manufacturers, designers and curators, Old Nick Village is so much more than a shopping centre it’s a truly sensory experience for the whole family as well as the discerning buyer. Originally built way back in 1880, Old Nick Village has a long and rich trading history, find out more here.

Every Wednesday we host the Mid Week Market where you can find homegrown fruit and vegetables, ethically farmed meat and dairy as well as other local, natural and homemade products.

Old Nick Village boasts a carefully selected mix of merchants who are all creative manufacturers in their own right. Each shop has its own individual signature enhancing your shopping experience and most supply their goods to the wholesale market.

   
     
     



Global village

Enter a world of ambient tranquility where an abundant collection of paraphernalia awaits your undisturbed exploration. All merchandise is personally selected by globetrotting owners, Ken and Cath Heyns.

Global Village is open every day of the year from 9am to 5pm, including weekends and Easter weekend. Closed on Christmas day.

   
     
     



Skydiving

RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey.

The centre opened at the Heath in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route on the 6th December 2008. Radical raptors operate directly under the rules & regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation.

RADICAL RAPTORS strives to provide on site facilities for the treatment of injured birds of prey and suitable secure housing for birds undergoing treatment.

Proven falconry techniques are used throughout the rehabilitation process to ensure the birds are exercised and cared for in the optimal way.

The release process involves intensively training the raptor to ensure that it is fit and able to hunt for itself. Prior to release, the bird is thoroughly examined, weighed and measured and all data is recorded.

Hand raised raptors are classified as human imprints having identified themselves as humans. Human imprints will not breed naturally and therefore are not releasable candidates. They will claim territories yet not produce offspring. RADICAL RAPTORS utilizes human imprints and birds with permanent injuries as ambassadors in our education and eco-tourism programmes.

Live life to the full! Experience free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world. Start the experience with a short briefing. Then enjoy a 20 minute plane flight to 10,000 feet, over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. Now the leisurely, scenic plane flight stops and the adrenaline starts to pump as you exit the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200KPH!

Once the canopy opens, your instructor will glide you down for a safe landing.

   
     
     



Surfing

Learn to surf with professional instructors and experience the local surf culture.

Plettenberg Bay is one of the most beautiful surfing destinations on the Garden Route, with pristine beaches, clean, warm water and moderate swells providing some of the best beach breaks when travelling on the Garden Route.

   
     
     



Horse riding

Horse trails with experienced guides for beginners to experienced riders ride through scenic meadows of indigenous fynbos

SeaFood at the Plettenberg

The indoor dining section offers beautiful views of the pool and ocean, while the outdoor terrace is perfect for alfresco dinners, with mesmerising ocean vistas – especially at sunset.

True to its name, the restaurant is renowned for its ocean bounty, drawing inspiration from the rich marine life that can be found in Plettenberg Bay. The kitchen team, headed up by Executive Chef Kaylinn Shabalala, prepares innovative, sustainable seafood dishes, together with a wide selection of meats and vegetables. Working closely with local suppliers, ingredients are always seasonal and kept at a superb level of quality.

Created by Kaylinn to reflect a taste of the bay, signature dishes at SeaFood include Blackened Tuna Tataki and Mossel Bay Sole, while carnivores can tuck into Grass-Fed Beef Fillet and Laingsburg Lamb – with a carefully curated wine list completing the culinary experience. The relaxed Café Menu offers hearty dishes such as ‘Proper Fish & Chips’, Charcuterie Platters and the PlettenBurger, and guests may also book ahead to enjoy High Tea at the restaurant.

Opening Times
Breakfast: 07h00 to 10h30
Lunch: 12h00 to 14h30
Dinner: 18h30 to 21h30

 
   
     


The Sandbar

Leading off The Sun Lounge of The Plettenberg, The Sandbar is an exquisite, contemporary cocktail bar and lounge frequented by local patrons, as well as South Africans who choose to holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

The glass, white leather, marble and natural oak finishes blend to form a striking design, highlighted by clever lighting. The large photographic panels on the walls offer an outdoor perspective of the Plettenberg Bay area.

Throughout the day, The Sandbar is the perfect meeting spot for drinks and tea, and in the evenings it is ideal for enjoying award-winning South African wines, a variety of champagnes and an array of carefully crafted signature cocktails.

Opening Times
Daily from 11h00 to 23h30

 
   
     


Tea time

Think savoury bites such as Smoked salmon trout, dill & cream cheese sandwiches, and Monkeygland Glazed beef & red onion mini skewers; and Coconut sesame butter macarons and fruit tartlets as sweet treats – not to forget freshly baked Scones of course.

All are served with the finest selection of teas or coffee, as well as MCC or Champagne on request.

Whether you are celebrating an engagement or baby shower, birthday or bar mitzvah, or a corporate function, we can tailor the event to your needs, and offer the perfect venue for your do – be it at the Bluewing with 180 degrees sea view, our restaurant terrace, or the intimate Summer Lounge.

Price: R 165 per person
includes tea or coffee

BOOKINGS ONLY
(48 hours' notice)

 
   
     

OUDTSHOORN

Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, the charming town of Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum; and visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Other popular activities include: mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, and taking a day trip to the quaint town of Prince Albert over the scenic Swartberg Pass.

Rosenhof country house - Oudtshoorn

Rosenhof Country House is situated in Oudtshoorn, en route to the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and the Swartberg Pass. The carefully renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity.

The lovely rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished. All rooms provide air-conditioning, underfloor heating, Wi-Fi, satellite television (DSTV), telephone, mini bar, digital safe and tea and coffee facilities.

The two Executive Suites each with their own pool, lounge and patio, has tranquil views of the Swartberg Mountain. Rosenhof has a cosy pub and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where visitors can relax and admire works from well-known South African artists. In summer, cool down in the pool or take tea in the manicured gardens. The Wellness Centre offers a fully equipped Gym, Sauna and Spa.

With its luxurious facilities and excellent service, Rosenhof is recognized as one of the finest establishments in the region. TGCSA 5-Star Country House.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x Double room
Info: 5 Stars country house

Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German

Nº rooms : 14

Special interests : Birding, Cycling, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Sports, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Executive suite

Located 100m from main house for extra privacy.

An Ideal couples retreat or hide away on your South African holiday. Each of the 2 Executive Suites feature a king size bed, separate lounge, fireplace, private parking, luxurious bathroom, own swimming pool and garden.

The bathrooms are equipped with separate bath and shower, private toilet, heated towel rails, double basin, hair dryers, exercise bike, bath robes and slippers.

Indulge in a peaceful retreat with a good novel on the patio or take a dip in the pool. The ideal accommodation choice to enjoy the tranquil views of the Swartberg Mountains.




 
 
 
 
 
     



Luxury room

Choice of a Twin, Double, Double Twin or King Room
12 Rooms situated around a beautiful courtyard, each with their own patio. Ideal for single travelers, families or couples looking for a relaxing retreat or romantic getaway.
Warm earthy tones and neutral lines are complemented by wood furniture and a colourful touch. Each room differently decorated to offer a unique sense of style.
Ensuite bathroom with separate shower and bath, heated towel rails and hair dryers.
One Room suitable for disabled guests.
All rooms feature underfloor heating, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite television (DSTV), telephone, mini bar, digital safe and tea and coffee facilities.
Check in: 14:00
Check out: 11:00
Children:
All ages welcome
Limited family rooms with sleeper couch
Cots and eating chairs available on request
Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 per room



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



The Bird cottage

3 NEW guest bedrooms in one house.
Ideal for couples, friends or families travelling together.
Each Bedroom has been given a South African Bird Species name as the Cottage is surrounded by trees with many bird species, nesting close by.
Room 1 – Hoop Hoop
Room 2 – Robin
Room 3 – Kiewiet
The 3 bedrooms are on the 1st floor with bedroom 1 & 2 opening onto a large patio.
Room 2 also has a separate sitting room area with a Double Sleeper Couch where we can accommodate 2 children under 12.
Room 3 is the smaller room, ideal for a Single Occupancy with its own private patio and view of the Herb Garden.
On the ground floor is a study and large sitting room area that opens onto a veranda and private pool.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah

SERVICES

Credit Card, Room Service

Spa

The Blissfully Spa, situated on the Rosenhof premises, has a fully equipped gym and sauna, with shower facilities available. The gym and sauna is complementary for Rosenhof Guests.

Indulge in an Aromatherapy Safari with South African herb-infused, TheraNaka™ Products to relax, uplift or detox your body. Let the Qualified therapist pamper your face with dermalogica® (an International Known Product).

Our Strategy is to relax the body and improve the skin, whilst pampering and relieving stress.



 
 
   



Bicycles

Explore the historical little town in the Klein Karoo on a bicycle.

 

   
     
     



Activities in and nearby Oudtshoorn

CANGO CAVES: Situated 30km from Rosenhof Country House. Ecologically Significant and impressively beautiful, the Cango Caves - Africa's largest show caves and one of the seven wonders of Southern Africa - are the archaeological and historical highlight of the Klein Karoo. Adventure and Standard Tours available.
www.cangocaves.co.za

CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH: Situated 2.5km from Rosenhof Country House. Explore the Ancient Valley with leaping lemurs, secretive red river hogs and pygmy hippos OR go Cage Diving with mighty Nile Crocs! Get close to the Big Cats like the Cheetah, Lion and White Tigers.
www.cango.co.za

OSTRICH SHOW FARMS: 4 Ostrich Show Farms are situated in a radius of 15-20km from Rosenhof. (Safari Ostrich Farm, Highgate Ostrich Farm, Cango Ostrich Farm, Chandelier Ostrich Farm)
www.safariostrich.co.za
www.highgate.co.za
www.cangoostrich.co.za

MEERKAT ADVENTURES: Join the Meerkat Guide, Devey, on an early Sunrise Tour to see wild Meerkats in their natural environment! Don't forget your Camera!
www.meerkatadventures.co.za

WILGEWANDEL FAMILY FARM: situated 25 km from Rosenhof this Holiday Farm offers Camel Rides, Bumper Boats, Donkey Cart Rides, Foefie Slides and much more! Visit their restaurant for speciality dishes like ostrich steaks, crocodile dishes and traditional cuisine like bobotie. They also have a curio shop and local wines on the premises.
www.wilgewandel.co.za

CP NEL MUSEUM: The historical Cultural Museum of Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo region, is declared a national monument and houses 12 exhibition rooms showcasing the fascinating story of the ostrich feather industry.
www.cpnelmuseum.co.za

GOLF COURSE: An 18 Hole Golf Course is situated 5km from Rosenhof.


ZIPLINE: Two twin lines stretching over a combined 900-meter course, taking you from the famous Cango Caves to the valley below, accompany by friendly and knowledgeable Guides. Take time to explore the fauna and flora of the Klein Karoo. http://www.cangocavesestate.co.za/

SWARTBERG PASS: Stretching 27km over the Swartberg Mountains to found the arty town of Prince Albert on the other side. It’s considered one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world: an untarred road winds to the summit 1 583 meters above sea level in steep zig-zags and sudden switchbacks, with breath-taking views at every turn. Heading back to Rosenhof through Meiringspoort and De Rust will make it a trip to never forget.


RUS & VREDE WATERFALL: Situated 33km from Rosenhof. Isolated beauty, engraved into the heart of the Swartberg Mountain by natures powerful forces. Rust-en-Vrede is situated on a scenic detour branching off the R328, on the way to the world famous Cango Caves. No title could be more apt, for this is definitely a must see.


BUFFELSDRIFT: Situated 7km from Rosenhof. Varies activities available on the premises. Bush Safaris, Elephant Feeding, Elephant Brushing, Elephant Walking, Meerkat Safaris and Lion Feeding.
https://buffelsdrift.com/

SKYDIVING: Few things are as exhilarating and adrenaline filled as falling safely out of a perfectly good airplane. The 20 minute flight to altitude offers spectacular and unique views of the Klein Karoo... and then it's time to jump!
https://skydiveoudtshoorn.co.za/

 

 
 
 
 

The breakfast room

Enjoy a Full English Breakfast served in our manicured garden, under the gazebo or inside the sunny breakfast room.

The buffet includes home baked breads, fresh fruit, cereal selection, cold meats, salmon and much more. The warm meals, ordered from the Breakfast Menu are freshly prepared.

 
 
 
 
 
     
     


The Country Kitchen

The Country Kitchen serve light lunches and dinner. Traditional country meals can be enjoyed at our swimming pool, gardens, stunning verandas overlooking the gardens or in our spacious dining rooms with peaceful patios. In the winter we can reserve you a table close to the fireplace.

Dinner:
A five-course table d’hôte menu changes each day with the vagaries of the seasons and the whims of the chef. The Traditional home-cooked Karoo Cuisine awaits to prick all your taste buds. Knowledgeable waitrons will add a welcome touch to the country hospitality.

Dining at Rosenhof will be an unforgettable experience.

 
 
 
 
 
 
     



The Bar

Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at the bar before you indulge in our magnificent food.

The Walk-in Cellar is stocked with top South African vintage wines for each taste.

 
 
 



Gourmet picnic basket

A Gourmet picnic basket is available on request to enjoy in our gardens or on your trip to explore the wonders of the Klein Karoo.

PICNIC BASKET FOR 2 PEOPLE

*Gypsy Ham, Cheddar and Tomato Sandwich

*Salmon, Caper Cream Cheese and Cucumber Sandwich
Or
Salmon and Spinach Roulade

*Caramelized Onion, Mushrooms and Feta Quiches

*Gypsy Ham, Cervelat Salami and Cheese Platter

*Belgium Chocolate Brownies

*Seasonal Fruit

*Baccarat Cabernet Sauvignon
Or
Baccarat Chenin Blanc

*Still or Sparkling Water

*Fruit Tree Fruit Juice


Vegetarian menu also available

 
 
   

WHALE COAST

Encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai, the Whale Coast is an area of incredible natural beauty and diversity. This rugged stretch of South African coastline snakes along the Atlantic Ocean, with magnificent fynbos-blanketed mountains rising up from the interior. The spectacular scenery is made up of charming seaside villages, farms, rivers, coves and valleys, and during the right season, the region’s namesake – whales – can be seen cruising and wallowing in the coastal waters. Visitors can enjoy visiting the little villages dotting the area, bird watching, whale watching, wine tasting, paragliding, fat bike rides, river rafting, game viewing, mountain biking, and golfing. Don’t miss a visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai.

Grootbos private nature reserve forest lodge - Whale coast

Nestled in an ancient Milkwood forest in the peaceful Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, surrounded by rolling hills of fynbos and majestic mountains, The Forest Lodge features 16 freestanding luxury suites beneath an ancient forest canopy. Each of the suites is stylishly furnished with canopy beds, spacious en-suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views. The lodge features a variety of elegant dining venues, a bar, lounge, curio shop and conference centre. Spacious wooden decks and an infinity pool beckon you to relax and unwind. As the evening descends, cosy fireplaces and subtle lighting create a warm, romantic atmosphere for the perfect dining experience.

Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: Lodge 5 Stars 

Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German, Xhosa

Nº rooms : 16

Special interests : Adventure, Beach - Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture & Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
One bedroom luxury suite

Each suite features a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom with double washbasins, double shower and bath, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities and a separate bathroom, minibar, cosy fireplace, flatscreen TV and DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private deck with outside showers overlooking Walker Bay. Two of the 16 Suites do have a private plunge pool on the deck (no additional costs).

- Unbeatable views from all rooms in the suite
- Freestanding suite nestled in the ancient Milkwood Forest
- Fresh fruit basket in suite daily
- Cozy Fireplace
- Air-conditioning
- Outside Shower
- Under floor Heating
- Free Wi-Fi
- DVD Player & Satellite TV
- Minibar
- Tea- & Coffee making facilities


 
 
 
 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Conference Centre, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony - Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite - Cable Television, Shower, Tea - Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card

Horse riding on the reserve

There’s something special about seeing a place on horseback. Take a slow trot as you appreciate the views or ride down the sweeping sand dunes, the fresh air filling your lungs and exhilaration pumping through your veins.

Horse riding at Grootbos is suitable for anyone, whether you’re a complete novice or a more experienced rider. Go for a relaxed ride through the fynbos or ride one of our special horses that are specifically trained for the beach. Our 22 horses at the Grootbos stables are well exercised and expertly trained, while all of our guides have years of experience in dealing with these noble animals.



 
 
     



Beach horse riding

We also offer a 3-hour beach horse ride along the Walker Bay coastline. The gentle ride starts in the fynbos through the dunes and then onto the beach. The beach is ideal for a gallop or a gentle canter. The Beach outride is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in the rates and this activity is advised for experienced riders only.
Beach Horse Riding is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.




 
 
     



Land-based whale watching ( June - December )

The Southern Right whales visit Walker Bay each year and being witness to them in action whilst they breach and blow is a very special experience to observe.These peaceful giants of the deep come to Walker Bay to mate and calf in the sanctuary of the Bay.. The Walker Bay rocky outcrops offer close viewing points from elevated positions.The Grootbos guides know all the best spots and this guided experience is an experience of a lifetime.

 
 
     



Boat-based whale watching ( June - December )

Grootbos Nature Reserve has an exclusive boat trip, through Dyer Island Cruises, leaving every morning from Kleinbaai harbour. Besides seeing the amazing whales, this trip offers a complete experience of the Marine Big5, which includes the whales, dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and surface viewing of the Great White Shark. The boat comfortably accommodates 20 guests, has a toilet, upper decks, shelter from the sun as well as snacks and drinks provided onboard. The boat also has specialized guides, who can provide all the facts about the whales as well as other interesting information about the magnificent marine life. As these gentle giants are very curious, they often swim right up to the boat to get a better view of the boat and the guests. This trip takes about 2 hours and is a marine experience not to be missed!

Boat-based whale watching is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.

 

 
 
     



Shark cage diving

One of the most exciting experiences at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is the Great White Shark cage diving. Gansbaai has the reputation for being the shark capital of the world. Divers and adventurers travel from all over the world to watch this magnificent creature in the waters around Dyer Island. Every day a number of boats leave Kleinbaai harbour to spend a few hours on the water to view the Great White Sharks from the boat or to go diving in a cage with these elegant and large predators. This is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Cage Diving (No diving experience required!)
This is truly one of the most adventurous activities on our planet, coming face to face with the Great White Shark. No diving experience is required, and all equipment is provided on board. When the sharks are around the boat, the divers get into the cage and the shark is lured to within meters from the cage. As the shark approaches, divers duck under water and marvel in amazement as this awe inspiring creature swims past the cage.
Surface Viewing
Grootbos guests have the choice to either enter the cage on the shark boat or view these magnificent creatures from the top deck of the boat. Surface Viewing is normally suitable for people wanting to see the shark from out of water and not necessarily come face to face with it inside the water. However, it is often commented that one gets a better view of the sharks from the top deck.
Shark Cage Diving is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.

 

 

 
 
     



4 x 4 flower safari

Keep still, listen intently and you’ll be amazed at the things you learn on a botanical safari. With the richest temperate flora in the world and six completely new species never discovered by science before, your time at Grootbos will mean that you’ll never look at plants and flowers in quite the same way again.
The 800 recorded plant species in our 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness will bring the fascinating story of fynbos and forest to life as you touch, smell and see the natural miracles that surround you. Learn how a sunbird’s beak fits perfectly into a flower, why the honey our bees produce is completely unique and how important ravaging fires are for bringing forth new life.
 
 
 
     



Beach excursion

As a guest at Grootbos, there are so many different ways to enjoy the beach. You can take a long, relaxing walk on a solitary shore; laze in the sun on the luxurious white sand; or explore the unique coastal ecosystem while looking out for frolicking whales.

Our guides know exactly where to take you for the best swimming, tanning, walking, whale watching, angling and several other oceanic experiences on offer. We’ll transport you to and from the beach and provide you with a picnic lunch and all the beach accessories you need to enjoy your day in the sun.
Grootbos also offers guided beach tours where you can learn about the unique intertidal ecosystem; the abundant marine life; the coastal vegetation; and the geological forces that gave this coast its dramatic form.



 
 
     



Bird watching

A Bird's eyeview of Birding at Grootbos
Birding is akin to stargazing. On cloudless days, you see a myriad of these jewels flickering and floating in the sky, and once you know where and what to look for, you are transfixed by the ethereal pattern and order in their endless motion.
The Grootbos reserve and surrounding areas are a magnet to a wide variety of rare and endemic bird species feeding and breeding in the rich and diverse habitats. You know birding is not for the birds when you see how the Malachite Sunbird, with its bright green iridescent plumage, compete for attention with the flowering aloes and proteas. Grootbos is a birder friendly establishment endorsed by Birdlife SA. Our knowledgeable guides are geared to give bird watchers of all levels a winged overview of these magnificent creatures that enliven our skies and flora with their beauty and procreative activities.
Let's face it, the dazzling tapestry of fynbos wildflowers on Grootbos is not meant to attract tourists - the colourful displays of petals are nature's magic to lure birds and other pollinators to their nectar in exchange for spreading their pollen.

The beaks of the conspicuous endemic Orange-breasted Sunbird and the Southern Double-collared Sunbird are tailor-made for sipping the sweet stuff from the floral tubes of the various Erica species. You cannot miss the male Cape Sugarbird, with its ridiculously long tail (almost 70% of its total length), feeding on the nectar of Protea species. The impressive tail is solely a decorative testimony to manhood - the longer, the better! They whip their tails to attract females and ward off rivals.
In breeding season (September to April) Grootbos guests will encounter a magnitude of feisty and friendly fellows sticking together albeit they are not of the same feather. The diverse habitats - from fynbos, Milkwood and Afromontane forests to riverine scrub and mountain slopes - accommodate at least 120 different bird species, of which 30% are endemic or near endemic to Southern Africa. These include specials such as the Knysna Woodpecker, Cape Clapper-lark and the Southern Tchagra.
Flagship raptors of the area are the majestic Black Harrier, Jackal Buzzard, Forest Buzzard and African Fish-Eagle. The nearby agricultural fields are home to Blue Cranes, the Agulhas Long-billed Lark and the Denham’s Bustard.
Coastal Birding Tours
Grootbos, in partnership with Dyer Island Cruises, also takes guests on a "game viewing" cruise to Dyer Island, where endemics such as the African Black Oystercatcher, Hartlaub’s Gull, Crowned-, Cape- and Bank Cormorant, African Penguin as well as the Cape Gannet flourish. Pelagic species such as the Shy Albatross, Sooty Shearwater and Giant Petrels are also seen from time to time.



 
 
     



Klipgat cave - an echo of early man

The Klipgat Cave outside De Kelders evokes vivid images of pre-historic times when modern man lived haply in symbiotic harmony with nature off the bounty of land and sea when the coastline was still kilometres away. This historical site in the Walker Bay was home to Middle Stone Age peoples some 70 000 to 80 000 years ago when large antelope such as black wildebeest and the extinct “blaauwbok” still abounded in the bay where dolphins, seals and whales now flourish.

Archaeological findings indicate that these primitive folks mainly lived off plants and smaller animals such as dune mole rats, tortoises and hares. They hunted steenbok and eland, while seabirds, shellfish and seals also formed an important part of their diet.
Dubbed Klipgat Cave (stone with a hole) after the remarkable window-like openings in the limestone rock formations that yield spectacular views of the bay and sea, the site is one of the most important cultural assets in the Western Cape. Innumerable stories of the perils and pleasures of yesteryear’s peoples unfold as layer upon layer of deposits reveal fascinating secrets of the tides, temperatures and living conditions of those early times. Later Stone Age pastoralists, believed to be the Khoekhoen/Khoikhoi, already kept sheep, and probably even cattle and dogs, in this area as early as 2 000 years ago.
They chiselled tools such as “needles” and “spatulas” out of bone to create ornaments, shell beads and pendants. Ostrich eggs were fashioned into water flasks, and tortoise shells served as bowls. These artefacts and bone samples are on display in the Cape Town Museum.
Unfortunately, the bulk of tell-tale everyday details of the loves and losses of man’s early ancestors is forever buried in the crags and crevices of this early home. Around 1713, a devastating smallpox epidemic claimed the lives of the entire local human population. The Klipgat Cave is of World Heritage significance and managed by Cape Nature Conservation.



 
 
     



Spa treatments

For those who just want to relax we offer an array of spa treatments. It is time to tip-toe into a slower world where the mind can drift away on the vapors of luxurious scents, such as sandalwood, arnica and buchu, while the body melts under the soothing touch of our fully qualified beauty therapist. Pampering takes place in the comfort of your own suite. For the tired body, a therapeutic full body massage is a definite must, leaving you in a state of absolute calmness. For the weary feet, reflexology, including a footbath, will most certainly do the trick. Manicures, pedicures, facials and a host of other treatments are available on request in our Bloom Beauty Salon or in the privacy of the suites at Grootbos.
Spa Treatments are not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.



 
 
     



Walks & hikes

Enjoy an entrancing stroll through our Milkwood forest or a more revitalising hike up our fynbos-clad mountains, as you begin to understand what makes Grootbos quite so special. From a sunbird sipping from a flower to an ocean vista that leaves you breathless, surprises await you around every corner.

Trails are all well marked and you can choose between self-guided walks or guided walks, to learn more about these fascinating and secretive eco-systems. Gaze into the petals of a King Protea, breathe in the blackcurrant scent of buchu or simply listen to the exquisite silence that surrounds you.



 
 
     


Lady Stanford river cruise

Hop aboard the Lady Stanford river boat for a iconic and tranquil river cruise that winds its way gently along the picturesque Klein River, toward the Hermanus lagoon. Spend time on the open upper and lower decks of this modern eco-friendly river boat with its quiet, four-stroke boat engines, as you watch a kaleidoscope of natural colour go by.
No expense has been spared when it comes to comfort and luxury on board this vessel that most definitely stands out from the rest. A qualified skipper and experienced interactive guide, who intimately knows the river and all it has to offer, will ensure this journey is a memorable one. The Klein River features more than a hundred bird species which include majestic fish eagles, a flamboyance of pink flamingos and the ever spectacular, blue crane. Keep an eye out for otters, bontebok and horses grazing on the fertile river banks, as you make your way toward the lagoon. Lady Stanford runs daily trips for individual passengers as well as being available exclusively for private functions. The boat can comfortably accommodate 26 passengers.
The River Cruise is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.



 
 
     


Living the future tour

Take a tour with heart as you discover how the entire Grootbos experience has been designed around benefitting the community and environment around you. Learn and connect as you witness how our various projects are changing lives and conserving this protected wilderness.
What is progressive tourism? It’s a term we coined to explain a new way of living that is at the heart of the entire Grootbos experience. It’s about every action we take benefitting someone else or having a positive impact on the environment.
From the freshly grown tomatoes you eat at lunch, to the recycled candles in your room, to the earrings you buy at the gift shop – we’re constantly seeking out new ways to create sustainable livelihoods for the people who call this unique area home.



 
 
     


Fat biking

This is the ultimate ride from Grootbos Nature Reserve down the mountain to the top of the Sand Dunes. The trail to the dunes is special, running on a narrow sandy horse trail through the Fynbos.
When reaching the dunes we will make our way up and across to reach a fantastic downhill section where we will pick up speed before reaching the top of our first vertical dune face. After a briefing on how to ride down the dune we down the face but for those just wanting an easy ride you can go around the side where it is an easy slope. The dune face may feel impossible and dangerous to do but the ride is in fact very controlled and the sand will slow the bike down.

What your mind tells you is impossible will in fact be very enjoyable and easy. I will be at the bottom of the dunes videoing your challenges so remember to smile. I will also teach you how to do slalom like a skiier on a snow ski slope. This is excellent fun on a bike and not too difficult to achieve. After the dunes we will pick up a 4x4 trail down to the beach. From there we will head back up to the car park but for those who are already tired I can bring the 4x4 down to the rocks so you do not have to ride up.

Fat Biking is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.



 
 
     

Red Indigo Forest Lodge

Experience the finest contemporary cuisine in a world-class setting surrounded by exquisite natural beauty. Take in the magnificent panoramic views of Walker Bay and the mountainous planes of pristine fynbos while friendly staff tend to your every culinary desire. And the best part... it's all included in your board.

Savour delectable dishes prepared with organic ingredients produced by our very own Growing the Future food production and social upliftment project.

Delight in the seafood bounty of Walker Bay, enjoy extra-matured beef fillet grilled to perfection and taste award winning wines from local cellars that reflect the essence of the landscape and its people.

 
 
 
 
 
     

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.

Leeu estates - Franschhoek

Leeu Estates, an exclusive five-star boutique hotel property with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, takes central position on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) in the Franschhoek valley. Located between the mountainside and river, just minutes away from the village of Franschhoek, it is the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private hideaway, offering superb comfort, fine dining and platinum service. At the centre of this working wine farm is the meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites. There are two rooms adjacent to The Manor House, and the remaining rooms and suites are located in spacious cottages among the gardens, oak trees and vineyards.

An expression of love, the Bokkie Garden is very close to owner Analjit Singh’s heart. The Afrikaans word bokkie means small buck but is also a term of endearment used by South Africans, comparable to ‘beloved’ or ‘sweetheart’. Pivotal to the Franchesca Watson designed garden with its herd of small buck is ‘Reflective Resonance’ by acclaimed sculptor Angus Taylor. It is a powerful piece in bronze and Belfast granite that is set to become a Franschhoek landmark.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: 5 Stars Guest House
Nº rooms: 17 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, German, Xhosa
Special Interests:  Cycling, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture - Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wine
Classic room

An average size of 42m², the Classic rooms are situated in the Manor House and Max House, and offer various views, from the manicured gardens to the farm dam, orchards, vineyards, dramatic mountain backdrops and the village of Franschhoek.

 
 



Deluxe room

An average size of 55m², the Deluxe rooms are situated in the Manor House, Vineyard Cottage and Cellar Cottage, and offer various views, from the manicured gardens, plum orchards and vineyards to the Franschhoek mountains and village.

 
 



Studio room

These Studio rooms, each with its own terrace and fireplace, are on average 63m² and are situated in the Manor House; Leeu Spa, with easy access to the spa facility, gym and pool; and Pomegranate Cottage, which has its own private courtyard. They all offer views of the manicured gardens, vineyards and mountains.

 
 



Executive suite

An average size of 97m², each spacious suite has its own lounge/study and fireplace. Situated in the Manor House, Terroir Cottage and Max House, the Executive Suites offer various views, from the manicured gardens and vineyards to mountain backdrops.

 
 



Executive suite with terrace

An average size of 94m², each spacious suite has its own lounge/study. Situated in the Manor House, Vineyard Cottage and Cellar Cottage, the Executive Suites with terraces offer various views, from the manicured gardens to mountain and vineyards.

 
   
Vineyard cottage

An average size of 164m², Vineyard Cottage is surrounded by vineyards and offers easy access to the Leeu Spa & Gym and its 15-metre swimming pool, and affords views of the manicured gardens and a mountain backdrop. This cottage houses a Executive Suite with Terrace as well as a Deluxe Room.

 
 
 
   



Max House

An average size of 419m², Max House is housed in an original gabled building that reflects its Cape Dutch heritage and is surrounded by vineyards. It has a courtyard with a private garden and comprises an Executive Suite, two Classic rooms, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a pantry and a kitchen

 
 



Cellar cottage

An average size of 354m² and housed in the original cellar, this heritage building enjoys views of the manicured gardens and vineyards. It comprises an Executive Suite with terrace and a Deluxe room, two terraces leading off the living room which has a fireplace, a pantry, and access to a private garden with a lawn.

 
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Conference Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Travel DeskAirport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

Leu Spa

Set among the vineyards, Leeu Spa is a wellness sanctuary that offers authentic massages and holistic treatments by expert therapists. These tailor-made treatments were inspired by Africa’s rich heritage and traditional rituals. Premium organic products from the innovative Almora, Esse and TheraNaka™ ranges are utilised in the treatments. A range of treatments for children (aged six to 12) is also on offer.

 
 
   



Indaba - the meeting room

Indaba – The Meeting Place at Leeu Estates is a state-of-the-art multipurpose event and meeting venue. The light-filled space, with its open roof trusses, tall windows, timber floors and natural finishes, perfectly complements the collection of art and sculptures by artists such as Deborah Bell and Stanislaw Trzebinski, among others.

Indaba, which is 140 square metres (1 510 square feet) in size and has an elevator, is equipped with audio and video conferencing facilities, a 203.30-centimetre (80-inch) television screen and uncapped high-speed Wi-Fi.

Indaba can accommodate up to 50 guests both inside and on the terrace overlooking the beautiful valley and mountain landscape. The well-appointed venue can host various events, from cocktails, high teas, private parties, exhibitions, product launches, press briefings and seminars, to business meetings and think tank sessions for up to 30 people.

 

 
   
     



The wine studio

The Wine Studio offers a truly immersive wine experience. Housed on Leeu Estates, it is run by the Mullineux & Leeu team, whose knowledgeable tasting room staff will guide guests in the finer nuances of these handcrafted wines.

Each of our in house guests receive a complimentary wine tasting at the Wine Studio during their stay.

   
     
     

 

Franschhoek activities - general

Other activities within Franchhoek that can be arranged via our Concierge includes:

- Complimentary use of the bicycles at each property
- Franschhoek Wine Tram (www.winetram.co.za)
- Hiking in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (www.montrochellehiking.co.za)
- Village Walks
- Franschhoek Motor Museum (www.fmm.co.za)
- Various full day and half day wine tours
- Franschhoek Huguenot Monument (www.museum.co.za)



 
 
     



Garden & Art tours

A relaxing and rewarding way to spend a few hours is a visit to Leeu Estates, a five-star getaway ensconced in 68 hectares (168 acres) of landscaped gardens, manicured vineyards and indigenous fynbos in the Franschhoek valley, and to take a guided tour of the gardens interspersed with artworks. The tours provide an opportunity to connect with art and nature in serene and meditative spaces with exceptional views.

 

 
     
     


Afternoon tea

Join us for a leisurely afternoon tea at Leeu Estates,surrounded by our expansive gardens and art.

 
     
     
Le chêne

Located in The Manor House at Leeu Estates with exceptional valley, vineyard and mountain views, multiple award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst, well-known as the Chef Patron of Le coin Français, oversees a talented culinary team at Le chêne (The Oak). The restaurant serves French-inspired dishes made from local produce with both the name and concept of this dining experience acknowledge Franschhoek’s history: French Hugenots settled in the valley in the 17th century, hence its name of Franschhoek which derives from the Dutch for “French corner”.

 
 
 
 



Other restaurants within Leeu Collection

Within the Leeu Collection we also offer the following restaurants:

Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

The interior design for Tuk Tuk exudes an industrial feel with its vaulted ceiling, exposed brick and sandblasted walls, and copper and stainless steel service pipes running overhead. Patrons can be seated indoors around the microbrewery and watch fine craft beer being expertly brewed or outdoors on the bustling main street of the village.

La Petite Colombe was established at Le Quartier Français by the La Colombe team at Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia. This restaurant, which
complements La Colombe, is driven by celebrity chef Scot Kirton and head chef James Gaag. The Franschhoek kitchen is headed up by talented
young La Colombe chef John Norris-Rogers. Tasting menus focus on the finest local and seasonal produce, recommended with a rare and fine wine
selection. An exciting casual-style eatery at Le Quartier Français, Protégé, recognises talented young chefs and provides them with an opportunity to
put themselves on the map. The restaurant, which complements La Petite Colombe and is also guided by Scot, offers an experience that the locals
can call ‘home’. The fresh, seasonal menu is based on an à la carte offering where guests are free to select as many or as few courses as they desire.
Resident guests at Le Quartier Français enjoy breakfast as part of their room rate.

 
 

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.

Belmond Mount Nelson hotel - Cape Town

Captivating visitors since 1899, Cape Town’s iconic resort hotel is a tranquil hideaway just moments from the city’s buzzing heart. Our 198 individually designed rooms and suites and a host of fabulous facilities appeal equally to romantic couples, families or adventurous groups. Stroll through our expansive gardens, take a tree tour or browse the outdoor sculpture exhibition. Discover the hotel’s history, art and culture on self-guided tours. Enjoy imaginative cuisine in our restaurants and soothing bliss at the spa. Just beyond our gates lies the pulsating city, with stunning beaches and historic hotspots moments away. Forever watching over the hotel is Table Mountain, another wondrous Cape Town landmark.

Your Stay: 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Your rooms: 1 x double room
Info: 5 star
Nº rooms: 198 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, French
Special Interests: Flora, Gourmet, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture - Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Wine
Superior room

These inviting, cosy rooms are perfect for single travellers or for accompanying children. Each boasts a plush king-size or twin beds with luxury linens plus a writing desk and a marble bathroom.


 
     
     


Deluxe room

Deluxe Rooms combine understated charm with modern luxury. Each features a sitting area, perfect to unwind.

Located in the Main Building, the Oasis Wing and Green Park, each Deluxe Room has a unique design and personality. Some rooms offer a balcony, while all enjoy an inviting marble en-suite bathroom.



 
 
     


Junior Suite

For guests requiring more spacious accommodation, Junior Suites offer a bedroom with an open-plan sitting area. Located in the Main Building and Green Park areas of the hotel, some Junior Suites benefit from an inviting balcony.

 
     
     

 

Deluxe Junior suite

Light and airy, Deluxe Junior Suites are found in the Main Building and Green Park wings. They include a spacious bedroom and an inviting open-plan sitting area. Large windows let the outside in, while most have balconies where you can unwind.


 
   
     



Studio suites

Studio Suites enjoy an open plan design, featuring a spacious bedroom and lounge area. They are situated in the Green Park, Helmsley and Taunton House areas of the hotel. Each is appointed with a luxurious marble bathroom, while some also feature a balcony.

 

   
     
     



Deluxe studio suites

Deluxe Studio Suites are found in the Green Park and Helmsley areas of the hotel. They’re a perfect choice for families travelling with children, as the added space allows for a cot or extra bed if required.

 
 
     

 

One bedroom suites

These suites feature spacious bedrooms and a large separate, open-plan lounge area. Many offer an inviting balcony, while some also benefit from a personal wet bar. One Bedroom Suites are found in the Main Building, Helmsley, Hof Villa and Taunton House areas of the hotel.


 
     
     


Deluxe one bedroom suites

Deluxe One Bedroom Suites are found in the Main Building, Green Park, Helmsley, Hof Villa and Taunton House areas of the hotel.
They offer a true taste of grand living. Each boasts a separate bedroom, large lounge and dining area with Nespresso coffee machines. Some have balconies or a guest cloakroom.
Each is luxuriously appointed and individually designed, and some enjoy a walk-in dressing room. Some of these suites have a kitchenette and a wet bar, while all feature marble bathrooms with a walk-in dressing room.



 
 
     


Garden cottage suites

A row of eight restored, historic cottages, adjacent to the secluded pool, make up the Garden Cottage Suites.

A luxurious home away from home, each cottage sits behind a scented rose garden, enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy.

The ideal romantic hideaway for honeymooners and couples. Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.



 
 
     

 

Deluxe garden cottages suites

These magnificently furnished suites have an entrance hall, a large lounge with a fireplace and a dining room. The suite will either have its own private terrace or a balcony overlooking the pool and garden.


 
     
     



Presidential suite

The luxurious Presidential Suite encompasses a stylish marbled entrance hall, a private dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a large lounge leading onto a balcony with stunning views of Table Mountain. There is also a wet bar, complete with a microwave, stove, sink and kitchen utensils.

 

 
     
     

 

Garden cottages
A row of eight restored, historic cottages, adjacent to the secluded pool, make up the Garden Cottage Suites. A luxurious home away from home, each cottage sits behind a scented rose garden, enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy.
Light woods and airy fabric combine with bold splashes of colour to create an inviting, contemporary atmosphere. They also feature four-poster beds and glamorous marble bathrooms, making them ideal for honeymooners and couples.
Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.



 
 
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

Fynbos sunset walks on Table Mountain
Discover the rich diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s Fynbos on Table Mountain with Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of only six Floral Kingdoms in the world and is geographically by far the smallest, yet the richest, most diverse of these plant kingdoms. It is widely recognised as one of the most special places for plants in the world in terms of the number of endemic species. Fynbos (fine bush), the indigenous mountain vegetation, forms a major part of this Cape Floral Kingdom.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers guests a unique opportunity to discover the remarkable diversity of the Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom on Table Mountain, one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature. Enjoy a ramble along the lower slopes of Table Mountain with a dramatic outlook over Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, with an expert mountain and Fynbos guide who will share interesting stories about the “Big Five of Fynbos”– the plant families of Proteas, Ericas, Restios, Bulbs (Irises and Lilies) and Daisies – and uncover many aspects of the natural and cultural history of the Cape and Table Mountain. There will also be plenty of opportunity to photograph plants and flowers encountered during the walk.
The Fynbos Sunset Walks will take place in the late afternoon so guests can enjoy sundowners from an elevated position on the mountainside, watching the sun sink below the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean, a typical Capetonian activity. The tour will last two and a half hours in total which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a day out and about and still be back in time to appreciate this lovely early evening experience.
Booking is recommended when making a room reservation, alternatively, guests may book this tour with the hotel’s concierge department. Bookings are subject to availability and a 24-hour notice period is preferred.
The cost of the Fynbos Sunset Walk on Table Mountain is ZAR 1 600 per person for two guests, ZAR 875 per person for three to five guests and ZAR 650 per person for six to eight guests.
For further queries on the Fynbos Sunset Walks or to make a booking, please contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel reservations on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: reservations.mnh@belmond.com, alternatively contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel concierge on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: concierge.mnh@belmond.com



 
 
     



Hope and harvest in a Cape township

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers guests the opportunity to visit one of South Africa’s most successful and entrepreneurial township farms in Khayelitsha – Abalimi Bezekhaya’s* vegetable garden called Moya we Khaya (spirit of home).

The trip starts with a guided tour past many of the well-known townships such as Langa and Gugulethu, learning about township life, before arriving at Mama Kaba’s beautiful organic vegetable garden, Moya we Khaya. Guests will meet Mama Kaba and enjoy a cup of tea with her as they hear her story about how she started with a small neglected piece of municipal land and how, against all odds, her determination to transform people’s lives turned one small farm into one of the most successful gardening and farming initiatives in the country. For example, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has been buying vegetables, herbs and salads from Abalimi Bezekhaya’s Harvest of Hope programme for the past four years, and the chefs are always wanting more produce from them. There is even a dedicated dish on the hotel menu – the Abalimi Bezekhaya Beetroot and Kale salad - which intrigues most diners.

After tea, visitors can take a walk through the garden with Mama Kaba and pick their preferred produce for their basket, including firm deep-purple eggplant, tasty herbs, sweet tomatoes, luscious fennel, fat carrots, juicy beetroot, everything seasonal, all plump and bursting with freshness. Upon returning to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, the hotel’s creative chefs will weave their magic and transform the ingredients into the most authentic farm to fork salad.

The tour will leave from the hotel at 09h30 in the morning and guests should be back around 12h30 in time to enjoy their super farm fresh salad.

The cost of the tour is R1 500 per person for two guests and R875 per person for a group of four guests. This includes a donation of compost or seedlings for the Moya we Khaya garden as well as the farm fresh salad for lunch.

Booking is recommended when making a room reservation, alternatively guests may book this tour with the hotel’s concierge department. Please note that this is subject to availability and a 48-hour notice period is preferred. For further enquiries, please would you contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel reservations on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: reservations.mnh@belmond.com, alternatively contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel concierge on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: concierge.mnh@belmond.com



 
 
     


Historical tree and garden tour

A zippy one-hour walking tour of ten trees that live in the hotels’ expansive gardens will reveal many fascinating threads of Cape Town’s history. Trees such as the 80 Canary Island Palms that line the driveway entrance or the nearly 200 year old wild Olive Tree have borne silent witness to the colourful ebb and flow of historic events at the Cape and indeed of this historical 116 year old hotel.

Bookings essential at the hotel Concierge and cost is ZAR 300 per person.

 
 
     

 

Artist in residence

We offer guests the opportunity to have their own portrait, or that of their loved ones, painted by artist-in-residence Cyril Coetzee. Not only will an oil portrait rendition be so much better than a photograph, it would also be a treasured artwork painted by none other than the man who was Nelson Mandela’s highly respected portrait specialist. Cyril is also offering oil painting classes at the hotel for guests who would like to enjoy and learn more about this relaxing and rewarding activity. Lessons are offered for one person up to eight and all levels of expertise are accommodated. The easels, canvas and paint materials will all be provided.



 
   
     



Winelands tour

Get a taste of the good life on a tour of Cape Town’s internationally acclaimed winelands. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers half- and full-day tours to the major wine trails, as well as specific red, white and Cap Classique tours.

 

   
     
     


Shopping in Cape Town

From 60s-inspired furniture to home-grown wine, Kloof Street offers an inspiring range of shops. In the historic De Waterkant district upmarket shops sell authentic textiles, jewellery, ceramics, tribal arts and contemporary crafts.

   
     
     

 



African drumming at the Gold Museum

An all-in-one cultural experience, starting with a tour of the Gold Museum, which explores the ancient relationship between gold and the African continent. Afterwards, enjoy a drumming experience with an expert and a live performance before sitting down to a 15-course meal of Cape Malay and African cuisine.

   
     
     

 



Play tennis like a pro

Resident pro tennis coach Barkie McKrea will teach you to improve your serve, volleys and all aspects of your game.
Barkie teaches beginner to advanced players, solo or in groups.
Equipment is available to hire from the hotel.

   
     
     

 

Oasis restaurant

 
The restaurant offers an extensive Mediterranean-inspired buffet as well as an à la carte menu with an impressive selection of grilled meats and roasted line fish.
Guests can also look forward to daily specials harvested from local markets.
The fresh and colourful buffet includes a wide range of seasonal salads, home cured and home smoked charcuterie, fresh seafood and shellfish platters and a variety of South African cheeses. All sauces, tapenades and pates are made in-house and the exceptional breads are baked in The Nellie’s kitchens.
The selection of hot dishes changes daily and could include anything from Roast Beef with assorted baby root vegetable to Cape Malay Chicken Curry.
Sunday lunches are even more resplendent with the addition of a carvery station serving roast beef sirloin, leg of lamb, Beef Wellington, slow cooked slated beef, chicken curry and grilled line fish, as well as a magnificent selection of vegetable dishes.
The Bistro’s relaxed atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a warm and welcoming sunny bite. Complemented by a well thought out wine and cocktail list, and an inviting terrace overlooking the swimming pool.
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Lunch: 12h30 - 3pm
Kindly note that Oasis Bistro is a seasonal restaurant, and closes for lunch during Winter.



 
 
 


The lounge

Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea and light lunches are served daily in The Lounge.

Afternoon Tea at the hotel is a true institution.

Make sure your trip to the Mother City is complete and experience the best afternoon tea Cape Town has to offer. Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber. Follow with a delectable dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves.

Adding a special local flavour is a typical South African milk tart, called “melktert” in Afrikaans.

During the winter months you can also enjoy a selection of warm treats. Expect mushroom empanadas, tomato tarts and chicken pies.

The signature Mount Nelson Tea has been expertly blended from six teas: Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from our garden. In addition, we offer an array of leaf and flowering teas.

Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea are served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.

Morning Tea
Served from 9:30am–12pm

Afternoon Tea
Seating times are available 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Evening Tea:
Served from 6pm to 8h30pm.

 

 
 
     


Chef's table

 

Embark on a journey of culinary discovery at our dynamic Chef’s Table. Prepare for a fun, interactive experience where the sights, sounds, scents and flavours of sublime, creative cuisine are brought irresistibly to life.

You’ll be escorted by one of our chefs from the Planet Bar through to the heart of the hotel kitchen. Behind the hub of activity, an intimate dining space awaits. And so begins a wonderfully immersive experience, as different chefs serve a succession of regional and international specialities, taking you round the world with innovative dishes, from canapés and breads to mains and desserts.

Listen to the industrious sounds of chopping, stirring and sizzling. Breathe in the aromas of succulent meats and rich sauces. Feel the creative energy as you witness Chef Rudi and his talented team in full-throttle action.

It’s all about interacting: talk to the chefs about their specialities, discover stories behind the recipes and the local, seasonal ingredients. Wander into the kitchen to observe delicacies being prepared, even stir a pan or two if you fancy.

Join our chefs on this authentic journey, each one different from the last. Come away deliciously satisfied with an enriched understanding of a dynamic kitchen.



 
   
     




Lord Nelson restaurant

Soak up the atmosphere of our timeless dining room while savouring much-loved classics and impeccable service. The elegant, wood-panelled space dates from the hotel’s inauguration in 1899. It was here that, in 1994, President Nelson Mandela welcomed the world's leaders for the first World Economic Forum ever to be held on African soil. Admire the minstrels’ gallery and the pressed ceilings depicting the history of the British Empire’s South African colonies. Browse a menu of enduring favourites with a contemporary twist, such as Beef Wellington and Crêpes Suzette, served with flair by smartly uniformed staff. Ideal for special occasions or simply to experience the unique old-world charm of this storied dining room.

 

 
 
 


Planet bar

Cool, chic, yet timelessly elegant, Planet Bar throngs all year round with well-heeled Capetonians sipping sundowner cocktails or pre-dinner champagne.

The bar’s stylish celestial décor, quirky touches and comfy couches create a relaxing ambience, whether you’re people-watching from the terrace in the summer or curling up by the fire with a glass of red in the winter.

Planet Bar offers an extensive cocktail menu, a wide selection of champagnes and wines, and an assortment of light menus and canapés.

Open daily from 12.00 until late.

 

 
 
 

TSWALU KALAHARI GAME RESERVE

Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, soulful beauty. Considered important for thousands of years, we’re now striving to conserve this breath-taking landscape for future generations.

Tswalu lets you reconnect with the richness of the earth. It offers an escape to a place that’s governed by the ancient rhythms of the seasons, rather than the clock and the calendar. It offers a vision of hope that brings together conservation, research and unrivalled safari experience. Everything we do is centred around our creed: To leave our world better than how we found it.

Tswalu the Motse - Tswalu Kalahari game reserve

Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is Nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, soulful beauty. Considered important for thousands of years, we’re now striving to conserve this breath-taking landscape for future generations.
Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: 5 stars
Nº rooms: 9 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: English, German, French
Special Interests:  Adventure, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Motse Legae

A ‘village’ of just nine houses (three of which feature a second bedroom for children), The Motse captures the soul of the Kalahari in its design and materials. Private spaces flow effortlessly into waterhole views and beyond to the savannah.

The architecture of The Motse aligns beautifully with Nature to create moments of warmth and coolness, seclusion and shared memories. Bedrooms are illuminated by the sun rising over the ridge behind The Motse, and indigenous trees create pools of shadow. Each space at The Motse invites you in, just as Tswalu beckons you to explore and investigate your surroundings.

 



Motse family suite

Luxury is a given when you are on safari at Tswalu. At The Motse, just 18 adults are accommodated in nine individual legae (suites) made from desert sand, rock and thatch, with every comfort imaginable – open fireplaces, outdoor showers, private sun decks, spacious living areas, separate dressing and study areas and wireless internet.

We have three family legae (suites) which have 2 en-suite bedrooms separated by a large lounge and deck.

At the main lodge elevated decks around the freeform pool, allow panoramic views of the surrounding Kalahari landscapes, and a waterhole popular with wildlife. A spacious lounge and dining area, library, spa, fully-equipped gym, impressive wine cellar and traditional boma complete the luxury facilities.

Tarkuni private villa

Set amid two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is an oasis of serenity with beguiling views on every side. The private homestead accommodates up to 10 guests in five luxurious en-suite bedrooms and boasts a vast open-plan lounge and dining room, and intimate mezzanine library. A covered deck leads to a private tsala and swimming pool. A dedicated guide, tracker and vehicle are at your disposal, while a personal assistant and housekeeper will ensure you are well looked after.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Sala, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Room Service

Your own private safari

With your own dedicated guide and vehicle, you can experience Tswalu exactly the way you want to. There are no fixed schedules or time limits at special sightings – during your stay, the dunes and grasslands are yours to explore the way you want to, and each wildlife encounter can unfold at its own pace.

Just like the sands of the Kalahari, we understand that your priorities can shift during your time at Tswalu. That’s why we’ll never try and shoehorn your experience into a fixed schedule.

Tswalu is unquestionably one of the best places in southern Africa to see cheetah in the wild – the vast open spaces and antelope herds of the Kalahari readily lend themselves to high-speed pursuits. Visiting Tswalu also gives you front-row seats for sightings of species that prove elusive elsewhere, from aardvark and pangolin to Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.

Tswalu’s ecotourism ventures have a notably low ecological impact while also contributing significantly to the sustainability of the reserve and its achievement of its conservation and community upliftment goals. By remaining honest to our guiding principles, we can deliver a safari experience of startling authenticity.

 



Bush walks

Much of Tswalu’s beauty can be found in the smaller details: the ripples left by the wind on the crest a sand dune, a yellow flower opening to face the sun, or the tracks of a porcupine digging for roots. Walking at Tswalu gives you the opportunity to see these and other signs of the abundance of the southern Kalahari, as well as following the tracks of larger species.


Horseback riding

Another exciting game viewing option at Tswalu is a horseback ride

Horseback safaris allow guests to explore the dunes and savannahs on our well-schooled and well-mannered horses, which are suitable for all ages and all levels of experience.

There is no better way to get close to nature and the wildlife. On a horse safari in at Tswalu, you become part of the landscape and many of the animals react differently to your presence. No-one who experiences this kind of closeness with wildlife ever forgets it.

Our equestrian guides are well trained in the Kalahari ecology, and will lead you on a true safari where you can ride alongside antelope, buffalo, zebra and giraffe, or watch them from a distance without detection.

Children are welcome on horseback safaris. Both trail and English saddles are available and every piece of necessary equipment is provided, in every imaginable size.

 


Junior ranger's programme

Children are welcome at Tswalu and the reserve is well equipped to cater for them. Tswalu believes that they too can be part of the conservation vision.

The youngsters will be introduced to the Junior Ranger programme and given a backpack with guides and tools to help them learn about the Kalahari. During their stay they will make their own bow and arrow for archery, learn how to identify spoor, and track game on foot.

In between game walks and drives there are activities at The Motse specially designed to occupy the kids while mom and dad relax. Tswalu’s stables will create a special “pony camp” for any child who shares their passion for horses. There is no malaria in this part of the Kalahari and the pool is a big attraction. They can chat to the rangers, decorate cup cakes and even cook their own bush dinner in the special children’s boma. A separate children’s menu caters for their individual tastes.

Babysitters can be arranged for younger children if parents want time alone.


Tswalu Spa

The Spa and Gym at The Motse provide both relaxation and stimulation for body and mind, with inspiration coming from the savannah views and the use of organic materials both in the construction of this space, and in the spa treatments.

 


Helicopter

Viewing Tswalu from the air is the best way to appreciate the sheer scale of the southern Kalahari. The folds in the land reveal themselves as you look down on mountain peaks where quite possibly no-one has ever walked and trace intertwined game paths that wind through the grasslands.

Flying at either end of the day reveals the fascinating interplay of light and shadow as the land glows warmly or slowly slips into darkness. Watching eland patiently file down to a waterhole, or the puffs of dust raised by the hooves of an oryx on the run are moments that will live with you forever.


Habituated meerkats

Join a group of habituated meerkats as they emerge from their burrows and warm themselves in the rising sun or meet up with them as they return home at the end of the day and groom and play at dusk.

Their gregarious nature and amusing antics (think early morning sunbathing and playing chicken with scorpions) have made meerkats extremely popular as subjects of wildlife documentaries. Our two habituated colonies have accepted the presence of humans without letting it disrupt the important business of grooming and foraging.

Meerkats are just one of the smaller predators which abound at Tswalu: aardwolf, African wild cat and caracal are also frequently seen.

 



The Malori starbed

Watching thousands of stars slowly spin through a black velvet sky as you fall asleep makes a night spent on our Malori sleep-out deck an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a glowing Kalahari sunset as you eat dinner, then see the world anew as birdsong and the strengthening light awaken you at dawn.


San petroglyphs

Join your guide in trying to puzzle out the hidden meanings in millennia-old rock engravings of animals, birds and abstract shapes. Today, no one knows whether they were created as memories, prayers or maps, but their beauty and mystery endure.



Dining

Every moment of every meal at Tswalu reflects the culinary heritage of South Africa and is carefully designed to be as inclusive as possible. Sustainability is key: we forage for Kalahari ingredients and work with local suppliers who share our low-impact ethos.

We believe that luxury is found in contextual, relevant flavours rather than wasteful over-abundance. Our food offering helps tell the story of Tswalu – it’s inspired by and captures the essence of the Kalahari.



Community

As well as being an incredible community of flora and fauna, Tswalu is also an extended human family of people from the Kalahari and beyond. We find strength in our diversity, and because we all share the same vision for the future of Tswalu, we can combine our energies and passion to make Tswalu’s vision a reality.

The Tswalu community consists of our staff members and their families, researchers, visiting doctors that support the healthcare centre, visiting artists in residence, and each of our guests, alongside a wider community of neighbours, conservationists and everyone who cares about the restoration of the Kalahari.

 


The Tswalu foundation

The Tswalu Foundation exists primarily to support ecological research at Tswalu. Through accumulating a growing body of quality output on the fauna, flora and the unique habitat of the southern Kalahari we have been able to make informed conservation management decisions to better support our shared vision.

This information has been made freely available to our neighbours and other interested parties so that, as we seek to add to our shared understanding of this rich and diverse landscape, they too can care for their land in the best long-term interests of the wildlife and people of the Kalahari.

During your stay at Tswalu, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers studying both iconic and more obscure species and witness scientific conservation in progress.

Dining at Tswalu

From a late breakfast at the pool, a picnic in the dunes, a feast in the boma, or sundowners and snacks on your private deck... guests will delight in the delicious gourmet meals prepared by Executive Chef Marnus Scholly.
Every moment of every meal at Tswalu reflects the culinary heritage of South Africa and is carefully designed to be as inclusive as possible. Sustainability is key: we forage for Kalahari ingredients and work with local suppliers who share our low-impact ethos.
We believe that luxury is found in contextual, relevant flavours rather than wasteful over-abundance. Our food offering helps tell the story of Tswalu – it’s inspired by and captures the essence of the Kalahari.
Working in partnership with Michelin-starred South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, our chefs look to reinterpret the flavours they find around them and create unique taste touchpoints at every turn. Our choice of ingredients is only half the story; the context from which they come and in which they are served completes the picture.
Tswalu offers a number of dining options for guests who can dine indoors or out, in the dining room or at the pool deck, and can enjoy their meals at times that suit them.
Tswalu's wine list has been carefully selected from the best South African wines available and guests will enjoy the food and wine pairing menus.