How do you begin to get an authentic taste of Africa’s southerly nation? Well, thanks to the expert guidance of our Local Insider, this trip is a satisfying three-course meal. To start, we’ll delve into the cultural diversity of Cape Town, forged in the fires of the country’s complex past. Next on the table – after Table Mountain, of course – is an exploration of the Garden Route’s sublime natural bounties, from limestone caves to luscious national parks, epic coastlines and endless vineyards. Your dessert? A luxurious stay on a stunning safari game reserve, where you can join us in search of the Big Five and bask in the glory of the South African wilderness. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.
This four-star boutique hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town’s laid-back coastal neighbourhood, is a trendy spot nearby the area’s pretty promenade. Tastefully designed rooms either boast a view of the ocean or the spectacular Signal Hill, while downstairs is a boutique gift shop and the beautiful Zest Restaurant, where high quality, fresh ingredients are the stars of a refreshingly minimalistic menu.
When you first see this country lodge, nestled between the majestic Stellenbosch mountains and the luscious vineyards of Cape Winelands, you’ll understand why Cultivar Guest Lodge is a popular wedding venue. There are just 16 individually designed and decorated rooms here, each named after a different variety of grape, as well as a luxurious garden space, two pools and a rooftop balcony.
This working farm estate near Route 62 is another slice of classic country living. Its peaceful location is a beautiful thing to wake up to, while the incredibly warm, attentive staff will have you feeling like royalty. Come evening the restaurant offers a delicious range of local delicacies, including Bobotie cottage pie and pan-fried ostrich.
This sophisticated spot in the lovely coastal town of Knysna blends contemporary with classic, embracing cool colours and rich fabrics to create a trendy urban chic vibe. The relaxed ambience feels right at home in the middle of Knysna, with the town’s waterfront shopping district and Thesen Island within walking distance.
Kwena Lodge is a five-star luxury safari lodge on the Gondwana Game Reserve, home to 11,000ha (over 27,000 acres) of private wilderness. The lodge puts a modern twist on traditional Khoi-San huts, with each suite nestled amid natural surroundings, boasting 180-degree views of the spectacular mountainous landscape. There is an infinity pool, open-plan lounge and bar, plus gorgeous indoor and outdoor dining options. As well as game drives, the reserve offers Fynbos walks, picnics, free mountain bike usage, spa treatments and much more.