5 hidden gems in South Africa – book for 2016

Escaping the big smoke is something we all long for every now and then and, in this ridiculously fast-paced world, it’s becoming both more important and more difficult to do. A time to unplug; to reconnect with nature and family; to enjoy the simple pleasures of watching the sun rise and the sun set whilst sipping a G&T. There are lots of hidden gems here in South Africa but these five are among our favourites.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge

1. Grand Dedale Country House

You don’t have to go far to find a little corner of paradise and the Grand Dedale Country House is only 1 and ½ hour’s drive from Cape Town. Located close to Wellington at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, this elegant Cape Dutch property has been exquisitely restored and offers pure peace and tranquility. Book in to the honeymoon suite, a separate thatched stone cottage, set amongst the vines or stay in the main house and relax at the poolside. Find out more… 

Relax by the pool

Relax by the pool at Grand Dedale

2. MannaBay Fine Boutique Hotel

If you are planning a trip to Cape Town and you would like to see the sights and explore the peninsula, MannaBay is a secret hideaway which you will love coming back to. It is a stone’s throw away from many of the main attractions and yet it has a sense of utter peace and calm. White marble bathrooms, air-conditioning, under-floor heating for the winter months, complementary high tea and the superb interiors, all contribute to making MannaBay one of our favourites. Read more…

Full of character - MannaBay in Cape Town

Full of character – MannaBay in Cape Town

3. Tsala Treetop Lodge

Are you heading up the Garden Route? With so much to see and do, and a lot of distance to cover, Tsala Treetop Lodge is the ultimate peaceful escape near Plettenberg Bay. Among the treetops of an age old indigenous forest, you will find private seclusion in one of ten luxury stone, wood and glass, treetop suites. Dip into the infinity pool which looks over the forest canopy and soak in this magic, before setting off for more Garden Route adventure. Book now…

Magical Tsala night

Magical Tsala night

4. Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

If you love your food, then this could be your heaven. Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is the ultimate in romantic gourmet getaways. Stop off here for two nights whilst exploring the beautiful Drakensberg. It is two hours from Durban airport so it also works well with any KwaZulu Natal itinerary. Richard and Mouse Poynton have worked extremely hard to earn this little gem its exceptional reputation and you’ll be in for a treat, especially when it comes wining and dining.

Cleopatra and surrounds

Cleopatra and surrounds

5. Singita Boulders

If your idea of the perfect retreat is to escape into the African wilderness to hear the fish eagles cry and the lions roar, then Singita Boulders could top your wanderlust list. Singita Boulders Lodge lies along the banks of the Sand River in Sabi Sands, a privately owned game reserve that runs adjacent to the world famous Kruger National Park. With unfenced borders, this pristine wilderness region offers some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing in the country, plus jaw-droppingly beautiful accommodation. Just look at this view. Find out more…

Luxury? Something more rustic? Ask your travel agent to help.

Luxury? Something more rustic? Ask your travel agent to help.

Keen to escape the hustle and bustle? We bet you are. Give us a ring and we’ll put together an itinerary that will be sure to knock your socks off and give you all the peace and tranquility you need.

About the Author
Richard is the Founding MD of Greatest Africa & Richard Hilton Vineyards. He lives in Somerset West with his wife and two daughters. He is passionate about the Cape, travel, global wines, wine education and sharing his experiences of this beautiful country that he calls home.

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