Introducing the Zeitz MOCAA

Time has flown since the The Silo Hotel opened its doors in Cape Town just 6 months ago and today the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) opens. We’d like to extend a massive congratulations to all those involved in the creation of this exceptional museum.

The Zeitz MOCAA is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries, spread over nine floors, are dedicated to a large cutting edge permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute.

The establishment of the museum came about through a confluence of factors. The V&A Waterfront recognised the significance of its Grain Silo complex as an historic landmark and for years debated possible uses. An art museum was eventually decided upon but a collection was needed. The desire was to house something of public civic significance, and something open to the public. It was through Ravi Naidoo that Thomas Heatherwick was introduced to the Grain Silo complex in 2006, and again in 2011. At the same time, Jochen Zeitz was working with curator Mark Coetzee to build a world class collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora with the vision to create the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora on the Africa Continent. The meeting of these two visions resulted in the creation of the not-for-profit public institution since named Zeitz MOCAA.

Imagine forty-two 33 metre high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 metres, with no open space to experience the volume from within. Imagine redesigning this into a functional space that will not only pay tribute to its original industrial design and soul but will become a major, not-for-profit cultural institution housing the most significant collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. The brief given to Heatherwick Studio was to reimagine the Grain Silo Complex at the V&A Waterfront with an architectural intervention inspired by its own historic character. The project called for a solution that would be unique to Africa and create the highest possible quality of exhibition space for the work displayed inside. The V&A Waterfront’s challenge to repurpose what was once the tallest building on the Cape Town skyline caught the imagination of internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick and his innovative team of architects. This was a chance to do more than just appropriate a former industrial building to display art, but to imagine a new kind of museum in an African context.
For more on exhibitions and events – click here.

 

Exceptional Ellerman Experiences

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike. Ellerman House has teamed up with some of the other must-visit destinations in South Africa to offer you a host of irresistable promotions such as:

Honeymoon Special

  • 20% Discount if booked more than 6 months in advance ; 10% discount if booked less than 6 months in advance (discount on accommodation rate)
  • Receive a
- 60 minute couples massage
- sunset cocktails and canapés
  • Romantic 3 course dinner
- Bottle of French Champagne and honeymoon turndown on first evening

Ellerman and Singita

  • BOOK
    – 4 Nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe House Room Category or higher
    – 4 Nights at Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodges in the Kruger National Park
  • RECEIVE
    – A complimentary night at Ellerman House and Singita

Ellerman House and Delaire Graff

  • BOOK
    – 4 Nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe Room Category or higher
    – 3 Nights at Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa
  • RECEIVE
    – 60 minutes couples massage at the Ellerman House Spa
    – Ellerman House Wine Gallery Book
    – Ellerman House Contemporary Art & Design Tour
    – Stellenbosch Contemporary Art Tour
    – Delaire Graff Art Walk
    – 3 Course meal at either Delaire Graff Restaurant of Indochine Restaurant
    – A 60 minute couples massage at Delaire Graff Spa

 

The Journey Promotion

  • 10% discount on accommodation rate
    – 60 minute massage per person in Ellerman House Spa
    – South African brandy and chocolate pairing
    – Ellerman House Wine Gallery Book
    – Ellerman hosue Guided Art Tour through the private collection
    – 10% Discount on first purchase at The Studio (art and diamonds qualify for 5% discount)

Ellerman House and Tswalu Tarkuni Villas

  • BOOK
  • -4 nights in Ellerman House Villa One or Villa Two AND 4 nights at Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead
  • RECEIVE
  • -a complimentary one way flight between the two properties

Ellerman House and Rovos Rail

  • BOOK
    – A Pullman Suite with Rovos Rail
    – A minimum of 4 nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe Spa Room
  • RECEIVE
    – A complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Suite with Rovos Rail at time of booking
    – A complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe House Room at Ellerman House at time of bookin

Please do let us know if you have any questions at all on the above – we’d love to help you book the African luxury experience of a lifetime.

 

 

 

FAQs — 10 Things To Know Before You Go On Safari

Organising a safari is always exciting, however, it can be a little bit daunting if it’s your first time. It’s even daunting for people who have gone on safari before because things change and different places require different things. In order to put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten most frequently asked questions when preparing for a safari.

  1. Are all safaris the same?

Definitely not. There is an incredibly wide variety of safaris to choose from. Most people think of the traditional African safari trips—you know, the Big Five sightings, the African savannah, the vast plains … But, you can also go on boat (mokoro) safaris in Botswana or even ocean safaris in Mozambique! This is a great way to see hippos, elephants, and even crocs up close. Another thing to remember is that there are different types of game drives at different times of the day.

  1. Will I definitely see the Big Five?

This is something that really can’t be guaranteed. Unfortunately, nature is unpredictable, so it really is just all about luck. Don’t get obsessed with seeing the Big Five—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the things that you do see – you will no doubt be blown away by the experience!

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to Africa?

This truly depends on which country in Africa you are visiting, and which country you are coming from. If you are visiting Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, or South Africa, and you are from either the UK or the US, you will not need a visa if your visit will be less than 90 days. If you’re visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, and you’re from the UK or the US, then you will need a visa, but you can obtain one when you arrive in the country for approximately $50.00 per person. If you’re visiting Mozambique or Uganda, and you’re from the US or the UK, then you need to obtain a visa before you travel to these countries.

  1. Do I need to get any vaccines?

Yes. You need to book an appointment with your doctor to make sure that they can recommend the most up-to-date vaccine advice. You need to let them know where you’re going and for how long. Also inform them about any stop-overs that you might be having because if you stop over in Kenya at all, you will need to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Other African countries will not allow you to enter from Kenya if you have not had this vaccine. Most game parks in Africa are malaria areas so it is important to take malaria medication. The vaccines that are generally prescribed are for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and diphtheria, but your doctor will be able to advise you on this.

  1. Which currency will I need to take with me?

It’s best to use US dollars in Africa. However, South Africa does not accept US dollars, and so you will need to take the South African Rand if you will be staying in South Africa. You can use your credit cards as well, although the surcharge might be quite large.

  1. Is it safe to visit Africa?

Of course. We make sure that the countries where we operate our trips are safe, and we are kept up to date with regular updates about each country so we would be the first to know if there were any issues or safety concerns to worry about.

  1. Is there a specific dress code for a safari?

No. It’s important to dress comfortably and casually while you’re on safari. You should, however, take some smart casual clothes to the top lodges for the evenings. You should wear khaki for game drives, and you should bring along a polar fleece jacket for early morning game drives. Pack in a few cardigans or sweaters just to be safe because the evenings are sometimes quite cold. Here are a few more tips on what to pack when going on safari.

  1. Will I be able to charge my electronic devices?

Yes. Most of the lodges have an electricity supply of 240 volts and most use the UK-style plugs. South Africa is the exception because its sockets are either 2 prong or three prong with the larger, round pins. But, you will definitely be able to charge you camera batteries at all of the lodges.

  1. Will food and drinks be included in my accommodation fee?

Most safari lodges include your food and drinks in your accommodation fee but there are exceptions. You need to find out from your safari specialist whether or not your food and drinks will be covered by your specific lodge.

  1. Is it okay to drink the local water?

It’s best to be safe and to limit yourself to bottled water for your time spent in Africa. The safety of the water depends on the area so you can ask the camp manager whether or not the water is safe to drink.

For any other queries or questions you might have please contact us and we will be sure to help you out.

Top 10 Things to do in the Cape

Gorgeous Cape Town—the Mother City truly has it all! From exceptionally spectacular white sandy beaches, magical scenery, and abundant wildlife, to world-renowned gastronomy and a bustling nightlife and party scene, Cape Town has something for everyone. With so many activities to choose from, we have decided to compile a list of the top ten things for you to do in the Cape so that you are equipped for a Cape adventure of a lifetime.

  1. Experience Table Mountain

Certainly at the top of everyone’s list should be a trip to Table Mountain. Table Mountain is famous for being one of the seven natural world wonders. You can catch the five-minute cable car to the top of Table Mountain and soak in the captivating, panoramic view of Cape Town, Table Bay, and the Table Mountain National Park. Once you’re at the top, you can enjoy a bite to eat with the family at the Table Mountain Café, or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not go for a picturesque hike to do a bit of your own exploring? You could always join a guided walk to learn a bit more about Table Mountain and the Cableway. Without a trip to Table Mountain, your visit to the Cape will be incomplete!

  1. Explore the Cape Peninsula

Although Table Mountain is situated in the Cape Peninsula, there is so much more to explore in the area. Unquestionably worth a day out is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The gardens showcase all of South Africa’s finest flora and they are perfect for a relaxing, romantic afternoon stroll. Take a trip to Cape Point—the most south-western point of Africa—and enjoy scenic views and lovely picnics. Boulders Beach is another absolutely awesome experience that visitors can enjoy at the Cape Peninsula. Boulders Beach lets visitors really get up close to South Africa’s famously magnificent African Penguin colony.

 

  1. Enjoy a day out at a game reserve

One of the most beautiful game reserves in the Cape is the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It is home to some of South Africa’s most enchanting indigenous flora. You can find up to 1100 different indigenous plants in the area, and some of these plants can only be found at the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The reserve is also a popular destination for bird-watchers—you can spot up to 250 different types of birds including eagles, sunbirds, and, of course, the endangered African black oystercatchers. There is also plenty of interesting wildlife to spot like the klipspringer, the steenbok, the Cape mountain zebra, and who wouldn’t love a thrilling encounter with the famous Chacma baboons? Another absolutely charming game reserve is the Aquila Private Game Reserve which is famous for its exhilarating night tours.

4. Go whale watching

Splendid ocean views will captivate your soul, and the gorgeous whales and dolphins that you spot will touch your heart. Nothing on the planet is more moving and exciting than spotting a whale. There are plenty of boat-based whale watching tours to choose from, and Walker Bay is one of the best places to go to for a delightful whale watching experience.

  1. Take a dive

South Africa is famous for its diving opportunities. This is mostly because of the very unique meeting of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. This meeting allows for some of the most interesting and spectacularly unique occurrences of marine wildlife. First timers can enjoy an outstanding scuba diving outing and more experienced divers can treat themselves to an electrifying shark diving adventure. Divers can also enjoy exploring all the historical shipwrecks around the Cape of Storms.

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  1. Immerse yourself in South Africa’s unique history

Another bucket-list worthy experience is venturing out to Robben Island to visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell that he was kept in for 20 years. What makes this particular outing so incredibly remarkable is that the tours of the prison are given by former prisoners, which means that visitors are treated to true first-hand accounts of what actually happened on the island. There are also plenty of other museums in the Cape that are definitely worth a day out such as the District Six Museum which pays tribute to the once very vibrant neighbourhood, as well as the First South African Perfume Museum which is truly unique.

  1. Treat yourself to a Wine Tasting Tour

A treat for all wine-lovers—a visit to the Cape Winelands is a definite must. If you’re short on time, be sure to visit Stellenbosch and Franschoek—the two most world-famous wine regions in South Africa. We recommend visiting La Petite Ferme which offers exceptional, award-winning cuisine, and boutique wines from the Franschoek area. If you’re going to be staying in Franschoek be sure to stay at one of the best hotels in the entire world—La Residence. You can book your spot with us here. If you’re planning on visiting Stellenbosch, we suggest staying at Delaire Graff Estate which offers luxury on a completely different level. Some wine estates even offer cellar tours and food pairings which is a real treat.

  1. Go Shopping!

The V&A Waterfront shopping centre is a treat for the shopper in all of us! It is the pinnacle of shopping and entertainment in South Africa. After all of your shopping, be sure to visit the V&A Market Wharf which is perfect for anyone who is passionate about food. Make sure you pick up something uniquely African from the markets in Cape Town to take back to the friends and family who didn’t come along to enjoy the delights of the Cape.

  1. Take a break at the beach

The Cape is home to some of South Africa’s most spectacular beaches—you have to take advantage of the stunning coastline by doing a bit of sun-bathing on the beach with a cocktail in hand, of course! Kids can spend days on the beach exploring rock pools and splashing in the waves. For the adventurers among us, there are plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, and surf. The best beaches are found in seaside towns that have a buzzing nightlife and unique restaurants. Taking a break at the beach is the perfect way to wind down from your Cape adventure.

  1. A treat for foodies

Cape Town is famous for its gastronomy and some of the world’s best restaurants can be found here. The Test Kitchen is Cape Town’s most exclusive restaurant and it has been named one of the World’s Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino. Be sure to visit The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock which is home to fantastic day and night markets and gorgeous farm stalls. And, if cakes, cupcakes, and pies delight your heart, high tea at the Cape Grace is a must.

If you have any questions about visiting the Cape, please do let us know. We can recommend the most luxurious accommodation to stay at while you make the most of your Cape escape. Perhaps look into our Africa’s Cape of Desire grand tour to experience all that the Cape has to offer in absolute style.

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4 Top Cape Restaurants

The Cape is known for its magnificent mountains, amazing scenery, gorgeous blue oceans, rich history, and, of course, its first-class wines and delicious food. We’ve compiled a list of four top restaurants in the Cape that combine delectable food and award-winning wine. Should you be lucky enough to be visiting the Cape soon – make sure you pop by at least one of these amazing eateries – you certainly won’t regret it!

  1. Franschhoek Kitchen

If you’re planning a trip to the Cape, it is essential to visit the Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is our absolute favourite wine district. Its spectacular beauty and its quaint atmosphere make Franschhoek a place to remember. We recommend visiting the Franschhoek kitchen at the Holden Manz winery. It has been rated as one of the leading restaurants in Franschhoek and it is regarded as one of South Africa’s culinary hotspots. This little restaurant enjoys views overlooking beautifully green vineyards and remarkable mountains. The restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bistro-style food made from delicious, locally sourced ingredients. Because they are a sustainability farm, they emphasise seasonal ingredients which means that their menu changes regularly to suit the seasons. Franschhoek Kitchen also provides beautifully presented picnic baskets filled with absolutely delicious and fresh treats, so that you can enjoy a long summer afternoon resting by the picturesque Franschhoek River. And, what would a visit to a vineyard be without indulging in a bit of wine tasting? At Holden Manz, you will have a chance to try their beautifully fragrant Rosé, their barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and their decadent port-style wines.

  1. Fyndraai Restaurant

Nestled between the border of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, you will find the 320-year-old Solms-Delta estate. At this amazing wine estate, you will discover the Fyndraai Restaurant—a restaurant that offers traditional Cape cuisine with a contemporary twist. The dishes aim to promote the assorted culinary heritage of the Cape, and you will therefore find that the dishes showcase European, Asian, and African flavours. The dishes present strong ‘Cape Malay’ influences and blend them with ingredients that were traditionally favoured by the Khoi nomads who used to roam Franschhoek thousands of years ago. Many of the rare and indigenous herbs are actually grown on the farm. You can opt for the tasty, four-course heritage menu, or you can choose to have a wine pairing menu that lets guests sample six glasses of the estate’s wines and six tasty tapas. The estate also allows guests to picnic on its grounds, and the Fyndraai Restaurant creates delicious picnic hampers for its guests.

  1. Greenhouse (Constantia)

If classic elegance is what you’re after, we suggest visiting the Greenhouse. The cuisine is created by the famous Peter Tempelhoff who emphasises the importance of complementary tastes and aromas. The dishes are imaginative and the chefs look to the sea and the garden for their inspiration. For these chefs, ingredients must have meaning and purpose, and they aim to showcase the beauty of South Africa through their cooking. The menu also features some of the best wines from Constantia, and the restaurant pairs its wines beautifully. In 2015, the restaurant won the Boschendal Style Award.

  1. La Colombe

La Colombe is certainly worth a visit if you want to treat yourself to the ultimate fine dining experience. This spectacular restaurant earned its place among the top 100 restaurants in the world in 2016. The restaurant is situated at the Silvermist wine estate on top of Constantia Nek and it has magnificent views of Constantia Valley and Hout Bay. The chefs use ingredients that are sourced from the restaurant’s own organic gardens and therefore, the menu is also a seasonal one. Each dish is perfectly and beautifully presented, and the vibrant colours and flavours of the dishes combine together to create a unique cuisine adventure. The menu pays tribute to deliciously fresh seafood which is an absolute treat when you’re dining in the Cape.

Ode to Julia

Recent traveller, Phillip Vecchio has just returned home after an incredible African safari. In fact, in honour of the trip and how much he loved it, he wrote this “Ode to Julia” our Director who organised the trip for them.

Thank you Phillip for this incredible tribute and for taking the time to share your #iconicmoments with us… in both words and pictures. This is why we do what we do, it’s our purpose – to bring people to Africa and awaken their souls!

Ode to Julia – by Phillip Vecchio

We dreamed of Africa, so hatched a date

But work is too busy, and life is a state

Who to help but a knowing hard tryer

Our ultimate investment in Julia Fryer

The brief was easy, so saturate the best

Budget and planning then put to the test

She knows her stuff and reads me well

Smoothly convincing, no need to hard sell

Julia is practiced but plans with her heart

Beautifully filling our African cart

We Caped, safaried and Victoria Falled

Mesmerised by animals, appearing as called

You mean what you say and say what you know

I will always admire your get up and go

Your ultimate aim is to serve and to please

Not to mention the sparring and a good client tease

Emotional goodbyes but memories for life

Saturated happiness for girl, man and wife

Leaving, believing, so special a place

Smiles and tears embellishing your face

Memories made, and colours so bold

Of sunsets and scenery, and stories untold

As avalanching memories souvenir your soul

Thank you to Julia for her sensational role

 

If ever you travel to continent Afrique

Looking for quality and a journey unique

Unpassable Julia, undoubtedly Iconic

Our toast to you is the best gin and tonic.

Africa’s Top Five Romantic Getaways

Planning a romantic getaway with your loved one? We’re here to help you find only the very best destinations in Africa for that couples getaway you’ve been meaning to plan forever! After all, what could be more romantic than surprising your sweetheart with a trip to exciting and majestic Africa? Safaris, wildlife, adventures, spectacular views and delicious food awaits … Here’s our list of the top five romantic escapes—each one is the epitome of supreme luxury, perfectly combined with lavish romance.

  1. Royal Malewane

Positively the paragon of class and refined grandeur, the Royal Malewane is one of our top picks for a great romantic escape. Surrounded by the majestic African wilderness, couples can enjoy the seclusion and romance that can only come from being immersed in Africa’s beauty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Malewane is truly the queen of African luxury. If a safari is your idea of the perfect romantic escape—and it certainly should be—then this is absolutely the place for you. The Royal Malewane prides itself on the fact that it treats its guests to the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy—perfect for an intimate escapade for you and your darling.

  1. La Residence

Described as the crown jewel of Franschoek, La Residence is a place of abundant opulence ensconced in the middle of the impossible beauty that is the valley of the vineyards. La Residence has been described as one of the best hotels in the whole world, and why wouldn’t it be? It is an absolutely stunning boutique hotel situated in South Africa’s most picturesque valley. A stay at La Residence is definitely something that should be on your bucket-list—the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and your love. La Residence is entirely and unapologetically opulent—luxury that is unrivalled. Each room is extraordinary in its own way—no two rooms look alike, and each one is overwhelming in its beauty. You cannot go wrong at La Residence; its rooms are stunning, the setting is unmatched, and the food is to die for.

  1. White Pearl

Mozambique is the perfect place to spend with your sweetheart. Spectacular, pristine beaches, and outstanding accommodation—like the accommodation offered at the White Pearl—make Mozambique the ultimate romantic getaway destination for couples seeking luxury and perfection. At White Pearl, guests can soak up the summer sun, sip cocktails at the poolside, or venture into or under the turquoise Indian Ocean. Choose from suites that open out onto their very own private beach or suites that are raised up on stilts to showcase the captivating panoramic views of the ocean. Couples can even treat themselves to relaxing spa treatments—all in the comfort of their own suites.

  1. Royal Livingstone

Victorian elegance set in the heart of Africa, the Royal Livingstone is the epitome of old-world charm. Take a stroll in the lush gardens with your loved one and feel the cool Zambezi mist embrace you. Treat yourselves to a luxurious spa treatment in the private gazebo that overlooks the gentle flowing river. And, after a day full of relaxation, you can catch the gorgeous African sunset—with sundecks suspended out over the river you can look out and take in its delightful splendour. To complete each romantic day, you will be able to indulge in a sublime meal under the candle-lit boughs of the Monkey Tree. This is truly a romantic escape to remember.

  1. Ellerman House

Certainly the pinnacle of modern sophistication, and settled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House is the ultimate destination for old-world romance. The charming Edwardian mansion rests upon Lion’s Head Mountain and overlooks the crystal blue ocean that lies beyond. Not only does Ellerman House boast Africa’s greatest art collection, but it also prides itself on its world-class wine selection. The rooms are light and airy, and absolutely spacious; the food is entirely exquisite; and its prime location makes Ellerman House the ideal place to be if you wish to explore the romantic city of Cape Town.

To find out more about these stunning places, click  here or why not take a look at our Royal Romance Tour which combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure, and excitement of Africa by taking you to four different destinations that define luxury and privacy? We promise it will be a tour to remember!

Ellerman House & Singita Special

Are you looking for the ultimate in luxury that South Africa can offer?

Look no further! Two of our favourite properties, Ellerman House and Singita Lebombo have teamed up to offer you an unbeatable special!

BOOK

● 4 Nights at Ellerman House in a Deluxe Room Category or higher
● 4 Nights at Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodges in the Kruger National Park AND RECEIVE
● A complimentary night at Ellerman House and Singita

Valid from 1 April 2017 – 30 September 2017

For more on these two sensational properties:

Ellerman House

Nestled into the side of Signal Hill and boasting some of Cape Town’s most spectacular views lies a magnificent Cape Edwardian mansion that will welcome you with both arms and capture your heart forever. Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike.

Singita

Singita, means “place of miracles,” which truly embodies everything for which this incredible brand has become famous. Astonishing game viewing, amplified by exquisite accommodation and outstanding home-grown cuisine – all with a touch of genuine, warm African hospitality. For many avid African travellers, Singita represents the summit of luxury African safari. This world class experience has been recognised globally with endless awards in numerous travel publications! At last count Singita had in fact won “Top Hotel in the World” awards an implausible 16 times!

Terms & Conditions

4 Nights minimum in either a Deluxe Room category or higher at Ellerman House and 4 nights at Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodges | All standard inclusions apply to both properties | Valid for new reservations and cannot be applied to existing bookings | Please quote promotion at time of booking | Properties reserve the right to limit number of rooms available and/or discontinue when deemed necessary

For more information on this incredible offer please feel free to contact us. 

 

 

 

Africa’s Top 5 Bucket-list Experiences

If travelling to Africa isn’t on your bucket list yet, we’re here to tell you why it should most definitely be. We have compiled a list of the top five African experiences that we think definitely deserve a place on your bucket list. We even have great links to spectacular, first-class places for you to stay at while you cross off your African bucket list items. These are the types of experiences that will remain entrenched in your memory… forever!

  1. Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Known as the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth,’ the Great Migration is a mind-blowing phenomenon that should not be missed by anyone who loves Africa. For a sneak peak of this incredible spectacle watch our video here. Over a million wildebeest make their way through the vast plains of the Serengeti to find better grazing areas. It is the most exquisite mass movement of land animals that takes place in the entire world. Escape to the Serengeti and spend some time in the National Park. If exclusive, and incredible game viewing is what you love, why not stay at Sasakwa House in Singita Sasakwa? It has exquisite views of the infinite Serengeti plains, and it gives one the feeling of going back in time to the colonial era. Singita Faru Faru is another gorgeous option, with its very own beach, and its classic safari lodge feel.

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  1. Climb Table Mountain.

If you’re planning a trip to the Cape, be sure to add hiking up Table Mountain to your bucket list. Once you’re at the top, you can admire the breath-taking view of Cape Town and you will realize the immense scale of the steep mountain slopes and the vast reach of the sparkling blue ocean. There are plenty of places to stay in Cape Town, from the grandiose Cape Grace Hotel to the Victorian beauty that is the Cape Cadogan which dates back to the 1800s, there is truly something for everyone.

  1. Soak in the beauty of Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls is an astounding natural wonder and it is the largest curtain of water in the world. The magic that is Victoria Falls deserves a place on anyone’s bucket list. We recommend staying at the Royal Livingstone Hotel if Victorian elegance is what you’re after. The Victoria Falls Hotel is another delightful place to stay with its tranquil gardens and its Edwardian grandeur. Wherever you stay, we guarantee that you will fall in love with the enchanting Victoria Falls.

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  1. Taste award-winning wine in the Cape Winelands.

Without a doubt, touring the Cape Winelands should certainly be on your bucket list. The Winelands boast spectacular views of captivating mountains and century old vineyards. If you’re looking for a place to stay, we suggest the idyllic valley of Franschhoek. Le Quartier Francais is one of our most favourite establishments. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to truly experience all that this incredible village has to offer. It has an uncanny ability to remind one of a time gone by.

  1. Visit the Kalahari Desert and walk with the Bushmen.

The Bushmen of the Kalahari are the nomads that have lived in the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years. They are remarkable hunters and experts at finding underwater springs. They make their own medicine by using plants from the Kalahari. No one would want to miss out on such an informative and interesting experience. You can stay in Tswalu at the Motse Lodge which is in the heart of the spellbinding Kalahari Desert. It is a place of ultimate peace and is the epitome of a luxury safari destination.

For more ideas on what incredible African experiences to add to your bucket list click here. 

A Day at Bushmans Kloof

Just less than 3 hours from Cape Town is this incredible, fairytale, luxury retreat. One of those that you have to “see it to believe it…” as it really does sound “too good to be true.”

We arrived at Bushman’s Kloof after a very busy week of work… from the minute we drove through the gates we were welcomed by an overwhelming sense of peace and space… we were on holiday… and in heaven at the same time!

Bushmans Kloof is one of those places that has just so much to offer you so to put it in perspective I’m going to take you through an average day at this sensational resort. As you will soon see – it’s far from average!

7:30 Wake up for tea/coffee and rusks in your room

 

8:00 Head off on a game drive with your expert guide. Expect to come across a variety of exquisite plains game including springbok, bontebok, red hartebeest, mountain zebra, gemsbok, black wildebeest and many more. Not to mention a plethora of exquisite Cape birdlife.

8:45 Tea, coffee and delicious treats in amongst the game on the edge of the dam

9:15 Visit some ancient rock paintings at one of the preserved bushman painting sites

10:00 Return to the lodge for a delicious 3 course breakfast in the lovely outdoor Makana restaurant

11:00 Take one of the bikes down into the reserve and go for a little safari/game cycle of your own

12:00 Stop off at the dam for a few laps from one end to the other

12:30 Perhaps take the canoes out for a little paddle and visit the cormorants and  Egyptian geese along the edges of the dam

13:30 A mouth-watering lunch is served at the Homestead where you are bound to be delighted by the service, food and presentation – all of which are sensational!

14:00 Relax on a lounger and have a little afternoon snooze under a warm African sun before dipping into the deep blue rim-flow pools and cooling off

15:00 Head up to the spa for a delightful full body massage and rain shower

16:00 Take some time out in the tranquillity room… finding your zen

16:15 Pop passed Makana to grab some sweet treats from high tea to wake you up for your game drive

16:30 Meet your guide back at the vehicle for the afternoon drive

18:00 Enjoy sunset cocktails or the traditional G&T out in the middle of the reserve with snacks and all. Watch as the fiery African sun descends beyond the rocky outcrops and day turns to night in what feels like the middle of nowhere!

19:30 Pre-dinner drinks await you around the fire in the boma area

20:00 Have your very own private dinner in the walled garden… the MOST romantic of settings. Set under a grove of olive trees, lit only by lanterns in amongst an exquisitely manicured garden – it’s just you, your loved one and the big African sky! Alternatively you can have dinner at Makana… an equally romantic setting.

20:30 Tuck into yet another delicious 3 course meal – the fillet, goat’s cheese salad and chocolate tart all come highly recommended!

22:00 Head out with your ranger on a night drive to do some star-gazing and learn about the galaxies

23:00 Crash… into your lush, oversized bed with only the softest cotton and go to sleep to the sound of the spotted eagle owl outside.

Now does this sound like something you can do for a day or two? I think so!

 

 

 

 

Month on Instagram

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up & was not happy.” Ernest Hemingway.

To say that a visit to Africa is enchanting is an understatement… it’s something that cannot be fully expressed with words or with film but that can only truly be recorded by memory.  Just in case you missed them on Instagram, here are just a few of our most recent memories in our #monthonInstagram: