A Babymoon Safari for Expecting Parents

For some expecting parents, one of the priorities on the to-do list is planning the ultimate babymoon before the stalk arrives. For some it’s a relaxing weekend getaway and others are ready for a long-haul flight and an action-packed two-week stay in the bush.

This is your chance to unwind properly and enjoy each other’s company undisturbed. Whether it’s a quick trip or an extensive vacation, you could expect to indulge in couple’s massages, gourmet dinners, theatre performances, art galleries, outdoor yoga and not forgetting a memorable game drive that will leave you wanting to return with your little one.

 

Create a babymoon bucket-list filled with all the activities that won’t be as easy when two becomes three such as turning up the romance in a luxurious honeymoon-worthy villa overlooking a waterhole or lodges that don’t accommodate under 12’s/young rangers.

 

We’re here to help you plan that final romantic hoorah. If you’re ready to hop on a plane, South Africa is the ideal destination for a pre-baby escape because of its malaria-free game reserves and access to great medical care (just in case). And if you or your better- half are incapable of sitting on a lounger for more than a couple of hours, we’ve incorporated a little bit of adventure for you too…

The best time to experience an unforgettable safari in South Africa is September, when spring is in full force in the Western Cape. You’ll have clear blue skies and temperatures in the early 20s – perfect for exploring and relaxing in the sun.

Begin your babymoon exploring Cape Town where you will find a great balance between fun activities and sophisticated pleasures. This city has everything to offer you, from mocktails on glistening beaches and an incredible city-life to countryside day-trips and time to relax by the pool – which is pretty essential when you’re pregnant. Not only does Cape Town house many great tourist attractions such as Table Mountain and Robben Island , you are centrally located to great smaller towns that are only an hour and a half drive away such as the coastal town of Hermanus and the French-inspired Franschhoek.

Move on to a luxury safari in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve where there is phenomenal game-viewing.  Just 3.5 hours north of Johannesburg and bordering Botswana near Gaborone, this 75 000 hectare reserve is one of South Africa’s largest and finest game reserves. Madikwe Private Game Reserve has become world famous for its Lion and African Wild Dog viewing. The exclusive Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Hills and Jamala Madikwe are equally famous for their bespoke romantic experiences and have become synonymous with luxury and attention to detail. Here you are ensured a romantic, lavish safari retreat.

You can also add the beautiful Kalahari to your itinerary. Located just south of Botswana’s border, it’s the largest private game reserve in South Africa, yet only allowing 30 guests at a time within its borders. Tswalu Kalahari’s lodges were named together as one of National Geographic’s 24 Unique Lodges of the World!

A new baby brings with it great changes and joy for new parents! Soak up these romantic moments with a luxury babymoon safari.  You know what you seek, whether it’s pristine beaches or a brush with the Big Five, our team is here to help you take advantage of the small pleasures.

Cape Town Uncovered

Cape Town has something which will appeal to all travellers – from honeymooners and romantics to big families. The multifaceted city caters for the more adventurous, as well as the leisurely who prefer beaches and spas. Without question, Cape Town is one of the world’s most spectacular cities resting against the iconic “New 7 natural wonders of the world” member, Table Mountain.

Here are a few interesting things you might not know about the Mother City:

Affectionately known as the Mother City by locals and travellers, this city’s nickname derives from theGreek word ‘metros’ meaning mother – as it was the first metropolitan city in South Africa according to Selwyn Davidowitz, a recognised Cape Town tour guide.

Another nickname you may have come across while planning your vacation to Cape Town is Cape of Storms. This name was given b the famous explorer Bartholomew Dias because of the unpredictable weather of the Atlantic Ocean that used to render ships and sailors forsaken just off our coast.

Did you know that Cape Town’s 2011 census survey indicated that 43.2% of the Western Cape’s population is 25 years or younger… This city is a hotspot for young solo travellers.

The celebrated and legendary Table Mountain which began forming around 280 million years ago witnesses at least two nuptial services a month! What better way to begin a romantic life with your beloved than overlooking candyfloss-clouds cascading down the mountain side.Did you know that the plateau of Table Mountaispans almost 22 000 hectares and claims more flora than the entire British Isles or New Zealand?

The Cape Floral Kingdom – a UNESCO world heritage site – is home to nearly 7000 indigenous plants such as the peninsula snapdragon.

Cape Town boasts the only tobogganing track in Africa…If you enjoy the thrill of downhill sledging then head 25km out of the city centre for a day of adventure at Cool Runnings.

Cape Town has been named one of this year’s top 10 cities in the world for surfing.

Meeting certain safety, security and cleanliness standards, eight Cape Town beaches have been given Blue Flag awards by the Blue Flag Campaign. These beaches include Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno, as well as Muizenberg and False Bay.

 

Lion’s Head wasn’t name after wild felines roaming the mountain. In fact, around 300 years ago, Dutch settlers named the peak Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head) and what’s known as Signal Hill today as Leeuwen Staart (Lion’s Tail) because the two peaks formed what resembled a crouching lion.

The Castle of Good Hope was actually built using stone extracted from Signal Hill.

With an abundance of vineyards, it is undeniable that Cape Town is famous for its beautiful farms and wines – our key export!

For more on where to stay in our exquisite Mother City click here.

 

Traveller Review – Birkenhead House

Our very own director John Holley has just returned from a magical stay at Birkenhead House. Here’s what he had to say:

What did you think of Birkenhead House? 

“Birkenhead House is without doubt one of the most incredible boutique hotels I have ever visited. Whilst the setting is absolutely spectacular, in the end it was the attention to detail and genuinely friendly and attentive staff who blew us away.”

If you could describe your trip in one word what would it be? 

“Spectacular / picturesque / breath-taking.”

 

What activities did you get up to on your stay?

“The wine tasting in the Hemel & Aarde Valley is some of the best in South Africa, especially if you enjoy your Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Newton Johnson, Hamilton Russel and Creation Wine Farms are all equally impressive and a must visit!

I equally cannot recommend the jog from Birkenhead House along the sea side cliffs towards Hermanus town highly enough. In my mind this along with the Robberg Peninsula and Chapmans Peak runs is most likely one of the most scenic sea side runs in South Africa.”

What was your favourite thing about the hotel?

“The wine list and food was fantastic but it was the care and general energy shown by every staff member that we came in touch with that will be our lasting memory.”

 

Did you have some delicious wine and food?

“Being in the Hemel & Aarde Valley we tasted some phenomenal wines, perfectly complimented by the fresh and delicious seafood!”

What was your most unforgettable moment?

“An exquisite sunset on the Birkenhead House deck with a glass of Champagne in hand is a moment which any traveller will never forget!”

What was the most surprising thing about your trip? 

“The temperature of the Atlantic Sea took our breath away! Luckily it was a blissful summers day so we negotiated our way through an exhilarating swim.”

Parting words for future travellers? 

“The best boutique luxury hotel in Hermanus is a must visit for so many reasons. Do not make the same mistake we did! Give yourself at least 2 to 3 days to soak up as much time as possible in this special place.”

What would you like to say to the staff at Birkenhead?

“Undoubtedly the best staff I have ever had the pleasure of being hosted by! Thank you once again!”

For more on Birkenhead House and what you can get up to to there, click here. 

Property of the Month – Ellerman House

This month’s property of the month is our most favourite and beautiful boutique hotel, Ellerman House. Perched atop one of Bantry Bay’s cliffs, this palatial residence claims sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. An urban retreat in one of Cape Town’s most exclusive suburbs, visitors have immeasurable relaxation and sight-seeing options as they are in walking distance of both Camps Bay and Clifton beaches and a 10 minute drive from the V & A Waterfront and other local attractions. This property is perfect for those wanting complete exclusivity and privacy in the Mother City. Nothing comes close to its location with the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head behind it and the twinkling of the ocean that stretches out in front.

Ellerman House not only offers the ultimate in Cape luxury but it is an endless heaven to wine lovers and art fanatics alike. It is the incredible art collection at Ellerman House that truly sets this exemplary hotel apart from the many others on the Cape’s shores. On entrance, you are welcomed by a host of portrait shots, by illustrious local artists such as Irma Stern and Pieter van de Westhuizen. But there’s more… the more modern art is to be found in the hotel’s very own Contemporary Art Gallery.

The second but by no means the lesser of Paul Harris’s loves is showcased in his out-of-this-world Wine Gallery. Have a seat and behold the incredible Terroir Wall. A wall built of copper boxes filled with specific soils from innumerate Cape wine farms, assembled to form an educated map of the Cape Wineland’s Terroir.

The hotel itself is the pinnacle of indulgence. The beautiful rolling grass terraces of which there are 3 will provide the best position to relax with a cocktail and take in the breath-taking African sun set over the sea or watch the whales coming into the bay.

 

Whether it’s a light lunch by the sky-blue pool, an afternoon snack from the pantry packed with treats or a 3 course culinary extravagance you will no doubt be blown away. The hotel has a synchronicity and seamlessness like no other as it enables guests to walk into the kitchen and chat to the staff about their meals, enabling only the best hospitality.

Last but certainly not least the rooms themselves guarantee luxury at its highest and with eleven rooms, two suites and two 3-bedroom villas there is something for everyone.