Garden Route & Eastern Cape

Birkenhead main | Luxury Travel DestinationsBirkenhead House

From its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House offers the perfect superior seaside experience. While Birkenhead is luxury accommodation at its best, the hotel is characterised by a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere – relaxation is the order of the day.

 

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Fancourt main | Luxury Travel DestinationsFancourt Hotel & Country Club

Uniquely located Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, an elegant golf and leisure resort, is set at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, in the heart of the Garden Route, on 460 hectares of beautiful South African countryside.  Fancourt is a place of tranquillity and style.  Hospitality in the Historical Manor House, a National Monument, combines old-world values with modern luxuries.

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Grootbos main | Luxury Travel DestinationsGrootbos

Grootbos Nature Reserve nestles in over 1000 hectares of fynbos clad hills above Walker Bay with breath-taking views of dunes, pristine beaches, whales and the distant Cape of Good Hope. Experience the rich flora, mystical milkwood forests and fascinating fauna including close encounters with whales (August to December). The optional activities on offer include 4X4 drives, horse riding, fynbos and beach walks. All these activities are guided by experts in their various fields.

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Kariega main | Luxury Travel DestinationsKariega Game Reserve

Kariega Game Reserve is a private ‘owner operated’ game reserve set in 9000 hectares of pristine wilderness high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley, just 80 minutes from Port Elizabeth. This game reserve incorporates contrasting riverine, bushveld and grassland Eco-systems, and more than 25 species of game, including Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Wildebeest, a wide variety of antelope and more than 200 bird species.

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Samara Private Game Reserve main | Luxury Travel DestinationsSamara Private Game Reserve

Nearly 300 square kilometres of plains and mountains where animals are there just for you: Samara is ideal for those who enjoy nature, space and safari pictures.  Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect serenity with the reserve’s pristine wilderness.  Combining colonial comforts with the essence of Mother Nature, the lodge treats you with exceptional service, meaning you can kick back and allow the tranquility of the Karoo to envelop your soul.

Echoing the pulse of the Karoo, the interiors seek to fuse the elegance of luxury colonial style cottages with the untamed beauty of the African bush.  Cradled in the softest linen, you can lose yourself in the sleepy rhythms of the land as the tranquil sounds of the Karoo lull you into an idyllic state of relaxation and contentment.  Quiet, but not silent, Africa’s voice whispers sweet nothings through the grasses.

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The Marine main | Luxury Travel DestinationsThe Marine Hotel – Hermanus

Perched on top of the cliffs at Hermanus, The Marine has one of the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular seascapes. The Marine has 43 individually decorated bedrooms and suites, each with its own private facilities. Commanding views extend across Walker Bay or over the beautiful internal courtyard, finely manicured gardens and the Overberg Mountains.

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The Plettenberg main | Luxury Travel DestinationsThe Plettenberg

Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Cape and internationally famous as one of the most beautiful holiday resorts in Africa, enjoys a marvellous, temperate climate, winter and summer, with a warm sea temperature, more sunshine and less wind than many other Cape coastal resorts. The Plettenberg is situated in a premier position in Plettenberg Bay.  Built on a dramatic rocky headland which separates the two main swimming beaches, this exclusive hotel, reminiscent of a gracious country house, surrounds its guests with elegance, comfort, privacy and space.

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Shamwari Bayethe main | Luxury Travel DestinationsShamwari Bayethe Lodge

Shamwari is the pinnacle of private game reserve and one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.  Wildlife freely roams the landscape and a premier Big 5 safari is exclusive to Shamwari guests only.  Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation.  Allow nature to blanket you in this seductive lodging. The refined tents are shrouded by the rich vegetation, providing privacy and a feeling of seclusion.

 

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Shamwari Eagles Crag main | Luxury Travel DestinationsShamwari Eagles Crag

Eagles Crag is nestled in a valley and provides the ultimate luxury for the most discerning of travellers. Each of the nine superior rooms has been built to maximize the privacy of the guest in the most tranquil of settings. The en-suite suites boast a private deck with pool, as well as, indoor and outdoor showers. Decorated in light and contemporary colours, with wall-to-wall glass doors on two sides, these suites provide stunning views of the surrounding cliffs. Our luxury spa offers a wide variety of personalized treatments. The upper floor dining room and lounge, and ground floor library, lounge and cocktail bar, all further compliment the guests “African bushveld experience”.

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Shamwari Long Lee Manor main | Luxury Travel DestinationsShamwari Long Lee Manor

Long Lee Manor, originally built in 1910, offers a distinctive Colonial experience. This splendidly restored Edwardian Manor House offers guests refined comfort, congenial service and enticing cuisine in the African bush. Long Lee Manor accommodates 38 guests in 15 elegant en-suite rooms and 3 luxury suites. Sumptuously prepared meals are enjoyed in the main dining room, under the Pepper Tree, or around the open blazing fire at the Barn. A river boma offers an outdoor option for meals.

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Shamwari Riverdene Lodge main | Luxury Travel DestinationsShamwari Riverdene Lodge

The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility ensures entertainment for the whole family.  Rooms are fully air-conditioned; all feature television, telephone and small lounge area, en-suite sandstone bathroom and private balconies leading onto the landscaped gardens.

There are two elegantly furnished casual lounges as well as a magnificent rim flow swimming pool to entice guests to relax and restore their energy.  The lounge opens onto an outdoor barbeque area. Meals can also be taken in the spacious dining room or the magnificent stone boma under thatch with a deck overlooking the Bushmans River.

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