From today, 1 July, travel in South Africa is opening and hoteliers from Plettenberg Bay to Poffadder are preparing to get back to business. Of course it wont be the same as pre-lockdown. Sanitary sprays will replace welcome towels and masks will cover the warm smiles of the wonderful hospitality staff. And for a time you will not be able to have a glass of wine with your fillet steak. But the fact is there is now  a chance to get back onto the open road, into the mountains and back to nature and in some cases at a fraction of the normal cost is hugely compelling. The easing of lockdowns comes at a time when infections are rising in South Africa but if you travel in your own car, with people you know and stay in self-contained places the chances are that you will be at now greater risk than staying at home. I can strongly support the idea of moving away from the city and exploring into the wild and have plucked out a few choice whole stay options which range in price from R800 to R2000 per person per night that may be of interest to travellers. Please note that currently only intra-provincial travel is allowed. This is a SADC offer

Western Cape offers

Grootbos – from R2000 per person per night

Imagine staying in a own five-star private home overlooking the fynbos fields of the Overberg and Walker bay. Grootbos has two private villas and, according to owner Michael Lutzeyer some terrific wines that they cant wait to share. Private activities from flower photographer, to horse riding and mountain biking are on offer.

Morokuru — from R2000 per person per night

Morokuru

Situated in the heart of De Hoop Nature Reserve, Ocean House is one of the finest collections in our Villas portfolio and offers five star Relais&Chateau food and service right on the shore and great for whale watching, ocean walks and relaxation. The outdoor hot tub is wood fired and deliciously warm. This whole stay property is ideal for groups of up to 12 people. The team at Morokuru all live on site and so the chance of infections is very low. The house is absolutely fantastic.

Lekkerwater – from R1000 per person per night

This lodge is also De Hoop Nature Reserve is part of the Natural Selections Portfolio and is offering sole use of their lodge at R12000 during midweek. I have not yet visited this lodge personally but it has a great reputation and the location is fit for a king.

 

 

La Cle Lodge – Franschoek – from R1400 per person per night

Move in and make La Cle Lodge your home at a rate of R14290 per night until end of September. Special SADC offer.  The villa has 5 rooms and it includes bed and breakfast. Dinners by arrangment. Explore by mountain bike.

 

Mount Cedar – from R800 per person per night

A lovely set of self catering lodges deep in the Cedarberg with some of the clearest skies you can imagine. Canoes, hot tubs, fireside meals and great wines from nearby Cedarberg wineries. The restaurant has wonderful staff and serves some of the best lamb shank I have ever enjoyed. Guided activities, canoeing, walking, wine tasting, olive tours are also available on request.

Bushmanskloof – from R2500 per person per night

Game drives, flowers, amazing rock art is all to be found at the luxurious five-star Relais & Chateau Bushmanskloof. The self contained  Koro Lodge  is a private villa and has a rate of R20 0000 per night for four people using their stay 3 and pay 2 offer. The luxury home accommodates up to 8 people and is a great place to isolate.

Mpumalanga

Kirkmans Camp

Mala Mala

We are able to offer rates of R5900 a person a night to visitors to Mala Mala. This is the top wildlife real estate in the country and you can be assured of seeing great wildlife. Kick a tree here and a leopard falls out. Plus the scenery is spectacular. Please note that this rate applies to Main Lodge which is not a villa. But I did bump into Kenny Rogers there and if was good enough for him… well. 🙂 Also please see details of a workshop offer below.

uMsisi Lodge

uMsisi is a family run private house bordering Kruger National Park is offering amazing accommodation, wonderful breakfasts and incredible dinners for a very good rate for South Africans. The house is available to groups of 4 people and above for R40 000 for a four night stay. There is an extra cost for additional adults. The house is yours to enjoy and Kruger Park and the Panorama route are on your doorstep.

 

…. do have a look at our villasandafrica.com which has plenty more villas to choose from.

… and don’t forget about our very intimate photo workshops which have a maximum of 6 people per trip and a great way for individual travellers to join small groups of likeminded people.

We are planning a couple of photographic tours in August and September when things start to open up more fully to Mala Mala and also to the Cederberg. You can read more about them here. https://www.photosandafrica.com/blog/last-minute-sadc-workshop-specials/