Collected by Deb Smit
Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
One of the five lodging options within the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game concession, Faru Faru Lodge sits amid dense woodland on the bank of the Grumeti River. Originally inspired by a mid-20th-century botanist’s camp, each...
R43, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Grootbos sits on a stretch of coast famed for its fynbos, an incredibly diverse natural shrubland. Guests may see one of 765 plant species while hiking the property’s trails. The ocean’s “big five” are the other draw: Boat trips from Walker Bay...
In the western Sahara Desert, surrounded by red dunes, Erg Chigaga could be mistaken for a campsite on Mars. The remoteness is part of the appeal. A day might start with a camel ride followed by a picnic beneath a tamarix tree, then drinks atop...
Paje Beach, Paje, Tanzania
Calm waters and year-round winds have made the southeast coast of Zanzibar a hot spot for kite surfing. To mix the action with some pampering, book a stay at White Sand, an 11 villa resort with its own kite-surfing school. (June to September and...
The local culture gets as much attention as the wildlife at Nduara Loliondo. Open December through April, the camp sits on private Masai land in the eastern Serengeti. In a nod to the nomadic culture of the Masai, the lounge and dining tents are...
192 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
Housed in the splendid Casa Labia, a stately home on Cape Town’s False Bay Coast, overlooking the ocean in Muizenberg this is the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Ideally situated for those undertaking a tour to Cape Point,...
2 Lille, Courtrai, Paarl, 7646, South Africa
A hidden gem in the Cape Winelands, in the historic town of Paarl, convenient to Cape Town, surrounded by landmark wine estates below the huge granite outcrop above Paarl Mountain, is the privately owned charming small property, The Light House...
ERF 839 Old Rhodes Drive Jeep Track, off Constantia Nek circle, Constantia/ Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
An unexplored highlight for those seeking out fine local art and craftwork whilst visiting the Cape, is a visit to a picturesque property nestled above the Constantia Valley in Cape Town which was donated to the Light From Africa Foundation in...
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Step into Orient-Express’s flagship Cape Town hotel The Mount Nelson, locally called ‘The Nellie’, in its central garden setting for cool cocktails with the movie crowd and others. Sit inside, or outside on the terrace of the hotel’s funky ‘Planet...
R60, South Africa
The Cape Winelands are far more extensive than many imagine. Well worth the journey is ‘Route 62’ from Cape Town to the Garden Route, and a convenient new stop on this scenic route is ‘Mo & Rose’ a stylish new boutique guest house and wine bistro,...
71 Waterkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hemelhuijs is a stylish and intimate oasis in downtown Cape Town, perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast or lunch. The menus are seasonal, featuring fresh ingredients and modern South African cuisine with tempting savory and sweet items, like...
232 Kloof Rd, Clifton, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
A refreshing addition to the accommodation scene in Cape Town, is ‘Cape View’, a remodelled apartment building, in an elevated location with glorious ocean views on exclusive Kloof Road, overlooking 1st Beach, Clifton. Privately owned with a warm...
25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
As time passes and memories fade we all would do well to make the effort to remember. Here at the District Six Museum in Cape Town you can learn about the experiences of one vital neighborhood dismantled under apartheid. Photographs and words...
Klapmuts - Simondium Rd, Simondium, Paarl, 7670, South Africa
About an hour outside of Capetown, Babylonstoren is one of South Africa’s oldest werfs, or farmyards. In 2010, Karen Roos, a former editor at South Africa’s Elle Decoration, reimagined the property as a fantasy farm stay with an eight...
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