Well…where to start with this incredible property?
Prana Lodge is located in the quaint seaside town of Chintsa on South Africa's Wild Coast. It’s called a Beach Estate because it sits right on the edge of one of the longest and most pristine beaches I have ever seen, stretching as far as the eye can see and on the day that we were there a beautiful flat, calm ocean.
Recently we embarked on a 2-week, 5000km road trip around South Africa. You may be thinking, why? You live in South Africa. And my answer would be that everyone should experience where they live and especially South Africa!
How many times have you heard people saying that they haven’t been somewhere they would like to go that is so nearby…?
Well for me, when I used to live in the UK a 2 hour drive would be a long distance to travel. On this trip, I definitely got used to much longer drives each day, our longest drive was 9 hours straight.
Situated on the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains, named after Simon Van Derstel, 1st Governor of the Cape Dutch Colony you will find Babylonstoren.
Trying to come up with superlatives to describe Ellerman House is like taking a picture of the very best view you’ve ever seen and realising how it just never does the landscape justice (at least when I take photos) and the descriptions I give for Ellerman House will wain in comparison to experiencing it first hand.
Eco-luxurious hideaway just outside Stanford
Harry and Steyn have a vision. To live a life where they have no impact on the planet. But they don’t just want to promote this lifestyle; they wish to show people what it feels like. Their passion, vision and incredible attitudes have allowed them to create an Eden, paradise on a 40 acre piece of land where everyone originally told them it would be “impossible” to complete this dream design. All of their critics thought that they were crazy, but piece by piece an eco-lodge began to appear.
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Films often start with a view of a bedroom that leads straight onto a white sand beach, with the glistening ocean stretching on forever. Naturally we all think either, “I wish” or “yeah right”, well we’re here to say that it does exist and that this luxurious hotel will deliver all of your dreams. We took a great sunset walk along the waters-edge in the evening before heading back for a delicious dinner. In the morning, we braved the cold water and dipped our toes in before we had to head back to the City.
Escapism is to imagine a break from reality or routine. For those of you who picture an incredible landscape of mountains, wildlife, a lagoon, a beach and the ocean all in one place, look no further than Mosaic Private Sanctuary. This is no exaggeration, Mosaic’s position in Stanford, a short trip from Hermanus, is right next to the Hermanus Lagoon. The Kleinrivier Mountains provide an impressive backdrop and reflection across the water. If you venture this way when there is a little rain, this mountain range provides great waterfall viewing. Opposite the mountain range, you will find a SAN Park (South African National Park) where fynbos and wildlife take presedence. Huge white sand dunes rise up in front of you straight out of the bush and lead to the sea, where whales can be spotted during the season. You might find all of that difficult to imagine, so the only way to experience it properly, is to visit.
A phoenix has risen from the ashes.
Have you or will you, ever be looking for a romantic destination for Valentines Day? A weekend break? Your honeymoon? Well you don’t need to search for the perfect location any longer, it’s here in Cape Town. Tintswalo Atlantic, sits right on the ocean, within the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, the only hotel within this prestigious reserve.
December is a time of festivity and celebration. We had an early cause for celebration as we were invited to spend the night at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. A reserve in the Cape Floral Kingdom so plentiful, it has three times more plant species on its 2500 hectares than the Amazon Rainforest. The lodges themselves get lost in the Fynbos and the ancient, unfortunately now rare Milkwood forest.
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