South Africa is known as one of the best safari destinations in the world but is also has a more peaceful and tranquil side, none more so than it’s attractive non malarial Garden Route which often sees self drivers enjoy some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Along the way you will experience everything from wild flowers to whales, and some of South Africa’s most exceptional restaurants. Here we describe some of our favourite properties in this amazing area of Southern South Africa.
Tsala has ten private treetop suites that are tucked into the forest canopy. They are constructed of stone, wood and glass. Each room has a fireplace and a spacious bathroom. The suites have a private deck and their own infinity pool extending into the forest, which is nothing short of magical – it is the ultimate place for privacy. Tsala also has six treetop villas that are built high above the ground with views of the forest below. Each suite has in indoor and outdoor showers and a large lounge with a fireplace and dining area. They also come with a private deck and an infinity pool, perfect for a family holiday or honeymoon alike.
Hog Hollow has sixteen suites of which are all situated in the gardens surrounding the main house. The beds are king size and the suites have a well-stocked mini bar, you will be utterly spoilt throughout your stay. You can sit out on your private wooden deck enveloped in the warmth of the African sun. The main house has a large dining room table where guests plan their daily activities over breakfast and then later on they can unwind in the evening around the Boma which is a place for festive occasions and where you can end the day on a pile of comfy cushions with a camp fire nearby, and your favourite drink in hand. The lodge offers many activities such as walking from the lodge through the forest to Monkeyland Primate Sancutary or The Birds of Eden or The Elephant Sanctuary. Or you can go and see the wild cats at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and a Snake and Crocodile sanctuary is also located nearby. A little further up the road there is the highest bungee jump in the world and the Treetops Canopy tours. About 20km from the lodge is the local town, which is close by to the warm Indian Ocean with Robberg Peninsula as a backdrop, here you will find many things to interest you such as, a boat-based whale and dolphin trip around the bay with Ocean Blue Adventures – all of this with the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa.
SHAMWARI – Shamwari is the perfect stop after your Garden Route tour, to see abundant wildlife.
Luxury accommodation is offered in six different lodges at Shamwari Game Reserve, all of which are 5* graded so there really is something for everyone. The Eagles Crag Lodge has nine detached suites that can sleep a maximum of two adults, it includes a private plunge pool with a deck. Villa Lobengula has six suites which can have a maximum of two adults in them. Long Lee Manor has 15 bedrooms that can sleep a maximum of two adults, it also includes its’ own two private swimming pools, and relaxation retreat with two therapy rooms, steam room and sauna, fitness centre and in and outdoor dining facilities, and of course a temperature controlled wine cellar. Bayethe lodge has 12 detached tents that can sleep a maximum of two adults each, they also include their own plunge pools. Riverdene Lodge has nine luxury rooms each being able to share with one child and finally, Sarili Lodge has four rooms and one suite that can accommodate two adults each. Shamwari offers a range of activities including game drives, reading, spa treatments, swimming, enjoying delicious food or a game walk, you can visit one of the two Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre or The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Of course there are many more properties on the Garden Route which we haven’t mentioned but these are certainly the best.