Last year, we compiled a list of ” WhereToStay’s Top 20 Stays in South Africa for Under R350“, which was shared over 3000 times. So, we decided that we need to make another list, showing off some of the hidden gems that don’t require you to mortgage your house in order to be able to get away from it all.
African Olive Country Estate is a privately owned establishment which forms part of the gateway to the Domeland – the Vredefort Dome World Heritage site – a natural wonder of ± 300 km in diameter, the result of 2km asteroid ( about the size of Table Mountain), that collided with earth some 2020 million years ago. The estate boasts 5 Ha of natural Domeland. They may not be positioned next to the mighty Vaal River however they do have the century old Vaal River Canal passing through the estate, offering you a peaceful tranquil country atmosphere. Enjoy the beauty of nature together with the farm animals such as cattle, chickens and guinea fowl.
The three luxury ground floor sea facing rooms allow you to walk straight out to the beach from your private patio while the fourth sea facing room on the first floor has great views and direct access to the beach via its own staircase. Sun tanning on the beach or in the courtyard around the private pool can also be enjoyed. Full breakfasts are served upstairs in the guest dining room where the formal lounge, small library and bar are situated – all are for the exclusive use of their guests and have beautiful views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Hoopoe Haven is positioned on 2 acres of landscaped gardens in the countryside with horse trails and a beautiful view of the Magaliesburg Mountains. It is a place to relax and unwind in the peace and quiet of the countryside. One can watch the magnificent birdlife while you have a sundowner, a braai on the patio, or a cooling swim in the crystal clear pool, with a beautiful sunset in the background. If you decide to stay up late on a clear evening you may even be lucky enough to hear the roar of the lions from the lion park.
It’s all too easy to dismiss the Magaliesberg as an insignificant row of hills, but mountaineers know and revere its hidden forests and criss-crossing gorges, each a wonderland of hanging gardens, quartzitic walls, waterfalls and boulder-flanked pools. Best of all is Tonquani, the home from home of Gauteng rock climbers and nature lovers.
Stop at the top of the Tierkloof in the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve at Rustenberg and make your way down to the rock pools. Formed in the quartz above the Tierkloof Waterfall, they are like private spa baths with spectacular views.
With summer fast approaching, the tourists are headed for the shores to embrace the divine weather and to soak up some rays.
Summer is great – it’s like Christmas morning, falling in love, winning the world cup and the Olympics all in one glorious 3 month period. Summer embodies everything that life is really about, love, happiness and general good times. This being said, great care must be taken not to waste a single solitary second of it because when it ends, you will realize just how magical it is.
So just to give you a taste of what is on offer, we picked out 10 of our favourite beach houses in Southern Africa. It’s OK, you’re allowed to drool.
The three luxury ground floor sea facing rooms allow you to walk straight out to the beach from your private patio while the fourth sea facing room on the first floor has great views and direct access to the beach via its own staircase. The beautifully decorated courtyard room has a patio from which you can view the sea as well as direct access to the beach.
Go and spoil yourself in this brand new, modern state of the art and very spacious 4-bedroom home. It is elevated on the water’s edge barely an arm’s length from the calm sheltered Bay of Whispers, or Fluisterbaai, because of the little waves softly rolling out onto the 3 km long Golden Mile beach. Continue reading →