Namibia’s Pride – Desert Lions Of The Skeleton Coast

“The image of a lion walking along an isolated beach has captured the imagination of many filmmakers, scientists, and wildlife enthusiasts, and over recent years the story of the desert lion population has unfolded. They have survived against all odds, and continue to strive to exist in one of the worlds harshest environments.

The elusive desert-adapted lions of Namibia can live without water for extended periods. The little moisture they do take in is obtained from the blood of their prey. To find their prey, they need to travel very long distances in search of food, and hunger will drive them to take risks when hunting larger prey. They will also sometimes use the little energy they do have to settle for smaller prey like mice – prey that other lions will see as a waste of time.

Walking over the hot desert sand, their legs tend to be a little bit longer than ‘regular’ lions, while to withstand the cold of the night, their coats are slightly thicker. To cool their bodies down they pant, and sweat through the pads of their paws.
These secretive cats roam the rugged mountains, majestic sand dunes, gravel plains, scrublands and beaches of the Skeleton Coast, in constant danger, everlasting hunger and thirst, and inevitable suffering.”

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Top 8 Places To Pop The Question

If you’re looking for the ultimate in romance, these magnificent places are where you’re sure to get a resounding YES!

Inhassoro – Mozambique

Quietly waiting on the shores of Mozambique, is Rio Azul, an untouched paradise meaning ‘Blue River’. Inhassoro Holiday Resort accommodation at Rio Azul Lodge offers the perfect haven to rest, and restore one’s soul while soaking in the breathtakingly beautiful views of the endlessly blue estuary.
The lodge faces west and enjoys spectacular sunsets in a quiet and peaceful setting of your own personal utopia – the ideal setting for honeymoons.

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Inhassoro Holiday Resort accommodation at Rio Azul Lodge

Inhassoro Holiday Resort Accommodation At Rio Azul Lodge

Okavango Delta – Botswana

Known as ‘Africa’s Last Eden’, the Okavango Delta lying in the heart of Botswana is one of Africa’s truly great wildernesses, and here you will find Botswana Game Reserve & Bush Lodge accommodation at Pom Pom Camp, where hippos grunt and frolic in front of a camp that is surrounded by miles of reeds. In a clear water oasis ‘makoro’s’ offer you a wonderful means of viewing wildlife as you glide between palm fringed islands.
Overlooking a scenic lagoon and quietly nestling under a grove of shady trees, Pom Pom Camp is built and designed in the style of safari camps of old. Large walk-in tents, all with roofless bathrooms enclosed for privacy, offer you a truly unique bush adventure. This is a camp for the safari traditionalist!

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Botswana Game Reserve & Bush Lodge accommodation at Pom Pom Camp

Botswana Game Reserve & Bush Lodge Accommodation At Pom Pom Camp

Gods Window – Mpumalanga

You will feel small and insignificant as you gaze from God’s Window onto the endless savannah of the lowveld – a majestic sight, awe-inspiring evidence of God’s handiwork.
Stay in nearby Graskop, and treat yourself to a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience in Graskop Hotel accommodation at Flycatcher Castle – a magnificent masterpiece set in the style of a 17th century Italian Castle. Besides superb lodgings, guests can indulge their senses with specially prepared Bohemian cooking and classical music at the Rosenkavalier Restaurant.

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Graskop Hotel accommodation at Flycatcher Castle

Graskop Hotel Accommodation At Flycatcher Castle

Drakensberg – KwaZulu Natal

Composed of dramatic contrasts of mighty, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls, rolling green foothills, tumbling streams and yellowwood forests, the Drakensberg is endowed with the most beautiful scenery imaginable, and is undoubtedly the place that will get you back to nature, and restore your soul.
Discover paradise at the Cathedral Peak Hotel. From its cosy setting in a quiet valley, visitors look out onto a jagged ridge of mountains, where you can watch evening descend on the valley from the hotel patio, then dine in elegance on superb cuisine, and later, gather around a roaring log fire at the well-known late night Harry’s Bar.

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Drakensberg Hotel Accommodation At Cathedral Peak Hotel

Drakensberg Hotel Accommodation At Cathedral Peak Hotel

Mabibi, Lake Sibaya – Zululand, KZN

The intimate, wilderness beach at Thonga Beach LodgeMabibi, Lake Sibaya Holiday Resort accommodation, is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and unspoilt off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa.
Set above a private, sandy beach and nestled into magnificent coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge captures the essence of a luxury Robinson Crusoe hideaway. Traditional Thonga fishing villages provided the inspiration for this unique retreat that celebrates the true spirit of Mother Nature.

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Mabibi, Lake Sibaya Holiday Resort Accommodation At Thonga Beach Lodge

Mabibi, Lake Sibaya Holiday Resort Accommodation At Thonga Beach Lodge

Oribi Gorge – South Coast, KZN 

Famous for its dramatic scenery and exhilarating wilderness experiences, the Oribi Gorge offers one of the most spectacular natural wonders of our diverse country.
Oribi Gorge Hotel accommodation is renowned for its luxury at The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa, nestled in an unspoiled part of South Africa’s South Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal.
Our exclusive, luxury villas are built on the edge of the impressive sandstone cliffs offering spectacular views of the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. From this vantage point, nature’s canvas will display views that are so majestic that you will feel compelled to capture them on film. Come and experience the sheer calm and beauty of nature with us and our constantly “Changing Views”

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Oribi Gorge Hotel Accommodation At The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Oribi Gorge Hotel Accommodation At The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

St. Francis Bay – Eastern Cape

Known as the ‘little Venice’ of the Eastern Cape, the charming little holiday village of St Francis Bay is built around a series of man-made canals and waterways, perfect for boating, swimming and other water sports.
Sandals GuesthouseSt. Francis Bay B&B accommodation, is a thatched roof lodge decorated in an Afro-Caribbean style set amongst lush indigenous milk wood trees. The palm fringed pool, fully licensed pool bar, restaurant all create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

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St. Francis Bay B&B Accommodation At Sandals Guesthouse

St. Francis Bay B&B Accommodation At Sandals Guesthouse

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20 More Getaways in South Africa for Under R350

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

Free State

african olive country estate

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.

From R320 per person per night

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