South Africa is a hub of activity and it’s a favourite spot for travellers to experience luxury, adrenaline pumping activity and the Big 5 all in one place. One thing about a trip to this magical country is that you’ll never be bored. Whether it’s being whisked off to do wine tasting in Stellenbosch or a hike up Table Mountain followed by a cocktail at the top to watch the sunset. We’ve put together a list of our favourite hotels in South Africa that are nearby enthralling activities.
Grootbos and shark cage diving
This is luxury in harmony with nature. After just a two-hour drive from Cape Town, you’ll find yourself nestled between the mountain and the sea enjoying the luxury of Grootbos’ spacious and stylish suites. The hotel prides themselves in offering an untouched view of nature, with breath-taking rooms overlooking the ocean and incredible flora.
After a day walking around the Grootbos Nature Reserve, you’ll be wined and dined at their restaurant, where you can tuck into delectable dishes prepared with organic ingredients. If it’s always been on your bucket list to go shark cage diving, now is the perfect time to tick it off. Experience the thrill of being face to face with one of Africa’s deadliest predators by jumping into the Atlantic Ocean with Marine Dynamics tours.
Tsala Treetop lodge and Bloukrans Bungy
With a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Knsyna forest you might get the chance to hear an elephant trunk call. Tsala Treetop lodge is both rustic and stylish with stunning tree top suites scattered in the secluded and peaceful forest. Zinzi, the lodges fine dining restaurant, offers some of the most decadent dishes in the Garden Route along with unbelievable views over the forest. Enjoy forest walks and trips to the exquisite beaches while staying at this luxurious lodge.
After an hour’s drive you’ll be taken to the highest bridge bungee in the world, Bloukrans, a 216 m jump with one of the best views in Africa. If you are looking for the ultimate adrenaline pumping action, your craving will definitely be satisfied after this leap.
Gorah Elephant Camp and Addo Elephant Park
Sip tea on the veranda of an elegant colonial house while watching a herd of buffalo come have their morning drink at the watering hole. If you’ve ever dreamed of a safari to Africa, this Eastern Cape based game reserve will live up to your expectations. A combination of old-school Africa and modern sophistication, this lodge delivers a unique five- star experience.
Overlooking the nature reserve, are sheltered tented suites that showcase the opulence the lodge has to offer. After a day spent enjoying G&Ts, tuck into their sumptuous meals on offer at their restaurant. Once you’ve made the most of your dining experience book a night game drive inside the Addo Elephant Park. Rub shoulders with giraffe and bump into elephants around every corner. You might even be lucky enough to spot a rhino.
Old Mac Daddy and Cape Canopy Tour
A favourite amongst locals and travellers, Elgin Valley is one of the top destinations in South Africa. Old Mac Daddy is in the heart of the valley and is home to vintage airstream trailers all overlooking the picturesque dam and farm. This quirky lodging showcases a different theme for every trailer from Mills & Boon to Give Bees A Chance; you’ll be amazed at the story each room holds.
Elgin is one of the Cape’s best kept secret for activities, with mountain biking, wine tasting and zip lining. The Cape Canopy Tour is a short drive from the resort and is something the entire family can get involved in. Be in the company of soaring eagles while taking in the beautiful mountainscapes of the area, this is definitely an activity worth putting on your itinerary.
The Pod Camps Bay and Lions Head hike
Lie in bed while listening to the sound of the sea at this modern and stylish hotel in Camps Bay. All of their rooms offer unsurpassed views of some of Cape Town’s natural wonders, including Table Mountain and Camps Bay beach. A stone’s throw from all the action on the main road, you’ll be lured in by the bustle of cocktail bars and fine dining restaurants. The Pod has the best of both worlds, offering a tranquil stay while still being able to let you enjoy all the activities and tourist attractions Cape Town has to offer.
Lions Head is the backdrop of this beautiful bay, and it’s voted one of the top spots to have a sundowner in the Mother City. After a two-hour hike (if you want to take a slow stroll) you’ll find yourself quite literally on top of the world with views of Sea Point, Camps Bay and Table Mountain. Don’t forget to pack in some snacks and a bottle of water for your journey.
With so much to do while staying in South Africa, we suggest letting us know what your dream holiday would be so we can tailor it for you. Now all that’s left to do is bring your hiking shoes, sunblock and hat and plan your trip with Luxury Safaris.