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AT36 – Wine Gardens

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £1895pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1895pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Garden Route brings together dense jungle, steep mountains, lush valleys, placid lakes, beautiful sandy coves and dramatic cliffs – classic adventure scenery. The South Africans know how to live it well too, with plush treetop lodges, exciting activities, fine wines and gourmet cuisine. Then there’s the elephants, monkeys, whales… 

What to do there…

Plettenberg Bay is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Sailing, Boat-trips, Whale-watching, Scenic-flights, Zip-lining, Bungee, Horse-riding, Elephant-riding, Bird-watching, Spa/Massage, Community-projects, Cultural-visits.
  • Other: Swimming, Quad-bikes, Falconry, Monkey-sanctuary.

Where to stay…

5* Tsala Treetop Lodge is a design masterpiece tucked into the forest canopy, effortlessly blending excitement with indulgence. Sumptuous materials and artistic features surround you, from acorn-shaped iron fireplaces to huge porcelain stand-alone baths. The excellent service and spirit of adventure make for a perfect stay.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Plettenberg Bay is 1.5h drive from George airport (a 1h flight from Cape Town). Or, driving the Garden Route from Cape Town takes 6-7h, passing Franschhoek after 1h.
  • Weather: warm and sunny all year round, showers Apr-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Whatever thrill you seek, from the 216m Tsitsikama bungee jump to the splash of a whale’s tail-fin, there is something for you here – loads of things in fact. If you get the chance, visit the Siyazama Nursery School, founded and sponsored by Tsala. It is a great way to meet local people and understand more about the life and culture. We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Wine Gardens  

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AT37 – Kruger Bay

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £1995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £1995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Kruger Park’s myriad of stunning lodges make it the most luxurious safari park in the world, and also one of the best. The dry plains camouflage lions perfectly, so watching this apex beast making a kill is very much on the agenda. Elephants bathe in the shady tree-lined watering holes while crocodiles lurk below and leopards crouch above. 

What to do there…

Kruger is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Safari, Game-drives, Nature-walks, Photography, Cultural-visits, Scenic-flights, Elephant-riding, Bird-watching, Wine-tasting, Star-gazing.
  • Other: Swimming, Library, Spa/Massage, Picnics, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The exquisite suites of ultra-luxury 5* Leopard Hills have private plunge pools overlooking a watering hole. At stunning 5* Ulusaba you can experience both epic cliff-side panorama suites and intimate jungle treehouses – and even indulge in a spot of tennis. Pafuri Camp has fabulous 4* en-suite cabins set in a gentle shady river bend.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Jo’burg to Kruger Park is a 6h drive, or a 1h flight to Nelspruit plus 2h drive, or a 1.5h direct charter flight to selected reserves. Jo’burg to Richards Bay is 1.5h flight.
  • Weather: warm and sunny all year round, showers May-Aug.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

That you can find such opulent lodges in such a wild place almost defies belief. Each morning your heart is in your mouth as you set out in an open-sided jeep to find lions and leopards that could kill you with one mighty swipe. Your guides will amaze you time and again as they spot animals completely hidden from your inexperienced eyes. Have no fear, they will keep you safe – but do keep your eyes open! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Kruger Bay  

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Country – South Africa

7:53 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

What it feels like to be there… South Africa blends colonial luxury with the amazing drama of its natural landscape to great effect. Y   Find out more.

What it feels like to be there...

South Africa blends colonial luxury with the amazing drama of its natural landscape to great effect. You can choose to stay in grand estate houses on the vineyards along the Garden Route or camp out in unbelievable style in the Safari parks. Sip Shiraz and doff your cap to a passing lioness. 

Some practical information worth knowing…

Cape Town and Johannesburg are the main travel hub airports for South Africa, and from these there are local services to all major cities. The road network is smooth, though, so long distances can be covered at a decent pace if you want a better feel for the place. The climate is temperate, so dress for spring/summer all year round.
  We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: South Africa

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Hotel – Le Quartier Francais

11:48 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

5* Le Quartier Français (the French Quarter) is a small, elegant, privately owned auberge situated in the Huguenot valley of Franschhoek, i   Find out more.

5* Le Quartier Français (the French Quarter) is a small, elegant, privately owned auberge situated in the Huguenot valley of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands. The emphasis is on ultimate luxury and romantic charm, combined with the priceless gift of privacy, tucked away in a charming village. 

  During your stay, explore quaint shops, galleries, the chocalaterie, chacuterie or enjoy wine tasting, fly-fishing, horse riding and golfing. Finding good food is never a problem in Franschhoek - the gourmet capital of South Africa. There are many great cafes and restaurants and more than 40 wineries to visit! The hotel takes great care of you, helping you pre- book restaurants, golf times and tours before you arrive in Franschhoek to avoid disappointment, and the spa treatments are wonderfully indulgent.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT36 Wine Gardens We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Le Quartier Francais

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Hotel – Leopard Hills

11:48 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

The ultra-luxury 5* Leopard Hills lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole. Each of the luxurious glass fronted suites, comp   Find out more.

The ultra-luxury 5* Leopard Hills lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole. Each of the luxurious glass fronted suites, complete with their own sundeck and rock plunge pool, offer superb views of the African bushveld beyond. The suites are opulent and spacious, and the bathrooms have double indoor and outdoor showers with a glorious view of the passing cavalcade below. Elements of nature, seamlessly wind into the fabric of your suite providing the ultimate in authentic African luxury. 

  The true highlights of the Leopard Hills experience are the walking safaris and game drives. First class guides provide incredible depth of insight into the workings of the Kruger Park ecosystem. Back at camp you will be spoilt by the highest standards of service, sumptuous surroundings and facilities and some truly excellent fine-cuisine.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT37 Kruger Bay We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Leopard Hills

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Hotel – Pafuri Camp

3:13 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

4* Pafuri Camp lies on a gentle bend along the northern bank of the Luvuvhu River, under the shade of enormous ebony and nyala berry trees,   Find out more.

4* Pafuri Camp lies on a gentle bend along the northern bank of the Luvuvhu River, under the shade of enormous ebony and nyala berry trees, in the northernmost sector of the Kruger National Park. This part of the Kruger is known for its incredible scenery and biodiversity. Activities revolve around game drives, walks and birding trips and guests can also visit the traditional Makuleke Village to learn more about the people whose partnership with Pafuri Camp and eco-tourism has allowed this beautiful wilderness area to thrive. 

  The camp tents are raised on platforms to catch the breeze and connected via elevated walkways so that wildlife can move undisturbed to and from the river. The main deck, swimming pool, dining and lounge areas are open to the river view, and a lower-level terrace is perfect for watching the sunrise. Colourful fabrics and stonework have been used throughout to reflect the culture of Makuleke people. For a more private experience, parties and families can book sole use of Pafuri East (7 tents), which includes its own dining area and small pool.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT37 Kruger Bay We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Pafuri Camp

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Hotel – Rocktail Beach Camp

11:48 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

3.5* Rocktail Beach Camp is found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a lush region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands   Find out more.

3.5* Rocktail Beach Camp is found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a lush region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas on the north-east coast of South Africa. Shaded by the sanctuary of the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest, the camp is a brisk 20-minute walk from the beach and the protected Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore. World-class diving, snorkelling and other beach adventures on remote, unspoilt beaches will keep everyone in the family busy. Rocktail is excellent for viewing whales and encountering nesting turtles at certain times of the year. 

  The tented rooms, each with en-suite bathroom, are light and airy; and many offer wonderful views over the ocean and dune forest. The central dining room, bar and lounge, have a large wraparound veranda and raised viewing deck with wide views that extend out to the ocean. The hotel also has a well stocked wine cellar, large pool, and children’s playroom, complete with games and fun activities for families.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT37 Kruger Bay< We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Rocktail Beach Camp

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Hotel – Tsala Treetop Lodge

11:48 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

Set amidst the canopy of an age-old indigenous forest, 5* Tsala Treetop Lodge is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa. Emulating the   Find out more.

Set amidst the canopy of an age-old indigenous forest, 5* Tsala Treetop Lodge is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa. Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, the impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water features leads into a magnificent foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns. 

  The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT36 Wine Gardens We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Tsala Treetop Lodge

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Hotel – Ulusaba

11:48 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

5* Ulusaba’s stunning rooms and suites are split between two distinctive lodges. Rock Lodge is ‘Heaven in Heaven’, perched   Find out more.

5* Ulusaba's stunning rooms and suites are split between two distinctive lodges. Rock Lodge is 'Heaven in Heaven', perched high on the summit of a koppie with amazing views over the South African bush below. Nearly 500 metres away is Safari Lodge, known as 'Heaven on Earth'. Built along the banks of a dry riverbed, Safari Lodge guests cross swing bridges between the exquisite tree house style rooms. For the ultimate experience, guests can share their time between both lodges. 

  When not occupied on a walking safari or twice daily game drive, take a dip in the swimming pools or indulge in a spa treatment. For the more active, there are tennis courts and gyms available. Try a few South African wines from the wine cellar and after dinner enjoy a spot of stargazing at the bush observatory.
  Further Information We carefully select luxury accomodations offering the services and facilities our customers care about and genuinely use. If you would like a factsheet or your party require something specific (e.g. Nanny or Butler services), please enquire and we will email details. For more on travel practicalities or the activities on offer, please see the summary page for this AdventureTemple: AT37 Kruger Bay We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Ulusaba

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Region – Central & Southern Africa

7:52 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda by Central--Southern-Africa

What it feels like to be there… Since the dawn of humanity we have been fascinated and frightened by Africa’s landscape and wildlife   Find out more.

What it feels like to be there...

Since the dawn of humanity we have been fascinated and frightened by Africa’s landscape and wildlife. As children we learn about lions, elephants and gorillas in the jungle before we can even name the town we live in. In our mind’s eye Africa is a place for great adventures, from trekking into rainforests, across plains and rolling dunes, to admiring the coral islands and luscious deltas. 

Some practical information worth knowing…

Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Cape Town and Johannesburg are the main airports in the region, but other national carriers have decent connections to the main European air hubs. Local flights can be costly, especially charters, but the road infrastructure is often only penetrable by 4x4 outside the cities, so it can be a good option. The heat of the day bakes the earth hard, but temperatures drop away rapidly at night. Pack a warm fleece and windcheater for the evenings, and light, breathable clothes for the day. Visas can usually be arranged on arrival, but you will need US dollars to cover the fees ($20-50pp). Dollars are widely accepted for other payments, but local currencies can be obtained relatively easily in the more modern towns, airports and banks.
  We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Central and Southern Africa

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