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Nov

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New and Rediscovered

A change for international guests traveling with children:

International travellers no longer need to produce a birth certificate when entering South Africa. We are very happy that this rule has been scrapped as this has made travelling to South Africa with children a lot easier.

When entering South Africa, the following documents are required for the entry of minor children (under 18 years of age) – November 2019:

  • Children accompanied by both biological parents – valid passport
  • Children accompanied by one biological parent – valid passport
  • Children accompanied by both adoptive parents – valid passport
  • Children accompanied by a person/s who is not a biological parent – valid passport

Only children under 18 years of age who travel unaccompanied or a child in alternative care will be subject to different regulations.

Neighbouring countries are still subject to the entry requirements as of June 2015 – please inquire with your tour operator.

New

Lekkerwater!

We set off from Cape Town to Lekkerwater on the 6th of September with loads of excitement and anticipation. What a treat! We got to experience the newly built Lekkerwater Lodge and spent two nights at this wonderful location! As they say – location, location, location – and truly this lodge is located on an exceptional piece of land with the ocean on your doorstep!

We spent 2 nights at the ocean away from the city and Lekkerwater definitely didn’t disappoint! We took the N2 over the Sir Lowry’s Pass through Caledon, Napier and Bredasdorp – then took a right – until we reached the end of the tar road and continued our journey on the gravel road which leads you to the De Hoop Nature Reserve where Lekkerwater Lodge is situated. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

At the meeting point we were met by a staff member and a cold beer. After the rest of the guests had arrived, we loaded our luggage and were driven to the lodge. The transfer leaves the meeting point at about 14:00 and it takes roughly 15 minutes to get to the lodge.

Upon arrival we were met by friendly staff and the most amazing view! The whales were there to welcome us as well …  Once everyone had settled-in and was given an orientation of the lodge a lovely high tea awaited us. The lodge has a wonderful homely feeling, kitchen and bar are open to the guests and supper was already underway, which filled the lodge with the most delicious smells! High tea was enjoyed with a glass of bubbly out on the deck.

Six rooms spread across the left of the main area and a family room to the right. All have the most fantastic panoramic sea views. The rooms are small and cosy but not lacking in any way. Each room has a private deck for you to relax on and watch the whales.

Usually on arrival day the guests are invited to relax, drink some wine and explore the beach a little. At about 17:00 everyone meets down at the beach for a sundowner! Here we enjoyed a fine selection of gins! Supper was served in the main lodge and it was a traditional South African dish – bobotie – which everyone enjoyed. Communal dining is encouraged and is a wonderful experience! Billy, our guide, kept everyone company and explained some of the history of the lodge and the area.

After a good night’s sleep and the most wonderful starry sky we were treated to a scrumptious breakfast, again with the most beautiful backdrop – the ocean and the whales. We were even treated to a breaching right in front of the lodge. We then set off on our fynbos walk with guide Billy who is extremely knowledgeable about the area, its history and all the plant, bird and tree species.

Lunch was served on the beach! We swam in the ocean, watched the whales, drank wine while some played beach volleyball – all of the staff joined in and the vibe was infectious! After a good work-out with the beach volleyball everyone had a quick swim and then helped themselves to lunch. What a feast we had: loads of homemade pickled veggies and bread, salads, fillet and fishcakes!

After a short rest we embarked on the afternoon marine walk with Billy. This is a must do! The rock pools are filled with wonderful sea creatures and Billy is an excellent host to this underwater world!

After everyone enjoyed a traditional South African braai in the evening, we had our last night at this beautiful slice of heaven. A cool sea breeze coming into your room accompanied by the crashing sounds of the waves.

On the day of check out, one has the option of taking part in a walk with Billy to the caves! One last taste of what this place has to offer before leaving. Breakfast is again a land-based whale watching experience and when you are done, the 10:00 transfer is ready to take you to your vehicle.

All in all, we had a wonderful time. To Ashleigh, Jaben, Billy and the rest of the Lekkerwater team: Thank you for sharing your “home” with us – we are impressed!

 

De Hoop Camino

 

De Hoop Camino is a new offering featuring Lekkerwater Lodge and Morukuru Beach Lodge.

Camino means: a route, a trail or a path. It is an unforgettable experience and a unique journey. It consists of a 2-night stay at Lekkerwater and a 2-night stay at Morukuru Beach Lodge. The reference to a Camino comes into play on the day clients move from one lodge to the other. Clients are given the opportunity to walk from one lodge to the other. They are given a GPS, directions and all the supplies they would need for their exploration. The walk takes about 4-6 hours, a leisurely self-guided walk along the beautiful De Hoop Coastline.

This is a truly unique offering which will not appeal to the normal leisure guest. However, the combination of the two products and the content is ideal for upmarket guests who are looking for experiential value and a unique experience!

Ive and Michelle

This year we have added two new members to our team – Ive and Michelle. Ive started with us in February and Michelle joined the team in April. We are very happy to have them on board.

…and Rediscovered

Josy at Boschendal

Boschendal, what a pleasure! They have made some changes in the last couple of months and the offerings are getting better and better! What a lovely atmosphere this farm has, one feels right at home. So much for the whole family, one can’t go wrong with this product! They have it all: wine-tasting, a deli, two restaurants, picnics, entertainment for kids in the tree house and beautiful cottages.

We stayed in a 2-bedroom Orchard Cottage and had a lovely time! The Orchard Cottages are situated on the other side of the road, a short drive from reception. Very quiet, lush green grass and a lovely communal round pool.

The 2-bedroom cottage is equipped with everything one could possibly need and has a private patio and outside braai which we thoroughly enjoyed!

The breakfast is served in the Werf Restaurant and is lovely. We enjoyed the Farmers Table (a Buffet with lots of homemade goodies and home-grown produce) and a lovely hot breakfast with the most wonderful view over the garden and mountain.

I knew that Boschendal was nice, but I didn’t know just how nice!

La Plume, Oudtshoorn

https://www.laplume.co.za/

La Plume is a beautiful owner-run guest house on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn with views into the distance from the verandas and garden. The property has big and elegantly-decorated rooms in classical style, a communal swimming pool and spa. The food is traditional Karoo cuisine and provides guests with an authentic experience. La Plume also has two ostriches.

Pumba Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Reserves

http://www.pehotels.co.za/pumba-game-reserve

Pumba is a wonderful family-friendly big 5 game lodge in the Eastern Cape which offers great game viewing and has white lions. It has two lodges – Water Lodge and Bush Lodge. As the name suggests, Water Lodge offers Waterfront Chalets overlooking the lake, while Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain with scenic mountain views. All chalets have a private game-viewing deck, as well as plunge pools and outdoor showers. Meals, service, game viewing and the overall experience were absolutely wonderful.

Christo Brand & Only One Robben Island Tour

This is something different for the high-end traveller! A private 3-hour excursion on a luxury yacht around Robben Island accompanied by Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela’s prison guard on Robben Island and former Robben Island prisoner Sandi Sijake.

We can vouch that this is very interesting; we had the pleasure of meeting with Christo Brand and listening to his stories about his time on the island with Nelson Mandela. Christo is a talented storyteller and captivates his audience. If budget allows, we highly recommend that our clients do this tour!

Beta Beach

Situated in Bakoven, this cosy guesthouse is a gem!

With only four rooms, this is the perfect place to call home during your stay in Cape Town. Three of the rooms have sea views and the other has a mountain view. Your hosts Andre and Mathilda have been in the industry for many years and pride themselves in what they do. Here you will be well looked after. The guesthouse has a lovely communal lounge and dining area as well as a pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are stylish and equipped with everything one needs.

We can confidently recommend this guesthouse to our clients!