Recently I had the pleasure of visiting South Africa to visit some incredible hotels and experience the best of what South Africa has to offer. Please enjoy some of my personal photographs of my trip and maybe someday soon you'll be getting your own incredible pictures.
No trip to South Africa is complete without a visit to the bush, the local term for safari. Kruger National Park is located just an hour flight from Johannesburg and has a perfect lodge.
Londolozi Game Reserve is composed for 5 separate camps, each one styled differently to suit you. If you are looking for intimacy and exclusivity head to one of the 3 granite suites. If you are traveling with children, stay at founders camp, where the first travelers set up camp back in 1972.
For those romantic escapes, Singita Lembombo in the eastern side of Kruger National Park is an adult only 15-room resort where the all glass rooms make you feel like you’re in a box in the sky – perfect for watching the hippos in the river below. Beside the incredible game, incredible resort and incredible food, the service is going to be the thing you will miss most. Have dietary restrictions or preferences? No problem, the kitchen staff will make you full three course menus each night especially for you. During my first meal the chef had created a British inspired menu to remind me of home. Want to get creative with your workout? Not an issue, the staff can arrange private bike rides or runs in the bush. During my bike ride, I stumbled upon a herd of elephants. Those special touches don’t end there. Each room comes fully stocked with every possible amenity you may need, from the canvas tote and scarf to use on your game rides to the pile of board games, playing cards and oil paint kit to keep you entertained in your room if you need a break from the pool, spa and village.
Safari isn't only for adults! Children are welcome at certain lodges and staff is prepared to keep those young curious minds entertained. At Singita Sweni, which neighbors Lebombo, activities are arranged according to the child's interests. Examples include animal tracks treasure hunts in the bush for those fascinated with those footprints and a day with the hotel pastry chef, helping with preparation and even creating a special treat for their family for those budding chefs.
If you think South Africa is only about safari, think again. The winelands and Franschhoek in particular, is located only an hour away from Cape Town yet feels miles away with its quaint streets, rolling hills and vineyards. Go on a wine tasting tour, stopping off at local wineries and tasting their best or go on a horseback ride through the hills at sunset for incredible views. The restaurants at Franschhoek wow nearly as much as the view and if you'll be finding any excuse to eat, whether it's to grab an English scone and cream from or a three course meal at Foliage.
Mont Rochelle, Sir Richard Branson's vineyard, opened in fall 2014 with 32 contemporary, beautifully decorated bedrooms. Enjoy your morning cup or coffee overlooking the Franschhoek pass.
And what's a visit to South Africa without a visit to Table Mountain, which dominates the skyline.