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March 11, 2018

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries." – Aldous Huxley 

South Africa is such a multi-faceted country; before you head overseas for a holiday, remember to seek out our local gems. White River, 40km outside of the town of Nelspruit is a wonderful destination from which to explore the wonders of Mpumalanga, and the 3-star Forever Hotel at White River is a beautifully appointed accommodation venue for couples and families who require a convenient location to call home during their stay. 

The Forever Hotel at White River recently enjoyed refurbishment, offers accommodation in 52 rooms, of which 32 are double rooms, and 20 are twin, each with en-suite bathroom facilities as well as tea- and coffee amenities. Guests can take their meals at the on-site restaurant, or book the open-air boma for groups. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, lounging deck, twilight lounge bar and theme evenings. 

The Walden House is an elegant 4-star B&B in a gracious Victorian home that was built in the quaint Capetonian neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof in 1900. Here guests can look forward to picture-perfect accommodation with iconic Table Mountain as backdrop, and many of the Mother City's many splendid amenities within walking distance.

The Walden House has seven exclusive en-suite rooms, four of which have direct access to the verdant gardens. The large luxury suite is tailor-made for honeymooners and couples on a romantic getaway, with a working fireplace and a large Victorian bathroom with a separate shower.

Best of all - an on-site chef is ready to whip up a wholesome colonial breakfast and a complement of attentive staff members are on hand to assist you with any concierge services you may need. Choose the Walden House for an elegant getaway to one of the world's best-loved travel destinations.

Houw Hoek Hotel near Grabouw in the Western Cape is a spellbinding destination where the romance of yesteryear meets the seamless conveniences of a modern-day retreat. It is only 80 km from Cape Town. 

Here, guests can look forward to comfortable family-friendly accommodation in an array of configurations, as well as romantic units tailor-made for a couple’s getaway back to nature. 

There’s also plenty to see and do! Aside from the many wine farms and adventure activities that can be explored in the vicinity, the hotel itself has many onsite entertainment options that range from putt-putt, volleyball, tennis, and squash, to a boules court, foosball, a pool table and board games for when it's rainy out. 

Houw Hoek is also a renowned wedding destination, with many different indoor and al fresco ceremony and reception venues to choose from, and serves a wonderful array of proudly South African and fusion-inspired meals that can be enjoyed throughout the day by guests and visitors alike. Keen on dancing? The hotel hosts a dinner dance every Saturday, so whip out those dancing shoes and get ready for an old-school date night like no other! 

Houtbosch Bay Honeymoon Suite with Jacuzzi is the perfect option for honeymooners and couples who want to enjoy a romantic getaway far from the noise and distractions of the inner-city bustle. Situated in the midst of a nature reserve along South Africa's picturesque southern coast, this hidden gem is a nature lover's dream. 

Houtbosch Bay is approximately 5km from Jeffreys Bay and 75km from Port Elizabeth airport on the N2 and Route 62, and 120km from the world-famous Addo Elephant Park that is home to the sought-after Big 5. As such, it can be reached with ease, but once you're there, you can revel in utter seclusion. 

The suite features everything you'll need for a comfortable self-catering stay, including an indoor jacuzzi that overlooks the ocean! Best of all, when you feel like some company, you can simply stroll along the beach to one of the rustic, oceanside restaurants nearby. In short - the perfect honeymoon set-up for travellers who want to get off the grid.

Uurpan Lodge is a 4-star accommodation venue 10km outside of the small town of Schweizer-Reneke in the North West Province. Here, guests can look forward to a tranquil environment, with buffalos grazing nearby as the sun sets on yet another wonderful day. 

The lodge comprises 13 beautifully appointed bedrooms that overlook the fields where game roam freely and features all the amenities required for a comfortable, catered stay. Uurpan also has an on-site restaurant where guests can enjoy their meals, and a full range of activities to partake in throughout their stay. 

This includes everything from game drives and bass fishing, to hiking trails and bird-watching. Not to mention the on-site wedding venue, chapel, function hall and conference facilities that complete the picture. In short - a dream destination in a stunning, off-the-grid location.

Montagu Springs affordable self catering resort, just two hours away from Cape Town can be found at the heart of the famous Route 62. This scenic alternative to the N2 highway is also the longest wine route in the Western Cape producing outstanding wines from the harmoniously balanced terrain and mild climate. Montagu, home of the famous Muscadel is close to both the Robertson Wine Valley and Breede River Valley and is long known for its hot springs and more recently for eco, wellness and adventure sports.Best described as a tropical oasis at the gateway to the Little Karoo in the Cape Winelands, Montagu Springs Resort offers self catering accommodation in a tranquil haven away from city life. 

From the palm lined entrance, peach & plum orchards, to vibrant spring bougainvillea and a wide variety of year round roses this beautifully landscaped resort creates a feast of colour. Guests can enjoy our award winning pools, hot, cold and kiddies as well as discounted access to the hot mineral springs. 

With over 90 chalets, each sleeping up to four people are spotlessly clean, comfortable and fully equipped. Our locally employed staff has earned a well deserved reputation for their warm country hospitality and 24 hour security personnel, trained in first aid and regularly patrolling the resort ensure safety and peace of mind. The Keisie River runs through the resort, miniature waterfalls and wide river banks attracting many species of exotic birdlife both resident and wild. 

Visit our beautiful region, also known as the Burgers Pass Mountain Route and enjoy range upon range of majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards combining to create a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Montagu Springs, a popular rest stop offers a perfectly peaceful place to unwind while you are visiting marvellous Montagu. 

Leaving will be your only disappointment! Visit

Felicita is a 100 hectare untouched fynbos and wildlife reserve located a mere 15 minute drive from the quaint village of Stanford. (Overberg region, Western Cape). Felicita is one of the most beautiful and picturesque in the Stanford Valley, perfect for a getaway at Villa Felicita or a romantic intimate wedding celebration at Dimora Felicita. Felicita is extremely private and discrete. 

Crashing waves in the distance and early morning roars from the lions, at the adjoining big cat sanctuary and chirping birdlife will be the only sounds to be heard amongst the peace and tranquility of Felicita.Felicita’s dam is where one can relax, great for a summer swim, a picnic under the trees, catch and release fishing or be the perfect background for your photographs. Anyone who is concerned about having a high carbon footprint will be impressed to know that all the facilities at Felicita are powered by solar systems and gas and all effort is put into recycling as much waste as possible. 

Felicita’s water supply is sourced directly from a natural stream. It is then delicately purified with a chemical-free filtration system and is 100% pure and safe to drink. With a vast variety of fynbos species and our own Milkwood forest, much care and maintenance is done to ensure an alien-plant free environment and to promote the growth of indigenous flora.

1.5hour drive from Cape Town Airport and 35min drive from Hermanus. Visit

Are you planning a romantic getaway to Mpumalanga? Whether you’re in the mood for a quick visit or a  full on romantic escape, there’s nowhere better to enjoy some of the most scenic sights South Africa has to offer, than the Panorama Route. Aside from the scenic views and historical sites found throughout this picturesque region, visitors flock here to experience its wealth of fauna and flora.  

Sudwala Lodge is located in a spellbinding wooded valley near the Sudwala Caves and Dinosaur Park, which makes it the perfect gateway to the Panorama Route. Within striking distance, you have the awe-inspiring Lisbon, Berlin and Mac Mac Falls. You can also visit scenic landmarks like the Wonder View, Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and Three Rondavels. Best of all, the Lodge itself also has plenty to see and do on their own premises! 


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