With the prevailing situation as it is, many South Africans are probably not going to be travelling abroad for the foreseeable future and would prefer to holiday closer to home… so, while acknowledging the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus, Cape Country Routes, South Africa, a leading group of owner-operated and managed Accommodation and Activity establishments, offers top properties to encourage locals to Stay and Play in South Africa. Many of the properties offer self-catering options as well for social distancing.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
The 4-star De Zeekoe Guest Farm surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains is situated only 7km outside Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. Its assortment of activities from hiking, birding, canoeing (in rainy season), stargazing, swimming and massages, to a world-unique opportunity of ‘Walking with Wild Meerkats’ gives it a unique charm that makes an ideal destination for a visit or a stayover. Accommodation options range from stylish rooms at the main house to luxurious private cottages with own pool.
Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve
This exclusive and luxurious game lodge, situated 50kms from De Zeekoe and 40kms from Oudtshoorn on an expansive 4 000-hectare private reserve, offers nine private luxurious bedrooms (all en-suite, some with air-conditioning) and stunning views of the mountains and river. You can enjoy facilities and activities like guided game drives – where you will get to see a variety of buck species – guided hiking trails, mountain biking (bring own bikes), swimming, stargazing and delicious cuisine.
De Hoop Collection
De Hoop Collection, in the De Hoop Nature Reserve is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples, groups, honeymooners and wedding parties, family reunions and birthday weekends and offers a wide range of accommodation types designed to suit all budgets. A comfortable three hour’s drive from Cape Town on the world-renowned Garden and Whale routes you can enjoy one of the last unspoiled gems in the Cape.
d’Olyfboom Family Estate
The historic d’Olyfboom Family Estate is set against the majestic Paarl Mountain and overlooks the Boland town of Paarl, vineyards and surrounding countryside. Its comfortable accommodation comprises five individually decorated en-suite guest suites, each with beautiful views and all the amenities.
Eendracht Hotel & Apartments
Cape Country Routes’ elegant award-winning Eendracht Hotel & Apartments, a luxurious establishment boasting 13 en-suite bedrooms and three self-catering units* situated in the heart of the oldest part of Stellenbosch. It is here that guests can immerse themselves in true South African hospitality and comfort.
Evergreen Manor and Spa
Also in the historical heart of Stellenbosch, the beautiful Evergreen Manor and Spa, with its two Victorian mansions boasting 15 spacious rooms, two lounges, sun deck, swimming pool and spacious patio overlooking a tranquil garden and pool area.
Naries Namakwa Retreat
This privately owned 6000ha farm dedicated to conservation and sustainable living, is a beautiful and romantic hideaway situated between Springbok and Kleinzee in the Western Cape.
New Holme Country House
In the Northern Cape’s Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, on the banks of the Seekoei River, is the 3-star New Holme Country House. Known for its traditional Karoo dinners, stunning sunsets, and a host of activities and experiences that include night drives, daily birding drives and Koi history and etchings outings. New Holme can accommodate 33 guests in nine guest rooms. Explore the beauty and tranquillity of the Karoo Gariep Reserve and experience the hidden treasures of an ancient and arid landscape.
Supertubes Guest House
Is located on the world-famous surfing beach of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, has seven Standard Rooms and 10 Luxury Rooms and is only 30 metres from the beach. Activities for the whole family include surfing, whale watching, fishing, horse-riding, Big Five game viewing, excursions and shopping. With personalised service, friendly staff and being owner-managed, guests are assured of a delightful stay at Supertubes.
Lofts Boutique Hotel
The luxurious 4-star Lofts Boutique Hotel is set in the heart of the beautiful Knysna Lagoon on Thesen Island and offers tranquillity, a unique ‘homely’ hospitality. Just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, The Lofts Boutique Hotel provides the perfect setting for you to unwind and enjoy some of the most iconic views of Knysna.
Booking is essential.
…and awesome offerings from Cape Country Routes’ Activity establishments
Based in Stellenbosch, Adventure Shop is a pro-environment business geared towards adventures, cycle tours, day tours in the winelands and multi-day adventure itineraries. Find guided cycle tour of Stellenbosch and two vineyards; an E-Bike Stellenbosch to Franschhoek tour; a private Wine Tour of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek including tastings and the Vine Hopper hop on hop off Wine tour in Stellenbosch. “Your next adventure starts here” … at the Adventure Shop!
Based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town and part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape, Marine Dynamics – an award-winning shark cage diving and viewing company that specialises in Shark diving excursions – offers all South Africa residents and holidaymakers:
• Marine Dynamics Shark Cage Diving and viewing
• Spoil your family to an exhilarating MARINE BIG 5 (whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks) adventure around Dyer Island eco-system of Gansbaai.
• And don’t miss a visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a significant ongoing project – all guests can visit free of charge.
To book accommodation and activities, book through Cape Country Routes, contact details are as follows:
Reservations: 076 203 8929 (also WhatsApp)
Visit Website: www.capecountryroutes.com
*In keeping with new protocols regarding the Coronavirus, all the Cape Country Routes properties are adhering to stringent health and safety cleaning protocols – the safety of guests and staff being of the highest priority.