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Six must-visit countries in 2024

Travel in 2024 is off to a good start with travellers seeking destinations that are affordable and have a wellness component. These are the new travel trends for 2024: Skiplagging, cashless and faster mobile bookings, over eager travel itineraries and less touristy and sustainable destinations. Read more about the trends of 2024 plus where to find destinations that fit the trends.

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Romantic Dinner in the bush veld at Sediba Luxury Lodge
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12 Best romantic getaways for a couple’s trip in South Africa

Tourists ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over romantic European getaways like Greece and Italy, but well-informed travellers know South Africa warrants just as much attention. And with the Valentine’s weekend (in February) almost upon us, what better way to explore our accommodation and restaurant options to make your special person feel appreciated? While some couples enjoy relaxing on a secluded beach anywhere as long as it’s sunny, others prefer exciting adrenalin-rush activities.

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The St.James Hotel of Knysna - hotel on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon
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Best Knysna lagoon hotel: The St. James of Knysna

The St James of Knysna is regraded as the best lagoon hotel. An owner-run country hotel set beside the stunning Knysna Lagoon. Awaken to breathtaking lagoon views from your well-appointed room, and start your day with a delicious breakfast served at the lagoon’s edge. This five-star hotel is nestled in a beautifully manicured three-acre garden with two pools and a private jetty, offering the ideal escape from city life. Conveniently located just 2.8 km from the centre of Knysna, it is the perfect base to explore the many pristine beaches and unique neighbouring locations. Enjoy many activities nearby, from forest horse riding to wildlife sanctuaries and adrenaline-fueled adventures. Discover why The St James of Knysna is more than just a hotel—it’s a home away from home.

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Canal views with accommodation on the canals
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Thesen Island: The exclusive Turbine Hotel & Spa

Discover the extraordinary fusion of history and luxury at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa. Nestled in the heart of Knysna, this erstwhile power station now promises a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences. From breathtaking views to thrilling adventures, it’s an escapade you don’t want to miss.

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Wildehondekloof grass with Nyalas and a pool
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Wildehondekloof Oudtshoorn: Klein Karoo meets exclusive Private Game Lodge

Explore the untouched beauty of South Africa at Wildehondekloof Lodge, a haven of tranquility and adventure amidst breath-taking landscapes. This blog article offers an insider’s view into the myriad experiences – from outdoor activities and wildlife encounters to wellness and cultural immersions. Let us guide you through Ostrich safaris, and the exquisite ciabatta bread by Annelise. Discover why Wildehondekloof Lodge, operates with unmatched passion. Nyalas grazing and gastronomical delights by Chef Andre Goliath await. Dive into our article for a sneak peek into your next South African adventure.

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Victoria Bay, Garden Route, South Africa, beach scenery with surfers
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Garden Route Accommodation – Our Top 5

Discover South Africa’s breathtaking Garden Route, a destination replete with luxury accommodations, thrilling adventure, and gourmet delights. Marvel at the prestigious St. James of Knysna, a five-star country hotel set on the picturesque Knysna Lagoon. Experience the charming Southern Cross Beach House in Plettenberg Bay, boasting stunning ocean views and a unique Mauritian tea plantation-inspired design. Indulge in the exquisite services of The Plettenberg, a pet-friendly hotel offering direct beach access. Stay tuned as we delve deeper into each destination’s unique features and experiences in our detailed follow-up blog articles. Whether you’re an adventurer, foodie, or seeking relaxation, the Garden Route awaits you.

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Eco bush lodge: Mosetlha Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

There are only a few true eco-lodges in South Africa. Mosethla is an extraordinary lodge offering incredible game viewing. This lodge is a wildlife photographer’s dream. From twice daily (3 hour) game drives to unique camping experiences. This lodge is not to be read about but to be experienced!

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