20 Jun Is South Africa the ultimate holiday destination?
Kaluma Director, Andy, certainly thinks so!
He visited South Africa with his wife as part of their honeymoon, and described it as “without doubt, one of the most sensational places I have ever visited”.
On his recommendation, we have designed an exclusive trip that is focussed around the heart of the Western Cape and the vibrant city of Cape Town. You will experience the most breath-taking scenery, with stunning landscapes, unspoilt coastlines, and pristine beaches. The sunsets from Camps Bay are so spectacular that many blockbuster movies and TV adverts are filmed here to capture the extraordinary natural beauty. This is what Andy has to say…
Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles
Surrounded by the majestic presence of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, the city has an amazing choice of things to do! You must take the cable car (or hike!) to the top of Table Mountain. The hike is challenging, and you can definitely expect to build up a bit of a sweat, but the views, the wildlife and the sense of adventure are absolutely worth it. The cable car is the easier option by far, and still very impressive with its rotating floor. From the top however, the views are absolutely breath-taking and give a real birds eye view of this incredible city. A trip to Cape Town would not be complete without a boat trip out to the historic Robben Island which was without a doubt, an incredibly moving experience.
The vibrant V&A Waterfront offer such a vast range of restaurants and cuisines, that they cement Cape Town’s reputation as one of the world’s culinary capitals. If you enjoy fresh seafood and sushi, then trust me, you will not be disappointed! In my opinion, there is no where more perfect to sit with a cold, crisp glass of Chenin Blanc watching the seals and dolphins playing in the bay.
The Cape peninsula tour from Camps Bay to Cape Point is also worth doing. The tour stops at the various fishing bays along the route and includes a ‘must see’ visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. It may sound on the ‘touristy’ side, but I whole heartedly recommend going. Beautiful colonial fishing towns, fantastic local restaurants, stunning coastal drives and amazing national parks. One of the world’s ‘must do’ road trips in my humble opinion. Camps Bay beach, where the divine POD hotel is located, is the most famous, and probably the most stunning beach in the Cape Town area. Sun-worshippers and whale-watchers are overlooked by the Twelve Apostles which give a spectacular backdrop to the white sands and crystal-clear waters. At certain times of the year, you can watch as whale pods migrate literally metres from the coast line.
The most beautiful of settings
When you are so close to the amazing wines that South Africa has to offer, you must venture out to the world-renowned vineyards where you will experience exquisite wine tastings in the most beautiful of settings. Head to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl for the day, or even better, spend a night or two there to really ‘experience’ the superb wines!
Gondwana Game Reserve
One of the highlights of our trip to South Africa however was experiencing the ‘Big Five’ at Gondwana Game Reserve. A few hours drive from Cape Town along the picturesque Garden Route, Gondwana is the largest free-roaming reserve outside of the Kruger National Park. This is a safari with a difference. Beautiful, luxurious ‘huts’ accommodate an exclusive number of guests within the park, allowing you to enjoy your evening meal accompanied by a herd of elephants drinking from the swimming pool! Seeing the animals close up, in their natural habitat was an experience neither of us will ever forget. Fighting lions, friendly elephants, rare, poacher-protected baby rhinos, private safari picnics, five star accommodation and the most wonderful, and friendly staff made the experience all the more special.
Find out more about our South African ‘Amazing Experience’ here.