Where to Stay - South Africa
 

Click here for a short video of our Cape Town Road Trip

Living in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape and planning a road trip to Cape Town always requires a little bit of planning especially when you want to take in new sights and travel down routes you haven’t been before. We had been wanting to visit Paternoster on the West Coast for quite some time now so as it wasn’t that far from Cape Town we decided that this would be a first port of call. Now first of lets understand that it is just over 1000kms from Port Alfred to Paternoster which is at least 11 hours driving. Given that we do like to have a few stops along the way to eat and refresh plus we always advise against driving at night this meant planning a stopover both on the way down and on the way home.

Our route from Port Alfred took us initially along the R72, then onto the N2 through Port Elizabeth and then we turned left onto the Route 62 signposted to Joubertina and Kareedouw. This route is very pretty and takes you through an area called Apple Valley which is not hard to understand why. Either side of the road the fields are full of Apple trees and other fruit trees. The Route 62 took us all the way to Oudtshoorn and through the other side onto the R328 where just 7kms outside of Oudtshoorn was our stopover – Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.

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Get hooked on Eikendal!

Events October 8th, 2015

With its fly fishing season drawing to a close, Eikendal Estate is casting a fresh spin on family entertainment in the Stellenbosch Winelands with its inaugural Fish Out Feast, which invites young and old to share in its last day of fishing on Sunday, 8 November.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

“This open day of fishing at Eikendal will see experienced anglers and amateurs joining us at the water’s edge to help us clear out our dam for the season. It is the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to reel in that big whopper, or just to come and learn more about this ever-popular pastime,” explains Philip Meyer who runs the fly fishing operation at this esteemed wine estate and will be sharing some tips and techniques on the day.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

 

After an exhilarating morning at the dam, gleaming amidst prized vineyards on this beautiful wine farm, guests will be treated to a languid fish braai on the shaded lawn where foot-stomping vibes by Newton & Co will add to a relaxed atmosphere. READ MORE


(SANParks) has announced the dates of the South African National Parks Week 2015.

National Parks Week 2015 in South Africa

 

The 10th annual SA National Parks Week will take place from 14 to 18 September 2015. The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks.

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Accommodation within the Kruger National Park itself can naturally be quite expensive and needs to be booked well in advance. An alternative is to find accommodation outside of the park but within easy reach of one or two of the Kruger Park Entrance Gates. Here are a few ideas of venues that fit this bill.

Kruger National Park has eight entrance gates.
There are five gates in the Southern Section of Kruger Park:

  1. Malelane Gate
  2. Crocodile Bridge Gate
  3. Numbi Gate
  4. Paul Kruger Gate
  5. Phabeni Gate

There are two gates in the Central section of Kruger Park:

  1. Orpen Gate
  2. Phalaborwa Gate

There is one gate in the Northern Section of Kruger Park

  1.  Punda Maria Gate

These gates open at the following times:

  • October to March: 05h30
  • April to September: 06h00

Map No 1. Showing Numbi Gate and Phabeni Gate in the Central Section of Kruger Park

Accommodation close to Numbi Gate and Phabeni Gate entrances to Kruger National Park

 Accommodation ideas close to Numbi Gate and Phabeni Gate entrances to Kruger Park

Nandina Guest House

Nandina Guest House (Hazyview)

Nandina Guest House has three lovely rooms all with en-suite bathrooms (shower only). The Honeymoon room “Wisdom room” has aircon. The rooms include extra length beds: TV, (DSTV Easy view, SABC Channels), bar fridge, couch / chairs, built in cupboard, coffee/tee station, ceiling fan and standing fan. Rooms are cleaned daily linen and towels supplied.

Nandina Self-Catering Cottages in Hazyview

Nandina Self-Catering Cottages (Hazyview)

Nandina Self-Catering Cottages (300m from the Guest House) offer four private Self-Catering Cottages, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with prolific birdlife. These owner-managed establishments’ offers tailor-made packages each uniquely developed to suite your individual requirements, making each moment memorable.
Nandina Guest House and Self-Catering Cottages are 17.9km from Numbi Gate and 17.6km from Phabeni Gate. Nandina Guest House and Nandina Self-Catering Cottages are Bed Sign No 10 on Map 1. READ MORE


When Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge finally opened the doors to the public on the 23. July 2014 the team was very excited and could not wait to welcome their first guests and watch their reaction about their brand new luxury tented camp.

Wow! What a view and what a stunning place! – Not their words but those of their guests.

Since then they have collected wonderful memories and comments in their guest book, had fantastic international guests who spend a great time at Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge and enjoyed their hospitality and service and left with the promise to come back and send friends.

During the past 9.5 months Cheetah Paw Eco Lodge turned from the dream of running a lodge in South Africa into a place where people from all over the world can experience the South African bush with wild animals roaming around their luxury tented rooms in a peaceful and private atmosphere with a breath taking view on the Drakensberg Mountains. READ MORE