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This road and the secrets it unfolds remain hidden from the tourist hordes that race up and down the coastal Garden Route. From Cape Town, it quickly casts off from civilisation, passing under an archway blasted through rock and out into the treeless plains.
The road dips into the attractive spa town of Montagu , with its cottage gardens, fruit farms and tea shops. Venturing into the Little Karoo often feels like time travel, as if its inhabitants were trying to counteract the duress of their environment by way of fine china and Victoria sponge. This is the Robertson Wine Valley , an area as famous as Stellenbosch for the quality of its terroir. My first stop is Mo and Rose , a sleek restaurant and small hotel set in a garden of giant cacti, run by a young German-Italian couple, Axel Daniel and Monika Schmalzl.
Smart, tin-roofed outbuildings contain just eight rooms with a Scandi-African feel: beds are pale-wood four-posters, walls are whitewashed, floors are polished plaster, with added zip provided by striped rugs and colourful cushions.
The star here is the bistro in the barn, where tables are set inside a glass-box extension and the vibe is contemporary without any attitude. I scribble them down as if I were being given secret wartime codes. I travel east, past the Langeberg mountains hulking the horizon like bouncers at a party, past a church service conducted outside in the scrub, the congregation draped in spotless white robes. The collective noun for a group of larks comes to mind: an exaltation. We reach Sanbona by lunchtime, a private wildlife reserve almost the size of Singapore.
For first timers or those who want safari within easy range of the city, Sanbona is a treat.
This is not Botswana, there are relatively few animals for the size of the place - not quite needles in a haystack, but the guides have their work cut out - yet in the space of two days we count off the Big Five. The gradual reintroduction of tawny and white lion, rhino, cheetah, elephant and antelope to this undulating landscape of dry riverbeds and succulent scrub means that resident scientists can monitor the balance between habitat and wildlife. My base is Dwyka Tented Camp , a half-circle of suites under canvas renovated in September , with new decking and private hot tubs.
The camp sits below an amphitheatre of rock, where black eagles and baboons visit daily. My trim tent has a leather-tiled seating nook, concrete floors, an outdoor shower and the sound of doves canoodling under the eaves. On drives, the game restrictions bring unexpected advantages: we can jump out of the vehicle to track elephants on foot or seek out a family of cheetahs napping under an acacia without having to worry about becoming lunch for a passing lion.
The big cats wear monitoring collars here, but on territory this vast the intrusion of technology is worth it. One morning we watch a pair of white lions walking through the sunrise, their pale fur radiating a halo of light. The word kooky frequently pops up in conversation about Barrydale, but art plays a meaningful role here. Then there's the showroom of design studio Magpie Art Collective , where rococo chandeliers are created from bottle tops and coloured plastic, sourced from rubbish dumps.
Such is its far-reaching success that two of its chandeliers hang in the White House.
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Shane Petzer, a member, tells me: 'Repurposing things is an essential part of Southern African culture. I am staying at Bobbejaansberg , a dream of a house sitting in splendid isolation at the foot of the Lemoenshoek mountains , the sight of which forms a backdrop to the many terraces, walkways and panoramic windows of this lateral, low-slung stone cottage.
Up to eight people can rent the property for a week or a weekend - though one woman came alone, cancelled all her other plans for the fortnight and stayed put. It's that sort of place: just you and nature, the peak ahead, the vale behind, the movement of light on the far hills, the silence and the night stars. The interiors are the work of designer Gregory Mellor, the effect is one of space and comfort. Linen sofas, wicker chairs, brass bathtubs and rugs echo the colour of the surrounding fynbos, where olive and sage green and the occasional burst of pale yellow - as emphatic as a blonde in a room full of brunettes - are the governing tones.
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There's a pizza oven, a lap pool bordered by lavender and a million places to sit in cushiony bliss. At Touwsberg , a private game and nature reserve near Ladismith where a fortunate few have made weekend and holiday homes, I startle a pair of ostrich as I bump along the track to Stoney Cottage. This solar-powered, four-bedroom retreat - the creation of Lynn and Sibley McAdam, owners of Cape Town interiors shop Block and Chisel - sits above a stream in the crease of a steep valley. Ironing service. Air conditioning. Seating area. Complimentary toiletries. Bottled water. Hair dryer. Bridal suite.
Non-smoking rooms. Languages Spoken. Cape Town Intl Airport mi See all flights. Car Hire See all Ladismith car hire. Write a review. Traveller rating. Selected filters. All reviews plunge pool other guests morning walk course dinner one night private deck beautiful place great dinner sauvignon blanc great hospitality set menu wine farm friendly dogs guest house is at home hidden gem south africa yogurt warm welcome spectacular views klein karoo beautiful farm. Wigan, United Kingdom 4 contributions 1 helpful vote. Fantastic food and wine. We really enjoyed our stay at Mymering - out in the country about 10km from Ladismith with magnificent views of the mountains.
Accomodation good and comfortable with a private garden and plunge pool looking out towards the mountains. We even had a wild mountain tortoise in our garden. All the guests eat together and you can either sit on a separate table or join Andy and Penny on the top table and be entertained by Andy, who really is a character. In the morning you can join Andy on his walk but 7. So if you are driving along the R62 then Mymering would be a perfect stop off. Review collected in partnership with this hotel. Date of stay: February Helpful Share.
Hello from Mymering Thank you for your fantastic review of our farm - you make us feel so proud! Andy and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you back soon. Happyhammer wrote a review Feb Romsey, United Kingdom 5 contributions 3 helpful votes.
An oasis. Although out in the sticks, Mymering is well worth the effort. The welcome from Penny is warm and the food is delicious. After your chill-out stay, you will be refreshed and ready for the next stage of your holiday. Date of stay: January Hello hello from Mymering : Thank you for your great review. Beautiful setting for a break. The clear night skies are amazing for star gazing. The hosts are friendly and go out their way to make you feel welcome. The meals are beautifully presented and taste exquisite. The farm has suffered from drought and the animal life is scarce but does not distract from the stark beauty.
Well worth a visit. Date of stay: August Trip type: Travelled with family. Safari wrote a review May Awesome people, location, knowledge. Date of stay: February Value. Great to hear our guests comment about the uniqueness of Bosch Luys Kloof!
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Previous Next 1 2 3 4 5 6 … Christinestopford asked a question Jun Cape Town Central, South Africa 2 contributions 1 helpful vote. Answer from Gerhard R. Jun Good morning Christine We do have an information centre at the lodge and our guide takes youngsters on an informative and interactive tour through the different tracks, droppings and habits of some of the animals present on the reserve. Fossils and the geology of the area is also explained. We also offer guided nature drives through the reserve which is a favorite with the youngsters. After the walk through the info centre, a follow-up short guided hike to a San cave with some rock art is also popular, our guide then further explains the tracks etc.
HoutBayDiver asked a question Nov Cape Town Central, South Africa contributions helpful votes. Nov Dear guest No problem for our chef, he can cater for Banting.
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