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Nestled in the heart of Horseshoe Valley, this beautiful country estate boasts luxurious suites, a large swimming pool, spa facilities and even an auditorium for conferences and functions.
What to do
Whether you’re a nature lover or sports fan, there’s loads to keep you occupied at Thornycroft Lodge. Try your hand at badminton, play a round of pool or hit the outdoors for a game drive or nature walk. Afterwards book a therapeutic massage in the spa, snuggle up with a book in the winter lounge or chill out in the mini-cinema.
Got kids? Take advantage of the babysitting services or leave them to splash around in the pool and play on the Nintendo WII. And if all else fails, paintballing and horseriding is only a short drive away.
Thornycroft Lodge is well equiped for large groups and special events. There’s a conference centre which can seat up to 150 guests, a seperate bar and even braii facilities. School trips are welcome and the secluded camp area (which caters for 80 guests) is perfect for kids.
To make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 (o)437307300. Click here for directions.
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Surrounded by indigenous forests and the beautiful Tsitsikamma mountains, this farm is a great base for exploring the countryside. Check out our photo gallery to see why we fell in love with it…
PICTURES Wild Spirit hostel, Nature's Valley
Fancy seeing hippos playing in the water and crocodiles lurking in the reeds? Go on a river boat cruise in St Lucia and spend the day animal spotting.
St Lucia Estuary is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a recently declared World Heritage Site. It’s home to over 800 hippos, 1000 crocodiles and many different species of birds.
Prices cost from 170ZAR and can be bought from tour agencies or the dock. Look out for special offers – Budget Backpackers is currently offering 10% off 10am tours.
Think you’re brave enough? Book a safari at Schotia Private Game Reserve and you’re guaranteed lion sightings!
And she was so taken with it she decided to call it Kylie. Fancy meeting her too? Simply book a trip to South Africa and get stuck in!
Ukutula Lion Park takes on volunteers from all over the world to help research, breed and aid in the conservation of lions and other animals. Not only will you assist in feeding, cleaning and maintaining enclosures, you’ll also get the chance to care for the cubs by bottle feeding them and seeing to their every need.
How to volunteer
Visit www.i-to-i.com or call 0113 205 4609. Prices start from £1,399 for 2 weeks land only and £410 for each additional week. The trip includes accommodation in chalets within the reserve, all meals, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24 hour support.
Spaning the Zuurberg mountains, the Sundays River Valley and the indigenous forest at Woody Cape, this park boasts an impressive 180,000 hectares.
Take your time to spot redhartebeest skipping through the trees, warthogs foraging in the bushes and Kudus standing proud. The real treat comes when a herd of elephants stumble into your path or an inquisitive buffalo appears at the side of your vehicle grunting softly.
Booking your tour
Addo Elephant National Park a malaria-free area situated just 60 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth. Choose from guided tours, self drives in the Wildlife area, horse trails and even accommodation for those who can’t drag themselves away. Email email@example.com for more info.
This park actually guarantees lion sightings and is thought to be ‘the most densely stocked reserve in Africa’ with over 2000 animals. So if you’re desperate to see the Big Five then Schotia is a a safe bet.
What to expect
As well as lions, this reserve is home to hundreds of game species including zebra, wilderbeest, hippos, giraffes, monkey, springbuck and even crocodiles – so expect an afternoon packed full of adventure!
Tours usually take place in an open-top Land Rover and last around 4 hours. Blankets are provided for the evening drives – but it’s always book to wear gloves and take a warm jacket. TOP TIP Take a spare camera battery!
Booking your tour
Addo/Schotia full day tour: Our favourite tour includes a morning drive through Addo Elephant Park, followed by an afternoon/evening drive through Schotia. Price includes lunch, drinks and a delicious dinner around the bonfire.
Tooth & Claw: Enjoy a 4-hour guided game drive in an open Land Rover where you’ll spot lions, giraffe, rhino and hippo. Afterwards, feast on a delicious buffet dinner prepared on open fires.
We want to say a big thanks to Peter de Witt for making our tour unforgettable! Get more information about tours or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
What to expect
After being fitted with a harness, you’ll make your way to the centre of the bridge where experienced guides are waiting, music pumping! There will be around 5-10 people per group so expect an adrenaline-fuelled party, plenty of nerves and a death-defying leap of faith.
Bungee jump costs from 690ZAR (£62). The DVD (highly recommended!) is another 300ZAR (£27) and professional pictures from 70ZAR (£6). You can also buy T-shirts, hoodies and other memorabilia in the tourist shop.