Since South African’s don’t have the luxury of travelling overseas as much as in past years, they are finding local ways to scratch the travel itch! And with so many local hotels and game lodges offering amazing Winter Specials, it’s hard not to take some of them up on their tempting offers. We have rounded up some of our favourite specials that we can’t wait to take advantage of!
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel and Spa is located within walking distance of a variety of trendy shops and restaurants on vibrant Kloof and Long Streets. Nearby attractions include the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Clifton Beaches, and the Table Mountain cableway. Cloud 9 features a spectacular rooftop restaurant The Mountain Club Bistro with a 360-degree view of the City and surrounding mountains. There is also a Spa & Hair Salon with 4 treatments rooms, sauna, a plunge pool for visitors and a heated pool for hotel guests. They are offering locals a free stay this winter until 1 October! South African residents can now enjoy an unforgettable stay at the luxurious hotel, free of charge by simply enjoying a delicious dinner at the rooftop restaurant, The Mountain Club Bistro and/or having a relaxing treatment at the on-site Deluxe Spa & Hair salon. The only catch? A minimum spend of R750 per person at either the restaurant, the spa or a combination of both. Limited availability. Ts & Cs apply.
De Hoop Collection – the first private/public partnership in the South African hospitality industry – opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007. This World Heritage site offers world-class whale-watching and is a paradise for bird enthusiasts with more than 260 species of birds, including the endangered Cape Vultures and the De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation options designed to suit all budgets. a short three hours’ drive from Cape Town it is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples, groups, honeymooners and weddings. Take advantage of their Make a Date with the Whales Winter Special – book a De Hoop Village Cottage at R2 100 per night (normal rate R3 700). Valid for new bookings from May through to the end of August 2021. No minimum night stays. Limited availability. Ts & Cs apply.
Don’t miss: 2021 Wine Whales & Music Weekend 23-25 July – a fabulous profusion of wine tastings, high tea, gourmet dinners, special performances by jazz duo ‘Hanna and Bram’ on Friday evening and the world-class ensemble Whale Time Serenade. And De Hoop MTB Adventure Weekend getaway 4-7 June 2021.
Garden Route Safari Camp is a great add-on to any holiday itinerary, especially if you are looking for a safari experience. The private reserve on which it is located is malaria-free, and home to a bounty of birds and animals that you can tick off your bucket list. Guided game drives led by qualified rangers, who within two to three hours will have you snapping up pictures of lion, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, eland and impala, to name but a few. There might be a few surprises along the way. They have an amazing deal starting from R1499 for 1 night and R2799 for two nights for 2 people with breakfast as well as dinner and game drive vouchers.
Reservations: +27 (0) 10001 4254 / email@example.com.
The 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa situated on Thesen Islands, Knysna offers luxury and standard hotel rooms, also a honeymoon suite and self-catering suites. Delicious food is a given at both the Island Café Restaurant and the Gastro Pub, while the Turbine Water Club offers various water-based activities and the Turbine Spa a wide range of body and beauty treatments. This winter the Turbine is offering special discounted rates (per person sharing per night) – Midweek (Monday to Thursday) less 21% and Weekend (Friday to Sunday) less 10% – valid until 31 August 2021, subject to availability. T’s & C’s apply.
The historic d’Olyfboom Family Estate in Paarl is set against the majestic Paarl Mountain and overlooks the town, vineyards and surrounding countryside. It offers accommodation in five individually decorated guest suites, each with beautiful views and its professionally equipped conference venues can host up to 80 delegates. Its Winter Special, valid from 1 May to 31 August 2021 is a 15% discount on all rates – Bed and Breakfast – Deluxe Room: R900 (per person sharing) and the Honeymoon Suite – R985 (per person sharing). T’s & C’s apply.
The charming 4-star Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu, nestled between the Langeberg mountain ranges of the Western Cape and within a comfortable driving distance from Cape Town, is the perfect destination for those wishing to experience country living and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Take advantage of its Winter ‘Secret Season’ specials of up to 30% discount on standard tariffs on accommodation. The Montagu One-Night Break-away includes bed and breakfast and a three-course Dinner (set menu) with a cocktail/ mocktail. Rates start at R785 per person for a Classic Room (R845 single). A Luxury Room is R1 085 per person sharing, (R1 245 single). The One Night Wellness Stay includes bed and breakfast, three-course Dinner (set menu) plus an Express 30min Facial OR a 30min Back & Neck Massage for only R1 065 per person sharing for a Classic Room (R1 125 single) or R1 365 per person sharing for a luxury room (R1 525 single). Valid to 31 August 2021. T’s & C’s apply.
The 3-star New Holme Country House outside Hanover, is a working sheep and game farm situated on the banks of the Seekoei River in the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve in the Northern Cape. Known for its traditional Karoo dinners and sunsets and night drives, New Holme can accommodate 33 guests in nine guest rooms. Activities include a Karoo ‘Shy 5’ Night drive where you can see aardvark, aardwolf, black-footed cat, porcupine and bat-eared fox, daily Birding drives, a hippo pool and Koi San etchings. Karoo Gariep Nature reserve is offering a great Winter Special – two nights for two sharing at the New Holme Country House for only R2 800 (usual price R3 580). Included in this special is one dinner, two breakfasts, one complimentary bottle of wine plus an ‘under-the-stars picnic. Offer valid from 1 May to 31 August 2021. T’s & Cs apply.
With dancing fynbos, and crisp clear winter skies outside, inside Gonana Guesthouse in Paternoster it’s as cosy as toast on the upstairs sunshine deck, or sitting snugly in front of the fire in the lounge sipping steaming hot chocolate. Gonana is eco-conscious and solar-powered, yet guests are wrapped in winter warmth. All rooms have heaters and locally crafted, exquisite mohair blankets to snuggle under for naps. Even the pool is solar heated for a quick dip on warmer days. And every morning there’s a piping hot breakfast, along with everything from local cheeses to Bircher muesli and home-baked bread, to set you up for a day of activity and exploration – if that’s on your wish list. Winter promotion: stay for 2 nights and receive the 3rd night for free.
Situated in the beautiful Elgin Valley close to the town of Grabouw is the 4-star South Hill Vineyards. This boutique wine farm is all about creating ‘cool taste experiences’ – and with its luxury ‘farm stay’ accommodation, a restaurant serving delicious bistro country-style meals, an art gallery and a space for weddings and personalised functions it does just that. Its ‘cool taste’ winter special, valid from 1 May to end August 2021 for stays in the Guest House Villa, the Pump House Honeymoon Cottage and on Stokies Ark, the Houseboat is a Stay for 3 nights Pay for 2 nights. This special includes a selection of South Hill wine with each stay booked. One bottle when booking at the Pumphouse, three bottles when booking Stokies Ark and for a full exclusive use stay at the six-bedroomed Guest House Villa – guests get six bottles of wine. Subject to availability. T’s & C’s apply.
The Spanish Farm Guest Lodge (a 2020 HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence Award winner) situated on a beautiful estate in Somerset West, offers luxury air-conditioned Guesthouse bedrooms and 5-star self-catering Villas with lush indigenous gardens, stunning scenery and panoramic views of False Bay and the surrounding mountains, and a peaceful ambience and warm South African hospitality. To experience this ‘slice of heaven’ take advantage of its special offer – 15% off listed winter rates valid from 1 June to 31 August 2021. When booking quote: promo code SFGLWIN21. Subject to availability. T’s & C’s apply.
The luxurious 4-star The Lofts Boutique Hotel is set in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon on Thesen Island and offers a tranquil atmosphere, a unique brand of homely hospitality, exclusive lagoon suites, luxury loft rooms and self-catering units overlooking the beautiful architecture of Thesen Harbour Town. A perfect setting where you can relax and unwind this winter at the single rate for double occupancy in any one of the luxury Loft Rooms from R1 300 or the exclusive Lagoon Suites from R1 660 including breakfast. This offer is not valid during the Knysna Oyster Festival. T’s & C’s apply.
One of Cape Country Routes’ top tier offerings is the Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve, Western Cape – a 4 000-hectare private reserve with a luxury game lodge 40km from Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. Its nine private, luxurious en-suite bedrooms offer stunning views of the mountains and river. Activities include guided game drives (see a variety of buck species), guided hiking trails, mountain biking (bring your own bike), swimming, stargazing and delicious cuisine. Its great Winter Special of R950 per person per night (bed and breakfast included) is valid to 31 August 2021. And situated a few meters from the main lodge there is the brand-new, self-catering family Villa that sleeps six (four adults, two children). With three (two en-suite) bedrooms, a kitchen, an inside braai, a lounge, a dining area, shaded private parking, free WiFi, use of the swimming pool and at only R2 900 per night, the Villa is perfect for a luxurious and tranquil escape to the Klein Karoo. T’s & Cs apply.
The Supertubes Guest House is located on the world-famous surfing beach of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape just 30 meters from the beach. Its accommodation comprises beautifully styled, en-suite Luxury and Standard rooms and self-catering apartments; and it offers a full breakfast buffet in a bright dining room adjacent to the garden. Aside from surfing, there are plenty of other activities including whale watching, surfing, fishing, horse-riding, Big Five game viewing, excursions and shopping. To get a 20% discount on Supertubes’ Winter Special valid to end September 2021. T’s & C’s apply!
Reservations: Whatsapp 079 593 0241/ firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Zuurberg Mountain Village in the Eastern Cape, a 160-year-old haven situated high up on the Zuurberg Pass, is a popular South African winter wonderland getaway. Here you can wake up to fresh cool mist wrapped around the emerald, green hills. You can explore winding trails or go on a game drive and experience mother nature in all her glory, ease away tired muscles in the spa, enjoy hearty country fare, good wines and warm nightcap, snuggle up for stories around the crackling fire, retreat to your cottage under the starry night canopy or head to bed, to dream. All you need is your coat, hat, boots and a little time off! The Zuurberg Mountain Village Winter Special, valid from 1 May to 30 September 2021 includes dinner, bed and breakfast at R1 050 for Adults, R685 for ages 12 -20 and R530 for ages 3-11. T’s and C’s apply.
For luxury accommodation in Plettenberg Bay, the Sky Villa Boutique Hotel perched on a hilltop overlooking the bay and the more informal ‘toes-in-the-sand… sipping cocktails on the deck’ The Bungalow, are just where you want to be this winter.
- Stay & Play 18 Holes Golf Package – a two-night stay at either the Sky Villa Boutique Hotel or The Bungalow, breakfast, dinner plus a round of golf at the signature Gary Player designed 18-hole, 72-par Goose Valley Golf Course (includes the use of a golf cart) – R2 000 per person sharing
- The Perfect Date Package – a two-night stay at either the Sky Villa Boutique Hotel or The Bungalow, breakfast, a private dinner on the Terrace, a bottle of wine and a fruit basket on arrival, plus a 60min Thai oil massage courtesy of Royal Thai Plett – R4 200 per couple
Located on 800 hectares of peaceful countryside near Dullstroom, the award-winning Walkersons Hotel & Spa with the splendour of the surrounding unspoiled scenery, the chance to fly-fish in Dullstroom’s famous trout dams, 27 private hotel rooms and five self-catering family cottages, delicious country cuisine and a luxurious Spa, and a bonus…over the next few months Walkersons is offering some really amazing discounts. If you’re able to escape midweek (Sunday to Thursday) you may want to take advantage of these discounts – you could get up to an amazing 50% off. T’s & C’s apply.
The Imbali Lodge is in the untamed wilderness of the vast and wildlife-rich Kruger Park of South Africa; the lodge offers the tradition of safari in the romantic style of the past. Located on the scenic banks of the Nwatswitswonto river, the Chalets at the lodge provide unrestrained luxury and comfort which are the ideal place to begin an unforgettable adventure. Winter Special: Stay for R7,430.00 per double room per night including all meals and game drives.
Thanda Safari, an access-controlled private game reserve in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal ticks all the boxes –5-star luxury accommodation, service, food, nature, plus excellent all-year-round game viewing – exceptional Big Five experiences, perfect warm weather, and fabulous family-friendly discount packages. Thanda Safari has a great ‘Stay 4 – Pay 3’ Winter Special on accommodation at Thanda Safari Lodge at SADC low season rates – only R5 923 per adult per night sharing (two children under the age of 16 can share a suite with two adults) – applicable till end August 2021. The Lodge has nine suites, each with a spacious lounging area, a plunge pool, a game-viewing deck offering panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve, and a private boma. And located within the Lodge is the Spa that offers a range of full body and facial treatments.There’s always something special at Thanda Safari – a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a multiple winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. T’s & C’s apply.
Don’t miss: ‘A Weekend of Campfire Stories with Kingsley Holgate’ from Friday 11-13 June, A Birding Weekend with James Rawdon 25-27 June and The RUN WILD Weekend from 16-18 July 2021.
The Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens, Golf & Spa Resort offer large rooms an open-air pool with spectacular mountain vistas. Surrounded by a dam, sprawling golf course and a lush pine forest, allowing travellers, a genuinely real escape. They have a wide variety of different activities to choose from ranging from exploring the great outdoors or just relaxing alongside the swimming pools or Spa. Winter Special: R699.00 per person sharing per night, bed & breakfast.
Reservations: +27 (0) 31 337 4222 / email@example.com.
Swadini is landlocked by the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and nestled amongst the Drakensberg peaks, on the banks of the Blyde River. Enjoy exclusive Boat Trips on the Blyde Dam, spot Hippo and Crocodile, and visit the “Tufa” Waterfall. You will also enjoy visiting Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Pinnacle, Mac-Mac Falls and God’s Window. Spend your days relaxing in your Luxury Dwelling, or indulge your wild side with a variety of Adventure Activities, excellent Hiking Trails in the area, and the Facilities at the Resort that includes a heated swimming pool that averages 30C-34C throughout the year depending on the weather. The Resort is situated 35 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Mpumalanga and only 75 kilometres from the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park. Book your LUXURY CHALET between 01 May and 31 August and get a sizzling hot discount of 20%.
Reservations: +27 (0)15-795 5141 | +27 (0)76 634 1170 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: In keeping with COVID-19 protocols all these properties are adhering to stringent health and safety cleaning protocols – the safety of their guests and staff being of the highest priority.
Featured image: The Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa plunge pool by @jaredincpt