Philosopher St Augustine once said ‘The world is a book, and those that don’t travel only read one page’, if this is true, Ryan Charles and Gareth Turner have read quite a few chapters. Who are they? They are two of our best consultants. These guys eat, sleep, breathe African travel. They recently did a trip to the Eastern Cape, along the beautiful Garden Route and came back with grins as wide as Cheshire cats.
Ryan and Gareth-Perfect Africa Travel Experts
Their first night was spent in ‘The friendly city’ of Port Elizabeth at Singa Town Lodge. A short walk from the beach, this chic five star boutique lodge is literally an oasis in a city setting. The décor is infused with rich colours, fascinating artwork and an all-round enviable ambience. Checking in through grand carved wood doors and admiring a pristine water feature that entices the eyes.
Singa Town Lodge (Courtesy: Lion Roars-Hotel&Lodges)
Singa Town Bedroom (Courtesy: Lion Roars-Hotel&Lodges)
The next morning they drove their way through the Eastern Cape. For those unfamiliar with this part of the world, it’s a place of diversity and depending on your mood; there are so many options to choose from. This includes a seaside escape, an encounter with the Big 5 or city diversions. It is a perfect blend of all that encompasses a great holiday destination.
After a day spent inspecting sites, getting a personalised feel of the accommodation, they finally made their way through to the Amakhala Game Reserve, a member of the Lion Roars Group. This particular reserve is made up of 11 luxury star rated establishments made up of restored country houses, Safari Lodges and tented camps. They are impressively spread out over an area of 18 000 acres.
After inspections an afternoon game drive was included. When travelling through the Eastern Cape, a perk is that safari adventures are perfectly family friendly and you have up close and personal encounters with the Big 5.
Hlosi Game Lodge (Courtesy: Lion Roars-Hotel&Lodges)
Hillsnek Safari Camp (Courtesy: Lion Roars-Hotel&Lodges)
It was then off to the Kariega Game Reserve, the reserve is family owned and operated and stretches a remarkable 10 000 hectares comprising unspoiled wilderness in the Eastern Cape. They then spent a night at River Lodge which comprises 10 spacious and thatched suites sitting serenely on the banks of the Bushman’s River.
River Lodge (Courtesy: http://www.kariega.co.za)
River Lodge Suite (Courtesy: http://www.kariega.co.za)
The next overnight stay was at Woodall Country House. Set amongst citrus and just 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, it is the neighbour to the Addo Elephant National Park. And the perfect stop before heading back through the Garden Route.
Ryan Loves the Ellies
So does Gareth….
Driving back along the route, they were headed to the Tsitsikamma Forest. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, ferns and bird life and is where the guys decided that a tree top canopy tour was definitely to be added to the itinerary. It is one of South Africa’s fastest growing eco adventure tours and sends you soaring through the trees. It’s a unique perspective of the local surroundings and is sure to thrill.
Tsitsikamma Treetop canopy Tour (Courtesy: http://www.tsitsikamma.info)
Storms River village is set in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma mountain range and forest. The name originates from the powerful Storm’s River that winds its way through the mountain range and into the Indian Ocean. It’s a key tourist attraction for the adventurous who want to experience the natural splendour of this unique water feature.
After the adrenaline, two more overnight stays were on the cards for our experts, the first being the Kurland Hotel. This is a tranquil country hotel with a luxury slant in Plettenberg Bay, the heart of the Garden Route. Surrounded by white sand beaches and the tranquillity feel of country life, it’s the perfect fusing of both old world and new world charm.
Kurland Hotel (Courtesy: http://www.kurland.co.za)
Finally for the men with an incurable case of wanderlust, it was a stay at Kanonkop House in Knysna. This 5 star luxury guesthouse is right in an indigenous forest with the most exceptional views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. It’s also a short distance from the town and waterfront.
Kanonkop House (Courtesy: http://www.kanonkophouse.com)
When asked what they thought of their trip, Ryan said “Fantastic trip over all! I will highly recommend the places I stayed at when creating a package for my next esteemed guests.” As for Gareth, “I will say that the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape are by far the most family friendly destinations in South Africa and we had a wonderful time!” Contact them to organise your own itinerary, you’ll find them on our website, just click the map.