Travelling is not only about the destination, although it plays a pivotal part, it is also about the experience. What can you do in Southern Africa that is unique? These are our four unique choices:
1. A Night Under the Stars-Tswalu Kalahari
Tswalu Kalahari is owned by the Oppenheimer family and is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering a massive area of 100 000 hectares. This family run lodge was recently named one of South Africa’s best lodges by the National Geographic Society that have a high standard of unique experiences. This is an exclusive option as only 30 guests can be accommodated at a time. What we want to highlight is the experience of sleeping under the proverbial blanket of stars. The Malori deck is a raised platform with a thatched overhang for protection if it rains. The Malori is a Tswana word that means dreamer. And you would think that being outside mans a compromise on luxury and comfort. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Imagine a king-size bed adorned with Aldona linen, towelling robes and slippers and an outdoor toilet, basin and shower are a short walk away along a lit path. Barefoot bush luxury at it’s finest.
2. Take to the Caribbean Blue Skies on Helicopter Ride to Lunch
It’s a lunch date that feels like something out of an MTV music video but it’s a unique Southern Africa experience. Starting at the famous V&A Waterfront, a private pilot is on standby to take you over the city with views that include the likes of the Atlantic Ocean, Robben Island, Lions Head, Camp’s Bay and Clifton. Do we need to use the word break-taking? Seems a pale description of the actual experience. Then it’s a drop off at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa where a delicious lunch waits prepared by their award winning Azure restaurant. Exceptional wines are naturally included and keeping in theme with the “flight of wines” tasting.
3. Private Braai Lessons
A braai is essentially a barbeque but it is authentically South African, we even have a national public holiday dedicated to the braai. The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is in the malaria free area of the Eastern Cape in South Africa and it offers an exciting chance to learn the art of the South African braai. With fresh and locally sourced ingredients you learn how to barbeque different types of venison which include the likes of kudu, impala, ostrich and warthog as well as how to build the perfect fire. Vegetarian options are available.
4. Best Whiskies Beckon
If it’s a whiskey experience you are in the market for, The Bascule Bar at the Cape Grace Hotel has some of the finest and rarest whiskies on offer. In fact, the Bascule Bar has one of the largest whiskey collections in the Southern Hemisphere. A private sommelier teaches you all there is to know about the fascinating history of whiskey and the art of distilling, maturing and blending.