This South Africa roundtrip was one of my best trips ever. Everything I wished for in a trip was there. Great adventures with the Big Five, unspoiled breathtaking nature, outstanding luxury lodges where you felt at home right away, friendly people, excellent food, a sea view with dolphins and whale watching, rocky beaches, shark encounters and at the end we visited the wine and dine “best area of the world”. What more can you wish for in just one holiday. South Africa was simply love at first sight.
“As soon as I had landed back home, I wanted to book a trip to go back directly”
Game drive at The Royal Malewane
Our first stop was at the Krugerpark but this was no average stay, this was adventure and luxury XXL.
Two beautifully carved wooden leopards welcomed us to the canopy covered Grand Entrance, we had just arrived at Royal Malewane. If you want to read more about this exclusive resort where guests as Bono, Sting and Carla Bruni have stayed and you want to read about my adventurous encounter with the Black Rhino, read this article: ROYAL MALEWANE, Experience the wild heart of the African bush in classic style and elegance.
From Capetown to Hermanus
After our magnificent time in Royal Malewane we took a plane to Cape Town to continue our trip. In Cape Town we stayed just a day to visit the beautiful Rocky Beach.
I would have loved to stay here longer but we had a new destination to look forward to.
We drove by car to Hermanus and what a beautiful trip along the coastline of South Africa it was. Perfectly shaped mountains, rolling hills, rough red rocks and on our right the blue Atlantic Ocean.
“This journey provided a true reflection of the earth’s gifts, they were all coming together here.”
And for me as a ‘Dutchie’ the old Dutch farmhouses with old Dutch names looked very familiar and welcoming. It was certainly strange to be so far from my home country and to feel very much at home at the same time.
Hermanus was totally different than Cape Town and the Krugerpark and so I wrote this experience down in the next article: HERMANUS, Whales, Sharkes and Wine, what more do you want?
We stayed here at this wonderful exclusive resort located on top of a cliff, overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. Read about in: Birkenhead House, first class spotting the Whales and Dolphins passing by.
Franschoeck and La Residence
After Hermanus we headed by car to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, where amazingly eight of the ‘Top 100 Restaurants in the World’ are based. Wining and dining XXL J.
We dined in the beautiful restaurant ‘The Tasting Room’ where Nelson Mandela himself has been known to dine more than once. During this part of the trip we stayed at the fabulous resort La Residence.
“A haven of luxury and relaxation with an atmosphere of complete tranquility surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.”
Want to read more about our enjoyable stay in La Residence, read: “LA RESIDENCE, opulence and comfort in South Africa’s culinary capital.”
All three hotels we visited during this roundtrip are individually decorated by the stylish hand of owner Liz Biden and part of The Royal Portfolio. A recommendation for everybody who has a little more budget to spent.
I have to admit, this article is full of links. But the content was too big for one article only, you can decide to visit only one location or to do the whole trip like we did!
Like I said before….as soon as I landed back home I wanted to go back, this was one of my best trips ever!
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Want to continue your travel in South Africa, read this article:
HERMANUS, Whales, Sharkes, Dolphins and Wine, what more do you want?
Want to continue reading about other South African fabulous getaways, read this article:
ROYAL MALEWANE, Experience the wild heart of the African bush in classic style and elegance.
BIRKENHEAD HOUSE, First class spotting the Whales and Dolphins passing by.
LA RESIDENCE, Opulence and comfort in South Africa’s culinary capital.