We didn’t decide to go to South Africa until after Christmas, and our travel dates were from early Feb to early March, so it didn’t give Ilze Fox much time to organize our tour.
We gave her a brief outline of our plan and she came up with a great itinerary within a couple of days – landing at Jo’burg, one night there at the lovely African Rock Boutique Hotel then flying up to Sabi Sand for three nights safari at Lion Sands before returning to Pretoria, a night in Castello di Monte and a trip in the Blue Train down to Cape Town.
Picked up car (Hyundai i35) from the station and drove to Table Bay Hotel for three nights – super room overlooking the mountain.
On to Stellenbosch and the amazing Majeka House in their pool suite. Two days later drove to Oudtshoorn and the lovely Rosenhof Country House.
Next stop, Seabreeze at Plettenberg Bay, the only hiccup. Southern Destinations hadn’t used this B&B before (and won’t again). Look on trip advisor for our comments! One call to Ilze, and she rearranged the two night stay in Knysna in the Knysna Quays Protea Hotel within half an hour. This girl really knows her stuff! As it happened, this suited us perfectly – loads of great restaurants and a pre-booked boat trip the next day.
On to our second safari camp, Shamwari. Once more, great accommodation and saw the ‘big 5’ (again). Next stop, Prana Lodge. Our lodgings had been way above our expectations up to now – but this place really blew us away. A suite the size of a house, plunge pool and our own garden, too. The price included dinner – and what a meal! Sadly, we only had one night there before moving on to Umngazi River Bungalows, another delightfully different destination. Lovely bungalow overlooking the river to the sea (we seemed to get the best rooms wherever we went).
Our last stopover was at a fairly basic B&B in Southbroom overlooking the golf course but perfectly adequate for a one night stay (Coral Tree Colony) before travelling to our final destination, Durban. We’d asked Ilze for a few days R&R near the beach for a relaxing end to our travels. We’d mentioned this hotel to a number of people we’d met on our trip – and without exception, they’d gasp with envy. Why? Our last week was in the Oyster Box, one of South Africa’s finest hotels. We had an ocean view room with a balcony. Everything about this place oozed quality – it was the perfect end to a wonderful holiday, all at an amazing price.
One final surprise – our flight from Durban back to Jo’burg was in business class.
Thank you so much, Ilze
Peter & Ruth, UK
View Lion Sands River Lodge
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View Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
View Bayethe Tented Lodge
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