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Pine Lake Marina

Pine Lake Marina Pine Lake Marina is situated 5km outside Sedgefield, in the heart of the Garden Route National Reserve and on the banks of the Swartviel Lake. It is one of the most beautiful places to stay, with magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The resort offers self-catering accommodation with a whole host of on-site activities, which makes it the perfect...

Cycleworx

Cycleworx If you’re an active traveller, then the best option to explore all the forests and back roads would be the self-guided, self-propelled cycle tour. Mountain bikes are available for hire (and repair). Hours: Shop 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9.00pm-1.00pm Sat; 9.00am-noon public holidays. Rates: R75 per day, mountain bikes only. Cycleworx accepts all major Credit Cards:

The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg The Plettenberg, of the prestigious Liz Magrath Collection and classified as a Relais hotel, maintains superior quality in every accommodation from the stylish and comfortable double rooms to a super-luxe private villa. Remarkable sea views, two rim-flow pools and its own spa plus the superb Sand restaurant with an award-winning wine cellar add up to elegant indulgence...

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour Tarzan and Jane flights of fancy come thrillingly to life as guests from 7 to 70 soar among the ancient yellowwoods – some up to 700 years old. Adventure seekers are secured to strong cables and accompanied by guides as they whizz from platform to platform 30m above the dense forest floor. Hours: 7.00am-4.00pm daily. Winter 8.00am-3.30pm daily. Rates: R450.

Lindsay Castle

Lindsay Castle Be king and queen for a night or more in the luxury of Lindsay Castle, complete with turrets, on beautiful, secluded Noetzie Beach. This intimate ‘cottage castle’, was built in the 30s and renovated with the Pezula eye for detail. Each of the four romantic en-suite bedrooms overlooks the sea. Full breakfast, fit for royalty, is included and lunch and dinners can be...

Knysna River & Forest Tours

Knysna River & Forest Tours Discover the mysterious Diepwalle forest where herds of elephants once roamed (and only three are rumoured to be left) or the gorgeous Goukamma Nature Reserve. Walking tours are escorted, based on hikers’ fitness levels and provide time to make the most of your experience. Bring your camera and good walking shoes and they will supply snacks and meals. Hours:8.30am- 5pm...

Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna Elephant Park The park offers a rare opportunity to touch and feed adult and adorable baby elephants as knowledgeable handlers discuss the pachyderms’ habits. The park’s adult elephants were rescued from other parts of Africa and are thriving in this controlled free-range environment. Established to bring the plight of the elephant to the public’s attention, this park is not to be...

The Featherbed Company

The Featherbed Company Yes, it’s pretty, but at some point you need to do more than look at the lagoon/estuary, and Featherbed offers several boat trips including the popular ferry to the western Head for a hike and buffet lunch. Hop on the old-fashioned paddle cruiser for sundowners and a whirl around the la- goon. Those with sea legs can opt to venture into the Indian Ocean on a guided...

Power Van

Want an alternative to the Choo Tjoe? Then try this one: it’s a small electrical train-cart which leads up into the Outeniqua Mountains, travelling for two-and-a-half hours over four passes and through six tunnels on its way. The trip is flexible, so you can stop and picnic at the top or along the way, or grab a meal at the museum restaurant. Hours: Mon-Sat by appointment...

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe To answer the eternal questions: yes, the train is still running; and no, it doesn’t run between George and Knysna anymore – the route has changed to George-Mossel Bay. And the experience is as charming as ever, with South Africa’s last scheduled steam train running 52km right along the coastline, crossing two rivers and taking in some gorgeous scenery. Hours: Depart...

Augusta de Mist

Augusta de Mist Named after the various indigenous plants growing in the multileveled, intricately designed garden, each of the seven suites on this thicketed property maintain a perfect balance between that delightful wicker-chair and thatch-roof country charm and stylish, modern convenience. A meander along the stony, overgrown pathways of the estate will do your soul the world of good...

Tradouw Quads

Tradouw Quads Play at being Mad Max and rip up some dirt while exploring the beautiful Tradouw Valley on a plucky four-wheeler. There’s a knot of trails to choose from, one taking you through the arid Karoo veld, another up into the Langeberg Mountain, and another snaking through the surrounding wine, dairy and fruit farms. Rates: R230-R350. Open By appointment only. No-Credit Cards...

Sulina Faerie Sanctuary

Here be dragons ... and unicorns, wizards, dwarfs and fairies, all living side by side in an over grown forest. Okay, so it’s really a garden, and the magical ensemble cast a mere motley crew of ceramic statuettes, but your kids don’t need to know that, right? Hours: 9am-4.30pm Wed-Sun; daily in school holidays. Admission: R10 adults; R5 under 13s, by donation. No-...

Barrydale Brandy Cellar Tours

Barrydale Brandy Cellar Tours Here’s a fun fact you probably didn’t know about local firewater: of all the brandy-producing areas in South Africa, Barrydale’s terroir is the closest to that of the French district Charentes, the birthplace of cognac. Simply put, Barrydale does brandy best. The cellar complex also houses the Barrydale Heritage Garden featuring the area’s indigenous flora. Hours: 8.00am...

Blue Gum Country Estate

Blue Gum Country Estate This exclusive and hospitable country retreat is also a gourmet destination par excellence – from demos for those who want to learn more to fine dining, rustic-chic picnics and breakfasts that you’ll be raving about for ages after wards. Pristine mountain and farm surrounds and plenty to do if you’re into the great outdoors (from fishing to mountain biking and even clay...