Winter 2022 Specials offered at Cape Country Routes, Raw Africa Boutique Collection and independent hotels from around the country

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  1. Agulhas Country Lodge, a Cape Country Routes property at the southernmost tip of Africa is a 4-star small family-run business that prides itself on creating an exceptional experience for guests. It has created an atmosphere that radiates character, charm and romance and it provides excellent personalised customer service and modern luxury with an old world feel. Its 2022 Winter Special, valid from 1 May to 31 August is a 30% discount – book any room type at only R 750 per person including breakfast. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal! Subject to availability. Long weekends and public/school holidays excluded. (Children up to 12 years old sharing with adults R 350 per child extra; infants stay free) Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  2. Cape Country Routes’ 4-star De Zeekoe Guest Farm – is a stylish Guest House and lucerne farm situated just 7 kms outside Oudtshoorn with a variety of luxurious B&B accommodation and self-catering cottages plus an assortment of great activities – from hiking, biking and swimming to De Zeekoe’s exclusive Five Shy Meerkat tours. It is an ideal destination for a getaway. De Zeekoe’s Winter Special valid from 1 May to 31 August 2022 includes two nights, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, a morning Meercat tour, plus free biking at R4 300 per couple. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  3. A member of Cape Country Routes, De Hoop Collection, in De Hoop Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site that offers world-class whale-watching and is a paradise for bird enthusiasts with more than 260 species of birds, including the endangered Cape Vultures – offers a wide range of accommodation options and is a short three hours’ drive from Cape Town. Its Winter Special is an eagerly anticipated annual promotion and this year is no exception – book a stay at the De Hoop Village Cottages OR at the Luxury Suites and get 40% off. De Hoop Village Cottage (six sleeper) from R2 150 per cottage per night; Luxury Suites (two sleeper) from R1 950 per person per night (suite rate includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast). Valid for new bookings excluding event weekends like Wine, Whales and Music and Whale of Trail. No minimum night stay required. Valid from mid-May to end July 2022. Ts & Cs apply. Booking is essential. Phone 021-422 4522 or email res@dehoopcollection.co.za, www.dehoopcollection.com
  4. A member of Cape Country Routes, the elegant award-winning Eendracht Hotel & Apartments situated in the heart of Stellenbosch is an excellent base from which to explore Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Whale Route and the beautiful West Coast. Eendracht caters not only to the discerning leisure guest but also to corporate guests – and has a great Business Package on offer. Book a stay for two nights at the standard room rate (starting from R980 per person sharing per night) and receive a complimentary Full Day Conference Package. This package includes breakfast and lunch with a coffee/tea break during the afternoon, free high-speed fibre internet, aircon, TV and Conference Cam and the free use of the Huddle Room (can accommodate up to 14 delegates depending on the seating configuration). Extra delegates only pay for meals etc. This special package cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts, packages or specials and is valid from 1 May to 31 August 2022. Ts & Cs apply. Tel: +27 21 883 8843, Email: reservations@eendracht-hotel.com, www.eendracht-hotel.com
  5. Enjoy the magic that is Stellenbosch at Cape Country Routes’ elegant Evergreen Manor & Spa where gracious living an old-world charm combined with modern convenience, friendly luxury and a welcoming hospitality are a way of life. Its spacious and luxurious guest rooms feature high ceilings and fine period and antique furnishings – there two lounges, a sun deck, a swimming pool, an intimate spa and a beautiful garden. Close to the centre of the town, with restaurants, art galleries and museums only a few minutes’ walk away, this country guesthouse makes a perfect base for exploring the surrounding wine estates and the entire area. Take advantage of Evergreen’s special Winter offer – book a stay (on a bed and breakfast basis) in a beautifully appointed luxury room for three nights and only pay for two. Valid from 1 May to 31 August.Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  6. The sustainable, eco-conscious Gonana Guesthouse, a Cape Country Routes member is located in Paternoster on the Bek Bay beach. It’s luxurious, but relaxed contemporary accommodation comprises eight en-suite guest rooms (seven of which have their own terraces or balconies), while one, The Studio – a double storey, fully equipped with a kitchenette can serve as a self-catering unit or bed and breakfast. Additionally, two new self-catering cottages with breathtaking sea views from the balconies, braai facilities, fully fitted kitchen (serviced daily), provide the perfect option for those seeking privacy. Both the cottages and the guesthouse are pet friendly, while the cottages are also child friendly. Gonana’s Winter Warmer Special ‘Stay for Three Nights – Pay for Two Nights’ is valid for all bookings from 1 May to 15 August 2022. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  7. Just off Route 62, close to the Tradouw Pass is the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale, a new member of Cape Country Routes. It was always quirky and crazy but never beautiful. Now it’s all three thanks to a major renovation under an imaginative new team that used the last phase of the Covid lockdown to demonstrate how fine a grasp they have on the art of reinvention. Many other arts have been added beyond just that on the walls; the art of the bakery, the Karoo country kitchen, the art of local sourcing, the art of Fynbos infusion, the art of a Karoo country house party, the art of classic cinema (in the hotel’s movie house up in the rafters above the historic ballroom) the art of a Barrydale raid – visit their new Map Room for that. Ask owners Rick and Sue Melvill what the most important art of all is, and their reply is always “the art of joy” – and here is their ‘art of joy’ Winter Special – book any two nights mid-week and get the third night free – valid June to end August 2022. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries:bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  8. Cape Country Routes’ charming 4-star Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu, a comfortable driving distance from Cape Town, is the perfect destination for a Winter getaway. Take advantage of these new Winter Specials: the One – Night Breakaway – Bed And Breakfast and Dinner (three-course, set menu), plus cocktail/mocktail per person – Classic Room – R2 055 per couple/Luxury Room – R2 450 per couple; the Wellness Two-Night Special – two nights Bed and full Breakfast daily, Dinner (three-course, set menu), plus 30min back & neck massage or Morgan Taylor manicure with paraffin wax (per person per booking) – Classic Room R3 750 per couple / Luxury Room – R4 550 per couple; the Made- in- Montagu-Medley – two nights’ accommodation, full breakfast daily, a welcome drink, plus a complimentary bottle of Montagu Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon – Classic Room – R2 570 per couple / Luxury Room R3 370 per couple, and the Montagu Hotel Weltevrede Wine Experience – three nights’ accommodation, full breakfast daily, a complimentary bottle of Weltevrede Calcrete Chardonnay, a buy-one-get-one-free ‘Weltevrede Captivated’ by Cap Classique Tours, plus a 25% discount on Flying Feet Bike rentals – Classic Room – R3 588 per couple/ Luxury Room – R4 695 per couple/ Executive Suite – R6 280 per couple. Single supplement available. Valid from 1 April to 31 August 2022. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  9. A Cape Country Routes (CCR) endorsed establishment – the 4-star South Hill Vineyards is situated in the beautiful Elgin Valley close to the town of Grabouw. This boutique wine farm – with luxury ‘farm-stay’ accommodation, a restaurant that serves delicious bistro country style meals, an art gallery and a space for weddings and personalised functions – is all about creating ‘cool taste experiences’. Its ‘cool taste’ Winter Special is a 20% discount for guests that book through CCR for two nights or more for stays at the Guest House Villa, the Pump House Honeymoon Cottage and Stokies Ark (the Houseboat). This special is valid from 1 May to end August 2022. Subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  10. The super-duper Cape Country Routes’ Supertubes Guest House in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape is located just 30 meters from the world-famous surfing beach. Its accommodation comprises beautifully styled, en-suite luxury/standard rooms and self-catering apartments; and it offers a full breakfast buffet in a bright dining room adjacent to the garden. Aside from surfing, there are plenty other activities including whale watching, surfing, fishing, horse-riding, Big Five game viewing, excursions and shopping. Supertubes Winter Special – a 20% discount – is valid from 1 May to 30 September 2022 but excludes 9 to 21 July 2022 and must be booked direct on Whatsapp 079 593 0241 or email: bookings@supertubesjbay.co.za T’s & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com
  11. Another of Cape Country Routes’ offerings is the Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve, Western Cape – a 4 000-hectare private reserve with a luxury game lodge 40km from Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. Its nine private, luxurious en-suite bedrooms offer stunning views of the mountains and river. Activities include guided game drives (see a variety of buck species and giraffe), guided hiking trails, mountain biking (bring your own bike), swimming, stargazing and delicious cuisine. Its Winter Special of R1 100 per person per night (bed and breakfast included) is valid from 1 May till 31 August 2022. Situated close to the main lodge is the brand-new, self-catering family Villa that sleeps six (four adults, two children). With three bedrooms (two en-suite), a kitchen, an inside braai, a lounge, a dining area, shaded private parking, free WiFi and use of the swimming pool, and at only R2 900 per night the Villa is perfect for a luxurious and tranquil escape to the Klein Karoo. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com

And for something completely different try the Cape Country Routes ‘Activity’ Enterprises Winter Specials at: Marine Dynamics/ Dyer Island Cruises – a shark cage diving and viewing and boat-based whale watching Company based in Kleinbaai, Western Cape. For a chance to see sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins, to explore the world-famous Dyer Island ecosystem with an onboard marine biologist and to learn all about marine wildlife, book now for these great special winter rates for South Africans. Shark Cage Diving: Adults: R1 500 p/p; Children u/12: R850 p/p; Infants (0-4 years) FOC / no age restriction and Whale Watching: Adults: R800 p/p; Children u/12: R300 p/p; Infants (0-4 years) FOC / no age restriction. Valid from 1 May to 31 August 2022. Ts & Cs apply.Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com

…and if visiting Stellenbosch, get yourself to the Adventure Shop where “your next adventure starts” to make use of the Vine Hopper hop-on-hop-off service (at R350 per person – excludes wine tastings) for your exploration of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, or to take the ‘Guided Bike Stellenbosch’ at R950 per person and/or the ‘Boschendal Ride’ at R750 per person. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com

And from Raw Africa Boutique Collection (formerly Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection) –
For luxury accommodation in Plettenberg Bay at the ‘perched-on-a-hilltop-overlooking-the-bay’ Sky Villa Boutique Hotel and the more informal ‘toes-in-the-sand…sipping cocktails on the deck’ The Bungalow, there are four fabulous Packages – valid from 1 May to 31 August 2022 – for two adults sharing for two nights, including breakfast – available at either Sky Villa Boutique Hotel or The Bungalow:

  1. The Stay & Play includes a R500 Sky Villa Food and Beverage voucher and a round of golf (and golf cart) at the signature Gary Player designed 18-hole, 72-par Goose Valley Golf Course – R5 000
  2. The Perfect Date includes a bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival, a R1 000 Sky Villa Food and Beverage voucher and a 60 min Thai Oil Couple’s Massage at Royal Thai – R5 200
  3. A Taste of Plett includes a bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival, a Nineteen89 Experience (R500 voucher), a Bramon Experience (R500 voucher) and a Golden Palm Experience (R500 voucher) – R4 900
  4. The Plett Feel Good includes a bottle of Bramon Blanc de Blanc MCC on arrival and a ‘Walk with the Elephants’ or a ‘Tenikwa Private Tour’ (2hrs) – R4 800. Subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply.

Email: enquiries@rawafricaboutiquecollection.co.za, www.rawafricaboutiquecollection.com

And from these three top tier independent hotels:

  1. In the Cape – the 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa situated on Thesen Islands, Knysna offers luxury and standard hotel rooms, also a honeymoon suite and self-catering suites. Delicious food is a given at both the Island Café Restaurant and the Gastro Pub, the Turbine Water Club offers various water-based activities and the Turbine Spa a wide range of body and beauty treatments. This winter the Turbine is offering a 50% special discounted rate (per person sharing per night). Valid from May to end August 2022 this special includes weekends but excludes the ‘Hillclimb’ weekend in May and long weekends. No minimum stay is required. All bookings are subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply. To book call Reservations on 044 302 5746 or email reservations@turbinehotel.co.za,for further information visit www.turbinehotel.co.za
  2. In Mpumalanga – the award-winning Walkersons Hotel & Spa, located on 800 hectares of peaceful countryside near Dullstroom with the splendour of the surrounding unspoiled scenery, the chance to fly-fish in Dullstroom’s famous trout dams, 27 private hotel rooms and five self-catering family cottages, delicious country cuisine and a luxurious Spa and a bonus! Over the next few months Walkersons is offering some really amazing discounts. If you’re able to escape midweek (Sunday to Thursday) you may want to take advantage of these discounts – you could get up to an amazing 50% off. Valid 1 May until 31 August 2022. Ts & Cs apply. Reservations: 013 253 7000 I reservations@walkersons.co.za, www.walkerson.co.za
  3. In KwaZulu-NatalThanda Safari, an access-controlled private game reserve in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal ticks all the boxes –5-star luxury accommodation, service, food, nature, plus excellent all-year-round game viewing – exceptional Big Five experiences, perfect warm weather, and fabulous family-friendly discount packages. Its great ‘Stay 4 – Pay 3’ Winter Special on accommodation at Thanda Safari Lodge at SADC rates – at only R5 199 per adult per night sharing (two children under the age of 16 can share a suite with two full paying adults) is valid from 1 May to 31 August 2022. The Lodge has nine suites, each with a spacious lounging area, a plunge pool, a game-viewing deck offering panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve, and a private boma; and located within the Lodge is the Spa that offers a range of full body and facial treatments. There’s always something special at Thanda Safari – a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a multiple winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. Ts & Cs apply. Thanda Safari – +27 (0) 32 586 0149, reservations@thanda.co.za , www.thandasafari.co.za

Please note: In keeping with COVID-19 protocols all these properties are adhering to stringent health and safety cleaning protocols – the safety of their guests and staff being of the highest priority.

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