South Africa has plenty of boltholes to snuggle up in, whether it's a nature reserve resting in acres of safari land or a city chic hotel pad, you will be spoilt for choice. And it comes as no surprise that Black Tomato are endless lovers of South Africa, so we have compiled our top list of South African retreats to please every discerning traveller.
<a href="http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/tswalu-kalahari/">Tswalu Kalahari</a> meaning ‘a new beginning’ gives you just that. Nestled in the very heart of North Cape, not only is it the biggest reserve in <a href="http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/">South Africa</a> at 1000sq km, it is home to some of the most fascinating animals you could imagine - black rhino mingle with buffalos and there are lions, cheetah and giraffes to name but a few. Yet with all that unlimited space it only accommodates five suites. Unique furnishings created out of local wood, handmade rugs, vast beds that will guarantee you the best night’s sleep, as well as indoor and outdoor rainforest showers. Take some time on your private balcony to watch the local wildlife feed at the nearby watering hole, or spend endless hours in their mezzanine library packed full of S.A artefacts and countless books on the local history.
120 prestigious rooms rest in front of the exclusive Victoria and Albert Harbour, all with stunning views of Table Mountain - making <a href="http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/cape-grace-hotel/">Cape Grace Hotel</a> one of the most sought-after hotels in Cape Town. The rooms are decorated by hand painted furnishings and homemade metal-works. But our highlight is the double doors that showcase the V&A harbour busy at work, or simply pick out your favourite multi-million pound yacht – It’s a hard life.
A stay at <a href="http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/grootbos-private-nature-reserve/"> Grootbos Private Nature Reserve</a> will allow you the chance to release your inner Bear Grylls. Accommodating only 27 luxury designed suites you’ll be exposed to the true great outdoors. And the action starts as soon as you arrive in S.A. Landing in Cape Town board a helicopter to bring you to the reserve. Once you’ve recuperated in your private lodge be it a Garden or Forrest surrounding, you can dabble in some of the activities. Either take advantage of your personal tracker to spy on the safari wildlife, or try your hand (and nerves) at diving with sharks. Go on – you know you want to.
Fancy a boutique hotel, resting on its own landscaped gardens in the heart of the Constantia Valley. Well look no further than the <a href=" http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/alphen-hotel-south-africa/">Alphen Hotel</a>. 21 colonial style rooms are available to rest your head in, making it a very personal affair. Wander the vineyards flanked by a multitude of greenery, and if you are feeling a little more energetic it’s only an hour away from Cape Town’s centre. But what we enough of is the cuisine. The hotel’s restaurant 5 Rooms is the perfect spot for being wined and dined, while the La Belle Cafe puts on a delicious breakfast, be warned the blueberry flapjacks.
Being one of the largest private reserves in the country <a href=" http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/samara-private-game-reserve/ "> Samara Private Game Reserve </a> respectfully only houses three lodges, making it a very intimate stay indeed. The interior of the light and airy cabins are a reflection of the wilderness outside with a delightful colonial twist. Expect four poster beds and a traditional roll top bath. A must do is to have dinner in the reserve, perched on the edge of a hill, your table for two overlooks the entire reserve, the perfect way to watch the sun set on another day, while you sip on a crisp glass of <a href="http://www.blacktomato.com/country/southafrica/">South African</a> Sauvignon Blanc.
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