This winter, why not swap the bright city lights for some of the best stargazing on the planet in a place where time stands still? Then, after a quiet nights rest in a cosy cottage, rise and shine for a crisp morning hike, ancient San rock art viewing, historical site visiting, 4X4 exploring or horse-trail riding. Spot antelope – or simply pause to smell the scent of nature’s purest perfume from the fragrant fynbos. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll enjoy the simplicity of the Karoo’s unique and tranquil winter sparkle.
Climb out-of-this-world geological formations, view San rock art and hike the lunar-like landscape that epitomises the Cederberg. Keep an eye open for the area’s abundant wildlife while you gaze upon cedar trees, snow proteas and red disas. Or, go further west to enjoy sea-kissed peninsula strolls and wetland bird-watching in the Rocherpan Nature Reserve. With its snug ‘n’ comfy cottages and cabins, the West Coast is sure to warm your heart this winter.
Just a cork-pop away from Stellenbosch, one of our most-loved wine capitals, lies Jonkershoek and Assegaaibosch, an escapist’s paradise. It’s where the whisper of winter waterfalls and fynbos-blanketed slopes wait for those needing a playground to ignite their winter senses with walks, hikes, mountain-bike trails and a little wine tasting. Or to just take a few nights’ time-out in the peaceful warmth of the graciously historical Assegaaibosch homestead – known affectionately as the Old Manor House.
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is where Mother Nature proudly flexes her flower power. As the heart of the Cape Floral Region, it boasts over 1600 plant species. In this protected paradise, you’re spoilt for choice. Choose from fresh winter morning hikes and mountain-biking or simply cuddle up around our warm indoor fireplaces and enjoy the stunning outdoor winter sunsets and panoramic vistas.