South Africa


“During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi.  There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country.”  
 Nelson Mandela 

Robben Island, Capetown,   a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Robben Island, Capetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Photo: UNESCO)

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A Herd of Impala, Londolozi Game Reserve

Our trip to South Africa started in Capetown, where we visited Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, continued on the Garden Route with stops in Franschoek, De Rust, and Plettenberg Bay, where the Bay and Indian Oceans meet, and culminated in the Londolozi Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park.  We also visited the wild Little Karoo.

We stayed at wonderful hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses:

  • Capetown, Villa Belmonte, Closed March 17, 2014
    • Savoy Cabbage is a marvelous restaurant with a creative menu
  • Franschoek, Le Quartier Français, one of the most romantic places to stay in the world, Condé Nast
  • De Rust, Oulap Country House, a top country house, in the towering Swartberg Mountains, east of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital in the heart of the spectacular Little Karoo
  • Plettenberg Bay, on the Garden Route, Bahia Formosa Guesthouse (no longer in operation), lies at the juncture of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean roughly between the East Cape and the West Cape
  • Londolozi Game Reserve, a member of Relais & Châteaux since the early 1990’s

Our travel agent was Ivor Bloom, a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, with Copley Travel, Boston: ibloom@tzell.com.

 

Two Giraffes, Kruger National Park

Two Giraffes, Londolozi Game Reserve

Wildebeest, Londolozzi Game Reserve

Wildebeest, Londolozzi Game Reserve

Rhinoceros, Londolozzi Game REserve

Rhinoceros, Londolozzi Game Reserve

Penguins at Boulders Beach, Capetown

Sea Lions Basking in Hout Bay Near Capetown

Penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula

 

Penguin on Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula

 

Ostriches in the Little Karoo, Known for Its Ostrich Farms

Ostriches in the Little Karoo, Known for Its Ostrich Farms

 

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Stained Glass Sign at Entrance to Oulap Country House

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