I loved falling asleep to the sound of the river at this 5-star lodge, and then running a hot bath with the open forest at my elbow.

30 wonderful South African holiday destinations you need to visit in 2016

I loved falling asleep to the sound of the river at this 5-star lodge, and then running a hot bath with the open forest at my elbow.

Wow wow wow. Wow wow. I visited Greenfire with my mother (pictured) and the views really are special: especially at dawn and dusk. You wind your way up a 4x4 track to get the the base of a mountain range, where you can choose between hiking or relaxing your day away.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Wow wow wow. Wow wow. I visited Greenfire with my mother (pictured) and the views really are special: especially at dawn and dusk. You wind your way up a 4x4 track to get the the base of a mountain range, where you can choose between hiking or relaxing your day away.

Okay, so this place is sort-of like a beach shack. It won't win any design awards- it's a functional space- but the location is breathtaking. You have to walk down a steep mountain to get to this spot, and your reward is an entire section of coastline all to yourself.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Okay, so this place is sort-of like a beach shack. It won't win any design awards- it's a functional space- but the location is breathtaking. You have to walk down a steep mountain to get to this spot, and your reward is an entire section of coastline all to yourself.

These cabins are a five minute walk into this thick forest and feel like a tree-house hideaway where you could sit for ages writing or listening to birdsong.

30 wonderful South African holiday destinations you need to visit in 2016

These cabins are a five minute walk into this thick forest and feel like a tree-house hideaway where you could sit for ages writing or listening to birdsong.

The decor isn't to my taste, but WHAT a location. At the end of a cobblestone driveway fringed by towering mountainside.

30 wonderful South African holiday destinations you need to visit in 2016

The decor isn't to my taste, but WHAT a location. At the end of a cobblestone driveway fringed by towering mountainside.

Styled in a Venda theme by famed artist Noria Mbasa and overlooking a valley framed by mountains. The drive up to the lodge can only be done by 4x4 and you never seem to stop climbing, but once you reach this haven you'll find yourself never wanting to leave.

30 wonderful South African holiday destinations you need to visit in 2016

Styled in a Venda theme by famed artist Noria Mbasa and overlooking a valley framed by mountains. The drive up to the lodge can only be done by 4x4 and you never seem to stop climbing, but once you reach this haven you'll find yourself never wanting to leave.

That's my dog, Tao! I had the most wonderful opportunity to travel with my folks and two dogs to Tugela River Lodge. You're encouraged to bring your whole family, including hounds, and make use of the riverside and the bush walks.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

That's my dog, Tao! I had the most wonderful opportunity to travel with my folks and two dogs to Tugela River Lodge. You're encouraged to bring your whole family, including hounds, and make use of the riverside and the bush walks.

Literally, on the edge. If you can bag these gorge-facing units, the steep drop-off is a few meters away. There is a walkway along the edge of the ravine with lookout points to stop at and take in the scene.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Literally, on the edge. If you can bag these gorge-facing units, the steep drop-off is a few meters away. There is a walkway along the edge of the ravine with lookout points to stop at and take in the scene.

Named after a fly-fishing lure, this fantastic farm is soooo far away from any real civilization, 7kms outside of Tonteldoos. Here, you can walk with your dogs, fly-fish or 4x4 to view sites looking over expansive landscapes.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Named after a fly-fishing lure, this fantastic farm is soooo far away from any real civilization, 7kms outside of Tonteldoos. Here, you can walk with your dogs, fly-fish or 4x4 to view sites looking over expansive landscapes.

The ideal place to go for walks and explore rivers and pools. Accommodation is basic but has everything you need.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

The ideal place to go for walks and explore rivers and pools. Accommodation is basic but has everything you need.


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Okay, so this place is sort-of like a beach shack. It won't win any design awards- it's a functional space- but the location is breathtaking. You have to walk down a steep mountain to get to this spot, and your reward is an entire section of coastline all to yourself.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Okay, so this place is sort-of like a beach shack. It won't win any design awards- it's a functional space- but the location is breathtaking. You have to walk down a steep mountain to get to this spot, and your reward is an entire section of coastline all to yourself.

The ideal place to go for walks and explore rivers and pools. Accommodation is basic but has everything you need.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

The ideal place to go for walks and explore rivers and pools. Accommodation is basic but has everything you need.

I hardly got the chance to explore this lovely farm, set in a private nature reserve. What I saw was enough to convince me that it should be on the cards for next year.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

I hardly got the chance to explore this lovely farm, set in a private nature reserve. What I saw was enough to convince me that it should be on the cards for next year.

After hearing decadent stories of the spa, meals and comfort, I finally got the chance to visit this ultimate spoil-me spot. Warm fire-places fight the winter Midlands cold as you survey your dinner feast. It's a family-run affair and the attention to each guest makes for a special visit.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

After hearing decadent stories of the spa, meals and comfort, I finally got the chance to visit this ultimate spoil-me spot. Warm fire-places fight the winter Midlands cold as you survey your dinner feast. It's a family-run affair and the attention to each guest makes for a special visit.

Wow wow wow. Wow wow. I visited Greenfire with my mother (pictured) and the views really are special: especially at dawn and dusk. You wind your way up a 4x4 track to get the the base of a mountain range, where you can choose between hiking or relaxing your day away.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Wow wow wow. Wow wow. I visited Greenfire with my mother (pictured) and the views really are special: especially at dawn and dusk. You wind your way up a 4x4 track to get the the base of a mountain range, where you can choose between hiking or relaxing your day away.

That's my dog, Tao! I had the most wonderful opportunity to travel with my folks and two dogs to Tugela River Lodge. You're encouraged to bring your whole family, including hounds, and make use of the riverside and the bush walks.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

That's my dog, Tao! I had the most wonderful opportunity to travel with my folks and two dogs to Tugela River Lodge. You're encouraged to bring your whole family, including hounds, and make use of the riverside and the bush walks.

Literally, on the edge. If you can bag these gorge-facing units, the steep drop-off is a few meters away. There is a walkway along the edge of the ravine with lookout points to stop at and take in the scene.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Literally, on the edge. If you can bag these gorge-facing units, the steep drop-off is a few meters away. There is a walkway along the edge of the ravine with lookout points to stop at and take in the scene.

You drive to Sibuya by boat, up the Kariega estuary to arrive at either the Bush camp or Forest Camp. Both are immersive stays, making the nearby town of Kenton-on-Sea feel hours away. The reserve itself is filled with rolling green hills and views, with the long, winding river making for great birding and sundowner cruises.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

You drive to Sibuya by boat, up the Kariega estuary to arrive at either the Bush camp or Forest Camp. Both are immersive stays, making the nearby town of Kenton-on-Sea feel hours away. The reserve itself is filled with rolling green hills and views, with the long, winding river making for great birding and sundowner cruises.

Named after a fly-fishing lure, this fantastic farm is soooo far away from any real civilization, 7kms outside of Tonteldoos. Here, you can walk with your dogs, fly-fish or 4x4 to view sites looking over expansive landscapes.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

Named after a fly-fishing lure, this fantastic farm is soooo far away from any real civilization, 7kms outside of Tonteldoos. Here, you can walk with your dogs, fly-fish or 4x4 to view sites looking over expansive landscapes.

THIS VIEW. This view actually made me a little sad that I wasn't sharing it with anyone. This is one of the most scenic spots I have been to in South Africa. I would love to go back.

35 places to start dreaming about for 2017

THIS VIEW. This view actually made me a little sad that I wasn't sharing it with anyone. This is one of the most scenic spots I have been to in South Africa. I would love to go back.

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