Listening to the call of the Fish Eagles and the other early morning sounds of the African bush, it’s extremely hard to believe that we are only 23 kms away from the bustling chaos of the city. Areena Riverside Resort, on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river, is just east of East London’s city centre in the Eastern Cape.
Situated about 500 km from Cape Town, Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast's best known holiday destinations, huddled between verdant forests and the shores of the wide and breathtakingly beautiful Knysna lagoon. Its most visited attraction is The Heads - the two impressive sandstone peaks standing on either side of the Knysna river mouth. On the shores of the lagoon, just around the corner from the Eastern Head, lies the Under Milkwood Resort.
At the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, they live to serve. Whatever you want they will arrange for you. If you can’t find a sitter for your dog, he or she is welcome too. Even they will be fussed over.
The 36 000 hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and whale watchers. Its true beauty more than anything for us, is that it’s a natural playground for children…and their keepers.
The truly magnificent and totally child-friendly Kurland Estate near Plettenberg Bay feels much more like a homestay than a regular hotel, without in any way compromising the level of service provided. When we left we didn’t feel like guests, but more like friends who came to visit.