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Once-in-a-Lifetime Escapes

Once-in-a-Lifetime Escapes

A selection of three of more ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Country Escapes…


1. Ant’s Hill, Waterberg

Ant's Hill is a once in a lifetime trip you have to experience

Located on a private reserve in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, Ant’s Hill is spectacularly perched on a cliff edge looking down into a ravine and a waterhole that hosts a number of wild creatures, including the resident porcupine. The lodge appears to have been hewn out of the rock face, and sundowners on the overhanging deck offer breathtaking views of this unspoilt and game-rich area. Ant’s Hill has played host to pop stars Mick Jagger and Beyoncé among others, while the two privately appointed honeymoon cottages with their huge, four-poster beds, private decks and sunken bathtubs that appear to be floating on the edge of the cliff, offer a unique and romantic experience.

There are also several other accommodation options, each striking and luxurious. The staff are attentive but unobtrusive, meals and wines are top-notch and game drives with knowledgeable guides are a highlight, sometimes incorporating lunch in the bush or tracking nocturnal creatures.

The Ant Hill Collection

+27 (0) 81 572 2624; +27 (0) 87 820 7233; [email protected]

Words Linda Piegl

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2. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Oudekraal

The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is a once in a lifetime trip and it's on our list

There is no better place to get the feeling that you have arrived than in the Presidential Suite of the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa at Oudekraal, named as among the World’s Best 500 Hotels of 2014. With the superb vista of the Atlantic Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see, and with nothing to disturb your innate good taste, this is one heck of a place to unwind in great style.

The suite features Italian chandeliers, antique mirrors, a free-standing antique marble bath, and marble flooring with underfloor heating should it get a bit cool on your pampered feet. Mosaics and finely carved panels feature on floors, walls, and ceilings. A second bathroom and wood-panelled study add to the luxury of it all. The totally secluded terrace is just the place for sunset drinks or that intimate dinner brought to you by your very own butler. Should you want to extend your party, you can add another Master Suite or go for broke with ten friends and take the entire floor, a total of five interleading rooms and suites on the Lion’s Head upper floor of the hotel.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

+27 (0) 21 437 9000;

Words Greg Landman

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3. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cederberg

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is a once in a lifetime trip you need to book

Bushmans Kloof has won more than 30 awards for being the best of the very best and ranks second on an international Gold List of The World’s Best Places to Stay, Best African Safari Lodges and other Wilderness Vacation Spots 2014.

Situated in the belly of the scenic Cederberg on a Natural Heritage Site, the five-star establishment offers a lodge of 16 suites and the private, catered Koro Lodge. All tread lightly on the environment and have received numerous international awards for doing so.

The restaurant serves world-class cuisine and fine wines from an award-winning cellar. The decor is plush and neutral to showcase the surrounding sculpted environment that’s also a vast gallery of Bushman rock art. The state-of-the-art spa (the spa gazebo is pictured here), surrounded by a natural sandstone theatre, offers indulgent treatments. On request, enjoy a treatment in your suite or even in a cave on the reserve.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

+27 (0) 21 437 9278; [email protected]

Words Keri Harvey

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