Please see my contribution below in an article published online on 15 November 2017 by Travel And Meetings Buyer. Boutique hotels are a relatively new concept in the hospitality sector, not to mention the MICE industry. Yet these small and intimate venues offer a real opportunity to break from corporate uniformity. Liesl Venter finds out why corporates should consider boutique hotels more...

Magoebaskloof

Although I have travelled extensively in South Africa, Magoebaskloof has been one of the areas that I have not explored until recently, the result being a very pleasant surprise. I only had two days and I can assure you that the area has much more to offer than what one can explore and experience in two days. Magoebaskloof is...
Buffelsdrift is situated 7 km’s from Oudtshoorn, en route to the Cango caves. Accommodation consists of 25 luxury tents overlooking the natural waterhole. They offer bush safaris, an elephant experience and horse riding. The property consists of 3 000 ha and includes mountain zebra, hippo, springbuck, black wildebeest, gemsbok, giraffe, reedbuck and a variety of birdlife. On arrival, we were...
Combining a five star lodge with a fine dining experience is definitely a winning combination. This is what you will find when visiting Marataba Safari Company & Lodge. Marataba is an exclusive 23 000 hectare private concession in the heart of Limpopo's Marakele National Park, at the foot of the Waterberg Mountains, with abundant wild and birdlife, incorporating the Big...
Southern Sun (SS) is a firm favourite in South Africa and in the beginning of August they created an opportunity to showcase their Cape Town Collection consisting of SS Waterfront, SS Cullinan, SS Cape Sun, SS Newlands, Garden Court De Waal and Garden Court Eastern Boulevard. Together, this fine collection provides 1 924 bedrooms, which together with their convenient...

Webersburg

Webersburg, a boutique winery, just off the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch is a beautiful owner run wine farm offering an upmarket but relaxed experience to their clients for conferences as well as other events. They offer 10 spacious suites, each one individually decorated with en-suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower, heated towel racks and hairdryer. In room facilities...

Liedjiesbos

A charming four star bed and breakfast located in Bloemfontein. The name was made up by the owners: a combination of looking at a clump of reeds and the listening to the birds sing and the result was Liedjiesbos (bush of songs) Liedjiesbos was an old shed that was, with the assistance of renowned Bloemfontein architects, transformed into a modern...
Almost 20 years ago I spent a wonderful weekend at Critchley Hackle in Dullstroom. I have visited them again a few weeks ago and I am happy to report that Critchley Hackle still has that laid back feeling, which is now very accurately reflected in their slogan: Life unplugged! In spite of a change of ownership, economic slumps and...
In 2003 five rowers had a dream. Three of them were preparing to qualify for the 2004 Olympics Games and were training full time with the South African National Squad. As it turns out, the dream involved more than just Olympic success, but something else. All members of the Old Edwardian Rowing Club, Paul Backes, Ramon Di Clemente, Clifford Chaney,...

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