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18 Luxurious and Adventurous South African venues for Girls Getaways

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By: Jake Kilroy

If you and your girlfriends can’t quite agree on what kind of adventure you’re after, South Africa’s the answer. Choose from treehouses on the river, luxury retreats in the bushveld, or party palaces in the big city, this country is game for epic exploration and lavish lounging. It’s totally your call, and you have a good number of fun getaways to choose from.

Royal Marang Hotel

LOCATION: Boshoek, Bojonala Region, close to Rustenburg, Northwest Province, South Africa

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Not far from the town of Rustenburg, close to Phokeng in the Bafokeng area of North West, lies Boshoek – a quaint little mountain village that nestles right in the centre of the Pilanesberg Mountain range.

One might be just over a 100 kilometres from Johannesburg, but further from the atmosphere of a major city one cannot get. Tranquillity and serenity, peace and quiet, fresh mountain air and crystal-clear mountain streams bring an immediate calm and languor to the predominantly outdoor experience that is this part of the world.

The Pilanesberg lies in a transition zone between the arid Kalahari and the Lowveld vegetation that receives a lot more rain in comparison, even though it is commonly referred to as ‘bushveld’. This part of the world is geologically famous, and the Pilanesberg National Park lies in a large basin formed by volcanic eruptions some 1200 million years ago. The structure is called the “Pilanesberg National Park alkaline ring complex” – one of the most perfect examples of an alkaline ring complex – and is made up of three concentric ridges or rings of hills.

Nearby Rustenburg, which lies at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range, is not only one of the country’s fastest growing cities, but is also one of the cities that hosted the 2010 Football World Cup in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The town is pretty and worth a visit for the number of historical buildings and monuments that include the Anglican Church, statue of the Voortrekker girl and a visit to President Kruger’s farm, Boekenhoutfontein.

Singita Sweni Lodge
LOCATION: Limpopo, South Africa

THE REPORT:On the tree-lined edges of the Sweni River, this ultimate getaway allows guests to sneak up on animals and birds for killer pictures. Walled by floor-to-ceiling windows and open spaces, this tranquil collection of suites and decks hovering in the canopy branches is incredible. Live well in a treehouse with elevated wooden walkways, outdoor showers, and star beds.

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Cape View Clifton
LOCATION: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

THE REPORT:It’s all about location, location, location. This Cape View guesthouse seamlessly blends nature with the luxurious main house that feels like the home you’ve always wanted to walk into. With no detail left untended to, you’re seemingly effortless getaway has been thoughtfully planned just for you. If understated luxury and one-in-a-million views are your thing, then welcome home.

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LOCATION: Simondium, So
THE REPORT:One of Cape Dutch’s oldest and most well-preserved gems is this farmland collection of suites and cottages. Guests can melt into the garden spa, outdoor restaurant, or celebrated wine list with endless skies of fluffy white clouds swaying above them. This historical gem of five-star accommodations is classic meets modern through and through
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Singita Lebombo Lodge
LOCATION: Kruger Park Mpumalanga
THE REPORT:If you really want to nail an outdoorsy experience with the comfort of luxury, you’d be hard-pressed to beat this family-owned land in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. At this environmentally conscious and sustainable lodge, the views are unbeatable and the grand design of nature seems endless before you. But at such a bold and contemporary retreat, you also have access to a library, a multimedia room, a wine studio, an espresso bar, a help-yourself deli, and a 25-metre lap pool.
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AtholPlace Hotel & Villa
LOCATION: Johannesburg
THE REPORT:Contemporary and classic glamor perfectly suit this home away from home. Whether it’s lounging by the candlelit pool in the expansive backyard or residing by the furnished library’s romantic fireplace, this place offers the life. In fact, how this slick collection of stylish suites keeps its secret escape nature in the vibrant heart of Johannesburg is one heck of a wonder.

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La Clé des Montagnes
LOCATION: Franschhoek, Western Cape
THE REPORT:Vineyard villas sparkle alongside their historic manor house in the lush Franshhoek Valley. A working wine farm and plum orchard, this intimate and sophisticated getaway features private pools, glittering chandeliers, and huge fireplaces. Plus, the surrounding views are pretty dang spectacular.

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Singita Boulders Lodge
LOCATION: Hazyview, Mpumalanga
THE REPORT:At a privately owned reserve, on the gorgeous banks of the Sand River, there lies a lodge perfect for lounging and animal viewing. A sharp, comfortable design of open space, natural light, and a modern-meets-natural aesthetic offers everything you need for both relaxation and adventure.

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LOCATION: Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:A bohemian soiree melds into the vibe of this vibrant venue like it’s no big deal. This family-run wine farm digs on fresh ingredients and sweet attitudes. Most importantly, your only neighbors are curious peacocks, so your picnic of sipping wine beneath the stars has no curfew at all.

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Ellerman House
LOCATION: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:Once the stately home of the particularly elegant, this estate now offers up one of the most remarkable views in all of South Africa. You can live like a jet settin’ tycoon here, with the grounds’ whiskey lounges, grand libraries, dining rooms, verandas, and villas. Such an iconic hotel has roused up quite the reputation and it delivers the experience you hope for between the art collections and award-winning wine list.

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Bosduifklip Open Air Restaurant
LOCATION: Lambert’s Bay, South Africa
THE REPORT:A totally open-air restaurant just outside Lambert’s Bay on the west coast of South Africa rests against ancient rock formations. From there, overlooking the nearby seasonal river and natural fields, it’s a world unto itself. Few venues are as timeless and one of a kind as this escape.

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The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
LOCATION: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:Kick up your spirit at this chic boutique hotel that bounces to life in the middle of Cape Town itself. With suites that are as subtle as they are are stylish and shimmering, this radical inn has a rooftop cinema, a killer eatery, and a sky bar. The place is legendary.

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Morukuru Owner’s House

LOCATION: Madikwe, South Africa
THE REPORT:Live ultra-luxuriously while tucked beneath the leafy canopy of an ancient Morukuru tree. At this grand and contemporary estate, located on a sprawling game reserve, you can explore epic nature as well as a wine cellar, library, and infinity pool. It’s pretty darn hard to beat life at this magnificent escape.

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Zambezi Queen
LOCATION: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:Right on the water, among the white sand beach and curious elephants, sits your five-star suite at this floating vessel venue. Tucked away on the Chobe River, world-class sophistication makes it to one of the most remote locations on Earth. It’s quite the escape when you can watch African wildlife against a sparkling sunlit waters and then disappear to spa-sida cocktails and a candlelit massage.

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Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
LOCATION: Hermon, Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:A working wheat and sheep farm that doubles as a charming hotel, this Victorian farmhouse makes for quite the hideaway. Perched on 17,000 acres of nature reserve, this historically rich spot is close enough to explore Cape Town as well as the nearby famous winelands. So lay by the pool, mountain bike the natural backdrop, eat lavish brunches, or stroll the beautiful gardens. It’s a good life to at least try.

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Leobo Private Reserve
LOCATION: Vaalwater
THE REPORT:This 20,000-acre private estate in the bushveld of South Africa is as chic as it is immersed in nature. Although the sub-tropical woodland expanse stretches forever, guests have all the luxurious comfort in the world. We’re talking an infinity plunge pool, Michelin-starred chef, and a helicopter at your disposal.

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
LOCATION: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:Get everything you want at this five-star boutique hotel inside a national park. It’s an award-winning getaway and holistic spa that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. There are few opportunities for a more dazzling vacation than this spot on Cape Town’s most scenic route.

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Cape Grace Hotel
LOCATION: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
THE REPORT:Escape to Cape Town in style at this seaside luxury hotel. Natural light and panoramic views of Signal Hill and the international yacht basin ensure that life on this private quay is cozy and glorious. Don’t forget to hit the renovated pool and celebrated restaurant for a keen afternoon and evening of eating, drinking, and lounging.

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Morukuru River House
LOCATION: Madikwe, South Africa
THE REPORT:The Marico River murmurs below this multi-level luxury retreat. An immaculate blend of indoor and outdoor flow, this divine hideaway welcomes nature as much as it does style. Rooms with vaulted ceilings and lodge design lead to candlelit tree-shaded private decks and the animal-filled world beyond. Get exactly the vacation you want, which can include everything from fine dining to outdoor showering.

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P6 @ Costa 
LOCATION: Margate, South Africa
THE REPORT:P6 Costa Smeralda is a beautifully restored apartment that is located in a secure complex, situated in Margate on the beach front and has the most stunning views of the sea and is a few minutes walk from the restaurants and entertainments areas.  The lounge has a TV with full DStv viewing, and leads out to a covered balcony with fold back doors. The pay-as-you-go WIFI makes for easy connecting and all rooms face the sea! With a walk in wardrobe in the main bedroom and a modern fitted kitchen, its a must for any holiday.
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As a worldwide traveller with an eye for something different, I started Travel Match. This initiative matches the Corporate Buyer or Event co-ordinator/Marketing Manager to not only share experiences with each other during an educational but also opens up a world of different ideas. Venues and activities now have a chance to meet buyers on a social level before getting down to business. I design educationals around fun and intuitive thinking and the Travel Match members love them.

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