Soulcare Retreats - Recently Added Listings - Organic & Eco Friendly Tue, 19 Mar 2019 22:00:50 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.3 Aquanzi Lodge Aquanzi Lodge a 4 star establishment which offers luxury, bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation to visitors in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Our unique location near bustling cosmopolitan Fourways & Lanseria, make our star rated establishment extremely convenient if you’re looking for peaceful country accommodation on the doorstep of the city. Eco friendliness at Aquanzi Aquanzi Lodges' hot water is generated by eco-friendly solar heaters which are energy efficient and environmentally friendly, taking steps to reduce our carbon footprints. The lighting throughout the estate is energy efficient All waste water is astutely managed Energy efficient Chalets with thermo insulated flooring for cold winters Water wise designed garden, with indigenous plants Should you be indulging in our delicious breakfast, you may enjoy the freshest eggs possible each morning from their very own free roaming, happy chickens.]]> omar Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:15:26 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html African Footprints and Conferences African Footprints Lodge offers affordable accommodation along with other facilities in Bloemfontein. We are ideally located offering you easy access to the most important facilities and attractions Bloemfontein has to offer. They are located opposite the Universitas Hospital and just around the corner from the University of the Free State (UOFS). All their Rooms are stylishly decorated in a true African style, each offering you all the comforts and amenities you would expect from a world class Lodging facility. The rooms offer en-suite bathrooms and most offer private access to the parking area. The self-catering family rooms are fully equipped and sleep four people. Each unit offers a double and two single beds. African Footprints Lodge can provide accommodation for large groups and has state of the art conferencing facilities available. We also offer shuttle services to all our guests. African Lodge offers conference facilities seating up to 200 people (90 seated with tables or 200 cinema style). We invite you to experience the perfect venue for a business conference, corporate function, small wedding or any other special occasion. The elegant conference room may be transformed to suite any occasion.]]> soulctvr Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:15:22 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Antbear Drakensberg Lodge What makes this Drakensberg accommodation option so special is that we are offering cozy & comfortable Eco experience in a luxury cave. The lodge is artistic in style and offers 2 lounges, a wine cellar, a small bar and a dining room. We offer the option of hosted dinning at a communal table or if you would prefer you can also sit at an own table. We also offer the option of private dining where we setup a table on the deck of your cave and you dine by candlelight under the stars. Antbear Drakensberg Lodge employs local Zulu staff from the local area. Most have no previous work experience or formal training. We provide continues training and skills development with workshops and practical training. Our vision at Antbear Drakensberg Lodge is based on responsible tourism including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. Perhaps this is why we have such a low staff turnover and also a commitment from all to make this business successful. Meals are part of the real surprises that the Antbear Lodge has to offer where home grown cooking is part of the deal. We like to use our own home grown organic vegetables and if we haven’t got, then we lean heavily on those local providers with similar attitudes to our own. Conny and Andrew both like cooking and are up to changing just about anything to suit tastes or philosophies.]]> omar Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:24:18 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Swell Eco Lodge Swell Eco Lodge offers exclusive Transkei Wild Coast accommodation with modern stylish interiors and traditional Xhosa exteriors. Our newly renovated lodge offers self-catering (catering on request – no restaurant on-site) accommodation, ideal for couples, groups and families who want to experience the true beauty of the Wild Coast while enjoying the comforting luxuries everyone deserves on holiday! The lodge consists of 1 Sea facing Honeymoon/Family unit, 3 Sea facing Duplex units each consisting of 2 Rondavels and 2 Garden View Rondavels. Please note, our lodge is off the beaten track and you will travel on gravel road to get to the lodge. You do not need a 4×4 to get to our lodge but a vehicle with higher clearance recommended. You can get here in a small car but you just need to take it very slow on the gravel. You can always call us to see what the state of the road condition is like at the time. Luxury Honeymoon/ Family Rondavel – Sea Facing Dinning-Room - Copy - Copy Click to view images This unit truly is luxury accommodation in the Transkei, with a gorgeous, spacious upstairs loft bedroom that has an incredible view of the ocean and surrounding landscape. The downstairs consists of a second bedroom and a shared bathroom that has a double shower. The open plan kitchen/living area is spacious with French doors opening out onto a large deck to relax on. This unit is done out in a stylish design that incorporates both modern and antique finishes and boasts the best view of the lodge. Each bedroom has a king sized bed (or 2 single beds) There is one double sleeper couch in this unit. Fully equipped self-catering kitchen equipped with a side by side electric Fridge/Freezer and gas oven/stove. This unit has a webber which can be used to cook on the deck.]]> omar Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:17:54 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Cape Heritage Hotel Cape Heritage Hotel is a luxurious 4-star property located 12.2km (7.6mi) from the centre of Cape Town. Local places of interest include Pan African Market, South African Missionary Meeting House Museum and Gold of Africa Museum. Other points of interest are Greenmarket Square, Old Town House and Bo Kaap Museum. Guest bedrooms There are 17 well-appointed, air-conditioned individually decorated rooms at Cape Heritage Hotel. Guests of the hotel can make use of the following room facilities: clock radio, climate control, in-room safe, phone and fax machine. Iron/ironing boards are provided in the rooms. Additional amenities in the rooms include desk and minibar. Beds: Rooms at Cape Heritage Hotel feature premium bedding. Hypoallergenic bedding is also available. Guests may request a crib/cot (infant beds). Bathroom amenities include bathrobes, makeup/shaving mirror and designer toiletries. Entertainment: Cape Heritage Hotel features in-room facilities such as premium television channel(s), satellite television service, free movie channels and DVD player. Internet connection options: Guests wishing to stay connected will certainly appreciate wireless high-speed Internet access (complimentary). Housekeeping services and complimentary newspapers are provided. Hotel Facilities Meal options at Cape Heritage Hotel include a restaurant. Room service is offered for guest convenience. Our hotel provides a 24-hour front desk service. A currency exchange facility is also at your disposal. Public areas of Cape Heritage Hotel are comfortable and air-conditioned. Hotel guests will appreciate the services of a doorman. Additional hotel facilities: gift shop/newsstand, hair salon and library. Leisure amenities: Guests can also enjoy the following spa/wellness facilities: spa tub. Additional services: babysitting or child care, concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry service, express check-in/checkout, laundry facilities, on-site car rental, porter/bellhop, tours/ticket assistance and wedding services. Business & Internet: Guests at Cape Heritage Hotel can make use of a well-equipped business centre and conference/meeting room(s). Internet options at Cape Heritage Hotel: high-speed wireless connection is free to use.]]> omar Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:29:09 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Rosedale Organic Farm Bed and Breakfast Are you visiting the Addo Elephant National Park, or Schotia Safaris in the Eastern Cape, South Africa? Keith and Nondumiso welcome you to stay in our thatched cottages on our organic citrus farm, just 10 minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park, and 45 minutes from the Port Elizabeth airport. The Addo area is malaria free. The Greater Addo area is a wonderful place to spend a holiday - this is where 3 industries come together - conservation, tourism and farming, meaning that your stay can be filled with many diverse, rewarding and educational experiences. We welcome self-catering guests and have built a fully equipped guest kitchen for their use. Many of our bed and breakfast guests also use the kitchen to have a break from restaurant meals and enjoy a light supper that they prepare themselves. The kitchen is adjacent to a braai (barbecue) area, where guests can cook their own meal outside, and relax next to a roaring fire in the evening, listening to the sounds of the African night. Bed & Breakfast and self catering accommodation available Our cottages are safely nestled in the garden, where many indigenous shrubs and trees have been planted. Mornings are filled with varied birdsongs from the more than 60 species that we have seen on the farm. The cottages are designed to have a low energy demand. The thatched roofs are a delight to sleep under. They retain heat in winter and stay cool in summer. The solar water heaters make use of the hot African sun, and provide you with a relaxing shower after a long day having fun in Addo. To minimise our impact on the environment even more, we provide guests with soaps and shampoos that are mild on the body and free of harmful chemicals. Our linen is all washed in these ‘green’ products, which are effective cleaners but rapidly and safely biodegrade. Breakfast Squeezed-orange-small Our citrus juices and marmalades are made on the farm from our harvest. Homemade bread is made from organic wheat ground on the farm. Our guests rave about the bread. Cheese is made locally by a cheese maker who learnt the trade in Holland. Organic sugar is imported from Brazil, a fact that is embarrassing in a sugar producing country like South Africa. Filter coffee and teas are organic and sourced locally wherever possible. Yoghurt and butter, when available, are organic, as are eggs and game sausage. We buy a local organic honey, which is made from indigenous valley thicket flora. It is a dark, delicious honey, similar to the Manuka honey of New Zealand.]]> omar Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:45:55 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html The Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve Privately owned, within 137 hectares of nature reserve on the Knysna Rive the Phantom Forest offers a unique bio-diversity of Afromontane forest, Cape coastal fynbos and estuarine wetland. There are over 150 bird species, bush pig, bushbuck, grysbok, the rare blue duiker (one of Africa's smallest antelope), and a variety of smaller game. Emphasis is placed on the use of sustainable methods of construction. Alien vegetation, gleaned directly from our eco-restoration programme, has been utilised in floors, furniture, roofs and boardwalks. Drawing inspiration directly from nature, a harmonious balance has been created, from ragged thatch rising into the forest canopy, to wood shingle and a 'freshwater' nature pool. In true eco-terms, man's intrusion in our wonderful natural environment has been graciously accepted by both flora and fauna. Some interesting facts of Phantom Forest The Phantom Forest project was started in 1997, with the concept of conservation funded by limited sympathetic development. Set within a private nature reserve of 147 ha., consisting of three biospheres of Afromontane Forest, Cape Coastal Fynbos and Estuarine wetland with continuing conservation run and funded through a Trust, which is a model of preservation of an area of natural beauty, with trustees including Phantom Forest and a professional member of Cape Nature Conservation, thus guaranteeing the future of this reserve. Alien vegetation was cleared by hand, and large Australian gum, blackwood and wattle felled, planked and kiln dried to create beautiful flooring, chairs, tables, doors etc. in the lodge. Strong eco-friendly methods were used to construct the "tree-suites". All small plants were removed from under the decks for later re-planting. Pine and poplar were utilised for roofs, decks and supports. End-cut "wavy‟ pine planks found a new use turned into roof shingles. At the time of building these planks were "throw away‟ and now have new value! Poplar trees demand huge water intake to survive, and have little commercial value. Farmers in our neighbouring Little Karoo were quite willing to sell us the live trees, thus removing these water wasting aliens. These were, after debarking and cleaning turned into roof beams for thatch and shingle. This timber seems to be unpalatable to bugs, can be used "green‟, getting harder and stronger each year, and creates a beautiful "hat‟ for our tree-suites, a win-win situation!]]> omar Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:52:59 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html The Merry Widow Country Retreat Lovingly restored and centrally situated in the picturesque village of Hopefield in the Western Cape Fynbos region alongside the Cape West Coast, overlooking the Zoute River, the century old charming buildings of The Merry Widow Country Retreat blend in with lush fragrant gardens and wide lawns. Our stylishly relaxed and easy-going Guest Retreat creates a space for those wanting to escape the frenetic pace of city life. From the minute you walk through our gate onto the private, lavender-covered porch, you will be met by warm hospitality and a world of exclusivity that seamlessly marries old world charm with new world creative splendour, an ideal spot for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or simply a peaceful Retreat for those seeking tranquillity and rejuvenation, watching the stars, listening to the owls or venture out to enjoy the magnitude of outdoor activities in the area. Come and relax, sleep in and slow down - or join us for on Saturday mornings at our legendary The Mill Country Fair local fresh and organic market an absolutely unique break-away-experience.]]> omar Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:37:03 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Olive Garden Country Lodge At Olive Garden you can indulge in the Italian art of 'far-niente' or 'doing nothing'. But this is not all. Enjoy the hot hydro-jet jacuzzi in the garden, the sparkling pool and the lazy hammock. There are other activities too, such as exploring the mountain trails and discovering the Robertson wine estates. They're all right on our doorstep, as well as the romantic boat cruise on the Breede River. Olive Garden Country Lodge offers 8 luxury rooms, set among evergreen olive trees in the foothills of the Kranskop Mountains. Luxury Bohemian Afro-chic in style, with verandahs that overlook the Klaasvoogds Valley and surrounding mountains, the cottages are designed to relax the body and replenish the soul. Olive Garden is also a place where one enjoys 'lekker' wholesome food prepared by Belgian chef and sommelier, Fernand Van Wassenhove. Our restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, guests only. Belgian chef and sommelier, Fernand Van Wassenhove, loves wholesome food paired with 'lekker' South African wines. Dine In Style And Be Prepared For....... - Olive Garden Country Lodge & Restaurant - Robertson - Route 62 - inside the restaurant - Olive Garden Guest House, Robertson, Western Cape, Robertson, South Africa [© 2010 Paul Godard] He only uses freshly picked herbs, vegetables, and fruit, which are organically grown. Guests are welcome to enjoy a stroll in our vegetable and herb gardens and indulge in the natural aromas that linger around. We serve irresistible Unplugged Cuisine in which Fernand plays with seemingly contrasting flavours and ingredients, to blend them into everlasting memories for your tastebuds! Fernand's cuisine is ultra-elegant, but nevertheless generous.]]> omar Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:16:21 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm The Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm is nestled between the charming village of Montagu in the Klein Karoo and the mountains of Montagu Nature Reserve. Montagu is a favourite destination of many a traveler and is on Route 62, the well known meandering route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The name of the farm is derived from the dramatic, rock strewn, Cogmans Kloof Valley and the modest Keisie River that meets here. We provide guests with luxury self-catering and guesthouse accommodation. The cottages and rooms are stylish and each of them is unique. We take pride in developing our farm and cottages into eco-friendly living spaces and accommodation. A hearty farm breakfast is included for guesthouse guests and all guests are allowed to share in farm produce when available. Kogman and Keisie is also a working farm with olive trees, farm animals and a small vineyard. We grow our own vegetables, pomegranates and lavender with a few well behaved farm chickens wondering about. Our handful of sheep completes the the picture. During the hot summer days, we cool down in the swimming pool or wait for the sun to make way for the unsurpassable Karoo night sky, to the whisper of the windmill turning in the lazy evening breeze. In winter, keep cozy and warm and witness the sun colouring the early morning mist with an array of orange, pink and yellows. Where the Keisie river and the Cogmanskloof meet on the Route 62 – it’s an extraordinary place to be!]]> omar Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:07:09 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Rosedale Organic Farm B&B Caring for nature while caring for you. Are you visiting the Addo Elephant National Park, or Schotia Safaris in the Eastern Cape, South Africa? Keith and Nondumiso welcome you to stay in our thatched cottages on our organic citrus farm, just 10 minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park, and 45 minutes from the Port Elizabeth airport. The Addo area is malaria free. Breathtaking panoramic views, major tourist locations, unique African style organic meals and our organic farm are only a few of the delights that await you. The Greater Addo area is a wonderful place to spend a holiday - this is where 3 industries come together - conservation, tourism and farming, meaning that your stay can be filled with many diverse, rewarding and educational experiences. The Rosedale experience... Peaceful and safe eco friendly accommodation on a secure certified organic citrus farm. Pesticide free environment. Our thatched cottages offer a comfortable place to rest after a hard days’ game viewing. Wake up to the sound of birds in the indigenous garden. We maximise use of renewable energy resources in the accommodation units.]]> omar Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:58:14 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Kuhestan Organic Farm Magoebaskloof mountains is home to Kuhestan Organic Farm. The farm is situated on the crest of the majestic Magoebaskloof pass, adjacent to the world renowned Woodbush Afro-montaine forests, a haven for exotic birds and the rare & shy Samango monkeys. The Farm was purchased in 2001 and planted with Hass and Fuerte Avocados. In 2004, fifty raspberry bare-root canes were planted, mainly for the kitchen and for the enjoyment of visitors to the farm. These became the catalyst for the production of a full range of preservative-free culinary products. Kuhestan Organic Farm in Magoebaskloof offers studio-style, self-catering accommodation situated in beautiful gardens overlooking the Woodbush Forest. Persian Cooking classes and Persian buffet group lunches may also be arranged. Our beautiful gardens are open to visitors. Fresh Organic Produce Avocados and raspberries are the fresh produce of Kuhestan Organic Farm. These are produced on small scale. Avocados are supplied, mainly to an organic fruit and veg distributor in Cape Town and the entire raspberry crop is used in the farm factory Bottled Products Persian culture is ancient and dates back some 6 000 years. Being a major part of the famous Silk Route, its cuisine is rich with combinations of fragrant herbs and spices. Kuhestan Farm Products are based on traditional recipes and, as such, are prepared with absolutely no synthetic ingredients. In addition, the products are free from any preservatives, colourants, and other additives. Our products are made from good, wholesome ingredients; where possible organic and grown on our farm. The Kuhestan Farm Products range includes cordials, preserves & toppings, pickles & vinaigrette.]]> omar Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:43:08 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Moshavela Lodge Unwind in the tranquil atmosphere of our intimate and unique Venda styled lodge surrounded by African bush. Tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops, on the site of an abandoned Venda settlement, lies our small lodge which gets its name from the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat". Be pampered by our warm and friendly staff that offer excellent, attentive and concerning service. Our ten cozy rooms, restaurant, cocktail bar, conference venue, boma, swimming pool, arts and crafts shop where all built to minimize the ecological footprint and are run on a sustainable energy program. Mashovhela Lodge offers comfortable, eco-friendly accommodation in the Louis Trichardt and the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa 10 intimate en-suite chalets, decorated by Ingrid Hahn, have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly units. The call of bush babies, the hooting of Giant Eagle Owls and chirping of cicadas and frogs will break the silence of the night whilst you stretch out on our luxurious "king size" or twin beds. From your own private veranda surrounded by "magube" walls you can enjoy a cocktail under the African sun, whilst watching the Black Eagles returning to their nest Mashovhela Lodge is situated in the Soutpansberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province in South Africa, close to Louis Trichardt / Makhado. It is also an ideal relaxing stop over en-route to and from Botswana, Zimbabwe, northern Kruger National Park and the Mapungubwe National Park.]]> omar Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:09:23 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Makanyane Safari Lodge A luxurious and exclusive safari lodge, Makanyane is situated on private land within the magnificent 75,000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve - home to the Big 5 and a myriad of other animal and bird species. Makanyane, which lies hidden in lush riverside forest, offers unforgettable wildlife experiences, exquisite accommodation and cuisine as well as outstanding personal service. Visit Makanyane Safari Lodge to experience the drama and mystery of Africa's vast natural history, exhilarating wildlife, ancient legends and rich cultural history and to relax and revitalise body and mind. Makanyane Safari Lodge was designed by a team of award winning architects to effortlessly blend with the surrounding bush. The relaxed yet luxurious interiors complement the design perfectly, tastefully enhancing the atmosphere of comfort in this idyllic environment. The lodge consists of a beautiful main building and eight stunning suites, which lie hidden in the lush forest, offering spectacular views over the tranquil Marico River. Situated on 1,800 hectares of private ground within the 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge has accommodation for a maximum of sixteen guests, ensuring that each guest has privacy and individual attention. Gym and Spa The well equipped gym and bush spa is just the place to work up an appetite, or to simply pamper yourself. Tucked away in the forest, this air-conditioned facility has all that you need for a gentle workout or more strenuous exercise. Alternatively, treat yourself to massage or aromatherapy from Makanyane's onsite masseuse. Food and Wine Makanyane prides itself on the exceptional quality of its food and wines, adding another memorable dimension to your stay with us. Our meals are skilfully and imaginatively prepared by our executive chef, Mauritz Greeff, and his excellent team. Mauritz blends European and African flavours to create unique menus, using fresh local produce to create delicious and memorable dining experiences. Our delicious cuisine is complimented by superb South African wines from our extensive cellar. As well as offering classic wines such as Kanonkop's Paul Sauer and Klein Constantia's Vin de Constance, we have gone to great lengths to search out excellent quality, value and range in the wine list that we offer our guests. This ensures that for wine lovers Makanyane is a real treat. Makanyane Safari Lodge can accommodate a total of sixteen guests. Accommodation comprises eight luxurious double suites, each with it's own lounge, en-suite bathroom and shower, secluded outside shower as well as private game viewing and sun deck with a spectacular view of the surrounding bush. Each suite is air conditioned and heated and has underfloor heating in the bathroom, a fireplace, mini bar, fridge, hot beverage facilities, mini-safe, overhead fans and direct dial telephones. Bath robes, hairdryers, insect spray, mosquito repellent, sun block, shampoo, conditioner and body]]> omar Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:54:54 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Umlani Bushcamp Umlani Bushcamp is a highly recommended, classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. See the real Africa at Umlani Bushcamp, enjoy the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion in a camp that accommodates just 16 guests, in traditional African reed and thatch huts. Umlani Bushcamp offers an exciting, safe experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in more than 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area. The camp is also home to more than 40 mammal species and 350 bird species. Experience the thrill of game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. At Umlani Bushcamp you are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves. Umlani Bushcamp in Timbavati offers guests superior accommodation in the form of traditional African reed and thatch huts that will not only provide you with all the comforts you need, but will also provide you with an authentic experience of local tribal (Shangaan) architecture and style, which blends in naturally with the environment. Each hut has en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower. The hut is comfortably fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and towels as well as with standard bathroom amenities, bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink) and insect repellent. The Umlani philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity, so each hut and the entire camp is lit by candlelight and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere. The bushcamp accommodates guests in four double huts and four family units that sleep four people, and one hut that sleeps three people. This allows us to be flexible with friends and families that would like to share accommodation. Out of season 3 night special 2014 Per adult sharing - R7350.00 Details - (Includes Complimentary Or Tambo or Hoedspruit airport shuttle, terms and conditions apply)]]> omar Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:58:34 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Ukutula Lodge Ukutula is conveniently situated within an hours drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The game farm comprises 260 hectares of unspoilt bushveld boasting a variety of antelope species, giraffe and zebra. Ukutula is also home to more than 130 different bird species. Known as the place of quiet the lodge is nestled in lush bushveld where the roar of the lion can be heard for miles around. Comfortable, fully equipped self catering accommodation with a private braai area in quiet surroundings. All our chalets are air conditioned. Ukutula hosts a unique volunteer program that allows participants to work in close contact with the lions. These volunteers get to care for the baby lions, bottle feeding them and seeing to their every need. They also get the opportunity to assist our trained staff in the care of the older lions. Cleaning and maintaining the enclosures as well as helping with the feeding program. Home style cooking in the boma. Traditional outdoor cooking. We do spitbraais, potjies and braais. Side dishes include a variety of salads, bread baked on the coals [potbrood] , potatoes, rice, mielie pap, sheba etc. Fresh vegetables of the day. Only organically grown fresh herbs from our garden are used.]]> omar Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:14:43 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Leshiba Wilderness A magical game and nature reserve on top of the Soutpansberg Mountains. Our eco friendly Game and Nature Reserve offers accommodation on top of the Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo province, South Africa, in one of the country's most unique environments. Leshiba offers accommodation in The Venda Village Lodge, Hamasha Bush Camp and the Indigenous Knowledge Centre with both full board and self-catering options. Walk amongst wildlife including rhino, leopard, porcupines and pangolins; along spectacular trails through forests, across plains and down breathtaking gorges with sparkling pools. Visit ancient rock art sites. Enjoy sundowner game drives, guided walks, adventure horse riding and more. Venda Village Lodge The Venda Village Lodge is an authentic traditional village re-created together with internationally renowned Venda artists, Noria Mabasa and Thomas Kubayi. Luxury Suites Mwedzi and Duvha, the two luxury suites offer a romantic and secluded stay with private plunge pools and patios overlooking the animals grazing on the plain below. Hamasha Bush Camp Hamasha Bush Camp offers self-catering accommodation in a spectacular, remote setting with breathtaking views through Hamasha gorge Indigenous Knowledge Centre The IKC is Leshiba's group accommodation venue, situated close to the cliffs with endless views. Ideal for workshops, small conferences and interest groups. Activities Leshiba offers a variety of guided and unguided activities. Twelve marked walking trails weave along cliff faces, down gorges, and through open plains. Wander freely amongst the rhino and other wildlife. Splash into rock pools in the summer or enjoy the pool and plunge pools at the lodge with panoramic views of the valley.]]> omar Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:31:28 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Thula Meetse Thula Meetse Mountain Lodge (meaning 'Quiet! - Water') is a well-established lodge situated in prime bushveldt only 33 kilometers from Mookgopong (Naboomspruit), 2 ½ hours drive from Johannesburg and 1½ hours from Pretoria. Nestled in the heart of the malaria free Waterberg mountain range and boasting the most amazing views and scenery from all corners of the property, this break-away jewel has all-year-round beauty. Summertime presents visitors with rushing streams and lush vegetation, while winter offers warm days and crisp evenings. The property has a diversity of topography incorporating plateau, mountain terrain, sheer cliffs, valleys, streams, grasslands; it also has a significant selection of indigenous trees. We are privileged to have a waterfall with a drop of approximately 19 meters. The waterfall flows most months in the year, and is most spectacular during high rainfall periods. Thula Meetse is the ideal place for a weekend getaway or a small private conference, bosberaad or product launch. A birders paradise with over 40 varieties of bird seen in the area. Thula Meetse consists of just 8 luxury chalets, accommodating either two or four persons including our honeymoon chalets. All of the chalets are perfectly situated for privacy, but in close proximity to the swimming pool, restaurant and other activities. The decor and furnishings of Thula Meetse Mountain Lodge are homely inspired and the chalets are equipped with air-conditioning or ceiling fans. All chalets have DSTV. All chalets are luxurious, fully equipped for self-catering, and each chalet has its own private braai area. Our Lodge can offer the following facilities: Swimming pool (not heated) A spacious park for the youngsters to be kept occupied A restaurant for those wanting to enjoy home styled cuisine Licensed Bar DSTV at the Lodge for those sporting events Enjoy a picnic at our waterfall]]> omar Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:11:26 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Tembe Elephant Park Feast under African skies Enjoy an early breakfast followed by a morning safari game drive. The guides will ensure you return just in time for a light lunch and an afternoon nap in the welcoming green shadow of your tent. Or cool off in the friendly little thatch-sheltered pool next to the boma. Later in the afternoon when the temperature dips, you can venture off on the exciting evening safari game drive with sundowners overlooking a water hole. On your return, enjoy wholesome bush cuisine served under the stars by lamplight in the communal dining boma, surrounded by the thrilling sounds of the bush. Swap tales with your fellow guests as you bask in the warmth of the campfire, watching the spectacular evening display of acapella isicatamiya singing. Live in royal African style Come and tuck yourself away in the untamed bush. Tembe Elephant Park is a place for wilderness purists, who like to feel that they are in the middle of an ancient land far away from noise and hassle of modern life. Your accommodation is in tents, made of light wood and canvas so as not to block out the sounds of the bush; an outdoor shower under the stars or in the early morning sunlight is a wonderful way to feel as if you are standing under a (warm) waterfall in the middle of the wilderness. Everywhere you look, there is a reminder that life is more than deadlines, rush and hurry, ringing telephones and traffic. There is a timelessness about Tembe that is truly invigorating and refreshing. However, there is no sacrifice of luxury - the en-suite bathrooms, comfortable beds, superb service - all of these will make you feel like African royalty. It is at night that you will really feel the power of the wilderness: a huge moon making shadows of silver; the smell of the vegetation cooling down after the heat of the day; more stars than you would have believed possible; the silence of the night broken by the calls of animals. From the after-dinner fireside with songs and stories and a possible night-cap, when you walk to your tent feeling the cool air of night on your face, to the enthusiastic dawn chorus of birds in the early sunlight, the cheerful rattle of cups as you are brought your morning coffee, the smell of cool earth refreshed by dew: these are unmistakably Tembe. How to get there: From Durban, travel North on the N2 past Richards Bay, Hluhluwe and Mkuze. Stop to refuel at Mkuze as it is a long way to the next refueling point. Turn off the N2 to Jozini, go through the town and cross the dam wall. The park is 72 kilometres from Jozini and is well signposted. Guests staying at the lodge park their vehicles at the main gate and will be collected in a 4x4 game drive vehicle and transferred to the lodge. A 4 x 4 vehicle is essential for entry into the park. No sedan or 2 wheel drive vehicle will be allowed on any game viewing track in the park.]]> omar Sat, 07 Jul 2012 17:26:54 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa Discover the magic of the Wild Coast. Discover the rugged coastline and indigenous forests. Discover breathtaking scenery, crystal blue waters and the pristine white sands of idyllic beaches. Discover a sanctuary with a unique history. Discover Umngazi and you'll discover a true paradise. Our rates include three delicious meals per day, so make sure you bring a healthy appetite. Self-drive or enquire about our seven night fly-in packages available every Friday from Virginia Airport, Durban. The Wild Coast may be South Africa's most spectacular & yet least touristy region with it's rocky coastline, indigenous forests, secluded coves and many river mouths. And all this is on your doorstep at Umngazi, an award winning family resort & spa. The thatch-roofed bungalows are situated amongst the indigenous gardens which provide the perfect setting for a totally relaxed holiday. Spend idyllic days lounging on secluded beaches with only the waves crashing. Take a guided walk or strike on your own, explore the mangrove swamps, canoe up the river, myriad of birds and totally unspoiled natural beauty that this coastline has on offer. Immerse yourselves in our waterways and discover the patient dedication of fly-fishing or indulge your wild side in the adrenalin rush of sea fishing. To compliment this wonderful escape; our chef's offer delectable home cooking and fantastic local cuisine. Sample mouth watering home cooking & other delights while lounging on the deck or find a private spot in our wine cellar, the Green Door or the riverside Gazebo where you can tantalize your palates. Wind up the day by enjoying sundowners on a Fish Eagle Sunset cruise or on the deck where one can enjoy the stories of visitors from yesteryear in Basil's bar. Children enjoy the art of playing whether it is fishing with gillies or sand boarding on the dunes. This is truly a childs dream holiday where they run around bare feet in the mud, slip & slide on the slippery slide or where they make holiday momentos in the creativity corner. Moms can soak up the sun around the pool or enjoy a bit of pampering at our Spa while little one's are being taken care of by their nanny. However whatever you choose to do at Umngazi it is sure to be a fantastic way to leave the world behind! Weekly fly-in packages are available Friday to Friday from Durban where you fly at 500 feet above sea level along the beautiful coastline a wonderful way to start your holiday.]]> omar Fri, 06 Jul 2012 23:38:34 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Drakensberg Mountain Retreat (The Lodge) Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a stunning destination in the Northern Drakensberg only 20 km beyond Sterkfontein Dam. Situated high on a ridge overlooking the Drakensberg and the Maluti Mountains many have said that the views are unsurpassed. It offers much more than comfortable, affordable country style accommodation. The spectacular views, vast spaces, wild winds and superb walks make it the perfect place to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Drakensberg. The deep silences, unfamiliar at first, will soon work its magic rejuvenating body and mind. This is a place to relax, unwind, take stock and regain peace. This is a cosy haven for those who like old fashioned holidays, with peace and quiet, excellent home-style cooking, reading near the fireplace, playing board games and pleasant company; also a wonderful base to experience the mighty Drakensberg. An ideal retreat for individuals, families or groups either self catered or fully catered accommodation.]]> omar Sat, 09 Jun 2012 16:48:15 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Three Tree Hill Lodge Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains and its secluded valleys, in the lee of the famous hill, Spioenkop, and snugly secluded on 1000 ha of private farm land, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge. Passionate owners and managers, Simon and Cheryl Blackburn continue the work of visionaries and founders of Three Trees, Andrew Ardington and the late David Rattray, which is bringing to vivid life the bloody battles and ongoing struggles between the British and the Boers which dominated the landscape and area at the turn of the 18th century. Both Simon and Cheryl are qualified mountain and safari guides, and have brought many additional facets and dimensions to Three Tree Hill Lodge from its early days under Andrew and David. Spectacular scenery, locally grown food, exquisite linen and superb hosts make Three Trees Lodge the ideal environment in which to escape and unwind. Their philosophy for Three Trees is to involve the local community with sustainable employment, goods & services procurement, recycling projects, health education & school support. Community Development & Environmental Ecology is the primary focus whilst the long term vision is to develop the area into a sustainable wildlife destination. The TGCSA four star graded lodge, consists of 6 standard luxury twin suites, and a 2-bedroomed family suite, which is situated in close proximity to the main dining facility and in the opposite direction to the other guest suites. It has a master bedroom en-suite, a children's room with a separate toilet and a small kitchenette. All bedrooms are equipped with all the modern conveniences and all beds are fitted with 100% cotton percale linen adding to your comfort. Private Verandas accompany each bedroom and each bathroom, with heated towel rails, luxury soaps and amenities and both bath and shower sport an amazing view of the Spoinkop valley from the bath itself. The main living area has an open-plan design, with four sets of large double doors leading onto the veranda. The result is a flowing space, where you can relax on a comfy chair, read in the afternoon sun and enjoy convivial dinners. In the winter an open log fire and "Dover" coal stove create a welcoming environment. Meals are often served outside where one can soak up the views while enjoying the exquisite local cuisine a fusion of home and modern flavours, dining is a family affair. Buffet style breakfast and lunches and 3 course plated dinners will ensure that taste buds are stimulated and gastronomic satisfaction is guaranteed. A viewing deck and secluded swimming pool offer complete relaxation in a truly magnificent African setting. So whether heading off to explore the famous battle fields of the area or working off the hearty breakfast on a mountain bike, or simply just soaking up the warm African sun at the pool, Three Tree Hill provides the discerning traveler with true African hospitality and amazing adventures never to be forgotten.]]> omar Sat, 26 May 2012 14:35:04 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Botsebotse Luxury Retreat Set in the malaria free Zebula Nature Reserve with its own golf course and tarred runway, Botsebotse is a picture perfect Luxury Retreat consisting of a main lodge with detached wings in which only four sumptuous rooms are housed. Beautifully put together, Botsebotse Luxury Retreat provides an inviting relaxing experience where guests can unwind with the option to have loads of fun on the side. If you are a health nut, this the place to go to... Organic food and Organic wines are on the list Experience life to the fullest eating drinking and playing golf at the beautiful Zebula Golf Course Taylor made golf packages can be put together for groups up to 8 people at the Lodge What makes Botsebotse different? Perhaps it is about being owner managed, the people who make you feel so warmly welcome and the personal service that goes the extra mile. Or the luxuries you enjoy so much, like the massage that you can have, the breakfast in your PJ's in your own courtyard, the picnic basket with delectable goodies for your picnic in the bush, scrumptious romantic dinners next to a fireplace or in the boma under the starry sky, or that special little something left in your room at night. Perhaps it is about the things that you can do, like your own game drives, game walks and bicycle safaris in a reserve without predators, or the guided Big-5 safaris, white lions and cheetahs only 10 minutes away. Or perhaps it is about playing a round of golf with animals keeping you company on the fairways, the bit of tennis, squash or gym. Or maybe it's more about the whole experience than one single thing. More about the memories you made and the occasions that you celebrated and the strange way that you felt completely at home. That's why people come back to Botsebotse Luxury Retreat. Again and again. Because it feels like home even for the first time. Wildlife Experiences Big 5 Game, white lions and cheetahs can be viewed on guided game drives, horseback and quad bike safaris at bordering private game reserves. The departure points for Big 5 activities are 10 minutes from Botsebotse by car. An area of 1,600 ha has no predators and offers the unique experience to do your own game drives, game walks, cycle safaris and picnics at a number of picnic spots, bird hides and dams. You will be able to view and photograph over 300 bird species and 600 head of game that roams freely at close range. Animals include Giraffe, Eland, Gemsbuck, Blesbuck, Zebras, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Nyala, Kudus, Impala, Black Jackal, Warthogs, Caracal and small antelope such as Grey Duiker, Steenbok and Reedbuck.]]> omar Sat, 19 May 2012 16:01:05 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge Kurisa Moya is a Nature Lodge, but really it is so much more. It is somewhere to unwind, a place where you can journey back into a magical time where candles and fireplaces replace electricity and birdsong the ring of a cell phone, where forests take the place of highways and footpaths the corridors of the office bringing you closer to nature and life. Kurisa Moya is situated in the Limpopo Province near Magoebaskloof. The comfortable and unpretentious Magoebaskloof accommodation is in log cabins, a cottage with views or a spacious farmhouse all found in peaceful, private settings surrounded by mountains, indigenous forest, rivers and bushveld. Go on walking paths, hiking trails, sunset 4x4 drives, adventure mountain bike trails, guided birding walks, learn the art of fly-fishing or go on a real-life village tour. As one of the world’s top Eco destinations, we are both committed to ensuring our guests' privacy and to the protection of our environment. We are passionate about what we do and we believe that shows. At Kurisa Moya we value you, our guest, above all, and we aim to make your stay a relaxing and memorable experience at our Magoebaskloof Accommodation]]> omar Thu, 12 Apr 2012 01:29:21 +0100 /index.php/listing/organic-a-eco-friendly.html