- Undoubtedly one of the most glorious coastal reserves in Africa, the area’s extraordinary beauty and blissful seclusion led ex-President FW de Klerk to choose the location for his ‘Camp David.’
- The reserve is also famous for some of the best whale watching on the planet when, from July to November, Southern Right whales and their offspring flock here in their hundreds from Antarctica.
- Journey through time in one of the most historic and scenically beautiful locations on the African continent.
- Learn about the marine life, fynbos and pristine environment of the unusual reserve.
- Eat dinner on the beach with the sand between your toes and the region’s finest wines on the table. There certainly aren’t many places to enjoy this in South Africa…
- Experience some of the world’s best land-based whale watching straight from your bedroom.
- Enjoy staying in a cosy and intimate lodge. Here, you will arrive as strangers and depart as friends.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
A short drive over a mountain pass will take you away from the coast to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, to visit the famous Cango Caves. Set in a limestone ridge, these drip-stone caverns will impress you with their narrow stone passageways and towering rock formations, their vast halls of stalagmites and stalactites.
If you dream of seeing whales, dolphins and seals, Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route is the place to bring your dreams to life. Relax and enjoy your boat-based close encounter with these marine creatures, knowing that everything the operator does is according to Fair Trade and responsible tourism principles.
Sail to the Knysna Heads, two dramatic sea cliffs between the Knysna lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Enjoy views of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and the town of Knysna. Then feel a surge of adrenalin as you sail out into the sea where you might see seabirds, dolphins, seals or whales.
Experience the Garden Route National Park’s restless breakers, rocky coastline and indigenous forest, its magical world of marine life. Meet the Knysna seahorse, Brenton blue butterfly or colourful Knysna turaco. Walk on the beach, go canoeing on rivers and fresh-water lakes or head for the hills on foot or on your mountain bike.
A journey up the magical Garden Route, starting from Cape Town, couldn’t be done at a better time. It’s warm and clear in December, with almost zero chance of rain along this spectacular coastline. Stop off at some of the amazing towns and beaches along the way (Hermanus, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay to name a few) and by the time you reach Port Elizabeth you will be ready for a few of the local game reserves, offering some spectacular game viewing, including the Big Five.
A mere three (and a bit) hour drive from Cape Town, in the eastern, most exclusive sector of De Hoop Nature Reserve, is Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop. Undoubtedly one of the most glorious coastal reserves in Africa, the area’s extraordinary beauty and blissful seclusion led ex-President FW de Klerk to choose the location for his ‘Camp David.’ The reserve is also famous for some of the best whale watching on the planet when, from July to November, Southern Right whales and their offspring flock here in their hundreds from Antarctica. It’s not simply whales either and you’ll also spot sizeable pods of dolphin and all sorts of marine life in this – the ultimate, land-based marine safari.
Lekkerwater itself (literally meaning ‘the place of good water’) offers a homely and comfortable beach experience in a magical setting. Each of the seven rooms are located right on a six-kilometre stretch of private beach, complete with stunning rock pools and fish life. Activities-wise, we’ve got walks with experienced naturalists, an array of fynbos to be discovered, a plethora of marine life to be explored, and a rare vulture breeding colony to be spotted (and that’s without mentioning the whales!)
The seven rooms at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge are positioned along six kilometres of pristine white sand. Our dream was for the spectacular vistas to take centre stage and each is fronted by floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the Indian Ocean and marine life ahead. Each is positioned perfectly for a unique view over the surroundings, and small verandas outside provide the perfect spot to soak up the magic. Inside, the rooms take inspiration from the natural beauty of the reserve and are earthy and comfortable. A wood-burning stove takes away the chill in the winter mornings and evenings and each has an ensuite bathroom with amenities.
At the main area, expect the same fabulous views and a wraparound deck from which to enjoy them from. An interactive, open kitchen is at the heart of the lodge and guests will dine, family-style, at the indoor tables or outside, feet-in-the-sand style, on the beach.
Up at the main area, the views of the beach and ocean are simply astonishing. On a sunny afternoon, head onto the wraparound deck and gaze out to sea, or cosy up inside on a squashy sofa and keep an eye on all the happenings on the sand. An interactive, open kitchen is at the heart of the space and you’ll either dine at the long tables here, family-style, or outside, feet-in-the-sand style, on the beach, accompanied only by lanterns and the crashing of the waves.
Set along a 6 kilometre stretch of cotton-candy beach, the seven rooms are cosy, comfortable and totally beach-chic. Fronted by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the views do the talking and you’ll be able to watch all the marine happenings from the comfort of your bed. Each also has a wood-burning stove to ward off the chill during winter, verandas on which to enjoy evening G&Ts and ensuite bathrooms with all the necessities.
During a stay at Lekkerwater, guests will be able to enjoy an interactive dining experience in the open kitchen which will offer guests some hearty and delicious food, with ingredients sourced locally.
Each room comes with en-suite bathroom facilities, in-room WiFi and charging facilities, as well as hair dryers on request. Lekkerwater will also have a swimming pool and plenty of space for guests to relax outside of the rooms.