Cape Town – South Africa

 

Cape Town

There is a reason that there is a buzz in the air about Cape Town… it’s because it is awesome!  And, now may be the best time to visit it yourself.  It’s in the midst of a huge transformation that you don’t want to miss… and it’s always better to go before everybody else does.

The 2010 World Cup really put the city on the map for world travelers, when government invested hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure and the private sector matched them in upping the scene for visitors by refreshing neighborhoods and an creating new restaurants and hotels.  The spark that was lit four years ago has continued to burn under the the feet of entrepreneurs, artists and investors.

The city is a buzz of activity.  With a jaw dropping setting, wonderful weather, friendly locals and plenty to do, it’s no wonder Cape Town is on every must see list of 2014!

Read more about why CPT is so hot right now.

52 Places to Go in 2014 – NY Times

Good Timing – LA Times

World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town has several distinct neighborhoods.  Make sure to make your way out of the beautiful, but touristy, Waterfront area to explore the one’s that peak your interest.  Find great shopping and cafes in the Lower Kloof area, or stroll along the up and coming De Waterkant for great jazz and galleries, or make it down to Camps Bay to play at the beach with all the beautiful people of Cape Town.  Whatever you do, don’t miss Saturday in the Woodstock neighborhood at the Old Biscuit Mill market and design center.  Trust us… go early, go hungry!  The city is full of delicious places to eat and drink, but expect to make reservations far in advance for the hot spots.  Locals love to eat out as much as visitors and getting a table at the in spot may be harder than you think. But, that’s why you have us, right?

There are a handful of wonderful five star hotels to choose from as well.  Each has it’s own unique vibe and each has a sense of place.  We enjoyed visiting three of these top hotels during our visit.  We’ll help pick just the right one for your stay.

Cape Grace in the Waterfront.

Mount Nelson Hotel in Tamboerskloof.

The Twelve Apostles just outside of Camps Bay.

Go see why life is “lekker” in Cape Town!  lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.

Watch our video of Cape Town and Surrounds.

Lets start planning your visit!  www.edenforyourworld.com

Here are a few photos to entice you.

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Royal Malewane, Thornybush Game Reserve – South Africa

The Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane, located within the private Thornybush Game Reserve (along Kruger National Park) is the safari experience one dreams of…

Tucked quietly into it’s natural surroundings, the sumptuously appointed colonial style lodge is a paradise for those seeking an exclusive experience. With six stand alone suites, two royal suites, and it’s Africa house villa, the lodge is perfect for couples, families and V.I.P.’s.

Guests will surely see the “Big Five” here. The lodge boasts some of the countries best and most acclaimed rangers and trackers who unveil the nearly 38 thousand acre reserve to their guests. But, what really sets the Royal Malewane apart is the atmosphere that the richly appointed furnishings and superior service impart on it’s guests. No detail is missed, no thoughtful attention is left behind in the bush. They’ve thought of everything for you already! One feels as though they have stepped back in time, to experience the luxury and romance of the safari as it was.

The Royal Malewane – contact Eden For Your World to begin planning your experience.

A video voyage of Royal Malewane.

Saving the Rhinoceros

With the horrific increase in Rhinoceros poaching in recent years, new innovative measures are being taken to curb their needless slaughter. Last year, In South Africa alone, nearly one thousand rhinos were lost to poaching. Royal Malewane is on the forefront of efforts to protect these animals and to make their horns useless for the market that covets them. The latest method of deterring poachers is Rhino Horn Devaluation, where poison is injected directly into their horns, leaving them useless for trade. Handling or use of the horns by humans proves fatal. Bravo RM, and thank you!

Rhino Rescue Project

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Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park – South Africa

Singita Lebombo Lodge

Singita, meaning “miracle” in the Shangaan language.

Singita Lebombo and Sweni are located in Kruger National Park (eight million acres or about the size of Israel), but within their own private consession. Nestled along a river facing craggy rocks, Singita Lebombo is like a mirage. But, as a guest, one soon discovers it is in fact a reality of luxury and contemporary high design in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Thoughtful details in design and luxurious amenities do not detract from feeling part of the vast wilderness. Each of the lodge’s fifteen stand alone suites and it’s common areas provide a truly indoor-outdoor experience.

Both lodges are part of Relais & Chateau… which translate to delicious dining experiences and exceptional wine selections!

Experienced rangers and trackers show you the amazing wildlife in luxury Rovers. Comfort, style and safari mix perfectly here!

Singita Lebombo.

A video voyage of Singita Lebombo.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve – South Africa

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda = “the return”… of the animals and land. 1991 began the accumulation and leasing of this land in an effort to transform the land from farms back to it’s natural state. The conservation project group works together with surrounding communities to protect the reserve. The reserve in its entirety is called Munyawana.

Located in subtropical northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve has now grown to a total of 56,830 acres of land dedicated to the preservation of wildlife. Phinda is home to six unique andBeyond lodges and one of Africa’s finest game viewing experiences!

Our experiences:

Phinda Forest Lodge

Located in the Northern Territory of the park, the lodge has 16 rooms tucked into the sand forest. Each unit is built on piers and boasts a private deck.

Phinda Rock Lodge

Located in the Southern territory, the lodge has 6 rooms perched on tree covered cliffs overlooking a beautiful valley, each with its own private plunge pool. Adults only.

“Siabonga” to all who made our experience so wonderful!

A video voyage of Phinda.

The Zulu Tribe

During our transfer we learned a great deal from our Zulu driver, Matthew.

Zulu homesteads consist of one hut for the family, where the family cooks, dines and sleeps. Once kids reach the ages of 10-12 they move into huts, called Kwagogo, built on site, next door to the family.

Marriage dowery = 11 cows. More for the kings daughter, of course!

Today, King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu,
descendant of Shaka Zulu, is keeper of the Zulu tradition and history.

Other Inkosi (chiefs) rule smaller areas and report to King Zulu and manage smaller community issues.

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