Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

12 GREAT WESTERN CAPE GETAWAYS WITH WINTER SPECIALS

Would you consider travelling during the winter months?

Travelling during the winter may seem boring. No swim shorts or bikini shots, no sun basking, no walks along the beaches or a dip in the pool, and the thought of drinking your favourite cold beverage just seems wrong.

For generations, we have chosen to travel during the summer months, but winter months could also be great if you really want your budget to go a long way or if you have been eyeing that gorgeous Villa, cabin, guesthouse, or a Hotel that seemed to be out of your budget or fully booked all the time.

Travelling in winter makes your money go further. Travel agencies, tour activity operators, and accommodations need the business in these cooler months, so it’s the best time of year to hunt for great travel bargains. Start hunting for deals between May and August when companies publish their biggest discounts in a hope to haul in customers in the coming chilly months.

I have compiled a list of 12 great accommodations around the Western Cape that currently offer amazing winter specials and packages to encourage you to continue exploring our beautiful country.

1. MELOZHORI – THE PODS

The epitome of barefoot luxury, the Valley Pod and Waterfall Pod are ideal for romantic getaways. The Pods accommodate up to two adults and one small child. They are very secluded and private, each with its own wood-fired hot tubs and sweeping panoramic views.

You will experience this beautiful reserve with a Game Drive under the expert guidance of passionate guides. Guides boast an incredible knowledge of wildlife, birdlife, and unique vegetation. A list of mammals you can look forward to spotting includes giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, bontebok, sable, and oryx.

Melozhori Pod

Current package rates are R3 950 per unit per night for two adults including one Game Drive for two people. A minimum of two-night stay is required.

Location: 186km East of Cape Town off the N2 near Stormvlei.

Click here to check availability and to book directly with Melozhori.

2. GITE FRANSCHHOEK

Gîte offers the ultimate escape in the heart of Franschhoek. These luxury suites with contemporary furnishings are hidden perfectly on a picturesque farm but you will find yourself walking a short distance to Franschhoek town and all its culinary delights.

You will enjoy your stay in one of the stylish Gîtes and relax in your own wood-fired hot tub while enjoying a glass of fine local wine. With breathtaking views on all sides, you can also just unwind with a good book and enjoy the murmuring sound of the mountain stream bordering all three suites.

Gite I

All suites have tea, coffee, filter coffee (Terbodore) sugar, milk, and basic spices.  You will also receive enough charcoal for 1 braai and 2 crates of wood for the hot tub.  More can be purchased at the farm at R50 per crate.

Receive 15% off when you book directly on their website. Rates are R1 500 per night per unit for two adults. Unfortunately, children or pets are not allowed.

Location: 75km East of Cape Town in Franschhoek, near Franschhoek Wine Tram.

Book directly with Gîte here

3. GONANA PRIVATE COTTAGE

You have probably seen on my Instagram page posting and raving about Gonana Guest House in Paternoster. Gonana is a virtually off-the-grid guest house that is completely environmentally ethical and practices what they preach on daily basis to make sure they take care of the environment. I am excited to announce that they have recently added two brand new sea facing cottages.

West Coast Packages Paternoster

Gonana Guest House have now added an exclusive two-bedroom beach cottage with a focus on privacy, tranquility, and convenience. The décor is inspired by the sense of calm that comes from being one with nature. The cottage contains all the necessary facilities you will need to feel comfortable and enjoy your stay, with more than enough space for a couple, a small family or a few friends to relax and make memories together. Awake each day to the sound of waves and seabirds, enjoy breakfast on your upstairs patio and relax under the stars at night.

CURRENT WINTER SPECIAL – Book 3 nights and only pay for 2. Treat yourself and loved ones to luxury accommodation on the West Coast. A home-away-from-home experience with a sustainable element, located right on Paternoster’s Bekbaai beach, promising you the most magical sunsets, long walks and cool ocean dips. Rates start from R1 850 per night. Click here for more information and for bookings.

Location: 42 Sonkwas Road, Bekbaai, Paternoster. Just 160km drive from Cape Town.

4. BIG SKY COTTAGES

Big Sky Cottages offers 10 spacious and modern self-catering cottages. The cottages are situated in an active farming area on the slopes of the Mostertshoek Mountain overlooking the Valley. All cottages are built and decorated the same. Quality fittings and finishes will ensure that you enjoy a luxurious stay.

CURRENT WINTER SPECIALS:

Get 20% off for midweeks – Sun – Thu. From only R1 280 per night. Rates calculated for 1 or 2 people sharing. Specials cannot be combined. Click here for more information and pictures of the cottages.

Big Sky Cottages

Location: 75km North-East of Cape Town near Wolseley.

5. ROOIBERG WILD PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve is nestled perfectly off the R62 route, the longest wine route in the world. The reserve offers an unsurpassed safari experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo.

Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve

Eco-friendly practices are a top priority at Rooiberg Wild and they use solar geysers in all their suites. The suites accommodate two people and are designed in a hotel-style layout, featuring a king bed, kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, a complimentary fully-stocked minibar fridge, and free WiFi.

CURRENT WINTER SPECIAL – From R4 499 for 2 nights for 2 adults including 2 Game Drives, all meals, and 50% off any spa booking. Click here to book this offer.

Location: 315km East of Cape Town off the R62 route.

6. GARDEN ROUTE GAME LODGE

Take advantage of 3-for-2 winter special at Garden Route Game Lodge for a safari break. You pay for 2 nights and stay for 3. Enjoy daily safari activities, friendly hospitality, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Garden Route Game Lodge

YOUR 3-NIGHT WINTER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Winter packages start from R3 730 per person sharing per night and the price includes:

  • All lodge facilities
  • 3-night Sunset Ridge luxury suite
  • Dinner and breakfast daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and welcome drink
  • Complimentary sundowner drink and snacks included on each evening game drive

Location: Garden Route Game Lodge is conveniently located on the N2 between Albertinia and Mossel Bay making it an ideal stop that you should consider including on your Garden Route itinerary.

Click here for package deals.

7. KAGGA KAMMA NATURE RESERVE

Nestled against natural rock formations in the Cederberg lies Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, a soulful heritage and landscape once inhabited by the Khoi and San of the past. Kagga Kamma is unique in that it comprises an untouched Karoo-like wilderness: decorated in bursts of wildflowers, scattered and fascinating rock formations and an intriguing ecosystem of small creatures scarcely seen or found anywhere else.

Kagga Kamma Cave Suite-01

WINTER WARMER SPECIAL – Picture sultry sheets and waking from slumber in a cozy Cave Suite, hearty meals enjoyed alongside a crackling fireplace or in the warmth of the afternoon sun on the terrace, winters’ touch gleaning the fynbos plains and teasing a blanket of snow in this Karoo-like wilderness. There is much to be loved about a winter breakaway.

THE CAVE SUITES – Famous for their integrated design and breathtaking views, Kagga Kamma’s Cave Suites blend seamlessly into the environment and complement the Cederberg area. The façade of each Cave Suite is manmade but melds perfectly with the incredible surrounds providing you with the opportunity to experience the interesting biome and unique rock formations up close.

WINTER WARMER INCLUDES:

  • Full breakfast
  • Three-course dinner
  • Light lunch on arrival
  • Marshmallow and hot chocolate Boma braai
  • One night accommodation in a standard Cave Suite or Hut Suite

Rates are R1 220 for week-nights per person from May to August 2022.

Location: 241km North East of Cape Town and off the R303 route near Stormvlei.

Click here to check availability and to book directly with Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve.

8. ROMNEY PARK APART HOTEL

Imagine a perfect blend of luxury, history, privacy, and safety and waking up to panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and partial views of both Robben Island and Cape Town stadium – That’s exactly what you get when you book and stay at Romney Park Aparthotel in Green Point. Romney Park was previously a 5-star hotel and held the title of Best 5-Star All-Suite Hotel in South Africa for six consecutive years during its reigning years.

Romney Park Luxury Apartments

Romney Park Aparthotel, is an iconic landmark and a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Green Point on the highly sought-after Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town. This historical building, is now a 4-star Aparthotel consisting of 26 refurbished sectional-title apartments where modern luxurious interiors meet traditional architecture. With over 26 years of hospitality experience, seasoned hoteliers Heino Reuling and Susan Versfeld manage Romney Park Aparthotel through their company, The Stay Collection. With that kind of experience, you know you will be well taken care of during your stay.

CURRENT SPECIALS AND OFFERS

  • Romney Park Aparthotel is currently running an amazing winter getaway SPECIAL from 19 April to 31 August 2022 for their 1-bedroom and 2-bedrooms apartments. 1-bedroom from R1090.00 and 2-bedroom apartment from R1390. Both prices include daily breakfast.
  • To qualify for a 10% discount when you book a 3-bedroom or deluxe apartment, mention TEBOGO0026

Location: Corner of Hill Rd and Romney Street, Green Point, Cape Town.

9. GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco-reserve close to the Southern tip of Africa tucked between mountains, forest, and the sea. They currently run winter specials of up to 50% discount on their normal price and 50% off Spa treatment and a complimentary bottle of their exclusive Last Syrah wine.

The Secret Season (1 May – 31 August 2022) at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a special time of year when the unique fynbos fields give way to the most spectacular showcasing of its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Awakened by the glow of the stunning Autumn sunsets, the fields come alive with vibrant colour to welcome the Southern Right Whales after their long journey to our warmer shores.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Location: 178km South of Cape Town off the R43 route between Stanford and Gansbaai.

Rates start from R4 950.

10. THE RIVERSTONE HOUSE – FAMTIN

Shipping containers have been converted into a family suite. Riverstone’s FamTin launched in February 2018 and is a super modern and trendy double container conversion. An eco, quirky conversion for those wanting to experience something unique. Enjoy a cool contemporary space, furnished with high-end pieces, luxurious fabrics, indulgent scatter cushions and décor. The floorplan includes two en-suite rooms in each wing of the conversion, sleeping 4 guests in total.

Famtin Cabin

You will enjoy inside and outside dining space, and a deep covered patio with built-in BBQ. With a prime position on the farm dam, the views are of the best in the Valley. The Mostertshoek mountain peak shows off in the evening with spectacular sunset vistas, and the uninterrupted views will keep you spellbound. A romantic private outdoor shower allows stargazing in the evening, and the Victorian slipper bath adds elegance to any visit.

Rates are per unit per night and you will receive 50% on your third night when you book for three nights.

Location: 124km East of Cape Town off the R43 route near Wolseley.

Click here to check availability and to book directly with The Riverstone House.

11. PERIVOLI LAGOON HOUSE (VILLA – EXCLUSIVE USAGE)

Perivoli Lagoon House is a private oasis on the water’s edge. The 4-bedroom (8 sleeper) private Villa is available for exclusive use only. The location is the perfect getaway that offers complete privacy on the water amidst the Cape floral kingdom. The ultra-contemporary stylish villa is adorned with thoughtful touches, tasteful African-sourced artifacts and artwork, an infinity pool, and a large deck overlooking the lagoon and its birdlife provides a luxurious haven in the heart of nature.

Perivoli

The Perivoli Lagoon House is set in a stunning 140-hectare reserve of colourful fynbos. This isolated wilderness is a stone’s throw from the Klein River Lagoon, with panoramic views of the water and the majestic Klein River Mountains. Whether it’s watching a Southern Right whale breach the ocean surface or strolling through a sun-kissed vineyard and sampling its yield, the diverse ecosystem surrounding Perivoli Lagoon House provides an abundance of unforgettable activities to explore.

Location: 174km South of Cape Town off the R43 route near Hermanus.

Book directly with Perivoli Lagoon House and enjoy the lowest rates available!

12. BOSCHENDAL – FARM LIVING

Experience exceptional farm living at Boschendal. You will enjoy all the magnificent the farm has to offer – Award-winning wine and food experiences, a rich heritage, and spectacular natural landscapes.

Boschendal Wine Estate
Boschendal Vineyard, Franschhoek, South Africa

Boschendal Wine Farm might be one of the Western Cape’s oldest wine farms, but there’s plenty of new and exciting things happening on the farm. From their weekly drive-in cinema to fun workshops, they’ve got something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a peaceful picnic spot near Franschhoek or want to bring the whole family for outdoor farm fun, Boschendal Wine Farm should definitely be on your Cape Town bucket list.

Location: 62km East of Cape Town off the R45 route in Franschhoek.

Children under the age of 12 years stay for FREE at Bertha’s Retreat.

Click here to view current specials.

Let me know which one made you want to pack your bags.

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