ON THE FLY
What Fizantakraal Private Trout Lodge
Where Off the N1, Du Toitskoolf area, near Paarl, Western Cape, 072-203-7633, fizantkraal.co.za
Why We Love It Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, it’s the ultimate retreat for fly-fishing enthusiasts. But you don’t have to be active to fit right in. The four luxurious en-suite bedrooms have patios with dramatic mountain views.
The X-Factor Mealtimes are a treat, with your own private chef – Franck Dangereux-trained Jenna Weaver – who’ll whip up sushi and more from the freshly caught fish.
What The Elefun Centre
Where Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Mpumalanga, 013-735-5656, sabisabi.com
Why We Love It It’s the perfect luxury bush getaway for families with children. The recently opened EleFun Centre is beautifully designed and geared to keep kids occupied for hours. It will foster their awareness and appreciation of nature, and includes kids’ tracker programmes, bush walks, arts and games.
The X-Factor Relaxing and being pampered (there’s a great spa) while the kids enjoy their own bushveld experience.
What Plett River Lodge
Where N2 just outside Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, 044-533-5843, plettriverlodge.co.za
Why We Love It A different experience from the usual Plett beach holiday, this lovely guesthouse lies on the banks of the scenic Bitou River. Marvel at the profusion of bird life from your bed, or enjoy sundowners and the peaceful surrounds at the weater’s edge (knowing that the action is only minutes away).
The X-Factor Next door is the wonderful Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, with game drives and horse safaris at preferable rates.
Travel essentials just got a stylish boost: Jo Malone Fresh Mint Cologne (R545 for 30ml) and Vitamin E Lip Conditioner SPF 15 (R350)
SA Jazz musician Jonathan Butler talks travel with HL.
Your most memorable journey ever? Flying home to Cape Town from the US for the first time ever after having been gone for 10 years.
How do you unwind when you get to a new city? I find the best sushi bar around and order a great bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to go with it.
When you’re in South Africa, where do you go for some R&R? I love driving to Port Elizabeth with my wife; we’ve done this every time we come home for as long as we’ve been married. Cape Town is another favourite getaway – it’ll always be tops.
The most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Tokyo, Japan – I got up at 5am to go to the fish market for a sushi breakfast. Fascinating.
Any tips for travellers? Google! It always helps me find the best places to visit and to eat… and gives you some idea of getting to know the culture.
This article was originally in the June 2011 issue of House and Leisure.