Do you feel like relaxing while the plans for your stay are already in place? Then this blog is just the tour guide you need to follow. In this blog, TravelGround features a variety of stays where a bunch of amenities and perks are already included in your rates. So whether you want to dine in a guest house or be adventurous in the forest, there is something for everyone.

You can escape from your daily routine, and vacay with all your preferences at your disposal – that’s like killing two (or four) birds with one stone. So what are you waiting for? Get to scrolling, so you can get to booking!

Gondwana Game Reserve


Gondwana Game Reserve is situated on an 11 000-hectare private reserve approximately 64 kilometres from George Airport. Accommodation is offered in a variety of options, including luxury lodges, suites, glamping tents, and the Pioneer Trail tented camp.

The Kwena Suites offer a communal swimming pool, and facilities that include a tented bush spa, bar, and a curio shop. Discerning guests will certainly be pleased with the Ulubisi House, which boasts a private deck and a pool with views of the reserve. Furthermore, this villa comes with a private chef, a butler, and a field guide. If you are looking for privacy, the free-standing lodges, known as The Bush and Fynbos Villas, are the ideal option to unwind on a private outdoor deck that has braai facilities. Here you can also admire the stunning views of the reserve. If you are into glamping, then The Tented Eco Camp with its three or five-night programmes will live up to your expectations, which has an itinerary that includes plenty of game drives, bush walks, and downtime in an utterly inspiring landscape. Lastly, if you are craving homemade African-inspired meals, then you have to consider The Pioneer Trail tented camp, which offers accommodation in remote tented fly camp locations with two full days of hiking. You can also enjoy cold beverages on tap.

Depending on your package your stay may include three meals per day, afternoon tea, two daily game drives, and complimentary mountain-biking adventures on demarcated trails.

Karoo Queen Houseboat

Gariep Dam

Karoo Queen Houseboat offers once in a lifetime accommodation experience in a luxury houseboat located on the Gariep Dam in the Free State. With the exquisite natural surroundings and authentic Karoo hospitality and cuisine, family and friends will be thrilled to gather for a well-deserved getaway from the city life, whilst hosting small weddings, teambuilding events, and a plethora of other celebrations.

All your meals are included in the cruise, which comprises a breakfast, canapes and a three-course dinner showcasing the Karoo cuisine, all enjoyed while soaking in the all-around views of the dam. Should you wish to explore your adventurous side, you can try stand-up paddle boarding or traverse the waters by kayak.

If you are hoping to explore the activities in the area, you will be happy to know that the dam boasts a variety of water-based sports, which includes waterskiing and tubing. Bird watchers will be pleased to discover that a variety of bird species can be viewed when travelling to one of the smaller islands with a tender boat.

Swartberg Private Game Lodge


Swartberg Private Game Lodge is a restored colonial-style accommodation known for its fauna and flora, and located in a wildlife estate at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range in the Klein Karoo.

The estate is part of the Cape Floristic Region and a World Heritage Site and is therefore ideal for guests who wish to explore the ecologically diverse Karoo Wilderness. There are expansive patios that offer beautiful views of the mountain, a lapa, and an open fire pit. You can also relax with sundowners whilst enjoying the spectacular Karoo night sky.

You will be happy to know that this estate is malaria free and boasts a variety of wildlife including the springbuck, kudu, eland, nyala, and Cape mountain zebra, just to name a few. Depending on your package, your rates may include exclusive use of lodge facilities and access to the Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate, a game drive per day in an open game-viewing vehicle, daily servicing, and access to a laundry facility.

Mount Camdeboo Pods


Mount Camdeboo Pods offers a unique escape for couples, honeymooners and wildlife lovers, just 60 kilometres outside of Graaff-Reinet. This stay is in a secluded part of the Camdeboo Plains in the Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve. The luxury eco-friendly pods blend in seamlessly with the natural landscape, whilst being environmentally conscious. There are two pods that offer an unobstructed view of the Camdeboo Plains.

Here you can also find a variety of endangered species that have been successfully rehabilitated and reintroduced into South Africa’s malaria-free Great Karoo. Facilities on the premises include a private wood-burning hot tub, a private boma and a fire pit. You will be treated to two daily game drives, all meals, soft drinks, house wines, local spirits, local beers, teas and coffees, mineral water and refreshments on the game drives.

Villa De Luxe


Villa De Luxe is a luxury home that is situated in the historic town of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. This stay is approximately 68 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport and is the ideal base for those who wish to explore the picturesque views of vineyards, working farms, and the Franschhoek Pass.

The villa has a fully-equipped kitchen that contains quality appliances, utensils, crockery and cutlery, and boasts a professional chef to prepare your dinner and breakfast, which is included in the rates. There is a lovely courtyard at this beautiful upmarket accommodation, which has a large natural wooden table alongside the 13-metre lap pool.

You have access to a variety of facilities including a fireplace, a room with gym equipment, free high-speed Wi-Fi, as well as Netflix. Secure parking is also available for vehicles.

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve


Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve is located in a picturesque landscape in the Eastern Cape, just 60 kilometres outside of the historic town of Graaff-Reinet. With beautifully restored Cape Dutch houses, a cottage and two luxurious safari tents, you can surely enjoy a peaceful holiday that boasts magnificent natural surroundings. Furthermore, this accommodation is home to a variety of endangered species that have been successfully rehabilitated and reintroduced into South Africa’s malaria-free Great Karoo.

Here you can bask in the cultural richness of the town, and feast on the breakfast, lunch and dinner that is included in your stay, and prepared by the chefs at Mount Camdeboo. Their meals are inspired by chefs that date back to the early Cape settlers, and renovated with a modern touch.

You can also enjoy morning and afternoon game drives (which are included in the rates), as well as other activities and significant attractions in the surrounding area. These include a historical Graaff-Reinet tour, 4×4 trails, nature walks, Valley of Desolation Sundowner Tour, Umasizakhe Township Tour, bushmen rock art and Gondwanaland Fossil Tour, and a Nieu Bethesda and Owl House Tour.

Mont Eco Game Reserve


Mont Eco Game Reserve promises a peaceful and memorable getaway in the heart of the Mont Eco Game Reserve, just 37 kilometres from Montagu, in the Western Cape.

You can enjoy facilities including air-conditioning, a lovely sun terrace, swimming pool, bar, garden, fireplace, an entertainment area with a pool table and a viewing deck. Wi-Fi is also available. Indulge in a bushveld experience, while being served three meals a day prepared by the executive chef. From the viewing deck, you will be able to soak in the surrounding reserve, and relax in the outdoor furniture area, which is also an ideal spot for a morning coffee.

The Zarafa


The Zarafa offers the ideal accommodation in the private Shiloh Estate for those who are looking for both comfort and modern luxury. This stay has a classic Thai and Balinese touch, while still offering African hospitality with world-class service. Adventurers will be excited to see the free-roaming game and numerous bird life in the area.

Each villa at The Zafara has its own private pool, which allows you privacy. In addition, you can also choose to dine in the privacy of your own villa or under the evening stars. The Zarafa’s restaurant is situated in an elevated position that boasts breathtaking views over the Sabie Valley. With a selection of delicious dishes inspired by local favourites and Asian flavours, Zarafa is ideal for a relaxing lunch or a romantic dinner for two.

Are you excited yet? And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Should you wish to explore our other options, you can visit to find the ideal holiday accommodation to suit your needs.

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