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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.
Hotel and restaurant in town. In the chic, cosmopolitan suburb of Atholl in Johannesburg, this small boutique hotel welcoming families and children of all ages, offers timeless charm and elegance. The spacious rooms are designed in a warm blend of neutral and natural shades, wood and wicker, contemporary furniture and pieces of African art and design. Depending on the time of day, guests can enjoy the large pool under the shade of palm trees, or the quiet of the delightful library and bar, with its open fire. The landscaped gardens surrounding the lovely house simply add to one’s feeling of serenity and offer a secluded, romantic setting where guests can lounge at leisure, enjoy a drink or dine in the in-house resturuant. Guest can also experience some of the best shopping and cultural attractions nearby. ... Learn moreless
On any trip to Johannesburg these days ought to include a visit to Soweto. Even though this "city within a city" became known the world over for its symbolic defiance of apartheid starting in the 1970s, Soweto remains a place unto itself. To get an understanding, head to the Hector Pieterson Museum which memorialises the crackdown on June 16th, 1976 when extreme violence was used to crush a demonstration by youths from the township. Also visit the "No. 8115" museum, at the home where Nelson Mandela lived before his arrest. If you want to explore the neighbourhood on foot, ask your hotel to book an official guide.
Imagine there was a space where works by Courbet, Pissarro, Monet, De Chirico, Rodin and Léger sit alongside the leading figures in contemporary South African art. Such a place exists! It's located in the city centre, just yards from the lawns in Joubert Park. The art gallery's exhibitions are world renowned. Such as the "Africa Remix" exhibition which was shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2007...
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. In the heart of the private Kapama reserve, this camp is named after the first baby elephant adopted by the owners, followed by other orphaned elephants from Zimbabwe. This lodge is a sanctuary for animals and a marvellous refuge for travellers in search of an authentic experience. The deluxe suites and the presidential Zindoga Villa open onto their own private outdoor pool overlooking the dry riverbed. Explore the bush on foot or by vehicle to spot the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants. Experience unforgettably unique moments, enhanced by attentive service and sophisticated cuisine. ... Learn moreless
Camp Jabulani has a sister operation called the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) which is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of rare endangered species. This centre acts as an educational facility for young students who are invited to learn about animal rehabilitation and experience close contact care of orphaned and sick animals at this safe haven. The centre is a non-profitable organisation which ploughs all funds raised back into nature conservation in order to ensure the continued survival of endangered animal species. The centre has established itself as a leading authority on the breeding and research of endangered species and is well worth a visit.
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. This Private Game Reserve, endorsed by Nelson Mandela, is situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand game reserve. It is everything Africa ought to be – pulsing with the deep rhythm of the untamed Bushveld. The Reserve has been family run for 89 years where the fourth generation of the Varty Family welcomes you to this lodge situated in perfect harmony with the environment. It consists of three camps – Tree, Pioneer and The Private Granite Suites on the banks of the Sand River. The style is elegant and chic with the class of history. The cuisine highlights fresh, local ingredients and is served with flair surrounded by nature. ... Learn moreless
This short walk is best taken after breakfast. The village walk allows you to interact with many of our staff and their families who have lived and worked at Londolozi for over 30 years. Starting at the 1926 Sparta Camp, you pass through the Varty boma where the family fire has burned in the same place for over 86 years. Continuing on you pass on your left side the Cubs Den, where children are enthralled under professional tutelage in nature’s outdoor classroom. The walk continues to the entrance of the staff village, where an old Leadwood log serves as a rubbing post. Once you pass through the entrance, you arrive at the evocative land art installation called Freedom’s Way…
Londolozi is renowned for its unsurpassed leopard viewing. Visit the Londolozi website for a detailed recordal of this unprecedented relationship with wild African leopards at Londolozi spanning 3 decades. The story begins in 1979 when John Varty and Elmon Mhlongo developed a relationship with a single female leopard who began to tolerate humans in her presence. From then until now Londolozi is the place to visit for exceptional leopard viewing.
Londolozi is currently the only lodge in Africa to provide a complimentary daily yoga class. You can even select the option for a private yoga class in the luxury of your room or in the shade of your deck overlooking the river. Our fully trained yoga teacher at Londolozi has added the powerful elements of nature to the yoga experience, using both the natural energy of the location and tailor made Asanas, to create a yoga form which is suitable for beginners and intermediate practitioners.