Some getaways are just better in Autumn… We’ve selected the coolest (not coldest) in and around the Mother City.

From a farm cottage in a lush valley to a luxury suite in the mountain, Autumn escapes have never been as exciting and inviting. We’ve selected our favourites in the Cape.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Set in an indigenous fynbos forest amidst rolling hills of ancient milkwood trees, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an extraordinary place where endless nature and tranquil luxury converge. With views right down to the whale-watching capital of Walker Bay, this slice of serenity is a haven for nature-lovers and gourmet travellers alike.
Cosy cred Guests have the option of staying in the 11-suite Garden Lodge, 16-suite Forest Lodge, or one of two private villas – all of which are adorned with luxury furnishings, underfloor heating, fireplaces, heated towel rails, and fluffy robes and slippers for added comfort.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • guided nature walks and hikes
  • horse-riding safaris
  • fynbos safaris
  • marine safaris
  • bird-watching
  • beekeeping workshop
  • cooking classes
  • spa treatments
  • microlight flights
  • quad-biking
  • river cruises
  • whale-watching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R11 480 per night for two people (depending on season)

Where R62, between Montagu and Barrydale
Distance from CT 3 hours
Surrounded by ancient rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred, hidden place. It was once home to the San and Khoi people, and their paintings – some of which date back more than 3 500 years – can be seen at various points around the reserve. It’s around three hours drive from Cape Town but worth the trip for those seeking solitude (and the most dazzling array of wildlife in the Western Cape).
Cosy cred The nine luxury tents enhance the sense of intimacy and seclusion, with an expertly designed interior to protect from the outdoor elements, donned with comfortable furnishings and boasting a private deck with a Jacuzzi to heat things up. The main lodge features a crackling fireplace and a cosy lounge for pre (or post) game drive relaxing.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main lodge
  • two daily game drives with complimentary snacks and drinks
  • nonalcoholic beverages are all included in your stay
  • comprehensive guided walks
  • bird-watching
  • stargazing
  • boat safari (weather-dependent)
  • on-site relaxation retreat

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R7 400 per adult per night sharing (depending on season)

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Situated on a working farm in the heart of The Overberg, these converted containers are the perfect off-the-grid stay for an overdose of nature and seclusion (Copia means abundance in Latin). The cabins are self-catering, fully equipped with all the luxuries you could possibly need during your stay – ideal if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic getaway in the country. Simply pack your eats, drinks, and treats!
Cosy cred The three cabins – Copia, Lone Tree, and Waterval – offer spacious, insulated interiors, while the uninterrupted views of sweeping farmlands below ooze peace and tranquility, and are best enjoyed while soaking in your private wood-fired hot tub.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • wine tasting at Luddite or Beaumont Family Wines
  • eat out at Wildekrans or Gabriëlskloof

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 650 per cabin per week night (depending on season)
From R1 950 per cabin per weekend night (depending on season, two night minimum stay over weekends)
Please note There is limited to no availability until January 2020