Everyone loves exploring and traveling their way through the world; and while we can’t travel just yet, we will be able to travel again soon. In the meantime, we have the power of our imaginations to create some truly amazing travel plans for the near future. We invite you to come on a journey with us into the beautiful Karoo in Cape Town, South Africa.
With Lockdown in South Africa moving from Level 5, down to Level 4 on 1 May 2020 and then down to Level 3 on 1 June 2020, bringing an easing on restrictions of physical outdoor exercise and the 8pm curfew, everyone has welcomed the opportunity to step outdoors and walk, jog or cycle in Nature once again. For city dwellers without gardens and those who live in apartment blocks, the lockdown has been especially trying over the past few weeks and months.
Luckily travel, adventure and vacations spent marveling at the wonders of Nature lives on in our blood. Until we can travel over international borders again, our passion for local travel still courses through our veins. Until global travel restrictions open us, we encourage you to remember your best holiday experience, revisit your past travel #bucketlist, use your collective travel imaginations to explore the unknown or the lesser known parts of your destination and most importantly, start dreaming and planning what your next leisure travel plans for the future will look like.
To help you explore all the wonderous travel opportunities available to you in the Western Cape of South Africa, we have put together a few ideas for you for some heavenly travel inspiration and planning for your first trip into freedom from lockdown.
#1 Roadtrip into the Mountains
- There is nothing like the freedom of feeling the wind blowing through your hair on a road trip into the blue-tinged Swartberg Mountains and the open blue skies of the Great Karoo whether you are traveling on a motorbike, a family station wagon, a 4x4 off road vehicle or a hire car. There are two routes to getting to the Great Karoo and both are as delightful as each other; so we will leave it up to you to choose how to reach this vast breath-taking region of mountainscapes and open plains.
- Garden Route coastline: Travel up the green Garden Route of the Western Cape along the coastline with sightings of whales and dolphins and lush green forests and cliff-perching golf courses stretching from Mossel Bay to George, and Knysna to Plettenberg Bay. Turn inland at George and travel along the N12 passing through Oudtshoorn and onto the world renown Swartberg Pass to end your approximately two hour travel trip in the gorgeous town of Prince Albert nestled at the foot of the mountain where you will find De Bergkant Lodge ready and waiting to welcome you!
- Cape Town’s Route 62: The second and as beautiful road trip travel route into the Groot Karoo from Cape Town takes you through the world’s longest wine route of the Cape and along Route 62 passing through the lush wine-growing regions of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo. Stop off for an al fresco lunch, buy a curio or two and take a taste of some local brew, homemade olive oils or local bakes and jams. Arriving in the village of Prince Albert, you are invited to enjoy the many sporting, adventure and off-road activities available in our surrounding natural mountain playground such as some heavenly mountain hiking; or simply rest and relax by the pool (we have three pool areas to choose from); enjoy a massage in our spa or detox with a steam or sauna session.
#2 Solo Adventure Journeys
Ready to hit the road Jack … or Jill? Perhaps your idea of the perfect holiday escape is a journey into the unknown all on your own. The Karoo’s vast and empty landscapes are perfect for making a great escape far from the maddening crowds.
In the tiny town of Prince Albert you can be as social or in solitude to your own degree of preference. Take your camera or recording device and explore the mountain sides and lakes for birds of prey, succulent cacti biodiversity, pollinating insects and small mammals of prey that live life day to day in the pure air and open skies where sounds of beauty play out louder in the silence.
Enjoy guided ghost walk tours in town, take in a live show or movie at The Showroom Theatre just a short stroll away from De Bergkant Lodge’s front door; or take a yoga or cooking class. If it is pure peace and relaxation you are looking for, then relax in your luxury airconditioned De Bergkant Lodge suite, or take in the sun by the swimming pool and simply read a book.
#3 Reconnect to Nature Family Getaways
Social distances is likely to be around for a while that’s why it makes sense to take a holiday trip with the whole family. At De Bergkant Lodge we offer 9 double rooms and suites so no matter how big your family, it’s really no problem for us at De Bergkant Lodge and we invite you to book out our heritage manor hotel for your own private vacation time.
No kids? No problem either, we invite you bring your #furbabies along with you, we are pet friendly and most happy to host your four-legged members of the family in our four star luxury with you too.
After weeks and months in lockdown currently being experienced the world over right now; everyone is going to need a digital detox and what better way to do it than in Mother Nature with us here at De Bergkant Lodge in the beautiful Karoo of South Africa!