Experiential travel, Garden Route & Winelands

Get up close and personal with elephants, learn kitchen secrets from a chef, hurl yourself down a snowy mountainside, paraglide into paradise – if you're after an eye-opening, mind-expanding or pulse-quickening experience, these are the hotels for you.

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Elephant experiences

Elephant experiences

Move over big cats, we’re mad for the mighty pachyderms that are Africa’s largest land mammal. Visit The Crags Elephant Sanctuary and you can go on a walk with the ellies where they actually hold your hand with their trunks. Immerse yourself in their habitat around the clock with a spell at Gorah Elephant Camp. Addo National Park is home to the densest population of elephants, and Gorah is committed to the conservation of animal’s and their habitat.

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Tree chic

Tree chic

Whether backdropped by lush untouched forests or taking a canopy tour through Tsitsikamma, monkey fans will enjoy all the characters that swing by to say hello along the way. Stay at Grand Café in Plettenberg and they can organise a guided trail through the mountains and fynbos at Hog Hollow on horseback. Or sign up for a whirl at Tsala Treetop Lodge and you can make like a glamorous Tarzan and Jane in your own luxe stilted hut in the forest.

Find out more about Tsala Treetop Lodge