Blissfully Off the Grid at Cabine Du Cap

The beautiful view from Cabine Du Cap

As we make our way off the R62 just outside Montagu, we start a slow and steady accent past rows of vibrant lemon trees of local citrus farms to Cabine Du Cap. We slowly start to feel a sense of letting go as the air becomes sweeter and the hustle and bustle of the local village fades out of sight. A sense of adventure begins to stir within . This is a moment you want to capture.

Nestled in the heart of the Klien Karoo you’ll find the blissful Cabine Du Cap awaiting you for a truly spectacular adventure.

We re greeted by the charming Joseph, Cabine Du Cap’s Onsite Manager, who checks us in and shows us around. One cannot but fall into the allure of this spectacular scenery. Not that far from the realities of day to day living, but far enough that your phone says No Service (there is however a fantastic Wifi connection available).

Once Joseph had handed us our walkie talkie and said “See you in the morning”, one gets the sense that you are on your own, in the best way possible. One begins to explore  the neat little trinkets and style with which Sam and William Mellor has set up the cabin. Sam, has given a lot of thought to the small details, so that if you need something you can be sure it’s there.

The beautiful view from Cabine Du CapThe picturesque view from our cabin looking out over the Fynbos.

At Cabine Du Cap you do nothing but relax, find a mountain to scale, or simply float in the plunge pool. You are completely surrounded by nature, and a short radio wave away from Joseph if you need anything.  There is a choice of sitting on the deck outside, or sitting inside for when the wind blows, either way you are well catered for.  Down a short path you will find the lovely plunge pool, neatly nestled into the fauna, with comfy sofas that are perfect for having evening drinks. A golden hour gin and tonic has never tasted so good.

Well used board games and painting tools lie scattered in a large box.  There’s also a well equipped kitchen to cook to your hearts content, and two braai areas to choose from. Multiple seating areas to find quiet time or indulge in afternoon reading, soaking up the sun, and of course, binoculars to test your bird watching skills. There is dramatic scenery wherever you look. Time seems to stand still.

The beautiful scenery at Cabine Du CapTime stands still at Cabine Du Cap as you look out over the beautiful scenery

The settings are picturesque and sunsets spectacular, and once night falls the stillness of the earth stands in reverence to a clear,  starlit sky.

Cabine Du Cap Outdoor Area

We also got treated to wonderful production, although I’m not sure that all guests get so lucky!

We spotted two Klipspringer in the fynbos near our

We spotted two small Klipspringer (Small Antelope) right next to us in the Fynbos. They skipped off. Image credit Wikimedia.

As you lounge your way through the day, swimming, hiking, reading, playing board games or bird watching you settle in for the sounds of nature as the night sets in. Its dark here ..You light up the house with a fire, candles, and kerosene lamps, setting the mood as you further indulge yourself in the wonder of the Klein Karoo.

After braaing, drinking and lapping it all up we all slowly slide into a gentle sleep, soaking up the fire as it burnt itself out.

Summer evening at Cabine Du Cap

We settled in for the evening, listening to the sounds of nature.

As if the little Klipspringers knew we were city slickers, not quite used to being off grid, they woke us up around 4am, feeding in the fynbos next to the cabin. Nothing like the sound of little antelope hooves rustling around the Fynbos in the black of the night to get the juices in us city folk going. 

You awake to the stillness of windless day, and the soft warmth of morning sun . The day would then begin with having  a (short) shower outside in the fresh open air, little luxuries like Africology botanical products are at your disposal. For the more adventurous, a bath stands on the open deck at the front to languish in under the open sky . We smell something delicious cooking and open the cabin to see the warm and friendly face of Joseph, happily making breakfast on the braai outside.

Cabine Du Cap's wonderful staff member Joseph making breakfast on the braai outside.We woke up to the smells of a fantastic breakfast being cooked for us on the braai by the always-friendly, Joseph.

Cabine du Cap has thought of it all. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, find quiet, time to relax and be with nature, Cabine Du Cap provides a unique experience and are taking the art of experience to a luxurious new level of enjoyment.  

What a wonderful two days we had. Thank you Cabine Du Cap for creating this space.

Prepare for avid bird watching at Cabine Du Cap

For bookings or more information visit www.cabineducap.com.

CREDITS:
Contributor: Simon Minitzer @siflyhi
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Wecshta
Images: Simon Minitzer @siflyhi
Location: Cabine Du Cap @cabineducap

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The Ultimate Safari Experience at Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba

“The African Bush – just the thought of it conjures up some fascinating images of breath-taking wilderness, sunrise safaris and a retreat far away from the city. Here your imagination becomes reality. I hope someday we’ll be able to share this with you.” — Sir Richard Branson
Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s Private Safari Game Reserve located in the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. Ulusaba is known for the quality of its safari experience, with some of the most experienced Rangers and Trackers in the country. 
Ulusaba means “place of little fear”. That’s because the koppie where Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan warriors with the perfect lookout point. Spend time at Rock Lodge and you’ll be flying with the eagles, or take a walk on the wild side back down to earth at Safari Lodge. In 2016, Ulusaba was voted number 1 amongst all top resorts and safari camps in Africa by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

For travellers in search of adventure, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers the ultimate safari experience. Located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve which borders Kruger National Park. During twice daily game drives you will have the opportunity to spot the legendary Big Five guided by expert rangers, traversing an area of 13,500 hectares. 
Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock Lodge, including the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and Safari Lodge. Rock Lodge has the best view in the Sabi Sand. Perched high on the summit of a koppie, with panoramic views over miles of bush, grab a pair of binoculars to see what you can spot. Within Rock Lodge is Cliff Lodge a two bedroom suite, perfect for some added privacy. Both Rock and Cliff Lodge are ideal for families with children of all ages.
Cliff Lodge 1 is a luxurious two bedroom suite with a spacious lounge with fireplace, separate kitchen and bar and also features a mini spa, gym and an outdoor deck with a large pool.
Cliff Lodge has some of the most spectacular views
Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed and some of the rooms are built ‘tree house’ style and you really get the feeling of being in the heart of life in the bush. Your room will provide fascinating views of the animals as they stroll past on their way to the nearby watering hole.
Rock Lodge rooms are all south facing with views over the vast landscape each from their own private balcony. Rooms are spacious and offer en-suite bathrooms with spectacular views.
Pool with a view! Take in the views while having a dip or spend your time lazing on a sun lounger.

A Typical Day at Ulusaba

We thought we would give you a little taster as to what you can expect on a typical day at Ulusaba! You can do as little or as much as you like, it’s completely up to you:
5AM Rise and shine
The early morning game drive sets off at 5.30AM, but before you depart enjoy a range of early morning teas, coffees and refreshments served on the main terrace.
5.30AM Off you go
Depart on the morning game drive in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, stopping for refreshments in the heart of the South African bush.
9AM Breakfast time
Retreat back to the lodge for breakfast with your Ranger. 
10AM It wouldn’t be a holiday if you didn’t have a bit of R&R
Enjoy any of the spa treatments in the Aroma Boma spa or for those seeking more adventure you can get up close and personal with the animals during a walking safari (don’t worry an armed Ranger and Tracker will be with you at all times!).
1.30PM It’s lunch time
Lunch is served often on one of the sundecks.
4PM Afternoon tea
Before heading off on the evening game drive enjoy afternoon tea served on the patio.
4.30PM Game on
It’s time to depart for the evening game drive. Search for those elusive nocturnal animals after sundowner drinks served in the bush. Next it’s onto Ulusaba’s Bush observatory where one of their game rangers will give you the chance for some stargazing in the South African bush.
8PM Dinner is served!
Enjoy dinner at the Lodge or in the heart of the bush, under the African skies around a blazing log fire. Enjoy the tribal dancers and singers for a truly authentic African experience.

What’s the weather like?

The landscape changes with every season, so each visit will give you a different perspective on the
African Bush. In spring and summer (October to April) the temperature averages 34°C. The days are glorious, the vegetation lush and the nights pleasantly warm. During autumn and winter (May to September) the days are moderately warm and sunny with an average temperature of 26°C, while the nights are cool and crisp.

Make a reservation

If you’d like to plan a stay at Ulusaba the best thing to do is give them a call! Their friendly staff can answer any questions you still have and advise on availability for the time of year you’d like to stay.
South Africa – Sales and Reservations
0800 056 343 (SA toll-free)
+27 (0)11 325 4405
UK Sales and Reservations
The Metro Building, 1 Butterwick, London
W6 8DL United Kingdom
0800 716 919 (UK toll-free)
+44 (0) 208 600 0430
USA Regional Sales office (New York)
65 Bleecker Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY
10012, United States of America
877 577 8777 (USA toll-free)
+(1) 212 994 3070
To make a reservation online visit  www.virginlimitededition.com/en/ulusaba. Please note online reservations at Ulusaba are only possible when booking for stays 30 days and beyond. For stays arriving within 30 days please contact the Ulusaba team on +27 (0) 11 325 4405 or email enquiries@virginlimitededition.co.za