Each suite features specially-commissioned furnishings, plunge pools, glass fronted bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and never ending views of the bush – the wooden sculptures in the grounds by South African artist Geoffrey Armstrong, adding to the ambience. For further indulgence, the Amani Spa at Earth Lodge proposes a host of relaxing treatments; its skin and body rituals designed to naturally inhibit the ageing process. Dine alfresco in the dramatic boma, where the walls are sculpted from tree roots, or choose the dining area above the watering hole for fine African-fusion food accompanied by rare and special wines from the 6,000 bottle cellar. To end each day, join your fellow guests under multi-hued skies to recount the adventures of the day over sundowners.
A year round destination, but expect cooler weather in the Eastern and Western Capes during winter, between June and August. Mpumalanga stays warm year round with temperatures, humidity and rainfall all increasing in the summer months between October and March. The whales return to the waters around Hermanus from July to November, and the spring months of August and September are particularly colourful along the Garden Route.
The prime time for game viewing is generally the drier winter and spring months from April to September when animals frequent the waterholes. During the wetter summer months between October and March, animals can still be viewed but are more widely dispersed – from December to February there may be more sightings of newborn animals.
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