With the prevailing situation as it is, many South Africans are probably not going to be travelling abroad for the foreseeable future and would prefer to holiday closer to home… so, while acknowledging the seriousness of the COVID_19 virus, Cape Country Routes, South Africa, a leading group of owner-operated and managed Accommodation and Activity establishments (all carefully selected for their character, charm and romance and situated on the scenic and historic routes in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape) has put together hugely discounted packages at some of its top properties to encourage locals to Stay in SA – Play in SA. Many of the properties offer self-catering options as well for social distancing.

De Hoop Collection, in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples, groups, honeymooners and wedding parties, family reunions and birthday weekends and offers a wide range of accommodation types designed to suit all budgets. A comfortable three hour’s drive from Cape Town on the world-renowned Garden and Whale routes you can enjoy one of the last unspoiled gems in the Cape by taking advantage of its new Stay in SA, Play in SA special for all South Africans which is valid until 31 August 2020. A 40% discount on all accommodation types, excluding meals and park fees (many self- catering units are available where you can self-isolate) and no minimum night-stays required. All specials subject to availability – excluding Easter and event weekends. T’s & C’s apply. Booking is essential – phone 021-422 4522 or email res@dehoopcollection.co.za, www.dehoopcollection.com
De Hoop Collection is a member of Cape Country Routes.

The historic d’Olyfboom Family Estate is set against the majestic Paarl Mountain and overlooks the Boland town of Paarl, vineyards and surrounding countryside. Its comfortable accommodation comprises five individually decorated en-suite guest suites, each with beautiful views and all the amenities. Take advantage of a decidedly good d’Olyfboom discounted deal – a discount of 30% on a B & B booking of two or more nights – valid until 31 August 2020. When booking use the code: WINTER20. T’s & C’s apply.

The 4-star De Zeekoe Guest Farm surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, is situated only 7km outside Oudtshoorn (the Ostrich capital of the world) in the Western Cape. Its assortment of activities from hiking, birding, canoeing ( in rainy season), stargazing, swimming and massages, to a world-unique opportunity of ‘Walking with Wild Meerkats’ (Five Shy Meerkats) gives it a unique charm that makes an ideal destination for a visit or a stay over. Accommodation options range from stylish rooms at the main house to luxurious private cottages with own pool. To experience this hidden gem of the Klein Karoo you can take advantage of its upcoming Winter Special – a whopping 50% off all accommodation! AND this same fantastic Winter Special – 50% off all accommodation – is available at sister property, Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve. This exclusive and luxurious game lodge, situated 50 kms from De Zeekoe and 40 kms from Oudtshoorn on an expansive 4 000-hectare private reserve, offers nine private luxurious bedrooms (all en-suite, some with air-conditioning) and stunning views of the mountains and river – you can enjoy facilities and activities like guided game drives – where you will get to see a variety of buck species – guided hiking trails, mountain biking (bring own bikes), swimming, stargazing and delicious cuisine. T’s & C’s apply. Booking is essential. This Winter Special – valid to end August 2020 – is available at both De Zeekoe and Wildehondekloof.

Also in the historical heart of Stellenbosch, the beautiful Evergreen Manor and Spa, with its two Victorian mansions boasting 15 spacious rooms, two lounges, sun deck, swimming pool and spacious patio overlooking a tranquil garden and pool area, has an excellent “Stay 3 – Pay 2” Special, plus free wine tasting and Spa discounts. Stay three nights, pay for only the first two and you’ll be treated to a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Lanzerac, and receive a 15% discount on any of the massage treatments offered at the Wellness facility. Offer valid 1 May to 30 October 2020. T’s & C’s apply.

Dating from the 1870s and rebuilt in the 1920s, the rural Art Deco 4-star Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu on South Africa’s scenic Route 62 offers classic country comforts, friendly service, traditional cuisine and classic and luxury accommodation. This top Cape Country Routes property has two Play & Stay in SA Specials – for its Classic Rooms at R483 per person sharing per night – Bed and Breakfast (single supplement R542.50) and its Luxury Rooms at R763 per person sharing per night – Bed and Breakfast (single supplement R917) This is a nett rate and the Special does not apply to the African Hut or Luxury Suite. These offers are subject to availability and are valid to 31 August 2020. T’s & C’s apply.

Naries Namakwa Retreat – a privately owned 6000ha farm, dedicated to conservation and sustainable living – is a beautiful and romantic hideaway situated between Springbok and Kleinzee in the Western Cape. This hallmark Cape Country Routes property has two super Stay in SA, Play in SA deals on offer: Manor House and Self-catering*: Buy one night – get one free! Book more than one night at either of these two accommodation options and only pay for only one night – this special is valid to 31 July 2020, and EXCLUDES meals (these can be booked and paid for as an additional extra – breakfast- R185 per person, dinner -R395 per person). When booking use the code: LOCAL2020. T’s and C’s apply. Mountain Suites: Book two or more nights and get 30% off – Book for two or more nights and get 30% discount on your booking – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast – valid to 31 July 2020. Booking ref: use the code WINTER20. T’s & C’s apply.

Bookings for all specials are essential and must be made through Cape Country Routes (apart from De Hoop Collection) at:
CCR Central Reservations: 076 203 8929 (also WhatsApp), bookings@capecountryroutes.com

*In keeping with new protocols regarding the Coronavirus, all the Cape Country Routes properties are adhering to stringent health and safety cleaning protocols – the safety of guests and staff being of the highest priority.

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