South Africa's colourful, multi-cultural, multi-faceted and lively 'Mother City', Cape Town, is home to award-winning vineyards, beautiful golden beaches and, of course, the iconic, flat-topped Table Mountain.
It is precisely the Table Mountain National Park that defines this kaleidoscopic city, with its wild natural landscapes and cultivated areas, such as the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the historic Company's Gardens. Here you can abseil down the top of Table Mountain, go mountain-biking, hiking or paragliding off the top of Lion's Head.
Cape Town is also home to the magnificent African Pride 15 on Orange hotel, a deluxe boutique property offering the ultimate luxury experience in the city. Located right at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain, this exclusive hotel sits in close proximity to a varied array of attractions, such as the National Museum, Planetarium, Company Gardens and the Long Street Baths. World-class shopping and golf courses are also just minutes away.
Kariega Park and Game reserve
This private family-owned game reserve extends over 10,000 hectares of virtually untouched wilderness in the Eastern Cape. Home to a great variety of wildlife, this is one of the best places in South Africa to go on safari and spot the 'Big 5' (rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard).
Offering an authentic African safari experience combined with the comfort of premium accommodation in luxury rooms, the Kariega is one of the most spectacular places in the country from which to admire the natural beauty of South Africa and enjoy guided safari tours whilst enjoying the finest touches of chic African living.
During his time here, Ian stayed in the reserve's Ukhozi Safari Lodge, a cosy retreat oozing romance and intimacy. Beautifully nestled amidst the wild bushes, from each of the 10 luxury suites guests enjoy private plunge pools and decks, with spectacular views of the valley. From the stunning sunsets to the dramatic rainbows, it all can be observed from the comfort of your own cabin.
Route 62, Stellenbosh Vineyards and Robberg Nature Reserve
Meandering between Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route, the famous Route 62, a.k.a the 'Wine Route', is an unmissable route for anyone visiting South Africa. Taking in the strikingly different landscapes found along some of the country's most diverse regions, passing the likes of scenic rivers, orchards and vineyards, the Route 62 journey a is an adventure in itself.
Next on the South African itinerary we have Stellenbosch, the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape. This beautiful town sitting on the banks of the Eerste River is also known as the City of Oaks due to the large number of oak trees planted by the city's founder with the aim of gracing the streets and homesteads.
Ian's final stop in his South African adventure was at the Robberg Nature Reserve, a prestigious coastal region found along the famous Garden Route. The astounding bio-diversity in this reserve is truly striking, presenting a fine example of how animals and plants adapt to the interacting influences of land and sea.