There’s more to South Africa than first meets the eye. The country has world class cities and ‘Big Five’ safaris, and you might even have heard of the pristine beaches and world-class vineyards. But did you know that South Africa is also home to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled marine reserves in the world? Or that the coastline offers encounters with rare marine mammals?
Natural Selection’s collection of boutique coastal lodges will allow you to combine your lion tracking and wine tasting with whale-watching and coastal walks quicker than you can say, ‘Where should I go next?’ In late 2017 or early 2018, Natural Selection will open Beach Lodge in De Hoop Nature Reserve, an easy three-hour drive from Cape Town. Watch southern right whales mating and calving, and dolphins frolicking in the surf right in front of you. And if you’re feeling active, there’s something for you too- fat bikes along the beach, superb walks and a stunning vulture colony and ‘restaurant’. Next, we’re going to the Wild Coast in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, to Mkambati Game Reserve, one of the most sublime coastal reserves anywhere in Africa. Magic ingredients include tumbling waterfalls and gin-clear rivers, deep gorges, rolling grasslands, pockets of dense forest and secluded beaches. And the cherry on top? Gwe Gwe Lodge (due to open its doors in late 2018 or early 2019), located inside the reserve right on a sugar-sand beach, offering subtle seaside style.