Winter in South Africa doesn’t have to be a season of hibernation. Instead, it’s the perfect opportunity for locals to explore our own backyards and discover the hidden gems that await. Here are three must-visit winter destinations in South Africa, sure to offer visitors a most memorable winter getaway.
Get ready to venture off the beaten track and uncover the magic of Sandcastle Luxury Villa in the Eastern Cape, Summerhill Guest Estate in KwaZulu Natal, and Southwinds Estate in the Western Cape.
These three destinations offering unparalleled beauty, luxurious accommodations, and a host of activities, making them ideal, easily accessible winter getaways for South Africans.
Sandcastle Luxury Villa | Westley Conservancy, Eastern Cape
Nestled in an ancient coastal forest along the pristine beaches of the Eastern Cape, Sandcastle is a dream come true for those seeking a tranquil winter escape. This stunning property with its breath-taking architecture is situated on a private nature reserve and boasts picturesque views of beach and bush at every turn.
The villa’s luxurious amenities, including spacious en-suite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and private chef, open plan entertaining areas, and two private swimming pools, provide the perfect sanctuary for relaxation – set against a backdrop of giraffes strutting along the garden and the sound of crashing waves creating a soothing soundtrack for your stay.
The Villa’s surrounds offer excellent opportunities for game drives, bush walks, fishing, surfing and even whale watching. While yoga and spa treatments can be organised for your stay too.
The region also known as the Sunshine Coast (an area with on average over 300 days of sunshine per year, and an average winter temperature of 24°C), makes it a must-visit destination all year round but one perfectly suited for Winter.
Summerhill Guest Estate | Cowies Hill, KwaZulu Natal
Situated a mere 15 minute’s drive from the Durban beachfront, lies a sanctuary within the scenic suburb of Cowies Hill, KwaZulu Natal, Summerhill Guest Estate – offering a charming winter retreat surrounded by lush greenery. This elegant estate combines comfortable sophistication with a serene garden oasis, creating an idyllic environment for relaxation and rejuvenation.
The Estate is known for its unique location between the Natal Midlands and Durban’s beachfront. Boasting spacious and elegant en-suite bedrooms together with lush green park-like gardens, it’s the perfect place for a mid-year break. From long-walks in one of three nature reserves which surround the guest estate to an in-room spa treatment, everyone will find a way to relax and unwind at Summerhill.
The Estate is also home to the 2022 Eat out Woolworths restaurant of the year, The LivingRoom. A must-visit for the culinary traveller, the restaurant by Chef Johannes Richter, showcases KwaZulu Natal’s culinary diversity from garden to plate, expressed through his fine French training and passion for Asian techniques. The food paired with premium wines and top-notch hospitality for a most memorable dining experience.
Southwinds Estate | Hermanus, Western Cape
Located just off the R43, in the picturesque town of Hermanus, Southwinds Estate is a hidden gem offering an unforgettable winter retreat. Surrounded by 12 acres of fynbos and woodlands, this expansive luxury manor house is a haven for whale watching enthusiasts, combining modern sophistication with luxurious comforts.
As winter descends upon Hermanus, Southern Right Whales migrate to the nearby Walker Bay, providing a breath-taking spectacle for visitors. From the comfort of Southwinds, it’s just a short drive to the beach to witness these majestic creatures breaching and playing in the ocean, creating an awe-inspiring experience. The glass-walled sunroom of the house provides panoramic views of the garden, allowing you to savour the beauty of nature while enjoying the warmth indoors.
With its luxurious eight en-suite rooms with 1000 thread count sheets, and self-catering kitchen, Southwinds offers a peaceful sanctuary for relaxation between your adventures. If desired, a private chef can be arranged to elevate your culinary experience. The estate also offers private access to the lagoon, allowing guests to engage in water activities or simply unwind by the water’s edge.
South Africa’s winter destinations, including Sandcastle Luxury Villa, Summerhill Guest Estate, and Southwinds Estate, showcase the country’s diverse beauty and provide the perfect setting for a memorable winter’s stay. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a combination of both, these destinations offer luxurious accommodations and a range of activities to suit every preference. Embrace the charm and tranquillity of these remarkable locations and create lasting memories amidst South Africa’s winter wonders.