South Africa is Open-Restore, Reset, Rejuvenate

Kwandwe - Restore, Reset, Rejuvenate (blog)

From our newsletter sent out 1 December 2020.

We are positively bursting with happiness that South Africa is now open to international travellers. The country is looking lush and vibrant after some excellent rains and we could not think of a better destination to restore, reset and rejuvenate after a really tough year.

WHY SOUTH AFRICA – the fun stuff
* Outstanding wildlife, not only the “Big Five”, but also a host of other exceptional wildlife including some of the best cheetah, meerkat, aardvark, pangolin and shark-diving on the continent.
* Privacy – we can arrange for as much privacy as you desire, from private dining and private game drives to private villas and private air travel.
* Fine wines and excellent cuisine.
* As we head into summer you can escape the northern winter.

WHY SOUTH AFRICA – the boring stuff
* Excellent health and safety protocols – arguably some of the best in the world.
* World-class private hospitals and medical care that is easily available in the event of an emergency.
* Well trained lodge and hotel staff that adhere to strict hygiene standards.
* Should you request it we will arrange private on-site COVID-19 PCR testing within the comfort of your hotel. Testing is also available at Johannesburg International airport on departure.

We are celebrating with a number of promotions below and would LOVE to have you join us, so please email us if you would like to learn more.

Warm regards from Jen, Simon and the Bellingham team.


Kwandwe is home to one of the country’s largest private game reserves, protecting a number of endangered species, including black and white rhino, and a good population of highly viewable cheetah. The reserve features 30 km of spectacular privately owned river frontage of the Great Fish River. Kwandwe means “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa and is home to a population of these majestic birds.

LODGE OPTION: from R10 370 per person sharing.
PRIVATE VILLA OPTION: Fort House, Uplands Homestead and Melton Manor are perfectly suited to a cocooned, private villa safari with families. From R44 330 per villa per night.
PROMOTION: Stay 4 or 5 nights and receive 10% off
Stay 6 or 7 nights and receive 15% off
Stay 8 nights or longer and receive 25% off
VALID: all year.



Grootbos is set in a beautiful mountain range close to the world-renowned whale watching town of Hermanus and shark-diving town of Gansbaai. This award-winning 6,170-acre reserve is home to more than 790 plant species, including endangered Overberg sandstone fynbos and ancient milkwood forests.

LODGE OPTION: from R6 300 per person per night (kids under 4 yrs stay free).
PRIVATE VILLA OPTION: from R95 000 per villa per night.
PROMOTION: 30% discount on lodge rates.
VALID: 21 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021



Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is South Africa’s largest private game reserve protecting over 100,000 hectares of the Kalahari. Pangolin and Aardvark are two extraordinary mammals seen here more frequently than anywhere else. Meerkats can be viewed at close range, thrilling visitors with their enchanting antics.

LODGE OPTION: from R26 400 per person sharing (kids under 12 stay free).
PRIVATE VILLA OPTION: Tarkuni private homestead from R108 000 per night.
PROMOTION: Stay 3 pay 2 OR stay 7 pay 5
VALID: 1 November 2020 – 28 February 2021



Singita has properties in the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park, two of the most productive wildlife viewing reserves in South Africa. The Sabi Sand is particularly well known for sensational leopard viewing. Singita is the epitome of service excellence with perfection in every detail.

LODGE OPTION: from R30 510 per person per night.
PRIVATE VILLA OPTION: from R229 900 per villa per night.
PROMOTION: Book a combination of 5 nights at any Singita Sabi Sand and Singita Kruger National Park lodges, and receive 1 night complimentary as well as 1 inter-lodge flight per person.
VALID: 6 January – 14 December 2021



Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s private reserve which lies within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, undoubtedly the most prestigious reserve in South Africa. This private reserve shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park and wildlife roams freely between the private reserve and the vast neighbouring National Park.

LODGE OPTION: from R12 000 per person per night.
PRIVATE VILLA OPTION: from R22 200 per person per night.
PROMOTION: Stay 4 pay 3.
VALID: Valid 2 January – 30 June and 1 September – 21 December 2021


Photo credits: Lodge photos by suppliers.