Home to some of the best vineyards, with over 16 wine farms stretching from Harkerville to the Crags, we are lucky to call the Plett Winelands home to our boutique wine farm, Kay and Monty. The Plett Winelands is recognised both nationally and internationally as South Africa’s newest Wine of Origin region and boasts award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Méthode Cap Classique wines.
Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world and with over 350 recorded bird species in the area, Pel’s Post is a birder’s paradise. Situated in the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park, the wilderness surrounding Pel’s Post is vast and remote and is well known for its abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park. The most famous being the Pel’s Fishing Owl, after which the lodge is named.
Your accommodation is booked, your trip is all mapped out and it’s almost time to head off on safari. First thing on the to-do list - get your packing sorted! It can be a daunting task for the first time safari-goer but don’t stress, we’re here to help. We want your safari experience to be as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible, so here’s a basic list of the essentials to assist you in packing for your African getaway.
The Outpost rests high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River Valley in the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park in the 26 500 ha Big Five Makuleke Contractual Park. This vast and remote wilderness area is bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders, some of which can only be reached on foot. Enter, the walking safari.
We are delighted to introduce the brand new property in Rare Earth's portfolio, The Old Rectory. Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s best-loved coastal towns, The Old Rectory is an immaculately restored national monument, re-imagined into an intimate boutique hotel.
It is going to be one long road to recovery for the greater Plettenberg Bay and Knysna community after the fires destroyed so many homes earlier this month. But we will get there, and we need your help.
If you have visited us before, you may have met April Theledi, one of our incredible guides at Tshwene Lodge. April fell in love with the bush as a young boy while being a shepherd for his family and it is this passion that led him to become a key member of our team, bringing magic to every guest's visit. We chatted to him about what makes Tshwene so special, a typical day in the bush and his top tip for first time safari goers.
It has been a nightmare week for so many people in Plett and Knysna as the fires have ravaged the area leaving hundreds without a home. We are thankful that Kay and Monty, Rare Earth Country House and The Old Rectory escaped the blaze and also grateful for the incredible bravery of our firefighters and all those within our community who put themselves on the line to protect us.
The number one thing to pack before heading out on safari? Undoubtedly, your camera. Visiting the African bush is a magical experience and there will be countless moments that you will want to capture but don’t be intimidated by the fancy cameras and massive lenses that you may have seen before – a compact camera or smartphone can do the trick too. While we can’t promise you a winning shot, we can give you a few basic tips and tricks that will help you capture your safari experience as best as possible.
From the simple table settings and unstructured flower arrangements to the groomsmen arriving at the ceremony on their mountain bikes, it was a celebration of laid back elegance at Kay and Monty. We chatted to Raine and Cameron about their wedding day and how they kept it light, fun and down-to-earth.
Jonas is our Head Guide and Lodge Manager at Ekuthuleni Lodge. He's worked at the lodge for an incredible 18 years and his love for the bush and knowledge of the area is second to none. We chatted to him about how he became a field guide, what makes Ekuthuleni so unique and his top safari moment to date.
Looking for a luxury getaway in the bush? Well, look no further. The Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is just three hours drive from Johannesburg and we’re lucky to call it home for our two lodges, Ekuthuleni Lodge and Tshwene Lodge. Here are five reasons why you should visit.