Welgevonden Private Game Reserve: a photo journal by Lea Crafford

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve: a photo journal by Lea Crafford

We were honoured to host Lea Crafford, an incredibly talented lifestyle photographer, a few weeks ago at Ekuthuleni Lodge and Tshwene Lodge. We love how she captured so many beautiful moments through her lens. Have a look at some of her favourite photographs below and enjoy a small glimpse into her stay with us.

Photo Diary by Field Guide Donavin de Jager

Photo Diary by Field Guide Donavin de Jager

We couldn't be more grateful for our team of expert field guides here at The Outpost Lodge, including Donavin de Jager, who not only generously shares his remarkable passion and knowledge daily, but also manages to capture our special part of the world in all its glory through his lens too. Take a look at a few of his recent photographs below.

7 things to know before going on safari

7 things to know before going on safari

Embarking on a safari is incredibly exciting – being up close and personal with wildlife that you may have seen only on nature programmes or in books is truly an experience of a lifetime. To ensure that your first trip to the bush lives up to your expectations, we've put together a list of seven things to consider before setting off. Remember, we are here to help, so please get in touch should you have any questions whatsoever.

Q&A with travel blogger, Jared Ruttenberg

Q&A with travel blogger, Jared Ruttenberg

We recently hosted talented lifestyle and travel blogger, Jared Ruttenberg (of @JaredinCPT) at The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa and Kay and Monty. We chatted to him about his love for travel, the most memorable moments from his trip, his next bucket list destination and more.

Our Plettenberg Bay Holiday Checklist

Our Plettenberg Bay Holiday Checklist

Plettenberg Bay is often referred to as 'The Jewel of the Garden Route' and it only takes one visit to our special part of the world to understand why. We are incredibly privileged to call it home to three of our beautiful Rare Earth Retreats properties - our Country House, Kay and Monty and The Old Rectory. From sundowner spots, hiking trails and wine farms to beaches and spa treatments, there's so much to see and do in the area so here is a quick Plettenberg Bay holiday checklist.

The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa: Spa Special of the Month

The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa: Spa Special of the Month

Our Sanctuary Spa at The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa in Plettenberg Bay has been designed to revitalise and restore body, mind and soul. It's a place of absolute tranquillity and relaxation, welcoming our boutique hotel guests as well as anyone visiting or staying in this magical part of the world. Treatments range from massages and facials to manicures, pedicures and full body treatments. If you are in the Plettenberg Bay area or planning a holiday here, join us for a spa day and make the most of our Spa Special of the Month.

Magical weddings at The Outpost Lodge

Magical weddings at The Outpost Lodge

Each year, we are honoured to host a number of out-of-this-world weddings at The Outpost Lodge in the far north of the Kruger National Park. Dreaming of getting married under the great big African sky with the sound of the bushveld all around? The Outpost Lodge may be just the spot for your big day.

5 fun facts about giraffes

5 fun facts about giraffes

Known for their long necks, towering height and unique pattern, giraffes are one of Africa’s most iconic species and we are lucky to be able to spot them at The Outpost Lodge, Pel's Post, Tshwene Lodge and Ekuthuleni Lodge. Here’s the low-down on these gentle giants.

Dean, the honeymooners and the elephant

Dean, the honeymooners and the elephant

We couldn't be more grateful for our team of expert field guides at The Outpost Lodge, including Dean Oelofse who recently came face-to-face with an elephant when out on a walking safari. Thanks to his instinct, expertise and nerves of steel, our guests left The Outpost Lodge having had the most incredible experience, and a story to tell for many years to come.  See the moment for yourself below and read on to hear what Dean had to say about it.

The magnificent mopane tree

The magnificent mopane tree

The Outpost Lodge and Pel’s Post rest high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River in the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park. Our 24 000 hectare concession holds as much as 80% of the Kruger National Park’s total biodiversity and boasts diverse terrain and vegetation, including vast tracts of uninterrupted mopane scrub and woodlands. Here we take a close look at the magnificent mopane tree.

8 beautiful birds to spot in Welgevonden

8 beautiful birds to spot in Welgevonden

The Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is just three hours drive from Johannesburg and we’re lucky to call it home to our two lodges, Ekuthuleni Lodge and Tshwene Lodge. With approximately 300 bird species to spot in this magnificent stretch of bushveld, Welgevonden is a bird lovers paradise. These are our ‘must-see’ birds to add to your bucket list.

Introducing our spa at Tshwene Lodge

Introducing our spa at Tshwene Lodge

Next time you visit us at either Tshwene Lodge or Ekuthuleni Lodge in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, you’ll be able to unwind at our new spa. Restorative, rejuvenating and totally relaxing, we can't wait for you to join us.