Africa’s vast and beautiful animal kingdom includes creatures of all shapes and sizes who have learnt to survive in some of the most challenging conditions on earth. In this article, we take a look at some of Africa's most iconic safari animals, those that are often spotted at The Outpost Lodge, Pel's Post, Tshwene Lodge and Ekuthuleni Lodge, and the weird and wonderful quirks that make them so magnificent.
What will you tick off your travel bucket list in 2018? Whether it’s sipping sundowners looking down over Lanner Gorge, dipping your toes in the Indian Ocean or seeing your first whale breaching in the bay - the new year holds so many wonderful potential travel experiences and destinations. And we're here to inspire you! From embracing the digital detox to enjoying your first solo adventure, read our top seven travel resolutions for 2018 and start planning that dream trip.
It has been a truly incredible year for us here at Rare Earth, with the opening of our exclusive-use bush property, Pel’s Post, in the far north of the Kruger National Park and our brand new boutique hotel in Plettenberg Bay, The Old Rectory. Here we reflect on some of the highlights across our portfolio but, most of all, we thank each and every one of you for your ongoing support - we appreciate it so very much.
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 Outpost Lodge lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast and remote wilderness of approximately 26 500 hectares in the very north of the Kruger National Park. The region is well known for its abundant, year-round birdlife, with over 350 recorded bird species in the area and an impressive list of specials, The Outpost is truly a birdwatching paradise.
Plettenberg Bay, known to locals as 'Plett', is famous for its pristine beaches but for anyone new to the area, the amazing choice and seemingly endless miles of glorious coastline can be a little overwhelming. Where is the best spot to go? Which beach is safest for swimming and where will the kids love? To help, here's a quick guide to the wonderful beaches of Plettenberg Bay.
Most people believe birding is an art that takes years to master but in fact you have no need to be intimidated. You can pick up the basics of birdwatching in no time and you certainly don't need to have studied ornithology. There’s nothing stopping you from getting started either in your own garden or on your next trip. We’ve put together a basic guide which we hope will get you on the right track.
The African bush has long inspired artists who have painted and photographed its wonders, filmed its raw beauty and written books that capture the sights, sounds and feelings of its splendid wilderness. Channel your wanderlust with a few great reads that will prepare you for an African safari and inspire you to start planning your next getaway to the bush.
Samuel Japane is our resident birdwatching expert here at The Outpost and one of the best birding specialists in South Africa. He has been with us since 2014 and his knowledge and passion for birding is truly second to none. We chatted to him about what makes the Makuleke region so special and his recently released book, ‘The Unlikely Birdman’.
We feel lucky to have Executive Chef Kristine Moodie overseeing the dining experience at The Old Rectory and Kay and Monty Vineyards. Her cuisine emphasises fresh, organic ingredients and creative concepts, and she is dedicated to ensuring that every meal is unforgettable. We chatted to her about her new role and culinary background, her approach to food and her plans for our Plettenberg Bay properties.
We are lucky to call the Garden Route home to three of our beautiful Rare Earth Retreats properties - our Country House, Kay and Monty Vineyards and The Old Rectory - and so we were delighted with the news that the Garden Route has been recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This world-renowned status shines a light on the region's importance in South Africa and its rich coastal, marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
We were honoured to host talented lifestyle and travel blogger Natalie Roos, of Tails of a Mermaid, earlier this year at three of our luxury lodges - The Outpost, Pel's Post and Ekuthuleni Lodge - and are in awe of what beautiful scenes she captured in our special corners of this world. We chatted to her about her love for travel, her standout safari moments from her stay and her golden safari tips.