A day spent poolside is just what's needed for that holiday feeling and we have a wonderful selection of properties in our portfolio with the most incredible pools to cool off in this summer. From pool decks with views to rival them all to the best spots for a dip and a sundowner, dive into our list of out-of-this-world pools below.

Cape View Clifton, Cape Town

Every day is a pool day at Cape View Clifton – with chic decor, comfy sunloungers, panoramic views of the iconic Clifton and Camps Bay coastline, and a magnificent Cape Town sunset, every single evening. Plus, the lounge bar is just a few steps away. So whether you're having a post-beach G&T or cup of tea, a glass of wine before dinner, or a quick nightcap before heading to your suite, our deck is a good spot for it.

Ekuthuleni Lodge, Welgevonden Game Reserve

Relax next to the swimming pool overlooking sweeping, grassy plains at Ekuthuleni Lodge. It’s the perfect place to cool down between game drives, stretch out on a sunlounger and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the surrounding bush, and enjoy a famous African sunset at the end of an adventure-filled day.

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Pel’s Post, Northern Kruger

The pool deck at Pel’s Post is worthy of any travel bucket-list. Be serenaded by the sounds of the bushveld and enjoy uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Luvuvhu River below while you take a dip in the crystal clear pool and enjoy an ice cold drink. There is a comfy lounger with your name on it – all you need to do is sit back, relax and take it all in. Plus, with only four suites, you can book the entire place for your friends and family to enjoy in total privacy.

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The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa, Plettenberg Bay

After a full day discovering all that Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route has to offer, the magnificent pool deck at The Old Rectory Hotel & Spa is just the spot to relax, take a cooling dip and enjoy a few snacks or a delicious meal. Clean lines, contemporary-style and soft hues adorn the deck, with a grand milkwood tree and the beautiful sculpture, ‘Looking into your Sky' by Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, adding the finishing touches.

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Tshwene Lodge, Welgevonden

A dip in the pool at Tshwene Lodge is the perfect remedy for the heat of the day in the bush. The pool deck is tucked away amongst a canopy of trees whilst still affording spectacular views of the valley below and the hills beyond. The elephants in the reserve love the pool as much as we do and, if you’re lucky, you may get to witness one of these thirsty visitors popping in for a drink.

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The Outpost Lodge, Northern Kruger

No summer bush escape at The Outpost is complete without a dip in its turquoise pool. The pool deck is dotted with extra-large loungers making it a superb spot to unwind with a good book. Relax whilst feeling fully immersed in the surrounding landscape and listen to the chorus of birds that surround you.

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Rare Earth’s portfolio of luxury game lodges, country houses and boutique coastal hotels brings together some of South Africa's most iconic destinations and experiences. So if you would love to sip sundowners in the African bush; dip your toes in the Indian Ocean or enjoy your first whale sighting, get in touch and let us create your perfect holiday in South Africa.