Rare Earth Retreats is a family-owned collection of boutique properties in South Africa's most beautiful and enriching destinations. Our safari lodges, award-winning wine estate and exquisite heritage hotel offer our guests relaxed luxury, heartfelt hospitality and a welcoming feeling of home.
Rare Earth Retreats has an unconventional origin story – for one thing, it was never meant to be a travel and hospitality brand. Nearly 20 years ago, a handful of private holiday homes and investment properties were thrown together to create a commercial enterprise; nothing more than an experiment to test the viability of the concept.
The evolution of the company has been marked by good fortune, heartbreaking tragedy and no small amount of blood, sweat and tears; pivotal moments that have formed a tight-knit team passionate about crafting experiences that offer our guests a profound sense of belonging.
By crafting experiences that are unexpected, meaningful and considered, we hope to spark curiosity in our guests; bringing moments of wonder and joy into their stay. Whether it is marvelling at the raw beauty of the northern Kruger, going on a game drive in private Big 5 reserve or soaking up the serenity of the Garden Route, each hand-picked property allows our guests to find the perfect balance of excitement and tranquillity, and a grounding sense of perspective.
Our Rare Earth family works hard to create a welcoming feeling of home where people are embraced for exactly who they are. This innate sense of inclusivity is behind every element of the heartfelt service provided by our team and our commitment to bringing passion, intention and humility to everything we do. We do not strive to be perfect; we strive to be human.