Safe travels to Xigera Safari Lodge
County Mayo, Ireland
Originally built in 1865 for the Estate Manager of 800-year-old Ashford Castle, our elegant white-washed Lodge has views to rival the best in the world. Windows frame inspiring vistas out over placid Lough Corrib, one of Ireland’s largest lakes, backed by the rolling, emerald hills of Connemara.
The Lodge offers country house charm, fine dining in Wilde’s Restaurant and an exceptional collection of estate activities. This is one of Ireland’s finest wedding destinations, pairing warm Irish hospitality with a modern appeal.
Create your own craft gin in The Gin Lab at The Leopard Bar and discover the botanical bounty of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Let our talented mixologist be your guide through the fragrant world of craft gin, as you watch the sunset beyond the Atlantic Ocean. Using hand-harvested fynbos botanicals discover the essence of this classic spirit, an experience that ends with creating your own bespoke bottle of gin to take home.
Prices: Available on request
Get up close and personal with the African Penguins of Boulders Beach. Starting in the historic naval village of Simon’s Town, this two-hour guided kayak excursion leads you across the crystal-clear seas of False Bay to admire the thriving penguin colony from the water. Cape Fur Seals are common here too, while in Winter and Spring the waters of the bay are home to migrating Southern Right whales.
Price: R350 per person
An unforgettable day out in the company of Christo Brand; the former prison warder, and later a personal friend, of former president Nelson Mandela. Leaving from the V&A Waterfront a helicopter whisks you above Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years behind bars, as Brand unpacks the inside story of Mandela’s prison years. Flying above the Atlantic coastline, and then the Cape winelands, land at the magnificent Mont Rochelle Estate in the Franschhoek valley, for a guided wine tasting and gourmet lunch, before flying back to the city.
Price: From R73 450 for up to three passengers. Subject to availability
Savour unforgettable views with a hot-air balloon flight over the scenic Cape winelands. With the balloons fired up before dawn, you’ll watch the first rays of light wash across the vineyards, with vistas stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Drakenstein Mountains outside the historic town of Stellenbosch.
Price: R3900 per person. Available from November to April (weather permitting)