Sabi Sands (a private concession adjacent to the Kruger National Park) is famed for leopards and perhaps no lodge is as well known for their relaxed leopards as Londolozi. While leopards are the main draw, overall the game viewing is incredible making this an ideal first spot for first time safari goers or wildlife enthusiasts.
For urbanites looking for a back to the land experience Babylonstoren is the place to decamp and unwind for a weekend. A working farm and wine estate, Babylonstoren is an unpretentious place where you can collect eggs for your breakfast or chill with a glass of wine and a good book in the garden. The farm is easily reached by car from Cape Town and while it would make a lovely day trip, I suggest booking a room at the hotel to take full advantage of all of the farm activities.
One year ago today, I started this blog. Sharing a table is a public, albeit heavily edited, letter to my friends, family, and strangers about my life in South Africa. For me, this blog has kept me sane, pushed me to visit new places because it might make a good story, provided a much needed distraction during rough patches, and ultimately is something I am immensely proud of.