Cra­dle Bou­tique Ho­tel


Getaway (South Africa) - - CRADLE OF HUMANKIND -

On an el­e­vated site within the 7 000-hectare Cra­dle Na­ture Re­serve in Krom­draai, rich in on­go­ing fos­sil finds and sweep­ing views across the bush to the dis­tant Ma­galies­berg, the Cra­dle is my top lodge pick. It’s ex­clu­sive – just 16 thatched, tim­ber bun­ga­lows and a hon­ey­moon suite; stylish, with un­clut­tered, con­tem­po­rary Afro-chic decor, big com­fort­able beds, qual­ity li­nen, and equipped with pri­vate decks and all the mod cons: air con, mini­bar, TV, tea/cof­feemak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, free Wi-Fi. The nat­u­ral pool – deep, chem­i­cal-free and crys­tal clear, fil­tered by lilies – is a great fea­ture. The dou­ble-vol­ume restau­rant, with glass win­dows and doors that slide back to pro­vide seam­less flow to the out­door deck, serves good grub along with 180-de­gree bush views. On of­fer (at an ex­tra fee) are daily game drives and na­ture walks with guides, as well as an ex­clu­sive tour to two fos­sil digs, in­clud­ing Malapa Cave where Prof Lee Berger found Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus sed­iba in 2008. Great ser­vice, good value; book now.

ROOM TIP The orig­i­nal, cheaper lux­ury cat­e­gory of rooms on ground level ac­tu­ally en­joy the bet­ter front-row lo­ca­tion. Ex­ec­u­tive rooms on the sec­ond level are big­ger – enough to take ex­tra beds.

COST From R1 420 pp shar­ing B&B. Use the code ‘GET­AWAY’ when book­ing on­line for a 10 per cent dis­count un­til the end of the year.

CON­TACT 087-353-9599, cradle­ho­

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