• Are you yearning for a transformative experience but can’t quite afford to jet off to far-flung destinations like Elizabeth Gilbert did in Eat, Pray, Love? Fear not, you can have your local version of this journey, right here in SA!

    Once you’ve opened yourself up to the hidden gems of our shared region, you can embark on your journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Whether it’s indulging in new culinary experiences, seeking spiritual fulfillment, or simply taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s no shortage of local destinations that offer the opportunity to connect with your inner self.

    So pack your bags, open your mind, and join us on a journey of exploration and self-discovery:

    Where you can eat

    When it comes to food, SA’s culinary capital, Cape Town, is the first stop on your list. Eat your way across the Western Cape and remember, it’s okay if you need to size up your jeans along the road, Elizabeth Gilbert did…

    FYN in Cape Town


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    FYN has made a name for itself by offering a truly unforgettable dining experience, with delectable cuisine, sophisticated decor, and unparalleled ambiance that simply can’t be found elsewhere locally. It’s no surprise that FYN has earned a coveted spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Drawing inspiration from Japanese culinary traditions with an added African twist, FYN’s menu will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

    Kloof Street House in Cape Town

    If you’re looking for a magical dining experience, look no further than Kloof Street House. Nestled at the foot of the bustling Kloof Street, this enchanting restaurant is housed in a Victorian building surrounded by a fairy-lit garden. With its brasserie-style menu and cozy atmosphere, Kloof Street House feels just like home. And during those warm summer nights in Cape Town, the garden bar is the place to be.

    Tintswalo in Cape Town 

    The stunning Tintswalo Atlantic has always been revered for its unbeatable location, perched right on the ocean’s edge. Experience the breathtaking views of Chapman’s Peak and the crashing waves while enjoying a leisurely tapas lunch. It’s an experience like no other in Cape Town and one that’s sure to leave you with unforgettable memories. So go and bask in the beauty of Tintswalo Atlantic and indulge in your culinary adventure, before heading off for some spiritual fulfillment.

    Where you can pray

    Spiritual fulfillment is often conjured by a sense of peace and quiet. Immersing yourself in the environment, culture, and people around you, and stripping down to the basics. Taking a step back and reflecting on life, separating from day-to-day living to gain a better perspective on where you’re at.

    Londolozi Game Reserve in Sabi Sands 


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    Londolozi Game Reserve is a world-renowned healing hotel where guests can reconnect with nature and enjoy a luxurious safari experience. The name “Londolozi” derives from a Zulu word meaning “Protector Of All Living Things”, highlighting the reserve’s commitment to conservation and sustainability. Located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. Londolozi is an idyllic getaway for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the African wilderness.

    Bodhi Kaya Nature Retreat in Overstrand


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    From guided meditations to rekindling your spark on the yoga mat and getting involved with environmental projects based on reforestation and regeneration, Bodhi Kaya Nature Retreat is the perfect way to unwind and connect with yourself and your surroundings in absolute peace and harmony.

    Satori Retreat in Drakensburg

    Lap up life in the slow lane at Satori Retreat. Escape to the tranquility located on the southernmost tip of the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of Inhlosane Mountain and the surrounding landscape. Choose one of two off-the-grid accommodation options, relax in solitude, or explore the area’s popular hiking and adventure bike trails.

    Where you can love

    Love comes in all shapes and forms. Whether you’re looking to spark up a romance someplace beautiful, or you’re looking to reconnect with what you already hold dear, these are the spots that will set the atmosphere.

    Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Gansbaai

    The multi-award-winning Grootbos is the perfect destination for a love trip, with its stunning focus on protecting and showcasing the local fynbos and fauna. The chalets in Forest Lodge offer breathtaking views of the colourful fynbos and the Walker Bay where whales can be spotted in season. The food is exquisite, paired with local wines, and there are plenty of activities to indulge in, from outdoor spa treatments to romantic horseback rides and beach picnics.

    Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa in Port St. Johns


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    Bask in the tranquil surroundings of Umngazi River Bungalows, with its scenic views of the river and sea. The resort provides a remote getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, surrounded by Xhosa huts and hills. Families can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, while adults can relax, unwind, and fall in love.

    La Cotte in Franschhoek


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    This decades old farm in Franschhoek village is a peaceful retreat with beautiful gardens and mountain views. Stay in one of the quaint one-bedroom Forest or Orchard Cottages or beautifully appointed Manor House Pool Rooms, and enjoy fine wines and exquisite food at La Cotte Restaurant, where love resides in a bowl of pasta.

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    Written by Savanna Douglas for Woman&Home.

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