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Unforgettable experiences beckon in South Africa’s oldest bioreserve, Kogelberg

The African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection provides the perfect escape to reconnect.

Just an hour outside of Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa lies an area of spectacular natural beauty and floral diversity. Nestled deep in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere in the Western Cape is one of South Africa’s most tranquil resorts and a perfect setting for couples to disconnect from the world and connect with each other.

The 100,000-hectare UNESCO-designated Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve close to the world-famous whale watching destination Hermanus is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful protected areas and is home to the Fynbos Floral Kingdom (the largest floral kingdom in the world).  It has the most complex biodiversity on our planet with more than 1,880 different plant species, 77 of these occur nowhere else in the world.

This biosphere is an area of multiple terrains from its magnificent white beaches and wild rocky shores with spectacular sunsets and seascapes. Set on the tranquil Bot River lagoon and surrounded by the sweeping greens of its signature golf course ranked as one of the top 10 in South Africa, the African Pride Arabella Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection, a wonderful getaway for nature lovers with a special appeal to romantics.

“Soaking in the sheer natural beauty of this region is an experience like no other. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities whether it be relaxing in the serenity of the landscape or a challenging hike along the valleys and waterfalls. It’s unique setting, with views across the lagoon and majestic mountains, make for treasured memories which couples will hold dear for many years,” said Wayne Siepman General Manager African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection.

The hotel boasts a wide range of five-star amenities, including the championship 18-hole golf course, exquisite on-site dining options, a fully equipped fitness centre, multiple swimming pools and an award-winning spa. The spa’s African Rainforest Experience is a world-first, with a two-hour sensory water and steam treatment using African products and inspired by African rains.

The location of the estate places guests close to a wide selection of outdoor activities included nature trails, an equestrian centre in neighbouring Kleinmond, and a variety of wine estates.  For guests looking for something more cosmopolitan, coastal town Hermanus, known around the world for its spectacular land-based whale watching, has a variety of eating establishments, art galleries, boutiques and street markets.

The brave at heart can rise early to go for a shark cage dive, and for couples seeking an adrenaline rush, activities such as tree-top zip lining, quad bike trail rides, sand-boarding and paintballing are all easily available

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is a celebration of nature with an abundance of exhilarating and relaxing experiences for couples to enjoy together.

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