Kurland is set where the Outeniqua Mountains sweep down to the waters of the Indian Ocean along South Africa’s Garden Route, close to Plettenberg Bay. A small luxury country hotel with just 12 rooms, set on a vast 700 hectare estate of great natural beauty.
Accommodation & Facilities
The rooms are very tastefully decorated in a country house style with a lot of attention to detail, and the warm lighting of lamps and fire light adds a feeling of comfort. All the rooms are en-suite and 10 have loft rooms especially designed for children. There is also a beautifully appointed and tranquil lounge, library and dining room.
Wildlife & Activities
The hotel is surrounded by immaculate polo fields with adjacent stables, and horse rides are available for guests. There is a lovely swimming pool in the gardens for adults and some of the suites have private plunge pools. There is a tennis court, a small health spa and gym, quad bikes and mountain bikes, a 2km jogging track around the estate and hiking trails to explore. Alternatively guests can just relax on the spacious, shaded verandah. Children are very well catered for here, with a variety of facilities (all in a separate area to the main hotel) including an indoor and outdoor playground, a jungle gym, a separate children's outdoor swimming pool, bikes and horse riding.
The Roberts Family - LONDON, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2012 POSTED: OCT 2013
Absolutely flawless, from service to people to food. We will miss you all, thank you for making our kids feel at home!
Tracy Stevens - CALIFORNIA, USA
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
I was very excited about coming to Kurland having never heard anything bad about it and I'm pleased to say, I loved it! Set in stunning parkland and decorated in a very English way – with beautiful pieces of furniture, comfortab... Read More
I was very excited about coming to Kurland having never heard anything bad about it and I'm pleased to say, I loved it! Set in stunning parkland and decorated in a very English way – with beautiful pieces of furniture, comfortable sofas but not all necessarily matching gave it a unique charm.
Peter, the owner, was incredibly welcoming, hugely hospitable and clearly loves this place when it is full and buzzing with children. Ultimately, this is a working farm that is beautifully located near to the beach and Natures Valley – long white sandy beaches. They'll pack you a picnic for a beach trip, which We did this and it was delicious. It comes complete with beach fleece mats, towels and if you want the boogie boards, etc. they have these too. Nothing was too much trouble! Great for families and couples alike.Less
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in South Africa?
South Africa is very much a country of two halves in terms of climate, with the north or the country, including Kruger National Park, the Madikwe Reserve and the reserves of KwaZulu Natal experiencing very different weather throughout the year to that found along the southern coast in the Kwandwe Reserve and Cape Town.
January and February
In the north of the country these summer months in South Africa bring hot temperatures and some rain, but wildlife tends to be in good health and give birth to their young and migrating birds move through these areas. The clear air and dramatic skies mean photography can be great.
In the south the summer months are the best time to visit with sunny days and a much lower chance of rain.
March and April
In the north these months spell the end of the rains and can be a ‘mid-season’ for the numbers of safari visitors and prices. The bush becomes more lush and green and animals are in great condition. These months are a fantastic time of year to combine a safari in northern South Africa with a holiday in Cape Town.
Although autumn in the south of South Africa means cooler days, it’s still a great time to visit Cape Town and the southern coast, with the grape harvest being a draw to the Winelands of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl.
May to August
The north of South Africa is firmly into winter, although here this means clear sunny days and cooler evenings and nights – make sure you’ve got something warm for those early morning drives on an open safari vehicle. As the bush dies back wildlife viewing becomes easier as vistas open up and animals are also drawn to the remaining permanent water. Although these months are holiday months for Europeans, they're not for South Africans, so there can be some surprising bargains.
Winter in Cape Town and the southern coast of South Africa is the time the weather is at its most varied with clear days quickly becoming cold and wet. It’s a time for all but the most determined or hardy to steer clear of this area of the country.
September and October
Temperatures are climbing in the north and game viewing is very good. The land is starting to look parched, animals are driven to water and the dust in the air means sunsets can be spectacular. These are super months to combine a safari in the north with a stay in Cape Town.
November and December
The first rains can fall in the north of South Africa in November and December, but the short sharp showers that do fall can take some of the heat out of the air and leave a wonderful ‘post rain’ scent. Wildlife viewing is still very good and the first flush of new grass adds to the beauty of the scenery. A Christmas safari in the warmth is an excellent way to avoid the cold damp weather of the northern hemisphere.
Quite rightly these months are high season for holidays to Cape Town, South Africa’s Winelands and the southern coast. Days are hot and sunny and the evenings are warm enough to sit out and enjoy a fabulous meal al fresco.