Extraordinary: The guardians of precious fragments of South African Heritage

Extraordinary

The unprecedented nature of 2020 has deeply resonated with the need to cherish what we have and to value what makes our country exceptional. Extraordinary is proud to be the custodian of some of South Africa’s exquisite pieces of South African heritage.

Whether it is contributing to the innovative conservation of the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere at Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve or through our role as custodians of the pristine Mluwati Concession inside South Africa’s crown jewel, the Kruger National Park, Extraordinary remains steadfast in its guiding ethos that successful ecotourism must generate sustainable outcomes for the environment, for the surrounding communities, and for its commercial viability.

The dark times of our national lockdown has underlined the importance of community and protecting our legacy. Extraordinary is honoured to play a small role in this regard, both in the bush and in the iconic Mother City.

From the Victorian Art Deco heritage of the Cape Milner Hotel in the historic Tamboerskloof suburb of Cape Town to the preservation of an Iron-Age Sotho–Tswana Stonewall in the Greater Mabula Private Game Reserve, our guests are able to soak in the awe-inspiring remnants of our history in the lap of modern luxury.

The calls to explore our own country have never been louder. As much as South Africans around the country are waiting with abated breath for the next opportunity to travel, so too are we ready to welcome them with our unwavering hospitality.

Extraordinary: The guardians of precious fragments of South African Heritage

Our properties are taking every necessary precaution, in line with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBSCA) guidelines and enhanced by global industry-leading standards, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of our guests are maximised at all times.

“Dreaming of a future, taking the time to explore and learn about new experiences or technologies, finding a new meaningful connection to the environment or community—it’s all possible. Who will we be when we return to a post COVID world? It’s up to us—destiny often lies in the individual’s hands”, says Cindy Sheedy Walker, CEO of Extraordinary Sales and Marketing.

As Extraordinary plays its humble part in helping to rebuild our devastated tourism industry better and stronger than what it was before, we reaffirm our commitment to creating landmark tourist destinations that will generate sustainable benefits for the local community, for tourism, and for the conservation of our country’s inimitable heritage.

Extraordinary presents a distinctive collection of luxury lodges and hotels in Southern Africa. These destinations include a wide range from Cape Town to private concessions in the Kruger National Park through to the North West and Limpopo safari areas. Extraordinary boasts an impressive client base that extends beyond South Africa into Zimbabwe.

For more information, contact Cindy Sheedy Walker of Extraordinary on Tel: +27 82 779 4479, Email cindy@extraordinary.co.za today.

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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.

Adventure!

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!

 

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