Heavenly hideaways – South African lodges the locals love

Every country has them – places people love because they hold memories of childhood – freedom and happiness. They don’t necessarily have to be five-star resorts or at the centre of tourist action, but that is part of their charm. Here are a few from South Africa. They are mostly are off the beaten track, are beloved by locals, offer a range of activities, are child friendly and, for overseas visitors, absolute bargains thanks to Australia’s exchange rate. A small catch – there are often dirt roads to negotiate, especially on the Wild Coast, but it’s worth it. Here’s my story, published in The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age Travellers on July 13, 2014.

Heavenly hideways

You can also read it here on the smh.com.au Traveller website: http://www.traveller.com.au/south-africa-lodges-heavenly-hideaways-3bmbk

About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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