See Pakamisa's giraffes from the saddle of a horse.

Discover the taste of paradise at this perfect hideaway. If you are looking for something a little less formal but nonetheless exclusive, then this lodge is for you. There are views from almost anywhere on the property, not least from your private veranda. The eight suites are huge, with elegant furniture and superb bathrooms.

Activities include archery, clay-target shooting, bushwalking, game drives and riding. At Pakamisa, the superior game-viewing vehicle is a horse. And these creatures, trained by the owner Isabella, are bred to be more than merely a mode of transport. Exciting game viewing is offered on horseback for people of all riding abilities. To work off the calories, bushwalks and mountain bike trails await.

For the more laid-back options, visit the beautiful library or enjoy the impressive collection of rare African artefacts and paintings in the enormous, high-ceilinged entrance hall. Otherwise, pull up a basket chair, drink in hand, and lap up the lovely big pool and sprawling views beyond.

Meals are an occasion; enjoy mouth-watering breakfasts to delicious alfresco lunches on the panoramic veranda of the award-winning El Prado restaurant. Contemporary and international cuisine is beautifully presented, enhancing a traditional dining experience in the elegant dining room or “Out of Africa” style under the stars. The restaurant has an exceptional wine list and offers game specialities.

Travel Club members get a 10 percent discount until the end of October.

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