Dune Lodge

Discover the Heart of Southern Africa: A Journey from the Peaks of Eswatini to the Shores of Cape Town

Embark on a captivating journey through the soul of Southern Africa, from the mystical mountains and valleys of Eswatini to the serene beaches of Cape Town. This journey isn’t just about discovering breathtaking landscapes; it’s about uncovering a home in the heart of adventure, culture, and tranquil seaside serenity. Our selection of lodges—Lidwala Lodge, Wide Horizons Mountain Retreat, and Dune Lodge (formerly Hout Bay Backpackers)—pride themselves on offering more than just accommodation. They are sanctuaries that offer an authentic immersion into the essence of Eswatini and South Africa’s spectacular wonders.

Lidwala Lodge: Unveil Eswatini’s Spirit

Nestled in the lush Ezulwini Valley, Lidwala Lodge is your gateway to exploring the rich cultural tapestry and vibrant natural landscapes of Eswatini. It’s more than just one of the best Lodges / accommodation offerings in Ezulwini; it’s a home away from home where adventure activities in Eswatini beckon. Here, adrenaline-pumping mountain biking trails and tranquil hiking opportunities are just the beginning – and available from your doorstep. Enjoy the vibe of local culture with a visit to a nearby Eswatini cultural village, or time your visit to coincide with one of the country’s mesmerizing and vibrant cultural festivals like the Reed Dance or Incwala Ceremony. These ceremonies will give you firsthand experience of Eswatini’s cultural dynamism. Lidwala Lodge doesn’t just offer a place to stay in Eswatini; it offers an experience steeped in Swazi heritage and natural beauty.

Wide Horizons Retreat: Tranquil Country Life

As your adventure unfolds into the heart of Eswatini, Wide Horizons Mountain Retreat emerges, cradled by the majestic mountains that sculpt the nation’s landscape. This eco-friendly lodge isn’t just an accommodation offering; it extends an invitation to reconnect with the earth beneath your feet and nature all around you. Bird watching enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise, surrounded by Eswatini’s diverse avian life. Hiking junkies can explore the numerous trails that crisscross the area, offering panoramic views of Eswatini’s exquisite landscapes. For those seeking solitude and the need to totally unwind, our space provides a serene escape for exactly that. The gorgeous garden setting, will rekindle your flame and make you fall in love with this wonderful Kingdom.

Dune Lodge: Cape Town’s Coastal Gem

You can drive or fly from Eswatini to Cape Town. The flight is only 2 hours. (The drive is long but worth it) You will need to stop off along the way, and spend 2 or more nights en route, making the most of exploring other special places in South Africa. Your voyage will lead you further south to Dune Lodge in the picturesque enclave of Hout Bay, Cape Town. Merging the thrill of a traveller’s escapade with the peacefulness of coastal life, this lodge has blossomed from its roots as Hout Bay Backpackers into a sanctuary for those drawn to Cape Town’s dynamic culture and natural splendour. From seal watching in the bay to hiking the renowned trails that offer stunning views of Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Sentinel as well as the beauty of the Bay, Dune Lodge is the perfect base for those seeking adventure and relaxation. The lodge’s proximity to local Friday night markets and stylish restaurants allows guests to savour the flavours of Cape Town, making it a wonderful stop for families, solo travellers, business travellers and everyone in between.

Things to do in Cape Town

Theres so much to do in the Cape, offering an abundance of activities in Hout Bay and close by. Explore what’s available and at the core of your Cape Town adventure before penning the final chapter. Meet the penguins at Boulders Beach, take all-around views from the world-famous Table Mountain, and visit the lively V&A Waterfront. Watch the whales at close coastlines and have an opportunity to walk in the botanic paradise of Kirstenbosch Gardens. There’s an experience in Cape Town that layers on your story, tempting you out to explore everything from the natural splendors to the cultural vibrancy of this city. And there’s more …

In addition to the captivating experiences Cape Town offers, any journey to this part of the world wouldn’t be complete without delving into the historic winelands of Stellenbosch. Surrounded by vineyards and majestic mountains, Stellenbosch is not only a feast for the eyes but also a paradise for wine lovers. Embark on a wine-tasting adventure, navigating through the numerous vineyards that sprinkle the landscape. Each winery presents a unique encounter, from savouring award-winning wines to uncovering the intricate process of wine-making. Stellenbosch offers an unforgettable excursion through South Africa’s most renowned wine country, ensuring a must-visit destination for those eager to immerse themselves in the finer aspects of South African culture and hospitality.

A Journey Through Southern Africa

From the cultural richness of Eswatini to the natural beauty of Cape Town, this journey through Southern Africa offers something for every traveller. Whether you’re drawn to the peaceful retreats nestled in the mountains of Eswatini or the coastal charm of Hout Bay, our lodges – Lidwala Lodge, Wide Horizons Mountain Retreat, and Dune Lodge – provide the perfect settings to explore, relax, and create unforgettable memories. Join us on this adventure through Southern Africa, it’s a chapter in your story where you can explore and discover to your hearts content … and it will be a trip that you will likely never forget.