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New Year, New Resolutions. Here are some you CAN keep…

Updated Wednesday, 28 February 2024

So 2018 is finally here and to mark the start of the new year most of us come up with a list of resolutions – goals we’d like to accomplish, things to learn, changes to make – many of which we abandon after just a few days. We’d like to help you choose some resolutions you can accomplish. Check out our list below.

Wishing you joy, prosperity, and an adventure-filled 2018 and … Bon voyage


To make sure you have their undivided attention in today’s digital world, look for somewhere remote, preferably without cell phone reception…

India House

India House (has sadly, been sold for private use) fits the bill perfectly. Spend the day in the pool and the evening stargazing, then introduce your kids to the games you used to play as a child – board games, card games, charades – or bake cookies in a kitchen big enough for the whole family. Best of all it’s dog friendly, so the whole family is welcome.

Another to consider is Oakhurst Estate which sits high above the Wilderness Lakes in rural Hoekwil, Wilderness. Oakhurst Farm has got the getaway recipe down to a tee: plenty of good ol’ farm fun, clean country air, and a platter of rustic-luxury Wilderness accommodation that will knock your socks off.

Oakhurst Farm Cottages are the ideal getaway for families because there is so much for little ones to see and do (not giving their electronics a second thought). They can explore the trails through the forests or along farm roads on their bicycles, or they can visit the dairy cows while they are being milked.

They can go horse-riding or sit around the fire pit with their parents. The Crow’s Nest is a treehouse, from where they can watch the world go by. There is also a climbing wall and a slide on the very edge of the forest and right in front of the cottages so that your children are always visible. This is a children’s wonderland and a parent’s paradise.

Homtini Guest Farm

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm in Oudtshoorn has camel rides, ziplines, waterslides, farm animals, trampolines and mini golf; Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort in Champagne Valley has a superb playground and a built-for-kids mountain bike track, and offers fun activities like pony rides, tubing, swimming, fishing in various dams, white water rafting, canopy tours and zip lines.

Also check out these hotels which offer daily child programmes and activities designed specifically to keep them entertained all day and tired out by sundown: Alpine Heath Resort in the Drakensberg, Kurland Hotel in Plettenberg Bay, and Garden Route Game Lodge.

Alpine Heath

So many options! Find loads more child friendly options here.


This one is usually the first resolution to fall by the wayside. Our tip, book yourself into a hydro for a few days to kick start good habits you can maintain all year. Some of our favourites are Cradle Health Spa, Karkloof Safari Villas, The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa and Abloom Bush Lodge and Spa Retreat, but find them all here.

Another option, book yourself a wellness retreat. Not now when you’re already motivated, but in a few month’s time, when you might need some encouragement. Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat offers yoga classes, a detox programme, and more. Meals are organic and vegetarian.

Karkloof Safari Villas Spa


Not for the faint of heart, but so much fun. How extreme is up to you, but to make sure you follow through, why not make a weekend of it? Think shark-cage diving in Gansbaai, crocodile cage diving in Oudtshoorn, kloofing near Elgin, skydiving in Durban, abseiling in the Drakensberg; there are loads of activities from which to choose.

Take your pick here.

Bungee Jumping


Make your relationship better this year. Whether you decide on one date night per month, or a romantic weekend away, take some time to focus on each other. Surprise your partner by taking them to wherever you had your first date, or what about a few days at Forest Valley Cottages, with its low people traffic, fresh air, vast views and plenty of rejuvenating factors. It’s a book away-from-it-all spot for honeymoons, anniversaries, recoveries, lovebird hide-aways and anyone wanting time out. Just perfect!

Some other favourites include Tintswalo Atlantic (if money’s no object), a honeymoon tree house at Teniqua Treetops (if you prefer something more rustic), Faraway Cottage at Tanagra Wine Farm (for complete privacy), The Oyster Box Beach House (for unrivalled views) and just so many more.

Karkloof Safari Villas

For ideas for a romantic getaway, check out our honeymoon destinations, as well as hotels which have been featured in earlier blog articles: Luxury in South Africa, Rooms with a View.


Choose a marathon (or a half, or a 10km) a good few months in the future. To make sure you don’t chicken out or slack off with training, make sure it’s somewhere a few hours’ drive away and book your accommodation now. Then rope in some friends – if they don’t (or won’t) run they can always support.

Our recommendation is the Meiringspoort 21.1 km or 12.5 km race on the 13th of October (entries open 26 May, so you have a few months to work on your possie and it gives you plenty of time to get fit). Stay in De Rust, Oudtshoorn, Beaufort West or Prince Albert. My personal favourite is Prince Albert, as it has so many gorgeous cafes, and cosy self catering cottages, like Elfen Cottage if you’re a couple, or Karoo View Cottages if you’re a few couples.