I’ve made it my mission to plan a solo getaway at least once a month – whether the destination is three hours or 30 minutes away.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of visiting Letsatsi Lodge, a member of Northern Cape Famous Lodges, and located in the settlement of Vanrhynsdorp on the Cape Namibia Route.
The wide, open spaces surrounding the lodge are welcomed – it instills in me a sense of freedom that, amid this pandemic and various restrictions, I’ve come to appreciate even more.
You are smack-bang in the middle of nature and, if you’re lucky, can see antelope grazing mere metres away. It was so lovely hearing the birds chirp – an unconventional alarm clock; one that I actually love waking up to.
The lodge itself consists of self-catering chalets – perfect to rent solo (like I did) or for your group of friends and family. The chalets come equipped with an outdoor fridge, microwave, crockery and cutlery. There is also an outdoor braai and seating area, making for a lekker kuier space.
For those who would rather opt for prepared meals, the in-house restaurant, The Red Ox, serves the most delectable food – from steak and goulash to lamb curry and oxtail. Guests can also enjoy a range of great local wines (I absolutely love the Cabernet Sauvignon from Klawer Wines!)
I also brought along a Chenin blanc from Doornkraal, which I enjoyed immensely. The grapes used to produce this wine come from a vineyard in the small missionary town of Ebenhaeser. To have been able to taste this wine is so special to me since Ebenhaeser is where I spent my formative years.
This local getaway was not only a much-needed escape, but also a time of reflecting and appreciating my surroundings. I’m so proud of our region and the products produced here.
I would encourage you to one day, if you are able to, visit the beautiful places in the Matzikama area, and to treat yourself to a range of their beautiful wines.