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Six of the Best Villas for Family Reunions
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Six of the Best Villas for Family Reunions

Siblings in different time zones? Cousins all over the country? Take away the headache of planning a family gathering with these superlative accommodation options.

Great Karoo, The Manor House at Samara

Set within 70 000 acres of wilderness with knee-weakening views of the tree-filigreed Camdeboo plains, Samara Private Game Reserve's Manor House offers a private ranger, chef and butler. Four spacious bedrooms in the Karoo-style farmhouse have en suite bathrooms and patios.  Rugged game drives up to Eagles Rock, cheetah tracking, hikes over fossilised dinosaur footprints to inspect the only known Khoisan rock painting of a hyena, plus cliff-top picnics add to the fun.
Best car to get you there: Arrive prepared for action in a super-robust SUV – the Mercedes-Benz G 350d.

Plettenberg Bay, Lookout House

An idyllic family home with space for eight adults and up to six children, Lookout House offers an outdoor room with an open fireplace for chilly evenings and large couches for pre-dinner drinks. Think vintage trunks, old leather chairs, oversized ottomans and laidback lounging, with Lookout Beach a short stroll away.
Best car to get you there: The "Nice of Southern Africa" should be explored in nothing less than a Mercedes-Benz S 63 Cabriolet. Sumptuous luxury, crushing open-road performance and space for four. 

Cape Floral Kingdom, Grootbos Villa

Set in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Hermanus, the Villa sleeps 12 in six suites, with vistas of pristine fynbos, white sand dunes, Walker Bay and the Hermanus mountains in the distance. Artworks by Cecil Skotnes, JH Pierneef, William Kentridge and Walter Battiss adorn the walls, and a private chef, butler and guide indulge every whim. Activities include horse riding, fynbos tours, forest walks, spa treatments, cave exploration, quad biking and whale watching at Walker Bay.  
Best car to get you there: Navigate fynbos trails quietly in the Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e with its silent petrol-electric hybrid drive, low-speed ability and off-road prowess. 

Cape Town, Maison Noir

Nestled in the hills of Hout Bay, which afford breathtaking views through its glass walls, this open-plan villa designed by famed architect Paolo Deliperi sleeps eight in four bedrooms with loft areas for children. Small buildings house the bedroom suites and living areas, and a boardwalk spans the koi pond. Expect gourmet food and languid lunches around the pool.
Best car to get you there: Own this exclusive experience when you cruise up the driveway in a Mercedes-Benz S 500.

Waterberg, Motseng at Lindani

Offering wilderness immersion in the 3 000-hectare Lindani Reserve in Limpopo, Motseng is the biggest of eight lodges spaced 3km apart, and sleeps 18. Perfect for three-generational gatherings, four separate dwellings provide relative solitude, while communal areas encourage bonding. Activities include mountain biking, hiking and game spotting. Encounter giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, zebra, baboon, monkey and warthog on every drive. Staff will deliver organic handmade meals or you can self-cater for total privacy.
Best car to get you there: For a seamless transition from the N12 to the red clay gravel of Limpopo's off-road terrain, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d is just the ticket. Fast. Frugal. Fantastic. 

North West, The Farmhouse at Lethabo

Set within the Crocodile River Reserve in Lanseria, Lethabo Estate's Farmhouse features six themed en suite rooms with views of the conservancy and the tranquil duck pond among trees. A lounge with a fireplace and French doors lead out to the gracious wide stoeps, where guests can lounge on outdoor couches. Activities include picnics, horse-whispering join-ups and fire dancing. You can self-cater or dine in the restaurant overlooking the river, where Nguni cows, horses and the resident impala quench their thirst.
Best car to get you there: Transport your happy party effortlessly in the Mercedes-Benz V 250 Avantgarde.

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Words: Caroline Hurry.

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