Naries Namakwa Retreat

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Naries is a must for people who think they really know South Africa, or who are looking for something a bit different, because it is unlike almost anywhere else you are likely to stay. First is the location, a short way inland from the coast up in the Northern Cape. Even by South African standards, this is pretty remote. The scenery is dramatic, rocky ridge lines cut through with craggy canyons, covered in low scrub and dotted with the idly turning blades of traditional wind-powered pumps: everything speaks of solitude. Then there is the accommodation. The Manor House is a traditional Cape Dutch farmstead, furnished in simple, period style, but it is the Namakwa Mountain Suites that really steal the show. Built in indigenous beehive style, the domes of the wattle constructions perfectly mimic the rounded boulders amongst which they are set, a truly unusual and impressive place to spend the night! Finally there is the team at Naries; whether they are rustling up another wonderful meal, giving you pointers for exploring the area, or arranging a picnic lunch to take on a hike on one of their wonderful trails, they will be looking after you superbly and becoming firm friends.

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