Thanks to Mechanical Machines for co-sponsoring this trip - All opinions are as always 100% my own, as are the photos below
A Few months ago my husband traveled to Hopetown in the Northern Cape for business. As usual I checked on the map where about Hopetown is and realized that the small town Orania lies just 40 kilometers South of Hopetown.
I have been wanting to go to Orania for quite a while now and when my hubby had to go back for another contract in Hopetown a couple of weeks ago (which took 2 - 3 days) I decided, this is it, I'm going with ! I booked us into the Orania OewerHotel & Spa and as I like my space and comforts from home, we decided to book the Luxury Suite (pictured above - Luxury Suite in the center) as my son also needed a short break and accompanied us just for fun
Orania is situated in the upper Karoo region in the Northern Cape Province in South-Africa and is approximately halfway down to Cape Town, traveling from the Limpopo Province, which makes it the ideal midway stop when traveling by car
Orania OewerHotel & Spa is a holiday resort offering Hotel rooms, Suites, Chalets and even a camping site - contact them here for bookings +27 53 207-0016 or click on any of the links provided in this post
The Luxury Suite has an open plan Lounge / Kitchen area, fitted with everything you would expect from home and more. DSTV is available with a good choice of channels to choose from. Coffee, tea, milk and sugar are supplied, not only in the Kitchen but upstairs, close to the bedrooms, as well.
The master Bedroom is cozy and I love all the small details. Bed linen gets a 10 out of 10 from me and more than enough blankets were available (we visited during Winter time) The Northern Cape can get freezing during Winter and absolutely an oven during Summer.
If you do not know the Karoo region in South-Africa, above is a photo I took from the master Bedroom's window looking outside - typical Winter sight, dry and brittle
The second bedroom is just as cozy and has it's own small balcony
Upstairs is a bathroom, with a double shower (no bath) and get this - heated rock-textured tile floors, which is a huge plus especially during Winter !
I could not get a full shot of the shower but to the right there is a fantastic rainforest shower head too
The Bathroom downstairs has a lovely, deep bath, but no heated tiles. All toiletries are provided in both bathrooms and the staff made sure we had more than enough
I found the above balcony with a rocking chair quite interesting - entry is gained through a glass sliding door from the master Bedroom and obviously this is for Moms (or Dads!) to take care of a baby at night, without needing to go downstairs or keep up the other parent as well
Looking down from the upstairs area - I just love the color scheme and the richness of all the wooden structures all around - as well as the raw brick wall on the left. A Fireplace (which we made good use of!) is situated under the stairwell, almost in the center between the Lounge and Kitchen area
The Luxury Suite is not in the same building as the Hotel, but above is a photo I took of the side of the main Hotel
My son and I had breakfast together most mornings as my hubby left early everyday to go to Hopetown. The restaurant is only a 2 - 3 minute walk from the Luxury Suite and we encountered several monkeys running and jumping all over, they were in the trees, on the roofs of the various buildings, well, as I mentioned - all over !
Above is the restaurant, right on the banks of the Orange River
We also passed the entrance to the Spa, but unfortunately I did not visit them this time round. I did look through the brochure and everything you would expect from a 5 star Spa was listed with excellent prices
Speaking of meals --- we had all our breakfasts and dinners at the restaurant and the food is outstanding ! Very, very South-African traditional dishes at reasonable prices
We spotted this charming house just outside the Orania OewerHotel & Spa and I had to take a pic and a couple more taken in Orania to include in this post
I never knew something like this existed ! Above is the Koeksister Monument. A Koeksister is a traditional sweet treat in South-Africa of which you can read more HERE
We also found this curios store which also sells the most beautiful paintings, old money (I bought a 2 Rand note which I grew up with, but is no longer in use in South-Africa) - Lots and lots of vintage goodies are also for sale, as well as a small plants nursery at the back
I thought this deserved a spot in the post too - an old car's front with succulents all around it right at the entrance to the store
Driving around we also found this delightful coffee house / curio store - SKINKI KOFE means "Pour the Coffee"
If you follow me on Instagram , you might have seen the photo of this old Petrol pump I shared a couple of weeks ago. I am not sure how old it is, but it is still working and in daily use. Interesting - on the right side, there is a note in red "GEEN Selfhelp Diens" which means "No Self Help Service" - the interesting part is that I know of NO petrol pumps which are Self Service in South-Africa and would not even have a clue how to work one !
And last but not least I had to snap a pic on our way out when we left the Orania OewerHotel & Spa.
I know there are a LOT of people who have mentioned (Facebook mainly) that they would love to visit Orania but very few are aware that there is in fact a holiday resort where they can stay. Look no further, this is the place for you with various water sports, angling, and more activities and also a variety of different Hotel rooms, Suites, Chalets and a camping site to choose from.