In English, the well-known Afrikaans term stoep refers to a veranda or a porch. But in South Africa a stoep is far more than just that. A stoep is where you go to think, to imagine, to dream and to relax. But a stoep with a view… Well now, that’s pure bliss.

On sunny winter afternoons, a stoep in the wilderness is the place where friends, lovers or families get together to appreciate the bounties of nature. That special spot where you hang out, laugh, share tales and make memories, while enjoying the unspoilt landscape.

Here are Wild’s top picks of stoeps that will give you endless views of fascinating landscapes:

Algeria Cottages

Where: Cederberg Wilderness Area

Completed in 2015, the six Algeria Cottages all face towards the Uitkyk River and the hauntingly beautiful Cederberg Mountains. All cottages have two bedrooms (linen and towels supplied), a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, living room, and a modern bathroom with toilet and shower. But that stoep, though… That’s where you’ll find an undercover braai area for a memorable dinner served from the grill. It’s comfy and cosy, but what really impresses is how the cottages seamlessly melt into the natural surroundings. Here birdcalls and barks from baboons set the tone for hours spent on a stoep embraced by the rugged Cederberg.

Rates: From R990 per night for two guests
Activities: Ancient rock art at Truitjieskraal Interpretive Trail, rock climbing at Wolfberg, donkey cart adventures

Book online | +27 (0)21 483 0190 | [email protected]

Bitterpan Wilderness Camp

Where: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Ask any wildlife or nature enthusiast: once the Kgalagadi’s magic has touched your heart, you will never be the same again. One of six wilderness camps, Bitterpan’s reed huts on stilts promise an exclusive and wilder than wild park experience. Surrounded by the Kalahari’s arid and out-of-this-world red sand dunes, this is where you will understand what the landscape is all about. All four huts – each sleeping two – overlook a waterhole, and considering that the camp is unfenced, fascinating wildlife come and go as they please. This secluded camp is on a one-way 4×4 route some two and a half hours’ drive from Nossob Rest Camp, and a stoep at Bitterpan provides views like few others. As the wilderness camp is in the middle of the great nothingness, guests will have to plan in advance: firewood and drinking water are not provided.

Rates: From R1,745 per night for two guests
Activities: Guided walks, morning and sunset drives, Nossob 4×4 Eco Trail, picnicking

Book online | +27 (0)12 428 9111 | [email protected]

Oudebosch Eco Cabins

Where: Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most pristine wilderness retreats, Kogelberg Nature Reserve’s eco cabins are just as impressive. Thanks to glass-fronted finishes, endless views of the Cape Floral Kingdom don’t get any better than this. All five cabins are fully equipped for guests’ comfort, and two of the cabins are wheelchair-friendly. Sitting on your stoep, it’s almost as if the rugged Hottentots Holland mountain range says: “Breathe in my delight, breathe out all your cares. My rocky splendour soothes and uplifts.” Sunrises, sunsets or balmy afternoons on a stoep at Kogelberg are experiences not soon to be forgotten.

Rates: From R1,170 per night for two guests
Activities: White water kayaking, mountain biking, birding at Rooisand Ramble, various hiking trails

Book online | +27 (0)21 483 0190 | [email protected]

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