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The African continent is immense ~ a place where one finds warm smiles, cultural pride, geographic diversity, profound natural beauty, pristine beaches, culinary delight ~ and yes, the animal kingdom’s playground. The serenity and simultaneous thrill experienced when in the midst of Africa’s magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat is like none other. Experience the Big Five from the luxurious confines of an authentic safari lodge. Discover the easy sophistication of the Cape and Winelands in the south, and sight up-close the Right Whale. Begin or conclude your safari journey immersed in the otherworldly allure of the Indian Ocean’s tropical islands. Our passion for the African continent and the relationships we’ve nurtured enable us to create journeys that will show you Africa’s soul.

EH ~ Ellerman House

Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head in the prestigious Bantry Bay residential area in Cape Town. The elegant Cape Edwardian mansion was once the home of the shipping magnates, Sir John and Lady Ellerman, and is known for having one of the most beautiful ocean views in South Africa. Ellerman House is situated just 10 minutes from the heart of Cape Town and the one-and-a-half acre property, now privately owned, stands as an iconic showcase of South Africa’s finest hospitality, cuisine, art, wine and leisure.

The boutique hotel has 11 rooms, 2 suites and 2 three-bedroom Villas. Attention to detail ensures no two rooms are alike and the property boasts two lounges, a library, a dining room, three dining terraces, a spa, a fitness centre, pool, brandy lounge, Wine Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and Champagne Cellar. The property is not open to the public, offering a genuine level of privacy and exclusivity to guests. 

FINE ART is the soul of Ellerman House and the collection that line the walls is what sets us apart form other boutique hotels in South Africa. The art works span over two centuries, from the works of the famous Thomas Bowler showcasing Cape Town in the 1800s to contemporary works from artists such as Lionel Smith and William Kentridge. We invite our guests to join our Art Guide, Talita, for a private tour through the Ellerman House art collection starting with the oldest works and ending in the Contemporary Art Gallery, created in 2009.

If guests are interested in viewing galleries in Cape Town, our Art Guide will accompany them for an insider’s tour of Cape Town’s top art galleries. Talita is an artist and curator herself, so guests will gain behind-the-scenes access and knowledge of some of Cape Town’s most important art and art galleries.

WINE is taken very seriously at Ellerman House, and the hotel’s 7500-strong collection of South African wines represents both established and emerging labels from the Western Cape’s world-renowned wine regions. Many of the wines in the collection are rare wines or special releases augmented by sought-after vintages bought at auction. Wines from the cellar are only made available on the hotel’s wine list once they have been optimally aged and are deemed ready for enjoyment at peak maturity. Many of these fine wines are also available by the glass without compromising on quality, thanks to the Le Verre de Vin preservation system. The depth of the wine list allows guests to try verticals of vintages whereby the same wine can be sampled over various vintages.

The Ellerman House Wine Gallery:
Integrating outstanding contemporary architecture with breathtaking sculptural elements and cutting-edge design, the new Ellerman House Wine Gallery is not only a showcase for this extensive, award-winning wine collection but offers guests a unique, interactive journey into the world of wine. It aims to bring to life South Africa’s 350-year old heritage of winemaking, providing an environment for tasting and learning about local wines as intriguing and inspiring as the wine itself. Sophisticated storage is provided in state-of-the-art wine racks and separate, temperature-controlled maturation cellars for white and red wines. The gallery incorporates an interactive multi-media wine library and brandy tasting lounge. There is also a Champagne cellar, stocked exclusively with rare and special vintages of Dom Pérignon.


Safari in StyleSafari in Style offers the ultimate in luxury, combining world-class accommodation in the city and on safari in the African bush in one itinerary and for a discounted cost. Stay 3 nights at Ellerman House in Cape Town and 3 nights at either Singita Lebombo or Sweni Lodge in the Big 5 wilderness of the Kruger National Park and receive a complimentary fourth night at both properties!



The Art of TravelThis 8 night package combines Cape Town and the Winelands and is the perfect itinerary for art lovers. Ellerman House is well-known for the grand the grand collection of art displayed within its walls and Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch is one of the most aesthetically interesting contemporary art destinations in the world.
4 nights - Ellerman House, Cape Town
4 nights - Delaire Graff, Winelands



Untamed Africa - On this 14 day tour you’ll get to experience the best of Southern Africa, with Cape Town, Botswana and Zambia on the itinerary. Spend the first few nights in Cape Town with day trips to nearby sights. Then head into the wilderness of Botswana and on to the banks of the Zambezi River, close to the mighty Victoria Falls.
4 nights - Ellerman House, Cape Town
3 nights - Mombo Camp, Botswana
3 nights - Zarafa Camp, Botswana
3 nights - Royal Chundu Island Lodge, Victoria Falls   


Beach and Bush  - Discover South Africa on this 8  night tour that takes you from the City of Gold - Johannesburg - to the beaches of Cape Town. Relax beside the Atlantic Ocean at Ellerman House and explore all the Mother City has to offer before heading off on safari in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve where the Big 5 await.
1 night  - Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg
4 nights - Ellerman House, Cape Town
3 nights - Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sand

Customize Your Journey

Explore these suggestions. Then personalize your own itinerary. Select your dates, choose additional destinations, modify hotel selections, add activities, tours, and anything else on your list. The choice is yours! We will prepare your ideal custom-designed journey with pricing based upon your travel dates and the number of persons in your party.

Meals as indicated:  B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner


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