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The OENA Family is growing …

Jul 29, 2022

The Covid 19 pandemic is behind us, and as the OENA group, we are ready for the upswing in Summer bookings from our International guest. South Africa is still one of the most diverse and affordable options for any tourist. OENA Group now offers amazing properties throughout SA with our main focus on quality family getaways.

We are invested in all sectors of the market and our family have experience in marketing and management of these fine properties.

We are working hard at giving our clients the best family options along the most popular routes. One of them being the breathtaking Garden Route, where you will most definitely always end up in the Addo National Elephant Park area. Longhill Lodge is surrounded by the Eastern Cape’s fynbos and a short 20 min drive to this park. Our villas are the perfect home away from home. With Blue Crane sleeping 6-10 guest, Hornbill 6-8 guest and private lapas, you can bring your favourites, whether it be friends or family, for a memorable breakaway. Luxurious, yet comfy, their villas are guaranteed to give you an unforgettable experience.

Next stop on your Garden Route tour would be Plettenberg Bay -. Elegantly easy-going beach-chic thats how we best describe the Luxury 4-Star Christiana Lodge in South Africa’s most spectacular Garden Route town, Plettenberg Bay.
The all-suite Lodge offers luxurious 4-star accommodation in Solar Beach, a select and upmarket area of Plettenberg Bay. It is just a short 5-minute walk from the acclaimed Robberg Beach. Choose from a variety of spacious and luxurious bed and breakfast rooms and self-catering options.
Whether you’re planning a romantic retreat or a family holiday, you’ll enjoy absolute privacy at our boutique guest house, thanks to our architect-designed space of light-filled interiors, clean lines and panoramic views over the pristine Brakkloof wetland of Plettenberg Bay.

Swellendam is the 3rd oldest town in South Africa and the home base of our OENA Group. We’ve picked a few very exciting options for families in this historic and adventurous Overberg area, as this where our roots run the deepest.

The Glen Stud Farm is a renowned and beautifully renovated Cape Dutch Estate on the edge of town. Showcasing some of SA’s most well known thoroughbred Racing horses and owned by the Moller family. Two Self Catering Villas have been developed on this estate. First Villa is already very popular with guest and running on a very high occupancy rate. The second Villa will launch early September 2022.

Jan Harmsgat Country House and Mardouw Country House is situated in the same valley, 25km between the towns of Swellendam and Ashton. Both these farms have been under OENA Management for almost 3 years and both awarded with 5 star ratings from the Tourism board of South Africa. Recently showcased on the VIA Channel with an OENA Produced TV Show called “Besigheid op n Bord”. The show was presented by OENA Director Dene Badenhorst and the winner Angelique Rabie-Cornelison now heads up the Just Amy Restaurant at the Estate.

Kam’Bati River Resort is where it all started. Here the dream was build from the ground up on the Jubileeskraal family farm next to the breede river. KamBati now offers 13 Africamps Glamping tents and 4 self catering cabins, not to even mention the lush green campsites under the very large blue gum trees along the river edge. We have recently acquired the services of Chef Kevin Reed, who now heads up the new Peckish Restaurant at the resort.

Last but not least, of the newly added properties in the group is Abalone lodge in Hermanus. Garden Route tours always start or end in Cape Town, and Hermanus being on the way is must stop for any tours or breakaways.

Abalone Lodge is an upmarket 4star guest lodge, situated on the ocean front of Hermanus. The lodge offers 12 en-suite bedrooms, a wellness centre and a sauna. Abalone Lodge, situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. The Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure. A combination of South African art on the inside & unsurpassed views to the outside position this accommodation as unique in Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World.
We have also recently launched the OENA Safari Lodges brand under the OENA Group. Under this brand we have the Sibani Lodge, situated only 40mins from Johannesburg City Centre and the EndCliff Safari Lodge in Mokopane area of Limpopo. We hope to expand with offerings in this northern region of South Africa soon.
Another exciting new venture in the OENA Group is the launch of our OENA Standards among these properties. OENA Standards is implemented so all these properties offer the same high quality touches to make your stay as special and memorable as possible.

OENA Strives to be the number one trusted portfolio for family getaways in Southern Africa. We hope to welcome you to a OENA property soon.
Kind Regards

Jaco Badenhorst
Co-Founder and Director OENA group
jaco@oena.co.za | www.oena.co.za

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