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Flycatcher Castle

Flycatcher Castle

Imagine being part of a fairytale, complete with 17th-century-style castle, exceptional art gallery, suites named after classical composers, and an impressive collection of antique furniture and ornamentation. On the edge of South Africa’s Drakensberg escarpment, Flycatcher Castle is a spectacular getaway, offering easy access to the splendors of the area: God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels, and the Pinnacle, as well as stunning waterfalls and the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

Suites with names such as Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini beckon guests to a romantic retreat. Each features antique bedroom furniture, en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath and walk-in shower, air-conditioning, and fine linens.

For an unrivaled accommodation experience, book the Ruby Royal. This suite will amaze and impress with its indoor solar heated plunge pool, Persian carpets, “ruby”-laden chandelier, extraordinary en-suite bathroom, indoor garden, and bedroom tower with twelve-foot-high mirrored ceiling.

At Flycatcher Castle, meals are an artistic event and feature delectable food and exquisite presentation. Add exceptional service, fine linens, a table for two, and candlelight, and the event turns sublime. Both breakfast and dinner are served at the castle, leaving you free to explore other culinary adventures during the day.

Be sure to set aside time to visit Manie Connoway’s gallery of sculptures. Several larger sculptures in composite sandstone grace the outside and garden of Flycatcher Castle, and smaller bronze sculptures are housed indoors. His work features a variety of subjects, from spiritual themes and the human body to animal figures of eagles and antelope.

Outside the castle walls, nature surrounds guests with its beauty and intricacy. Dwarf chameleons and numerous frog and bird species inhabit the gardens. Wildflowers give way to Mantitshi wetland and river, and guests enjoy exploring the region’s natural wonders.

For viewing larger wildlife, visit the game-rich Kruger National Park, a masterpiece of preservation and conservation. Only an hour’s drive from Flycatcher Castle, Kruger boasts almost 150 large mammal species, including Africa’s “big five” (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino) as well as zebra, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, wildebeest, impala, and spotted hyena. Over 500 bird species have been spotted in the park, and indigenous reptiles include the black mamba and crocodile.

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