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Game changer: touring South Africa by campervan

Avoiding the Garden Route with its boutique hotels, a campervan proves ideal for touring eastern South Africa’s plains, mountains and wildlife parks

At first it looks like a storm cloud on the horizon. On a hilltop, perhaps 500 metres away, dust is erupting in the yellow hues of dawn, shafts of early morning light shooting through, some of them interrupted by a huge, dark nebula. As the bull elephant comes towards us, silhouetted by the sunrise, his intent is clear. In our rear-view mirrors, we see a jeep with a Kruger Park safari guide make a hasty three-point turn. We suddenly feel trapped in our bloated white campervan.

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20 of the best new and recently refurbished hotels in the UK

From Cornish boutique rooms to a west Highlands bunkhouse we sift for value among arrivals on the hotel and hostel scene

On the coast in Marazion by St Michael’s Mount, the boutique Mount Haven hotel has been extensively refurbished and reopens on 7 April. An additional bedroom brings the total to 20, while the new restaurant and terrace have sweeping ocean views – the perfect backdrop to modern, seafood-rich cuisine. It’s on the South West Coast Path, so ideal for walkers, and there’s plenty for art lovers too, with the galleries of Newlyn and St Ives nearby. Rooms range from the “Snug” category to spacious “Blissful Bay” – and there’s a treatment room for massages and facials.
Doubles from £100 B&B, mounthaven.co.uk

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