KolKol Fynbos Pods: A Secluded Stay In A Mountain Cabin

KolKol Fynbos Pods: A Secluded Stay In A Mountain Cabin

Surrounded by endless nature, these rectangular cocoons at Kolkol Mountain Lodge are every traveller's dream.

Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and the impossibly peaceful sounds of nature set the scene for this secluded getaway.

KolKol Fynbos Pods Hot Tub

Run by passionate owners Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse, KolKol Mountain Lodge is a luxurious retreat that appeals discerning (nature-loving) travellers seeking rest and relaxation in stunning surrounds.

KolKol Fynbos Pods Interior

In addition to nine existing cabins, the three recently introduced Fynbos Pods hidden in the mountains absolutely steal the show. Designed and built by Rudi himself, the picture-perfect pods are not merely a magnificent feat of structural engineering, but also a breathtaking place to rest your head in sumptuous comfort.

Pod perfection

KolKol Fynbos Pods Exterior

A perfect marriage of natural materials and futuristic design, the wood-clad rectangular cocoons hover off the ground and blend seamlessly with their habitat. Inside, a neutral colour scheme echoes nature’s palette, with effortless open-plan living spaces maximising the beauty beyond.

KolKol Fynbos Pods Decor

Boasting 180-degree panoramas of rolling hills and towering mountains, the private deck has a braai area on one side and an outdoor lounge (complete with an outdoor shower and wooden shutters) on the other. Fresh mountain air, unadulterated tranquillity, the delicious whiff of braai smoke and a wood-fired hot tub waiting to be sunken into… what more could you ask for?

The lodgings

KolKol Fynbos Pods Bedroom

Each of the three pods – Pecan, Witwater and Firelilly – sleep two guests, and feature everything you need for a picture-perfect (self-catering) stay in nature.

  • one en-suite bedroom with a bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wood-fired pizza oven
  • open-plan living area with a two-way fireplace
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • outdoor shower
  • stone braai
  • outdoor lounge
  • Marshall Bluetooth speaker

KolKol Fynbos Pods Bathroom

Good to know Each pod is equipped with salt, pepper, braai salt, coffee, sugar, English and Rooibos tea, a small block of butter, rusks, 1litre milk, 1.5 litre bottle of still water and six free-range eggs.

While you’re there…

KolKol Fynbos Pods Architecture

This scenic spot is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing, but if you’re looking to explore the area, there’s a three-kilometre hiking trail, nearby swimming dam and a mountain-biking trail. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is a short drive away, as are the nearby towns of Hermanus and Stanford.

Looking for the ultimate escape? No one’s going to interrupt you up here…

Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it KolKol Mountain Lodge, Van der Stel pass (via N2), Western Cape


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Time of publication: 31 July 2020