Leopard Valley Eco Retreat: Off-Grid Cabins in the Cederberg

Leopard Eco Valley

Perfect views whichever way you look.

Hidden in a valley halfway between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam in the majestic Cederberg, this eco retreat on a 1 200-hectare farm offers a soul-firing escape in tranquil natural beauty. Shipping containers have been cleverly and stylishly converted into four cabins, painted black and positioned beneath a well-ventilated roof structure, with sliding doors that open onto a deck yielding spectacular views.

Leopard Eco Valley Swim

The lodgings

Leopard Eco Valley Lounge
Leopard Eco Valley Bedroom
Leopard Eco Valley Hammock
Leopard Eco Valley Cape Canary Cabin

Of the four cabins, Verreaux’s Eagle, named after the bird of prey that soars above the wild farm, is the most romantic. Aside from the privately located spring-fed reservoir (ideal in winter if you’re an advocate for Wim Hof cold-water immersion therapy), there is an alfresco bathtub with piping hot water – magic for stargazing. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the marvellous views by day. As for the other cabins, Malachite Sunbird has a wood-burning hot tub sunk into the deck, while Cape Sugarbird overlooks a spring-fed dam with waterlilies and unobstructed views across reflective waters to the distant smudge of mountains.

  • 4 off-grid cabins: Verreaux’s Eagle (sleeps 2), Malachite Sunbird (sleeps 2), Cape Sugarbird (sleeps 4), Cape Canary (sleeps 2)
  • bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower (outdoor bathtub in Verreaux’s Eagle)
  • eco-friendly bathroom amenities
  • fully equipped kitchenette with gas hob and fridge
  • living room with gas fireplace (except Malachite Sunbird)
  • deck with outdoor seating (and hot tub in Malachite Sunbird)
  • braai and firepit
  • wood-fired hot tub

While you’re there

Leopard Eco Valley Walk
The pristine surroundings offer a natural playground of gentle, pleasurable pursuits – from exploring the farm to birdwatching and animal-spotting (particularly fun at night, when nocturnal creatures such as porcupines and aardvarks are out and about). There’s hiking in the mountains and amid rock formations, where you might discover San rock paintings, a springtime carpet of wildflowers to wander in, and swimming in spring-fed dams. In the late afternoon, simply relax beside a log fire and stargaze.

Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R1 490 per cabin per night (minimum two nights)
Where to find it Markuskraal Road, off N7, Clanwilliam/Citrusdal


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Time of publication: 07 July 2022