Southern Yurts: A Unique Glamping Experience in The Overberg

Southern Yurts: A Unique Glamping Experience in The Overberg Luke Moore

Nomad’s land – with a side of luxury.

It’s no secret that glamping, or luxury camping, is more popular than ever among those seeking a one-of-a-kind, close-to-nature experience – without the sleeping-on-the-floor part. And, just when you thought cabins and canvas tents were the norm, you can now gaze up at the stars through the crown of a magnificent yurt.

Once a standard choice of accommodation for nomads in Mongolia, Siberia and Turkey, yurts (a circular tent made of felt or skins on a collapsible framework) have made their way onto our very own mountains of the Overberg – a first-of-its-kind in South Africa – thanks to Cape Town manufacturer, Southern Yurts.

Located on a hidden hill overlooking the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy at Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, a short drive from Bot River, this private yurt provides guests with an unforgettable experience, and offers a unique twist on traditional camping.

A sensational setting

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The peaceful surrounds of mountains, streams and extensive flora and fauna make for an ideal weekend escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to the existing accommodation, which includes luxury self-catering cottages, large villas and intimate chalets, the guest farm has welcomed the private yurt – in its own secret location – to its tranquil collection.

Yurt your way

Overberg Accommodation

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Situated on a north-facing slope of the conservancy, next to the reserve’s “secret forest”,  the secluded yurt provides majestic views of every sunrise and sunset over the vast, lush valley below. Made from wooden beams and draped in canvas, the unit is minimalistic in appearance, yet offers all the amenities of a luxury chalet – including two fireplaces, a stone deck, heater, open-plan kitchen with drop-down blinds offering views of the stars, a corrugated roof, an outdoor (yet enclosed) bathroom complete with a hot shower, basin, towels, bedding, toiletries, and even the option of laundry service, should you need it.

An Overberg adventure

Overberg Accommodations

And should you tire of sitting on your own private deck under the stars, the farm offers countless activities to explore. Swing under an ancient oak tree, venture out on one of the many hikes, birdwatch, take a dip or enjoy a sundowner on the floating raft in the dam. For those with a little more time to kill, take a zipline through the Overberg mountains with Cape Canopy Tours, visit one of the nearby wine farms, go horse-riding or visit a lion park.

There’s hardly a better way to get away from it all than waking up to the sounds of birds, and falling asleep under the stars. Not only is a yurt a one-of-a-kind experience, it’s also history in the making!

Cost R1 000 per night: highseason weeknights (1 November – 30 April)
R1 200 per night: high-season weekends (1 November – 30 April)
R750 per night: low-season weeknights (1 May – 31 October)
R950 per night: low-season weekends (1 May – 31 October)
Contact info@southernyurts.co.za, info@porcupinehills.co.za
Where to find it Diepklowe Private Nature Reserve, 113/7 Van der Stel Pass Road, Bot River, Overberg District

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 18 July 2018

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One Response to “Southern Yurts: A Unique Glamping Experience in The Overberg”

  1. Leila Hartford

    I have stayed in this yurt, and it is the most magical place you could imagine! I would highly recommend this for a romantic getaway, whimsical wedding, or just a weekend away.

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