The 25 Best Hot Tub Getaways near Cape Town

The 25 Best Hot Tub Getaways near Cape Town Southern Yurts

Soak yourself silly.

The Romans were definitely onto something with their steaming baths (calderiums). Fast forward 2 000 years… outdoor hot tubs are one of the most coveted amenities du jour, and the preserve of any modern escape worth its salt.

Particularly in winter… There’s nothing quite as comforting as sinking into a steaming drum, after a blustery day exploring the surroundings.

We’ve rounded up our favourite hot tub escapes in the Cape – from a treetop cottage in a sun-drenched valley to a secluded mountain cabin and a seaside villa. All you need to do is lie back, relax, and let the tribulations of daily life fade into the distance.

Please note Some of these properties are very popular, so booking way in advance is advised!

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Camp Canoe

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Tucked among lush fynbos, olive trees and boulders on the rustic side of the Simonsberg Mountains at Boschendal Wine Estate, the newly opened (and entirely independent) Camp Canoe takes centre stage. Far removed from wine estate’s foot traffic, guests are encouraged to switch off, unwind and reconnect with nature. The aesthetic is playfully retro and utterly gorgeous, reminiscent of an old-school summer scout camp (right down to Tupperware in the kitchen). Waking at sunrise to birdsong from the comfort of a sumptuous bed, before embarking on a day of little adventures (be it epicurean or outdoorsy), is a special kind of luxury. You’ll probably want to stay put, though – the setting and views are lovely, with the tents skirting the edge of a sparkling dam. Hammocks and a hot tub do tend to encourage idling the hours away. This is one for the bucket list!

The lodgings

  • 7 luxury tents, each sleeping 2 adults
  • king-size bed (or 2 singles) with luxury linen
  • en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg induction stove
  • indoor seating area with fireplace
  • viewing deck with outdoor seating and Weber braai
  • hot tub
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary wood, charcoal and ice
  • picnic, braai and breakfast boxes to order

Things to do

  • picnics on the jetty or in nature
  • House Canoe dining area and kitchen (for bigger groups)
  • dam for paddling and swimming
  • guided self-guided farm tours
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • horse-riding
  • The Werf restaurant and deli
  • The Farm Shop
  • wine-tasting on site, and nearby

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults
Cost From R2 800 per tent per night
Where to find it Boschendal Estate, Pniel road (R310), Franschhoek
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Melozhori Pods

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Where Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Though it’s fairly close to Cape Town, this 2 500-hectare private game reserve near Bonnievale feels like it’s a million miles away. With nothing but an acacia-shaded valley extending to the Riviersonderend Mountains in the distance, and the sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves to keep you company, Melozhori is the ultimate reprieve. Two stunning eco-pods, Valley Pod and Waterfall Pod, perch on an untouched area of the reserve that overlooks the game-dotted plains beyond, offering an ideal setting for a private escape or romantic retreat.

The lodgings

  • 2 eco pods, each with 1 bedroom and a sleeper couch, sleeping two adults and a child
  • en-suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • open-plan kitchenette with oven, microwave, stove, fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with an indoor fireplace
  • outdoor deck with a braai and seating area
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • 14-metre hammock
  • wood-fired pizza oven
  • air conditioning

Things to do

  • guided game drives (one complementary per two-night stay)
  • nature walks (no dangerous animals)
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing in your hot tub
  • mountain biking (bikes available to rent)
  • surrounding wine farms

Good to know The recently revamped Melozhori Cottage also has a hot tub and pizza oven, plus a plunge pool and flatscreen satellite TV. It sleeps 4 adults + 2 children and welcomes pets.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, in the cottage; not the pods
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child
Cost Pods: R3 950 per night
Cottage: From R4 000 per night (minimum 2 night stay)
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Ridge House

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Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Perched on a hillside in the peaceful suburbs of Hermanus, bordering Fernkloof Nature Reserve, this luxury guest house offers ocean views, tranquillity and a central location. What’s more, select suites are equipped with their own private wood-fired hot tubs, for soaking up the sweeping views in style. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, or wish to be surrounded by fynbos a stone’s throw from a slew of attractions, Ridge House might be just what you’re after.

The lodgings

  • 4 suites varying in size (Aloe, Rockpool, Bay and Botanical)
  • king-size beds
  • en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and/or freestanding bath
  • ocean and mountain views
  • private patio (with a hot tub in Aloe, Rockpool and Botanical suites)
  • kitchenette, private braai and dining area (in Aloe and Rockpool)
  • lounge area (with fireplace in Aloe and Rockpool)
  • direct garden access with communal braai (in Botanical and Bay)
  • complimentary breakfast

Things to do

  • central lounge-dining-bar area and deck with 180-degree views
  • spacious garden with a campfire boma
  • walking and biking trails in the reserve
  • birdwatching
  • nearby Blue Flag beaches
  • whale-watching during season (June to November)
  • local galleries, shops and restaurants a short walk away
  • Hemel-en-Aarde wine route

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R1 850 per suite per night
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Buff & Fellow Eco-Cabins

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Where Near George
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting Between the Outeniqua Mountains and the sea, this farm sports a collection of shipping containers converted into stylish cabins, pods and unique “coconuts” on the edge of a small lake. It’s an idyllic stay, with birdsong all around, beautiful views, delightful human comforts (including a wood-fired hot tub on the patio), and wildlife coming right up to the water’s edge. The name is a play on buffalo – the main focus of this game farm on the Garden Route, but there are also rhinos, zebras and more. The Du Toit family have made sure you have everything you need, from a variety of themed braai packs to fresh eggs you can collect from the chicken coop every morning.

The lodgings

  • 2 Eco Cabins, 2 Eco Pods and 2 Eco Coconuts
  • 1 or 2 en-suite bedrooms, with extra sofa beds in the Coconuts
  • bathrooms with bath and outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan lounge/dining room with fireplace
  • DStv flatscreen and bluetooth speaker
  • patio with braai and hot tub
  • fishing gear and board games
  • starter pack (basic groceries, wood, ice etc)
  • ‘honesty shop’ in-cabin for drinks and treats

Things to do

  • canoeing on the dam
  • bass fishing (catch-and-release)
  • morning game drives (with champagne breakfast on request)
  • local food-and-drink pairings (delivered to your cabin)
  • beaches nearby
  • hiking and kloofing in the area
  • Mossel Bay zipline

Good to know Two new Cabana units (one sleeps 2 – 4 people; the other is a 6 – 8 sleeper) will be available from September.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6
Cost Eco Cabin: from R1 900 per night for two people; R250 per extra guest
Eco Pod: From R1 650 per night for two people
Eco Coconut: From R2 100 per night for four guests; R250 per extra guest
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Stonehaven Eco Cabins

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Where Near Hermanus
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Amid wild fynbos, herb gardens and sunflower fields on a biodynamic farm, Stonehaven’s eco-friendly cabins have a unique farmhouse-meets-contemporary-cabin aesthetic, where comfort and style create an ideal getaway for family and friends. Tucked at the foot of the Babilonstoring Mountain in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, each cabin is equipped with a wood-fired hot tub and offers a sought-after sense of nature-drenched privacy. Sit back and enjoy the scents of the farm’s aromatherapy gardens in the breeze.

The lodgings

  • Hemel Cottage (double-storey, 3 bedrooms) and 2 cabins, Earth and Stars (2 bedrooms each)
  • en-suite bathrooms with bath and/or shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area with an indoor fireplace
  • sunny patio with a hot tub and gas braai
  • shaded garden

Things to do

  • Protea Walk through orchards and farm gardens
  • picnicking
  • explore the garden labyrinth
  • mountain-biking and hiking trails on site and nearby
  • dam for canoeing and swimming
  • massages and yoga on site
  • surrounding wine route
  • horse riding nearby
  • whale-watching in season (June – November)
  • markets, galleries, shops and restaurants in Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 – 6 per cabin
Cost From R 3 290 per cabin per night (depending on season and cabin type)
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Hill Cottage at Tanagra

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Where McGregor
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting From its spot alone on a hill, surrounded by fynbos and overlooking vineyards, valleys and mountains, Hill Cottage is a dinky little hideaway less than 10 minutes from McGregor’s high street… surprising given how remote it feels. Decorated in earthy tones, it has a rustic-chic appeal and everything you need for a country escape – including privacy, tranqillity, connection to nature and modern comforts. At day’s end, help yourself to a bottle of wine from the cottage’s honesty bar, light the fire (whether inside, for a braai, in the outdoor firepit or the hot tub) and enjoy the view.

The lodgings

  • open-plan cottage with queen-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom (bath and walk-in shower with a view)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open fireplace + electric heaters
  • verandah with braai + plunge pool that can be turned into a hot tub
  • honesty bar with estate wines
  • board games and CD player/radio

Things to do

  • wine and spirits tastings on site and nearby
  • explore the farm (on various trails, including a botanical plant trail)
  • bird-watching
  • visit the donkey sanctuary
  • Zen gardens of Temenos
  • hiking and mountain-biking in Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
  • olive tour and tasting at Rhebokskraal
  • explore the heritage and art routes in town
  • cafés and restaurants in McGregor
  • McGregor Morning Market (on Saturday)

Good to know There are other self-catering options on the farm: one very secluded architect-designed eco-house (Faraway Cottage), and some country cottages near the main farmstead.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 people
Cost R1 550 per night for two people
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Copia Eco Cabins

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Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Situated on a working farm in the heart of the Overberg, these converted shipping containers are the perfect off-grid stay for an overdose of nature and seclusion (“copia” means abundance in Latin). Proud owner Lucas Steyn built all four cabins himself, and is committed to ensuring sheer comfort and unspoilt surrounds are in abundance for all who stay here. With little cellphone reception and no wifi or TV, it’s easy to unplug and embrace the hilltop views while enjoying a soak in the wood-fired hot tub.
While all the cabins are beautifully designed and stylishly appointed, the brand-new Soetdoring cabin (pictured above) has a glass-roofed bedroom and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise views and create a contemporary feel.

The lodgings

  • 4 cabins: Copia, Lone Tree, Waterval and Soetdoring
  • 1 bedroom with king-size bed
  • bathroom with free-standing bath and shower
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • covered deck with braai and outdoor seating
  • wood-burning hot tub

Things to do

  • in-cabin massage
  • hiking in the scenic Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • neighbouring farm for mountain-biking and fly-fishing
  • nearby wine farms
  • explore Elgin valley and Hermanus
  • golf at Arabella

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 850 per cabin (minimum 2-night stay on weekends)
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Kwelanga

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Where Baardskeedersbos
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Situated on the peaceful outskirts of Baardskeerdersbos (affectionately known as “B-Bos” among locals), this off-grid glamping retreat in the Overberg offers an uninterrupted sense of tranquillity, where sweeping fynbos plains and towering mountains set the scene. In keeping with this arty, somewhat eccentric hamlet, this gypsy-inspired escape is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature.

The lodgings

  • caravan and eco-tent, each sleeping 2 adults
  • each has a fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and fridge
  • eco tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and compost toilet
  • outdoor fire pit and seating area
  • wood-burning hot tub
  • free-range eggs and herbs available

Things to do

  • pool table, books, board games and swimming pool at main house
  • Saturday farmers’ market
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • stargazing
  • nearby beaches and whale-watching
  • wine estates nearby
  • explore Stanford and Gansbaai
  • Baardskeerdersbos Art Route (twice a year)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost R1 300 per unit per night
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Opstal Stay

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Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT Just over 1 hour
Setting Woven into the fabric and history of the Breedekloof, this seventh-generation property offers an idyllic stayover that combines magnificent scenery and true country-style hospitality. Tucked between rugged slopes, a cluster of privately located modern mountain cabins provide cosy, stylish and tranquil nests for some real R&R. Each has an outdoor deck with a wood-burning hot tub to set the scene for an unforgettable stay, with unspoilt nature just footsteps away.

The lodgings

  • 5 cottages (The Barber and Carl Everson sleep 4 each; Lang Jan, Nellie’s Needle and Lady Ansie sleep 2 each)bathroom with shower (plus outdoor shower in the 2-sleeper units)
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas hob
  • living area with a slow-combustion fireplace
  • indoor and outdoor dining tables
  • sheltered outdoor deck with a braai and hot tub
  • complimentary firewood bundle

Things to do

  • restaurant on site (including pizzas and platters)
  • wine-tasting on-site, and nearby
  • hiking and mountain-biking on the farm, and nearby
  • trekkertrein (tractor-train) vineyard tour and picnic
  • explore Rawsonville’s farm stalls, shops and restaurants
  • fly-fishing
  • birdwatching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 people
Cost From R1 750 per night (two-sleeper cottages)
From R2 300 per night (four-sleeper cottages)
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KolKol Mountain Lodge

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Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting 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. Run by owners Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse, KolKol is a rustic-luxe retreat that appeals to discerning, nature-loving travellers seeking rest and relaxation in stunning, fynbos-smothered surroundings.

The lodgings

  • 9 Mountain Cabins and 3 modern Fynbos Pods
  • all sleep two guests, except family-friendly King Cabin (sleeps 10), KolKol (sleeps 6) and Sewejaartjie (sleeps 2 adults plus bunk beds for kids)
  • en-suite bedroom with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wood-fired pizza oven (in King Cabin and Fynbos pods)
  • open-plan living area with fireplace
  • wooden deck with outdoor seating and braai
  • wood-fired hot tub and outdoor shower
  • CD player in Cabins, Marshall bluetooth speaker in Fynbos Pods

Things to do

  • 3km hiking trail on site
  • picnicking
  • swimming dam
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • in-cabin massage treatments
  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • Bot River wine route
  • explore the Elgin Valley, Kleinmond and Hermanus

Good to know KolKol were the original instigators of this wood-fired hot tub trend. Shout out to them!
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 – 10 per unit
Cost Mountain Cabins: R 2 300 per cabin per weekend night
Fynbos Pods: R2 750 per pod per weekend night
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Black Barn

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Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Tucked away in a sea of fynbos, with zebras and springboks roaming the area, this wonderfully secluded three-bedroom holiday home near Danger Point is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Part of the stylish Romansbaai Collection (a secure private estate with its own beach), the luxe pad boasts pared-back interiors, double-volume sunlit living spaces and a private walkway to the beach – making for a sumptuous stay along the wilder side of the Whale Coast.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms with king-size extra-length beds
  • 3 en-suite bathrooms with shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan lounge and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor deck and dining area with braai
  • private hot tub
  • firewood, coffee beans and filtered water included
  • Bose sound system
  • complimentary bottle of wine

Things to do

  • nature and beach walks
  • boules
  • birdwatching
  • nearby beaches
  • Danger Point lighthouse
  • penguin and seabird sanctuary
  • Kleinbaai Golf Club
  • visit Gansbaai, De Kelders and Stanford

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 6
Cost From R4 000 per night (depending on season, minimum two-night stay)
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Hoogwater Cottage

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Where Near Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked below the Witzenberg Mountains at Romansrivier, this working fruit farm gives a taste of authentic farm life, where you can explore the tranquil surroundings to your heart’s content and stroll down to the Breede River for a picnic or to fish. The open-plan cottage is smartly dressed, with everything you need for a comfortable break from the city. This is also prime snow country in winter, which makes the hot tub even more attractive. It’s located in its own gazebo in the garden, with wonderful views of the majestic peaks.

The lodgings

  • 1 bedroom (double bed) plus a double sleeper couch
  • en-suite bathroom with shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace (basket of wood supplied)
  • large patio with braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • firewood supplied (2 bags)

Things to do

  • walking and biking on farm
  • fishing
  • birdwatching
  • wine farms nearby
  • horse-riding nearby
  • Ceres zipline
  • hiking and mountain-biking nearby

Good to know There are also two houses with hot tubs for bigger groups.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults + 2 children (double-sleeper couch)
Cost R1 550 per night for two adults
R300 per night per extra adult
R150 per night per child (minimum 2-night stay)
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Black Eagle Lodges

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Where Caledon
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The peaceful Kempsrivier farm (sheep, cattle, wheat and fruit) sets the scene for this tranquil stay where towering mountains, abundant birdlife and a sparkling farm dam enhance its away-from-it-all appeal. The stone-built lodges are utterly comfortable, and generously spaced a kilometre apart, so that guests can have their own piece of paradise.

The lodgings

  • Three options: 3-bedroom villa, 3-bedroom lodge and 2-bedroom cottage
  • bathrooms with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious living and dining areas
  • indoor fireplaces (some in bedrooms)
  • shaded patio with outdoor seating and braai (Lodge has a boma)
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • Villa and Lodge have their own dam

Things to do

  • walks through the orchards
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails on site
  • merino sheep shearing
  • bass fishing on request
  • birdwatching
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • explore the nearby towns of Bot River and Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, in the Villa and Cottage
Sleeps 4 – 6 per unit
Cost From R1 800 per night for two people
R250 per extra person per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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Southern Yurts

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Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Located in the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy on Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, a short drive from Bot River, this collection of private yurts is immersed in endless nature, providing a get-away-from-it-all escape. Made from wooden beams draped in canvas, the solar-powered yurts offer all the amenities luxury glamping without the schlep associated with DIY camping. In addition to Forest View Yurt (in its own separate location, with a deck overlooking the valley), the Yurt Camp has two more options that can be booked as a group, with beautiful views of the overhead cliff face.

The lodgings

  • 4 yurts: Forest View and Kestrel sleep 2 (Kestrel has an extra tent for children), Malachite sleeps 4 (in two yurts). Each has an extra daybed for 2 guests
  • double beds, bedding, towels and extra blankets included
  • kitchen area with indoor fireplace and gas stove
  • bathroom with hot shower
  • outdoor lounging space and braai area (firewood included)
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • fan/heater (in Forest View Yurt)
  • binoculars and nature books
  • breakfast, sundowner or braai baskets to order

Things to do

  • swing under an ancient oak tree
  • explore the Secret Forest
  • hiking and running trails on site
  • birdwatching (resident black eagles)
  • swimming in the dam, canoe and kayak available
  • fishing
  • nearby wine farms
  • horse riding nearby
  • Cape Canopy Tour zipline

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? Yes, on request (small fee)
Wi-fi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per yurt
Cost From R1 250 per unit per night
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Wolwehoek Private Nature Reserve

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Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting “Secluded” is only the tip of the iceberg when describing this breathtaking escape, hidden in the untouched Keisie Valley just outside the Karoo town of Montagu. The private nature reserve, managed by passionate owners Roux van der Watt and Robin De Cauwer, is a wonderfully isolated haven far removed from the stress of daily life, where birdsong, fynbos plains and stunning “explorer-style” accommodation set the scene for an unforgettable off-grid escape – not least its fairy-lit, farm-dam-style hot tub. There is only one luxury glamping unit, Leopard’s Kloof, accessible only by 4×4, with another two in the pipeline.

The lodgings

  • king-size bed
  • free-standing slipper bath and outdoor shower
  • lounge with sofa and arm chairs
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • pizza oven and outdoor braai with firewood
  • outdoor lounge with 12-metre super-hammock

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • rock-climbing, on site and nearby
  • birdwatching (binoculars supplied)
  • mountain-biking
  • stargazing

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 700 per night per night for two people
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Bergsicht Country Farm Cottages

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Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away on a working farm in the Tulbagh valley, these self-catering cottages (each uniquely decorated, with their own personality) ooze comfort and rustic charm. Just a short drive from Cape Town, with mountain vistas and surrounding orchards, Bergsicht has all the makings of a simple yet magical countryside escape – complete with wood-fired hot tubs, sweeping views and a sought-after sense of tranquillity.

The lodgings

  • 7 cottages: Sunburst (sleeps 6), Ruby Star (sleeps 4), African Delight (sleeps 3), Lady Red, Angelino, Southern Belle and Laetitia (sleep 2 each)
  • bathrooms with showers (and baths in bigger cottages)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • living room
  • outdoor verandah or deck with braai
  • indoor fireplace
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air conditioning
  • sound system or DStv

Things to do

  • picnicking (couples picnic basket available)
  • walks on the farm
  • explore the town
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • horse-riding trails
  • wine-by-bike rental
  • waterfall hikes

Child friendly? Yes, for family cottages (Sunburst, Ruby Star and African Delight)
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 per cottage
Cost From R1 400 per night for two adults
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AfriCamps at Stanford Hills

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting In the foothills of the Klein River Mountains, overlooking a dam and the entire Stanford Valley, this boutique glamping is situated on a boutique wine and protea farm, providing the ultimate respite from the noise of daily life. The canvas-walled tents are the perfect combination of creature comforts and the great outdoors. And, if you forgot to bring food, braai and picnic packs are available to order. There’s also a deli on the farm where you can stock up on country-style meals made with farm-fresh vegetables.

The lodgings

  • 10 glamping tents (with 2 extra-length queen beds and a single bunk bed)
  • en-suite bathroom with rain shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • living and dining area
  • indoor fireplace
  • spacious elevated deck with seating and braai area
  • air conditioning and electric blankets
  • 5 tents have an outdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • breakfast and braai baskets, plus picnic hampers available

Things to do 

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • wine-tasting and restaurant on site
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • swimming in the farm dam
  • catch-and-release bass fishing
  • beaches nearby
  • whale-watching by small plane
  • restaurants, markets and galleries in Stanford and Hermanus
  • cheese farm and brewery nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent
Wifi? Only at the restaurant
Good to know AfriCamps also has camps with hot tubs in Wellington, Swellendam and the Garden Route.
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 390 per night for two adults (with hot tub)
R275 per extra adult
R175 per extra child
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Honey Bee Suite at Platbos Forest

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Where Near Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set in the most southerly indigenous Afromontane forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists intent on preserving its rich diversity of fauna and flora, which includes centuries-old milkwood trees, bushbuck, baboons and even some leopards. The entire site is off-grid and utilises old-school donkey boilers to heat the water. There are various stayover options here – one of which is the scenic Honey Bee Suite, completely hidden from the others and the only one equipped with a wood-fired hot tub under an enormous, ancient tree.

The lodgings

  • tented room with double bed and mosquito net
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove (no fridge)
  • living area with dining table and couch/daybed
  • open-air shower and composting toilet
  • outdoor fireplace/braai
  • wood-burning hot tub

Things to do

  • walk the Forest Trail
  • labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl shells
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • restaurants and shops in Stanford and Hermanus
  • Klein River cheese farm
  • boat trips in Gansbaai
  • beaches and whale-watching at De Kelders and Franskraal

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No, cellphone reception is patchy
Good to know There are no electrical points and no music is permitted. A cooler box is provided in the “freezer hut”. All wood used is from alien-clearing projects.
Sleeps 2
Cost R1 150 per night
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Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

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Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Part of a working farm just outside of Citrusdal, on the edge of the wilderness, this scenic escape is perched on fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Olifants River valley, and surrounded by the Cederberg’s striking rock formations. The cottages are set amid the fynbos gardens, with floral beauty, birdsong and fresh air guaranteed. The hot tubs here are sleek jacuzzis fed with spring water, with views that stretch to eternity.

The lodgings

  • 10 cottages (six of which sleep 2, four units that sleep 4)
  • en-suite with king-size beds
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • seating area
  • outdoor terrace with braai and Jacuzzi

Things to do

  • stargazing and sundowners
  • 4km hiking trail on site
  • labyrinth to meander
  • fynbos garden and medicinal herb walks
  • paddling on the river (canoes for hire)
  • birdwatching (resident Verreaux’s eagles)
  • mountain-biking
  • ancient San rock paintings
  • nearby horse riding trails
  • wineries and farm stalls in the area

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? In the main building and two of the cottages
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage
Cost From R1 500 per cottage per night for two people (depending on season and cottage type)
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Forest Valley Cottages

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Where Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting Situated on the edge of lush forest in Rheenendal, each of these scenic treetop cottages boasts unrivalled views of the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains and expansive valley below. The perfect mix of rustic and luxury, the lodgings offer a wonderfully private and intimate escape, allowing you to kick back and simply enjoy the birdsong and natural beauty. The hot tubs here are large spa baths on the deck, with the added bonus of massaging water jets.

The lodgings

  • 8 cottages with queen-size bed, each sleeping 2 (except Lavender Edge: sleeps 4)
  • open-plan couples’ shower in Earth Rose and en-suite in other units
  • indoor fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchenette with Nespresso machine
  • lounge area
  • flatscreen TV with DStv
  • portable fan and air conditioning
  • private deck with seating, a hammock and wood-burning braai
  • large jacuzzi/spa tub
  • daily housekeeping

Things to do

  • forest walks
  • scenic picnics
  • explore the Rheenendal Ramble
  • ferry and yacht rides on the Knysna Lagoon and through the Heads
  • restaurants, bars and shops in Knysna
  • nearby beaches at Brenton and Buffels Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage
Cost From R2 490 per cottage per night
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Mount Ceder

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Where Cederberg, near Ceres
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Set on the dramatic slopes of the rugged Cederber, this escape is about as secluded as they come, with a scattering of campsites and a dozen houses, some of which are spaced more than 60 metres apart. There are four with hot tubs – Klipbokkop has the most incredible setting above the river, while Karooboom is on ground level and has a lovely garden. The surrounding landscape is inescapably restorative, and nature lovers will relish daily walks to the nearby river, or up the mountain to see and explore all that’s on offer (including possible snow in winter).

The lodgings

  • 4 houses with hot tubs: Klipbokkop, Blinkberg, Puntjie and Kareeboom (sleep 6 – 8)
  • 2 bedrooms and a loft room (except in Puntjie); Kareeboom has 3 bedrooms
  • 2 or 3 bathrooms with bath and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge with an indoor  fireplace
  • balcony with a braai area
  • air conditioning
  • two houses have jacuzzis, two have wood-burning hot tubs

Things to do

  • hiking on site
  • mountain-biking routes (with newly built singletrack)
  • swimming and canoeing in the Groot River
  • walks to the waterfall
  • Old Mill House restaurant on site (lunch packs and braai boxes available)
  • guided hikes to San rock-art sites, caves and canyon
  • olive-grove tour and olive-oil tasting
  • stargazing

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? At restaurant and reception
Sleeps 2 – 8 per house
Cost From R551 per person sharing per night
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Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve

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Where Touws River
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by prehistoric rock formations and the lunar-esque landscape of the Karoo, 4 000-hectare Gecko Rock is a wild terrain home to a number of small wildlife –  zebra, springbok, gemsbok and other antelope, honey badger, aardvark, African wild cat, caracal and even the elusive leopard – not to mention an abundance of birdlife, too. Hidden away from it all, this scenic escape is the perfect place to recharge and relax, to catch perfect sunrises and sunsets and wish upon a star or six million.

The lodgings

  • 3 cottages with hot tubs: Southern Nights (sleeps 8), wooden cabin Montana Vista (sleeps 6), most private Rhebokvlakte (sleeps 4)
  • bathrooms with shower (and bath in Southern Nights)
  • double beds and double sleeper couches
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • lounge and dining area
  • indoor braai/fireplace
  • large stoep with braai and hot tub
  • shop at reception for basic items (ice, firewood, milk etc)

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • over 40km of mountain-biking trails
  • 4×2 and 4×4 drives and training
  • stargazing
  • flower walks (self-guided or guided)
  • rock climbing and abseiling
  • shooting academy

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Wifi? At reception only
Sleeps 2 – 8 per cottage
Cost Montana Vista: R3 000 per night
Southern Nights: R3 500 per night
Rhebokvlakte: R1 750 per night for two adults
R250 per extra adult
R175 per child
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Wolfkop Nature Reserve

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Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Hidden in the foothills of the Cederberg, overlooking the Olifants River Valley, Wolfkop Nature Reserve serves as a tranquil 450-hectare retreat and natural playground, without the bells and whistles. Aside from the stunning scenery and blooming fields of flowers on your doorstep, the reserve is home to creatures such as duikers, porcupines and tortoises – and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot a leopard slipping into the surrounding caves.

The lodgings

  • 3 cottages (2 bedrooms each) and 1 house (5 bedrooms)
  • king-size beds, plus sleeper couches for extra space
  • en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living area with a fireplace
  • verandah with a braai
  • deck with jacuzzi and plunge pool
  • outside play area and jungle gym for children
  • air conditioning
  • Harphuis has a bar area, pizza oven, swing chairs and wraparound verandah

Things to do

  • 20km of hiking trails through rock formations
  • mountain-biking
  • canoeing and bodyboarding down the river
  • fly-fishing
  • tea, gin and wine-tastings nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 10 per cottage
Cost From R1 500 per cottage per night for two people
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Time of publication: 02 June 2022

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