The 30 Best Weekend Getaways Near Cape Town

The 30 Best Weekend Getaways Near Cape Town

These dreamy escapes are close enough for comfort.

Sometimes, a complete break from the daily grind is the only way to reboot – especially when we reach the halfway mark in the year. Fortunately, in Cape Town, we are blessed with an array of out-of-the-way places that are – ironically – close enough to be able to hop into a car and get away from it all.

We went in search of the best weekend getaways around the Mother City, and discovered these.

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

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Cape Winelands

Dar El Qamar

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Hayden Pipps
Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting This streets of this historic town, famed for its architecture, are lined with dozens of grand gabled beauties, one of which is Dar El Qamar on Church Street – the original mission school built in 1796, and more recently the home-studio of late SA neo-baroque artist Christo Coetzee. It’s received a decor-magazine-worthy revamp, filled with mid-century vintage finds and artworks. Meaning Monastery of the Moon, Dar El Qamar is indeed a soul-stirring and tranquil place that promotes wellbeing (with an onsite yoga room, sauna and treatment room). Think of it as your own private spa holiday, filled with special touches and little luxuries.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (one is a loft room) with king or queen beds
  • 3 en-suite bathrooms (one with bathtub and shower, two with showers)
  • fully equipped kitchen plus extra kitchenette
  • lounge with fireplace, books and vinyl record player
  • dining room plus outdoor dining area
  • two courtyards
  • braai area and firepit
  • deck with plunge pool
  • sauna and yoga room
  • house manager to help guests with anything they need

Things to do

  • in-house spa treatments
  • explore Tulbagh’s museums and historic buildings
  • restaurants, coffee shops and shops nearby
  • Tulbagh wine valley
  • hiking trails
  • horse-riding

Good to know Special until end-September: pay for two nights; stay for three.
Child friendly? Yes, from 6 years
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 6
Cost July – September: R4 400 per night
October 2022 – February 2023: R4 800 per night
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Camissa Farm

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Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A once-neglected, alien-overrun 60-hectare tract of land in the Banhoek Valley has been transformed by the Lundie family into a thriving farm. Replenished by their “flerd” (free-roaming, grass-reared cattle, sheep and chickens), Camissa’s soil now provides vegetables, meat and eggs for the family, along with olives, avocados and almonds. An array of happy guests keep the Lundie’s modern-rustic cabins, as well as the Bed in the Shed (a loft apartment in the barn), very busy indeed. All five options are off-grid and decorated with flair, and have phenomenal views of the Simonsberg and Groot Drakenstein mountains.

The lodgings

  • Camissa Cabin (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) sleeps 6
  • 3 cottages at the dam (Avocado, Almond, Rosemary) sleep 2 in an en-suite bedroom, with a queen-size sleeping pod for children
  • Bed in the Shed loft apartment (sleeps 2)
  • open-plan lounge with a flatscreen TV
  • fully equipped kitchen with dining area
  • indoor fireplace (in the cottages)
  • patio with braai area and/or fire pit
  • wood-fired hot tub (in Camissa Cabin, Almond + Rosemary cottages)
  • air conditioning
  • complimentary bottle of wine

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • scenic farm walks
  • wildlife and bird spotting
  • nearby wine farms (within walking distance)
  • Sam’s Soap Studio on site for natural bath products
  • restaurants, shops and markets in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
  • access to Banhoek tennis club (by arrangement)

Good to know Minimum two-night stay.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 people
Cost From R1 200 – R2 000 per unit per night (depending on season and number of guests)
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Languedoc Cabin

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Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting For surround sounds of nature, this rustic log cabin under age-old trees beside a duck pond turns up the volume: birds singing, frogs croaking, crickets chirping, the flowing river and sometimes golden silence. Languedoc Farm is a little slice of bucolic England in the Blaauwklippen Valley, with stunning gardens, mountain views and horses in the paddocks. For a relaxing, soul-restoring break from daily life, with some of the best wines from the Golden Triangle on your doorstep, this is a simple Winelands gem.

The lodgings

  • one-bedroom cabin with extra-length queen bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas hob
  • open-plan living area with indoor fireplace
  • smart TV for streaming
  • outdoor firepit/braai
  • large verandah with seating and dining table

Things to do

  • walks in the gardens and beside the river
  • hiking trails in nearby forest and up the Helderberg
  • stargazing
  • wine farms nearby
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • Stellenbosch restaurants, shops and more 10 minutes’ drive away

Good to know Languedoc Farm also has two open-plan apartment suites.
Child friendly? Yes, above 12 years
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 600 per night for the cabin (depending on season; minimum two-night stay) October 2022: R1 800 per night for the cabin (depending on season; minimum two-night stay)
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La Chataigne

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated on a boutique wine farm in the Franschhoek Valley, La Chataigne is home to five stylish self-catering cottages in a wonderfully intimate (and relaxed) environment, making it a tranquil hideaway with all the creature comforts discerning travellers desire. There are two larger cottages beside the river under old oak trees, and three couples-perfect Scandi-chic cottages – one beside a merlot vineyard, the other two offering wonderful mountain views.

The lodgings

  • 2 family-style Riverside Cottages (Marron and Kastanje), each sleeping 4
  • 2 luxury Stable Cottages (Blanc and Noir) and Chestnut Cottage, each sleeping 2
  • king-size beds (or twin beds)
  • en-suite bathroom (bath and/or shower)
  • fully equipped kitchen (with Nespresso machine in Blanc, Noir and Chestnut)
  • open-plan lounge with an indoor fireplace
  • verandah with a braai and seating area
  • large deck with a private pool (in Blanc and Noir)
  • private garden/lawn and pool (Chestnut)
  • TV with select DStv (in Blanc and Noir)
  • air conditioning (except Riverside Cottages)

Things to do

  • stroll through the vineyards, gardens and along the river
  • play boules
  • swim and lounge by the Orchard Pool
  • purchase farm-made treats and estate wine
  • Franschhoek’s restaurants, galleries and shops only 7km away

Child friendly? Yes, in Marron and Kastanje; Chestnut, Blanc and Noir (from 13 years)
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 or 4 per cottage
Cost From R1 890 – R4 200 per cottage per night (depending on season and cottage type)
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Nibbana Farm

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Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by towering mountains in the heart of the Witzenberg Valley, this working farm offers a designer getaway in a peaceful, rural setting. Home to a beautiful manor house (exclusive-use only) and a scattering of quaint cottages, with the Tulbagh wine valley right on your doorstep, this sumptuous retreat is ideal for those seeking a relaxing stay with a luxe edge. The decor is a delight, the gardens are enchanting

The lodgings

  • 3 1-bedroom cottages (Blue, Red and Karoo)
  • 2 Stable Cottages – one Family (3 bedrooms) and 1 Studio (open-plan suite)
  • en-suite bathroom with shower
  • well-equipped kitchenette (full kitchen in Karoo and Stable Cottages)
  • lounge area with fireplace (plus old wood-fired stove in kitchen of Stable Family Cottage)
  • patio with outdoor seating and braai
  • private plunge pool (Stable Cottages)
  • wood-fired hot tub/plunge pool and firepit (Karoo Cottage)
  • four-bedroom manor house with indoor fireplaces, living room, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor living area with a dining table, large pool, two undercover braai areas and garden

Things to do

  • Secret Garden with oak trees, bubbling streams, flowers, sculptures and hammocks
  • outdoor wood-fired pizza oven
  • walking trails, including to a private waterfall
  • swimming in the natural pool or two dams
  • bass and tilapia fishing
  • horse-riding trails nearby
  • mountain-biking trails
  • nearby Ceres zipline
  • birdwatching
  • Tulbagh’s restaurants, shops and museums 16km away

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 6 in cottages; 8 in the Manor House
Cost Cottages: From R1 400 – R4 200 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Manor House: From R6 000 per night (depending on season)
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7 Koppies

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Blessed with a spot on a 50-hectare fynbos reserve, high in the hills of Franschhoek, this farm has a most extravagant view: a jaw-dropping expanse of mountain peaks above the fertile valley. The guesthouse itself is pure luxury, beautifully decorated but understated and uncluttered. Plenty of nooks hive off the communal areas, shared by only five bedrooms, plus there’s a private self-catering cottage. The grassed terrace out front, lined by a 25-metre-long lap pool, is bookended by two verandahs overlooking a manicured fynbos garden and those views. You’re 15 minutes’ drive from Franschhoek’s restaurants, but if you don’t feel like leaving this blissful eyrie, delicious home-cooked meals made with the farm’s produce are available on request.

The lodgings

  • 2 en-suite rooms with private outdoor seating
  • 1 loft suite
  • 2 ground-floor suites with fireplace and private outdoor seating
  • one-bedroom standalone cottage (Rockwood) with a kitchen, smart TV with Netflix, private pool, deck and outdoor bathtub and shower
  • king-size beds with organic cotton bedding
  • minibar and tea- and coffee-making facilities in suites
  • open-plan communal lounge and dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • terrace with solar-heated lap pool
  • two verandahs, one with outdoor lounge and fireplace
  • butler and daily service (including laundry)
  • daily breakfast
  • air conditioning and ceiling fans

Things to do

  • swimming
  • sundowners beside the pool
  • explore the working farm (citrus orchard, olive grove, veg and herb gardens, beehives)
  • hiking in the fynbos reserve
  • birdwatching and animal spotting
  • in-room spa treatments
  • Franschhoek’s restaurants, shops and markets ??km away
  • wine tasting in the valley
  • guided fly-fishing

Child friendly? Yes, age 13 and over
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per room; 3 in cottage; 10 for exclusive use
Cost Rooms: From R3 575 per night (depending on season, minimum two-night stay)
Suites: From R4 750 per night (depending on season, minimum two-night stay)
Cottage: From R6 950 per night; third guest R750 per night (depending on season, minimum two-night stay)
Exclusive use: From R22 950 per night (depending on season, minimum two-night stay)
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Bergsicht Farm Cottages

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Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Tucked away in the Tulbagh Valley on a working farm called Vrolikheid, this place truly is a joy. Bergsicht offers a private self-catering stay that oozes comfort and rustic charm. With mountain vistas and surrounded by orchards, this picturesque spot has all the makings of a magical countryside escape – complete with wood-fired hot tubs, sweeping views and sought-after tranquillity.

The lodgings

  • 7 cottages – three suited for families, four perfect for couples
  • en-suite bathroom with shower and/or bath (plus outdoor shower in Angelino)
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • living room with indoor fireplace
  • deck or verandah with seating and a braai
  • wood-fired hot tub (plus plunge pool in Sunburst)
  • small private garden
  • flatscreen TV (in family cottages)

Things to do

  • explore the farm and orchards
  • wine tasting at nearby wine estates
  • horse-riding trails
  • wine-by-bike rental
  • waterfall hikes
  • Tulbagh’s restaurants, shops and museums 7km away

Child friendly? Yes, for family cottages (Sunburst, Ruby Star and African Delight)
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes (except Sunburst)
Sleeps 2 – 6 per cottage
Cost From R1 500 per night for two adults (depending on season and cottage type)
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Tulbagh Mountain Cabin

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Tulbagh Mountain Cabin outdoor bath
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Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The majestic Witzenberg mountains are a sight to behold: towering folds create the perfect canvas for sunrises, sunsets and everything in between. Tucked into the foot of these giants, beside a small river, this luxury wooden chalet is the perfect stage for soaking up the spectacular surroundings. Situated in a private game park, where springbok and zebras roam free, with the Tulbagh wine route and town a short drive away, it offers a blissful reprieve away from it all.

The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms – upstairs in the loft (double bed) and on the ground floor (twin beds), plus an extra single bed on the mezzanine
  • 2 bathrooms – one en-suite upstairs, one downstairs, plus an outdoor bathtub and shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with a coffee maker
  • open-plan living area with fireplace
  • wraparound sundeck with swingchairs
  • separate thatched braai area with a dining table
  • downstairs patio with hammock and outside bath tub
  • smart TV with Netflix
  • ceiling fans and air conditioning
  • electric blankets and gas heater

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • swimming pool
  • wine-tastings
  • horse-riding
  • Tulbagh’s restaurants, shops and museums 16km away
  • Ceres zipline nearby

Good to know There is a second option next door: a small bungalow, for two extra guests.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 5
Cost From R1 750 per night for the cabin (depending on season)
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Faraway Cottage at Tanagra

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Where McGregor
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting The most remote spot in the wild, mountainous part of this 78 000-hectare wine farm was chosen as the site of an architect-designed, off-grid cottage in the style of a Karoo dwelling – but with modern touches to elevate, such as edge-to-edge windows and glass fold-away doors. Simply furnished, with whitewashed walls, cement floors and built-in sofas, it’s somewhat monastic, but the crackling fire creates a cosy atmosphere and nothing detracts from the enormous views. It’s the ideal romantic bolthole but also a great place to bond with friends or family.

The lodgings

  • two bedrooms (one with king-size bed, one with twin beds; up to two extra beds can be added for children)
  • two en-suite bathrooms (bath with a view in master bedroom en-suite)
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • lounge with fireplace and gas heater
  • spacious verandah with seating and hammocks
  • braai area
  • private plunge pool
  • board games, radio and CD player
  • honesty bar with estate wines

Things to do

  • four walking trails on the farm, including to a dam and a riverside “beach”
  • wine and spirits tastings on site and nearby
  • Bird-watching
  • picnicking
  • visit the donkey sanctuary
  • hiking and mountain-biking in nearby nature reserve
  • olive tour and tasting nearby
  • cafés, shops and restaurants in town (10 minutes’ drive away)
  • McGregor heritage and art routes, and Temenos Zen garden

Good to know There is another remote option, Hill Cottage, with a hot tub, as well as six other cottages/apartments closer to the main farmhouse.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No, but there is phone reception
Sleeps 4 adults, 2 children
Cost  R2 700 per night for up to four people sharing; from R300 per night per extra person
From October 2022: R2 850 per night
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Jonkmanshof

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Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Another of the Cape countryside’s picturesque small towns, Montagu is filled with historic architecture and Klein-Karoo tradition. The surrounding Langeberg mountains and farmlands ensure there’s natural beauty in spades too. Jonkmanshof is made up of two 19th-century Cape Dutch-style houses that were lovingly renovated with lashings of design flair – courtesy of Jacques Erasmus of Cape Town’s Hemelhuijs fame. Every room is an immersive artwork, every object and antique considered – but it’s comfortable too, with thick lime-plastered walls, fireplaces, cashmere blankets, underfloor heating, AGA stove in the kitchen/dining area and home-made liqueurs such as limoncello, vin d’orange and kumquatcelle from the courtyard orchard to keep the chill at bay.

The lodgings

  • each house has two suites with four-poster beds (twin beds on request at 20 Bath Street)
  • en-suite bathrooms with bateau bath
  • seating area and desk in suite 1 at 20 Bath Street
  • lounge with wood-burning fireplace
  • Library with a desk at 20 Bath Street
  • fully equipped chef’s kitchen (with a wood-burning AGA stove at 20 Bath Street)
  • farm dam-style swimming pool at both houses
  • private garden and terrace with recliners, dining table and braai
  • indigenous succulent greenhouse at 20 Bath Street
  • daily breakfast; dinner on request and minimum of 4 guests required

Things to do

  • explore the magical garden
  • swim in the pool
  • hiking and rock-climbing nearby
  • chauffeured drive in a classic car
  • Bicycle or walking tours of town
  • restaurants, cafés, galleries, museums and shops close by
  • wine-tasting at various award-winning wine farms in the Breede River
  • hot-springs resort nearby

Good to know Special winter offer (until September): 15% discount, or stay for three nights; pay for two. Inverter power during load shedding in both houses.
Child friendly? Yes, from 8 years (unless booking exclusively)
Pet friendly? Yes, at 30 Bath Street only
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite; 4 or 8 for exclusive use
Cost From R2 900 – R3 500 per suite per night (depending on season)
Exclusive use: 20 Bath from R8 000 per night; 30 Bath from R7 000 per night
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Orchard Cottages at Boschendal

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting When it comes to an authentic Winelands experience, Boschendal ticks all the boxes, and then some. Ancient oaks, rows of vineyards, a Manor House dating back to 1685, a welcoming Werf for wining and dining, hectares of stunning surroundings to explore, and a fantastic kids’ club. To fully appreciate all that’s on offer and Boschendal’s warm-hearted hospitality, you need to spend a few days here, in sync with the rhythms of nature and the farm’s true purpose. The beautiful self-catering cottages at Boschendal are equipped with all the modern comforts, plus a generous dose of rural charm and marvellous views.

The lodgings

  • one- to four-bedroom en-suite cottages (sleep 2 – 8)
  • king, queen or twin beds
  • fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes
  • lounge and dining area
  • fireplace
  • private patio with seating and braai area
  • satellite TV
  • communal swimming pool
  • lawns and garden
  • breakfast daily

Things to do

  • Werf Restaurant, Deli and Bar
  • picnicking
  • browse the Farm Shop, Butchery and Homeware Shop
  • wine tastings and pairings on site
  • garden tours/walks
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking (bikes to rent)
  • horse-riding
  • Treehouse children’s playground and outdoor experience
  • Friday night markets (in spring and summer)
  • see the exhibitions at the art gallery in the Manor House

Good to know The rate includes a complimentary walking farm tour, guided hike and open access to the hiking/biking trails.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 8
Cost From R2 015 per cottage for two (depending on the season)
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La Petite Ferme Vineyard Suites

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This intimate boutique hotel has always had a decidedly well-heeled reputation, despite its laidback ambience and one-and-all appeal of its vineyard-facing front lawn. Perched on the northern slopes of the Franschhoek mountains, all of the rooms, as well as the charming glass-fronted restaurant, boast spellbinding valley and vineyard views. The luxury suites, each inspired by a global destination, are romantic and comfort-filled.

The lodgings

  • five stylish, individually decorated Vineyard Suites (Florentin, Provençale, Africa, Moresque and Léman), each sleeping 2
  • king-size extra-length bed
  • en-suite bathroom (walk-in shower and freestanding bath with a view)
  • indoor seating area (with fireplace in Florentin)
  • patio with daybed and loungers
  • private plunge pool
  • mini bar with complimentary items and wine on arrival
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air conditioning and underfloor heating
  • smart TV

Things to do

  • lounging by the pool
  • leisurely walks and more strenuous hikes
  • complimentary guided vineyard tour
  • in-suite spa treatments
  • wine-tasting on-site and nearby
  • guided bike adventure
  • on-site restaurant
  • Franschhoek town centre 4.5km away

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per suite
Cost From R4 280 per room per night (SADC Rate) (depending on season and suite type)
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Overberg

KolKol Mountain Lodge

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Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting The “original” wood-fired hot-tub destination, KolKol Mountain Lodge is a luxurious eco-retreat that appeals to discerning nature-lovers seeking to recharge in stunning surroundings. Sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains, the fragrance of fynbos and the peaceful sounds of nature set the scene for this secluded Overberg getaway. Owners Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse bought the farm next door, where they’ve also added three cocoon-shaped Fynbos Pods that take modern design and style up a notch.

The lodgings

  • 9 log-and-stone cabins (most sleep 2, Bugsy and Sewejaartjie have extra beds for kids; KolKol sleeps 2 – 6, King sleeps 2 – 10)
  • 3 two-sleeper Fynbos Pods
  • en-suite bathrooms (some with bath and shower) plus outdoor shower in Sugarbush
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • lounge with fireplace (two-way fireplace in Pods)
  • deck with outdoor seating and braai (plus boma with firepit in King)
  • wood-fired hot tub/plunge pool
  • wood-fired pizza oven (in King cabin and Pods)
  • CD player (Pods have Marshall Bluetooth speakers)
  • welcome basket with milk, eggs, butter and more

Things to do

  • 3km circular hiking trail
  • picnicking
  • cycle on Van der Stel Pass
  • have an in-cabin massage
  • Bot River wine route
  • horse-riding nearby
  • beach and Kogelberg Reserve at Kleinmond
  • restaurants, shops and markets in Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 – 10 per unit
Cost Mountain Cabins: From R1 900 per cabin for two people (depending on day and number of nights/guests)
Fynbos Pods: From R2 350 per pod (depending on day and number of nights/guests)
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The Guardian

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Where Hermanus
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Floating above the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this 10-hectare estate is a wonderful sojourn for those seeking an immersive escape in nature. Surrounded by sweeping lawns and rolling hills, with the Onrus River flowing through it and views of the Babilonstoren mountains, two stone-and-thatch self-catering residences make for a tranquil getaway in wine country. (Owner Sharon’s secret-recipe orange cake, best enjoyed on your view-drenched deck after a walk or ride in the valley, will be one of the sweet spots of your stay.)

The lodgings

  • 1 two-bedroom freestanding cottage overlooking a pond
  • 1 apartment (attached to the main house)
  • extra-length king-size beds (with electric blankets)
  • en-suite bathrooms
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-plan living area with a slow-combustion fireplace
  • verandah with seating and a braai
  • private garden (cottage)

Things to do

  • scenic farm, riverside and fynbos walks
  • swimming in the 16-metre rimflow pool
  • picnicking
  • surrounding wine route with restaurants
  • birdwatching
  • hiking and mountain biking trails nearby
  • Hermanus restaurants, shops and markets 15 minutes away

Child friendly? No (with exceptions)
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4 in the cottage, 2 in the apartment
Cost Cottage: From R3 550 per night (depending on season)
Apartment: from R2 200 per night (depending on season)
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Morukuru Beach Lodge

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Where De Hoop Reserve, southern Cape
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Along the scenic Whale Route, De Hoop is a 34 000-hectare seaside sanctuary characterised by a dreamy vlei, a pristine shoreline and vast, wide-open spaces. Surrounded by rare fynbos, scattered seashells, architectural sand dunes and a diverse selection of game, the reserve is also home to Morukuru Beach Lodge, a faultlessly five-star hotel designed to maximise – and pay respect to – its surrounds. The lodge’s all-inclusive daily rate includes two shared guided activities per day, reserve fees and all meals and most drinks. Further along the beach, you’ll find Morukuru Ocean House, an exclusive-use villa that sleeps 10 guests.

The lodgings

  • 2 ocean-view couples suites and two ocean-view family suites with balcony
  • 1 honeymoon suite (partial sea view and private deck and outdoor bathtub)
  • suites have a balcony, TV, fireplace and seating and/or daybed with views
  • en-suite with freestanding bath and walk-in shower
  • communal bar-lounge and rooftop terrace
  • ocean-view patio with a firepit
  • sheltered central courtyard with a swimming pool and hot tub
  • communal tea and coffee stations
  • dining area with fireplace
  • complimentary use of outdoor equipment (snorkelling gear, water shoes, wetsuits, ponchos, gumboots, beach umbrella, towels)

Things to do

  • guided or self-guided fynbos walks
  • guided marine walks
  • swimming in the pool and beach rockpools
  • guided or self-guided bike rides (mountain bikes supplied)
  • beach picnics and dinners
  • sandboarding and sundowners on dunes
  • unhindered whale-watching (June – November)
  • guided nature drives in a safari vehicle
  • in-suite massages

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Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite (10 adults, 4 children exclusive use)
Cost From R5 800 per person per night sharing; from R2 850 per child sharing with parents (depending on season)
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Stanford Valley Guest Farm

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by treed hills and lush meadows where horses graze and bokkies roam, this idyllic farm in the Klein River Valley spans 480 hectares of natural beauty, and is home to a charming “village” of white-washed cottages around a central werf. Meandering mountain paths, fynbos-dotted plains, horse paddocks, a farm dam, a brand-new swimming pool complete with a G&T bar and firepit, and the Poplar Spa are just some of the features that make it the perfect escape for couples, friends and families. The onsite Manor House Restaurant serves excellent country fare – good to know if you tire of braaing on your patio…

The lodgings

  • 4 self-catering family cottages (Stables, Protea, Milkwood and Pincushion & Bluebell), each sleeping 4 – 5
  • 1 freestanding self-catering cottage (Erica)
  • 10 double rooms (Sagewood + Fynbos), sleeping 2 each
  • en-suite bathrooms (some with outdoor showers)
  • indoor fireplace (unlimited firewood supplied)
  • lounge (Stables and Pincushion & Bluebell)
  • private patio and/or garden area
  • fully equipped kitchenettes and braai facilities in five cottages
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities and mini-bar fridge in suites

Things to do

  • mountain-biking and hiking trails
  • swim in the dam or swimming pool
  • meals at the on-site restaurant
  • spa treatments, wood-fired sauna and steam room on site
  • browse the on-site art gallery and decor shop
  • canoeing and sunset cruises on the Klein River
  • wineries, brewery and cheese farm nearby
  • Stanford’s restaurants, shops and galleries 10km away
  • whale-watching in Hermanus and De Kelders

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2, 4 or 5 per cottage
Cost From R1 600 – R3 200 per cottage per night; extra single bed R250 (depending on season and cottage type)
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Haes Farm

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This 40-hectare fynbos-covered organic fruit farm has an enviable location in the hills above Walker Bay, close enough to enjoy the cool ocean breeze while enjoying uninterrupted views of the elemental Overberg landscape. Off-grid sustainability is the ethos of Haes Farm, where locally sourced produce and recycling is the order of the day. Natural beauty surrounds the property, with contemporary architecture, modern art and design adding to the appeal.

The lodgings

  • partially off-grid house with 2 double bedrooms
  • en-suite bathrooms with locally sourced amenities range
  • tea & coffee trays, chair and desk in bedrooms
  • open-plan shared living area
  • honesty bar
  • covered outdoor lounge/terrace with couches and tables
  • lawn with loungers
  • braai facilities
  • book-filled library with a fireplace
  • breakfast included

Things to do

  • walks through the orchards and herb and vegetable gardens
  • hiking, running and mountain-biking trails
  • canoeing
  • birdwatching
  • visit Walker Bay Nature Reserve
  • nearby beaches
  • surrounding wine estates

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per room
Cost From R1 500, one adult (depending on season; minimum two-night stay)
From R2 350, two adults sharing (depending on season; minimum two-night stay)
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Rivers End Farm

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic setting than this light-filled eco-cabin beside the Klein River loagoon within a 160-hectare bird sanctuary. Wake up to birdsong and fall asleep to frogs croaking, while you take in the stunning mountain vistas and fynbos-covered hills from the cabins elevated perch on stilts. A large patch of ground means kids can play games and roam free, not to mention a paddleboat and canoes for waterbabies. It all makes for an idyllic, fresh-air family getaway.

The lodgings

  • 3 bedrooms (2 double beds and 2 bunk beds)
  • 2 bathrooms, one en-suite
  • open-plan living and dining room
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg stove
  • TV with DStv and Netflix
  • outdoor deck
  • covered braai area with gas braai upstairs
  • wood braai downstairs
  • garden with lawns and shaded seating

Things to do

  • swimming in the lake
  • canoeing and paddleboating
  • walks in nature
  • birdwatching
  • picnicking
  • pristine Walker Bay beach 5km away
  • whale-watching at De Kelders and Hermanus
  • Stanford’s restaurants and shops just 7km away
  • wine tastings and brewery nearby

Good to know The Black Eagle Bus is a new glamping-style mobile home on the property.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 8 (maximum 4 adults)
Cost From R3 000 per night for cabin (depending on season)
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AfriCamps at Stanford Hills

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The lush green meadows and rolling hills of Stanford are bliss personified, and it’s here that AfriCamps has pitched its fully equipped glamping tents overlooking a dam in the foothills of the Klein River Mountains. The boutique wine and protea farm on which the camp is situated offers wine-tastings and authentic “slow food” at The Tasting Room made with fresh local ingredients.

The lodgings

  • 10 two-bedroom tents
  • 2 extra-length queen beds and a single bunk bed
  • en-suite bathroom with rain shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor wood-burning fireplace
  • spacious outdoor deck with picnic table, deck chairs and braai
  • outdoor wood-fired hot tub (in five tents)
  • air conditioning and electric blankets
  • breakfast baskets and braai packs delivered (additional charge)

Things to do

  • swimming and canoeing in the farm dam
  • bass fishing in the top dam
  • picnicking (personalised baskets available)
  • wine-tasting and daytime dining at The Tasting Room
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • protea fields to walk through (August – November)
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • whale-watching from a small plane (landing strip on farm)
  • restaurants, markets and galleries in Stanford and Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent
Wifi? Yes, in restaurant only
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 240 per night for two adults (depending on season and tent type); from R275 per extra adult; R175 per child
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Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

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Where De Hoop Reserve, southern Cape
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Lekkerwater enjoys an exclusive concession in this reserve, above a 5km-long beach. Fanned out from a central raised boardwalk, the off-grid guest rooms all have small, private decks and unencumbered sea views – including from the bed. The communal lodge living area is a homely space – guests are encouraged to engage with the chefs in the open kitchen, and meals are shared family-style around one large table (or alone if preferred). There are exceptional guided nature and shoreline walks, and from July to November the dunes offer a front-row seat for whale-watching.

The lodgings

  • 6 standalone guest rooms (sleeping 2 each) and a family room (sleeps 2 adults and 2 children)
  • open-plan en-suite bathrooms with a shower
  • fireplace in each room
  • private sea-facing deck in each suite
  • open-plan shared lounge, bar and dining area in the main lodge
  • wraparound deck with outdoor seating and firepit
  • communal swimming pool and beach hot tub

Things to do

  • beachcombing and rockpooling
  • guided nature, tidal zone and fynbos walks
  • swimming in the pool or tidal pools
  • picnicking or sundowners on the beach
  • feet-in-the-sand dining
  • stargazing

Good to know Rates include all meals, local drinks, lodge activities and transfers from the car park, with two-night or three-night stays. There is a R50 per person per night Cape Nature Park fee, payable in cash on arrival at the reserve gate.
Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes (via satellite, so can be erratic); phone signal limited
Sleeps 2 per guest room; 4 in family room
Cost From R3 450 per person sharing per night (depending on season)
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West Coast

Retreat Guest Farm

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Where Piket-Bo-Berg
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting A true hidden gem, this working farm offers a full-spectrum nature’s playground of mountain trails, dams, fruit and almond orchards, a small indigenous forest and fascinating rock formations. For less active types, the comfortable accommodation options provide a pleasant, view-drenched hideaway to just relax and unwind, cook up a storm and enjoy a break from the city. Whether you enjoy a sunrise hike to the summit of Perdekop or sundowners beside the reservoir pool; tackle the over 25km of mountain-biking trails (good for novices and pros) that only guests have access to; or take a leisurely paddle on the dam, there’s never a dull moment.

The lodgings

  • 4-bedroom Main House, 3-bedroom Somerlus Cottage and 2-bedroom Langberg Cottage (one is a loft room)
  • king, queen and twin beds
  • en-suite bathrooms with bath and/or shower (1 shared bathroom in Langberg Cottage)
  • fully equipped kitchen (with Nespresso machine)
  • living room with fireplace
  • indoor braai and sunroom/dining area (Main House)
  • large outdoor patio with braai area (cottages)
  • private swimming pool and garden/lawn
  • flatscreen TV with DStv (Main House and Somerlus Cottage)
  • bluetooth speaker/sound system
  • air-conditioner and/or fans
  • board games, puzzles and books

Things to do

  • private mountain-biking trails
  • trail running and hiking trails
  • swimming
  • paddling on the dam (canoe supplied)
  • rock climbing and bouldering
  • 1.5km Yellowwood Trail with rock-art sites
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • Piket-Bo-Berg Farmer’s Market on neighbouring farm

Good to know There are longer-stay discounts. Weekday rates do not apply during school holidays or on public holidays.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes (two pets maximum)
Wifi? No
Sleeps 8 in Main House; 6 in Somerlus Cottage; 4 in Langberg Cottage
Cost From R1 400 – R2 500 per night per cottage (depending on season)
From R2 700 per night for the house (depending on season)
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Kalmoesfontein

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Where Near Malmesbury
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This is your chance to overnight on the Paardeberg farm of legendary Swartland winemaker, Adi Badenhorst. You’ll find a complimentary bottle of his chenin in each of the four self-catering cottages – which are clean and uncluttered, with a predominantly white palette, polished screed floors, simple antique pieces and lots of high-quality luxuries. The authentic farm setting is a delight for kids, with cats, dogs, pigs, horses, bunnies, as well as free-range fowl of every stripe (from chickens and turkeys to peacocks and geese). The scenic surroundings and hospitality, meanwhile, are a balm for the adult soul. Added attractions: pizza nights and outdoor movie, tasting lunches and wine-paired dinners, culinary workshops and more.

The lodgings

  • 4 cottages: Winemaker’s Cottage, Stables Cottage, Die Melkkamer and The Silo
  • A new 3-bedroom cottage, Koringhuis, opens in September 2022
  • 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms en-suite
  • lounge and dining area with fireplace (except The Silo)
  • fully equipped kitchen (kitchenette in Die Melkkamer and The Silo)
  • braai facilities
  • stoep with seating and dining table
  • private plunge pool
  • Winemaker’s Cottage has an outside shower, hot tub and underfloor heating
  • garden with hammocks (Winemaker’s and Stables cottages)
  • air conditioning

Things to do

  • farm walks through old-vine vineyards and vegetable gardens
  • swimming in the farm dam
  • fishing (bring your own rods & equipment for catch-and-release)
  • picnicking (baskets on request)
  • 5km hiking trail across four neighbouring farms
  • biking trails
  • wine cellar tours and tastings
  • treasure hunt map for children
  • playground with ziplines, swings and cricket net
  • freshly prepared home cooked meals can be booked in advance and delivered to your room
  • farm shop for fresh bread, butter, eggs, ice cream, preserves and braai packs

Good to know Guests can book to join the weekday staff lunches (R195 per person includes a glass of wine and coffee). Pizza night on Thursdays and most First Fridays (depending on events/weddings).
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per cottage, plus sofa beds for children
Cost Winemakers Cottage: R3 000 per night (2 bedrooms)
The Stables: R2 500 per night (2 bedrooms)
Die Melkkamer: R1 600 per night (1 bedroom)
The Silo: R1 500 per night (1 bedroom)
Koringhuis: R4 500 per night (3 bedrooms)
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Gonana Guesthouse

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Where Paternoster
Distance from CT 1 hour 45 minutes
Setting Hugging the shores of a beautiful private beach in quieter Bekbaai, this guesthouse is the epitome of a serene seaside escape. The aesthetic is Afro-Scandi, inspired by the surrounding sea, sand and sky, and it’s the first sustainable and eco-conscious lodging to open in Paternoster. Sip your morning coffee on the soft sand next to the waves, enjoy a decadent breakfast and, later, soak up the incredible sunset (there really is nothing like it!) with a glass of bubbly. Heaven on Earth!

The lodgings

  • 8 en-suite rooms (6 double, 1 triple, 1 duplex studio)
  • bedroom with extra-length queen or twin beds, desk, chair, heater, fan, tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • bathroom with shower
  • private terrace or balcony in each room (except one)
  • upstairs communal lounge and dining area with fireplace
  • outdoor communal deck with a seating area
  • solar-heated saltwater pool with deckchairs
  • private walkway leading directly onto the beach (20 metres away)
  • fully stocked honesty bar
  • luxury buffet breakfast included

Things to do

  • dip in the ocean or the solar-heated swimming pool
  • beachcombing, rockpooling and walking
  • Paternoster’s restaurants, shops and galleries 5 minutes’ drive away
  • visit Cape Columbine nature reserve and lighthouse
  • sea kayaking and surfing
  • beach-buggy rides, e-bike tours and horse-riding nearby
  • wine tasting on the West Coast Wine Route or at Paternoster Wine & Tasting Lounge
  • beer tasting at the local microbrewery

Good to know Gonana also has two new self-catering eco-cottages, Aloe (sleeps 3) and Acacia (sleeps 4), nearby.
Child friendly? Teens only, except in Studio (caters for under-12s) or in self-catering Cottages
Pet friendly? Yes, in Pool Room and in self-catering Cottages
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per room (family room and studio sleep 3)
Cost From R1 350 per night for two adults (depending on season)
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Cederberg

Edenveldt Farm

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Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
The setting If you found the entire contents of any of these cottages in a city centre apartment, you’d be delighted – covetable antiques and wonderful art; Persians rugs and gilt-framed mirrors; down duvets and the softest linens; the most incredible book selection… So to find all this luxury in a remote valley, surrounded by the most majestic mountain wilderness, feels ridiculously decadent. Magpie collector and green-fingered gardener Simon Fraser is clearly a creative dynamo, nurturing a cool green oasis around each generously proportioned and beautifully dressed cottage, with doors that slide open to a private pool, and so many bird visitors you start to feel like you’re in a Disney movie. There are rock pools galore to explore, and the mountains beckon, but it’s also okay to just stay on your porch and gaze up at the cloudscape, noting how the moving sun paints the mountains in contrasting hues, how the myriad stars bathe the night in magical light, and the deep silence reaches parts of you that get lost in the hurly burly of so-called civilisation. Did we mention the high-speed wifi? Currently five cottages on offer, with two more available from September, Edenveldt is as good as it gets.

The lodgings 

  • king-size bed
  • bathroom
  • kitchen
  • wifi
  • free parking on premises
  • pool
  • patio or balcony
  • backyard
  • indoor fireplace
  • refrigerator
  • bbq grill
  • shampoo, hot water

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R1 607 per night  (depending on season)
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Canvas Collective

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Where Near Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Canvas Collective Africa is taking glamping up a (tent) peg or two with ultra-luxe tents and hyper-local fine dining in some of the Cape’s most beautiful wilderness locations. Just in time for the spring wildflower season, they’ve set up camp on a farm in the fabled Biedouw Valley. Surrounded by the Cederberg’s striking landscapes and rock formations, a dazzling carpet of blooms underfoot and a glittering canopy of stars by night, it’s a remote escape that will weave its magic – and where you will be thoroughly pampered.

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique tents with king-sized beds
  • en-suite bathroom (with flushing toilet and hot-water rainshower)
  • minibar/drinks trolley and Nespresso machine
  • private outdoor area with cushioned loungers and fireball fireplace
  • butler service
  • all meals included, plus midnight snacks and breakfast in bed

Things to do

  • gourmet dinners at The Field Kitchen
  • alfresco high tea
  • picnicking
  • soaking in the hot tub
  • flower walks
  • hiking trails
  • horse-riding
  • stargazing (telescope available)

Good to know All drinks are included in the rate except premium beverages. The Cederberg camp is open until 30 September; thereafter it moves to the Tulbagh valley.
Child friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost R6 500 per tent per night, all-inclusive
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Cederberg Park

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Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting In the heart of the Cederberg Conservancy, on peaceful Kromrivier Farm, this off-the-beaten-track retreat is hugged by majestic orange rock formations and sweeping fynbos plains. It’s a true farm experience, with two very friendly dogs, sheep, goats, pigs and cows (kiddies will love watching them being milked daily at 4pm), while the eco-chalets – each in their own unique setting – have all the creature comforts grown-ups could wish for. A highlight of any stay is sure to be the hike to Disa Waterfall, dipping in rockpools along the way. By night, stargazing in these parts is out of this world.

The lodgings

  • 10 two-bedroom self-catering chalets (with a sleeper couch option)
  • bedrooms with fireplaces
  • en-suite bathroom
  • spacious living area with an indoor braai
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outdoor braai and seating area

Things to do

  • Die Slee eatery for daytime dining
  • taste the farm’s own boutique wines and craft beer
  • farm stall (deli items, memorabilia, wood, firelighters and toiletries)
  • hiking, running and mountain-biking trails
  • rock-climbing and bouldering
  • swimming in the river, dam or rockpools
  • fishing
  • horse-riding
  • Cederberg Observatory nearby (open selected Saturdays)

Good to know There is also a luxury tented camp set out along the river.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, not suitable for streaming (no cellphone reception)
Sleeps 4 – 6 per chalet
Cost R1 910 – R3 460 per night per chalet (depending on number of guests)
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Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

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Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Part of a 270-hectare working farm that is being “rewilded” just outside of Citrusdal, these scenic cottages are perched on fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Olifants River, surrounded by the Cederberg’s striking rock formations and with sweeping views of the valley. It’s a peaceful, restorative escape with a gentle energy where you can reconnect with birdsong and nature. There’s a warm-water spring hidden in the mountains, along with waterfalls and elusive leopards.

The lodgings

  • 10 self-catering cottages (six sleep 2; four double units sleep 4)
  • king-size beds
  • en-suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • fully equipped kitchen (with ice supplied)
  • seating area with indoor fireplace
  • verandah with seating, beanbags, hammock and braai
  • spring-water jacuzzi
  • 2 bags of firewood

Things to do

  • two hiking trails on site
  • picnicking
  • fynbos garden and medicinal herb walks
  • labyrinth
  • cedar tree nursery
  • canoeing on the river
  • birdwatching
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming pool at Die Opstal main building
  • San rock art
  • nearby horse trails, waterfalls, wineries and farm stalls

Good to know There is a new tented camp in a forested area, with 4 furnished bell tents around a communal pool and braai area.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Only in two cottages, plus at main building
Sleeps 2 or 4 per cottage
Cost R1 250 – R1 800 per cottage per night for two people (depending on season)
R1 400 – R2 800 per cottage per night for four people (depending on season)
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Time of publication: 21 July 2022

5 Responses to “The 30 Best Weekend Getaways Near Cape Town”

  1. Ann Crosby

    As a visitor to South Africa when I see these emails and what is on offer I want to try them all, they all look so alluring.
    Well done on your research and keep the good work up it certainly helps working out an itinerary for nights out of Cape Town to experience the countryside

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  2. Noni Nichols

    Sad to be selling my home in South Africa but so heartened to read in your excellent and highly appreciated Inside Guide, that the Cape has plenty of wonderful and varied accommodation options we can enjoy on our future visits. I keep all your features. Thank you.

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  3. Lew Rood

    As we have now come to expect from ‘Inside Guide’, another superbly well researched and very comprehensive selection of Western Cape getaways and retreats. Good seeing the Stanford area well represented, including a favourite, ‘Stanford Valley Lodge’. For a future listing, another in the area, worth inclusion, would be ‘White Water Farm’.

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  4. Frederick Roberts

    Useful tool guide, thanks.

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