The 20 Best Secluded Winter Getaways in the Cape

The 20 Best Secluded Winter Getaways in the Cape

Some getaways are just better in winter… We’ve selected the coolest (not coldest) in and around the Mother City.

From a farm cottage in a lush valley to a luxury suite in the mountain, winter escapes have never been as exciting and inviting. We’ve selected our favourites in the Cape.

Do you know of any wonderful winter escapes that you think we should know about? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Oudebosch Eco Cabins

Oudebosch Eco Cabins: The Best Weekend Getaways
Oudebosch Cabins: The Best Weekend GetawaysIOL
Oudebosch: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Kleinmond
Distance from CT 1.5 – 2 hours
These slick, self-catering cabins lie in the midst of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve – considered by many to be the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas. A series of wooden walkways connect the various structures, forming a small village with a tranquil eco-pool at the centre. Each cabin is glass-fronted, inviting the mesmerising surrounding landscape in – great care has been taken to minimise their impact on the surrounding environment.
There are five cabins, each with two bedrooms, a bathroom (shower only), lounge, dining area and a kitchen equipped with a fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster. Each cabin has a courtyard with braai facilities. Bedding and towels are provided, and there are power points available for charging electrical appliances. There is no cellphone or TV reception. Two of the cabins have wheelchair access.
Cosy cred Solar and gas power ensures heated water for the shower, and electricity for the kitchen appliances, so guests can remain warm inside while the rain patters against the glass fronted walls.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • white-water kayaking on the Palmiet River (available through outside providers)
  • hiking trails (such as the Palmiet River Walk and Kogelberg Trail)
  • African Penguin Colony at Stony Point
  • whale-watching on the coast

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 170 per night (depending on season)
Please note Some areas of the reserve have been affected by the recent Betty’s Bay fires. There is a conservation fee: R40 (adults), R20 (children) and R60 (group activities). There is no cellphone reception in the reserve.
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Where to find it Kogelberg Nature Reserve (via N2 and R44)

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Dwyka Tented Lodge: The Best Weekend Getaways
Dwyka Lodge: The Best Weekend Getaways
Dwyka: The Best Weekend GetawaysCedarberg Travel

Where R62, between Montagu and Barrydale
Distance from CT 3 hours
Surrounded by ancient rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred, hidden place. It was once home to the San and Khoi people, and their paintings – some of which date back more than 3 500 years – can be seen at various points around the reserve. It’s around three hours drive from Cape Town but worth the trip for those seeking solitude (and the most dazzling array of wildlife in the Western Cape).
Cosy cred The nine luxury tents enhance the sense of intimacy and seclusion, with an expertly designed interior to protect from the outdoor elements, donned with comfortable furnishings and boasting a private deck with a Jacuzzi to heat things up. The main lodge features a crackling fireplace and a cosy lounge for pre (or post) game drive relaxing.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main lodge
  • two daily game drives with complimentary snacks and drinks
  • nonalcoholic beverages are all included in your stay
  • comprehensive guided walks
  • bird-watching
  • stargazing
  • boat safari (weather-dependent)
  • on-site relaxation retreat

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R7 400 per adult per night sharing (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Route 62, between Montagu and Barrydale, Western Cape

Copia Eco Cabins

Copia Eco Cabins: The Best Weekend GetawaysBryni Van der Merwe
Copia Cabins: The Best Weekend GetawaysBryni Van der Merwe
Copia: The Best Weekend GetawaysBryni Van der Merwe

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Situated on a working farm in the heart of The Overberg, these converted containers are the perfect off-the-grid stay for an overdose of nature and seclusion (Copia means abundance in Latin). The cabins are self-catering, fully equipped with all the luxuries you could possibly need during your stay – ideal if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic getaway in the country. Simply pack your eats, drinks, and treats!
Cosy cred The three cabins – Copia, Lone Tree, and Waterval – offer spacious, insulated interiors, while the uninterrupted views of sweeping farmlands below ooze peace and tranquility, and are best enjoyed while soaking in your private wood-fired hot tub.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • wine tasting at Luddite or Beaumont Family Wines
  • eat out at Wildekrans or Gabriëlskloof

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 650 per cabin per week night (depending on season)
From R1 950 per cabin per weekend night (depending on season, two night minimum stay over weekends)
Please note There is limited to no availability until January 2020
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Where to find it Keisseskraal Farm, Van Der Stel Pass, Bot River, Western Cape

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve: The Best Weekend Getaways
Grootbos Nature Reserve: The Best Weekend Getaways
Grootbos: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2 hours
Set in an indigenous fynbos forest amidst rolling hills of ancient milkwood trees, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an extraordinary place where endless nature and tranquil luxury converge. With views right down to the whale-watching capital of Walker Bay, this slice of serenity is a haven for nature-lovers and gourmet travellers alike.
Cosy cred Guests have the option of staying in the 11-suite Garden Lodge, 16-suite Forest Lodge, or one of two private villas – all of which are adorned with luxury furnishings, underfloor heating, fireplaces, heated towel rails, and fluffy robes and slippers for added comfort.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • guided nature walks and hikes
  • horse-riding safaris
  • fynbos safaris
  • marine safaris
  • bird-watching
  • beekeeping workshop
  • cooking classes
  • spa treatments
  • microlight flights
  • quad-biking
  • river cruises
  • whale-watching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R11 480 per night for two people (depending on season)
Good to know From now until 15 July 2019 is Secret Season at Grootbos. Check out the dramatically reduced rates here.
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it R43, Gansbaai, Western Cape

Mont Angelis Cottages

Mont Angelis Cottages: The Best Weekend Getaways
Mont Angelis: The Best Weekend Getaways
Mont Angelis Room: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Stellenbosch
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Quiet dusty roads, lush vegetation, horse paddocks and towering mountains make up the breathtaking Blaauwklippen Valley – home to this quaint retreat of nine cottages. Once original farm dwellings, now beautifully renovated guest cottages, Mont Angelis offers a scenic oasis from the hustle and bustle of the buzzy town centre, while still being close enough for action-seekers. Spacious dwellings, picturesque surrounds, and a lovely laidback atmosphere make this self-catering stay an absolute dream destination.
Cosy cred All cottages feature indoor heating and a sheltered balcony with a braai for cosy evening meals by the fire. Six out of the nine units feature an indoor fireplace ideal for late-night snuggling up with a book or glass of wine.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • mountain-biking
  • hiking
  • restaurants, shops, and galleries in nearby Stellenbosch
  • wine-tasting at nearby wineries such as Dornier Wine Estate or Blaauwklippen Vineyards

Child friendly? No children under the age of 12
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 275 per night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Upper Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Tented Lodge at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve: The Best Weekend Getaways
Botlierskop Game Reserve: The Best Weekend Getaways
Botlierskop: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Garden Route
Distance from CT 4 hours
With the Indian Ocean on one side and the Outeniqua Mountains on the other, this family-owned private game reserve offers visitors the opportunity to become immersed in the beauty of the magnificent Garden Route. The diversity of wildlife in the malaria-free reserve ensures an authentic (luxury) safari experience, and a memorable stay.
Cosy cred Each luxurious suite is equipped with an electric blanket and central heating, while the deep oval bath is the perfect spot to soak up the views of the river. There’s also an open-plan restaurant and outdoor boma where guests can huddle around a crackling fireplace, and a heated rim-flow pool should you feel like a dip.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • tennis court at the foot of Botlierskop Hilltop (tennis equipment available for hire at the reserve)
  • Botlierskop Bush Spa
  • guided game drives
  • guided bush trails
  • horseback safaris
  • horseback outrides (for experienced riders only)
  • fishing (requires a fishing license fee)
  • canoeing on the Moordkuil River
  • numerous children’s activities including face-painting, catch-and-release fishing, and the Junior Ranger Programme

Child friendly? Yes, over the age of 6
Pet friendly? No
Cost Bed and Breakfast Winter Specials (until 20 September 2019)
Luxury Tented Suite: from R770 per person sharing
Deluxe Tented Suite: from R970 per person sharing
Family Tented Suite (sleeps 2 adults and 2 children): From R770 per person sharing
Breakfast is included in the rate.
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, Western Cape

Famtin at Riverstone House

Famtin Riverstone House: The Best Weekend Getaways
Famtin: The Best Weekend Getaways
Riverstone House Famtin: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Situated on the edge of a dam with uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Mostertshoek Mountains is Riverstone’s Famtin, a pet-friendly family getaway that sleeps four. This eco-built double-container conversion home, with luxury finishings, uncapped wi-fi (should you need a break from the golden sunsets and starlit sky), is a memorable farm stay with a difference.
Cosy cred A deep covered verandah with an outdoor dining area and built-in braai keeps you protected from the cold breeze of the nearby river, while the wood-burning stove and comfortable interior exudes warmth and comfort.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • explore the Ceres Valley on the Ceres Railway
  • horse-riding
  • wine-tasting at nearby estates
  • mountain-biking
  • fruit-picking (depending on season)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R1 750 for two people (depending on season)
R350 per extra person
R150 (children 7 – 12 years)
Free (children 0 – 7 years)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Palmiet Vlei Farm, Wolseley, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

Klein Nektar Farm Cottage

Klein Nektar Farm Cottage: The Best Weekend Getaways
Klein Nektar Cottage: The Best Weekend Getaways
Klein Nektar: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Situated in the quaint Karoo town of Montagu, this three-hectare working olive and wine farm sits in the heart of a tranquil valley. A mere stroll from the shops and charming cafés in the town centre, and surrounded by endless nature, the picturesque self-catering cottage is completely off the grid, making it the ultimate spot for unhindered, low-key relaxation.
Cosy cred There’s no electricity, but solar lamps, a gas-water heater, and an open-plan kitchen, lounge, and dining area, all heated by a crackling fireplace, ensure you’ll keep cosy throughout your stay.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • stroll through olive groves and orchards
  • hiking trails and mountain-biking in Montagu and surrounds
  • art galleries, cafés, shops, museums and restaurants in Montagu

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 200 per night for two people (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it 32 Long Street, Montagu, Western Cape

Orange Grove Farm

Orange Grove Farm: The Best Weekend Getaways
Orange Grove: The Best Weekend Getaways
Orange Grove Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Robertson Wine Valley
Distance from CT 2 hours
Venture into the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley and you’ll find this serene wine and olive farm, hidden amidst waterfalls and rock formations, like a South African Shangri La. The farm offers an escape into nature coupled with luxurious mountain- and vineyard-facing accommodation.
Cosy cred The six cottages are spaced far enough apart for ample privacy. They all have their own verandahs with braai facilities, indoor fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens with coffee machines, flat screen TVs with DStv, and complimentary wi-fi.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • private swimming pools
  • massage therapies available on request
  • mountain bikes available on request
  • breakfast baskets, picnic baskets, braai baskets and shopping baskets available on request
  • variety of self-guided hiking trails
  • bird-watching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Only trained Service and Support pets allowed.
Cost Mosesberg: From R2 500 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 2)
Longlands, Delportshoop, Fineview & Buffelsbank: From R2 500 per night (depending on season, sleeps 4)
Wouterspan: From R3 300 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 6)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Noree Road (off R60 via N1)

Stanford Valley Guest Farm

Stanford Valley Guest Farm: The Best Weekend Getaways
Stanford Valley Farm: The Best Weekend Getaways
Stanford Valley: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
All the tranquil beauty of the Overberg is on display at this idyllic farm, nestled in the Klein River valley, and surrounded by rolling green meadows that are watered by natural mountain springs. The cosy cottages, warmed by wood-burning fireplaces, are imbued with pared-down rustic charm, and the acclaimed Manor House restaurant offers hearty country-style meals prepared by head chef Marc Robert and his talented team.
Cosy cred All of the cottages have comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a stoep with beautiful views of the mountains or meadows. All are equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities (complete with home-baked rusks!) as well as mini-bar fridges – and the wood-burning fireplaces (with unlimited firewood) will make you want to extend your cosy stay.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • 440-hectare farm
  • walking trails in the surrounding fynbos
  • swimming in the dam
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • canoe trips and sunset cruises on the Klein River
  • Klein River Cheese Factory
  • wine-tasting at Raka Winery
  • whale-watching in Hermanus

Good to know From now until 31 July 2019, you can enjoy a discounted rate of R850 per room per night (minimum two nights over weekends), complete with a bottle of local red wine, and wood for your indoor fireplace.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Sagewood & Fynbos (sleeps 2): From R1 300 per room per night (depending on season)
Milkwood & Erica (sleeps 2): From R1 450 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Protea, Stables, Pincushion-Bluebell (sleeps 5): From R2 400 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Prices valid until September 2019.
Please note All cottages have the option of adding an extra single bed for R225.
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it R326, 10km from Stanford towards the N2

Sondagskloof

Sondagskloof: The Best Winter Getaways
Sondagskloof Interior: The Best Winter Getaways
Sondagskloof Room: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Sandies Glen Valley, near Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Towering poplar trees, a natural dam and fynbos-covered mountains set the scene at this idyllic retreat in the scenic Sandies Glen Valley – a short drive from Stanford in the heart of The Overberg – where modern style meets rustic comfort in the form of two picturesque wooden cabins hidden beneath the trees.
Cosy cred The Forest Cabin is tucked among the poplar trees and sleeps two, and boasts a wood-burning convection fireplace for chilly evenings, while the light, bright Vlei Cabin sits on the edge of the forest, and features an extra sleeping pod to accommodate four (for couples traveling together). Each unit has its own outdoor fire pit and braai for cosy shared meals under the stars, as well as a big wooden deck and hammocks strung between the trees for late-afternoon relaxing in the winter sun.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • natural swimming dam
  • scenic forest walks
  • shops and restaurants at nearby Stanford or Hermanus

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R2 500 for two nights (depending on season)
Enquire Now
Where to find it Farm D30, Sondagskloof, Sandies Glen, Stanford, Western Cape

Fynbos Suites at Farm 215

Farm 215 Fynbos Suite: The Best Winter GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe
Fynbos Suite: The Best Winter GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe
Farm 215: The Best Winter GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Situated in the breathtaking Uilkraal Valley – somewhere between Stanford and Cape Agulhas – Farm 215 Nature Retreat and Fynbos Reserve is dream getaway for those who prize silence and wide-open spaces. The three scenic secluded Fynbos Suites each boast a wooden sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains, dam and vineyards.
Cosy cred Inside, the stylish open-plan space connects the luxurious bedroom and en-suite bathroom to the spacious lounge, all of which offer front-row seats to the sweeping surrounds, while crackling woodstoves and comfortable furnishings to keep things snug.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • hiking, mountain-biking and horseback-riding trails on the 800-hectare reserve
  • wine-tasting at nearby estates
  • whale-watching (July to November)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 650 per person per night sharing, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Farm 215, Gansbaai, Western Cape

Mount Ceder

Mount Ceder: The Best Winter Getaways
Mount Ceder Interior: The Best Winter Getaways
Mount Ceder Activities: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Cederberg Conservancy
Distance from CT 3 hours
Set on the dramatic slopes of the Cederberg Mountain, Mount Ceder is about as secluded as they come. Each of the eight houses and three cottages (which are spaced roughly 30 metres apart) is fitted with an indoor fireplace and an outside braai area. The surrounding landscape – famed for its brilliant sunsets, wild beauty and red sandstone rock formations – is inescapable, and nature lovers will relish daily walks to the nearby river, or up the mountain to explore all that’s on offer.
Cosy cred A fireplace in each house, and an outdoor braai for belly-warming meals every night.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • hiking and mountain-biking routes
  • swimming and canoe-ing in the Breede River
  • walking to the waterfall
  • discovering historic rock art
  • olive-harvesting (depending on season)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R486 per person per night (depending on season)
Minimum of two nights stay over weekends, long weekends and school holidays.
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Grootrivier Farm, Cederberg Conservancy

Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

Cederkloof Botanical Retreat: The Best Winter Getaways
Cederkloof Retreat: The Best Winter Getaways
Cederkloof: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Part of a working farm just outside of Citrusdal, this scenic retreat is perched on the fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Elephant River surrounded by striking rock formations and a sweeping valley. The 10 scenic cottages are spread across the mountainside, and offer guests a comfortable, cosy spot to rest their heads and escape the chaos of the city.
Cosy cred The interior features a king-size bed, and a spacious open-plan interior with a kitchen, lounge and indoor fireplace to keep the entire cottage warm. Outside, the view-drenched terrace boasts a private Jacuzzi, and is the perfect place to soak up the sights and sounds of nature without having to brace the cold night air.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • sundowners on your private deck
  • hiking trails
  • horseback trails
  • mountain-biking
  • waterfalls
  • ancient rock paintings
  • nearby wineries and farm stalls

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R1 400 per night on weekends (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Cederkloof Botanical Retreat, Baths Road, Citrusdal, Western Cape

Die Laaitjie

Die Laaitjie: The Best Winter Getaways
Die Laaitjie Interior: The Best Winter Getaways
Die Laaitjie Room: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Only seven kilometers out of the famous Route 62 town of Robertson you’ll find a secluded valley, pierced by a calm river that runs through an old working farm. Here, a beautiful Victorian-style farmhouse and four quaint cottages lie nestled among pear and apricot trees, creating a scene worthy of a watercolour painting.
Cosy cred The spacious farmhouse features not one, but two fireplaces between two cosy sitting rooms. There’s also a sheltered dining terrace with a braai to keep the winter breeze at bay. The two-bedroom cottages are perched next to the dam, and each have their own covered stoep with a braai area, and an indoor fireplace.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • horse-riding at the neighbouring farms
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • restaurants, shops, and wineries in and around Robertson

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost Farmhouse: From R5 200 per night on exclusive use (for 8 people, depending on season)
From R2 800 per night per room (depending on season)
Cottages: From R420 per person sharing (for 4 people, depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Die Laaitjie Farm, Dassiehoek, Robertson

Fossil Hills

Fossil Hills: The Best Winter Getaways
Fossil Hills Exterior: The Best Winter Getaways
Fossil Hills Interior: The Best Winter Getaways

Where McGregor
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
This majestic stone cottage on Thornvilla, a working wine farm in McGregor, is the answer to all your secluded dreams. Like something out of a romantic movie getaway, Fossil Hills (named after the fossils once found on the property) is perched above the grape vines on a quiet hill overlooking the valley. Its stone walls and thatch roof add a rustic feel to the fully equipped four-sleeper house, which is a wonderfully peaceful place to rest your head after a day spent exploring all the outdoor activities. Or, find a spot on the covered verandah – with a book and cup of tea – before hopping into the outdoor hot tub… After a few days in this tranquil slice of heaven, you might find yourself considering moving to the Karoo for good.
Cosy cred There’s an outdoor hot tub, indoor and outdoor fireplace and braai (firewood included), covered verandah, heater, and a bath as well as a shower.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • two mountain bikes are available for use on the trails
  • kayaking at the dam
  • bird-watching
  • fishing
  • picnicking
  • restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries in nearby McGregor
  • wine-tasting along the R62 wine route
  • boat cruise up the Breede River from nearby wine farm Viljoendrift

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 200 per weeknight (depending on season)
From R1 400 per weekend night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Fossil Hills, Thornvilla Farm, McGregor, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

Tierhoek Cottages

Tierhoek Cottages: The Best Winter Getaways
Tierhoek: The Best Winter Getaways
Tierhoek Interior: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
This collection of cottages situated on an organic fruit farm is surrounded by rolling green hills and mountains that shield you from the outside world. Each of the cottages is comfortably furnished, with outdoor verandahs where you can relax and enjoy the peaceful farm life.
Cosy cred The cottages have fireplaces and braai areas; some are equipped with DStv and wi-fi, while others are tech-free (for those who desire a clean break).
Good to know Pets are allowed by arrangement.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • all of the cottages have private swimming pools
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • bird-watching
  • beer-tasting and pub grub at Saggy Stone Brewery
  • farm animals (including cows, pigs, sheep and donkeys)
  • wildlife in the surrounding reserve
  • Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary
  • boat rides on the Breede River
  • wine-tasting in the Robertson Wine Valley
  • restaurants and shops in Robertson

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Cost Pepper Tree Cottage: From R1 200 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 2)
Quince Cottage: From R1 350 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 4)
Stone Cottage: From R1 350 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 2)
Tierhoek House & Cottage: From R2 780 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 8)
Fig Tree House & Cottage: From R3 320 per cottage per night (depending on season, sleeps 10)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Tierhoek Organic Farm, Noree Valley (via N1 and R60)

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kagga Kamma Cave Suite: The Best Winter Getaways
Kagga Kamma Cave: The Best Winter Getaways
Kagga Kamma: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Cederberg
Distance from CT 3.5 – 4 hours
Almost three hours outside the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, and surrounded by the stark wilderness of the Cederberg, Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve offers unique accommodation and breathtaking views of unspoilt nature and the night sky. It’s the sort of place where unforgettable memories are made.
There are 10 man-made cave suites that blend seamlessly into the natural sandstone formations they are built around. Each has a terrace and is equipped with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. The five thatched huts are modelled after the dwellings of the San clans, who inhabited the area centuries ago.
Cosy cred Each unit is fitted with a sumptuous large bed and en-suite bathroom, and features indoor heating, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and comfy bathrobes.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa on the reserve
  • hiking, mountain-biking and Jeep trails in the surrounding nature reserve
  • nature drives
  • sundowner tours
  • quad-biking
  • stargazing
  • reptile educational talks presented by qualified snake handlers
  • tours of ancient rock art sites, with paintings dating back 6 000 years

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Bobbejaanskraans Campsite: From R97 per night (prices are subject to change)
Swartrug Campsite: From R135 per night (prices are subject to change)
Hut Suites: From R1 264 per person per night sharing (depending on season)
Cave Suites: From R1 264 per person per night sharing (depending on season)
Sky Suite (available during summer only): From R1 210 per person per night sharing (prices are subject to change)
Star Suite (available during summer only): From R1 210 per person per night sharing (prices are subject to change)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it R303, Koue Bokkeveld, Cederberg, 6836 (via N7)

Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve

Welbedacht Game Reserve: The Best Winter Getaways
Welbedacht Nature Reserve: The Best Winter GetawaysMy Property
Welbedacht Reserve: The Best Winter GetawaysHikers Bay

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Nestled below the majestic Winterhoek Mountains in the scenic Tulbagh Valley and just a short drive from the bustling centre of Cape Town, Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve offers a pristine countryside setting that’s ideal for a break away from it all. Six self-catering cottages
(namely Orchard, Gum Tree, Eagle, Tortoise, Stone and Pine) are tucked away for privacy and peace, while the larger, self-catering thatched barn, The Blue Butterfly, is perfect for bigger groups, retreats and family gatherings.
Cosy cred The Blue Butterfly and all of the six cottages feature indoor fireplaces and are stocked with ample wood to keep you toasty when the sun begins its descent behind the (often-snowy) mountains. All of the units have sheltered patios, with outdoor seating and braai places for al fresco dining by the light of crackling coals and brilliant valley and mountain views.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • art galleries, cafés, curio shops, in Tulbagh
  • wine-tasting at surrounding wineries
  • nature trails and hikes that meander through the reserve
  • wildlife such as zebra, black wildebeest, springbok and free roaming horses
  • a labyrinth to explore tucked away in a blue gum forest
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming in the reserve dam (for those brave enough during winter!)
  • abundant bird and plant life

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Cost Cottages: From R1 210 per night
The Blue Butterfly: From R465 per person per night (minimum 10 people)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Tulbagh Valley, Western Cape

Drayton Farm

Drayton Farm: The Best Winter Getaways
Drayton interior: The Best Winter Getaways
Drayton Exterior: The Best Winter Getaways

Where Caledon
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Just outside Caledon, this farm dates back to the 1700s, when it was a stop along the old wagon route, and holds all the charm a quaint slice of history should. With only two accommodation units on the entire property, which itself is situated far from town crowds, this stay is one of true peaceful seclusion where your only neighbours are the nearby mountains, and the only sounds you’ll hear are from the chirping birds and gurgling stream that flows past your cottage. Both of the cottages are fully equipped for the whole family, and guests can choose to stay in either Piet-my-Vrou Cottage (a classic farmhouse that hosts up to six), or in Piet-se-Kinders – two beautifully converted shipping containers with four double rooms and a coffee station with two showers and toilets (not en-suite), and a fully equipped kitchen. It’s perfect for a family holiday away from it all.
Cosy cred Indoor fireplace, outdoor spot for fires and braais, fully clad beds with warm bedding, indoor lounge and dining area, and a sheltered verandah.
Onsite and nearby attractions

  • nature walks trail to waterfall
  • bird-watching at the dam and stream
  • mountain-biking trail
  • wine-tasting in nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
  • golf, hot springs and spa treatments at the nearby Caledon Spa or Arabella Hotel

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost Piet-se-Kinders Cottages: From R600 per cottage per night (depending on season)
Piet-my-Vrou Cottage: From R1 300 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Drayton Farm, Caledon, Overberg, Western Cape

Research by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin, Matthew Flax, and Alicia Chamaillé

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Time of publication: 28 May 2019

13 Responses to “The 20 Best Secluded Winter Getaways in the Cape”

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    Leigh adams

    I am looking for a private and secluded venue which sleeps 10pp 12 max. Even if it is two venue close to each other. It is for a 40th, so There4 it is important for privacy and no disturbance to other. Please let me know if you can accommodate and what you have to offer. How far is it from Durbanville.

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    Almarie

    Please add me to your newsletter. Thanks

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    Almarie

    Beautiful places!

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    Trish Nelson

    Great article, next time in Montagu, try Montagu Vines Guesthouse!

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    Jacques

    Try Fazenda Swellendam, situated on the foot of the langeberg mountains in the Hermitage Valley just outside Swellendam… great place for a cosy winter breakaway… with snow capped mountains in the cold winter months

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    Carla

    Dear Michelle,

    Please email me the updated list for the Western Cape. Thanking you in advance.

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    Gerrit Van Zyl

    Hi Michelle

    Please subscribe me to your newsletter.

    Thank you

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    Corinne Abrahams

    Please mail me your updated list WCape

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    Jakes

    Takes all the hassle out of searching for decent getaways. Please add me to your maiing list. Rgards.

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    Johan jooste

    Please add me to your mailing list Thanks!!

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    Barbara Mueller

    I am interested in your weekly newsletter
    kind regards Barbara

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    Michelle Burns

    Hi there,please ad me to your news letter.

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    Pierre Theron

    I little further afield but well worth the drive is Ballots Tree House on the George coastline. Watch the video on the homepage of http://www.ballotsbay.co.za/

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