KALEIDOSCOPE SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town, Paarl, Whale Coast, Swellendam, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Panorama Route and Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
15 Days - 14 Nights - 2 guests
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel ( Cape town ) - 3 nights  D, B&B  

 

 

Babylonstoren Farm Hotel ( Paarl )  - 2 nights D, B&B  

 

 

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Garden Lodge ( Whale coast ) - 2 nights  D, B&B  

 

 

Schoone Oordt Country House ( Swellendam ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Head Over Hills ( Knysna ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

The Plettenberg ( Plettenberg bay ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Highgrove House Country Hotel ( Panorama route ) - 1 night D, B&B  

 

 

Singita Ebony Lodge ( Sabi sand private game reserve ) - 3 nights D, B&B  

 

 


Keys
D, B&B : Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 
 
SOUTH AFRICA

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Currency

The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking

Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed. 

 


TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND

 

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.

Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways. There are also low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and Safair. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Please note that a valid international driver's licence is required. We drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa and Uber is available.

Another means of getting around South Africa are inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone.There is the popular MyCityBus system in Cape Town as well as a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail.  There is also the Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province llinking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.

 


FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE

 

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa's fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.  Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

 


CLIMATE AND WEATHER

 

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day.  Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry.  Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

 


CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Summer

Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 - 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don't forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).

Winter

The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers.  But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

General

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

If you are doing business in the country, business attire  (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.

 


ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS

 

Electrical sockets in the Republic of South Africa are Type M (SABS-1661).  If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all types.

Electrical sockets in South Africa usually supply electricity at 230 volts AC / 50 Hz frequency. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 230 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 230 volts, a voltage converter will be necessary.

 

DAYS 1 - 3 : CAPE TOWN

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a our representative and assisted with customs, immigration and luggage collection before proceeding to the arrivals hall. Private road transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Belmond Mount Nelson. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Spend 3 nights at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in 1 Double Deluxe Junior Suite with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including Wi-Fi, complimentary shuttle to the Waterfront, use of business centre (subject to availability), bottled water on turn down, Gymnasium with 24 hour access (for Guests age 16+) and use of our sauna, steam room and plunge pool within the Librisa Spa (for Guests age 16+).

Day 02: Private Half Day City and Table Mountain Tour (Including Lunch)

You will be met at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel to start your Private Half Day City and Table Mountain Tour. The first stop (weather permitting) is Table Mountain’s Lower Cableway Station, for a 5-minute revolving cable car ride to the top. We will explore the mountain’s summit and absorb the breath-taking views before descending. We then return to the city via the old Cape Malay Quarter for a walk through the Company Gardens, a fresh produce garden for ships and locals from the mid-17th century, and now home to the South Africa Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. We stroll through the city to Greenmarket Square, where you can browse the bustling market stalls for beautiful and unique African mementos. From there we drive to the Castle, South Africa’s oldest building, with its incredible collection of Old Cape paintings. Take in the nearby Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation on his release in 1990, and then move on to the District Six Museum, which showcases the colourful life of this legendary area and the forced relocation of its residents during the Apartheid era. We round off our tour at one of the city’s popular restaurants, before returning to your hotel. Entrance fees to Table Mountain Cableway, the South African Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the District Six Museum are included. Other points of interest are optional. After the experience you will be dropped off at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

Table Mountain was officially named one of the New 7 wonders of Nature in December 2012. Both local and international tourists are adding the New 7 Wonders of Nature sites to their “bucket lists”. Table Mountain is the most accessible of the New 7 Wonders and is the only one in a city.

Day 03: Private "The Very Best of the Cape Peninsula" Full Day Tour

You will be met at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel to start your Private “The Very Best of the Cape Peninsula” Full Day Tour. We make our way along the Atlantic seaboard passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. Bakoven and Llandudno, with their ghostly shipwrecks, are also fantastic sights on the way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, where we board a scheduled boat to view the Cape fur seal colony on Duiker Island (weather dependent). From here we navigate the 114 curves of 600m high Chapman’s Peak Drive. We enter the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park with its unique Cape fynbos vegetation and home to birds like African black oystercatchers and Cape sugarbirds as well as to very special fauna including Cape mountain zebra, bontebok (both endemic) and the charismatic Cape baboon. Climb (or ride the world’s first environmentally friendly funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay. After lunch, we visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and then head home through the naval village of Simonstown and over scenic Boyes Drive, taking in the views of the fishing harbour at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St. James and Muizenberg. To round off your day you can take a stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. After the experience you will be dropped off at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

 

     
     

  

DAYS 4 - 5  : PAARL

Please make your own way from Belmond Mount Nelson to Babylonstoren. The approximate travel time will be +/- 1 hour. (Car rental not included – to be quoted separately on request.

Spend 2 nights at Babylonstoren in 1 Double One Bedroom Suite on a bed and breakfast basis including accommodation, laundry (6 items per day), personal larder in rooms, full access at all times to the garden, private guided garden tour and farm walk, cycling and canoeing / rowing on the farm dam, fly fishing, harvest tour, bread baking with the bakers, cellar tour and wine tasting. An afternoon drive is included on a 2 night stay or longer.

Discover the winelands with visits of wine estates inclusive of wine tasting, explore the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or participate in activities as offered by the hotel.

     
     





DAYS 6 - 7 : WHALE COAST

Please make your own way from Babylonstoren in Franschhoek to Grootbos – Garden Lodge in Hermanus. The approximate travel time will be +/- 2 hours.

Spend 2 nights at Grootbos – Garden Lodge in 1 Double One Bedroom Luxury Suite with en suite facilities on a full board basis including accommodation, welcome drink, water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar, fresh fruit daily in suite, daily activities, various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks, conservation levy and transfers to/from all activities. Activities include horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person), guided walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks, nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December) and bird-watching. Diner's Club Credit Cards are not accepted.

     
     




DAY 8 : SWELLENDAM

Please make your own way from Grootbos - Garden Lodge in Hermanus to Schoone Oordt Country House in Swellendam. The approximate travel time will be +/- 2 hours.

Spend 1 night at Schoone Oordt Country House in 1 Double Honeymoon Suite with en suite facilities on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis including afternoon tea, in room tea/coffee with homemade biscuits, bottled water and WiFi.

South Africa's third oldest town offers a fascinating array of Cape-Dutch architecture. Visit the Drostdy Museum and the Mayville Residence Museum, pop into the bee and honey shop,  or visit the Keurbomen cheese shop 3 km down the R60 country road. Do a township tour or visit the the mission village of nearby Suurbraak. Go on a river cruise on the Buffelsjag River in nearby Umshanti, even trying some of the 35 restaurants in town, to taste some typical South African recipes.

 

     
     





DAY 9 : KNYSNA

Please make your own way from Schoone Oordt Country House in Swellendam to Head Over Hills Luxury Retreat. The approximate travel time will be +/- 3 hours

Spend 1 night at Head Over Hills Luxury Retreat in 1 Double Viewpoint Deluxe Room with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including mini bars inclusive of complimentary, cool drinks, water & beer (exclusive of wines) & Nespresso tea and coffee facilities, WiFi throughout, complimentary welcome drink, parking. Joining a cruise  to Knysna Heads inclusive of an exquisite oyster snack is just one of the many things to do in Knysna.  visit Ile de Pain coffee shop and bakery to taste a vast assortment of  oven-fresh bread.

Take a township tour with a bit of a difference. Just outside of Knysna, along George Rex drive, you will notice a Rasta flag in green, yellow and red flying high above the township. The tour will take approximately 2.5 hours where the guide will show you around, tell you about their history, culture and beliefs.

You will have the opportunity to chat to some of the residents who can explain in a bit more details about their way of life. While there you will also visit he crèche and sing with the children as well as a few more traditional township tour activities.The tour will depart from Knysna. Call for a tour time and look forward to an interesting afternoon out.

Let the hotel reception book the activities for you. 



     
     





DAY 10 : PLETTENBERG BAY


Please make your own way from Head over Hills Luxury Retreat and Spa in Knysna to The Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay. The approximate travel time will be +/- 40 minutes.

Spend 1 night at The Plettenberg Hotel in 1 Double Luxury Room with sea view with en suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis including Mini Bar (all premier brands can be requested at an additional cost) and WiFi.

Visit the Bird of Prey Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre. This outstanding rehabilitation centre strives to raise community awareness of raptors and the impact of humans on their environment. Birds of Eden in Plettenberg Bay is the world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a wonderful way of life for over 2000 previously caged birds. The completely unique venture of Birds of Eden is an enormous two hectare dome spanning a gorge filled with verdant, indigenous forest. Within it are some 100 species of incredible African birds, a few of them endangered, that provide anyone entering the dome with a literal experience of paradise.



     
     





DAY 11 : PANORAMA ROUTE

 
 

Please make your own way from The Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay to George Airport. The approximate travel time will be +/- 1 hour and 30 minutes. Before check-in for your flight, please drop off your rental vehicle at the airport.

Scheduled Flight George via Johannesburg to Skukuza Airport – Flight NOT included!

Private road transfer from Skukuza Airport to Highgrove House. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Spend 1 night at Highgrove House in 1 Double Executive Orchard Suite on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

     
     


 


DAYS 12 - 14 : SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, you will spend most of this day exploring the wonderful sightseeing activities of this region before arriving at Singita Ebony Lodge. Lunch is offered at Harries Pancakes in Graskop. Visit:

God’s Window - a stunning view from Highveld to Lowveld

The Pinnacle - a 30 m high quartzite “needle” which rises dramatically out of a fern clad ravine

Bourke’s Luck - fascinating rock forms at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers

Blyde River Canyon - endless viewpoints over the third largest canyon in the world

Lisbon, Berlin and Mac Mac Falls - impressive scenery and deep waterfalls

Pilgrim’s Rest - restored Gold Rush mining town and home of Jock of the Bushveld.

Spend 3 nights at Singita Ebony Lodge in 1 Double Suite with en suite facilities on a full board basis including accommodation, drinks (excluding French Champagne), daily activities, Wi-Fi, laundry, Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution  & transfers. Activities include two open Land Rover safaris per day and walking safaris. Located in Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa, Ebony Lodge provides guests with access to 45,000 acres of an incredible wildlife sanctuary that’s renowned for its high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.

 

     
     


DAY 15 : END OF ITINERARY

Private road transfer from Singita Ebony Lodge to Skukuza Airport. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours. Fro here you fly to Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg for your return flight home. 
End of services.

FLIGHTS

FLIGHT DEPARTURE  ARRIVAL
Scheduled George Airport [GRJ] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]
Scheduled OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Skukuza Airport [SZK]
Scheduled Skukuza Airport [SZK] OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]


TRANSFERS

TYPE PICK UP  DROP OFF
Transfer Skukuza Airport [SZK] Highgrove House Country Hotel
Transfer Highgrove House Country Hotel Blyde River Canyon
Transfer Blyde River Canyon God's Window
Transfer God's Window Mac Mac Falls
Transfer Mac Mac Falls Pilgrim's Rest House Museum
Transfer Pilgrim's Rest House Museum Singita Ebony Lodge
Transfer Singita Ebony Lodge Skukuza Airport [SZK]

CAPE TOWN

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Belmond Mount Nelson hotel - Cape Town

Captivating visitors since 1899, Cape Town’s iconic resort hotel is a tranquil hideaway just moments from the city’s buzzing heart. Our 198 individually designed rooms and suites and a host of fabulous facilities appeal equally to romantic couples, families or adventurous groups. Stroll through our expansive gardens, take a tree tour or browse the outdoor sculpture exhibition. Discover the hotel’s history, art and culture on self-guided tours. Enjoy imaginative cuisine in our restaurants and soothing bliss at the spa. Just beyond our gates lies the pulsating city, with stunning beaches and historic hotspots moments away. Forever watching over the hotel is Table Mountain, another wondrous Cape Town landmark.

Your Stay: 3 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Your rooms: 1 x double room
Info: 5 star
Nº rooms: 198 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, French
Special Interests: Flora, Gourmet, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture - Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Wine
Superior room

These inviting, cosy rooms are perfect for single travellers or for accompanying children. Each boasts a plush king-size or twin beds with luxury linens plus a writing desk and a marble bathroom.


 
     
     


Deluxe room

Deluxe Rooms combine understated charm with modern luxury. Each features a sitting area, perfect to unwind.

Located in the Main Building, the Oasis Wing and Green Park, each Deluxe Room has a unique design and personality. Some rooms offer a balcony, while all enjoy an inviting marble en-suite bathroom.



 
 
     


Junior Suite

For guests requiring more spacious accommodation, Junior Suites offer a bedroom with an open-plan sitting area. Located in the Main Building and Green Park areas of the hotel, some Junior Suites benefit from an inviting balcony.

 
     
     

 

Deluxe Junior suite

Light and airy, Deluxe Junior Suites are found in the Main Building and Green Park wings. They include a spacious bedroom and an inviting open-plan sitting area. Large windows let the outside in, while most have balconies where you can unwind.


 
   
     



Studio suites

Studio Suites enjoy an open plan design, featuring a spacious bedroom and lounge area. They are situated in the Green Park, Helmsley and Taunton House areas of the hotel. Each is appointed with a luxurious marble bathroom, while some also feature a balcony.

 

   
     
     



Deluxe studio suites

Deluxe Studio Suites are found in the Green Park and Helmsley areas of the hotel. They’re a perfect choice for families travelling with children, as the added space allows for a cot or extra bed if required.

 
 
     

 

One bedroom suites

These suites feature spacious bedrooms and a large separate, open-plan lounge area. Many offer an inviting balcony, while some also benefit from a personal wet bar. One Bedroom Suites are found in the Main Building, Helmsley, Hof Villa and Taunton House areas of the hotel.


 
     
     


Deluxe one bedroom suites

Deluxe One Bedroom Suites are found in the Main Building, Green Park, Helmsley, Hof Villa and Taunton House areas of the hotel.
They offer a true taste of grand living. Each boasts a separate bedroom, large lounge and dining area with Nespresso coffee machines. Some have balconies or a guest cloakroom.
Each is luxuriously appointed and individually designed, and some enjoy a walk-in dressing room. Some of these suites have a kitchenette and a wet bar, while all feature marble bathrooms with a walk-in dressing room.



 
 
     


Garden cottage suites

A row of eight restored, historic cottages, adjacent to the secluded pool, make up the Garden Cottage Suites.

A luxurious home away from home, each cottage sits behind a scented rose garden, enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy.

The ideal romantic hideaway for honeymooners and couples. Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.



 
 
     

 

Deluxe garden cottages suites

These magnificently furnished suites have an entrance hall, a large lounge with a fireplace and a dining room. The suite will either have its own private terrace or a balcony overlooking the pool and garden.


 
     
     



Presidential suite

The luxurious Presidential Suite encompasses a stylish marbled entrance hall, a private dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a large lounge leading onto a balcony with stunning views of Table Mountain. There is also a wet bar, complete with a microwave, stove, sink and kitchen utensils.

 

 
     
     

 

Garden cottages
A row of eight restored, historic cottages, adjacent to the secluded pool, make up the Garden Cottage Suites. A luxurious home away from home, each cottage sits behind a scented rose garden, enclosed by a picket fence, ensuring a haven of peace and privacy.
Light woods and airy fabric combine with bold splashes of colour to create an inviting, contemporary atmosphere. They also feature four-poster beds and glamorous marble bathrooms, making them ideal for honeymooners and couples.
Other special features include separate living and dining areas, wet bars, mini-libraries and enclosed patios.



 
 
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

Fynbos sunset walks on Table Mountain
Discover the rich diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s Fynbos on Table Mountain with Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of only six Floral Kingdoms in the world and is geographically by far the smallest, yet the richest, most diverse of these plant kingdoms. It is widely recognised as one of the most special places for plants in the world in terms of the number of endemic species. Fynbos (fine bush), the indigenous mountain vegetation, forms a major part of this Cape Floral Kingdom.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers guests a unique opportunity to discover the remarkable diversity of the Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom on Table Mountain, one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature. Enjoy a ramble along the lower slopes of Table Mountain with a dramatic outlook over Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, with an expert mountain and Fynbos guide who will share interesting stories about the “Big Five of Fynbos”– the plant families of Proteas, Ericas, Restios, Bulbs (Irises and Lilies) and Daisies – and uncover many aspects of the natural and cultural history of the Cape and Table Mountain. There will also be plenty of opportunity to photograph plants and flowers encountered during the walk.
The Fynbos Sunset Walks will take place in the late afternoon so guests can enjoy sundowners from an elevated position on the mountainside, watching the sun sink below the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean, a typical Capetonian activity. The tour will last two and a half hours in total which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a day out and about and still be back in time to appreciate this lovely early evening experience.
Booking is recommended when making a room reservation, alternatively, guests may book this tour with the hotel’s concierge department. Bookings are subject to availability and a 24-hour notice period is preferred.
The cost of the Fynbos Sunset Walk on Table Mountain is ZAR 1 600 per person for two guests, ZAR 875 per person for three to five guests and ZAR 650 per person for six to eight guests.
For further queries on the Fynbos Sunset Walks or to make a booking, please contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel reservations on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: reservations.mnh@belmond.com, alternatively contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel concierge on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: concierge.mnh@belmond.com



 
 
     



Hope and harvest in a Cape township

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers guests the opportunity to visit one of South Africa’s most successful and entrepreneurial township farms in Khayelitsha – Abalimi Bezekhaya’s* vegetable garden called Moya we Khaya (spirit of home).

The trip starts with a guided tour past many of the well-known townships such as Langa and Gugulethu, learning about township life, before arriving at Mama Kaba’s beautiful organic vegetable garden, Moya we Khaya. Guests will meet Mama Kaba and enjoy a cup of tea with her as they hear her story about how she started with a small neglected piece of municipal land and how, against all odds, her determination to transform people’s lives turned one small farm into one of the most successful gardening and farming initiatives in the country. For example, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has been buying vegetables, herbs and salads from Abalimi Bezekhaya’s Harvest of Hope programme for the past four years, and the chefs are always wanting more produce from them. There is even a dedicated dish on the hotel menu – the Abalimi Bezekhaya Beetroot and Kale salad - which intrigues most diners.

After tea, visitors can take a walk through the garden with Mama Kaba and pick their preferred produce for their basket, including firm deep-purple eggplant, tasty herbs, sweet tomatoes, luscious fennel, fat carrots, juicy beetroot, everything seasonal, all plump and bursting with freshness. Upon returning to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, the hotel’s creative chefs will weave their magic and transform the ingredients into the most authentic farm to fork salad.

The tour will leave from the hotel at 09h30 in the morning and guests should be back around 12h30 in time to enjoy their super farm fresh salad.

The cost of the tour is R1 500 per person for two guests and R875 per person for a group of four guests. This includes a donation of compost or seedlings for the Moya we Khaya garden as well as the farm fresh salad for lunch.

Booking is recommended when making a room reservation, alternatively guests may book this tour with the hotel’s concierge department. Please note that this is subject to availability and a 48-hour notice period is preferred. For further enquiries, please would you contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel reservations on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: reservations.mnh@belmond.com, alternatively contact Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel concierge on +27 21 483-1000 or e-mail: concierge.mnh@belmond.com



 
 
     


Historical tree and garden tour

A zippy one-hour walking tour of ten trees that live in the hotels’ expansive gardens will reveal many fascinating threads of Cape Town’s history. Trees such as the 80 Canary Island Palms that line the driveway entrance or the nearly 200 year old wild Olive Tree have borne silent witness to the colourful ebb and flow of historic events at the Cape and indeed of this historical 116 year old hotel.

Bookings essential at the hotel Concierge and cost is ZAR 300 per person.

 
 
     

 

Artist in residence

We offer guests the opportunity to have their own portrait, or that of their loved ones, painted by artist-in-residence Cyril Coetzee. Not only will an oil portrait rendition be so much better than a photograph, it would also be a treasured artwork painted by none other than the man who was Nelson Mandela’s highly respected portrait specialist. Cyril is also offering oil painting classes at the hotel for guests who would like to enjoy and learn more about this relaxing and rewarding activity. Lessons are offered for one person up to eight and all levels of expertise are accommodated. The easels, canvas and paint materials will all be provided.



 
   
     



Winelands tour

Get a taste of the good life on a tour of Cape Town’s internationally acclaimed winelands. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers half- and full-day tours to the major wine trails, as well as specific red, white and Cap Classique tours.

 

   
     
     


Shopping in Cape Town

From 60s-inspired furniture to home-grown wine, Kloof Street offers an inspiring range of shops. In the historic De Waterkant district upmarket shops sell authentic textiles, jewellery, ceramics, tribal arts and contemporary crafts.

   
     
     

 



African drumming at the Gold Museum

An all-in-one cultural experience, starting with a tour of the Gold Museum, which explores the ancient relationship between gold and the African continent. Afterwards, enjoy a drumming experience with an expert and a live performance before sitting down to a 15-course meal of Cape Malay and African cuisine.

   
     
     

 



Play tennis like a pro

Resident pro tennis coach Barkie McKrea will teach you to improve your serve, volleys and all aspects of your game.
Barkie teaches beginner to advanced players, solo or in groups.
Equipment is available to hire from the hotel.

   
     
     

 

Oasis restaurant

 
The restaurant offers an extensive Mediterranean-inspired buffet as well as an à la carte menu with an impressive selection of grilled meats and roasted line fish.
Guests can also look forward to daily specials harvested from local markets.
The fresh and colourful buffet includes a wide range of seasonal salads, home cured and home smoked charcuterie, fresh seafood and shellfish platters and a variety of South African cheeses. All sauces, tapenades and pates are made in-house and the exceptional breads are baked in The Nellie’s kitchens.
The selection of hot dishes changes daily and could include anything from Roast Beef with assorted baby root vegetable to Cape Malay Chicken Curry.
Sunday lunches are even more resplendent with the addition of a carvery station serving roast beef sirloin, leg of lamb, Beef Wellington, slow cooked slated beef, chicken curry and grilled line fish, as well as a magnificent selection of vegetable dishes.
The Bistro’s relaxed atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a warm and welcoming sunny bite. Complemented by a well thought out wine and cocktail list, and an inviting terrace overlooking the swimming pool.
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Lunch: 12h30 - 3pm
Kindly note that Oasis Bistro is a seasonal restaurant, and closes for lunch during Winter.



 
 
 


The lounge

Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea and light lunches are served daily in The Lounge.

Afternoon Tea at the hotel is a true institution.

Make sure your trip to the Mother City is complete and experience the best afternoon tea Cape Town has to offer. Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber. Follow with a delectable dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves.

Adding a special local flavour is a typical South African milk tart, called “melktert” in Afrikaans.

During the winter months you can also enjoy a selection of warm treats. Expect mushroom empanadas, tomato tarts and chicken pies.

The signature Mount Nelson Tea has been expertly blended from six teas: Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from our garden. In addition, we offer an array of leaf and flowering teas.

Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea are served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.

Morning Tea
Served from 9:30am–12pm

Afternoon Tea
Seating times are available 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Evening Tea:
Served from 6pm to 8h30pm.

 

 
 
     


Chef's table

 

Embark on a journey of culinary discovery at our dynamic Chef’s Table. Prepare for a fun, interactive experience where the sights, sounds, scents and flavours of sublime, creative cuisine are brought irresistibly to life.

You’ll be escorted by one of our chefs from the Planet Bar through to the heart of the hotel kitchen. Behind the hub of activity, an intimate dining space awaits. And so begins a wonderfully immersive experience, as different chefs serve a succession of regional and international specialities, taking you round the world with innovative dishes, from canapés and breads to mains and desserts.

Listen to the industrious sounds of chopping, stirring and sizzling. Breathe in the aromas of succulent meats and rich sauces. Feel the creative energy as you witness Chef Rudi and his talented team in full-throttle action.

It’s all about interacting: talk to the chefs about their specialities, discover stories behind the recipes and the local, seasonal ingredients. Wander into the kitchen to observe delicacies being prepared, even stir a pan or two if you fancy.

Join our chefs on this authentic journey, each one different from the last. Come away deliciously satisfied with an enriched understanding of a dynamic kitchen.



 
   
     




Lord Nelson restaurant

Soak up the atmosphere of our timeless dining room while savouring much-loved classics and impeccable service. The elegant, wood-panelled space dates from the hotel’s inauguration in 1899. It was here that, in 1994, President Nelson Mandela welcomed the world's leaders for the first World Economic Forum ever to be held on African soil. Admire the minstrels’ gallery and the pressed ceilings depicting the history of the British Empire’s South African colonies. Browse a menu of enduring favourites with a contemporary twist, such as Beef Wellington and Crêpes Suzette, served with flair by smartly uniformed staff. Ideal for special occasions or simply to experience the unique old-world charm of this storied dining room.

 

 
 
 


Planet bar

Cool, chic, yet timelessly elegant, Planet Bar throngs all year round with well-heeled Capetonians sipping sundowner cocktails or pre-dinner champagne.

The bar’s stylish celestial décor, quirky touches and comfy couches create a relaxing ambience, whether you’re people-watching from the terrace in the summer or curling up by the fire with a glass of red in the winter.

Planet Bar offers an extensive cocktail menu, a wide selection of champagnes and wines, and an assortment of light menus and canapés.

Open daily from 12.00 until late.

 

 
 
 

PAARL

Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Paarl boasts an array of cultural and historical attractions and is surrounded by some spectacular nature reserves. Paarl was named after the huge granite dome of rock, which overlooks the town founded in 1690. The famous 11-kilometre-long Main Street features the Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. The beautiful homestead of Labories in Main Street was bought by KWV. The KWV cellar complex is the largest in the world, covering an area of 22 hectares. The magnificent Cathedral Cellar, with its barrel-vaulted roof and large carved red wine vats is spectacular and depicts the history of the Cape’s wine industry. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: wine tasting, scenic fynbos hikes, cycling, sampling local cuisine and much more.

Babylonstoren farm hotel - Paarl

Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing.
• A 250-hectare working wine and fruit farm that dates back over 300 years
• A place so beautiful, a welcome so warm and an experience quite unlike any other
• A quiet corner of the Cape that is surrounded by majestic mountains on three sides where the fynbos is home to many wild creatures
• Service that is both sincere and deeply proud of its heritage
• A garden that celebrates biological diversity
• Fresh food with distinct flavours that celebrates the seasons and the bounty of the garden
• A place to escape from the world and reconnect with it as it ought to be
• A sense of purity, simplicity and quiet where life is uncomplicated but where spontaneity and the unexpected are also celebrated
Your Stay: 2 Nights - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, 1 x Double room
Info: Farm
Nº rooms : 22
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Sports, Wine
Two-bedroom cottage - sleeps 4

The pristine Cape Dutch style of our two-bedroom cottages emulate a farm stay experience with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. A contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to the 18th-century structure to house a dining and kitchen area. The interiors continue this contemporary pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bouroullec Bros. Each bedroom also has a luxurious en-suite bathroom. Bookshelves filled with carefully selected books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. Our cottages are either garden or vineyard facing. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge, as well as breakfast, are included in the room rate. All our two-bedroom cottages are serviced daily and come with a king-size bed, and a king or two single beds in the second bedroom.

4 Cottages available

   
     
     



One-bedroom cottage - sleeps 2

Each of the slightly larger open-plan cottages has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. Into this pristine Cape Dutch style, a contemporary glass cube has been seamlessly added to house a kitchen area. The interiors continue this pairing with modern four-poster beds and furniture from international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bouroullec Bros. Bookshelves filled with carefully selected books, underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. Suites are either garden or vineyard facing, with access to the garden and the farm. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge, as well as breakfast, are included in the room rate. All our one-bedroom cottages come with a king-size bed and are serviced daily.

3 Cottages available

   
     
     


One-bedroom suite - sleeps 2

Each open-plan suite has a luxurious en-suite bathroom and lounge area with thick walls, elegant gables and a hearty fireplace. The interiors take on an altogether contemporary feel when paired with the modern lines of furniture by international design brands such as Kartell, Magis, Philippe Starck and the Bouroullec Bros. Bookshelves are filled with a wonderful selection of books while underfloor heating and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge, as well as breakfast, are included in the room rate. All our one-bedroom suites come with a king-size bed or twin beds and are serviced daily.

6 Suites available

 
   
     
     



Farmhouse suite - sleeps 2

Comfort is key in the one-bedroom Farmhouse suites where a moody interior theme comprising swarthy four-poster king-size beds, dusted moss walls, luxurious en-suite marble bathrooms and generous walk-in cupboards are paired with contemporary furniture and accessories such as extra-length MDF Italia sofas. In addition to the underfloor heating, each room is fitted with a cast-iron stove. Bookshelves filled with a wonderful selection of books and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge, as well as breakfast, are included in the room rate. All our suites are serviced daily.

9 Suites available

 
   
     
     
Manor House

Our Cape Dutch Manor House dates back to 1777. This exclusive house has five bedrooms accommodating ten guests. All rooms have a king-size bed, with two of the rooms having the option of twin beds. Rooms are serviced daily and breakfast is included in the room rate, as well as a well-stocked personalised bar fridge. The interior has been beautifully restored to its former glory, but with a definite contemporary touch. Bookshelves are filled with a wonderful selection of books and the traditional farm kitchen boasts a roaring old wood-burning stove. Guests have access to the garden at all times, with games set up on the private lawn. Curl up in front of the hearty fireplace and admire the architecture, or enjoy refreshments in the garden whilst savouring the exquisite views.

5 Rooms, 10 guest. Exclusive use

 
 
   
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Conference Centre, Gym, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card

The garden

The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, and for our hotel guests, there’s much to do. In addition to exploring our 200 hectares of farm, in season, you can take part in the harvesting of fruit in the orchards or the pruning of our vines. Whatever the season, our garden is an ever-changing tapestry of fruit and vegetable plantings. Hotel guests are invited to join in the harvesting, pruning, planting or picking of our many fruits, herbs, nuts, spices and vegetables. We have maps for five different walks on the farm (available from Reception) and if you’re interested to learn more about the provenance of the garden, do join one of our garden tours that starts daily at 10h00. Booking is essential, so please enquire in advance at Reception.

Our daily guided garden tour starts at the Farm Shop at 10h00. One of our experienced gardeners will be your guide on this tour, during which we encourage guests to pick, taste, smell and touch while walking through our garden. Each of the 300 plant varieties is edible or has medicinal value. The beautiful garden is not only pleasing to the eye, but also provides the restaurants with fresh produce, harvested daily. Our enthusiastic guides will share some of the garden’s special stories with you and give practical gardening tips. We hope you will enjoy our garden and be inspired when you leave to plant your own!


Booking is essential for the garden tour.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat in summer and wellies plus an umbrella in winter. A famous Swedish proverb holds: There ain’t no bad weather, just the wrong clothes.
Entrance fees payable at the gate go to the Babylonstoren Trust for the education of our local children.
Regrettably, no dogs are allowed, as this is a working farm with lots of feathery friends.
Kindly note that all pathways in the garden are gravel and in some areas covered with peach pips.

 
 
 
 



Rowing at the dam

You can walk or cycle to the dam – it is about 1,5 km. The view from the dam is spectacular and you will be amazed by the abundant bird life. Get a backpack from Reception (see Walk or Run). We have three canoes and life jackets for your rowing expedition – make sure you wear a life jacket. Please note that children have to be accompanied by an adult.
 
 
     
     


Exercise

The gym, open from 6h00 to 21h00, is for the exclusive use of adults. We have a great selection of machines to keep you fit. Private yoga sessions are available on request. For more details, please enquire at Reception.

 
   
     
     



Cellar tour & wine tasting

The Tasting Room sits adjacent to the Wine Cellar, offering views of the conical Babylonstoren hill, Simonsberg and the Banghoek Mountains. The eye-catching steel-and-glass creation is a modern link between the two Cape Dutch-style wings of the wine cellar and a perfect reflection of Babylonstoren’s philosophy of embracing both heritage and innovation. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer breathtaking views over the vineyards towards the small rocky koppie from which the farm derives its name, while indoors the striking central bar bedecked in vivid green tiles mirrors the lush vineyards beyond. A range of tantalising snack platters with charcuterie, cheese, pâté and fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden are on offer. The platters are an ideal light bite while tasting the Babylonstoren range of wines.

The Tasting Room is accessed via a maturation cellar revamped into a retail space, with exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and a statuesque curving wall – a display of antique farming implements and packing crates creating a gentle farm motif in the triple-volume space. For guests with a little more time to spare, informative cellar tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how the estate’s wines are crafted. The tour includes a walk through the vineyards and a visit to the olive oil production plant.

Come and unwind with us in this perfect spot for wine sipping and cheese nibbling.

The Tasting Room is open daily – from 10h00 to 17h00 in winter and 10h00 to 18h00 in summer.
Daily cellar tours start at the Tasting Room, every hour on the hour, from 11h00 to 15h00.
Booking is advised for groups of 11 to 24 people.

Our wines are best exemplified by the Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe (representing the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature). It is a combination of the very essence of Babylonstoren – keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible. "It is this that we strive to achieve in our wine," says Charl Coetzee. "Truth to the area we are situated in on the slopes of Simonsberg, and simplicity by making elegant and balanced wines as natural as possible."

 
 
 
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Animals

You may come across our resident tortises tortoises, our donkeys, the chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and squirrels that all roam happily, or maybe even a wild steenbok. Keep your eyes and ears open – you may be lucky enough to see or hear the fish eagle. We have spotted 58 bird species on Babylonstoren. Guests are welcome to use the bird book in the Butterfly Room for reference.

For a closer look, we also have binoculars available at Reception.

 
 
     
     



Becoming a volounteer

As we are passionate about our garden at Babylonstoren, we welcome fellow gardeners, horticulturists, botanists or those who are interested in learning more about gardening. If you’re happy to get your hands dirty (you'll be planting, harvesting, pruning and mulching) and eager to learn and/or share your knowledge, we'd love to welcome you as a volunteer at Babylonstoren. You’ll work with our gardeners in every aspect of the garden but most importantly get a chance to contribute to the garden in a real way.
 
 
   
     


Activities for the kids

The farm is a paradise for children! Our beloved donkeys, Meisiekind and Lulu, live

opposite the Farm Shop. We invite our young guests to help feed the donkeys, to collect eggs and to help harvest fruit and vegetables from our garden, especially for the breakfast table. Kids are also welcome to help our bakers knead and bake delicious farm breads. And don’t forget to go on the scavenger hunt. Please arrange these activities at Reception.

 
 
 
     



Swim

Our outdoor pool is not just another infinity pool! Take a plunge or relax afloat the tractor tube. Diving is not permitted and children must be supervised at all times.

 
 
     
     



Fishing

Enjoy bass fishing at the farm dam. Fishing rods are available from Reception.

 
   
     
     



Bicycles

We have bicycles available for adults as well as children to explore the farm. Bottled still water and helmets are available from Reception, and in your room you’ll find a map.

   
     
     



Walk or run

The map in your room suggests six trails for walking or running. These vary in length, the shortest being a mere 5-minute walk. A backpack with water, sun lotion and a small first-aid kit is available from Reception. Please ask if you need anything else, and then go out and enjoy the abundance of fresh air and country views!

 
 
     
     



Spa

Our two signature treatments are the hammam water ritual and our bamboo massage. In addition, we have a wonderful selection of classic treatments.
To book a treatment with one of our qualified therapists, please contact reception. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than your booked treatment time. Late arrivals will be able to enjoy the time remaining on their treatment but will be charged for the full treatment. Lockers are provided for your valuables.
The Garden Spa has a garden-inspired food menu to replenish, revive and delight you. Please note that no glass containers or alcoholic beverages are allowed at the pool. Although we do not serve food or drinks at the pool, we can offer you chilled still or sparkling water from the gym should you be thirsty. If you would like to enjoy other eats or drinks, you can do so at the Greenhouse, which is right next to the pool.

Booking is essential for spa treatments. Open Monday to Sunday 8h00–17h00.
Private yoga sessions are available on request. For more details, please enquire at Reception.

 
 
     
     



Bakery

Our Bakery offers scrumptious Italian-inspired evening meals but also supplies our shop with freshly baked bread to be enjoyed with delicious local cheeses from our Cheese Room. We grow our own wheat on the farm which is stoneground after harvest. This flour is sold in the Farm Shop but is also used by our own bakers who, under the guidance of our head baker Ernie Beck, make sure we have freshly baked bread early every morning for our restaurants and the Tasting Room. We have a variety of breads, including sourdough, rye, white and whole wheat.

At dinners in the Bakery, we serve our food family style – guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table. Our Italian-inspired set menu starts with an antipasti and salad offering. This is followed by wood-fired pizza straight from the oven, to be enjoyed to your heart’s content. We round off the meal with a delicious dolce and our famous coffee.

The Bakery is open Wednesday and Friday evenings from 19h00 to 21h00.
Booking is essential. Reservations open two months in advance and can be made between the hours of 8h00 and 17h00.
Priority will be given to hotel guests for bookings.
Please enquire about options for groups. For groups of 13 to 18 guests, a deposit is required to secure the booking. Should you wish to bring a larger group, we have private function venues available.
Kindly note that all pathways on the farm are roughly surfaced and not intended for high heels.

 
 
     
     



Healing garden

Nature's medicine chest is an ongoing discovery of old and new herbs tried and tested over centuries by different cultures around the world. Originally collected from the wild, the best plants were selected, cultivated and shared.

Our medicinal garden at Babylonstoren includes a range of beautiful species – some more powerful, aromatic, rare or even dangerous than others but all with an interesting story worth discovering. The central layout of the garden follows the form of a body with herbs to heal from the head, heart, lungs, digestive system, organs, skin, bones and feet. The trees are some of the “giants” in African healing traditions. Herbs along the outer wall follow the seasons, summer to winter, specially selected to heal, soothe and balance the body through the time-honoured pleasure of tea.

We invite you to enjoy this healing garden as a quiet space, slowing down and blending herbal teas as guided by our gardener Gundula. Seated on the floor of the shaded bamboo gloriette, a selection of savoury and sweet confections is served to complement the infusions you create. Only fresh, seasonal ingredients are used and great care is taken in the preparation.

For the ultimate tickle, do not go before dipping your toes in the pond to experience the nibbling Garra rufa fish while reflecting on the moment and aiming to balance pleasure and health.

Tea rituals take place at 9h30 on Tuesdays.
Our Healing Garden is a restful place for quiet reflection and tranquillity. Regrettably, children under the age of 10 years are not permitted.
Reservations are weather dependent and booking is essential. Reservations open two months in advance and can be made between the hours of 8h00 and 17h00. A deposit is required to secure bookings.
Priority will be given to hotel guests for tea ritual bookings.
Kindly note that all pathways on the farm are roughly surfaced and not intended for high heels.

 
 
Babel restaurant

Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our "pick, clean and serve" approach.

Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don't like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.

Breakfast: Open daily, 8h00–9h30
Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday, 12h00–15h30
Dinner: Open daily from 19h00
Booking is essential. Reservations open two months in advance and can be made between the hours of 8h00 and 17h00 on +27 (0)21 863 3852 or enquiries@babylonstoren.com.
Hotel guests enjoy priority for restaurant bookings.
Please enquire about options for groups. For groups of 13 to 18 guests, a set menu will be offered and a 50% deposit is required to secure the booking. Should you wish to bring a larger group, we have private function venues available.
The restrooms at Babel restaurant are wheelchair friendly.
Kindly note that all pathways on the farm are gravel, and covered with peach pips in some areas of the garden.

 
 
 
 



The Greenhouse

At the rear of the garden, tucked away between the oak trees, our Greenhouse offers guests the perfect place to rest and enjoy delicious home-baked cakes, coffee, tea and fresh garden juices. We also offer more substantial meals of artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats, served with our homemade herb oils, chutneys, preserves and relishes, as well as delicious, fresh garden salads.

The 26 metre vintage conservatory in dark green steel was custom built for Babylonstoren in France by Serres et Ferronneries d'Antan. Paired with a collection of brick-red tables and colourful green Luxembourg chairs (the classic park chair design), the Greenhouse is a surprising but thoroughly logical refreshment station for guests who have completed the garden tour.

The Greenhouse menu subscribes to the self-same "pick, clean and serve" philosophy as Babel, with a strong emphasis on honest food with little to no fuss. All our food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads packaged in weck jars, while fresh bread from our wood-fired oven come wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.

Despite its obvious aesthetic appeal and its function as a refreshment station, the Greenhouse also performs a vital role in the garden. It is here where plants or varieties are brought when they struggle to make it in the formal garden due to the Western Cape’s winter rainfall or the lack of humidity in summer. And so you'll find that exotic granadillas, ginger, cardamom, pineapples, dragonfruit, vanilla and even a baobab all reside here.

The Greenhouse is open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00.

Bookings
There is no need to make a reservation for the Greenhouse. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. We may have a waiting list during very busy times.
Should you wish to bring a group of 13 to 25 guests, kindly make a reservation. These reservations open two months in advance. For even larger groups, we have private function venues available.

 
 
 
     



Bakery

Our Bakery offers scrumptious Italian-inspired evening meals on Wednesday & Friday, but also supplies our shop with freshly baked bread to be enjoyed with delicious cheeses from our Cheese Room. We grow our own wheat on the farm which is stoneground after harvest. This flour is sold in the Farm Shop, but is also used by our own bakers who, under the guidance of our head baker Ernie Beck, make sure we have freshly baked bread early every morning for our restaurants and the Tasting Room. We have a variety of breads, including sourdough, rye, white and whole wheat.

At dinners in the Bakery, we serve our food family style – guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table. Our Italian-inspired set menu starts with an antipasti and salad offering. Main course may be enjoyed to your heart’s content. We round off the meal with a delicious dolce and our famous coffee.

Booking is essential. Reservations open two months in advance and can be made between the hours of 8h00 and 17h00 on +27 (0)21 863 3852 or enquiries@babylonstoren.com.
Hotel guests enjoy priority for restaurant bookings.

 
 
   

WHALE COAST

Encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai, the Whale Coast is an area of incredible natural beauty and diversity. This rugged stretch of South African coastline snakes along the Atlantic Ocean, with magnificent fynbos-blanketed mountains rising up from the interior. The spectacular scenery is made up of charming seaside villages, farms, rivers, coves and valleys, and during the right season, the region’s namesake – whales – can be seen cruising and wallowing in the coastal waters. Visitors can enjoy visiting the little villages dotting the area, bird watching, whale watching, wine tasting, paragliding, fat bike rides, river rafting, game viewing, mountain biking, and golfing. Don’t miss a visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai.

Grootbos private nature reserve garden lodge - Whale coast

Nestled between mountain and sea, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the "Marine Big 5" - whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.
Nestled carefully into the natural gaps of an enchanted Milkwood forest, the 11 freestanding suites are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views.

True to its name, the warm and welcoming Garden Lodge is set amongst an Eden of beautifully landscaped fynbos gardens and indigenous trees. Fashioned from stone, thatch and timber, the Garden Lodge reflects African warmth with an intercontinental twist, blending perfectly into the surrounding landscape.
The curved lines, high beamed ceilings and endless windows enhance the sensation of light, freedom and natural flow and make full use of the incredible sweeping views across mountain and sea. An elegant restaurant, spacious lounge, beauty salon, library and children’s entertainment room ensure that all needs are satisfied. The wooden deck, terrace and superb pool area extend the interior space into the outdoors allowing sun seekers and nature lovers to make the most of the rejuvenating environment.

Your Stay : 2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x Double room
Info: Lodge 5 Stars 

Spoken languages : Afrikaans, English, German, Xhosa

Nº rooms : 11

Special interests : Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
One bedroom luxury suite

Suite features a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate lounge with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace, DVD player for in-room entertainment. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all One-Bedroom Luxury Suites at Garden Lodge, facilities such as a separate bath, shower and toilet, satellite TV and secure room safes are standard.


 
 
 



Two bedroom luxury family suite

Our Two-Bedroom Suites epitomise luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath), separate lounge and dining area with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace as well as a DVD player. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all Two-Bedroom Luxury Suites, facilities such as satellite TV and secure room safes are standard.

 
 
 
 



Two bedroom family suite

Our 2 Bedroom Family Suites epitomise luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private en-suite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath), separate lounge and dining area with tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, cosy fireplace as well as a DVD player. The spacious suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the Walker Bay. As with all Two-Bedroom Family Suites, facilities such as satellite TV, secure room safes are standard.

 
 
 
 

 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours)

Horse riding on the reserve

There’s something special about seeing a place on horseback. Take a slow trot as you appreciate the views or ride down the sweeping sand dunes, the fresh air filling your lungs and exhilaration pumping through your veins.

Horse riding at Grootbos is suitable for anyone, whether you’re a complete novice or a more experienced rider. Go for a relaxed ride through the fynbos or ride one of our special horses that are specifically trained for the beach. Our 22 horses at the Grootbos stables are well exercised and expertly trained, while all of our guides have years of experience in dealing with these noble animals.



 
 
     



Beach horse riding

We also offer a 3-hour beach horse ride along the Walker Bay coastline. The gentle ride starts in the fynbos through the dunes and then onto the beach. The beach is ideal for a gallop or a gentle canter. The Beach outride is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in the rates and this activity is advised for experienced riders only.
Beach Horse Riding is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.




 
 
     



Land-based whale watching ( June - December )

The Southern Right whales visit Walker Bay each year and being witness to them in action whilst they breach and blow is a very special experience to observe.These peaceful giants of the deep come to Walker Bay to mate and calf in the sanctuary of the Bay.. The Walker Bay rocky outcrops offer close viewing points from elevated positions.The Grootbos guides know all the best spots and this guided experience is an experience of a lifetime.

 
 
     



Boat-based whale watching ( June - December )

Grootbos Nature Reserve has an exclusive boat trip, through Dyer Island Cruises, leaving every morning from Kleinbaai harbour. Besides seeing the amazing whales, this trip offers a complete experience of the Marine Big5, which includes the whales, dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and surface viewing of the Great White Shark. The boat comfortably accommodates 20 guests, has a toilet, upper decks, shelter from the sun as well as snacks and drinks provided onboard. The boat also has specialized guides, who can provide all the facts about the whales as well as other interesting information about the magnificent marine life. As these gentle giants are very curious, they often swim right up to the boat to get a better view of the boat and the guests. This trip takes about 2 hours and is a marine experience not to be missed!

Boat-based whale watching is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.

 

 
 
     



Shark cage diving

One of the most exciting experiences at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is the Great White Shark cage diving. Gansbaai has the reputation for being the shark capital of the world. Divers and adventurers travel from all over the world to watch this magnificent creature in the waters around Dyer Island. Every day a number of boats leave Kleinbaai harbour to spend a few hours on the water to view the Great White Sharks from the boat or to go diving in a cage with these elegant and large predators. This is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Cage Diving (No diving experience required!)
This is truly one of the most adventurous activities on our planet, coming face to face with the Great White Shark. No diving experience is required, and all equipment is provided on board. When the sharks are around the boat, the divers get into the cage and the shark is lured to within meters from the cage. As the shark approaches, divers duck under water and marvel in amazement as this awe inspiring creature swims past the cage.
Surface Viewing
Grootbos guests have the choice to either enter the cage on the shark boat or view these magnificent creatures from the top deck of the boat. Surface Viewing is normally suitable for people wanting to see the shark from out of water and not necessarily come face to face with it inside the water. However, it is often commented that one gets a better view of the sharks from the top deck.
Shark Cage Diving is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.

 

 

 
 
     



4 x 4 flower safari

Keep still, listen intently and you’ll be amazed at the things you learn on a botanical safari. With the richest temperate flora in the world and six completely new species never discovered by science before, your time at Grootbos will mean that you’ll never look at plants and flowers in quite the same way again.
The 800 recorded plant species in our 2500 hectares of pristine wilderness will bring the fascinating story of fynbos and forest to life as you touch, smell and see the natural miracles that surround you. Learn how a sunbird’s beak fits perfectly into a flower, why the honey our bees produce is completely unique and how important ravaging fires are for bringing forth new life.
 
 
 
     



Beach excursion

As a guest at Grootbos, there are so many different ways to enjoy the beach. You can take a long, relaxing walk on a solitary shore; laze in the sun on the luxurious white sand; or explore the unique coastal ecosystem while looking out for frolicking whales.

Our guides know exactly where to take you for the best swimming, tanning, walking, whale watching, angling and several other oceanic experiences on offer. We’ll transport you to and from the beach and provide you with a picnic lunch and all the beach accessories you need to enjoy your day in the sun.
Grootbos also offers guided beach tours where you can learn about the unique intertidal ecosystem; the abundant marine life; the coastal vegetation; and the geological forces that gave this coast its dramatic form.



 
 
     



Bird watching

A Bird's eyeview of Birding at Grootbos
Birding is akin to stargazing. On cloudless days, you see a myriad of these jewels flickering and floating in the sky, and once you know where and what to look for, you are transfixed by the ethereal pattern and order in their endless motion.
The Grootbos reserve and surrounding areas are a magnet to a wide variety of rare and endemic bird species feeding and breeding in the rich and diverse habitats. You know birding is not for the birds when you see how the Malachite Sunbird, with its bright green iridescent plumage, compete for attention with the flowering aloes and proteas. Grootbos is a birder friendly establishment endorsed by Birdlife SA. Our knowledgeable guides are geared to give bird watchers of all levels a winged overview of these magnificent creatures that enliven our skies and flora with their beauty and procreative activities.
Let's face it, the dazzling tapestry of fynbos wildflowers on Grootbos is not meant to attract tourists - the colourful displays of petals are nature's magic to lure birds and other pollinators to their nectar in exchange for spreading their pollen.

The beaks of the conspicuous endemic Orange-breasted Sunbird and the Southern Double-collared Sunbird are tailor-made for sipping the sweet stuff from the floral tubes of the various Erica species. You cannot miss the male Cape Sugarbird, with its ridiculously long tail (almost 70% of its total length), feeding on the nectar of Protea species. The impressive tail is solely a decorative testimony to manhood - the longer, the better! They whip their tails to attract females and ward off rivals.
In breeding season (September to April) Grootbos guests will encounter a magnitude of feisty and friendly fellows sticking together albeit they are not of the same feather. The diverse habitats - from fynbos, Milkwood and Afromontane forests to riverine scrub and mountain slopes - accommodate at least 120 different bird species, of which 30% are endemic or near endemic to Southern Africa. These include specials such as the Knysna Woodpecker, Cape Clapper-lark and the Southern Tchagra.
Flagship raptors of the area are the majestic Black Harrier, Jackal Buzzard, Forest Buzzard and African Fish-Eagle. The nearby agricultural fields are home to Blue Cranes, the Agulhas Long-billed Lark and the Denham’s Bustard.
Coastal Birding Tours
Grootbos, in partnership with Dyer Island Cruises, also takes guests on a "game viewing" cruise to Dyer Island, where endemics such as the African Black Oystercatcher, Hartlaub’s Gull, Crowned-, Cape- and Bank Cormorant, African Penguin as well as the Cape Gannet flourish. Pelagic species such as the Shy Albatross, Sooty Shearwater and Giant Petrels are also seen from time to time.



 
 
     



Klipgat cave - an echo of early man

The Klipgat Cave outside De Kelders evokes vivid images of pre-historic times when modern man lived haply in symbiotic harmony with nature off the bounty of land and sea when the coastline was still kilometres away. This historical site in the Walker Bay was home to Middle Stone Age peoples some 70 000 to 80 000 years ago when large antelope such as black wildebeest and the extinct “blaauwbok” still abounded in the bay where dolphins, seals and whales now flourish.

Archaeological findings indicate that these primitive folks mainly lived off plants and smaller animals such as dune mole rats, tortoises and hares. They hunted steenbok and eland, while seabirds, shellfish and seals also formed an important part of their diet.
Dubbed Klipgat Cave (stone with a hole) after the remarkable window-like openings in the limestone rock formations that yield spectacular views of the bay and sea, the site is one of the most important cultural assets in the Western Cape. Innumerable stories of the perils and pleasures of yesteryear’s peoples unfold as layer upon layer of deposits reveal fascinating secrets of the tides, temperatures and living conditions of those early times. Later Stone Age pastoralists, believed to be the Khoekhoen/Khoikhoi, already kept sheep, and probably even cattle and dogs, in this area as early as 2 000 years ago.
They chiselled tools such as “needles” and “spatulas” out of bone to create ornaments, shell beads and pendants. Ostrich eggs were fashioned into water flasks, and tortoise shells served as bowls. These artefacts and bone samples are on display in the Cape Town Museum.
Unfortunately, the bulk of tell-tale everyday details of the loves and losses of man’s early ancestors is forever buried in the crags and crevices of this early home. Around 1713, a devastating smallpox epidemic claimed the lives of the entire local human population. The Klipgat Cave is of World Heritage significance and managed by Cape Nature Conservation.



 
 
     



Spa treatments

For those who just want to relax we offer an array of spa treatments. It is time to tip-toe into a slower world where the mind can drift away on the vapors of luxurious scents, such as sandalwood, arnica and buchu, while the body melts under the soothing touch of our fully qualified beauty therapist. Pampering takes place in the comfort of your own suite. For the tired body, a therapeutic full body massage is a definite must, leaving you in a state of absolute calmness. For the weary feet, reflexology, including a footbath, will most certainly do the trick. Manicures, pedicures, facials and a host of other treatments are available on request in our Bloom Beauty Salon or in the privacy of the suites at Grootbos.
Spa Treatments are not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.



 
 
     



Walks & hikes

Enjoy an entrancing stroll through our Milkwood forest or a more revitalising hike up our fynbos-clad mountains, as you begin to understand what makes Grootbos quite so special. From a sunbird sipping from a flower to an ocean vista that leaves you breathless, surprises await you around every corner.

Trails are all well marked and you can choose between self-guided walks or guided walks, to learn more about these fascinating and secretive eco-systems. Gaze into the petals of a King Protea, breathe in the blackcurrant scent of buchu or simply listen to the exquisite silence that surrounds you.



 
 
     


Lady Stanford river cruise

Hop aboard the Lady Stanford river boat for a iconic and tranquil river cruise that winds its way gently along the picturesque Klein River, toward the Hermanus lagoon. Spend time on the open upper and lower decks of this modern eco-friendly river boat with its quiet, four-stroke boat engines, as you watch a kaleidoscope of natural colour go by.
No expense has been spared when it comes to comfort and luxury on board this vessel that most definitely stands out from the rest. A qualified skipper and experienced interactive guide, who intimately knows the river and all it has to offer, will ensure this journey is a memorable one. The Klein River features more than a hundred bird species which include majestic fish eagles, a flamboyance of pink flamingos and the ever spectacular, blue crane. Keep an eye out for otters, bontebok and horses grazing on the fertile river banks, as you make your way toward the lagoon. Lady Stanford runs daily trips for individual passengers as well as being available exclusively for private functions. The boat can comfortably accommodate 26 passengers.
The River Cruise is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.



 
 
     


Living the future tour

Take a tour with heart as you discover how the entire Grootbos experience has been designed around benefitting the community and environment around you. Learn and connect as you witness how our various projects are changing lives and conserving this protected wilderness.
What is progressive tourism? It’s a term we coined to explain a new way of living that is at the heart of the entire Grootbos experience. It’s about every action we take benefitting someone else or having a positive impact on the environment.
From the freshly grown tomatoes you eat at lunch, to the recycled candles in your room, to the earrings you buy at the gift shop – we’re constantly seeking out new ways to create sustainable livelihoods for the people who call this unique area home.



 
 
     


Fat biking

This is the ultimate ride from Grootbos Nature Reserve down the mountain to the top of the Sand Dunes. The trail to the dunes is special, running on a narrow sandy horse trail through the Fynbos.
When reaching the dunes we will make our way up and across to reach a fantastic downhill section where we will pick up speed before reaching the top of our first vertical dune face. After a briefing on how to ride down the dune we down the face but for those just wanting an easy ride you can go around the side where it is an easy slope. The dune face may feel impossible and dangerous to do but the ride is in fact very controlled and the sand will slow the bike down.

What your mind tells you is impossible will in fact be very enjoyable and easy. I will be at the bottom of the dunes videoing your challenges so remember to smile. I will also teach you how to do slalom like a skiier on a snow ski slope. This is excellent fun on a bike and not too difficult to achieve. After the dunes we will pick up a 4x4 trail down to the beach. From there we will head back up to the car park but for those who are already tired I can bring the 4x4 down to the rocks so you do not have to ride up.

Fat Biking is not part of the standard Grootbos activities included in your rate.



 
 
     

Garden Lodge restaurant

Garden Lodge was designed to let the magic of nature flood in through all of its doors and windows. Enjoy its warm cosy interior and spectacular ocean and fynbos views, as you savour memorable meals with loved ones.
Every plate of food served up at our tables is a perfect, colourful piece of art. We use only the very freshest ingredients, sourced as close to Grootbos as possible, with many coming from our own organic farm on the reserve. This means that as you’re swooning over that home made linguini or Thai spiced soup, you’re also contributing to our food production and social upliftment projects. And the best part? All meals are included in your rate.

 
 
 
 
     

SWELLENDAM

Perfectly situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the quaint heritage town of Swellendam is South Africa’s third-oldest town. It is Idyllically positioned in the scenic Overberg area and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent surrounding landscape including the Little Karoo in the hinterland. The streets are lined with beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings dating back to 1745. Visitors can explore the Dutch Reformed Church and Drostdy Museum complex, visit the surrounding nature reserves and enjoy the local farm stalls selling an array of locally produced jams, liqueurs and baked goods. Other popular activities include: hiking, kayaking, camping, game viewing, horse riding, and star gazing.

Schoone Oordt country house - Swellendam

Schoone Oordt Country House is a top small hotel in Swellendam South Africa, possibly the best of Swellendam accommodation and perfectly situated as the gateway to the Garden Route, only 2.5 hours from Cape Town. With 11 luxury bedrooms set in lush gardens, an intimate Conservatory Restaurant, a sparkling saltwater pool and a passion for people, family, food, wine and the environment, our charming country hotel offers romantic and intimate as well as family friendly accommodation in Swellendam. The emphasis here is on unpretentious unaffected luxury, elegance, quality, love and obsessive attention to detail. We aspire to make this evident in every aspect of your time with us. We do hope that you feel as though you’re visiting with the best of friends.

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: 5 Stars country house
Nº rooms: 11 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa
Special Interests:  Adventure, Birding, Cycling, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Luxury room

The eight Luxury Rooms are all separate from the Manor House with their own private entrances and patios. They are positioned around fragrant rose gardens, peaceful tinkling fountains and wild landscaped shrubbery. There is a single sofa bed, ideal for a child of up to 10yrs of age and space for a cot (pre-booked) in each room.

 
 
 
 
 
 



Honeymoon suite

The Honeymoon Suite is unashamedly romantic and private with its large hearth, exquisitely carved four-poster bed and oversized bathroom. It is tucked away on the edge of a shady forest with the Koornlands River gurgling along at its perimeter.

 
 
 
 



Family cottage

The Family Cottage is at the top end of the property, private, cosy and set apart from other guests. It has 2 extended length single beds in an upstairs loft area accessible by stairs and an extended length king bed for parents downstairs. This room is perfect for families with children aged between 3 and 13. Under 3, the steps may be difficult and over 13... teenagers like more privacy. Note, that we don't hold to this age range. It is ultimately our guests' choice.

 
 
 
 
 



Family suite

The Family Suite is a spacious two-bedroom suite that sleeps two adults in an over-sized king bed and up to four children in beautiful sturdy bunk beds, with even enough room for a cot (pre-booked). It has a private patio area overlooking the circular lawn and pool area. This room is perfect for families of any age.

 
 
 
 
 
 
   

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Eco Friendly, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Travel Desk

The Drostdy Museum

The landmark of Swellengrebel Street in Swellendam, better known as Swellendam's 'Historical Mile', the Drostdy Museum has been voted the best museum in South Africa and has become a landmark of South African heritage. Originally built in 1747 as headquarters for the town's magistrate after which various other outbuildings, a jail and a mill was added spanning over multiple hectare throughout the town all within walking distance from Schoone Oordt.

 
   
     



Bukkenburg Pottery Studio and Gallery

 

The creative colaboration between owners of the Bukkenburg Pottery Studio and Gallery, David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter, started in 1973 and lead them to Swellendam in 1996 when they opened the studio. Bukkenburg Pottery Studio and Gallery is situated in Swellengrebel Street, a short stroll down the street from Schoone Oordt.

   
     
     



Rooiklip nursery

A superb family activity with plenty to do for the children and great coffee, meals and confectionery for every member of the family to enjoy. The nursery grows and stocks succulents, aloes and other rare plants.

 
   
     

 

Wildebraam Berry estate

Swellendam's 'berried' treasure - Wildebraam is a berry farm nestled in the Hermitage Valley just 2km outside town. The farm offers tastings of their unique liquers, syrups and other berry products farmed and manufactured on the estate. In berry season (November to December) the estate also offers berry picking - a wonderful family activity which you can end off with milkshakes, coffee and a light meal at the estate's coffee shop.



 
 
     



Rain forest day Spa

Now an international brand, Rain is one of Swellendam's proudest exports with products made by hand, from natural ingredients all with an African origin. If you're looking to relax and recuperate Rain's Forest Day Spa sure is the place to go (booking is essential).

 

   
   
     


Bontebok national park

Situated on the banks of the Breede River the Bontebok National Park is just a 5km drive outside Swellendam. With a variety of wild life and birds a trip to the park will ensure excitement for young and old - pack a picnic basket (available from Schoone Oordt per request), drive all the way to the river bank and take in all the goodness of the great outdoors.

 
   
     

 



Rain Africa - Flagship store

Founded in Swellendam Rain Africa has become one of the town's proudest exports not only for it's international expansion but also for the ethical values and uplifting influence on the people of our town. Treat yourself with their luxurious bath and body products all made by hand from 100% natural ingredients of African origin.

   
     
     

 



Faerie Sanctuary

A very unique activity that will elate everybody's inner child
 
 
     
     

 



Swellendam golf course

Swellendam's 9 hole, par 72 golf course is open to visitors every day of the week. With low fees and the most beautiful setting Swellendam's golf course is a great activity for every golf lover, pro or amateur.
 
   
     
     

 



De Hoop nature reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve is a 50km drive from Swellendam where the Potberg Mountains meet the shore. The reserve makes the perfect location for a day-trip and has its own restaurant that is open daily. Activities at De Hoop Nature reserve are endless - you can hike through Fynbos plains, go mountain biking along the gravel backroads, laze on the beach or take a game drive through this scenic reserve.
 
 
   
     

 



Marloth nature reserve

Marloth Nature Reserve is named after the pioneer botanist who, together with a deputation of Swellendam residents, petitioned the Minister of Lands and Forestry in 1928 to set aside part of the mountain as a nature reserve. During 1981, the reserve was enlarged to include the rest of the State Forest and the Swellendam hiking trail was opened.

The reserve’s vegetation is predominantly mountain fynbos, with patches of forest. There are several species of Protea and more than 25 species of erica, most of which flower in November. Marloth, like the rest of the southern Cape, has hot summers and cold winters. The higher mountain peaks are occasionally dusted in snow during the cold winter months.

 
 
     
     

 



Appelbosh farm horse riding

As riding horses is not natural to the horse, we strive to keep our approach as pleasant and ethical as possible. We strive for “Harmonious Horse-Human Handling” (Debra-Leigh Mohle)

Our training techniques are based on evidence based scientific research and the horse’s welfare and also the horse and the rider’s safety are paramount at all levels of interaction.

A lot of our techniques and principles of training come from the work of Dr Andrew Mclean and the work of the international Society of Equitation Science. These techniques are firmly rooted in learning theory. Amy also spent some time training in Classical Dressage in Spain.

We take into consideration how the animal lives, behaves, how it learns and how it socializes in order to develop an uncomplicated “language” or “method” of communication between horse and rider. This allows us to safely and pleasantly influence the horse to do all the strange things we as humans require them to do.

 
 
   
     

 



Diesel & Creme - Barrydale

Diesel & Crème is a Vintage Diner & Motel (The Karoo Moon Motel, House & Cottage) situated on the scenic Route 62 in Barrydale.

This place is crammed full of memorabilia which is famous for it's milkshakes in enticingly different combos. There's more, a large breakfast and lunch menu, they make a mean variety of burgers, but prepared to queue, such it's fame. Caution, it closes at 5pm.

 
 
     
     

 



Sijnn wine of Malgas

David and Rita Trafford discovered the future Sijnn land while on holiday in Malgas in 2000. The soil and landscape reminded them of Portugal and they were immediately intrigued. A purchase agreement and more than 200 soil profiles later, approximately ten hectares of vines were planted and the name Sijnn Wines was appropriated to the venture – fittingly so as the word 'sijnn' is derived from the Khoisan word meaning riverbank. Today Sijnn Wines has become well known for our interesting and bold choices of cultivars and award-winning blends.

Open every Saturday 10:00 – 15:00 or by appointment during the week.

 
 
   
     

 



Joubert -Tradauw wine farm

Sixty-one years ago, Schalk-Willem Joubert left Wellington for the fertile Tradouw Valley to farm mainly with fruit and wine grapes. His son, Jacobus Joubert, Meyer’s father, realised the potential of growing premium grape cultivars for the production of wine. They delivered Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to the Co-operative Cellar in Barrydale, Cabernet Franc was planted on the farm in 1982. The fermentation cellar was built in 1998 out of stone from the rocky soils, characteristic of the farm. In 1999, the first grapes were harvested and crushed for the production of wine. The R62 Merlot/Cabernet Blend (60:40) was released after a 14-month ageing period in Burgundy oak barrels. The production is currently just below 3000 cases per year.

 
 
 
     

 



Umshanti

Peace, tranquility, adventure and excitement – Fun for everyone!
Enjoy nature’s wonderland with boat cruises, swimming, canoeing, hiking/cycling to stunning mountain pools, waterskiing, and much more.

Cruises on a double decker barge for up to 35 people. We park in the gorge where you can braai, take a canoe trip to the waterfall, hike up the mountain, swim or just relax.

Canoes for fishing, exercise or sight seeing
Hiking or cycling on a stunning route along the river to mountain pools & water falls
Buffeljags Dam is perfect for Watersports, so feel free to bring your own boat

 
 
   
     

 

The conservatory at Shoone Oordt

Breakfasts at The Conservatory, one of the finest restaurants in Swellendam, are made with LOVE as a gourmet 3-course set menu affair and our country hotel has developed quite a reputation for them.

Beginning with a continental buffet of cereals, Alison’s famous granola, natural yoghurt, seasonal fruit salad, cheeses and a fresh bake of the day. Followed by Chef’s choice of one starter, usually a unique, interesting baked, poached or sautéed fruit and one main. These change daily, so if staying more than one evening, you can look forward to a surprise each morning. Traditional bacon and eggs are always available for those that prefer.

Complimentary afternoon tea with home-baked savoury and sweet goodies is served overlooking the garden on sunny summer afternoons. In winter, complimentary snack platters and a warming welcome drink are offered on arrival.

This season we called in the expertise of mega talented Chef Jason Whitehead to consult on the new menu for The Conservatory and we couldn’t be happier and more excited with the final product.

When our wonderful Chef Obie (very sadly) left us to marry his fiancé in Bloemfontein a bit earlier this year, we decided not to replace our Head Chef position, but rather to empower and upskill the ladies that have been working in our kitchen since Chef Wander joined us in 2011. We have been so heartwarmed at the way Elizabeth & Griets have risen to the occasion. Chef Jason was the obvious choice as consultant chef, as he has been visiting us yearly on his own personal retreat for 6 years and we hold precious places in each other’s hearts. He spent a week with us at the end of September (most definitely not on retreat this time!) to train Elizabeth and Grieta. We’re so grateful for the way Chef Jason mentored our two willing and talented chefs – he really took them under his wing and opened their eyes to new ways of cooking and presenting. They still need a bit of practice on the the refinement of presentation, but my word, their tastes rock!

Of course we’re sharing a few sneak peaks of the new menu at The Conservatory Restaurant with you. This menu is bright and bold and filled with dishes that look and feel like summer on a plate. Some dishes filled with familiar tastes but also new and surprising twists. While others are an entirely new experience in themselves.

For starters there are vegetarian and vegan options that are as flavoursome to taste as they are colourful and delightful on the eye. Lemongrass & Citrus Glazed Seafood and Kudu Carpaccio, a familiar favourite, are the meatier starter options.

It’s important to note here that all seafood used on our menu is sustainable and off the SASSI green list. Chef Jason is the Brand Ambassador for SASSI and in keeping with Schoone Oordt’s local, fresh, organic where possible, small farmer, earth friendly food style, our seafood is no exception.

On to mains and it’s an impossible task to single out only one dish as a favourite. We’ll start with Pork Neck, Charred Cauliflower and Hazel Nuts with Herbed Mascarpone and Beurre Noisette. It’s a unique taste combination made with (of course) locally sourced ingredients that make it just that much more special and in keeping with Schoone Oordt’s food style.

Vegetarian main options include Fried Halloumi with Spring Onion Croquette and Wild Mushroom Risotto (Vegan) while Pescetarian options include Local Trout with Asparagus, and Sustainable Line Fish, Coriander Endives with Vanilla Butter, Sweetcorn, Lime and Grapes. Chef Jason is a huge advocate of nose to tail eating and he applies this principle to vegetables too. Nothing in the kitchen is wasted. The skin and offcuts from the trout are used in the fishcakes, for example.

We’ll never leave out the meat-lovers, though. Our Grass Fed Beef Fillet with Goats Cheese Barley, Beetroot, Peas and a Shiraz Jus paired with a glass of Joubert Tradouw Syrah is true fulfillment on a plate.

For the final course we’re spoiled for choice once more. From White Chocolate & Strawberries, to Chef Jason‘s favourite Yoghurt & Liquorice (inspired by Liquorice Allsorts!) all the way to Apple Crumble Tart and Lemon Verbena Cheesecake. Each option a delectable treat and visual feast – you’ll have to try them all.

The proof is in the pudding they say, so come and experience for yourself and support our new kitchen warriors – we’d love to have you over for dinner!

Booking is essential, phone: 028 514 1248

 
 
 
 

KNYSNA

Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities including: surfing, swimming, yachting, jet skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing.

Head Over Hills - Knysna

Head over Hills is a small and exclusive retreat situated on the jagged edge of the famous rocky cliffs of the Knysna Heads and offers the unique and beautiful setting for a breakaway. The situation, accommodation, ambiance and breathtaking views.
Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: 5 stars
Nº rooms: 8 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: English, Afrikaans
Special Interests:  Cycling, Golf, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wine
Dolphin room

The room consists of a King sized bed extra length 180x200 cm, private balcony with deck chairs, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.

 
   
     



Captain's junior suite

The room consists of a Hastens luxury bed 2000T 180x210 cm, private balcony with sun loungers, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities and a fireplace.

 
   
     



Pansy shell room

The room consists of 2 single beds, private balcony with deck chairs, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.

 
   
     



Oyster room

The room consists of a Queen sized bed extra length 160x200 cm, private balcony with deck chairs, lagoon view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.


 


Seahorse junior suite

The room consists of a Hastens luxury bed 2000T 180x210 cm, private balcony with deck chairs, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.

 
   
     




Viewpoint room

The room consists of a Queen sized extra length bed 160x200 cm, private balcony with deck chairs, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.

   
     




Whale junior suite

The room consists of a King sized extra length bed 180x200 cm, private balcony with sun loungers, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities.

   
     




Elephant honeymoon suite

The room consists of a Hastens luxury bed 2000T 180x210 cm, private sun deck with sun loungers, ocean view, wireless internet, safe, hairdryer, dressing table, large mirror, DSTV, SMEG bar fridge, Nespresso coffee and tea facilities, sauna & fireplace.

   
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Pool, Restaurant

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Mini Bar (Complimentary), Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card

PLETTENBERG BAY

Set along the spectacularly scenic Garden Route in South Africa, the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. The Portuguese explorers called it the 'Beautiful Bay', and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with endless pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground to the wealthy, beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts, while leisure time is given over to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water on a safe beach is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

The Plettenberg - Plettenberg bay

The Plettenberg – situated on a rocky headland in one of South Africa's most spectacular beach towns – is the ultimate escape. This property, with 37 individually decorated rooms and suites, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach. The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, along the adventure–rich Garden Route which is world–renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities. From regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside, The Plettenberg is the ideal place to relax and unwind, recharge and reinvigorate.
Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: 5 stars hotel
Nº rooms: 37 rooms 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Special Interests:   Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Cycling, Fishing, Flora, Golf, Gourmet, Hiking, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Sports, Star Gazing, Watersports, Wildlife, Wine

Double room

An elegant choice at The Plettenberg, the Double Rooms are individually decorated and offer a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout the rooms ensure ultimate comfort for guests. Maximum two people per room. Each Double Room ranges in size between 30-45m2.

   
     
     



Luxury double rooms


Each with their own sitting area, bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout, the Luxury Double Rooms are individually decorated to reflect the marine environment surrounding the hotel.
Views over the immaculate gardens at The Plettenberg vary between each luxury double room. Maximum two people per room. Amenities in the Luxury Double Rooms, which range in size from 35-70m2.

   
     
     


Luxury double sea view

Overlooking the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay and surrounding ocean, the six Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View each offer their own perspective of the area.

Each room is as unique as its view, with a sophisticated individual decor scheme and offering the ultimate in comfort with a sitting area, walk-in showers, and air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout.

Guests can enjoy the gorgeous hues of sunset here from their private step-out balconies, and get a closer view when pods of whales or dolphins move in towards the bay.

The Luxury Double Rooms with Sea View range in size from 38-54m2. Maximum two people per room.

 
 
     



Suite

With tasteful decor inspired by the surrounding views of Plettenberg Bay, the five Suites each offer an individual palette for guests to enjoy.
A separate lounge area, bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout offer luxury and comfort for guests, allowing them to relax and enjoy the hotel and service.
Suites range in size between 48-70m2. Maximum two people per room.

   
   
     


Premier Suite

With seven individually decorated Premier Suites from which to choose at The Plettenberg, guests are sure to enjoy all the variations of these rooms. Each Premier Suite offers a view over the surrounding area which can be enjoyed from a private step-out balcony opening up through French doors.
Each spacious Premier Suite offers separate lounge, satellite TV, and bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There is air-conditioning and under-floor heating throughout.
Premier Suites range in size between 50-78 m2. Maximum two people per room.

   
   
     

 

The beach house

With a spacious deck overlooking both the beach and surrounding mountains of Plettenberg Bay, The Beach House is ideal for enjoying the views in an exclusive space with five-star service.

Guests of The Beach House will have easy access to The Plettenberg’s hotel facilities in the adjacent buildings, while still relishing the privacy this accommodation option offers.

Two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms lead off a large sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and a small service kitchen. Included are a private swimming pool, flat-screen televisions and DVD players, satellite TV channels, and Wi-Fi.

The Beach House offers 150m2 of space. Rates at The Beach House start at R 16 765.00 per unit.

 
 
 
     



The lookout Villa

Overlooking the scenic Plettenberg Bay, guests of The Lookout Villa can expect to be spoilt in one of the most exclusive addresses in the area. Pods of whales and dolphins, darting seagulls and ocean views can all be enjoyed from this special accommodation option at The Plettenberg.

This 190m2, three-bedroom villa is an ideal option for families, with its open-plan lounge and dining area. A well-stocked galley kitchen, private swimming pool and garden, as well as flat-screen televisions and DVD players, satellite TV channels and Wi-Fi throughout, are all standard here. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Maximum two people per room. Rates for The Lookout Villa start at R 20 350.00 per unit.

 
 
 
 
 

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Gym (nearby), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Heater, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Underfloor Heating, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk

A cultural sojourn

 
The ultimate seaside getaway, Plettenberg Bay offers a multitude of varied and unique experiences for all ages. It’s a destination with a year-round temperate climate, beautiful beaches and unrivalled scenery – it’s also a destination that has a culture of conservation, living history, and annual events and festivals, as well as a flourishing creative community.
The Plettenberg is located within walking distance of the Lookout Art Gallery. Established in 1974, its collection of art (from ceramics to paintings) focuses on the Southern Cape and South Africa. Also, get to the heart of Plett’s art community at Old Nick Village, a network of restored heritage buildings set in lush, indigenous gardens and housing resident fine artists and master craftsmen. Find local design, entertainment and so much more.
Another interesting creative cultural excursion is to Global Village, a quaint shopping village filled with arts and crafts purveyors to discover. The whole family will love it.
Speaking of family-friendly options, visitors will also enjoy Adventure Land in Harkerville, with activities ranging from waterslides to quad bikes. Another must-visit is the Plett Puzzle Park, with its life-size 3D maze, the forest puzzle walk that meanders through the natural forest, and a rope maze for the kids.
Plettenberg Bay’s rich eco-systems support many kinds of creatures, big and small, and as such, there is a sharp focus on conservation. There are a number of parks that offer one-of-a-kind encounters with wildlife.
One of the most famous is Monkeyland, a sanctuary for various species of free-roaming monkey; visitors can join them in the forest on a “monkey safari”. Located next door is Birds of Eden, which is said to be the largest free-flight aviary in the world. Think indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways. At the Elephant Sanctuary visitors can touch, feed, walk as well as ride African elephants. There are many such experiences, and some include birds of prey, snakes, wolves and more.
With its beautiful backdrop and efficient infrastructure, Plettenberg Bay hosts many annual festivals and events; look out for regular concerts, too. Some of the highlights on the calendar include the Tour de Plett, the Whale Rally, the Plett Fringe Festival and, most recently, the Plett Food Film Festival.



   
     
     



Bays, beaches and beautiful forests

Plettenberg Bay, tucked neatly into the Garden Route, boasts golden beaches, a rugged peninsula and dense green forests. There’s so much to see and discover that is rich with adventure, experience and spectacular sightseeing.
Are you looking for a relaxing seaside getaway? The Plettenberg, perched on a rocky headland overlooking endless views of ocean, mountain and beaches, offers the ultimate base from which to explore the variety of outdoor activities.
Plettenberg Bay boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, where activities such as surfing, kayaking and skimboarding are popular. Plett is said to have the second-most temperate climate in the world (after Hawaii) and its beaches can be visited year-round, with some just a short walk from the hotel’s doorstep.
Travellers can head to the beach from The Plettenberg, down a path fragrant with fynbos and with a beautiful view of the ocean. Located nearby is Lookout Beach: perfect for families, the little ones can splash in the lagoon and build sandcastles on the shore. There are plenty of activities for all ages too, including kayaking on the lagoon or surfing in the sea.
A popular swimming beach, Robberg 5 is also known for bodyboarding and surfing. For a long walk along a stretch of pristine coastline, Keurboomstrand is just the ticket (surfers love this beach, too).
Those simply wanting to relax on the shore can enjoy land-based whale watching (in season), or spy dolphins playing in the surf.
A must-visit place is the Robberg Nature Reserve. Immerse yourself in the wild natural beauty of its beach, which stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island. Or if you like things a bit busier, head to Central beach for a slice of Plett life; very popular for surfing, it’s also the launch site for marine safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours.
Along the Garden Route, visitors will find a large variety of adventure sports, from horse riding to bungee jumping.
For a bird’s eye view, the Bloukrans bungee jump is the world’s highest commercial bridge jump (216m) and is set amid the beauty of the Tsitsikamma Forest. Skydive in Plett for what is said to be “the most scenic drop zone in the world”. And keep things sky high with a Tsitsikamma canopy tour, where participants follow a course 30m above the forest floor.
Those who like to stay closer to the ground will enjoy the Outeniqua biking trails, self-guided trails in the Harkerville coastal forests and marine reserve.
Another must-see site is Groot Boom in the Tsitsikamma National Park (a diverse and beautiful reserve encompassing five eco-systems, with many activities and hiking trails). The “Big Tree” is an Outeniqua yellowwood, native to the montane forests of Southern Africa; it is estimated to be between 600 and 1 000 years old, and is said to be South Africa’s oldest yellowwood.
Golf is also very popular along the Garden Route, which was named the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States. Practice your swing at a number of beautiful golf courses, amid stunning natural scenery.



   
     
     


Ocean blue adventures

Situated in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay (20 minutes from Knysna), Ocean Blue Adventure offers a rare and powerful experience through permitted boat based whale watching & dolphin encounters. We also offer an “at one with the ocean” kayaking tour, and township tours. All tours are guided with expert crew and tour operators who are internationally qualified. Call us today for a booking or more advice. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away. The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay.
Summer = Dolphin Season
In summer you have a great chance to see the rare Humpback Dolphins found in only certain areas of the South African coastline! You will also see Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Dolphins… We will also take you to the Robberg Seal Colony where you will see around 5,000 seals in their natural environment.
Winter = Whale Season
In winter you have a very high likelihood of seeing Southern Right and Humpback whales. Our tours include the Robberg Seal Colony (home to +- 5000 seals) and other marine life of the day.
   
     
     

 

Scuba diving

Go scuba diving or take diving courses and charters around Plettenberg Bay.

There's scuba diving for all levels of experience (including kids) on Plettenberg Bay's coral reefs. Seal dives, night dives and shore dives, inside and outside the Bay, will bring you mask to nose with over 100 species of fish. If you're lucky, you may even find yourself among a pod of dolphins.

Shore dives on offer include Redbait Reef, known as the Bay’s ‘house reef’, which is great for beginners or the less-experienced diver. It’s easily accessible from the beach and its plentiful natural light is a boon to the underwater photographer.

Buy a cheap disposable underwater camera if you’ve never tried this before and snap up reef fish, cuttlefish, sharks, sea urchins, anemones and squishy sponges.

You’ll need to swim a short way to reach Shallow Blinders, a 3-pinnacled coral reef that nurtures dozens of fish. Check out ragged-tooth, pyjama and leopard sharks plus rays, octopus, cuttlefish and boxfish.

Swim a bit further out to Blinders Reef where the Wall awaits you: a technicolour dream of soft coral and its many denizens, including orange wall sponges, blue choirboys, strawberry anemones and, everywhere you look, multi-coloured coral.

If you’re a fisherman, take your rod out to sea and hope for blacktail, red roman, yellowbelly rock cod or the extremely tasty galjoen.



   
     
     



Keurbooms river cruise

Experience the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, sit back and relax with an ice cold beverage and let your eyes and mind be, titillated with majestic scenery as you slip along shimmering waters cascading with dense pristine forest lining your meandering journey. Let your ears be alighted to the mighty sounds of our natural orchestra of bird calls amplified by our amp theatre of gorges.
This is a reality for Keurbooms River Ferries and our guests who take this journey with us.
This awe inspiring journey is only a bird call away from Plettenberg Bay and a stone throw away from the Knysna Waterfront in the Garden Route, Western Cape. The boats depart every day, each journey is two and a half hours of pure pleasure for people of all ages, including those of us who are physically challenged.
We can accommodate large groups or should you wish to have a private experience you may charter one of our vessels.
This forest and gorge experience is only accessible via the pristine Keurbooms River Estuary so join us on a memorable journey and come and feel a part of what is left of a once mighty Knysna Forests.

 

   
     
     


Bloukrans bungy jump

The Bloukrans Bungy is the worlds highest commercial bungy bridge. It is also the highest commercial natural bungy jump in the World. We have had a number of world records associated with Bloukrans. In 2003, Bloukrans bungy was recognised as the worlds highest commercial bungy jump. In 2008 we were part of two more world records. Veronica Dean performed 19 bungy jumps in one hour and Bill Boshoff performed 101 jumps in a 24 hour period. Bill's world record was subsequently surpassed but in 2011 we facillitated Scott Hunty to regain the world record with 107 jumps in the 24 hour period.
The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River. Our bungy jump operations is open 365 days of the year during all weather conditions (except gale force winds)
Our primary focus is on maintaining the highest quality safety standards on our operations so that bungy jumping can be experienced and enjoyed by all. All our operations are covered by comprehensive public liability.
We are pleased to announce our online store is now live.....We recommend that you pre book any jumps no less than 48 hrs in advance– particularly if it is a group booking. This will enable us to plan our day more effectively and to process your jumps/jumpers more timeously.

   
     
     


Tsitsikamma canopy tours

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour© is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.
The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor...
Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the 2½ to 3 hours.
The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment.
Construction of the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour© has been done in accordance with strict civil engineering standards. The system was designed and created by an adventurous civil engineer who constructed a similar canopy tour in Costa Rica. Concept to completion took fourteen and a half months.
The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a 'kitting up' session where full body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment is issued and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around!
From the start on the launch platform a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms, built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world - any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings.
Spend a couple of minutes relaxing while your guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest - pointing out different trees and the magnificent giant ferns way below. The bird life is incredible. Knysna Loeries, sightings of the elusive Narina Trogon and the Vervet monkey are not uncommon.
The Tsistikamma Canopy Tour© consists of 10 platforms and 10 'fufi' slides, the longest of which is 100m! About three hours later you exit the forest, having undertaken the journey of a lifetime. You have contributed to the creation of new jobs and are helping the forest regeneration project.


   
     
     


Outeniqua biking trails


Resident pro tennis coach Barkie McKrea will teach you to improve your serve, volleys and all aspects of your game.
Barkie teaches beginner to advanced players, solo or in groups.
Equipment is available to hire from the hotel.

The Garden Route is home to some of the most extraordinary mountain biking in the counrty. From the lush forests and sweet tasting streams to the spectacular heights of the Outeniqua Mountains this area has it all. It is our intension to show these enjoyable trails in a safe comfortable way.

Our trails are suitable for all people with a moderate level of fitness. Persons with doubts as to their physical capabilities are recommended to consult their physicians and call us before participating.

Rider safety is of the utmost importance on all our trips. Mountain biking is a hazardous sport, and all our trips encompass a variety of terrain and riding conditions. If a section looks to difficult, don't hesitate to walk it. The guides will always be on hand to assist. Helmets are a necessity, these can be bought or rented from us. All guides carry a first aid kit.

Outeniqua Biking Trails take low impact riding and camping seriously, and encourage all riders to do the same. We feel this is necessary to ensure future enjoyment of our remaining forests.



   
     
     

 

Monkeyland primate sanctuary

Monkeyland opened its doors to the public on the 6th of April 1998. Our unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route and for very sound and sunny reasons. Monkeyland has captured the hearts of visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The sanctuary is exceptional as it caters for several species of primateswho are not caged. They are free to move about the forest and this they do most harmoniously.

At Monkeyland, the emphasis on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. The transfer of information about these fascinating creatures enhances your visit to the sanctuary during a safari. The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational. Our guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

On the guided safaris you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. The knowledgeable rangers will tell you all about these fascinating mammals as you encounter them roaming free in the forest. They also point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself.

Monkeyland provides the primates who live here with a stable environment, one with permanence and where there is definitely no exploitation. At Monkeyland, care exceeds the regulations regarding animal welfare. Monkeyland is, most importantly, a place where primates are rehabilitated both physically and emotionally. We strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. It is therefore tourism driven and totally sustainable. A monkey safari is much more than just an unforgettable forest adventure; it is the vehicle that allows you to become part of our rehabilitation process.

It is because of sanctuaries such as Monkeyland which go beyond idealism, and who strive to do something positive, that we can look forward to a more optimistic future.

   
     
     


Birds of eden

Birds of Eden, is the Garden Route's very own world class free flight bird sanctuary.

The unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors.

Like Monkeyland, the popular primate sanctuary next-door, Birds of Eden boasts its own canopy walk, while shorter than the 128m bridge at Monkeyland, it hangs above the clouds. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds, miniature monkeys and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.

Birds of Eden opened to the public on the 15th of December 2005.

   
     
     



Elephant sanctuary

Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience and elephant back riding. We offer hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides our guests with a far more intimate experience with the elephants. Our dedicated staff is committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result we have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with our guests.

Elephant Tour Overview:
Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. On some hot or rainy days you may see the elephants swimming. Enjoy a drink and visit our curio shop. Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera. Brushing the elephants down is offered on the Elephant Brush down Experience Tour which starts at 07h30 and 15h30. Elephant Back Riding is a stand-alone activity or an optional extra. We offer various tours depending on the duration and intensity of experience you desire. The different tours are listed below with summaries as to what to expect and the rates.

Elephant Back Riding:
Riding is an opportunity to experience elephants from a different perspective. It is not a safari experience. (Only for the fit and adventurous). Wear jeans or long pants. Guests may choose Elephant Back Riding without doing an Elephant tour or they may add it onto any of the Elephant tours. Children must be 8 years+ in order to ride elephants. The Elephant Ride is bareback and is only for a short duration of approx 10-15 minutes.

   
     
     



Lawnwood snake sanctuary

 
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary offers hourly informative, interactive tours for any ages with over 100 snakes and other reptiles to see. Open daily 9am – 5pm. We cater for the snake phobic to the snake lover.
Join us for a one hour guided tour consisting of an indigenous snake pit, various outdoor exhibits, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, following by enormous pythons, monitor lizards and crocodiles. For the tour, be sure to bring a camera and comfortable walking shoes.
Enjoy a forest walk, tranquil picnic spots and interacting with our various other creatures. For the less adventurous, relax at the tea room or explore the curio shop.

   
     
     



Radical raptors

RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey.

The centre opened at the Heath in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route on the 6th December 2008. Radical raptors operate directly under the rules & regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation.

RADICAL RAPTORS strives to provide on site facilities for the treatment of injured birds of prey and suitable secure housing for birds undergoing treatment.

Proven falconry techniques are used throughout the rehabilitation process to ensure the birds are exercised and cared for in the optimal way.

The release process involves intensively training the raptor to ensure that it is fit and able to hunt for itself. Prior to release, the bird is thoroughly examined, weighed and measured and all data is recorded.

Hand raised raptors are classified as human imprints having identified themselves as humans. Human imprints will not breed naturally and therefore are not releasable candidates. They will claim territories yet not produce offspring. RADICAL RAPTORS utilizes human imprints and birds with permanent injuries as ambassadors in our education and eco-tourism programmes.

   
     
     



Lookout art gallery and shops

Looking for a beautiful piece of South African art? Then stop off at the Lookout Art Gallery which has been in Plettenberg Bay since 1974. You will find a collection of original artworks that is representative of the Southern Cape.

Come and see some of the best contemporary South African art which include a variety of media - ceramics, sculpture, glasswork and paintings.

Feel free to browse and if one or more of the paintings take your fancy you will be pleased to know that the gallery is able to pack and ship the works all over the world. Some of the artist housed at the gallery are Sue Kemp, Sam Nhlengethwa, Roelof Rossow, Ruth Squibb, Myfanwy Bekker and Paddy Starling to name but a few.

   
     
     



Old Nick village

Old Nick Village in Plettenberg Bay is a landmark shopping destination on the Garden Route, featuring an eclectic collection of shops owned by creative manufacturers, designers and curators, Old Nick Village is so much more than a shopping centre it’s a truly sensory experience for the whole family as well as the discerning buyer. Originally built way back in 1880, Old Nick Village has a long and rich trading history, find out more here.

Every Wednesday we host the Mid Week Market where you can find homegrown fruit and vegetables, ethically farmed meat and dairy as well as other local, natural and homemade products.

Old Nick Village boasts a carefully selected mix of merchants who are all creative manufacturers in their own right. Each shop has its own individual signature enhancing your shopping experience and most supply their goods to the wholesale market.

   
     
     



Global village

Enter a world of ambient tranquility where an abundant collection of paraphernalia awaits your undisturbed exploration. All merchandise is personally selected by globetrotting owners, Ken and Cath Heyns.

Global Village is open every day of the year from 9am to 5pm, including weekends and Easter weekend. Closed on Christmas day.

   
     
     



Skydiving

RADICAL RAPTORS is a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey.

The centre opened at the Heath in Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route on the 6th December 2008. Radical raptors operate directly under the rules & regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation.

RADICAL RAPTORS strives to provide on site facilities for the treatment of injured birds of prey and suitable secure housing for birds undergoing treatment.

Proven falconry techniques are used throughout the rehabilitation process to ensure the birds are exercised and cared for in the optimal way.

The release process involves intensively training the raptor to ensure that it is fit and able to hunt for itself. Prior to release, the bird is thoroughly examined, weighed and measured and all data is recorded.

Hand raised raptors are classified as human imprints having identified themselves as humans. Human imprints will not breed naturally and therefore are not releasable candidates. They will claim territories yet not produce offspring. RADICAL RAPTORS utilizes human imprints and birds with permanent injuries as ambassadors in our education and eco-tourism programmes.

Live life to the full! Experience free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world. Start the experience with a short briefing. Then enjoy a 20 minute plane flight to 10,000 feet, over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. Now the leisurely, scenic plane flight stops and the adrenaline starts to pump as you exit the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200KPH!

Once the canopy opens, your instructor will glide you down for a safe landing.

   
     
     



Surfing

Learn to surf with professional instructors and experience the local surf culture.

Plettenberg Bay is one of the most beautiful surfing destinations on the Garden Route, with pristine beaches, clean, warm water and moderate swells providing some of the best beach breaks when travelling on the Garden Route.

   
     
     



Horse riding

Horse trails with experienced guides for beginners to experienced riders ride through scenic meadows of indigenous fynbos

SeaFood at the Plettenberg

The indoor dining section offers beautiful views of the pool and ocean, while the outdoor terrace is perfect for alfresco dinners, with mesmerising ocean vistas – especially at sunset.

True to its name, the restaurant is renowned for its ocean bounty, drawing inspiration from the rich marine life that can be found in Plettenberg Bay. The kitchen team, headed up by Executive Chef Kaylinn Shabalala, prepares innovative, sustainable seafood dishes, together with a wide selection of meats and vegetables. Working closely with local suppliers, ingredients are always seasonal and kept at a superb level of quality.

Created by Kaylinn to reflect a taste of the bay, signature dishes at SeaFood include Blackened Tuna Tataki and Mossel Bay Sole, while carnivores can tuck into Grass-Fed Beef Fillet and Laingsburg Lamb – with a carefully curated wine list completing the culinary experience. The relaxed Café Menu offers hearty dishes such as ‘Proper Fish & Chips’, Charcuterie Platters and the PlettenBurger, and guests may also book ahead to enjoy High Tea at the restaurant.

Opening Times
Breakfast: 07h00 to 10h30
Lunch: 12h00 to 14h30
Dinner: 18h30 to 21h30

 
   
     


The Sandbar

Leading off The Sun Lounge of The Plettenberg, The Sandbar is an exquisite, contemporary cocktail bar and lounge frequented by local patrons, as well as South Africans who choose to holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

The glass, white leather, marble and natural oak finishes blend to form a striking design, highlighted by clever lighting. The large photographic panels on the walls offer an outdoor perspective of the Plettenberg Bay area.

Throughout the day, The Sandbar is the perfect meeting spot for drinks and tea, and in the evenings it is ideal for enjoying award-winning South African wines, a variety of champagnes and an array of carefully crafted signature cocktails.

Opening Times
Daily from 11h00 to 23h30

 
   
     


Tea time

Think savoury bites such as Smoked salmon trout, dill & cream cheese sandwiches, and Monkeygland Glazed beef & red onion mini skewers; and Coconut sesame butter macarons and fruit tartlets as sweet treats – not to forget freshly baked Scones of course.

All are served with the finest selection of teas or coffee, as well as MCC or Champagne on request.

Whether you are celebrating an engagement or baby shower, birthday or bar mitzvah, or a corporate function, we can tailor the event to your needs, and offer the perfect venue for your do – be it at the Bluewing with 180 degrees sea view, our restaurant terrace, or the intimate Summer Lounge.

Price: R 165 per person
includes tea or coffee

BOOKINGS ONLY
(48 hours' notice)

 
   
     

PANORAMA ROUTE

Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features sensational views of breathtaking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora. The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful route. Panorama’s undoubtable highlight is the verdant splendour of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include: the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window. Don’t miss the world-famous Kruger National Park and the picturesque gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest, a historic living museum.

Highgrove house country hotel - Panorama route

Highgrove House Country House a 5 star graded property situated on a farm at Kiepersol/Hazyview between orchards of avocado and macadamia nuts .Luxury accommodation and SPA.

Kruger National Park / Phabeni Gate/Numbi Gates - 20 min drive
Panorama route with God's Window and Blyde Canyon 40 min

2 Executive Suites - private pool,sauna,private sitting room luxurious accommodation
6 Luxury Suites - private entrances, own sitting room, enclosed verandah

Onsite restaurant with international cuisine.
On-site, award winning, Orchard SPA
Tours and Transfers in Luxury Vehicles

Free WIFI / DSTV / 24hr Reception / Wheelchair friendly / Braai Areas / Air conditioned / Swimming Pool / Restaurant / Bar / Secure Parking

Your Stay : 1 Night, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room

Executive suite

Airconditioned Private Suite with a private pool, private sauna, private garden,verandah,own lounge, mini bar, tea tray & Nespresso machine, fireplace, Kingsize bed, and a bathroom with a courtyard shower.

   
   
     



Luxury suite

Luxury Suite with a private entrance. Sitting room with a Fire Place, Mini bar, DSTV, Vernadah and Airconditioning.

   
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa, TV Room

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Laundry Facilities, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Travel Desk

SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first-ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, Lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.

Singita Ebony lodge - Sabi Sand private game reserve

The new Singita Ebony Lodge, located on the Sand River in the Singita Sabi Sand reserve offers a contemporary take on the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style. The lodge comprises 12 suites, each with its own private plunge pool. Inspired by the romance and adventure of tented camps and explorers’ abodes, the external walls have been almost completely removed and replaced by canvas and glass to create safari tent-style suites to maximise views, and to allow guests to be immersed in nature. Outdoor pavilion decks – ideal for dining and relaxing – are suspended off the river banks as if hanging in the trees.
Your Stay: 3 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, 1 x double room
Info: Lodge
Nº rooms: 12 Rooms, 
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu
Special Interests: Adventure, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wine.Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
Singita Ebony Suite

Singita Ebony Lodge offers eight 1-bedroom suites, each with a private plunge pool and game viewing deck.

   
     
     



Singita Lewis Suite

Singita Ebony Lodge offers two 1-bedroom Lewis Suites, each with a private plunge pool and game viewing deck. These suites are located closer to the main lodge, which makes them a great option for families.

   
     
     



Singita Family Suite

The family suites at Singita Ebony Lodge allow families to relax in their own space and share the wonderful experience of a safari together. The family suites offer an en-suite master bedroom with outside shower and comfortable second en-suite bedroom, private game viewing deck, a living room with fireplace and swimming pool for guests to enjoy shared time together.

   
     
     



Singita two-bedroom suite

Singita Ebony Lodge offers one 2-bedroom suite, each with a private plunge pool and game viewing deck. The suites have a joined entrance but are completely private from each other are perfect for families needing a little more privacy.

   
     
     
Ebony Villa

The villa is comprised of two family suites which are connected by a private lounge, swimming pool and deck area, and comes with enough room for six adults.

   
     
     

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Gym, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

Game drive

Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, while spot lit nighttime drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa. Our game drives are all conducted in state-of-the-art Land Rovers, each accommodating a maximum of six guests. During your stay at Singita Sabi Sand, you are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife including leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and many species of birds.

   
     
     



Guided safari walks

Walking safaris are an incredible way to experience the bush up close and personal. Your expert guide and tracker will accompany you as you track animals on foot through the wilderness and explore the magnificent plants and landscapes around you.

   
     
     



Stargazing safaris

There is perhaps no more transcendent experience than looking up at a full sky of sparkling stars. Man has had a love affair with the nighttime sky for centuries and with very little pollution and no city lights to detract from the stars, your view of the heavens here will be crystal clear – nothing between you and the vast African sky above.


Gym

Fully equipped gyms are available for guests’ convenience. Each facility provides picturesque views of the bush, allowing you to keep an eye on the action outside while you work out. 


Swimming

Each suite at Singita Ebony Lodge comes complete with a private infinity pool as well as the idyllic swimming pool at the main lodge area.

 

   
     
     



Spa

The Singita wellness philosophy takes personal rejuvenation to a level well beyond any pampering you’ve previously experienced. All of our peaceful lodge spas, where nature provides its own special calm, present the ultimate escape, sure to restore equilibrium and peace to body and mind. Spa treatments are at an additional cost.

 

   
     
     




Singita boutique & gallery

Not your regular curio shop, you will find original treasures that have been gathered from all corners of the African continent. A range of collectable sculptures, home-ware and furnishings will allow you to recreate ‘the safari dream’ within your own home. Artefacts, as well as authentic carvings and jewellery created by local craftsmen are just a few of the treasures you may find to take home as gifts. Amongst beautiful museum quality, fine-art prints and works by some of the most respected artists on the continent, there are many pieces especially designed for Singita. Here too you can find a range of quality branded Singita safari wear.

We offer a worldwide shipping service so you may make your purchases at the lodges with the option to send them straight home.




Premiere wine boutique

As one of South Africa’s most influential buyers of wine, Singita’s cellars are home to some of the most sought-after private reserves and vintage wines the country has to offer. Whether you are a connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass of wine, our experienced sommeliers delight in introducing guests to a vast selection of varietals from all over the world.
Through Singita Premier Wine Direct guests may purchase wines from our cellars: either to be taken home at the end of their trip or conveniently delivered to their door. As an addition to cellar purchases, we have secured allocations of highly limited, sought-after wines, including ‘Icons’, ‘Single Vineyard’ and ‘Limited Release’ wines, directly from leading wineries in South Africa. Stored in temperature-controlled cellars, these wines are unlikely to be available anywhere else.
   
     
     



Canine unit experience

Guests have the opportunity to visit the Sabi Sand Canine Unit for an interactive session where they can participate in an actual tracking exercise with a dog and handler. Guests have the opportunity to meet with a senior handler and go behind-the-scenes at the base camp and see the workings of this dedicated and specialized unit. The dogs are highly trained and able to perform multiple functions, from pursuing intruders to sniffing out rhino horn and ammunition from vehicles and bags. Due to the sensitive and costly nature of the program, a donation amount of ZAR5,000 per person has been set. A minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 guests are allowed per demonstration.