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Kunguru Lodge / Tri Active Events Management.

9 Reviews
Sleeps 65 in 26 rooms

Kunguru Lodge is in the heart of the Elgin Valley, just past the town of Grabouw. The magnificent...
Kunguru Lodge is in the heart of the Elgin Valley, just past the town of Grabouw. The magnificent gardens, with an array of natural Fynbos and a swimming pool deck provide a perfect setting for the lodge. The accommodation comprises 19 rooms, seven en-suite timber cabins and 12 en-suite safari style tents under canvas. All rooms have coffee stations, hairdryers on request from reception and electric blankets. The lodge has a very relaxed ambiance, offering a home away from home feel. The Wildcats Pub and Restaurant is available to all in-house guests and pre-booked functions. It is a popular venue for individuals, companies, conferences and special functions. Just one hour from Cape Town, it is very conveniently, placed as a base to visit many major attractions such as the Great White Sharks, Hermanus, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the burgeoning Elgin Valley wine estates. Adventure activities are also offered from the lodge, and these include clay pigeon and hand gun shooting, archery and air rifles, amazing races, volley ball, quad bikes, nature walks and incredible single track mountain biking trails. Our conference facilities offer an alternative to the norm of the city hotels and conference venues. In a rustic setting, surrounded by lush gardens and orchards, our venue can accommodate up to 70 delegates for day conferences and smaller groups in different seating formats. A total of 38 guests based on twin sharing can be accommodated in the lodge for overnight groups. An option of triple share for groups up to 50 pax is available. Facilities include standard equipment of flip chart, white board, data projector, conference area set up including peppermints, jugs of water, cordial, note pads and pens. Choose from theatre style, seating 70 delegates; Classroom style seating 40 delegates, U-shape seating 30 delegates, Board Room seating 20 delegates. Half day, full day and overnight conference and teambuilding packages are available. As specialists in the teambuilding arena, Tri Active Events Management tailors programs to maximise the benefit to the client. Our experiential outcomes based programs have incredible positive results and are highly recommended in the informal teambuilding category, which stands us apart from other companies. The very wide array of fun to formal teambuilding activities and programs are available on our website.
from R650

Swan Gables

10 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 4 rooms

Swan Gables is situated in the tiny village of Botrivier in the breath-taking Overberg. It offers a selection of accommodation consisting...
Swan Gables is situated in the tiny village of Botrivier in the breath-taking Overberg. It offers a selection of accommodation consisting of three garden rooms with shower rooms and sharing a communal kitchen/lounge. These rooms are within walking distance of the hotel, Beaumont Wines and the Shuntin' Shed restaurant on the station. There are also three garden cottages with shower rooms and kitchenettes; one with private pool and braai area and a flatlet with lounge, shower room and coffee making facilities. Rates include linen, towels, coffee, tea, milk, sugar and rusks. All cottages offer secure off-street parking behind lockable gates in quiet garden settings overlooking the beautiful valley and surrounding mountains. Swan Gables can satisfy your requirements, whatever they may be.
from R360

Tides River Lodge

1 Review
Sleeps 30 in 5 rooms

Tides River Lodge lies on the banks of the Breede River, near Malgas, in the Cape. It is a short, scenic two and a half hour trip from...
Tides River Lodge lies on the banks of the Breede River, near Malgas, in the Cape. It is a short, scenic two and a half hour trip from Cape Town and only half an hour from Swellendam on the way to the Garden Route. Tides is an oasis in the dry wheatlands of the Overberg, an off the beaten track destination for those who enjoy something different. The lodge is located in a sheltered cove, with an island directly in front of the property. Tides is without doubt one of the most unique and pristine locations on the Breede River. Accommodation is offered in four lodges right on the banks of the Breede River, each with river views, a veranda and braai area. Wi-Fi and cellphone reception is available. For bird-lovers, Tides Lodge is centrally situated for exploring the Overberg region and its associated bird life, and several estuaries give birders direct access to a variety of water birds. The Breede River is recognised as one of the best fishing estuaries in South Africa. Tidal action reaches 60 km upstream supporting a rich diversity of fish and birdlife. Fishing can be enjoyed year round in the waters of San Sebastian Bay and the Breede River Estuary, and the area offers an opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish. Tides Lodge has something for everyone and the activities available range from relaxing in a deck chair and enjoying the peaceful tranquility to traversing the challenging 4x4 trails of the Overberg. Tides River Lodge is situated approximately 45 km from Swellendam on a dirt road. Please come prepared for loadsheding.
from R800

Langeberg Guest Lodge

1 Review
Sleeps 16 in 7 rooms

Situated in the historic town of Swellendam, Langerberg Guest Lodge offers a great accommodation choice to couples or families visiting...
Situated in the historic town of Swellendam, Langerberg Guest Lodge offers a great accommodation choice to couples or families visiting this scenic part of the Western Cape. The lodge has a traditional Cape Dutch design and offers guests seven charming cottages with a variety of bed configurations. Each cottage also has a spacious en-suite bathroom, a private entrance and a patio with views of the garden. Guests can start their day off with a delicious breakfast before exploring the many attractions in the surrounding area. These include a variety of art galleries and potteries, a golf course and the nearby Bontebok National Park. The town also has many restaurants for guests to explore. Return to the lodge to enjoy an evening swim before retiring for the night. Your friendly hosts will gladly suggest things to do in the area to ensure a truly memorable stay.
from R900

Blue Gum Country Estate

5 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 12 rooms

Blue Gum Country Estate is situated on the Klein Rivier near Stanford, offers a unique Overberg experience for those in search of rustic...
Blue Gum Country Estate is situated on the Klein Rivier near Stanford, offers a unique Overberg experience for those in search of rustic sophistication in a magnificent country setting. The 12 rooms at Blue Gum are all different, as you would expect in a private home. Some are more spacious, others more family-friendly, but they all have a warm domestic feeling with an emphasis on quality and comfort. We make no apologies about food being a main draw card, with two restaurants catering for families and informal get-togethers as well as a more formal and romantic alternative catering to adults only. The Estate is situated amongst an olive grove, vineyards, rolling lawns and extensive gardens with swimming pool, tennis court, boule court, mountain bikes, extensive library and board games. You will find something to suit every interest and persuasion, both on or off the estate whether you are a foodie, walking enthusiast, history buff, adrenalin junkie.
from R1990

Fisherhaven Traveller's Lodge

8 Reviews
Sleeps 19 in 5 rooms

Fisherhaven Traveller's Lodge is a 4 Star graded establishment offering a variety of affordable...
Fisherhaven Traveller's Lodge is a 4 Star graded establishment offering a variety of affordable accommodation in the seaside village of Fisherhaven, near Hermanus. Fisherhaven is located near the Botrivier lagoon, with spectacular views over the lagoon, mountains and ocean making it the ideal place to relax and recharge. Accommodation includes en-suite standard and double rooms, as well as a family suite. The lodge also boasts indoor and outdoor barbecue facilities, a solar-heated indoor pool, gym, bar with pool table, and our famous Sundowner Deck. We offer guided Kayak trips on the Bot Rivier Lagoon at an additional cost.
from R840

The Suntouched Inn

8 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 5 rooms

Offering unique Bed and Breakfast style accommodation in the tranquil country village of Napier, The Suntouched Inn is the ideal base from...
Offering unique Bed and Breakfast style accommodation in the tranquil country village of Napier, The Suntouched Inn is the ideal base from which to explore the Cape Overberg region. The Suntouched Inn offers stylishly decorated double en-suite, twin and family rooms, inspired by our travels. We provide delicious breakfasts, which are included in our rates. We also have wonderful old barn, which has been converted into a self-catering cottage on the premises, sleeping up to six people. Guests are welcome to relax by our swimming pool and make use of our braai facilities or dine in our fully licensed restaurant and lounge bar. The Suntouched Inn is truly a place to relax, feel at home, yet away from it all, less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town, and only 30 minutes to the beautiful beaches of Arniston, Struisbaai, and Cape Agulhas. Hermanus and Gansbaai are 40 minutes’ drive away. Our local activities include horse riding, hiking, and mountain biking, or just sitting on the verandah and watching the country life roll by. We are also very proud of our village's very own Napier Brewery.
from R650

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Mosaic Sanctuary is a boutique guest resort between the Atlantic Ocean, Hermanus Lagoon and Overberg Mountains. Mosaic Lagoon Lodge offers...
Mosaic Sanctuary is a boutique guest resort between the Atlantic Ocean, Hermanus Lagoon and Overberg Mountains. Mosaic Lagoon Lodge offers accommodations, beach and water activities and great food and wine. Where luxury is laced with earthly beauty and heavenly night skies. For the ultimate private getaway, Lagoon Lodge captures the essence of tranquility with just five safari style suites woven into an ancient Milkwood grove on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon. A pampered stay here is all-inclusive with meals, adventure activities and house beverages. You can also indulge in fabulous massage and skin treatments at the Mosaic Spa, using organic Rain Africa products. Boardwalks under a canopy of ancient Milkwood trees lead to the lounge where drinks and meals are shared outdoors or by a fireplace that will warm your soul. A heated plunge pool overlooking the mountains is a favourite place to spot your favourite birds. And as evening falls, you will witness the exquisite colours of the sun setting and the glorious expanse of the star-filled South African sky. The cuisine at Mosaic is fresh, delicious and the creative mastery of our chef, our baker, our gardener, and local producers. Breakfast is a hearty fare with freshly baked muffins, homemade jams, fresh fruit and a hot meal. Lunch is served gourmet picnic style outdoors or around blazing fires when there is a chill in the air, at the Lagoon Cafe in the historic 1892 Spookhuis. Sumptuous dinners are prepared by our chef and built around organic vegetables from our garden and local seasonal ingredient and best paired with fine South African wine from our cellar.
from R3920

Mosaic Cottages

14 Reviews
Sleeps 25 in 4 rooms

On the water, by the sea with magnificent mountain views, Mosaic Sanctuary is a boutique guest resort between the Atlantic Ocean, Hermanus...
On the water, by the sea with magnificent mountain views, Mosaic Sanctuary is a boutique guest resort between the Atlantic Ocean, Hermanus Lagoon and Overberg Mountains. One the greatest hidden gems on the famous Cape Whale Coast, Mosaic Cottages offer accommodation, beach and water activities and great food and wine. Where luxury is laced with earthly beauty and heavenly night skies. Surrounded by Milkwood trees, fynbos gardens and abundant birdlife, four lovely stone cottages are available on the Mosaic reserve. Accommodation ranges from a one bedroom for two, up to a two bedroom with a large loft that sleeps a total of nine. All have kitchens, fireplaces with firewood, outdoor patios and barbecue facilities. Luxury bedding, pure linen, cotton towels and organic Rain bath amenities are provided. Units are serviced daily. Free Wi-Fi is available at the 1892 Spookhuis next door. Duminy and Milkwood 2 also have Wi-Fi access. Food can be catered from the Lagoon Cafe in the historic 1892 Spookhuis next door, or the cottages can be self-catered. Delicious breakfast baskets, dinner dishes, braai platters, organic produce and home-made baked goods can be ordered. Gourmet picnics and deli items can be enjoyed at the Lagoon Cafe. Exciting activities can also be booked; quad biking, boat cruises, 4x4 beach excursions, kayaking and guided nature walks. Hours of fun can found playing boule at the 1892 Spookhuis.
from R760

Morukuru Ocean House

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Cocooned in luxury, free in your own four-bedroom oceanfront home within one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves. Often cited as...
Cocooned in luxury, free in your own four-bedroom oceanfront home within one of Africa’s most beautiful coastal reserves. Often cited as one of the most pristine coastal reserves in South Africa, De Hoop offers 51km of unspoiled white beaches and dunes lapped by a warm Indian ocean, as well as limestone cliffs, rock pools, wetlands, coastal fynbos and a home to more than 260 species of birds. Ocean House also offers a bird’s eye view of the continent’s greatest whale nursery, as Southern Right whales migrate to the shallow coastal bays off the Overberg Coast for the calving and nursing season from July to November. In short, Morukuru offers access to some of the continent’s most undiscovered gems, able to satisfy visitors’ craving exclusivity, yet providing some of the most productive wildlife interactions in Southern Africa. Ocean House is completely off the grid, relieving the tension between tourism and sustainability with an innovative eco house offering guests the luxury of five star with limited damage to the environment.
from R58000

Old Mac Daddy

3 Reviews
Sleeps 48 in 13 rooms

The Airstream Trailer Park idea was originally inspired by a natural rural setting, so when The Daddy Long Legs Group discovered a little...
The Airstream Trailer Park idea was originally inspired by a natural rural setting, so when The Daddy Long Legs Group discovered a little piece of heaven on a private farm in the apple-growing Elgin Valley, they went to work immediately. The Old Mac Daddy Park is the nostalgic camping holiday of childhood with added luxurious touches, designer trailer suites, slopes of whispering pines, lakes, endless nature-inspired activity, wholesome farm-grown food and all of this just a 40 minute drive from the Cape Town CBD. The park consists of ten trailer suites with a separate lounge, viewing deck and en-suite bathroom. Each unit will accommodate two adults in the trailer and the lounge doubles up as a kiddies room. Another two Airstream trailers overlook the bottom dam and will accommodate two adults. Whilst these trailers are a little smaller, they are still en-suite and make the perfect nest for romantic couples or those wanting to contemplate life from a serene perspective. Daddy’s Villa, is a three bedroom forest cabin for larger families and wedding parties. Old Mac Daddy has a communal area where guests can enjoy healthy, wholesome meals and treats throughout the day. All the ingredients used in the food are locally sourced, organic and free range wherever possible. A child friendly environment, kids will have an indoor-outdoor play area with daily activities and there is a full kids menu for children under eight years to choose meals from. These meals are free. A fenced in swimming pool keeps temperatures down and adventurous, and unsupervised little people out. A brilliant venue for conferences, meetings, pow-wows, celebrations and weddings, The Old Mac Daddy can be rented entirely for functions or partially for meetings. A boardroom and conference area is located on the property. Wireless broadband is available for those needing to get some work done. Bookings effective 15 July 2010.
from R790

High Season Farm

1 Review
Sleeps 38 in 8 rooms

Situated in the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley of Hermanus, High Season is a picturesque farm, with magnificent views of the valley, that offers...
Situated in the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley of Hermanus, High Season is a picturesque farm, with magnificent views of the valley, that offers accommodation in luxury self-catering farmstay cottages. Visit this mountain retreat for a weekend, or a weekday getaway only one and a half hours drive from Cape Town International Airport. The seven stunning 4 Star-graded self-catering cottages can accommodated from two to six guests, and are tastefully decorated and fully equipped to make your stay as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. Wake up to breathtaking views across the valley to the mountains beyond, and soak in the peace which surrounds this little piece of heaven and tranquil mountain retreat.
from R700

Eagles Rest Guest Lodge

4 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 2 rooms

Eagles Rest Guest Lodge is settled near the mountains of Napier, in the quiet country surroundings of an indigenous flower farm. The lodge...
Eagles Rest Guest Lodge is settled near the mountains of Napier, in the quiet country surroundings of an indigenous flower farm. The lodge boasts stunning mountain and dam views, as well as wonderful hiking and mountain bike trails. Personal farm tours of indigenous flowers and proteas for the export market can be arranged by appointment with the owner. The lodge has been furnished with 5 Star amenities. Our secluded self-catering accommodation comprises units for large groups and can also accommodate conference or wedding requirements. The main house can be run as a bed and breakfast team building venue with conference facilities for up to 26 people. The quiet lifestyle offers beautiful birdlife and lovely hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as beautiful dams for fishing, canoeing and swimming. Eagles Rest's tranquil atmosphere lends itself to the perfect venue for intimate garden weddings. Catering for weddings from a set menu, as well as flowers from the farm can be arranged on request. Personal tours can also be arranged to Gansbaai, Hermanus, Struisbaai and Agulhas, the Southern tip of Africa; all within 45 minutes' drive away. Breakfast baskets packed with cheese, hams, croissants and sparkling wine can be enjoyed in the luxury of the rooms or outdoors at the dams.
from R560

SwelleN2 Farm Lodge

18 Reviews
Sleeps 33 in 10 rooms

At SwelleN2 Farm Lodge stop, rest, eat and play. Conveniently located on the N2 just two minutes before Swellendam on the Cape Town side is...
At SwelleN2 Farm Lodge stop, rest, eat and play. Conveniently located on the N2 just two minutes before Swellendam on the Cape Town side is a relaxed lodge where you are greeted and treated like family. Arrive early or sleep late, it’s your choice at SwelleN2 Farm Lodge. Breathe and take in the country air where the rustic farm atmosphere allows you to unwind alongside the Klipperivier. Our log cabin contains 10 en-suite rooms and a communal kitchen and the attached lounge area has DStv. Cool off with a dip in the river pools behind the Lodge or the large splash pool while the kids use the trampoline. We have two large braai areas the one is undercover. Meet the animals or just laze around our seven hectares of property or cycle to their heats content. Special deals are offered for groups and backpackers with light dinner and breakfast options.
from R500

Hermanus Beach Front Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 5 rooms

Hermanus Beach Front Lodge is ideally situated in the suburb of Voelklip in Hermanus, which is a...
Hermanus Beach Front Lodge is ideally situated in the suburb of Voelklip in Hermanus, which is a narrow stretch of land hemmed between Moonshine Hill and the beach. This small area along the beach has created its own unique exclusivity, and Hermanus Beach Front Lodge is one of only three lodges located right on the pristine Voelklip Beach. The area's flora and fauna draws many a visitor annually from Europe and beyond, and the fynbos and biodiversity of this area is unmatched. The now world-famous walk along the sea's edge, the cliff path, provides vantage points for sighting of the whales in season. These gentle giants visit our shores from the end of July to November each year. Here, they come to calf and mate, before they return again to Antarctica. From the privacy of your suite enjoy the sound of the surf and the beautiful sunsets, with local cuisine on offer from the 43 restaurants in the area. Each suite comprises two separate interleading rooms, a bathroom and a self-catering kitchenette with a small fridge, microwave, stove top, wash basin, cutlery, and crockery. We look forward to hosting you at Hermanus Beach Front Lodge, a unique setting, limited to a privileged few.
from R1400

Mudlark River Front Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 5 rooms

This is the Mudlark River Front Lodge, a place of beauty peace & comfort. Whales, fish, fynbos & bird life surround you.Experience...
This is the Mudlark River Front Lodge, a place of beauty peace & comfort. Whales, fish, fynbos & bird life surround you.Experience a soul rejuvenating getaway in the serenity & seclusion of the Mudlark Lodge, only 3 hours from Cape Town.Situated on a 22-hectare property (part of the Lower Breede River conservancy), & nestled on the river bank about 2kms from the tiny villages of Witsand & Infanta, both on the opposite banks of the river mouth. This situation is unique in that no other habitation can be seen & the lodge has magnificent views up & down the Estuary. The lodge faces north & is protected from the prevailing sea breezes, surrounded by fynbos on 3 sides & the river in front. Moorings & a private jetty are provided for guests use as well as the “Boat house” right on the water's edge. The Mudlark is owned & managed by your friendly hosts, Hilary & Tim. Both will go out of their way to make your stay relaxing & memorable The Mudlark consists of a central timber lodge containing the entertainment & dining areas. There is a lounge with a fireplace for those chilly winter evening. DSTV is provided.The communal dining area overlooks the river so it's a breakfast with a view. There is also a relaxing lounge with river views & a small congenial bar for guest use only, where one can spend the evening in the company of new found friends. Outside is a large covered leisure deck with exceptional views... laze the day away or enjoy sundowners as you watch the fiery sun dip behind the Potberg mountains. With accommodation for a maximum of 10 guests this is really getting away from the crowds. The five comfortable double rooms also of timber construction are sited on both sides of the main lodge & all have river views. The rooms contain single or double beds, all en suite. Each room is exquisitely decorated with delicate furnishings that will remind one of home. Great hospitality and individual service is what guests experience far away from home. Rates are per person sharing and are inclusive of a full English breakfast and 3 course dinner.
from R1560
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Gansbaai Town Lodge

5 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 6 rooms

APRIL SPECIAL   Gansbaai Town Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Great White shark capital of the world. Gansbaai provides guests with comfortable and...
Gansbaai Town Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Great White shark capital of the world. Gansbaai provides guests with comfortable and vibrant atmosphere to enjoy a relaxing or active breakaway. Located less than two hours' drive from the Cape Town International Airport, Gansbaai offers a full range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Accommodation is offered in six fully equipped, spacious open-plan rooms and family rooms with kitchenettes and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are designed for comfort, with understated décor and amenities. All rooms are self-catering and rates do not include breakfast, however breakfast can be arranged at Gioseppe’s Restaurant at an additional charge. Your comfort is our goal. We have created a restful retreat that you can think of as your home away from home when you’re in the area. We offer services for any traveller, whether you’re on business or your journey is for pleasure. When you plan your visit, consider us for your stay. We are conveniently located, and our rooms feature beautiful décor and all the amenities you could need.
from R550

Whale Waters

6 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

A warm welcome awaits you at Whale Waters self-catering lodge situated on the De Kelders cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, well known for its...
A warm welcome awaits you at Whale Waters self-catering lodge situated on the De Kelders cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, well known for its world-renowned whale watching. A short 100-meter walk through the Duiwelsgat Nature Reserve will lead you to the secluded Stanfords Beach, suitable for swimming and kayaking. De Kelders is nestled on the coast just before the fishing village of Gansbaai, which became famous for its great white sharks on the Danger Point Peninsula in the Overberg Region, only two hours from Cape Town. This magnificent guest lodge has six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each room has a breathtaking sea view and a private balcony ideal to do whale watching from and enjoy sundowner cocktails. Whale Waters guest lodge has an unobstructed view of the ocean and coastline, stretching from the white sand dunes of Die Plaat to Hermanus, and on a clear day until Cape Point.
from R2695

Stonepeak Mountain Lodge

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Nestled in the forests of the Groenlandberg Conservancy, Stonepeak Mountain Lodge offers you ‘home away from home’ accommodation in a grand...
Nestled in the forests of the Groenlandberg Conservancy, Stonepeak Mountain Lodge offers you ‘home away from home’ accommodation in a grand old stone farm house in Elgin. Large rooms with wooden floors, leather couches and antiques set the tone for this "Out of Africa" homestead on Chosen Farm where we pride ourselves in our organic apples and garlic, as well as our magnificent breeding warm blood horses. Centrally located opposite Oude Molen Distillery on the edge of Grabouw, the lodge is within easy access of some of the best mountain biking and hiking trails in the Western Cape, near most of the wedding venues, top restaurants, wine farms and farm stalls. The latest adventure craze in the valley is only 15 minutes’ drive to the Cape Canopy Tours zip-line which offers mind blowing views of the area, and the Eikenhof dam at the Elgin Country Club is ideal for SUPing, swimming, picnics or quad biking. The lodge sleeps four in the main house with en-suite bathrooms, and an outside bunk house can sleep another four. All linen including inside towels are supplied. The fully self-catering kitchen has a fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven and a gas hob. The lodge is set in a beautiful well-established garden, with a deep pool. The garden is home to several nesting birds, including eagle owls and forest buzzards, as well as some olive woodpeckers, so bird watching around the property is a must for bird lovers. Set in 7000-square metres of securely fenced garden, even your pets are welcome by prior arrangement.
from R790

Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers

3 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 6 rooms

Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers is situated in centre of the shark-diving capital of the world,...
Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers is situated in centre of the shark-diving capital of the world, Gansbaai, which is a short two-hour drive from Cape Town. This choice Gansbaai accommodation overlooks the traditional fishing harbour, with stunning panoramic sea views which can be enjoyed from the sundowner deck, in-house pub and outside barbecue area. The lodge prides itself on providing quality, clean student travel, backpacking and youth hostel accommodation to independent travellers and international backpackers alike. Accommodation comprises large rooms which are not overcrowded, providing the perfect Gansbaai youth hostel accommodation and base for your holiday. The luxury Family Bedroom has a full en-suite bathroom, an extra-large double bed and a twin bunk bed, while the three dormitory rooms sleep only four guests each. All rooms are fitted with large cupboards and are fully serviced. Gansbaai forms part of the Whale Coast with the Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary providing a nursery to southern right, bryde and humpback whales which are easily observed from the shore or on a boat-based whale watching tour. Dyer Island is a breeding colony for African penguins and Cape fur seals. The narrow channel between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island is home to around 60,000 seals and is a feeding ground of the endangered great white shark. The friendly Gansbaai Backpackers staff will book your daily adventure activities from caged shark dives and skydiving to whale watching, scuba diving courses, brewery tours, cheese and wine tastings, cave walking trails, and sea kayaking.
from R340

Overberg South Africa

Overberg Lodge Accommodation

In the early days of the European occupation of the Cape, very few people ventured far from the foot of Table Mountain. The vast Cape Flats to the east of the fledgling city were a treacherous stretch of shifting sands, wetlands and - of course - wild animals. And at the eastern extreme of that huge, sandy plain was a formidable mountain range, which is now - a couple of hundred years later - easily traversed by virtue of the scenic Sir Lowry's and Houwhoek Passes on the N2. But in those days, these mountains presented a serious barrier to movement and the land beyond them, which was visited only by the very adventurous and became known as the 'Overberg' - the land over the mountains.

The Overberg extends from the high-lying apple orchards of the area between the two passes in the west, to just past the lovely historical town of Swellendam in the east and - to the south - as far as you can go. Cape Agulhas is the most southerly point of the African continent and - officially - the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The interior is dominated by grain farms interspersed with cute country towns, and the coast is a series of beautiful bays, beaches, wetland and dramatic headlands. Walker Bay, which lies between the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai, has two claims to fame.
It is reputed to be the best land-based whale watching in the world, as the huge southern right whales swim close in shore and there is a beautiful and convenient, fragrant, flower-rich cliff-top walk that offers an excellent vantage point to observe these, South Africa's biggest tourists.

They turn up here in late winter to escape the harsh Antarctic, give birth, nurse their calves and - while they're in a nice romantic honeymoon destination - work on the next crop of baby whales.
The second claim to fame is as the most southerly vineyards in Africa - and it's well worth doing a tasting. This is not just a gimmick.
The other big attraction of this area is the great white shark. Dyer and Geyser Islands, off the small fishing village of Gansbaai offer probably the best shark cage diving in the world. A number of boats operate in the area - chumming to attract the sharks' attention and vying with each other for the best position. Do it soon, as there is increasing resistance to a practice that many people consider to be morally indefensible, ecologically destructive and dangerous.

There's loads more to do. There are three great nature reserves. Kogelberg in the west, which is a major hotspot of botanical diversity, offers fantastic hiking and an exciting white water rafting day trip. De Hoop, in the east, has some small game, great easy mountain bike trails, an escorted, portaged hiking trail, fun snorkelling, wonderful beaches and some awesome land-based whale watching. Slightly further east, the Bontebok National Park was proclaimed to protect the last few remaining bontebok - a beautiful antelope that is found only in the Western Cape. The Breede River, in the eastern part of the Overberg, has some quite fun rafting and canoeing trips and the only remaining hand-operated ferry in the country and fantastic fishing.

There is great paragliding and fun canoeing and sea kayaking near Hermanus, a gliding club in Swellendam, a good horse trail, great hiking and some fabulous mountain biking trails. There are fun boat trips and a long and exciting foefie slide (flying fox) on the Buffelsjag Dam, near Swellendam.

For the more culturally inclined, the mission villages of Genadendal and, particularly, Elim, hark back to a much quieter era. Interesting museums include the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, the Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus, which has exhibits relating to fishing and whaling, and the small but fascinating Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. This area is, in fact, littered with historic wrecks. A noble tradition was born when the troopship Birkenhead went down near Gansbaai in 1852. For the first time in recorded history, the troops and sailors lined up on the deck in disciplined ranks while the women and children passengers got into the lifeboats and were ferried to shore. The men then took their chances with the icy water and the legions of sharks. Another historic wreck nearby was the Arniston, which gave its name to the town that has officially been called Waenhuiskrans - which means wagon house cave, and refers to an enormous sea cave big enough to house an ox wagon (although you'd struggle to get a bicycle to the spot, never mind an ox wagon). But everyone knows the place as Arniston - a great beach destination.

In the early days of the European occupation of the Cape, very few people ventured far from the foot of Table Mountain. The vast Cape Flats to the east of the fledgling city were a treacherous stretch of shifting sands, wetlands and - of course -...

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