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About The Guardians

The Guardians are situated on a working farm at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, in the busy little town of Elliot, which offers wonderful activities against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery. The Guardians is just 5 km out of town.

The Guardians offers accommodation in a beautiful setting, in luxurious thatched cottages and family units. Guests have a choice of self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation, with dinner available by prior arrangement.

Activities in the surrounding area include rock art sites, fly-fishing, horse riding, hiking trails, and 4x4 trails.

Wedding Venues: There is a 43 seater Chapel with a mountain view for weddings. Please inquire for price.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 23
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 77 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

No smoking policy in cottages and farm house.
No pets allowed.
Breakfast on request is only payable in cash on arrival (i.e. NO payment via SafariNow for meals).
No card facilities.

Room availability and prices

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                              Reviews for The Guardians

                              77 guest reviews Reviews of

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                              Ruth-Ann Nicoll, South Africa
                              10 January 2017

                              A lovely family place just fat enough off the main road .Lovely breakfast served in your room .Bety comfortable.

                              Ben Engelbrecht, South Africa
                              11 November 2016

                              The venue is very special and well maintained. Fantastic setting with friendly hosts.

                              Mike Heywood, South Africa
                              14 September 2016

                              We were met by the owner of the property, who was very friendly and showed us around the accommodation we were staying in. The accommodation had everything you would require and the location was stunning. We ordered breakfast which was ample, and well presented. A very clean place.

                              Karien van der Merwe, South Africa
                              12 July 2016

                              Home away from home. Beautiful farm!!

                              Merceda Woodgate, South Africa
                              10 July 2016

                              The farm is lovely with beautiful setting.  The cottage we stayed in was very cosy and warm as it was very cold.  Unfortunately the dirt Road to the farm needs a bit of work.  It is OK if you are in a 4x4.  Beautiful setting and great for children.

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                              The Guardians Map

                              The Guardians is 4.3km from the centre of Elliot , the nearest airport 94.6km (Mthatha Airport).
                              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

                              Things to do in and around Elliot

                              Ecowa Trail

                              (4.8 km from Elliot)

                              This three-day trail is moderate to difficult and only one way. The total distance is 47 km and a maximum of 10 people can go at one time. Splendid views, cascading streams and rocky ravines cross private farms. The trail starts below Gatberg and...

                              Dinorben Rock Paintings

                              (21.4 km from Elliot)

                              The shelter at Dinorbin is about forty metres in length, and distributed through a good part of it are paintings that are mostly very clear. On the extreme left side of the shelter are paintings of indeterminate antelope and small white human...

                              Kopshorn Mountain Bike Trail

                              (36 km from Elliot)

                              Kopshorn Peak's pass is roughly a 20 kilometre return ride with a steep two-kilometre ascent. The turnaround point is at the top of Kopshorn Peak and offers a fun ride if you enjoy getting out in the mountains. Keen mountain bikers have many other...

                              Kopshorn Peak Hiking Trail

                              (36 km from Elliot)

                              Kopshorn Peak is one of the highest around Barkly East and offers incredible mountain views. Accessible from Prospect Self Catering Cottage, this four-hour trail has some steep ascents and a challenging vertical rock climb. The hike is strenuous...