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About Cheval Vapeur

Escape Corona. Cheval Vapeur Horse Farm is situated in the heart of Cape Town’s seasonal wetlands in the Philippi Horticultural Area – a rural area consisting of vegetable and other farms on the Cape Flats between Ottery and Mitchells Plain. It is a wonderfully tranquil oasis and nature haven. Cheval is away from all crowds & large numbers of people (re Corona Virus)..

It is safe, secluded, peaceful and quiet but surprisingly central to Cape Town’s many attractions. It is truly the best of both worlds. The Royal Cape Golf Club and Zeekoevlei bird sanctuary (internationally famous) are within 10 minutes by car. Wynberg, Kenilworth, Plumstead and Muizenberg are 15 to 20 minutes away. The Waterfront and the City Bowl within 25 to 30 minutes. Stellenbosch, Paarl and the wine routes are within 40 minutes and the Cape Point Nature Reserve is some 60km away.

Birds often seen nesting or on and around the farm include Moorhens, Cormorants, Egyptian Geese, Crakes, Sacred Ibis, Hadedas, Cootes, Malakite Kingfisher, Dabchicks, Darters, Hammerkop, White Faced Ducks, Yellow Billed Ducks, Cattle & Little Egrets, Black-headed and Grey Herons and many more…. There is also a substantial community of endangered Western Leopard Toads.

The Farm offers 5 levels of basic, self-catering accommodation at very affordable prices
First level: There are 8 open-plan, single-roomed wooden cottages (which South Africans call Wendy Houses) sleeping 2 to 5 people each. Cottages that sleep 2 people have a double bed, the others have bunk beds and other furniture. The cottages share two separate ablutions each fitted with a toilet, shower and basin – please note that depending on the cottage booked the distance varies to the nearest ablution but it is never more than 60m away. Each cottage has self-catering equipment: kettle, toaster, hotplates, microwave and small fridge - crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are also provided. The names of these cottages (with the numbers of people they can sleep) are: Club (4), Gate (3), Dam (2), Jane (5), Downtown (5), Gibson (2), Colin (2) & Johan (2).

Next Levels – these are the brick-walled Mews units:
• 6 units (Tack Room (sleeps 4), Tuck Shop (4) and NewUnits 1 to 5 (2 each)) share the third and fourth ablution facilities (shower, toilet, basin) and have the same self-catering equipment and furniture as the wooden cottages
• 1 unit (Beverley) has two bedrooms sleeping 5, a kitchen/lounge area and its own en-suite private shower and toilet. There is also running water in the kitchen area. It has the same self-catering equipment and furniture as the wooden cottages
• 1 unit (TopFlat can sleep 8) has three rooms, a kitchen and its own Toilet and bathroom. It also has a balcony with a wonderful view of the mountain and magnificent sunsets.
• Mews Apartment (1 unit sleeps 4) is the most luxurious with 2 bedrooms (each with a double brass bed) and en-suite bath, shower and toilet, a kitchen and a TV lounge with DStv (premium bouquet). It also has a small veranda. There is a sleeper couch in the TV lounge that can accommodate a fifth person.

All cottages and units have their own braai facility – guests should bring their own braai tools and grids.
Cheval Vapeur does not have credit card facilities and any outstanding amounts are payable in cash on arrival.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 61
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 54 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Kids Stay Free

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Cheval Vapeur

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Peter Witten
16 October 2021

The accommodation was basic but clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It is very rural, which I love and a great place to just chill out and relax. Difficult to believe one is still so close to the city. Will be back for a much longer stay.

Lynette Fisher
05 June 2021

I loved it at Cheval..i came ti have sun Peace an quietThe only problem i hd ..was no water in the Lodge as well as a toilet....Further it was verh peacefull ther

Vuyokazi Bamba
15 December 2020

Hey it was nice to be at Cheval it's quiet, cool I really enjoy my self. The only thing is not nice is to wake up and go outside when you need a bathroom.Establishments response: Thank you so much for your most positive review!I am so happy you appreciated the quiet and calm and the nature aspect ofCheval.We do have several units with inside bathrooms. they do however cost alittle more but are still well within our LOW COST PRICING POLICY.Thanks again and hope to see you again very soon.Regards,Colleen.
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Janelle Prins
01 September 2019

Highly disappointed in this accommodation.... Cannot believe that they actually charged us money to stay in a room that doesn't even have any of the commodities stated in the ad. Every unit is meant to have their own braai... Thats not happening... Every unit is meant to be fitted with cutlery crockery pots pans microwave oven/stove toaster... Well we had to ask for a a frying pan... There were no cups or glasses... No microwave... Not even sure the heater works.... And if it does you have to climb over the cable that you need to plug into the only plug strip in the kitchen. There isn't even...
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Nikita Ford
01 July 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cheval vapeur. It was very relaxing, private and a true break away from the city. Our unit was neat and catered to everything we needed. When we arrived we had a welcome committee of friendly loveable dogs. My son enjoyed having them around the weekend. We also got to see the horses. We definitely wished we could have stayed longer. We will most definitely be back.

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Cheval Vapeur is 1.1km from the centre of Philippi , the nearest airport 8.2km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling