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About Gaikou Lodge

At Gaikou Lodge, you are invited to enjoy world-class accommodation and service at a venue tucked in at the foot of a magnificent mountain kloof, set on 16 hectares of sheer beauty.

The Verder family of the 5 Star Mardouw Country House are the visionary hoteliers who spotted this unique setting on which to develop Gaikou Lodge; a one-of-a-kind venue. Gaikou Lodge is infused with modern, cosmopolitan flair while at the same time honouring the architectural traditions of the Southern Cape.

The luxury suites are open-plan with high ceilings, allowing for ultimate comfort in an air-conditioned and heated environment. The beds are dressed in the finest linens, the oval baths spell supreme indulgence, and there are fine toiletries for the use of guests.

Each suite has a flat screen TV, and Internet access is available. The sophisticated toffee and cream furnishings create an ambience of calm, perfectly reflecting the natural surroundings. You can choose between a single unit that accommodates two people or a double that accommodates two couples or a family. The bedrooms in the double unit have en-suite bathrooms.

Gaikou Lodge is the perfect wedding venue for your special day. You could not hope for a more romantic setting than Gaikou’s tranquil environment, set amongst green lawns and mountain vistas. The spacious, airy verandah and stylish reception area, with facilities for guests and a fully-equipped kitchen, will provide elegantly for the wedding banquet. You man book the entire facility for you and your guests on your wedding night. They will be there in the morning to wave you off on your honeymoon; or you could wave them off and linger on at Gaikou in select privacy to enjoy the first days of your marriage.

Gaikou has it all for your business conference - a spacious reception area for seminars and discussions, the wide verandah for al fresco breakfasts and lunches, and overnight accommodation for the entire team, delegates and speakers. The verandah is also the place for a casual braai or gala evening finale. The reception area provides for hi-tech link-ups for your speakers, powerpoint and DVD deliveries. In addition, the setting for team building exercises could not be better, with mountain hikes, horse riding and fishing opportunities either on the property or adjoining it. For additional recreation, Swellendam’s 9-hole golf course is within easy reach.


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Luxury King Room Luxury King Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 5 The luxury suites, with King size beds are all open plan with high ceilings, allowing for ultimate comfort in an air-con... see more
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      • Luxury Twin Room Luxury Twin Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 3 The luxury suites, with 2 single beds are all open plan with high ceilings, allowing for ultimate comfort in an air-cond... see more
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          • Family Villa Family Villa Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 2 The Family Villa consists of a spacious lounge area and two seperate bedrooms, one with a King Size bed and the other... see more Features:  King beds, M-Net, Local channels, DStv, Private bathroom, En-suite see more King beds, M-Net, Local channels, DStv, Private bathroom, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Wi-Fi, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer, River views
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              Reviews for Gaikou Lodge

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              chris van der merwe, South Africa
              01 January 2017

              very nice and beautiful place, Mare was very friendly and helpful at the front desk. our stay was very pleasant.

              Dewet Burger, South Africa
              26 September 2014

              Our visit to Gaikou Lodge was a wonderful experience. They have beautiful and comfortable suites right up the mountain side on the edge of town. Great food and hospitality!!

              Annelize King
              08 August 2011

              We were astonished with Gaikou Lodge. It was absolutely fantastic. The view from the room is lovely and the rooms are spectacular. Staff are friendly and caring. It's all the small extra things that made our stay memorable. Thanks!

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              Gaikou Lodge is 2.8km from the centre of Swellendam , the nearest airport 206.7km (Cape Town International Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling