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About Phumla Apha

‘Phumla apha’ is an isiXhosa phrase meaning ‘rest here’, and perfectly describes what you will be able to do in this charming house for three people only.

Surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, this bright, relaxed, family home is perfect for alfresco living. With a distinctive Cape feel, it sleeps a total of five people: two in a king-size bed in the main bedroom, and two in a queen-size bed and one in a single bed in the large second bedroom. There are two bathrooms (main en-suite).

The open-plan lounge and dining room lead directly out to an extensive, wind-protected, and peaceful garden filled with indigenous trees, flowers and birds; and an enclosed tree house. The lounge overlooks a large, crystal-clear, saltwater swimming pool, next to which are recliners and a large sun umbrella.

Dine at a table in a newly-developed outdoor entertainment area alongside the pool, eating a delicious meal cooked on a gas barbecue or open fire; or cook indoors in the fully-equipped kitchen. Outside is a small herb garden with rosemary and thyme that you are welcome to utilize for your cooking. The dishwasher means less time washing up, and more time relaxing!

Other facilities include a 55” flat-screen LCD TV (with cable TV, known locally as DSTV), wi-fi internet access (please bring your own device); a closed slow-combustion fireplace; and washing-machine. All bedding and towels are also supplied.

In the courtyard is a fenced play space with a 3 metre (diameter) trampoline; perfect for children and adults alike. The garden also has a large lawn area for playing on, many little hidden corners for inquisitive children to explore, and a delightful wooden tree house (accessed via a little door and then internal steps up the tree). Please do note that the swimming pool is unfenced - however, there is a pool net that can be fitted if any of your party is unable to swim (please notify us before your arrival if you wish us to install this).

Plenty of gated off-street parking is available. The property has electric fencing and a comprehensive alarm system to keep you secure.

Last but not least is the presence of Budd, the resident sweet-natured and talkative tabby cat. All he needs is some love, and pellets twice a day. If you are not happy to have Budd around, please would you look elsewhere for your stay!

A minimum stay of seven (7) nights is required; ten (10) nights if your stay is over Christmas and/or New Year.

Activities and attractions that are available within a 5-minute drive of the house are: shops, restaurants, aerobics and gym, Hout Bay beach, Chapman’s Peak Drive, sailing, horse-riding, sea kayaking, bird-watching, cycling, whale watching (in season), surfing, fishing, walking. Within 15 minutes you will be able reach the dazzling Llandudno and/or Camps Bay beaches and the Constantia wine farms

Family friendly: A fenced, outdoor play area, with sand pit and other play equipment. In addition, a wooden treehouse with a small door leading to internal steps up a tree

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 7 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.


20% OFF Two-week plus stay special: summer 2018/19

Stay between 01 Nov 2018 and 2019/03/02 12:00:00 AM and get 20% off.

  • 14 night min stay (check-in between 01 Nov 2018 and 02 Mar 2019)

Important Information

Please note that the price listed on the Safarinow website is FOR 2 PEOPLE ONLY. Additional people are charged an extra R250 per person per night.
The house is also home to Budd, the resident sweet-natured tabby cat. Guests would be required to look after him during their stay.
Use of the accommodation and facilities is entirely at own...
Please note that the price listed on the Safarinow website is FOR 2 PEOPLE ONLY. Additional people are charged an extra R250 per person per night.
The house is also home to Budd, the resident sweet-natured tabby cat. Guests would be required to look after him during their stay.
Use of the accommodation and facilities is entirely at own risk.
The swimming pool is not fenced, although there is a pool net that can be placed over the pool if the client so desires.
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Reviews for Phumla Apha

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Margaret Goodman, United Kingdom
07 March 2010

Ben and I had a wonderful stay at Phumla Apha during February and March 2010. It was wonderful accommodation. The pool was particularly appreciated as the temperature went up and up during the time we were there . The cottage is very well equipped with all mod cons . Although spoiled for choice with restaurants in Hout Bay, we also enjoyed the complete privacy of being able to cook in or BBQ. We would definitely recommend Phumla Apha and would indeed book again. And Budd was no trouble at all! Thank you Garth for letting us use your home - we hope to return again soon.

Fiona Green, United Kingdom
08 December 2009

Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Phumla Apha . It was a wonderful choice of accommodation - the cottage, garden and pool were truly fabulous. The pool was especially inviting and more private than you could ask for. The cottage is very well equipped - a complete home from home . The photos on safarinow.com really don't do the property / garden justice - as we found upon arrival.

Sean Lusk, United Kingdom
17 February 2009

Phumla Apha is a real 'home from home' - very comfortable and private, with a gorgeous, secluded garden and a great pool. The perfect base for the Cape, the West Coast beaches and the city.

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Phumla Apha is 13.5km from the centre of Cape Town , the nearest airport 28.1km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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