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About The Travelling Tortoise

The Travelling Tortoise is situated just outside of De Rust overlooking the Middleplaas vallyThe off-the-grid eco resort comprises of four mountain chalets, set in the most beautiful environment. The chalets feature fully equipped kitchens, family sized lounges and large decks with braai facilities. The property also offers guests a swimming pool and secure parking on the premises.There is a short hike on the premise where you will see large variety of birds including many hawks and eagles. Tortoise and hares, buck and many smaller mammals. We are mosquito free.This area has all year round sunshine. The summers can be very warm - the winters refreshingly cool.De Rust has many great attractions in and around the area, such as the Meiringspoort pass and waterfall, the Kammanassie Nature Reserve, the Cango Caves and the Little Karoo Wine Route.

  • Response Rate: 99%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 4 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 42
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 8 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • No TGCSA Grading

Availability and pricing

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  • Campsites Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 6 There are 6 grass campsites close to the pool. They each have water points but no electrical points as it solar powered.... see more
    from R170 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • The Padloper Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering The Padloper is named after the smallest Tortoise in South Africa. This cabin may be smaller than the others, but it is... see more
        from R500 For 2 guests
        • Adults
          • The Angulate Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The Angulate has two bedrooms, of which one room has a double bed with an en-suite bathroom, and one room has two single... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering see more Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
            from R600 For 2 guests
            • Adults
              • The Geometric Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering The Geometric has one bedroom, which has a double bed and a shared bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge... see more Features:  Double beds, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch see more Double beds, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
                from R600 For 2 guests
                • Adults
                  • The Hinge- back Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The Hinge- back is free standing chalet. The unit sleeps 5/6 people. There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed the... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Single beds
                    from R600 For 2 guests
                    • Adults

                      Reviews for The Travelling Tortoise

                      8 guest reviews Reviews of

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                      Jacqui Brand
                      15 January 2018

                      beautiful cabin very comfortable lovely pool area is great the rust is loverly

                      Eugene Stander
                      15 January 2018

                      Very friendly and willing to help. Clean

                      Jaco Bezuidenhout
                      16 October 2017

                      The owner and host made our stay very enjoyable. Really close to De Rust but far enough away from anything else to help you really relax!

                      Glenda Pietschmann
                      17 August 2017

                      Sadly we arrived in rain and left in rain so couldn't explore outside as it was just an overnight stay. Owner Jeff has done a wonderful job our building these units which are tastefully furnished. Very comfortable cottages with outstanding views.

                      Carmien Coetzee
                      28 May 2017

                      We had a very quick stay over to run the Meiringspoort Trailrun. Jeff was a gracious host and the we enjoyed our time at The Travelling Tortoise. The signs showing you the way to the campsite could be a little bigger though. Maybe bigger Tortoises =)

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                      The Travelling Tortoise Map

                      The Travelling Tortoise is 3.3km from the centre of De Rust , the nearest airport 56.1km (George Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

                      Things to do in and around De Rust

                      Meiringspoort Waterfall

                      (2 km from De Rust)

                      1 review

                      The Great Waterfall on the Meiringspoort Pass is a beautiful place to have a picnic and a refreshing swim in one of the pools. You may spot the Karoo Mermaid if you are lucky. Meiringspoort Pass is approximately 60km from Prince Albert. The...


                      (10.7 km from De Rust)

                      2 reviews

                      Meiringspoort was established in 1858 and opened trading between the towns of George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. The area is part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Meiringspoort is the result of land formations over 200 million years ago when...

                      Rust en Vrede Waterfall

                      (22.1 km from De Rust)

                      2 reviews

                      Rust en Vrede is a lovely little waterfall that runs 365 days a year – even though it is found in the Klein Karoo. During the summer many people enjoy a picnic or braai under the trees at the entrance followed by a walk and a swim at this gorgeous...

                      Karusa Winery

                      (31.9 km from De Rust)

                      Karusa Vineyard is nestled in the tranquil village of Schoemanshoek, en-route to the world-famous Cango Caves from the Little Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. Well-known for its Cap Classique and Mediterranean-styled wines, Karusa is a family-operated and...