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About The Travelling Tortoise

The Travelling Tortoise is situated just outside of De Rust overlooking the Middleplaas Valley. The 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 premises where you will see a large variety of birds including many hawks, eagles, tortoise, hares, buck and many smaller mammals. We are mosquito-free and guaranteed no power outages.

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: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 36
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 20 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • No TGCSA Grading

The Travelling Tortoise Rooms

Reviews for The Travelling Tortoise

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Lee-Ann Whitehead
23 September 2020

Great views, excellent service and relaxable fire tub.

Denis Radford
13 March 2020

On arrival at the reception car park - I got out to go up to reception, when Jeff arrived calling my name from his 4 wheeler bike. On seeing my bakkie, suggested we offload my baggage onto his bakkie to get up to the top of the hill, which is steep and very rocky, thinking my bakkie would not make it. At the Tortoise hut, he helped me unpack, took meat from me for freezing, and later brought me up wood for the evening braai. The hut was quaint, with small kitchen, lounge, dining, bedroom section and a bathroom, and all I needed. The next day after a tour into de Rust and Meirings Poort, I came...
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Beverley Beckermann
06 January 2020

We stayed at the Padloper which is at the top. Large enough for 2 people. Nicely equipped with absolutely stunning 360-degree views of the mountains and farms below!

Alan Pitt
26 May 2019

Simplicity, ease, convenience

Kevin Goss
25 May 2019

Very happy with accommodation but the drive to get close to cottage was very steep, stoney and loose causing a lot of wheelspin.

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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