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About The Guardians

The Guardians are situated on a working farm at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg, in the busy little town of Elliot, which offers wonderful activities against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery. The Guardians is just 5 km out of town.

The Guardians offers accommodation in a beautiful setting, in luxurious thatched cottages and family units. Guests have a choice of self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation, with dinner available by prior arrangement.

Activities in the surrounding area include rock art sites, fly-fishing, horse riding, hiking trails, and 4x4 trails.

Wedding Venues: There is a 43 seater Chapel with a mountain view for weddings. Please inquire for price.

  • Response Rate: 98%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 23
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 85 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

No smoking policy in cottages and farm house.
No pets allowed.
Breakfast on request is only payable in cash on arrival (i.e. NO payment via SafariNow for meals).
No card facilities.

Room availability and prices

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  • Rose Suite Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Rose suite can accommodate two to three people. Features:  Mountain views, Swimming pool views, Garden views
    from R700 For 2 guests
    • Adults
      • Jasmin Suite Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering This suite can accommodate two to three people.
        from R700 For 2 guests
        • Adults
          • Tiger Lily Family Suite Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering The suite features two bedroom; one room has a double bed and the second room has two single beds.
            from R700 For 2 guests
            • Adults
              • Main House Family Suite Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only This suite can accommodate four people and it shares a full bathroom.
                from R700 For 2 guests
                • Adults
                  • Magnolia Suite Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B The suite can accommodate two to three people. Features:  Mountain views, Separate toilet, Swimming pool views, Garden views
                    from R800 For 2 guests
                    • Adults
                      • Mountain Cottage Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Mountain Cottage is available as a self-catering cottage or on a bed and continental breakfast basis. The cottage featu... see more Features:  Double beds, Private bathroom, Self-catering, No Smoking in Rooms
                        from R900 For 2 guests
                        • Adults
                          • Olive Cottage Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B The Olive Cottage is available as a self-catering cottage or on a bed and breakfast basis. The cottage features one... see more Features:  En-suite, No Smoking in Rooms
                            from R900 For 2 guests
                            • Adults

                              Reviews for The Guardians

                              85 guest reviews Reviews of

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                              ethne Buchner
                              15 October 2017

                              A lovely stay with friendly hosts. Delicious food at their restaurant. Wonderful to wake-up to birds calling and the other sounds of cocks,donkeys and sheep. Mountain scenery outstanding.

                              Bobby Keal
                              23 September 2017

                              the view and being on a working farm

                              George Kelly
                              21 August 2017

                              The room was roomy and comfortable. The breakfast was superb. JJ the hostess very friendly and helpful. The only fault I can mention is that the dirt road to the B&B could do with a bit of work.

                              Peter Korkie
                              30 July 2017

                              The mountains were stunning, but not really visible from our chalet.....grrrr. out chalet, The Mountains was nice, but lacked a little refinement - for example no ice in the freezer which was on. The parking was far away, so having to carry stuff was a pain. There is enough space to have parking very close. It was annoying that after being told that we should phone JJ if the gate was closed, we could not raise her after pressing buzzer and calling. Eventually someone hearing our hooter came to the rescue. JJ was a very friendly and pleasant person.

                              Kerry Paterson
                              03 July 2017

                              JJ and Ockhert are fantastic hosts. Our room was comfortable, and the setting could not be more beautiful. Thank you!

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                              The Guardians Map

                              The Guardians is 4.3km from the centre of Elliot , the nearest airport 94.6km (Mthatha Airport).
                              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

                              Things to do in and around Elliot

                              Ecowa Trail

                              (4.8 km from Elliot)

                              This three-day trail is moderate to difficult and only one way. The total distance is 47 km and a maximum of 10 people can go at one time. Splendid views, cascading streams and rocky ravines cross private farms. The trail starts below Gatberg and...

                              Dinorben Rock Paintings

                              (21.4 km from Elliot)

                              The shelter at Dinorbin is about forty metres in length, and distributed through a good part of it are paintings that are mostly very clear. On the extreme left side of the shelter are paintings of indeterminate antelope and small white human...

                              Kopshorn Mountain Bike Trail

                              (36 km from Elliot)

                              Kopshorn Peak's pass is roughly a 20 kilometre return ride with a steep two-kilometre ascent. The turnaround point is at the top of Kopshorn Peak and offers a fun ride if you enjoy getting out in the mountains. Keen mountain bikers have many other...

                              Kopshorn Peak Hiking Trail

                              (36 km from Elliot)

                              Kopshorn Peak is one of the highest around Barkly East and offers incredible mountain views. Accessible from Prospect Self Catering Cottage, this four-hour trail has some steep ascents and a challenging vertical rock climb. The hike is strenuous...