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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: 99%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 6 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 89 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

No smoking policy in cottages or suites.
No pets allowed.
Breakfast on request is only payable in cash on arrival (i.e. NO payment via SafariNow for meals).

The Guardians Rooms

Reviews for The Guardians

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Candice Lowe
07 July 2018

The greeting on arrival was " do not feed the dogs " during the stay the children were shouted at for playing and running around, which by rights children run, the hospitality was absolutely horrific. The kitchen cupboards were so under stocked that we had to go and purchase our own cookware. And just to top it all off our trailers spare tyre was stolen in the parking lot!!!!!!!! How do I rate this stay? I have never been happier to be home than I am now!

Pamela Cunningham
05 February 2018

Loved the location and views are outstanding.Please replace the instant coffee with ground coffee.

Ria Smuts
17 January 2018

Beautiful location, clean and neat, friendly people and nice breakfast. Will recommend.

Barry Charnock
17 December 2017

Beautiful setting, peaceful nights cosy sleep. The perfect halfway stop over between Eastern Cape and Natal. Were going to visit on the return trip. Friendly hosts

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.

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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...