Eco-friendly Family Getaways in the Western Cape

Eco-friendly Family Getaways in the Western Cape

Real family time is precious; a time to share experiences and create fond memories, to laugh and learn from each other and to share joys, woes, connection and love. School holidays are an especially good time to break away from demanding schedules & daily routines and head off with your loved ones for a family holiday.

The Western Cape province bursts with popular holiday destinations and has so much to offer any nature-loving family. There are also a plethora of activities to cater for lounge lizards, adrenalin junkies and everyone in-between. The landscape and biodiversity is something to behold with its mighty mountains and oceans, rivers, lakes, and ancient forests. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of eco-friendly family getaways in the Western Cape – have some family fun at one of these places knowing that you are supporting sustainable tourism in South Africa, and a place that makes a positive difference to their environment and communities.

ECO-FRIENDLY FAMILY GETAWAYS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

WILD SPIRIT BACKPACKERS LODGE

NATURE`S VALLEY: From R130-R150 per person per night: The Lodge is a magical place surrounded by the indigenous forests of Tsitsikamma National Park, and just up the road from the pristine beaches and lagoon of Natures Valley. Designed for the discerning independent traveller, Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge provides well priced, quality accommodation and wonderful communal facilities for individuals, families and larger groups.

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MOON SHINE ON WHISKEY CREEK

PLETTENBERG BAY: From R590 for 2 people sharing: Experience the enchantment and wonder of the forest from the comfort of a lovingly handcrafted wooden cabin nestled among the trees or a charming garden cottage, set on 14 hectares of unspoiled indigenous forest. Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek is an excellent spot to enjoy bird watching and other forest enchantments, and is perfectly located to explore the magnificent Garden Route area.

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HOG HOLLOW COUNTRY LODGE

PLETTENBERG BAY: From R1680 per person per night *Incl. Breakfast: Set on a private nature reserve on the edge of an indigenous forest, with breathtaking views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and surrounding valleys. This Garden Route Eco Lodge is well known for its panoramic views, warm hospitality, luxury accommodation and tantalising cuisine. Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers 16 individual suites set within lush gardens surrounding the main house, and a double story Villa which is an ideal family holiday home. There are 50 charted walks in and around the area to explore on foot or by horseback, among many other activities.

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TREE SPIRIT COTTAGES

KNYSNA: From R650 per night for 2 people – Self-catering/catered: Nestled in the forest high up in the Gouna area on one of the original farms inhabited by Italian settlers during the late 1800’s, the 8.5 hectare property combines the beauty of both fynbos and forest, and hosts an abundance of birds and wildlife. Located in a private secluded corner of the farm overlooking a beautiful dam, the 2 Tree Spirit Cottages provide serenity and solitude to be at one with nature for the length of your stay.

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FOREST EDGE NATURE LOVER`S RETREAT

KNYSNA: From R440 per person per night: Nestled against the Knysna Forest, Forest Edge offers 5 separate, fully-equipped 2-bedroom cottages and is an authentic eco-sustainable vacation haven loved by outdoor families, mountain bikers, honeymooners and urbanites needing to unwind. Enjoy beautiful forest walks, secluded cola-coloured rock pools, mountain bike trails, quaint picnic spots and more.

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BLACKWATERS RIVER LODGE

KNYSNA: From R680 per person per night: With an indigenous forest and the pristine Goukamma River on your doorstep, a mashie golf course, swimming pool and several hectares of pristine gardens, there is much to keep you enthralled at Blackwaters River Lodge. The Lodge offers 16 luxurious forest-view, river-view and garden-view suites, all elegantly reflecting the enchanting natural surroundings.

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DOVER ON SEA B&B

SEDGEFIELD: From R480 per person *Incl Breakfast: Situated within the Cola Beach Conservancy which neighbours the Goukamma Nature Reserve, Dover on Sea B&B offers luxurious accommodation (6 suites), breathtaking views, stunning architecture, tasteful finishes and warm hospitality. Simply kick back and relax at this beachfront gem of Slow Town, or take advantage of the pristine beaches and many nearby activities. Dover on Sea also has the ideal vantage point to enjoy dolphin and whale watching between June and November.

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TENIQUA TREETOPS

SEDGEFIELD: From R1265 per night: A rustic, ecologically sound and small development of 8 luxurious self-catering tented treehouses, situated 15 minutes from Sedgefield at the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua Mountains in an area of outstanding natural beauty of the Knysna forests. Teniqua Treetops offers excellent bird-watching and many other facilities & activities to keep the whole family busy.

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KALANDERKLOOF COTTAGE

SEDGEFIELD: From R1100 per night for the unit: Off-the-grid, upmarket self-catering solitary cottage situated on a 108 ha farm in the picturesque Garden Route region. Kalanderkloof Cottage is a 4 Star luxury haven where you can unwind and enjoy the magnificence of the natural surrounds. It`s a wonderful place to explore the abundant bird life and flora of the area by walking trails down to the river or into the Kalanderkloof & Soutkloof. There are also circular mountain bike routes to be enjoyed. Pristine beaches, sporting activities and restaurants are a mere 12 minutes away.

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BOARDWALK LODGE

WILDERNESS: From R808 per night: 4 Star luxury guest lodge set high on the slopes above the village amidst natural indigenous forests with magnificent views and warm hospitality. The Boardwalk Lodge offers a superb range of accommodation, from luxurious B&B rooms and studio suites to beautiful self-catering timber chalets, all situated within the boundaries of the Garden Route National Park and the Constantia Kloof Conservancy. The charming village of Wilderness boasts pristine beaches, incredible hikes, canoeing and other adventures on its doorstep; a nature and bird lover’s paradise.

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NUMBI VALLEY PERMACULTURE FARM

DE RUST: From R620 per cottage per night for 2 people: Situated in a secluded Klein Karoo valley surrounded by natural vegetation & magnificent views of the Swartberg Mountains. Accommodation originated from an old labourers quarters that has been fully renovated to creative comfort. Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm also has a refreshing plunge pool with relaxing shaded entertainment area and a rustic outdoor fire pit. Guests can enjoy an invigorating and rejuvenating herb bath in an outdoor cob firebath; or participate in a Cob Building Workshop, Organic Veggie Growing Workshop, or a Permaculture Farm Tour.

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MOSAIC PRIVATE SANCTUARY

STANFORD: From R1960 per person sharing: Luxurious boutique guest resort situated between ocean, lagoon and glistening mountains offering gourmet dining and a range of exclusive accommodation; either all inclusive at the Lagoon Lodge or at the 4 uniquely configured luxury self-catering stone Cottages. Mosaic Private Sanctuary offers guests a multifaceted experience in the Cape Whale Coast; be immersed in the splendour of the flowers and bird life of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the pristine secluded beaches, fascinating marine life, archaeological caves and the continent’s southernmost wineries.

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THE LITTLE FARMHOUSE

STANFORD: From R1200 per night for the house: A quaint, hidden gem that oozes country character, offering a taste of Stanford farm-life. Explore the forest and soak up the magnificent sunsets before the night sky shows off its sparkling beauty between the tree tops, or go swimming in the dam and relax around the braai area in this special place. Comfortable and homely, The Little Farmhouse transports its guests to a simpler, relaxed bygone era, perfect for a family holiday.

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PHILLIPSKOP MOUNTAIN RESERVE

STANFORD: From R1000 per night for the cottage: With spectacular views over the Overberg, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is an ideal place to breakaway to the peace, tranquility and beauty of the natural world. Here in the Cape Floral Kingdom one can relax, hike and swim in the mountains, and soak up the magnificence and wonder of nature. The spacious chalet-style self-catering cottages are surrounded by beautiful natural vegetation and can sleep 6 people. For a thrilling alternative accommodation option, adventure-loving guests can camp overnight in the cave. Visitors are welcome to hike and explore anywhere on the reserve or enjoy one of the constructed routes.

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PLATBOS

GANSBAAI: From R850 per unit per night: An ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills between the fishing village of Gansbaai and SA’s whale-spotting capital, Hermanus. Platbos has created 4 incredible off-the-grid glamping venues complete with creature comforts where guests can truly immerse themselves in the peace and tranquility of this unique, beautiful and ancient forest.

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WINELANDS VILLA GUESTHOUSE

SOMERSET WEST: From R695 per person: 4 Star guesthouse, B&B, self-catering accommodation located on a beautiful property, conveniently located near various wine routes and a mere 5 minute drive from Strand beach. Winelands Villa Guesthouse offers 10 spacious luxury rooms and 2 self-catering cottages and provides all the amenities for the discerning travelers’ comfort. Relax and enjoy panoramic views from the deck and bask in the South African sun beside the sparkling swimming pool surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and lush lawns; the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

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SOMERSET VILLA GUESTHOUSE

SOMERSET WEST: From R495 per person *Incl. Breakfast: Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, only 5 minutes away from the white sands of False Bay beach. The guesthouse consists of 9 en-suite rooms, some with lovely mountain and countryside views, and others that overlook a lush garden and the swimming pool. Somerset Villa Guesthouse has all the amenities you will need to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay. Pets allowed by prior arrangement. There are a plethora of other activities, attractions, markets and sights from mountain bike and bungee adventures to museum tours and theatre in the area.

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 OCEAN VIEW HOUSE

CAPE TOWN: From R870 / Double *Incl breakfast: Situated close to Bakoven Beach with its jagged rocks and only 1.3 km away from famous Camps Bay Beach with a selection of bars and restaurants just across the street. All of the luxurious rooms at Ocean View House offer breath-taking, unobstructed views of the unrivalled Atlantic Ocean, either from the balcony or your own private terrace.

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MARINER GUESTHOUSE

SIMON`S TOWN: From R545 per person sharing: Built above the harbour and idyllically located in a quiet street on the mountainside, within walking distance of local restaurants & beaches. Designed with space, luxury and comfort in mind, Mariner Guesthouse extends over three levels and has magnificent sea and mountain views. The 8 spacious, well-appointed en-suite bedrooms offer world-class facilities for both B&B and self-catering guests.  

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THE RETREAT AT GROENFONTEIN

CALITZDORP: From R610 per person per night *Incl meals: Gracious Victorian farmhouse situated in the scenic Groenfontein Valley conservancy, bordering on the Swartberg World Heritage Site. With its garden family suites, garden rooms and standard rooms accommodation, The Retreat at Groenfontein offers Klein-Karoo hospitality with a touch of luxury in a vast and unspoilt natural landscape. The Retreat is also ideally situated for day trips to the Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, Seweweekspoort, Montagu Pass and the coast.

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THE CEDERBERG HOUSE

CLANWILLIAM: From R750 per couple per night, R200 extra per person: This self-catering, private house is situated on a co-owned nature reserve in the heart of the dramatic Cederberg Mountain Range and offers peace, indulgent tranquility, natural beauty and total seclusion. Note you will need a bakkie or SUV to reach The Cederberg House. The house is totally off the grid and caters for up to 15 people, ideal for two families with children or mountain-bike/ hiker’s weekend. The Cederburg House is also pet-friendly!

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FARR OUT GUEST HOUSE

PATERNOSTER: From R440 per person per night sharing: A place where one can wake up to the sounds of nature and revel in the overwhelming beauty of the West Coast. The charming Farr Out Guest House offers 4 elegant guest rooms, an exciting wigwam and warm hospitality to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. Go for a hike or an early morning stroll along the nearby beach to enjoy spectacular views where dolphins, whales, penguins and seals are regular visitors. An ideal stopover en-route to or from Cape Town, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Namaqualand or Namibia.

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KOGMAN AND KEISIE GUEST FARM

MONTAGU: From R800 for 2 people: Unique, stylish self-catering cottages & luxury guest rooms situated on a working organic farm in the Klein Karoo between the mountains of Montagu Nature Reserve. Whether you are looking for an adventure or to simply unwind there is plenty to do at Kogman and Keisie Guest Farm and surrounding area like hiking and biking, rock climbing, horse riding, kloofing and so much more.

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VINDOUX TREE HOUSE GUEST FARM & SPA

TULBAGH: From R350 per person self-catering: Nestled between fruit trees & vineyards in the foothills of the Saronsberg Mountains, the farm boasts Tree House bed and breakfast accommodation, Tree Lodge family accommodation and rustic self-catering cottages. Lounge by the large swimming pool set in mature gardens with mountain views over the orchards, spot the local bird life from the sun downer deck that overlooks the game camp while enjoying the fresh country air, or enjoy some carp and bass fishing in the dam at Vindoux Tree House Guest Farm & Spa.

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