From R1000 per night for the cottage
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve spans over 246ha of the pristine southerly slopes of the Klein River Mountains just to the east of Stanford in the Western Cape; a place with a plethora of delights to be discovered.
With spectacular views over the Overberg, the 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, soaking up the magnificence and wonder of nature.
The reserve is also home to The Phillipskop Rock Art & Heritage Site; the only rock art ever recorded on the Cape Whale Coast!
Day visitors are welcome by arrangement at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. Alternatively you can extend your stay by booking a lovely self-catering cottage, ideal for a family/group nature getaway and for couples wanting to escape to the peace and tranquility of the Overberg.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION STANFORD
The spacious chalet-style self-catering cottages are surrounded by beautiful natural vegetation and can sleep 6 people. The main bedroom is en-suite and has a double bed; the other 2 bedrooms offer twin beds and share a bathroom between them. The fully-equipped kitchen has a large fridge/freezer, gas stove and microwave. The comfortable living area is light and airy with a log burning stove to warm those chilly winter evenings.
Spectacular views across the Overberg can be enjoyed from the wooden deck in the front and there is a braai area looking up towards Phillipskop in the back. Guests are free to explore the reserve or book a guided walk with an expert during your stay.
ROCK ART & HERITAGE SITE AT PHILLIPSKOP
Earlier in 2016 cave paintings were discovered in the spacious cave and since then they have been working hand in hand with archaeologists and Heritage Western Cape to investigate and record this rock art, and to develop a management plan to care for it.
The Phillipskop Rock Art site is truly special as it is the only rock art ever recorded on the Cape Whale Coast! Heritage Western Cape has officially designated the site as a Grade IIIA Heritage Site (High Local Significance). This rock art not only reflects the life of the past, but also the cultural conceptions of the artists, and it is of important historical, cultural and educational value. Click here for more information.
Visitors are welcome to hike and explore anywhere on the reserve or enjoy one of the constructed routes. The Waterfall Hiking Trail is an easy 3.5km hike that winds east of Phillipskop into a beautiful valley leading to the base of the waterfall. The Rock Stack Hiking Trail is a 3km trail that passes our striking rock stacks, David & Goliath as well as above the waterfall with excellent views down to the stream and waterfall.
The Saddle Hiking Trail has a long but gradual ascent along the western slopes of Phillipskop; towards the saddle between Phillipskop and the main ridge of the Klein River Mountains. While doing this 4km hike it is worth looking over the far side down into the Hidden Valley; from this vantage point one can see Eagle Crags and may be fortunate enough to see the resident Black Eagles soaring below. Although not a constructed trail, it is straightforward to find your way up the front face of Phillipskop to magnificent views of the Klein River Mountains and over towards Stanford and the ocean.
For those who would like to learn more about the natural history, the Fynbos and other vegetation of this unique and special part of the world can book personalized Guided Walks. Your FGASA qualified guide, Chris, is an expert on the plants of South Africa and his botanical knowledge covers all flora of the area, as well as its natural history, birds, butterflies and geology.
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is 10 minutes outside Stanford, just off the R326 to Caledon and Riviersonderend. Click here for maps and detailed directions to Phillipskop from Hermanus, the N2 (East) and the N2 (West).
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Green Cleaning
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Land Rehabilitation
Your hosts, Drs Chris and Anna Whitehouse, share a love and tremendous knowledge of nature. As custodians of this precious environment, they aim to preserve it and encourage an appreciation of the natural world through responsible exploration.
Phillipskop aims to reduce, reuse and recycle. Guests will find 3 recycle bins in their cottage for glass, paper/cardboard and plastic. Primwood Products were selected for the outdoor furniture and picnic tables as they are locally manufactured from recycled waste plastic, eco-friendly and reduce the need to cut down trees.
The majority of the cleaning at Phillipskop is done using Eco7, a multipurpose and environmentally friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable product.
Body products are not provided in the self-catering cottages however, guests and visitors at Phillpskop can purchase Antjies Handmade Naturals “people-loving, earth-friendly handmade products” which are locally manufactured by a small group of hardworking women. Antjies also supports job creation and upliftment for talented individuals from small, impoverished communities.
The water supply at Phillipskop comes directly from a mountain stream and the custodians aim to conserve this precious resource. All the showers have water-saving, reduced flow shower heads and the commercial brand washing machine in the laundry uses significantly less water than domestic appliances. The indigenous cottage gardens require very little watering and the lawn areas are mainly sustained by rainfall, only being watered after long dry spells.
The solar geysers provide hot water; there is electrical back-up when needed in the winter months; the electrical back-ups are all on geyser timers. The cottage and other facilities employ energy efficient appliances and gas oven and stove. There are 3 separate types of energy efficient insulation in the roof (reflective shield, isotherm thermal insulation and isoboard) in order to keep the cottages cool in summer and warm in winter without air-conditioning. Small heat efficient, wood-burning stoves has been installed in the cottages to provide additional warmth for those cold winters.
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve has embarked on an ongoing land rehabilitation effort by eradicating invasive Port Jackson (Wattle) to allow indigenous fynbos to return to the cleared areas where visitors can come and engage with the amazing world around them.