Our Top Accommodation Picks on the Garden Route
We have carefully and painstakingly researched, inspected and tested a wide range of lodges and guesthouses in Cape Town, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape - here are our favourites:
ONE-OFF GUESTHOUSES AND SELF CATERING PROPERTIES:
A collection of one off owner operated B&Bs and Self Catering, selected for their character and value for money. Book early as these places are small one off places and there are no substitutes.
MOON SHINE ON WHISKEY CREEK, GARDEN ROUTE
The name betrays the soul of this fantastic gem of a place. Moon Shine offers (quite literally) hand crafted self-catering forest cabins in a beautiful plot of indigenous forest in the Crags area outside Plettenberg Bay.
Our images and review: Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek
OUE WERF, OUDTSHOORN
Oue Werf is a beautiful authentic farm guesthouse that has been in the same family for 6 generations, tracing its routes back to 1857. There is a lovely rural atmosphere, with open agricultural and mountain scenery, relaxed gardens and traditional Cape Dutch architecture.
Our images and review: Oue Werf, Oudtshoorn
BEAUMONT WINE FARM, BOT RIVER
Bot River is not the kind of place tourists usually stop over at, which is a good thing, as it is a lovely find of a place. These simple farm cottages on the family-run Beaumont wine farm in Bot River are a real gem. An opportunity to experience Overberg life on a authentic wine farm.
Our images and review: Beaumont Wine Farm
ACORN GUEST HOUSE, CAPE TOWN
Acorn Guest house is a relaxed, affordable, nicely presented and welcoming guesthouse in a lovely location in the Oranjezicht and Gardens neighbourhood. It is our favoured option for those on a budget in Cape Town.
Our images and review: Acorn Guest House
BOUTIQUE LODGES AND HOTELS
WELGELEGEN, CAPE TOWN
Welgelegen is a lovely contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of the gardens neighbourhood of Cape Town. Attention to detail is everything and Welglegen hits just the right boutique notes; relaxed, stylish, but never stuffy.
Our images and review: Welgelegen Hotel
GROOTBOS, WHALE COAST
Grootbos is a superb wilderness eco-lodge set in pristine fynbos overlooking the Western Cape’s majestic Whale Coast.
Our images and review: Grootbos
HOG HOLLOW, GARDEN ROUTE
We aren’t going to win any prizes for originality for recommending Hogs Hollow, but in this case the big reputation is well deserved, it is hard to see how anyone could go away disappointed from a stay here. Hog Hollow is a high quality eco lodge in a beautiful and convenient forest setting in The Crags area outside Plettenberg Bay.
Our images and review: Hog Hollow
HILLSNEK, AMAKHALA PRIVATE RESERVE
A Tourdust favourite, Amakhala Hillsnek is a simply gorgeous small camp set on a bluff overlooking the main section of Amakhala reserve. This is one of those places where everything comes together just so, with fresh contemporary and inviting décor and a wonderfully relaxed ambience.
Our images and review: Hillsnek, Amakhala
QUATERMAIN'S CAMP, AMAKHALA PRIVATE RESERVE
This small and intimate colonial expedition style camp offers a perfect blend of safari ambience, superb wildlife opportunities and unusually good value.
Our images and review: Quatermain's Camp
If there were a contest for best stoep (verandah) in Africa, it would be hard to imagine anywhere besting the colonial elegance, mountain views and utterly remote location of Camp Figtree’s magnificent terrace. This small lodge is set atop a high Zuurberg peak with 270 degree views, yet is only a short drive from the main entrance to Addo Elephant National Park.
Our images and review: Camp Figtree