- Pool heated by solar power
- Good base for exploring Garden Route and Little Karoo
- Peaceful setting
Altes Landhaus is a Dutch-style stately manor home nestled in a lush, verdant valley. Constructed over a hundred years ago, the building has been lovingly cared for over the years and is today fully functional as a luxury guesthouse. While it has all the conveniences and comforts to cater for today’s travellers, it has lots of historical touches throughout that showcase its lengthy history, such as high, exposed beams and pine floorboards. The lodge lies roughly midway between the town of Oudtshoorn, known for its abundance of ostrich farms, and the towering Swartberg Mountains that form the lodge’s stunning backdrop. It has a rather secluded and peaceful feel to it, which many who stay here greatly appreciate.
For accommodation at the lodge, there are several options to choose from, ranging from the spacious Deluxe Suites to the cosier Honeymoon Suites. All of them come with their own private patio that overlooks the lodge’s beautifully presented gardens. Air conditioning is provided, as are convenient amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities, a ceiling fan and a TV. All accommodation here is tastefully presented, with soft, earthy tones and handsome wooden furnishings used throughout.
While staying here, guests are very well placed for exploring both the Little Karoo and the Garden Route. The Little Karoo is a lengthy stretch of fertile valley that lies between no fewer than three mountain ranges and the Garden Route, a stretch of coastline some 300km long, known for its diverse vegetation and pleasant climate. There are all sorts of experiences, activities and excursions available in the immediate area and beyond. Whale watching, horse riding, mountain hiking, cave exploring and trips to nearby towns are just a few of the many possibilities. Visits to ostrich farms, a cheetah sanctuary and even ancient limestone caves are also on offer. Staying here providers guests with convenient access to many of the area’s most worthwhile attractions. Staff at the lodge are more than happy to recommend things to do and help organise activities.
The lodge has its own outdoor solar-heated pool with sun loungers and a bar, along with an indoor lounge with two fireplaces, an ideal setting for relaxing after a long day. There’s also a restaurant whose menu features a broad range of locally inspired dishes that showcase the very best of South African cuisine. There are options available to cater for various dietary requirements. The restaurant has an expansive outdoor dining area, along with an open fire. The lodge welcomes children aged 12 and above only.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019