- Variety of activities available.
- Cozy cottages or luxury rooms
- Private 1000 hectare nature reserve
Mosaic Farm is on a private 1000 hectare nature reserve and 3 kilometres of lagoon in Stanford, about 40 kilometres from its more well-known counterpart, Hermanus. The lovingly restored historical homestead overlooks the Hermanus lagoon and Overberg Mountains and houses the café, dining room, lounge, library, wine cellar and tasting room.
There are two accommodation choices, the luxurious Lagoon Lodge which has only 5 safari-style stone, glass and thatch suites opening onto a private deck with mountain views. Rooms are tastefully furnished with king bed, sitting area, desk, fireplace and ceiling fan. The ensuite is a real treat with large tub, copper sink and outdoor shower. The main area has a dining area, lounge with fireplace and heating plunge pool overlooking the mountains.
Alternatively there are 4 charming cottages each with fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, outdoor patio, barbeque area, luxury bedding and towels and are serviced daily. Milkwood cottage 1 is a studio cottage with double bed and sleeper couch for one child. Milkwood cottage 2 is two bedroomed, one double room with sofa bed and the other double with single bed, all ensuite. Milkwood cottage 3 has two bedrooms, one double, second double with trundle bed in anti-room and in the living room two sofa beds. The Duminy cottage has one double room, one twin room and a loft with five twin beds, all ensuite. The cottage are next to the Lagoon Café which can supply breakfast baskets, gourmet picnic baskets, dinner dishes, barbeque platters, home baked good, preserves, and organic veggies.
The real charm of this property is the number of activities on offer. Excursions to private beach which is only accessible by 4x4 vehicle. Guided Fynbos walking tour to explore the 8600 plant species occurring in this area. Coastal walk to explore the Klipgat Archeological Cave a Stone Age excavation site. Boat cruise on the Hermanus lagoon directly from the lodge on the ‘Spirit of Agnes’. The calm lagoon is a perfect spot for sea kayaking. Whale watching between June to November to see the Southern Right Whale migration boat trip for scenic flight! When staying a Lagoon Lodge some of these are included and when at the cottages there is a supplementary charge.
- Elegant guesthouse and historic wine estate
- Tranquil rural setting with lovely views
- Fine dining restaurant, pool, tennis courts
- Excellent provision for families
- pristine wilderness lodge
- beautiful views
- superb service & guides
- family friendly
- Contemporary boutique guesthouse
- Direct beach access, variety of water sports
- Ideal for whale watching (seasonal)
- 10 minute drive from downtown Hermanus
- 9 comfortable rooms
- Tranquil guest house
- Sea, mountain or garden vistas
- Direct beach & cliff path access
- Excellent Sea Views
- Boutique Guest House
- 8 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool
- Contemporary coastal hotel
- Ocean views
- Restaurant, pool, & gardens
- Seasonal whale watching
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 Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019