12 SECLUDED WESTERN CAPE GETAWAYS WITH WINTER SPECIALS
May 23, 2021
It’s a sad reality that the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken our local tourism and hospitality industry. This sector has been hit the hardest and we are all still trying to rebuild what took dedicated men and women many years to build but only a year to collapse.
Many businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector have closed their doors and will never open again, and their employees have also been left without jobs. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the industry directly and indirectly accounts for over 10% of all jobs globally and generates 10.4% of global GDP. In 2020, the industry’s contribution to global GDP was halved, and 18.5% of people working in the sector lost their jobs.
This winter season is going to be the hardest for all the businesses that are still operating or trying to survive, and they are going to need all the support they can get. With the uncertainty of the current Covid-19 pandemic, secluded getaway locations and accommodations are on the rise because people are searching for places that are less crowded in order to maintain social distancing and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.
I have compiled a list of 12 secluded accommodations around the Western Cape that currently have amazing winter specials and packages to encourage you to continue exploring our beautiful country during the winter season while helping to rebuild our local tourism and hospitality industry.
Let me know which one made you want to pack your bags.
1. MELOZHORI – THE PODS
The epitome of barefoot luxury, the Valley Pod and Waterfall Pod are ideal for romantic getaways. The Pods accommodate up to two adults and one small child. They are very secluded and private, each with its own wood-fired hot tubs and sweeping panoramic views.
You will experience this beautiful reserve with a Game Drive under the expert guidance of passionate guides. Guides boast an incredible knowledge of wildlife, birdlife, and unique vegetation. A list of mammals you can look forward to spotting includes giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, bontebok, sable, and oryx.
Current package rates are R3 500 per unit per night for two adults including one Game Drive for two people. A minimum of two-night stay is required.
Location: 186km East of Cape Town off the N2 near Stormvlei.
Click here to check availability and to book directly with Melozhori.
Gîte offers the ultimate escape in the heart of Franschhoek. These luxury suites with contemporary furnishings are hidden perfectly on a picturesque farm but you will find yourself walking a short distance to Franschhoek town and all its culinary delights.
You will enjoy your stay in one of the stylish Gîtes and relax in your own wood-fired hot tub while enjoying a glass of fine local wine. With breathtaking views on all sides, you can also just unwind with a good book and enjoy the murmuring sound of the mountain stream bordering all three suites.
All suites have tea, coffee, filter coffee (Terbodore) sugar, milk, and basic spices. You will also receive enough charcoal for 1 braai and 2 crates of wood for the hot tub. More can be purchased at the farm at R50 per crate.
Rates are R1 500 per night per unit for two adults. Unfortunately, children or pets are not allowed.
Location: 75km East of Cape Town in Franschhoek, near Franschhoek Wine Tram.
Big Sky Cottages offers 10 spacious and modern self-catering cottages. The cottages are situated in an active farming area on the slopes of the Mostertshoek Mountain overlooking the Valley. All cottages are built and decorated the same. Quality fittings and finishes will ensure that you enjoy a luxurious stay.
Rates are from R1 360 per night per unit based on two people sharing. Their current winter special is 20% off during weekdays and 12% off on weekends. You also receive one FREE night when you book for two nights. Click here for more pictures of the cottages.
Location: 75km North-East of Cape Town near Wolseley.
Click here to book directly with Big Sky Cottages.
4. ROOIBERG WILD PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve is nestled perfectly off the R62 route, the longest wine route in the world. The reserve offers an unsurpassed safari experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo.
Eco-friendly practices are a top priority at Rooiberg Wild and they use solar geysers in all their suites. The suites accommodate two people and are designed in a hotel-style layout, featuring a king bed, kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, a complimentary fully-stocked minibar fridge, and free WiFi.
WINTER WEEKEND SPECIAL – R4 999 for two weekend nights for two adults including two Game Drives and all meals. Click here to book this offer.
WINTER MIDWEEK SPECIAL – R3 999 for two week-nights for two adults including two Game Drives and all meals.
Location: 315km East of Cape Town off the R62 route.
Click here to book directly with Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve.
5. BUFFELSDRIFT GAME LODGE
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers a uniquely South African bushveld experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo within the Garden Route. This Game Lodge features the Swartberg Mountains as a backdrop and a magnificent waterhole at your doorstep.
Luxury air-conditioned en-suite tented units truly show that the lodge strives to bring you the best African accommodation around Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route and Klein Karoo. A true African experience with a touch of comfort and luxury.
ALL THEIR TENTS ARE EQUIPPED WITH
King Size or Twin beds
Tea and coffee facilities
Fully en-suite bathrooms
Private outdoor hot water shower
Location: 11km North of Oudtshoorn on your way to Cango Caves.
Nestled against natural rock formations in the Cederberg lies Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, a soulful heritage and landscape once inhabited by the Khoi and San of the past. Kagga Kamma is unique in that it comprises an untouched Karoo-like wilderness: decorated in bursts of wildflowers, scattered and fascinating rock formations and an intriguing ecosystem of small creatures scarcely seen or found anywhere else.
WINTER WARMER SPECIAL – Picture sultry sheets and waking from slumber in a cozy Cave Suite, hearty meals enjoyed alongside a crackling fireplace or in the warmth of the afternoon sun on the terrace, winters’ touch gleaning the fynbos plains and teasing a blanket of snow in this Karoo-like wilderness. There is much to be loved about a winter breakaway.
THE CAVE SUITES – Famous for their integrated design and breathtaking views, Kagga Kamma’s Cave Suites blend seamlessly into the environment and complement the Cederberg area. The façade of each Cave Suite is manmade but melds perfectly with the incredible surrounds providing you with the opportunity to experience the interesting biome and unique rock formations up close.
WINTER WARMER INCLUDES:
Light lunch on arrival
Marshmallow and hot chocolate Boma braai
One night accommodation in a standard Cave Suite or Hut Suite
Rates are R1 660 for week-nights per person from May to August 2021.
Location: 241km North East of Cape Town and off the R303 route near Stormvlei.
Click here to check availability and to book directly with Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve.
7. KAROO 1 HOTEL VILLAGE
Karoo 1 Hotel Village in the Klein Karoo offers a range of quality rooms at affordable prices. The avid mountain bikers will enjoy a wide range of flow-tracks and trails, rock climbing, or kloofing while the less adventurous guests can take a dip in the Kloof pool or enjoy a nature walk on the farm. Karoo 1 Hotel is a very family-oriented destination, a space to get away, unwind, switch off and just relax. Click here for more pictures.
Location: 162km East of Cape Town off the N1.
Rates start from R875 per room.
8. GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco-reserve close to the Southern tip of Africa tucked between mountains, forest, and the sea. They currently run winter specials of up to 55% discount on their normal price and 50% off Spa treatment and a complimentary bottle of their exclusive Last Syrah wine.
The Secret Season (1 May – 31 August 2021) at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a special time of year when the unique fynbos fields give way to the most spectacular showcasing of its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Awakened by the glow of the stunning Autumn sunsets, the fields come alive with vibrant colour to welcome the Southern Right Whales after their long journey to our warmer shores.
Location: 178km South of Cape Town off the R43 route between Stanford and Gansbaai.
Click here to check availability and to book directly with Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
9. AFRICAMPS AT STANFORD HILLS, STANFORD
Indulge in delicious local food and wine while glamping at AfriCamps at Stanford Hills. This camp is set on a boutique wine farm in Stanford, an exciting slow food destination where the chef serves an array of meals fresh from the farm.
The campsite has 10 glamping tents situated on the foothills of the Klein River Mountain range overlooking a dam and the Stanford Valley. AfriCamps at Stanford Hills is only a 15-minute drive from Hermanus and can be reached from Cape Town in two hours.
3-NIGHT SPECIAL – They currently offer reduced nightly rates when you book their three-night glamping specials. You stay longer for less!
Location: 146km South of Cape Town off the R43 route between Hermanus and Gansbaai.
Choose your dates and select the 3-Night Special before checking out.
10. THE RIVERSTONE HOUSE – FAMTIN
Shipping containers have been converted into a family suite. Riverstone’s FamTin launched in February 2018 and is a super modern and trendy double container conversion. An eco, quirky conversion for those wanting to experience something unique. Enjoy a cool contemporary space, furnished with high-end pieces, luxurious fabrics, indulgent scatter cushions and décor. The floorplan includes two en-suite rooms in each wing of the conversion, sleeping 4 guests in total.
You will enjoy inside and outside dining space, and a deep covered patio with built-in BBQ. With a prime position on the farm dam, the views are of the best in the Valley. The Mostertshoek mountain peak shows off in the evening with spectacular sunset vistas, and the uninterrupted views will keep you spellbound. A romantic private outdoor shower allows stargazing in the evening, and the Victorian slipper bath adds elegance to any visit.
Rates are per unit per night and you will receive 50% on your third night when you book for three nights.
Location: 124km East of Cape Town off the R43 route near Wolseley.
Click here to check availability and to book directly with The Riverstone House.
11. PERIVOLI LAGOON HOUSE (VILLA – EXCLUSIVE USAGE)
Perivoli Lagoon House is a private oasis on the water’s edge. The 4-bedroom (8 sleeper) private Villa is available for exclusive use only. The location is the perfect getaway that offers complete privacy on the water amidst the Cape floral kingdom. The ultra-contemporary stylish villa is adorned with thoughtful touches, tasteful African-sourced artifacts and artwork, an infinity pool, and a large deck overlooking the lagoon and its birdlife provides a luxurious haven in the heart of nature.
The Perivoli Lagoon House is set in a stunning 140-hectare reserve of colourful fynbos. This isolated wilderness is a stone’s throw from the Klein River Lagoon, with panoramic views of the water and the majestic Klein River Mountains. Whether it’s watching a Southern Right whale breach the ocean surface or strolling through a sun-kissed vineyard and sampling its yield, the diverse ecosystem surrounding Perivoli Lagoon House provides an abundance of unforgettable activities to explore.
Location: 174km South of Cape Town off the R43 route near Hermanus.
Experience exceptional farm living at Boschendal. You will enjoy all the magnificent the farm has to offer – Award-winning wine and food experiences, a rich heritage, and spectacular natural landscapes.
Boschendal Wine Farm might be one of the Western Cape’s oldest wine farms, but there’s plenty of new and exciting things happening on the farm. From their weekly drive-in cinema to fun workshops, they’ve got something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a peaceful picnic spot near Franschhoekor want to bring the whole family for outdoor farm fun, Boschendal Wine Farmshould definitely be on your Cape Town bucket list.
Location: 62km East of Cape Town off the R45 route in Franschhoek.