Guesthouses along the Garden Route in South AfricaSouth Africa - from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
Day 1 to Day 4 - De Tafelberg Guesthouse
The De Tafelberg Guesthouse is situated on the upper slopes of the world famous wonder of nature, Table Mountain, with breathtaking views over Cape town, the harbor, Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion's Head.
The guesthouse offers 8 well-appointed rooms, all en-suite with either a view of Table Mountain or the city. All rooms have air-conditioning, bar fridge, hairdryer, TV, mini safe, and tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast (included) is served on the terrace, with stunning views over the city bowl and the swimming pool. A bar is on the premises, as well as a fireplace, Satellite TV, and a Jacuzzi. Laundry service is available.
The guesthouse is close to all the scenic highlights Cape Town has to offer - Table Mountain, Malay Quarter, V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Botanical garden, convention center and the marvelous beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton.
Day 4 and Day 5 - Whalesong Lodge
Whalesong Lodge is a small exclusive guest house perched on top of the rugged De Kelders Cliffs overlooking the picturesque Walker Bay. De Kelders is located directly adjacent to the fishing village of Gansbaai - world renowned for its Great White Sharks.
The 5 rooms are stylishly decorated, each with a small, private balcony. The bathrooms with bath and shower are semi-private with underfloor heating.
The open plan lounge and dining room of the main area flows out to a wooden deck, ideal to watch the whales playing only a few yards from the shore. The wooden deck leads to a small pool but if one prefers to swim in the sea there are a number of small coves within easy walking distance.
A continental buffet breakfast (included) is served from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Further services at the lodge include complimentary tea and coffee and an honesty bar, which is unattended but allows you to serve yourself at any time and leave payment. For your dinner reservations please inquire with your hosts, who will gladly book a table for you in one of the local restaurants.
Day 5 and Day 6 - La Plume Guest House
This cozy country-style guest house is situated on a working ostrich and alfalfa farm and vineyard with a spectacular view of the Olifants River Valley and the Swartberg Mountain range.
This charming homestead dates back to 1902 and boasts tranquil surroundings, fine antique furniture, gleaming woodwork and spacious open areas. Guests can enjoy fine local wine and traditional hearty home-cooked cuisine. The breakfast is included.
The 9 en-suite bedrooms are individually furnished, each with a different type of ostrich feather gracing the doors, all with air-conditioning, television, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar.
For the hot summer days, you can also relax at the swimming pool. By prior arrangement you can see first hand the activities on a commercial farm. There are leisurely walks in complete safety and solitude. Take a hot-air balloon flight and visit the only meerkat (mongoose - cat-like predators) conservation program in the world where you can walk with these little "earth people" and be at one with nature.
Day 6 to Day 8 - Periwinkle Lodge
Periwinkle is situated on the beachfront, offering panoramic views of Robberg Beach and the Tsitsikamma mountain range.
Each of the 7 individually decorated rooms comprises an en-suite bathroom, TV, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facility and bar fridge. Six of the seven rooms have private balconies, where guests can enjoy the panoramic view.
Breakfast is included and depending on the season you can watch the dolphins frolicking in the waves while you eat. For dinner visit one of the many restaurants situated in the town center.
Day 8 to Day 10 - Sandals (Southern Spoor)
Sandals is situated in the picturesque town of St Francis Bay, just 50 yards from the main beach and nestling among large indigenous rocks echoing to the sounds of birds.
The lush palm leaf thatched house is decorated in a tropical-African flavour and offers accommodation in 10 spacious and individually decorated rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and a sliding door, which opens onto a private balcony or the tropical garden.
The Earthy African, a Caribbean decorated restaurant serves local and international dishes, infused with African spices and Indian Ocean flavours. A swimming pool is set in lush semi-tropical gardens.
Day 10 to Day 12 - Kariega Game Reserve
This 34 square mile sanctuary is set high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley, in the heart of the 1820 Settler Country, with its rich historical heritage. The reserve has an abundance of wildlife such as lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino, hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species, including nesting Martial, Crowned and Fish Eagles.
Kariega Main Lodge comprises of 21 spacious, fully serviced log chalets, all en-suite, with air-conditioning and their own private viewing decks, where you can relax and listen for the cry of the African Fish Eagle. Some chalets have a private splash pool.
The restaurant offers traditional South African cuisine and, weather permitting, meals are served in the open-air boma (a Swahili word for a traditional fire pit used to barbecue and for social gatherings). Your stay is on a full-board basis. The main area consists of a lounge with TV, a bar and a swimming pool.
Two daily safari activities are included. Early morning and late afternoon safari drives are conducted by an experienced ranger, in an open safari vehicle. Walk safely amongst more than 25 species of game and wonderful birdlife on the non-dangerous section of the reserve.