Aloe Manor

Aloe Manor Promising the best views in town, the minimalist décor of Aloe Manor is a breath of modernist fresh air. Artworks by Marianne Vorster grace the walls and the décor is more Sand- ton than Swartberg. There are seven rooms on offer, but the Honeymoon Suite – with private jacuzzi – is the pick of the bunch. Aloe Manor accepts major Credit Cards:

The Flying Ostrich

Oudtshoorn is famous for its range of ostrich souvenirs – from tacky to tasteful. You’ll find a good selection of them here, from feather dusters to biltong and everything in between. There’s also a decent little deli with local cheese and preserves. Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 8.00am- 1.00pm Sat.

Take a (donkey) taxi

For centuries the Klein Karoo has used donkeys to move around, shifting people and produce between farm and town. For a (rather bone-jarring) experience you can charter a ‘donkey taxi’ at the official hitching post outside the tourism office in De Rust. Prices are negotiable, but expect to pay about R15-R20 for a short ride out of town and back.

Wilderness Bush Camp

Wilderness Bush Camp Considering the region’s timber-hauling heritage, it seems only right to stay a night here in a log cabin in the forest – with hiking paths into a conservation estate literally at your doorstep. There are only six units, though, and accommodation is limited to 12 guests, so be sure to book ahead. Rates: R350-R600 per unit. No- Credit Cards are accepted.

Waterside Lodge

Waterside Lodge This comfortable four-star lodge offers suite, cabin and double-room accommodation, each with its own private entrance and veranda. The location is pretty impressive too, overlooking the Wilderness Lagoon and within walking distance of the beach and village. Rates: R300-R550. Waterside Lodge accepts all the major Credit Cards.

Lodge on the Lake

This exclusive five-star guesthouse boasts a gorgeous view overlooking Island Lake, the lagoon and the mountains. But that’s not why you stay here. The adjoining Wellness Spa is the real drawcard, with whole-body treatments offered in the three treatment rooms. Rates: R960-R1 980 per room.

Fairy Knowe Hotel

Fairy Knowe Hotel This comfortable and perennially popular hotel is good without being excellent (the décor could do with some updating), with the main draw-cards being its buffet breakfast and the glorious location right on the river banks. Rates: R350-R550. (Subject to change) All major Credit Cards are accepted.

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp South

The bigger of the Garden Route National Park’s two Wilderness sites, Ebb & Flow South offers camping, caravanning and log cabin accommodation. The riverside family log cabins are first choice, or try the smaller riverside forest cabins. Rates: Camping From R195; Cabins from R460.

Cinnamon Boutique Guest House

Cinnamon Boutique Guest House This five-star luxury property is rated among the best on the Garden Route – and the spacious, comfortable rooms are a big reason why. The enviable location (with both mountain and sea views) and friendly service add to the attraction, and the surprisingly excellent restaurant com- pletes the picture of quality. Rates: R1 800-R2 000 per room. Cinnamon Boutique Guest House...

Wilderness Adventures

Wilderness Adventures Explore the forests around Wilderness and Hoekville on horseback at this trail riding centre, situated 19km inland from the N2. Trails range from 1 hour (through the forest) to 4 hours (across rivers and difficult terrain), and are as easy or as challenging as you want: owner Elbrus Ourtaev is a highly skilled Russian Cossack rider with a long list of film stunts to his...

Eden Adventures

Eden Adventures This one-stop adventure shop can hook you up with abseiling, bouldering or kloofing on the Kaaiman’s River … or simply with a canoe to paddle around the serpentine waterways around the National Park’s Ebb & Flow rest camps. Book in advance in summer for the bigger adventures. Hours:Mar-Oct 9am-4.30pm daily, Nov-Feb 7.00am-7.00pm daily. Rates: R60-R750 (excluding park...


Serendipity This B&B’s reputation is based on its restaurant offering a South African-inspired five-course table d’hôte menu which changes every day. Bookings are essential, but you’ll still have to arrive early if you want dinner with a view: they don’t book specific tables. Hours: 7.00-8.00pm Mon-Sat. Main Courses: R299 (5-course set menu).

Palms Wilderness Retreat & Restaurant

Palms Wilderness Retreat & Restaurant Though the 70s rock décor has gradually been taken down, the meals are as excellent and the biker joint vibe as strong as ever. An excellent lunch stop if you’re just passing through, but if you’re staying for supper, then do try the steak. Added bonus: it’s one of the most child-friendly restaurants in the area. Hours:Noon-4.00pm Tue-Sat; 6.00pm-9.00pm Mon-Sat. Main...

Teniqua Treetops

Teniqua Treetops If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in a treehouse, right in the heart of the forest, that’s what you’ll get here – along with all the crawlies and night-time sounds that come with it. Accommodation is in eco-friendly tented treehouses, so you really do get close to nature. While you’re there, a walk down the valley to the river completes your back-to-the-wild...

Sedgefield Arms

Sedgefield Arms The self-contained three-star cottages offer the standard requirements (TV, microwave, braai, patio); the apartments are non-smoking units set about the restaurant; and the guesthouse offers four double rooms. Said restaurant is something of a local favourite with its English-style pub vibe and its huge range of beers being obvious draw cards. Rates: R150-R250.