Oak & Vigne Cafe

Oak & Vigne Cafe You could definitely while away a whole day in the courtyard of this vibey café, sipping on Origin lattes while working your way through the comprehensive menu. Breakfast highlights include the classic Oak & Vigne fry-up, whilst lunch options encompass everything from De Vigne salads and burgers to daily quiches and pastas. Hours: Sun-Thurs: 8am-5.30pm Fri : 8am-5....

Abbey Rose

Abbey Rose This sweet broekie -laced eatery is a darling amongst locals and the place to head if you’re looking for a square meal. The eisbein, lamb curry and slow-cooked oxtail stew are legendary, as are the wood-fired pizzas. The place is absolutely packed on Sundays, first with a motley crew of tough guys during the Biker’s Breakfast, and then with fans of the old-fashioned...

The Roundhouse Guesthouse

The Roundhouse Guesthouse This relative newcomer to the De Kelders scene already has fans across the globe thanks to the owner Dave Caravias’s hospitality (and perhaps the fact that his dog Stavros adopts guests as his own from the get go). Guests rave about Dave’s local knowledge and enthusiasm for sharing his hidden gems, the comfortable surrounds, the reasonable rates and the fact that there...

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Eco-chic is the catchphrase at this perfectly positioned five-star lodge perched above Walker Bay. There are 27 spacious designer suites across two lodges, aptly named for their forest and garden surrounds. The hotel comes complete with unspoilt vistas, fine-dining restaurant, excellent service and an admirable commitment to the environment. Rates R1 980-R3 750.

The Great White House

Whitewashed cottages make up the accommodation at this ever-popular stop, especially for adventure-seeking shark divers who make the most of the guesthouse’s whale-watching and shark-diving package offerings. Expect three-star country surrounds, a stone’s throw from Kleinbaai Harbour – in the thick of the action during season. The restaurant serves great seafood and slap-...

Farm 215

If sleeping in stylish, contemporary surrounds is for you, look no further than the free-standing Fynbos Suites on this pristine rural property. Each of these three offerings is an exercise in modern style and the timeless appeal of wilder-ness life simply adds to the appeal. The four-star Homestead is also part of the offering at Farm 215, with luxe country style...

Thyme & Rosemary

Old-fashioned hospitality and heaped plates of comfort food are the order of the day at this popular stop that wears its quirky vintage style on its sleeve. From the newspaper ‘wallpaper’ to the timeworn chairs, the warm welcome and hearty food, guests are made to feel absolutely at ease from the get go. Expect good old-fashioned South African-style favourites – from...

Kloeks @Home

It doesn’t get more ‘local flavour’ than this no-frills eatery situated in the sleepy Cliffside village of De Kelders. Hospitality is key and the food is as wholesome as your hosts. Expect the likes of ginger-spiced pork cutlets and seared beef fillet with pepper sauce. Open 6.30-10.30pm daily. Bookings essential. Main courses R100. No credit cards are accepted.


If it’s authentic fishermen’s fare you’re after, look no further than this quaint eatery, situated in an historic fisherman’s cottage, complete with original limestone brickwork and a menu that’s crammed with freshly caught choices. In true South African style, there is plenty for meat lovers too. Open Noon-2pm Tue-Sun; 6pm-late daily. Main courses R95.

Benguela Fine Dining

This new kid on the block has been making waves in the village, thanks to its great position close to the water’s edge and a menu that’s arguably the most sophisticated in the ’hood. Local wines are given pride of place while menu options include their famed pepper-encrusted seared fillet with red wine jus. Open 5.30-10pm Thur-Mon; 11am-3pm Sun. Main courses R90.

Tip of Africa Guesthouse

This basic but very comfortable accommodation option has a hint of hunter’s lodge about it. The rooms are clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Ideal central location. Rates R350-R425.

Hotagterklip B&B

Sleep in a traditional fisherman’s cottage that has been restored to a B&B. Just before you enter Struisbaai, look out for the turn-off to this historic thatched cottage that has been declared a national monument. Run as part of a community upliftment initiative, it is clean and cute and adjacent to a small coffee shop and a community craft centre. Rates R250-R450 per...

Cornwallis Lodge

Cornwallis Lodge With one of the best positions and bordering a private nature reserve, this thatch-roofed mansion offers luxury and extreme comfort. Enjoy satellite TV in your room, or hang out at the Driftwood Pool Bar. Rates R340-R947.

Cape Agulhas Backpackers

This clean and colourful backpackers is full of charm and bonhomie. Each room is inspired by and named after one of the boats in the local harbour. All the rooms walk out from a veranda onto the tranquil garden with hammocks for chilling out. Rates R100 dorm; R300-R370 per unit; R450 self-catering. Visit Cape Agulhas Backpackers website at

The Arniston Spa Hotel

The Arniston Spa Hotel For fantastic sea views and four-star comfort, you can’t go wrong with an elegantly decorated room in this four-star hotel. They have a swimming pool, while most rooms have a fireplace, as well as Wi-Fi. But more importantly, the spa attracts souls in need of pampering. Rates R900-R1 880.