We have just returned from an amazing 2-week holiday to South Africa and were very fortunate to have found this gem of a place in the Klein Karoo!!
We arrived early evening and from the little adventurous drive up to the property were blown away by the views, the peace and quiet and the lovely little touches that showed how much love and hard work the owner Jann has put into creating this little piece of heaven.
After the beautiful sunset which seemed to set the surrounding dark red Swartberg Mountains alight we were the only guests there that evening which just added to the charm and were brilliantly entertained by Jann who joined us round the fire for a drink or two before starting to prepare dinner.
Jann in himself is a reason to visit this extraordinary place - his humor and almost unbelievable stories from across Africa kept us sitting by the fire till late after a delicious dinner with two starters (I especially enjoyed the Venison carpaccio!), perfectly braaied (bbqd) lamb chops and banana pancakes! He prepares everything possible over a wood-only bbq - assisted by lovely Amanda and watched by very cute Indiana - the fastest dog in the world over 50kms .... (do ask Jann about this one!!).
A special touch were the springbok which roam around the large grounds and come to nibble on some grass by the dining area when you are waiting for dinner to be prepared.
A short walk up from the reception/dining area are three perfectly equipped cottages and it is obvious how much thought has gone into these as well - soft lights inside, very comfy bed, views out of this world from the little terrace and comfortable chairs where you could spend the whole day gazing into the stunning surroundings - we sooo regretted having only had booked one night as we could not try one or two of the walks Jann described in one of the folders in the room - I recommend definitely reading the one about the making of Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge and Indianas Story - absolutely incredible!!
We were very sad having to leave the next morning after a yummy (and huge!) breakfast and would go back tomorrow and stay for at least a week if we could!
Thanks again Jann for an unforgettable stay at your lodge!
I can just recommend to anyone reading this - do book now, you will love it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge is set on a small private nature reserve 25 minutes from Oudtshoorn and 15 minutes from de Rust - our chalets are quaint and individually decorated in rustig animal themes and set high up in the hills where the views are breathtaking over the valley and Swartberg mountains. You can choose whether to go for a hike or just relax by the pool. Dinners are always an event here, having a sundowner whilst watching the animals graze and getting to know the other guests. ... more less
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