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Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

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!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

I was on a business trip and wanted a quiet place to stay over for the weekend. Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge supplied exactly that!
Tranquil, unspoiled and amazingly beautiful.
Jann runs the place and made me feel welcome immediately. The evenings were spent chatting away by the fire over a beer or two while Jann prepared the most amazing meals. One can see that a lot of thought went into creating this wonderland retreat - the accommodation was cosy and well equipped, the lighting was soft and alluring all around and the service was friendly and comfortable. I can't wait to take my wife back there for a quiet romantic stay!

Room Tip: I thought the cottages a bit further away from the main lodge had the best view.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

5 of us spent 3 nights here at the end of August 2011. We have not stopped talking about it, Jann has set up lodgings and surroundings with comfort and relaxation in mind. The food Jann produces on the open fire is truly amazing and delicious. We had much fun and laughter trying to get passed Olive the ostrich after meal times mainly at night when she had settled in the road where we needed to pass but it all added to the adventure! We will be back again as we are keen to see the developments of the braai area Jann is developing. We went on two walks which are marked out and easy to follow. Very peaceful and relaxing and Jann has a great sense of humour and is a terrific host alongside his assistant Amanda and Indiana. If you are looking for a comfortable, relaxing value for money location then this is it, you will not be disappointed! We loved how the table was set out at meal times with real attention to detail. Superb

Room Tip: The three "rooms" which are en suite with tea, coffee making facilities and a small fridge...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge was our first stop over point in the Klein Karoo and we immediately fell in love with the place. We are already planning our next trip back to this wonderful piece of paradise. The host Jann together with his Ostrich and free roaming Springbucks made this a very memorable trip indeed and we can comfortably recommend Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge. If you are looking for piece and quiet with a view, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Even though we arrived in the pouring rain, we were still totally gobsmacked with the setting! We decided to stay in the zebra walk cottage which was positioned perfectly in the middle of nowhere. We decided to join Jan for dinner on the first evening so we didnt have to venture out in the rain. The food was fantastic! After Jans lovely food and great company we decided we wouldnt find anywhere nicer to spend our second evening and so joined him again. The walks that had been planned were fantastic as well and we even managed to see the zebra! All in all we had such a great stay and didn't want want to leave. The only bad point was the rain on our first evening which flooded the entrance to the lodge but Jan kindly showed us an alternate route out. The best place we stayed on the garden route and I definitely want to come back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

We stayed one memorable night here while driving the Garden Route during our honeymoon, and it was first rate in all respects; wish we had planned multiple nights. We arrived after having been to Cango Caves, a little later than we'd planned, but happily just in time for viewing a glorious sunset behind the hills across the valley -- the Zwartberg View that gives the lodge its name. What a great setting, somewhat isolated, well outside of Oudtshoorn. As we were honeymooners, Jann had a bottle of sparkling wine waiting for us, and then was our colorful and entertaining host for two meals -- dinner following drinks around a firepit, and then breakfast the next morning before leaving. While at the fire a group of small antelope (impala?) came nearby and were feeding a few yards away. My wife disappeared for a bit to have a conversation with a large ostrich on the grounds. (When told where she'd gone, Jann observed that the ostrich would disagree with everything Claire said, which, I'm told, proved to be true.) The food was well-chosen and well-prepared, and the lodge we were in, quite by ourselves, was cozy and comfortable and entirely pleasant. It really was a shame we stayed only a single night. Other guests we shared dinner with had been there longer, and mentioned that they'd seen and photographed three giraffe that day on a nearby ridge. We noticed before leaving that Jann had copies of a book he'd written about his experiences running a previous lodge, in Kruger. We only had time to skim little bits, and the (funny!) blurbs on the back cover, but it looked wonderfully entertaining -- which would be no surprise, as Jann is clearly that--himself, perhaps, being the best reason of all to stay here. His little dog is nice too...

Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

We have recently returned from a wonderful two weeks in South Africa and Zwartberg view is the one place that we talk about the most.

The location is stunning. Jan is the most wonderful and engaging host. He's not only a great cook, but also recommended days out and routes to take that took our breath away.

The icing on the cake are the extras: Indiana, the resident pooch, who will be your best friend - until you leave. The Springbok who turn up to have their dinner, when you're having yours. But best of all, at least for us, was a bad tempered, yet strangely endearing Ostrich, who pops up on a regular basis and is very much 'in your face'.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Vergelegen Road | Vergelegen Road, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: $157 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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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