Well pretty much everything has already been written and said about this amazing place, Jann and Amanda, Indiana and Celeste, but you don't really understand why people love it so much until you experience firsthand. We had already had a fantastic experience seeing a host of animals in a natural environment earlier in our holiday, but what Jann has created through hard work, dedication and vision is incredible. The opportunity to spend time in this beautiful place was a real treat and the up close experience each evening with the variety of beautiful animals was magical.
We were travelling as a group of 2 families children aged 3-10, and Jann went out of his way to accommodate us in the lovely chalets. Meals were informal and delicious and nothing beats the sound of Chinese electronic bird song at breakfast along with wonderful table centre pieces:) Jann is a great host and his brilliant eclectic taste is reflected in the lovely lodge and rooms he has created. We only had 2 nights which isn't really enough time to appreciate this place, definitely recommend longer if you're able.
As a note we had quite unusual wet, cool weather on our visit but it didn't spoil the experience at all as the resort is on the right side of town to visit the ostrich farms, caves and the Swartberg pass. So I'd imagine a winter visit would be just as enjoyable as the rest of the year also. We'd love to return and a big thanks for a lovely time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zwartberg View Mountain Retreat is set in our own private nature reserve 15 minutes from Oudtshoorn and de Rust - our chalets are high up in the hills above a natural amphitheatre where wildlife abounds and the views are spectacular. Our dinners and breakfasts, included in our rate are internationally renowned, our furnishings and fittings very African and very unique. ... more less
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