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Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Unexpected and delightful”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Jann has created a wonderful getaway experience at Zwartberg. The combination of privacy and peace at the chalets and amazing meals, beautiful up-close wildlife and very entertaining (Jann himself, when he was not cooking for us) socialising at the lodge is the perfect mix. The decor is delightful and the whole place quite quirky. We laughed a lot (not least at Jann's hugely entertaining tales), which is what every holiday needs. We loved the fact that there are only three chalets, keeping things very intimate and uncrowded. I think the value for money is totally exceptional, and the very high quality of the meals was unexpected. Thank you Jann, for getting this non-game eater to thoroughly enjoy a trio of eland, ostrich and springbok (encouraged after being assured that nothing on the plate was family of any of the animals on the property), grilled to tender perfection. The presence of Celeste the bushpig at dinner every night and a very busy bunch of birds at the feeder in the mornings were real joys. Thank you Jann, Amanda and Camilla, and for your indulgence with late breakfasts when there were no other guests. It was fabulous! Chantal & Greig

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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jannharoldbader, Owner at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
What a wonderful review !!!
It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and my fire ant gift will always be pride of place !!
One of the most enjoyable aspects of ALL of our reviews (except for the motorbike guy) is how much a stay at this place makes a real difference to people's holiday time...and as it has always been my objective to be a real destination instead of merely another place to stay over it is always really pleasing to read that people really do see us as a place to unwind, enjoy nature,
peace and quiet and forego TV, the Oscar trial and the Mall !!
Please come back - anytime !!!!
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Sweeping views of the Zwartberg Mountains (at least from the top three cottages) is the decor of a very nice micro experience. Simple, but nicely decorated cottages in combination with good breakfasts and very good dinners is the base for every nature lover, and Jann provides that. Together with a camp fire in the evening and game (springbok, eland and zebra) close by (feeding the animals helps with this though) strengthen the wilderness feeling. Quitness and amazing stargazing will help everyone to reset from hectic urban life.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you want to get away from it all and hear nothing but nature sounds then this is the place to go to! Stunning mountain views, beautifully decorated challets, and at dinner time it felt like we were surrounded by animals from Noah's ark. A very idyllic picture with zebras, springbok, ealand, bush pigs and birds dining right next to us. The food was delicious and beautifully presented (and from the sounds of grazing coming from the animals I assume theirs must have been the same:). The place oozes a lot of character and a great sense of humour. Thank you Jann and Amanda!
Alina and Antonie

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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jannharoldbader, Owner at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
If we're going to be remembered by our guests forever then it will never be because our towels were fluffier and our bathroom big enough to swing a flock of cats in, but for elements like
"character and humour" !!!!!
Zebras munching, Noah's ark - these are things that are worth 1000 wifi signal strength issues
and of course the size of the TV's and the number of channels !!
So thanks not only for the review, but for its content !!!
Jann
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We enjoyed so much staying in this unique nature. Great accommodation, very clean and the excellent dinner in the evening next to zebras and springboks was just amazing. We will never forget that great night at Zwartberg View!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Holland
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Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Nice and clean cottages in a unique and peaceful setting. Wonderful food and great hospitality and having zebra's and aardvark joining us for dinner was the best! Enjoy watching the sunsets from your private patio and watch the stars around the bonfire at night. Will be back!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Torhout
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2014

either you hate or you love it.
Tips:
-don't enter the google address into your GPS, you end up in the Church street of De Rust and you only upset Jann for not following the directions mentioned on his website
-wear the proper shoes or you might get bitten by a scorpion or adder:-)
-don't jump into the pool without checking if there is water in it:-)
-if you like mushrooms, please check with Jann if the mommy and baby mushrooms can be separated...
For the rest all has been written in previous reviews. Just go and experience this very special, interesting place!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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jannharoldbader, Owner at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
This is arguably the worst "very good" review we have ever received, and whilst it certainly does recommend us to other travellers, there are a few misconceptions that may put people off staying
with us !
I have always personally enjoyed the work of John Cleese and his humour, I really do hope the
"fawlty towers" analogy is related to humour and not to give an impression of chaos and disorder !!
We do not have a pool, some years ago we attempted to build a rock pool which did not succeed.
There are no signs to this non feature and it is not visible from anywhere. As a rule of thumb it is not advised to jump into any pool anywhere in the world without checking there is water in it.
Walking on gravel paths at night ANYWHERE in the countryside in South Africa is not wise !!!
We ourselves do not do so. We have fewer nasties here than in other provinces, nontheless, it
remains a possibility to be stung or bitten if one is wearing slip slops !
We have created a page on our website specifically for finding us - and we offer four methods to do so, We do not know where google finds their address - there is no town called "durus" in
our country at all ! After three years, we have not managed to convince google that this is so.
Better maybe to enter our co-ordinates into the GPS !!
I recall a joke being shared between myself and our German vegetarian visitors regarding
"cruelty to mushrooms as opposed to cows".
I am also not sure how our service could have been so disappointing - only Amanda and I operate this lodge, the dog, bushpig and antelope eat here, but don't work, so I am struggling to imagine where we fell so short.
But then again....the reviewer does recommend us !!!!
And as alwyas, thanks for taking the time to write the review.
Jann Cleese
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Zwartberg lodge is completely unique. It is unlike any other hotel or lodge that I have stayed in but in a really good way. The scenery is unbelievably stunning and the hospitality is absolutely 5 star! I'm not sure words can really do this place justice, the only way to understand is to experience the fun for yourself!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge
Address: Vergelegen Road, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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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