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“Comfortable accommodation very close to nature” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Comfortable accommodation very close to nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

This place is very different, designed for those who fancy a little adventure. It is in a breathtaking setting on a mountainside, and provides comfortable and safe accommodation a short walk from the place where meals are served in the open (weather permitting). Host Jann Bader has immense experience in providing hospitality and this lodge was his own creation, crafted from virtually nothing in hands-on fashion, as described in an interesting write-up of the whole process available in the lodge.

Clearly, Jann is passionate about providing his guests with an experience they won't forget, and is an entertaining host and a creative cook, providing evening meals in the open around a fire, with zebra, eland and springbok grazing a matter of five metres away.

Non-lovers of red meat should tread carefully.

A Hilton or Intercontinental Hotel this isn't, but these places don't provide what Jann provides, and at a remarkably inexpensive DB&B cost.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lagos, Nigeria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

We had a very good time with our children
The chalets location and deco are amazing
The lanscape stunning, with nice walking.
And indeed dinner under the stars was a very good and special time.
Nature and freedom sense.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

The openness of nature will overwhelm you……
The nourishment will surprise you… and leave you… tantalised for more……
The sublime fires will warm the cockles of your heart….
Celeste will grace you with her serene presence…. and if you are lucky you may even see a passer-by wearing an “authentic skirt”
Footpaths will lead you to where you want to be…… The darkness is exciting and once you look up… you do not want to look away….. The stars are grandiose ….like never seen before.

Thank you, Jan, for a truly memorable experience at Zwartberg View Mountain Retreat!
Next time we are staying longer!!!!!!!

Fay

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had an amazing two night stay at Zwartberg View Mountain retreat, Jann is the perfect host. The accommodation is uniquely decorated, every meal unique and the lovely fire outside looking at the wildlife in the evenings spectacular. Would recommend Zwartberg View to anyone looking for an unique experience.

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Oss, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2014

Hallo Jann
we want to thank you again for the very nice stay at your place. many times we think back of the 2 days in zwart view mountain.
your food was more than good. your hospitality , the animals en the views , stunning!!
we had a lovely walk in the beautiful area for 1 hour and that was all we did for 2 days!!
the campfire was very cosy and the animals came so close to eat , wonderful experience !!
wish you all the best and hope that more and more people find this place and have also a great experience.
thank you again!
Herman en Annemarie from Oss the netherlands

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

The Zwartberg View Mountain Retreat was a great time out from the hustle of our Garden Route tour. Our cottage deck provided a great view of the surrounding mountains. Inside, safari-style furnishings reminded us of the wildlife around us, while providing the creature comforts of a cozy bed, hot shower and electricity. Steps from our door were three hiking trails, ranging from short and easy to longer and more challenging. A little drizzle did nothing to dampen our experience.

We enjoyed Jann's culinary artistry and wit. He prepared a delicious 3-course dinner, while we sat by the fire and watched zebras and springbuck grazing nearby. Celeste the bush pig socialized as well. Jann and Amanda prepared an equally delightful cooked breakfast in the morning, along with fresh fruit and toast.

A great experience - highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Additional Information about Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge

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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