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Self-catering accommodation, Western Cape

By Roxanne Reid
If you’re like me, you need a few days now and then to stay strengthened and healthy. But what happens when the wallet chains are tight? Fortunately, there are many Budget friendly self catering accommodation in the Western Cape where you can stay without haggling your house.


South AfricaThe Western Cape is great, a place with vineyards and vineyards, open sections of the Karoo steppe with sheep, big skies and a quirky character. It stretches towards the mountains, rivers and oceans of the Overberg where you will find the southernmost point of Africa and landscapes with yellow rapeseed fields. It rumbles part of the way along the scenic Garden Route with its forests, lakes and beaches. And don’t forget the west coast, where the atmosphere is relaxed and the seafood is excellent.
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  • I have compiled a list of 18 self-catering accommodations in the Western Cape that can sleep two people for R1100 – or less – per night.
  • All prices I have quoted are prices outside of peak times and do not reflect the Christmas / New Year increases in the high season.
  • Please inquire about special offers before booking. Some of these Western Cape accommodations offer significant (20-40%) winter and spring discounts on the prices listed here. In some cases, these offers can run until September or November. Do yourself a favor and check.
  • At the beginning of each snippet there is a link to the accommodation company’s own website to make it easier for you to make a booking request.
  • Note that not all of them – e.g. CapeNature and SANParks – may have been reopened after Covid-19 was closed, but it is definitely good to dream and plan ahead.
  • I have placed an * asterisk next to the places that I have experienced myself. The others were all recommended by friends from their personal experience.
  • I have listed regions and accommodations alphabetically so that I cannot be accused of favoritism!

Cape Winelands

1. * Eikelaan farmhouses, Tulbagh

If you like the lifestyle on the farm, you will love it Eikelaan farmhouses, 10 minutes outside of Tulbagh. There are farm animals such as sheep, chickens and geese, a farm dam, an organic vegetable garden where you can buy, and an all-round view of the ankles. The one-bedroom cottages (with king-size beds) both have private bathrooms, full kitchens, living areas with fireplaces for cozy winters, air conditioning for hot summers, and wide stairs for lazy lunches or braais. A pull-out bed in the lounge can accommodate two more people – ideal if you have children. Everything is spotlessly clean and spacious. There is also a larger family house.

In summer there is a pool to cool off and a small children’s playground. Walk through the fynbos, gaze at the stars, bike on the dirt roads or just relax on your stairs. Take a ride into town and discover all the activities in Tulbagh.

R950 for 2-4 people

Read more about Eikelaan Farm Cottages

2. Plum Tree Cottage, McGregor

Get your land in McGregor, a small and peaceful village. Stay in the beautiful thatched roof Plum tree house. You get a queen-size bed, a large bathroom with a bath and shower, and an open living and dining area with a fully equipped kitchen – there is even a washer and dryer. Bonuses that add a touch of magic to your serene experience are the vine-covered stairs where you can relax to admire the mountain views, and a pretty garden. There is also a barbecue area and the village is within easy walking distance.

Get up early to listen to the birds, enjoy wine on the stairs while watching the sunset, or explore the many things to do in McGregor, from hiking to wine tasting, from the country market to driving along the road to nowhere.

R860 for 2 people

Other affordable stays in McGregor include Bougainvillea Cottage (R890), Miss Milly Folly (R620) and Ons Huisie (R890).

Garden route

3. Knysna footprints, Knysna

Who doesn’t want to spend time in Knysna on the Garden Route? But accommodation here can be expensive. Not so Knysna footprints where two of the units fit into our budget. The small featherbed studio is an extravagant loft with skylights, a queen-size bed, a private bathroom with a bath and shower, and a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. The view of the Knysna lagoon from the balcony makes this the best place to enjoy your morning coffee or sundowner.

The larger Heads Up Apartment (picture), also on the upper level, is decorated in nautical shades of blue and white. Expect a wonderful view from huge panoramic windows in the open living / dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, microwave and refrigerator. There is a separate bedroom with a queen-size bed and a private bathroom with a bath and shower. The view of the lagoon from the deck is magical and there is a braai that encourages you to make the most of it. Spend time here watching the Knysna Heads, Dawn Pink’s first blush, or the stars after dark.

R600 for 2 people in the Featherbed Studio
R700 for 2 people in the Heads Up Apartment

4. * Forest Cabin, Wilderness Ebb & Flow

Stay over there Forest huts in the Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in the wilderness section of SANParks Garden Route National Park and you will be surrounded by nature with good hiking and kayaking opportunities right on your doorstep. These log cabins on the Touw River have two single beds with a small shower and toilet. Dishes and cutlery are provided and there is a grill and fridge on your deck. Here you can listen to the birds and glide up and down kayakers while gliding. If you don’t want to fry, there’s a communal kitchen for cooking – and washing up.

This is an ideal base for exploring the Wilderness Lake District, some excellent forest walks and rides. Don’t miss an early morning walk on nearby Wilderness Beach or some of the many other activities in Wilderness.

R890 for 2 people
Additional R46 maintenance fee per person per night (unless you have one placeholder).

5. * Goukamma Nature reserve

CapeNature Goukamma nature reserve is an excellent mix of coastal fynbos, coastal forest, dune fields and lakes between Knysna and Sedgefield on the Garden Route. The choice of accommodation here is Otter’s Rest Lodge (picture) with its modern decor and the wide view over the Goukamma River towards the sea. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a beautiful open living area with a fully equipped kitchen. On the large deck there is an indoor fireplace and a free-standing grill. The Fish Eagle Loft sits above it and only sleeps two people. There are also detached chalets at Goukamma, each with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

Goukamma is a perfect place for those who like to hike and enjoy nature. Make yourself comfortable on the beach, dune and forest paths from 4 to 15 km and keep your eyes open for birds like the colorful Knysna Turaco. There is a lot to do on this Knysna site. Let yourself fall asleep from the distant sound of the sea.

R1030 for 2-4 people at the Otter’s Rest Lodge
R900 for 2 people share Fish Eagle Loft
R950 for 2-4 people who share the cottages
Additional R40 maintenance fee per person per night (unless you have one placeholder).

Read more about Otter’s Rest Lodge

Karoo

6. * Gamkaberg nature reserve

What is not to be loved about CapeNature’s eco / sustainability ethics? Gamkaberg nature reserve between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn in the Karoo? Each eco-lodge has safari tents. If you book one of them, no other party is booked with you, so you get the space for yourself. The tents are on wooden decks and have real beds with safari chairs to relax on the deck. There are common washes with hot showers and waterless toilets. (If you hate waterless, you might prefer Tierkloof or Xamis Flush Loos.) The equipped kitchen, just a short walk from your tent, has a gas stove and solar fridge. You can enjoy a braai in the boma. Each tented lodge also has a paddling pool, which is a thrill on hot days. The Xami Eco Lodge is a bit different in that all facilities are together on one deck.

The joy of these camps is the environment and the view, the glow of warm rocks at sunset and the opportunity to listen to the morning choir while drinking your first cup of coffee. Hike on one of the trails, observe animals and birds, climb in animal toilets or take a 4×4 trail.

R650 for 2 people in Fossil Ridge (2 tents), Sweet Thorn (3 tents), Tierkloof (4 tents) and Xami Eco Lodge (1 tent)
Additional R40 maintenance fee per person per night (unless you have one placeholder).

Read more about the Fossil Ridge Eco Lodge
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7. Karoo Khaya, Prince Albert

You will find it Karoo Khaya on a small farm on the outskirts of Prince Albert in the Great Karoo. Four cottages share a peaceful garden with fruit trees, a vegetable garden, and olive groves. The cottages have a living area / kitchenette with everything you need for self-catering, including a small fridge, electric stove and microwave. There is also a communal boma / braai area. Cottage 4 has a private BBQ area, a queen size four poster bed and a shower. The others have queen-size or single beds and a bathroom with a shower or free-standing, Victorian-style bathtub. Add hot water bottles and heaters in winter and fans and a paddling pool in summer.

The hospitality of the Karoo has something special. Sit back and relax, visit the farm animals and orchards, and gaze at the stars where the lack of street lights enhances your experience. Despite the tranquility in Karoo Khaya, the village is so easy to walk to. There is a lot to do in Prince Albert. Two of my favorites are the gravel roads of the Swartberg Pass and a visit to the Fransie Pienaar Museum.

R860 for 2 people

8. * Olive Grove Guest Farm, Beaufort West

Olive Grove Guest Farm 20 km outside of Beaufort West in the Great Karoo there is a functioning olive farm with lots of open space for a quiet stay. The en suite rooms are popular for overnight stays on a longer trip. You can order breakfast or dinner at an additional cost. The self-catering chalets are the best choice for a longer and relaxing stay. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower head, a fully equipped kitchen and a barbecue. Since the Karoo is a place of extremes, there is air conditioning for hot Karoo summers and heaters for cold Karoo winters.

Treat yourself to the classic Karoo activity of stooping, watch the sunset and admire the view of the mountains and steppes. Go birdwatching, walk one of the trails or bring your mountain bike, canoe to the dam. During the olive season (March to July) you may be able to try and try an olive tour. Leave the farm for a day trip to nearby Karoo National Park or to explore some of the other activities in Beaufort West.

R790 for 2 people sharing a room
R970 for 2 people in a self-catering cottage

Overberg

9. The Barnacle, Pringle Bay

The Milkwood apartment at the Barnacle In Pringle Bay there is a playful room that is decorated with bright and cheerful colors. You get an open space with double bed, bathroom with Victorian bath and shower, living / dining area and kitchenette. There is also a spacious outdoor barbecue area with a built-in grill. It’s all just a minute’s walk from the beach and the Buffels River Mouth.

Go kayaking, hiking and bird watching to discover the elusive Rooiels Rockjumper. Other wild animals that live in harmony with the inhabitants are porcupines, genes, duikers, baboons and otters. There are restaurants for days when you don’t want to take care of yourself, a small village market every weekend. Don’t miss out on meeting Montana, the city sheep, or the three alpacas collecting money for the fire station.

R1100 for 2 people

10th * Belfield Cottages, Grabouw / Elgin

Do you love the romantic idea of ​​staying on a wine farm? You can do that at Belfield cottages in Grabouw / Elgin. There are three two-bedroom cottages under shady oaks: Apple Rose, The Stables, and Acorn Cottage (pictured). You get a small living room with a fireplace for cold winter days and a veranda where you can dream late afternoon in midsummer or enjoy a braai. There is also a well-equipped kitchen and a bedroom with a bathroom. The Stables Cottage is a large open space.

Go hiking and wine tasting in the area, ask owner / winemaker Mike for a tasting of Belfield’s red wines. Chat with Mel about the history of the farm and she may even tell you some of the strange characters (think of Jailbird and prostitutes) they found on the farm when they arrived 20 years ago. There is also a two bedroom family cottage.

R900-R1000 for 2 people

11. * Black Oystercatcher Cottages near Elim

Another wine farm that offers vacation rentals is Black oystercatcher in the Overberg Strandveld. Only four huts are in a row with a view of an organic vegetable patch. Each has a separate bedroom en suite and a compact open living room (two with a fireplace), a dining area and a well-equipped kitchen. The predominantly white color palette gives the cottages a clean, fresh look. A bonus is the wide staircase with built-in braai, perfect for long lunches or romantic dinners with fire.

Visit a wine or beer tasting on the property, enjoy a meal in an on-site restaurant, or bring your bike to explore the surrounding Agulhas Plain. L’Agulhas – where you can see the lighthouse and the southernmost tip of Africa – is only 43 km away. Do not miss a visit to the historic Moravian village of Elim, 10 km away

R990 for 2 people

12th Honeyrock Cottages, Kleinmond

You will find it Honeyrock cottages between the Kogel mountains and the sea just outside of Kleinmond in Overberg. There are seven cottages, some with a large open living room / bedroom, others with a separate bedroom. State your preference when booking. There is even a bridal suite. In any case, you get a cozy living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering.

Sit on your stairs to admire the Kogel Mountains, take a short walk through the fynbos, watch birds like the orange Sunbird and Cape Sugarbird, or take a short drive to the beach. There are many things to do in Kleinmond, including hiking in the Kogelberg nature reserve, wild horses in the Rooisand nature reserve or walks along the cliffs over the rocks and the sea.

R580-R805 for 2 people

13. * Platbos Forest, Gansbaai

Come back to the indigenous nature Platbo’s forest near Gansbaai. Old Olive is a log cabin with a double bed, an open living area with an indoor fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with a gas mini fridge and stove (no electricity, so no microwave).

The Honey Bee and Bushbuck suites are free-standing rooms with half a cabin and half a tent, double beds, separate barbecue areas, showers and toilets (waterless at Honey Bee and flush at Bushbuck). For all units, make a fire in the donkey kettle (wood supplied) for a hot shower in the partially closed washes, a short walk along a leafy path from the cabin or suite. Honey Bee has a separate kitchen, while Bushbuck’s kitchen is part of the main unit. Bushbuck also has an indoor fireplace. There’s a Mozzie net for summer, or you can fold down the front blinds when it’s cold.

Each suite is in a piece of indigenous forest, so you have the whole forest to yourself. You will be fascinated by the shady dance of the leaves of white stink wood and the call of the birds. If you enjoy nature, you will love this unusual off-grid experience. If you are very concerned about the strange creepy crawl, this immersion in nature may not be for you.

Explore the hiking trails or relax in the shady forest (read here why Platbos is special). You can even hear a bushbuck barking nearby. There are many things to do in Gansbaai, 15 km away, such as whale and shark experiences.

R900 for 2 people in the Old Olive Cabin
R1050 for 2 people in the Honey Bee Suite or Bushbuck Suite

14. * Robin’s nest, Hermanus

Robin’s nest is located at the beginning of Hemel en Aarde Valley Road in Hermanus on the Cape Walk coast. Think of a queen-size bed, a ceiling fan, armchairs to relax in and a pretty little kitchenette that allows you to be self-sufficient. There is a separate area in the garden for those who want to roast, but my favorite place is the balcony overlooking the beautiful garden with large trees and the hills beyond. Three of the units are located up a wooden staircase from the parking lot and you can be sure that you are on a secure, enclosed property.

You are within walking distance of one of the best wine shops in the country and some restaurants. A brewery and two wineries are also within walking distance, while the riches of the wine farms and restaurants in the Hemel en Aarde Valley are a short drive away. There are many things to do in Hermanus, such as whale watching from June to November.

R750 for 2 people

fifteen. Umshanti, Buffeljags near Swellendam

Whether you’re looking for peace and adventure, you might find it at Umshanti in Buffeljags about 12 km east of Swellendam. The cute Gypsy Cottage (photo) has the shape of a gypsy caravan, but offers everything you need – a double bed, an equipped kitchenette, a wooden terrace with a view of the dam and the mountains, and a grill next to the deck. Your own bathroom with shower and camping toilet is only partially closed to give a feeling of nature. Gypsy Cottage 2 has the same facilities, but Gypsy 1 is the most protected and private of all units.

The chapel is a romantic bridal suite with a wonderful view of the dam and the mountains. It has all the facilities of the other two cottages, but has an indoor bathroom.

Umshanti is popular with families who spend the weekends and high season in larger cottages or campsites. If you prefer your vacation to be calm and tranquil, try going during the week and / or outside of school holidays.

Hike to a mountain pool, go swimming, boating, canoeing, or soaring in a tandem microlight to get a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. There is also plenty of fun in Swellendam, just a short drive away.

R600 for 2 people in Gypsy Cottage
R750 for 2 people in Gypsy Cottage 2
R950 for 2 people in the chapel

West Coast

16. * Azzuro, paternoster

For a portion of the beach, sea and salty air, stay in the Azzuro self-catering cottage in the Mosselbank section of Paternoster on the west coast. It is a quaint thatched cottage with a spacious open living / dining / kitchen area and a separate bedroom with its own shower and toilet. The kitchen is well equipped with a gas stove, a microwave and a bar fridge. For an adventure in warm weather, try the outdoor bath in a courtyard next to the bedroom.

On the stairs of the house, where you can sit to watch the world, there is a built-in braai that doubles as a pizza oven, or you can take the Weber Braai outside if you prefer. Although you don’t have a sea view from the cabin, you’re only one street from the beach.

There is no shortage of activities in Paternoster, from visiting the lighthouse and Cape Columbine nature reserve to choosing a number of good restaurants to taking long walks on the beach.

R1000-R1100 for 2 people

Read more about Azzuro

17th Enjo nature farm, Biedouw Valley

If you like a stay on a farm far from the hustle and bustle, take a look Enjo natural farm approx. 65 km from Clanwilliam in the Cederberg. Think thatched-roof chalets by the river with an open living / dining / kitchen area with a two-burner hob and small fridge, king-size bed and private bathroom. There’s also an outdoor pool to soak up the stars in warm weather, and fresh mountain spring water on tap.

If you love seclusion from the power grid far from other people, choose the Lonely Planet Cottage (picture). Drive there on a scenic jeep route so a vehicle with high ground clearance is best. There is no electricity, but there is a fireplace inside and a grill outside. There is a queen-size bed in a separate bedroom, an open living area and a kitchenette with solar-heated water, gas refrigerator and gas stove with two plates.

Take a dip in the whirlpool with natural stone walls, enjoy the view of the steppe and the poppies, admire a sky full of stars, in which there is almost no light pollution. If you have to, you can continue exploring the area in search of activities on the Cederberg.

R750 for 2 people in Enjo or Oak Chalets
R750 for 2 people sharing the Lonely Planet Cottage

18th * Sea Shack, paternoster

You will find the unusual Sea shack in the Cape Columbine nature reserve just outside Paternoster on the west coast. There are two rows of huts, with the choice in the first row, with views of the rocks and the sea. Your bedroom is a cute little wooden hut with room for one or two single beds. There are shared eco-loos and gas showers as well as a shared cooking / grill / bar area. The camp is off the grid, with solar lights and gas for hot water.

The huts are close together and are therefore more suitable for social types than for lone wolves who value their privacy, especially on weekends or in high season. Fall out of bed and head to the beach, watch the sun set over the ocean, drive around Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and the lighthouse. There is also plenty to do in Paternoster, just 5 km away.

R820 for 2 people (if you stay 2 nights from Monday to Thursday, it is R750 per night for 2 people)

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