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  • Magnificent sweeping pastoral views from a ridge overlooking the Breede River
  • Rustic, comfortable venue for exclusive use only
  • Within easy reach of the historic town of Swellendam

Aloe Ridge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

19km from Swellendam


-34.1253, 20.5016


Available only for exclusive stays, the A-frame thatched houses at Aloe Ridge boast a huge range of amenities to ensure a delightful self-catering experience in a tranquil riverside setting. With each house reached by a gravel road best suited for high-clearance vehicles but navigable by sedan or by the shuttle service provided, this is an off-the-beaten-track venue that is rich with natural splendour and not short of modern comforts. 

Each named after a mountain range, the five houses have similar layouts, with all featuring polished wooden floors, soaring ceilings and an open-plan design that creates a soothing sense of space. An organic feel is provided by stone feature walls and earthy colours, while the colourful artwork and fabrics add warmth. 

Each house sleeps four people in two bedrooms with King-size beds that can be converted to twins, and the modern kitchens are equipped to deal with all self-catering needs. Guests can dine at the indoor dining area, or head through the glass sliding doors to the deck, where laidback dining can be enjoyed hand-in-hand with views over the river and hills. A plunge in the private swimming pool completes a day of outdoor fun.

When the weather is colder, guests can stoke up the fireplace and recline on leather couches in the lounge, watching satellite television if the whim arises. 

Leading from the comfy bedrooms, both bathrooms have a bath and shower, and an adjoining outdoor shower offers the chance to enjoy beautiful countryside views while refreshing. 

During the day, guests can make the most of the gorgeous natural surrounds by swimming, fishing and canoeing in the river or booking an exciting rafting trip. Birdwatchers will find plenty of species to get their hearts racing, and the mountainous surrounds are also ideal for activities such as hiking and mountain biking.

Aloe Ridge’s purpose is to be a secluded destination that allows guests to connect with nature, and there shouldn’t be much need to venture far from the property. If you do need to stock up on supplies however, Swellendam is approximately 20 kilometres away.

While in the town, a visit to the Cape Dutch style Drostdy Museum is a must, and there are several good restaurants to stop off at for lunch and dinner. Golfers can swing a club at the excellent local course, while those who want to spoil themselves can visit the Rain Spa.

The town has several quaint shops to explore, and a tour of the fairy sanctuary is an enchanting experience for all members of the family. 

Rates & Summary

5 Self-catering Houses

Each sleeps 4 in 2 King/twin rooms
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Kitchen, lounge and dining room
Deck with braai area 
Private swimming pool


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Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set on a ridge overlooking the Breede River outside Swellendam, Aloe Ridge offers accommodation in five luxurious self-catering houses, and is an ideal holiday destination for families, couples or friends who are looking for privacy and all the creature comforts. Boasting a scenic riverside setting far away from the buzz of the city, the thatched self-catering houses at Aloe Ridge are magnificently appointed for indoor and outdoor entertainment, with each featuring its own swimming pool.


  • Magnificent sweeping pastoral views from a ridge overlooking the Breede River
  • Rustic, comfortable venue for exclusive use only
  • Within easy reach of the historic town of Swellendam


All five houses are secluded and well-equipped for private self-catering.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Low clearance vehicles need to drive slowly and carefully on the 750m gravel approach road to each house. Alternatively, a shuttle service from reception is available.

Activities & Attractions

  • Private swimming pools
  • River rafting
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Nearby: museums, art galleries, crafts, fairy sanctuary, spa, wine-tasting, nature reserves, hiking, horse riding, golf, township tour.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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